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Carol Perkins: In moment of insanity, she's on Home tour

When Carol told her husband Guy about commitment to have home on the E/MC Chamber Christmas Home tour, his response was 'Have you lost your mind'?
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By Carol Perkins

In a moment of insanity I agreed to open my home for the annual Edmonton Metcalfe County Chamber Christmas Home Tour. "Have you lost your mind?" Guy asked, as did my friends. I concluded that I had, but once I made the commitment I was not going to back out. I have one month to shape up my house and decorate. "Can you do it? Yes you can." Bob the Builder came to mind.

In surveying what needed to be done during these shorts weeks ahead I said, "Guy, don't you think we need to replace the carpet in both bedrooms since they are pretty worn and have signs of Fluffy's accidents in places that won't come up?"

"I guess you want this done before the tour?"

"That back door that I have been wanting for three years. Don't you think it is time?

"Will they be coming in the back door, too? I guess you want that done before the tour?"

"I also think it would be nice if we could repaint the foyer and hallway. You know I have never really liked that color."

"I guess you want that done before the tour, too?"

"The lights on the front porch that we have been intending to replace because one is broken might need to be addressed, as well as the door handles that are held together with a strong rubber band because the set never worked right after you put it in. Don't you think we might need to replace those?"

"That does make sense."

"Do you think we might go ahead and replace those wooden, homemade carpeted covered steps that date back to the 70's when we build the house and then replace them with concrete steps?"

"Surely no one is coming through the garage!"

"No, but I thought we could do that while doing everything else."

"Who's coming? The POPE."

He then made a deal with me. "If you will get rid of all the magazines, newspapers, unread books, and six remotes on the hearth and declutter each room, one at a time, I will start on your list."

"That's a deal!" I was going to do that anyway in order to look like a house on HGTV for at least one day. Well, not exactly like one of those homes but you get the picture.

"We'll need to start decorating soon because we're not here enough to get it done in one weekend."

"Why don't we get Thanksgiving over with first?"

"Oh, no. That will be too late. I was thinking we would start this weekend."

"Are you serious? Does this tour mean that much to you?" I gave him a puppy face and a nod.

That worked in my twenties.

To be honest, for the last few years I have glided over Christmas with very little enthusiasm and spirit for twinkling lights and homemade goodies. My family has been coming after Christmas and that just isn't the same. However, this year they will all be here a few days before Christmas, which is my real incentive for going all out this year with lights and food and friends.

The tour is my motivator, and sharing the holiday with others will be one of the many rewards. December 7th is the date so I hope to see you. - Carol Perkins

Carol Perkins, the writer of this popular column, is an author, weekly radio talk show Host on The Hoss, 99.1 FM, on the Tuesdays at 10amCT, Susan (Chambers) & Carol (Perkins) Unscripted and is owner of Main Street Screenprinting PO Box 1051 601 S. Main Street Edmonton, KY 42120. Call 270-432-3152 or 270-670-4913

This story was posted on 2014-11-09 07:21:28
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