Last weekend we had our friends Kudra and Porter stay over. We actually knew them back in San Diego, they had moved to North Carolina four months before we did. In fact when they moved we had no idea that we were going to be living in the same state again so soon. I would have taken better notes of Kudra’s moving methods if I had known.
And while we are in the same state, we are in different regions so we actually had not seen them since San Diego. We had an excellent time with them last weekend; taking them to some of our favorite restaurants, one good brewery, one okay one, and lots of talks. I didn’t get in the walk I wanted to take with Kudra (former Walking Buddy) but hopefully we will see them again soon (next time at their place!). I found it telling that they gravitated to the front room downstairs, that we refer to as the library (though now I’m calling it the Books & Booze Room, since we ended up putting the bar in there too). Most people like to be in the back room next to the kitchen that has the TV and stereo. I liked getting to spend time with friends in the B&B room, no distractions from conversation except the occasional pouncing kitty. Hitch made incredible strides in bravery the weekend by actually coming downstairs and visiting with “strangers” in the house. In the past he just hides until they fall asleep and then sneaks into our room. Hopefully his bravery will continue for future guests and visitors. I swear if I didn’t have so much photographic evidence of him, our friends would think we’re making him up.
Of course this visit was a wonderful excuse to fix up the guest room, a project that had been bugging me for some time. When Firefly stayed here last summer the room wasn’t actually ready for her, but she came three days after we moved in so there wasn’t much we could do before hand. A few weeks back, in a random 48-hour period of warm days I finally painted over the dull, mute blue walls and dark blue molding with a light gray and white. Then I said good-bye to our old mattress, that had been retired into the guest room, so we got a new one that didn’t require a chiropractic appointment after use. With a sale and membership enrollment we got a pretty good deal on it, as a bonus the delivery guys took away the old mattress for free. Which is good because the large pick up service here sucks and I didn’t want to be the neighbors with a bright pink mattress on the lawn for a week. We got a night stand and some mirrors for the wall but all the rest we already had.
I had painted the artwork above the bed last Spring when I discovered the show “House of Cards” and had to find something to do while I watched.
I am not a knickknack person, so when I have to decorate new spaces it is usually a challenge. I don’t want to go out and get something just to fill an empty spot, I want it to be pretty or mean something; so I had to get creative to fill some of the blank spots in the bookcase.
I got some California flowers for our California friends and knitted them each a scarf (that’s what the dark things are on the bottom shelf). It was kind of like a belated Christmas gift, though as a joke I did consider telling them the scarves were there because the heater in their room was broken. I got the yellow lantern and the white frame from Ikea when we got the night stand, all the other knickknacks were repurposed from other rooms.
I put in magazines that I knew Kudra might want to browse through (they are settling into a new house as well). But honestly I wanted to read them too, I just gave them first dibs.
Since there was still room on the bookshelf and I was out of vases, I put a selection of books from our library that they might enjoy. They garden but like us they have had to adapt to the new climate. Then I put a light-hearted book by a Southern writer and a semi-haunting book by a known author that takes place in a North Carolina amusement park. There was a theme I swear!
And then since I always seem to forget something when we travel I put out a basket with things they might need.
I think they enjoyed the trip and hopefully they will become frequent visitors.