Sunday, October 21, 2018

Returning Home With Ease

Cottage Garden by Henry Sutton Palmer, English, 1834-1953

Before we departed on our 11 day road trip, I planned our return so that it could be done with a minimal amount of cutter. Our bags therefore were carried directly into a room out of sight, so that I could put things away the next day without making a major mess all over the place.

Another thing that I did before we left, was to make sure all trash was taken out, the trash containers washed and aired out and scented with essential oils, all the sinks and drains were sanitized and clean, the floors swept, all surfaces wiped with a damp cloth sprinkled with scented oil of my preference. Cotton balls with a little orange essential oil were placed inside closets and shelves. Lavender from the garden was placed on window sills, and there were eucalyptus branches in the far corners of all the rooms. I emptied the refrigerator so that food would not have a chance to spoil over a long period of time.  I dreaded coming home to a house that had not been opened for 11 days, but was relieved at the fresh scented house. 

The beds were all made, and the bathroom looked like it was prepared for guests, with new toothbrushes, soap, towels, shampoo, line-dried crispy clean terry towels folded on the edge of the tub,  as well as a clean set of sleepwear hanging on the door. This was such a pleasant thing, since I came home at one o'clock in the morning with a bit of a headache and was loathe to dig around in a bag for all those things.  My plan was to make the house an inn for weary travelers and I was certainly glad I went to the extra trouble before leaving.  I felt as though we were arriving in a vacation home after our road trip.

Because this plan was set into place, it has taken me very little time to get unpacked and back into the business of home.

Going over all those passes in the dark and in the rain or snow, made even the most daunting plans and tasks at home seem light, so when we arrived home, our pressing responsibilities seemed less formidable.  No longer did I dread doing something that I had been putting off, because all I had to do was think of driving through a pass, and then I was happy that all I had to do was clean up a hoarder's mess in the laundry room. 

In my next video I hope to share with you some delightful things I learned while away from home.

Thank you Roxy in Colorado and Amy and Bob in Idaho for inviting us into your homes. Thank you to all of you for praying for us, especially me, who was always hanging on the the door on the passenger side when I was not driving.  Once, I told Mr. S. that the reason I never accompanied him on his yearly trips across the desert, is that he and his brother usually drive the speed limit, which is 90 mph in some long stretches.  I told him while riding with him that I wish he would slow down; that it seemed like he was doing 75 mph, but he said, "My dear, I wish you would not make false accusations against me.  I'm NOT going 75! I'm going 90."



Julel said...

Good Morning, it is the morning here in England, though I think it is much earlier in the USA.
I have not previously commented, but feel I must thank you for the glimpses you have given me of your huge country as you travelled through it. We could drive from one end of the United Kingdom to the other in 11 hours, and then we would have traversed the whole country. The distances you have covered on your road trip have amazed me, and made me pore I ate anew what a huge and diverse country the USA is. Many thanks, I have enjoyed your road trip.
With my best wishes

carol said...

I've always cleaned my house before leaving on a trip but you went the extra mile to welcome yourselves home. I never thought about essentials oils and all the other niceties you mentioned. You made coming home a real pleasure! I'll save this post as a reminder before I travel again. thank you!-carol

Outdoors said...

What a wonderul idea to make your home that lovely before you leave. I also try to clean before we leave and obviously take the carbage out, but that extra effort would make a HUGE difference. And having some food ready in the freezer would also be a good idea.

We are usually away all the weekends. I shall try to follow your example to make homecoming more pleasant.

Lydia said...

Julel, I think it might take more than 30 days to see it all! We raced through mosts of it at 90 miles an hour, and I'm not sure the kilometer equivalent. But we were on the interior, which is prairie, (note I finally learned how to spell prairie) desert and mountain. However even in highly civilized, highly settle, highly populated areas like Las Vegas the speed was beyond my comfort. The country going from east to west is as large as Australia, and I think Canada might be a bit bigger than that. Measured against Europe I think It would be the equivalent of crossing from France to Turkey; but not completely sure; it also would be like trying to cross Russia. When I lived in Tasmania,, it was a comfort to know you could cross the island state and be home the same day if it was east to west. However going north to south, you'd have to spend the night in Hobart and drive back to Smithton the next day.

Feminine Belle said...


Welcome back! Nice to see you both safe and sound at home.

The idea you spoke of (cleaning up and prepping the house before leaving)I have done myself. It gives you and the family a sense of relaxation and comfort after returning home from an arduous travel. Appreciate the idea on the cotton balls with citrus oil on them as well as the eucalyptus in the corner, and thus not forgetting the lavender in the window! ;)

Your kind and insightful blog has given me and perhaps others extra ideas and incentives to extend towards the care of our own homes.

Excitedly looking forward to what you learned!

amulbunny's random thoughts said...

I am sure my husband has a black and blue mark for eternity on his right arm. It is from me punching him when I see the speed indicator headed towards 90. We once rented a brand new Cadillac for the trip across the desert and it hit 110 like nothing. I have a lead foot, but 80's is my limit usually.
Glad you made it home safely.

Amy B said...

So glad you’ve arrived home and are getting rested. My family gets a little irritated with me because I have such a huge list for everyone to do before we go. I, too, like to make sure everything is prepared for our return home. It is a little extra work, but so worth it! My husband has learned to save his speed for the times I’m asleep (as car travel usually puts me out rather quickly). 😂

Lydia said...

I made a spray with essential oil and hydrogen peroxide and sprayed each drain with it before we left. The house did not exude any particular scent when we got back, but it did smell a lot like fresh air.

Lydia said...

You can legally speed up to 100 in some long desert stretches where you never meet another car.

Trish Clark said...

There's no place like home!!!

I look forward to reading your insights and I appreciate your mindfulness of always looking at things through our faith in Christ.
Grateful to God that your home safe.