I was bored on the 4th of July, quite honestly. Or maybe restless is a better word. No parade, no fireworks, nothing, because my husband and son had no desire and I wasn't going to rain on anyone's parade by inviting myself to go with them. The worst part? It was the most gorgeous weather of the year so far!
I'm seldom bored because, as my mom has always said, "there's no room for boredom in the life of a reader." But instead of reading, this time I sewed.
2. What's the last thing you made a reservation for?
A hotel room for my nephew's wedding at the beach in September!!!! Can't wait. It combines
family reunion with a getaway with sand and sea and ultimate romance!
3. What's one thing on your summer 'bucket list'? Any plans to make it happen?
I have a 50-thing bucket list this summer, and have checked off a few. One thing on the list is to sand off all the textured paint from my bedroom walls, and strip the wallpaper border. That's actually two.
If you remember the decorating rage of the late 90's, everyone was into faux finishes. "Ragging off" is the one I chose for this bedroom, and hubby was against it . But I had done 16 square feet of faux finish (Floral White plus Botanical Beige) before he got home from work one day in Y2K. He had two choices, but
He said a month ago he would absolutely not UNdo it. That was my
Doesn't that sound like the cure for boredom? Yes, and also the cure for any harebrained ideas in the future that run along the lines of, "Oh, wouldn't it be cool to add a faux finish to 288 square feet of wall?" I could just fa
ux up. My plan is to sand one section at a time for week .Should be fun with a bad right shoulder.
4. What's your favorite summertime sip?
This question should not rattle my brain, but it has. It's a three-way tie for
pink lemonade, suntea with fresh mint, or a mango Seagram's Escape.
The best part of a summertime sip is the company you sip with, and I usually sit on the porch with my friend Bonnie after we walk our mile/mile-and-a-half through the hilly neighborhood in the evening. Our most frequent after-walk sip is good ole' ice water with lemon but sometimes we rehydrate with something "stronger." Ahem.
5. What do you find is the best way to handle another person's hostility and hopefully ease the tension?
The Bible's answer is 'a soft answer turns away wrath.' I have not always been the best at knowing what that means, but I'm learning that acknowledging a person's feelings is a soft answer, and probably the best first step. "I understand" is a good phrase (and I can always understand that trivial things can set a person off , that have caused deeper issues to boil to the surface). Finding out what they want , even if you can't or shouldn't fill their want, is an in-road to understanding.
Usually people want to talk about it. Even when they say they don't or "there's nothing to talk about." There is fear, grief, shame, jealousy, ego, loneliness--all kinds of stuff that come out as hostility.
6. Your favorite film set in summer?
Hey, I read that question 10 times and couldn't think of my favorite "film set". I was thinking, "Film set? Not a single film? Like a trilogy? As in Bourne?" Then I re-read an 11th time and I THINK it means "favorite film that is set in the summer"--as in a summer setting? I'll go with that.
I absolutely snorted and wheezed out of my seat watching "Meatballs" with Bill Murray years and years ago. So hysterical . It's a summer camp movie. I should watch it again. Maybe it was just seventh grade humor??
7. What word are you using too much lately?
"Now." Can you please do that now? Are you coming home now? I don't want to play Stratego right now. I'm hungry now. I'd rather sew right now than cook. Can we go out now?
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Yesterday morning my daughter-in-law was home alone, folding laundry, in their apartment when two black men attempted to break in. She had heard loud knocking on neighboring doors and knew she'd be next. She looked out the peephole and saw the men whispering. There were no clipboards, no uniforms, nothing that would make them look legit.
She didn't want them to know there was a girl inside alone, so she quietly got up, hoping they wouldn't hear her loud breathing, and pushed hard against the door as they pushed from the other side.
Eventually they gave up. She sneaked into the bathroom with the phone (unsure if they might come back) and called 911. Cops came and there was a search with K-9 units and helicopters! Unfortunately, they didn't catch the guys, and she is still afraid they might come back for revenge since the cops were called. I assured her that no, I highly doubt it. Burglars aren't usually going to return to where they almost got caught. They wouldn't remember that apartment anyway (and she removed the identifying wreath on the door, "just in case").
Besides, they live in a good area. This was very unusual activity.
Needless to say, my son was really angry when he found out. Two men had tried to break in to his place while his sweet, young, LITTLE wife was home alone??? How DARE they! Not much makes my son mad, but threaten his family and LOOK OUT!!! Thank GOD for protecting our girl.