I'm so excited about your visit that I can think of nothing else. I am counting down and OMGoodness, it is three days and a few hours!!!
So I have decided to reveal my surprise before you get here because I know how you are. I know you are all in a dither because I said, "I'm working on a surprise for you. But it's not something you can have. It is just something to look at while you are here." I told you it is "no biggie".
Well, guess what? It is a biggie. It is the kind of big as "the elephant in the room".
Although we call it The Garden Palace and it is not in the room, you can see it in view from several rooms. When anyone sees it, they instantly want to go closer and go inside. That happened last year when my friend Deryn was here. It is a curiosity. But I just could NOT let her go in.
The fact is, The Garden Palace is mine and I have neglected it shamelessly. Here is the problem. While I have not been tending to things over there, I have had some seasonal (winter) guest move in. You might even call them squatters, of the furry type. They found the accommodations to their liking but oh my they are a messy bunch. I have been so overwhelmed, crushed and disgusted with myself for letting this happen, that I couldn't face it. So no one besides me has been allowed inside The Garden Palace for quiet some time.
And there really is something quiet fantastic to see over there. And it is only natural that you would want to go over there. And it is something that I love showing off. And you simply can not come all the way from
California and then have me say, "sorry, no, you cannot go inside." It is just a great big little play house full of things and projects.
It has a wonderful story to tell and I am excited that you are coming and I want you to see it. I am cleaning up the mess so it is somewhat presentable. I didn't start early enough to get everything done that needs doing. But I will let you go over and go inside and we will sit and visit about things.
That is my surprise. The elephant in the room. But now it really feels like it is more for me than for you. I think I'm confused.