Well here it is, almost the end of June, and I am way behind schedule as usual. Why is this? I think the Stupid Bug bit me. I just injured my back because I went to move a trunk, which on its own was not really that heavy, but I had forgotten that I filled it up with a bunch of stuff which of course, made it much heavier. So I just reached down to grab it and (insert shrill scream here, and a few choice words too). My back of all things! The good news, if there is ever any good news in this situation, was that I only impacted a muscle and luckily did not have to end up in traction anywhere, but the bad news is that it hurts (and has continued to hurt). After a week of medicine and muscle relaxers, I am finally seeing some improvement. So instead of working on the millions of things that I need to be, including a book trailer for my book that is coming out, I have been painting gnomes, talking to cats, and napping. I haven’t really been able to concentrate on these types of tasks with my aching back, and the gnome was originally headed to the trash before I turned his life around. You can see the before and after photos. The colors are fairly gnome-like except his basket tray is painted purple and gold that are the colors of my high school, former glory and all that, I mean, I just figured, why not?
Meanwhile College Boy, also known as, Boy Who Should Have Gotten A Summer Job is back home. He frequently bothers me when I am gnome painting and napping. “Umm, mom…wake up, mom….”
He says mom differently than my daughters do. Their mom is shrill, more like, “Mom!” as in “Mom, have you been coloring your own hair!!” This question would be asked by my younger daughter who was a professional hairstylist for quite awhile. She notices everything and will call me out on my hair in a New York minute. Such questioning will have me answering Andrea of the Perfect Bone Structure in a nonchalant way, as in: “Honey, whatever do you mean? YouTube? No never….”
Anyway, College Boy Who Needs A Job will pop up from time to time asking me to fund his various activities which are all so important, and on which, his very life depends. Sometimes he even volunteers to do chores, but he tends to do them badly, although I am thinking about having him paint, not gnomes, but maybe the side of the house that gets that lovely westerly sun.
The local radio station has been playing a lot of Aerosmith lately including the one song that used to never be played and one of my personal favorites, Kings and Queens. I don’t know why I’m excited about the radio since I have my own music collection, but these days it doesn’t take much to excite me. I also learned that none other than Joey Kramer now lives in Texas. This really surprised the Rock Guy who had no clue about this either. He now lives in Georgetown, a name that sounds like it should be an English colony, but that actually a suburb of Austin Texas. Who knew? So now, if we happen to be strolling around Georgetown, and we run into him, we can be all surprised-like and say something such as: “Joey Kramer…Aerosmith…no way!” So the summer of 2016 continues to unfold. At least the heat was a bit late to arrive, so I’m not completely fried out of my mind, but give it a couple weeks…