I live 2 hours away from the town where most of my family lives/lived in MD. When my sister and hubby decided to move to FL after retiring, she planned to visit me before leaving the area. Well, moving is stressful and busy, and she couldn't get the free time. I understood that. I would have been equally pressed for time.
This April, she emailed that her hubby was returning to the old town to meet old friends and go fishing in Canada with them. Susie decided to go along as far as the old town and stay with her daughter and visit old friends there. She said she was going to drive the 2 hours to visit me one day here.
Things happen. She decided driving 2 hours in a strange rental car (she doesn't like driving) was too uncomfortable. We considered meeting in the middle, but that would have just been in a restaurant for or hour and that's not a great place to talk. I considered some outside locations, but the temp is hitting 95+ and the heat index over 100, so that wasn't a good idea.
We decided to just keep talking on the telephone every so often.
I miss her generally. She is not only a sister but a person I like. I mean, if she was only a neighbor, I would like her too.
But with 2 months notice, I started fixing the house up. I'm a single guy set in his ways; I don't worry too much about how the house looks inside. But I repainted the bathroom, mopped the floors, washed other walls ( the kitchen really needed it), etc. And I had yard stuff to show. The new compost bin, the new deck (3 years old but she hasn't seen it), the enclosed garden, flowers everywhere. Etc.
It would have been nice to show her the things I've done. And to sit and talk to her.
But at least I have a nice clean house! That should last about a month, LOL!