We have been very busy, preparing for company. Actually, it goes in fits and starts. First, we cleared up our guest room….it still needs some final touches, but you can walk in it without tripping (just don’t open a certain closet door). We’ve had window treatments cleaned, bought the main ingredient for that night’s dinner, had prints and art work framed and hung, and now, our newest project is…….wait for it……switch plates! Last night, after much consideration, measuring and running from room to room, we hung four freshly framed pieces. Our wallpaper, original to the house, is very ugly, but there is sooooooo much of it that the Mater has decided just to cover it up with artwork, and so far, this is a brilliant plan, cause heavens knows, we have the inventory! Some people buy shoes, the Mater buys art. Last night, we knew something was not right, although what we hung looked fine. In a moment of clarity, we looked at one another and said, “Switch plates. These brown switch plates are not doing us any favors. We need brass switch plates !” So today, after making a list of how many singles and how many doubles we needed just for the stairway and the upstairs foyer, Mama toodled over to Lowes to secure same. And nearly passed out. The doubles were nearly $9 each. As Mama said to the salesman, “WTF ???????”. But, she pulled up her big girl panties, got what we needed and paid up. On the way out, she ran into a neighbor who said, “Hi there. Is your dog still blogging?” Some of the most interesting encounters the Mater has take place at Lowes. PawPaw always shook his head at what happens to Mama there. The Mater said indeed I was, and there was more to come, so to stay tuned. She told him that I had a lot of opinions and observations yet to express. Ignoring his facial expression, Mama beat it out of the store, thinking that this would make a great story for her Psychiatrist, Dr. P. He loves to hear about any interaction she has with a male…..in his book, these encounters are all “breakthroughs”; cause he thinks she is a recluse, but I digress. The switch plate installation was a breeze. My job was to watch over the screws. and Mama sez I get an A+! We are so satisfied with the results that we have decided we will get a few every month, until we have replaced all of the ugly brown ones. Tonight, Mama texted the yard peeps to come over on Friday and “tidy up”. In conclusion, I am happy to report I think we are on target for our friend’s visit, although I did catch Mama scrutinizing the linen closet……..