I'm still working on getting more beautiful Autumn foliage photos posted from my trip. Three words: My Computer? Dead. In the meantime, posting from the family PC, here is a transcription of a conversation between all of us at our weekly family council where we calendar and discuss family matters. It starts out a little dry, but gets better, I promise.
Me: I need some cooperation in my quest to not have the front room look like a walk-in closet. I understand that you need a place to dump your stuff, but can we come up with a better solution than it just being all over the front room? Can we put all your stuff in the armoire if I make room? How about if each of you have your own basket by the window?
Sam: Why does it stress you out so much?
Sara: Yes, what is the big deal? It's just so much easier to have everything just stay there, then I can grab it on my way out the door.
Eric: Because that is our front room (we have no entryway-front door dumps right into the living room) and it is nice for that area to be neat and tidy when people come to the door.
Sam: I know, let's just blindfold people as they come in the door. We can make it a ritual, like the Japanese remove their shoes and put on slippers.
Eric : I know, let's blindfold MOM instead, then she won't know what the room looks like. Problem solved!
(Yes, that was my HUSBAND, who made a show of being on MY side. This got a unanimous response as being by far the best solution and the discussion dissolved into laughter. Naturally, no real solutions were found.)
The good news is that all my housekeeping problems have been solved. I'll just pretend they don't exist. Blindfolds all around, friends! Maybe this won't be so bad.
Here's another taste of the Autumn Foliage visual feast I experienced in NY and Connecticut: