I say "we" because my husband, our garden guy and I worked all day Saturday to get things done. It took a village (sorta).
The fixed dining room table and missing brackets for the china cabinet didn't get delivered until late Thursday afternoon. On Friday I unpacked the dining room boxes, made a quick trip to Ikea, went to the supermarket for wine and flowers, and potted new plants to freshen up my front porch and deck containers.
That left Saturday to get rid of the weeds that threatened to overtake the house, mow the lawn and clean the house. Not a problem, right?
Here's the thing. We have a lot of pets. And while typically a dog hair dust bunny won't send me over the edge, I'm very conscious of having dogs and cats when people are coming over. Especially people I don't know well, since I have no idea if they have allergies. Even though I'd cleaned earlier in the week, the dogs don't stop shedding or tracking in mud just because we have company coming over!
So after the typical dusting, kitchen cleaning, etc., I washed doggie nose prints off of the windows, vacuumed all floors and furniture, mopped the floors with Murphy's Oil, and -- because I wanted to the newly refinished floors to shine -- followed the mopping by going over the floors again with Orange Glo. Time consuming.
I finished up cleaning around 5:30, and everyone was due to show up at 6:30. That gave me one hour to take a shower, dress, cut the flowers and put them in vases, and set up the buffet table. Something had to give.
Here's tip, just in case you don't know this trick: When you don't have time to wash your hair and blow dry it, a little baby powder and changing the side of your part can save the day. Just be careful you don't overdo it, or else you can end up looking prematurely gray. (Or in my case, what might actually be my true hair color if I didn't get highlights every couple of months!)
People started showing up while I was opening the wine and getting the hors d'oeuvres ready. I poured myself a glass and took deep breath. I don't think anyone knew that just an hour earlier I had been sweaty, in grubby clothes, and on the verge of hysteric tears.
And we raised a lot of money for this month's charity.
P.S. Thanks for all the nice comments on the Living Room refresh! (If you didn't get a personal thank-you from me it's because you are a "no-reply" blogger and there is no way to get back to you.)