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MEMORIAL DAY PICNIC

This Saturday over a 100 people are coming to my house. I wish I could leave. This started out as just a small gathering with friends and family. Then the oldest son got all enthused as said great but we were catering the barbeque and sides for a 100 people. I got all upset and said that they hadn't invited over 15 people how could it be 100. Well the tally as of tonight is 102. Naturally tables and chairs are being rented. What is the purpose of vacumning and mopping floors when probably 20 or more children will tract through going to the bathroom and there are a lot of women coming that I don't even know and they will want to see the house and of course they will notice that the floor needs mopping and the carpets vacumned. What to do? Thee butthole that started all this is in St. Louis this week so hasn't been here to do the last minute cleanup outside.

We have done this nearly every year for 20 years, cooking a whole hog and staying up all night tending the meat, people in tents, etc. But we are all getting to old for that. We skipped the last two years because of my health, so I shouldn't complain. JUst wish I felt better.

Well since all this people are cominig any of you out there that want to come just come on. What would another 100 people be. lol

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Oh, Lucile! I think I would run away from home! Seriously though, just don't worry about how everything looks - just concentrate on enjoying your friends and family and getting to know those women you don't know! Tell them the upstairs is off-limits.....haha

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Oh dear...

Our house gets used for family affairs all the time but I am blessed with an amazing Mum-in-law and her two sisters. Between the 3 of them, all I ever have to do is make sure that the bathrooms are clean. They organize all the food, drinks, plates and etc. They even bring ziploc baggies for the leftovers. Usually the house is cleaner after the party than it was before.

Would it be evil to have a "collection" jar so a maid service to come and clean up? If everyone tosses in $2, I bet that would cover it. Then you won't have to worry about cleaning.

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I agree with Kathie. Make the upstairs off limits and just enjoy it. In the scheme of things, the fun times with friends and family is what is important. To heck with the house. Make those memories and have a good time! I would love to come!!

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Oh, Lucile, it sounds exhausting just HEARING about it! Tell them all that you still aren't all that well, and they'll have to just take you as you are.


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You kill me Lucile. But I know what you mean. Enjoy, the day, we want some pics though with you SMILING lol

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I wish I could come, Lucille. I would bring Buffy and Buster, and they could RLH with Rosie. That would entertain your guests so thoroughly that they would be too busy to ask for tours of your house.

I hope you can relax and enjoy being with friends and family. Have a great picnic .



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This Saturday over a 100 people are coming to my house. I wish I could leave. This started out as just a small gathering with friends and family. Then the oldest son got all enthused as said great but we were catering the barbeque and sides for a 100 people. I got all upset and said that they hadn't invited over 15 people how could it be 100. Well the tally as of tonight is 102. Naturally tables and chairs are being rented. What is the purpose of vacumning and mopping floors when probably 20 or more children will tract through going to the bathroom and there are a lot of women coming that I don't even know and they will want to see the house and of course they will notice that the floor needs mopping and the carpets vacumned. What to do? Thee butthole that started all this is in St. Louis this week so hasn't been here to do the last minute cleanup outside.

We have done this nearly every year for 20 years, cooking a whole hog and staying up all night tending the meat, people in tents, etc. But we are all getting to old for that. We skipped the last two years because of my health, so I shouldn't complain. JUst wish I felt better.

Well since all this people are cominig any of you out there that want to come just come on. What would another 100 people be. lol
I'm getting my whole clan together and well see you there! I would just do a hr a day and surface clean. Maybe you could find a cleaning lady for a few hours to help. Do you have a older teen grandchild. When my kids were little I used a neighbor 16 year old once a week for about 3 hr at $8.00 she did a good job. Hope the day goes good and you don't over do it.

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I would just rent 1-2 portable potties and lock the doors to the house.

I love family gatherings, but the most I have done is 15-20 people. I couldn't imagine 100, much less people I do not know.

Take it easy Lucille and delegate responsibilities on the young'ones.

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Lucile, I can understand how you feel, you want to see people but the planing etc is so tiring even when we're healthy. You need to have a talk with family members. You need a maid service before they come, not because your house is dirty, but you have set a certain standard for 20 yrs and you want to maintain it. Also someone needs to be there to help you supervise. After the party you also need a cleaning crew, if family members want to do it, fine but it all must be to your expectations. Also even just making for sure things are being done right and visiting, everyone needs to know that you many need to go up for little naps or rest, this is not anti-social, but these days you get tired easily after all you have been through medically, and as we age it takes longer to fully recover and this means our energey level. Even the anticipation of a happy event can make us tired after a long illness. You are still recovering and trying your wings to see how far they will open and how long you can keep them open.

It is very hard to delegate for some of us esp. things in our home. After all you have been through you need the help, I learned when my late husband was very ill for five years, sometimes you must ask for help, it is the hardest thing for some of us, just a little help can mean all the difference. I learned that friends and family do want to help but often just don't know what they can do, they know how to say the words but are truely at a loss at what they can do.

Have that talk enjoy yourself, selfishly and completely, you have fought a hugh health battle, enjoy your victory do thing for you.

Also if you get the maid service they will not do it as good as you, because no one can, so just let them do what they can.

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