Gratitude and Joy

Day 87 – A Year of Gratitude and Joy – Quiet

The house was empty, the only sound a rustling of a soft breeze through the open screen doors. I sat for a moment and relished the joy of a quiet house.

Just as when you come home from a fabulous vacation, there’s something comforting about a quiet house after having guests stay with you for several days. We absolutely love having guests! We love entertaining, cooking and drinking, catering to their needs, and talking and laughing until the wee hours of the morning. But, the day-in and day-out chores get neglected, sleep deprivation sets in, and workouts go by the wayside.  So, as much as I love having them here, I’m grateful when they leave. 

Our guests are gone; the bed is stripped; it is quiet.

My reverie lasted just a few minutes, as I got up, turned on the vacuum cleaner, mopped the floor, and put the sheets in the dryer that Judy had thrown in the wash earlier. Things are back to normal. The house is quiet again. 

A dryer load of freshly cleaned sheets.

And already, I’m ready for the next set of visitors. We’ve got a friend coming for dinner that will absolutely include delicious wine so she will stay the night. She is, after all, our wine consultant. And Judy’s already booked tickets for the grandkids to come visit in June. 

Judy researched recipes so every dish is cooked with wine.

There’s a whole world out there waiting to be explored. Coming home to a quiet house is always something to look forward to when the journey has ended.

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