I really need another patriotic holiday right now.
Amelia Earhart day?
Too much of a mystery.
I did read somewhere that August the 4th is National Coast Guard Day.
I think that will work.
I’m really not that picky and I love a branch of the service with the motto “Always prepared.”
And I need a patriotic celebration because I still have all this bunting hanging off the porch.
And it’s ummmm…..July 13.
Time for the bunting to retire.
Time for the bunting to join the Christmas garland in the attic.
Time for the porch to be officially bunting-less.
But you see……my husband has decided that he wants to be a card-carrying member of the bunting fan club. It has become overly apparent that within his chest beats the heart of someone who believes that we all live in the land of the free and the home of the brave and that the second amendment guarantees every American citizen the right to hang bunting wherever and whenever they choose.
And really…..he is so cute.
And who am I to deny a man the right to a little bunting?
Especially a man who patiently sawed off the ends of croquet mallets to make hooks for the bathroom.
And to his credit….he didn’t even raise his eyebrows at me when I asked.
Or tell me that he needed those mallets to play croquet.
Maybe he was distracted by all that bunting flowing in the breeze
Croquet Mallet Hook
double ended screw
Step 1: Saw off mallet approximately two inches from the end closest to top
Hand mallet to your husband.
Show him where it needs to be cut.
Tell him how cute he is.
Blog for 10 minutes until he returns from the workshop with the sawed off croquet mallets.
Step 2: Cut wooden board 4″ x 5″ for base for hook
When your husband comes back in with the croquet mallets run to him and admire his work.
Say things like “How did you get this done so quickly” and “Have you ever cut croquet mallets before?” and my personal patriotic favorite “You are the best husband in America.”
Mention that you needed some 4″ x 5″ boards cut for the base.
Act surprised when he offers to cut them.
Tell him how cute he is.
Sit down and blog for 10 minutes while he cuts the boards in the workshop.
Step 3: Screw double-ended screw into the block of wood
Take the double-ended screw.
Style it on an old wooden box.
Take about 27 pictures of a screw on said old wooden box because you are fascinated with the juxtaposition of the screw against the dark wood.
Decide your next career move should include being a hardware photographer.
Step 4: Attach the mallet to the other end of the double sided screw
Drill a tiny hole in the end of the mallet.
Screw the mallet onto the screw until it is flush with the board.
Step 5: Repeat steps to make another hook and hang both on the wall
Pause for just a moment to admire your new hooks.
Start thinking of a project for the sticks that you cut off.
Realize that you have to put off that project for another day because you really don’t have a lot of time. After all……
….National Coast Guard Day is right around the corner