Do you know that place between sleep and wakefulness? That warm, fuzzy location where you are starting to wake up but you sort of want to go back to sleep. You know you have to get up but you want to hit the snooze button and keep your eyes shut just a few minutes more. You're in between two worlds.
We are all creatures of habit. I am entrenched deeply in some habits, especially when it comes to living in the same house for 13 years. It's a comfortable world, everything has its own place and you know where things are without even thinking about it.
Last night, despite all the upside-downess (is that a word?) of our house, I took a deep breath, cinched up my pants a little higher and went into the kitchen to prepare a home cooked meal. I looked forward to it, we've been so busy lately that it's been grab a meal on the go.
I opened the lower cabinet to get the skillet out...and it wasn't there. Instead were a couple of neatly placed muffin pans and a bowl, courtesy of the Caring Transitions folks. One of the tasks they completed last weekend was to minimize some of the pots, pans, dishes and assorted kitchen gear and stage things to look neat and inviting. However, you can't cook a skillet dish in a muffin pan, so I went on a "seek-and-ye-shall-find" mission.
After rooting around all through the neatly organized cabinets, all the while muttering to myself, I found the skillet wasn't in any of them, it was in a box in the corner of the kitchen that is destined to go to the Journey and be swapped out with the old skillet we carry in it.
Okay, skillet on the stove, now the recipe called for 1/3 cup of water. I reached up to the cabinet over the stove where the measuring cups are and I found several little bottles of red cinnamon candies you decorate cookies with and two small jars of jimmies, all neatly arranged like soldiers marching in formation. But no measuring cups.
Marti saved the day, she heard me muttering to myself a little louder so she jumped in and handed me the measuring cups before I broke down in tears. They are now in a drawer where we used to keep odd, seldom used cooking implements, aka, the "Junk Drawer".
With Marti hovering close by, I was able to get the meal cooked without slitting my wrists and it tasted good. So we now find ourselves in the position of how we used to live in our home and how it's getting set up to appeal to buyers. The new world. And this was just the "fun" I had in the kitchen, what's going to happen when the Caring Transitions folks come back this weekend and get the whole house staged? I'm really glad that the bathroom fixtures are just that, fixtures. So I don't have to worry about a middle of the night potty call with me looking for the toilet and finding it staged in the garage or something.
I hope I can last long enough with our "new" world to sell the house without having a nervous breakdown.
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