I usually try to keep up with housework a bit during the week so that I can then put in a couple hours on Saturday and have things pretty well under control. However, since I am working six days a week this month, I have been making an effort to relax in the evenings, and fitting my Saturday errands into the mornings before work. I also have both my sons home all day because of summer vacation. The result is that my house got into a shameful condition.

Thus it was that on Sunday, with houseguests in the offing, I determined to get a vast amount of cleaning done.

I had to drink lots of tea first.