I love having sleepover company. My favorite is when the whole house, barn and shack are filled with family and friends. We play croquet, horseshoes, grill and swim. Sometimes it gets a little crazy – we only have so much room in our tiny house! We are looking forward to celebrating with family and friends soon, preparations must be made. It’s time to clean out the guest shack!
Some years ago with the scraps from other building projects and some elbow grease we turned what was once a tool shed into a little summer guest shack. It’s tiny- the word cottage would not be accurate, even gussied up with hardwood floors and a bed, it is still a shack. But something about it is soothing and sweet – better than camping but still roughing it. The shack sits at the ridge of the hills with a long stretching view, next to the perennial gardens, in ear shot of the cow pasture. The breeze blows strong, the air is fresh and cool. Blueberry bushes are ripe and plentiful right outside the door. Our guests are always surprised by how charming it is to stay in the tiny house. My father, a man of few words, finds it to be the perfect place to balance long family visits.
The shack unfortunately gets some whiskered winter guests, each Spring it must get a good cleaning. The grain for the cows must be moved out, as well as the birdseed and winter sleds.
The fun part of summer is here, where everyone comes to stay with us in the country, and we sit by the fire under the stars laughing late into the night.
I will show you the inside soon, when I actually DO clean it out, for as of this moment I am just THINKING about cleaning, not ACTUALLY cleaning!
With guests come other things – like laundry and dishes and a busy bathrooms….
I realized last week that there were no towels in the downstairs bath that we appropriate for adults (there are plenty shaped like turtles and crocodiles). There are a few that were ONCE white, but have since turned a grungy brownish color! Being a bit obsessed with gray lately I scooped up some new gray towels on a trip to town.
I got to thinking – with a few house guests over a few days sometimes it’s hard to keep an eye on your towel.
I got to thinking – it might be nice to add a little color to those towels.
I got to thinking – about the gross grain ribbon that I keep in my happy sewing box. In just a few minutes I had stitched a different colored tab on each towel. Now our company will know which towel is theirs!
I laughed, knowing that I couldn’t have been the first one to think of this idea – and of course Martha Stewart has her own idea about color coding guest towels here. I would be surprised if there is single aspect of entertaining not tackled by the amazing team of talent she has put together!