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    Chapter 22 – Meet the Interior Designer

    Tina:  Well, I’m not going to be a whole lot of help in New York, am I?

    Bette:  Non-sense!  We need a decision maker on the scene and that will be your job.  What goes to Santa Monica and what goes to charity – that will be your job.

    Angie:  Since all my stuff has been sorted through, I’ll help you, Mom.

    Tina:  We still need to pack your stuff to go to New Haven first. Then we have to attack Daniel’s room and our room. Then there are all the knick-knacks around the house, guest room linens, the closets.  It’s going to be a whole lot like our week was in July, only there will be more of us involved and a lot more to do. And of course, not a whole lot of time.

    Bette:  Yes, this is going to be a work week and is going to be physically grueling. But we will all be there together and with a little planning, it should go rather smoothly.

    Angie:  Our week went well in New York. I see no reason why this one wouldn’t.

    Tina:  That’s the plan. Now, I need to go to bed. Do you want to join me or would you like to stay up with the kids?

    Bette:  Let’s go say goodnight to Daniel and I will go with you.

    They then hugged and kissed Angie goodnight and then headed for the media room to say goodnight to Daniel. They asked that he make sure all the lights were off and the doors were secure. He was going to finish his game and then he too would retire to his room.

    Bette and Tina performed their normal bedtime routine and got in the bed and cuddled with each other.

    Bette: Well, my dear, another adventurous week in Redondo Beach. And only one more to go before we leave for New York. Mary will be here Wednesday, Angie’s leaving the nest party is Friday and we fly out on Sunday.

    Tina: Yeah, what a summer! Where did the time go?

    Bette:  I don’t know… But we have accomplished almost everything we set out to do. And I don’t know about you, but with the exception of your little excursion to the hospital, I have enjoyed this summer and been pleased with the way you and I have worked as a team and been able to do all that we have done.  Everything has gone really well. And I feel closer to you now than I felt 6 months ago, or 6 years ago or 16 years ago.  I didn’t think that was possible. Our lives just keep getting better and better. Amazing, isn’t it?

    Tina:  Yeah, it is. We have had a relatively trouble-free summer. We have accomplished the things we needed to do. Just a few more things on the list and we will be in our new home and our new studio.

    Bette: Yeah, I can’t wait until you actually start your work. I really want to see what you do. Something in me says it’s going to be good. I just cannot imagine what it will be. And in reality, I don’t want to imagine anything. I just want to see what you produce.

    Tina:  Well, I’m going to ask you not to ask to see what I do until I am ready to show you. It’s been a while since I painted and it’s going to take a while get my sea legs back. But when I’m ready, you will be the first to see what I have created.

    Bette:  Thank you Sweetheart. Now kiss me and let’s go visit the Sandman! I love you so much.

    Tina:  Oh Bette, I love you too. More than you will ever know.

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