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Living Simply or Simply Living ?

Saturday, April 29, 2006

I have been spending a lot of time with family this week. Even more than usual. Let's begin with last Sunday...Mr. C's parents came over to spend the afternoon and stay for dinner. It was decided that Mr. C and his father would take our son on his first fishing trip, and Mr. C's mother and the babe and I would stay back at the house. I rarely enjoy the company of my mother-in-law because she is awkward to talk with and has an obsessive compulsive disorder which involves cleanliness. She scans my house in every corner for specks of dirt and fiddles and twitches. The babe was wearing dark corduroy pants which acted like a lint brush as he crawled across the rugs. Got those off him quick, otherwise she wouldn't have been able to hold him.

All was going rather well until the babe, who was sweetly sitting on her lap, decided to grab for her ear, and pulled her earring out. The earring dropped from his fingers and into the crack in the side of the upholstered chair. She put her fingers down the side of the chair and my heart started to race, wondering what bits of crap she might pull out. She comes back up and says "I found it!" and opens her hand; oh, a round cookie crumb, precisely the size of her lost pearl. Damn. She digs her hand back down again and in another quick move, pulls it up and opens her hand as we both look to see a black beetle crawl across her palm. Good Lord...this is a true story, friends. And I am not a slovenly housekeeper. I think that the Gods were playing a cruel joke on me and put that little bugger beetle there. "He must have been snacking on the cookie crumbs" pronounced the mother-in-law. Sigh. We did have some good gossipy talk about Mr. C's sisters, though.

Mr. C returned with the broken elbow on this same afternoon. He slipped and fell into the river while trying to prevent his father from falling off a rock. When they returned, he was focussed on the fact that he was cold and drenched and not at all thinking that he had really hurt himself. We did not know that it was broken that night, and Mr. C went to the doctor the next day and well, I guess I have told you the rest...it is getting slowly better now and he is able to move it a little bit more.

It has been hard for both of us, though. A very mixed up and long week...I am making preparations to visit my brother late next week, who lives a five hour drive away. I will be taking the children and my parents, speaking of whom, were over for dinner tonight. I should have taken photos but did not in all the chaos. We had a lovely asparagus with cheese baked side dish with a bbq and new red potatoes, and strawberry shortcake for dessert. As usual, the parents were off in a flash as soon as the meal was over, with me to fend for myself with the clean-up. Nothing will change at this stage in the game...

I am looking forward to sitting down and relaxing and reading some new magazines I bought today and eating chocolate. I suddenly hear the Hallelujah Chorus ringing in my ears; do you hear it?...

  1. Blogger x said:

    your house is full of little things like mine. I don't mean the beetle, because although i have some of those too, they are not little.
    I hope you get some rest. All the food you cooked sounds delicious. I would have stayed more for a second round though.

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    Fancy coming for dinner and leaving you with the dishes......how rude!
    I don't do tiny beetles either, all critters here are on the 'saddle and ride' side!!

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    I often think the same thing when I see you posting photos of things around your house...when you visit we will have to cook together, because otherwise I will worry that what I cook won't taste good!

    Yes, rude, but they will never ever change their ways now!
    This beetle was the size of my baby finger tip; no saddle and ride style, thank goodness!

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    I would have paid big bucks to see the look on your face when your MIL pulled out that beetle!

    oh and next saturday photo is OPEN.

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    Oh my gosh you told that story so well with your mother-in-law...lol. I can see that happening to me. Oh well she needs to laugh a little.

    You really did have a rough week. Hope your hubby starts healing and things get a little easier.

    Take care and hugs,

  1. Blogger Meow (aka Connie) said:

    That would have been mortifying, yet very funny, seeing your MIL pull out that beetle. Was she not scared of the critter ???
    Hope you managed to spend some quality time with your reading material !!
    Take care, Meow

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Well, that would have been my mortified look on my face that you would have captured! And I am going to try and remember for next Saturday...

    Things are getting a little easier, slowly but surely...

    She was scared; she dropped it to the floor very quickly and let out a squeal; she did say that she thought it was rather funny afterwards, though.

  1. Blogger riskybiz said:

    My mil likes to snoop.
    We started putting items out that she might not want to see.
    It works!
    If she commented on our messy house, I'd hand her a broom, mop and rag and tell her to get at it.
    Oh yea, we get along fine.

  1. Blogger Foxy said:

    LOL at the beetle story! Dinner sounded great, specially that strawberry shortcake. I have my MIL visiting next week and she's sort of a neat freak too. I've started cleaning already..but you know what? I have 3 kids including the Big Kid- her son to clean after too, so sue me if it's not up to MIL's par..lol

  1. Blogger blackcrag said:

    Well, dinner sounded good.

    I love the fact your mother pulled out a beetle! I'm also happy that she saw the funny side later.

    Your house reminds me a little of my mothers, with the area rugs and mats in the middle of tables and things. I bet you use lace doilies too!

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    She never comes right out and says anything, but her looks speak a thousand words.

    I wish you well with your mil, but you have the right attitude!

    I will take that as a compliment (I think!:), even though I am not yet 35...

  1. Blogger Maddy said:

    ...did you say "eating chocolate?"

    on my way!

  1. Blogger Skye said:

    Oh Cathy, my thoughts and prayers are with you. But alas! their is chocolate! Hurray! :)

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    >black beetle

    Oye , that sounded like a Fri the 13th type of day.

  1. Blogger sjobs said:

    I am laughing because my couch and chair would have all that crap in it also.

    Sorry to hear about Mr. C and the elbow..OUCH!!!

    Your meal sounded wonderful.

  1. Blogger christina said:

    What a great story! Sorry, it made me laugh even though I know it was stressful for you. And where DO those little black beetles come from? I'm a terrible housekeeper and hate to think what people would find under my sofa cushions. Maybe I should got take a look now...

    Hope the rest of your week turns out well.

  1. Blogger Mise en Place said:

    I'm with you on the Mother in law visits....for me, they down right SUCK! Although, I have no problem standing my ground. respectfullu of course but nonetheless standing firm.

    Reading and choclate....Ahhhhhh, lovely.

  1. Blogger fb said:

    Err what happened to the earring? Or do you have a Babe with the Pearl Earring in your home now?

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Hello friends! I am swamped with work and travel preparations; I'll blog about it soon.

    I forgot to mention; yes, she was brave enough to go down after it even after the beetle incident. And Voila! One crumby pearl earring :)

  1. Blogger missy said:

    I was laughing at this story!

    Your MIL would absolutely hate my house because it's a right mess! :-s

    I like all the little things you show us! :-)

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    That's a very funny telling of the story. Does she have plastic wrapping on the furniture? I can't imagine having two small children and NOT finding cookie crumbs in the couch. The beetle is just the icing on the cake...err...cookie.

    Did Mr. C grow up as a spotless, cookie-free child? If he did, seems like he turned out okay if he's with you :) And I KNOW he gets homemade cookies now.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Thanks Missy!

    No plastic wrapping, but she places towels on the chairs and sofa so her husband does not dirty the upholstery :) Seriously.
    Mr. C is a very tidy person, but not obsessive about it; he has a good balance really, and I apperciate the fact that he can clean and cleans up after himself. I marvel at how he was able to turn out so normal with such odd parents. But I guess we can all marvel at such things.

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