The party is inching closer and my sanity is inching closer to the breaking point. I have so much to do before the party which is next weekend and all sorts of details need to get worked out. Now I have another dilemma. My mom has kindly offered to cook a few dishes for me to serve my guests. I am very tempted to take her up on her delicious offer however that means I need to drive to Minnetonka this weekend leaving me even less time to prepare for the party. Or I could stay here and get party stuff done but be without my mom’s delicious food. Oh the dilemma
Even as I write this I chuckle a bit at the fact that I am weary of driving ALL the way to the Twin Cities. It wasn’t long ago that I had to hop a plane in my few weeks of vacation time whenever I wanted to see my family. As a matter of fact my best friend would lecture me about never taking any vacation time to do anything for myself because I would use it all to come home and see the fam. Now I can hop in my car and drive home in a few short hours. The difference just a few short months can make in your life is amazing.
I am not without help though. Several people at work have offered to help me cook and prepare and most of all my WONDERFUL neighbors are loaning me tables and chairs to furnish my still sparse duplex. I hope I don’t embarrass them but I must write a bit about them. Since the first week I moved in they have been my faithful friends in this transition. One day after unloading several heavy boxes from IKEA and feeling especially down about not having any friends here I heard a knock on my door. It was my neighbor Don with an easy smile and an offer to come over later and help me put my furniture together. I thought surely he must be kidding but sure enough a few days later him and his brother came by to fix up everything I needed. Later that day his wife Linda brought me some cupcakes to welcome me to the neighborhood.
They have helped me in so many ways including moving furniture, pointing me in the right direction to anything I might need and Don even comes over and cleans off my driveway when the snow hits. They regularly check in with me to make sure I am doing okay and I cannot tell you how much more welcome it’s made me feel in the Cedar Valley!
I am so blessed to have them nearby whenever I need something. I just feel safer having them here and they are the true meaning of what a good neighbor should be like. In fact Don wrote me an email just this morning saying “Don’t worry a bit about the party..we are going to make sure you have everything you need”