My tendency to go over-board went into over-drive with the pressure of the announcement to the entire hood via the huge sign. I am now back to doing the puttering when I feel like puttering and NOT cringing over judgement anxiety.
The Ebola Virus being present at our back door has caused quite the stir.
This month's Hood Newsletter included a full page informative write up. Dr. Son-In-Law has explained all the steps being taken in the ER to prevent exposure. My Calvinist leanings have surfaced since I truly am not concerned--when it is my time--it's my time.
Perhaps I should be more concerned about the SWAT team who converged on The Hood today in search of a fugitive who was holed up on the next street. The park is full of a fully armed police force and meanwhile I am sitting in the Bungalow totally unaware of any danger or threat. Ignorance is bliss? Reminder to self--keep the doors locked!
Actual Photo Posted On The Hood Chat Room Site
Halloween is upon us and this young man and I began practicing our jack o lantern art this week.
The Hood has a BIG Pumpkin Carving Contest to be judged the night before Halloween. The report is Halloween is a HUGE deal here in the Hood with more kids than you can shake a stick at coming into the Hood to collect goodies. I purchased $50 of candy today---if not enough--I will resort to pencils! I have the perfect idea for a jack o lantern, but need some carving help---would anyone care to volunteer?
Finally I made the sad discovery this week that I am a snob. All these years, I really thought I did not have a snobbish bone in my body---Turns out I was wrong!
One of my sweet young neighbors stopped and chatted while I was in the yard this week. She got around to telling me she would really like for me to meet her single dad---AWKWARD MOMENT! Stuttering and stammering for a few seconds, I replied, "I am older than you think I am."---DEFLECTIVE COMEBACK! Her response, "That doesn't matter." RAPID SUBJECT CHANGE!
The truth is---I am not interested UNLESS your Dad has God first in his life. How do you say that and not give the impression you are judgmental? I know what is most important in my life and have no desire to be in a relationship with anyone who does not have the same priority. I have MANY new friends here in FW who are not Believers---women friends--who I freely share my beliefs with, but it is quite different when you begin a relationship with a man for the obvious reason of where that relationship could lead. So my confession is---I am a snob when it comes to the potential of any male-female relationship. Thank you--but No Thank You unless we are on equal spiritual footing will have to be my response.
As Garrison Keillor so eloquently states:
And that's all the news here in The Hood, where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking and the children above average.