The painters are done and gone!!! It is so nice to have my house back---no masking or drop cloths, no messes to track around, and the odor of paint is receding. They did a very nice job and I like the wall color we chose (Cottage White) and the painter's recommendation that we take it up to 150% for more contrast next to the Swiss Coffee on the wood trim (of which this old house has a lot).
We still need to mop the hardwood floors before arranging the furniture (the painters cleaned well but there's still a fine grit on the floors probably from them sanding the trim) and a bunch of unpacking boxes for the bedroom and office; and then there's a short list of misc. tasks and fixes to get to... but at least the big projects are done--yay!
I've been noticing more and more that the exterior of the house needs to be painted so I'd better put that on the slate for next year and start saving, its going to be a big job.