Someone jumped off the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge tonight. I didn’t know them and yet my heart breaks. It breaks for the sadness and despair, that was so strong they felt this was their only option left. It breaks for anyone they left behind, be it family, friend, or foe. It breaks for how many other people will take their own lives. It breaks for the lives in my own family lost to suicide. It breaks for every sigle person who looks in the mirror and feels that the stress and weight of life is just so much they cannot bear it any longe. And it breaks because as a country we are so horribly ill equipped to deal with mental illness and assistance when needed. Be kind. Show love. Always.
As part of my non stop diy home projects, I am fixing the rusted baseboard heaters downstairs. It’s fast, simple and cheap and I can do it myself. Granted it takes a bit longer trying to squeeze in doing it while she naps, since she rarely naps and needs to be physically attached to me always, so getting away from her for projects like this is difficult. Anyhow, I am FINALLY in the home stretch. So I thought I would show you how it’s done.
You will need.
- A face mask
- Safety eye protection
- Sander or sand paper
- A dust rag
- Newspaper or brown paper to protect walls from the spray paint
- Rust stopping spray paint (lowes or home depot have it)
- And a few minutes to spare.
- Tape up newspaper around the baseboards to protect the walls. If you are painting the walls after then you don’t even have to do this step
- Put on your face mask, gloves and protective eye wear.
- Sand all rusted spots off your baseboards l, get it nice and smooth.
- Vacuum up debris or dust or wipe down the baseboards.
- Open all windows!!
- Spray paint the baseboards, follow the instructions on the can. Long even strokes are best, and don’t forget to stop and shake the can often.
- Keep all the windows open and let the area air out as long as possible.
Aside from my usual “new years” goal, to be a perfect blend of Mary Poppins and Martha Stewart, I am also going to push myself to be a better friend, to actually be a friend. Last year was very dark for me, the last 2 years actually, and I retreated from life. I unfriended/deleted/retreated from pretty much everyone I knew, interacted with no one, certainly not in real life and barely here on the internet. I reached out to no one. I wasn’t there for anyone, had no one over, I made absolutely zero deposits into the friendship bank. This year, I aim to change that. I’m going to set the bar pretty low to start, maybe send text messages, try and reestablish friendships. But the point here is, I am going to try, I am going to be a better friend this year, heck, maybe even have people over to swim this summer. I know, I know, just set the bar at medium with that. Here’s to brutal honesty and being a better friend.