I lived in the Midwest and my family is scattered here and there. Most years, folks come here for Homecoming, and this year, more folks than before will be here -- 2 sisters and a niece. All good times, and fun to have them, but squeezing the available space we have.
Added to this is a class reunion smack in the middle of the time people will be here. I can work that in because many people will be running hither and yon on their own errands, so I should be able to sneak out to the reunion.
But now we have an added twist: another niece (my husband's) is passing through from New York on the same day as Homecoming and the reunion. It will be her, her boyfriend, a truck full of things, 2 cats, and a dog. There's no room at our inn for that amount of visitors (since I have 4 cats of my own plus three overnight guests, one of which will be sleeping on the couch).
So we got them a hotel room for the night, and we are planning how to manage tailgating on Saturday morning, reunion party on Saturday afternoon-evening, dinner with driving-through niece on Saturday night, breakfast and farewell with driving-through niece on Sunday, picking up people from Homecoming on Sunday, dinner in another town on Sunday evening, and getting everybody to the airport on Monday afternoon.
Then my husband leaves for a week-long trip, and I leave the following Friday for a separate trip, too. Some place in there I need to get the cat to the vet so he can be boarded (maybe. He's on medication and I may be able to get somebody to handle it while I'm gone). Hub's schedule is up in the air right now, so pet-sitting arrangements can probably wait.
Can you say Crazy Times Ahead?
Depending on how crazy things get, you may not hear from me on the 13th on my next scheduled Blog Day. I may be kicking back with a martini and relaxing before packing to leave on a road trip of my own.
Wish me luck!