One-liner Wednesday: The Best Laid Plans

“The best laid plans of mice and men, often go awry.” ~ Robert Burns ‘To A Mouse’ 1786

So, in case any of you are wondering how our well-planned neighbourly visit with Prosecco and piano recital went on Sunday, the short answer is, “It didn’t.”

Here’s the long story………

We had arranged for husband, wife and wife’s son to come round at 2pm,ย  but at midday I got a call from Mrs T asking if they could make it later at about 4pm. I reminded her that it was forecast to rain at that time and as they’d requested to sit outside, it would be less than ideal. Nevertheless, she insisted that they would come at 4 and definitely would only sit outside. Well then, that was thatย  and I knew it wasn’t going to work out. Around 2:30 Mr T phoned to ask hubby what he should do about a termite he’d seen in his pool area and just happened to mention that Mrs T and son were out shopping for a table. So that solved the mystery of why she’d postponed their visit. At just before 4, with the son’s car still not back in their driveway, the heavens opened and down came the rain with thunder and lightning for good measure. Hubby and I opened the Prosecco, gave ourselves two chocolate truffles apiece and sat back to enjoy. The positive thing about this is that the outdoor furniture got a really thorough cleaning on Saturday and I’d done lots of piano practice in readiness for our no-show guests. The annoying thing is that we haven’t had a phone call apologising for them not turning up. Would you consider that rude, or am I expecting too much?

Someone who did get a visitor on Sunday, is Al the keeper of our fishpond, when sweet little Lizzie popped by the say “Hi”.


Hope your weekend was good and that this week is going well.

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82 comments on “One-liner Wednesday: The Best Laid Plans

  1. Oh my, Sylvia. Such a horrible thing to do to someone. I’m flaming angry for you. I wouldn’t bother ever again with someone who did that to me. I’d certainly let them know if they asked, why we’re being distant and cold, but they won’t. I think of it as your value to them was less than their need to do or be wherever they wanted to be regardless of their commitment.
    Gosh … I hope I don’t sound mean-spirited but people are becoming very strange.
    Rude is too kind a word for their behavior.
    Yes … I do love the froggy and his friend.
    Have a peaceful weekend … Be safe … Izzy ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    • Thanks so much for your supportive comment, Izzy. I still havenโ€™t had any word of the explanation or apology, so I totally agree with you that I must distance myself from her. Itโ€™s a pity, because her husband is nice but she definitely wears the pants in that relationship. ๐Ÿ˜˜

  2. The lizard is great – and that was rude behavior – and I read a few comments here and see that you were not that into them – but one suggestion I have is to find a way to mention it to them – using โ€œIโ€ statements and for their own growth – because they are likely oblivious to how their societal interactions impact others –
    And sometimes these folks are actually really awesome and genuine people – they just donโ€™t have certain manners – and sometimes the ones with the manners never pull rude stunts but they can be so fake – And if you have the energy and feel
    Led to – you can let them know about their behavior impact on others

  3. Let’s face it, Sylvia… some folks are simply rude. On the other hand, at least you didn’t have to put up with any rude visitors and more chocolates for you!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’d call that a nice consolation.

    • I havenโ€™t heard from her again and I hope I donโ€™t. They have been round a couple of times before and come to think of it, it was always at her behest. Her husband is a sweet guy but sheโ€™s really not my type.

  4. It is exactly, “rude”… so rude… I wished to be your visitor and whenever you want, and sure I would be so happy, especially listen to your piano dear Sylvia, please if they call you again ask to to come another day, please refuse them… don’t invite them… ๐Ÿ™‚ You are nice one… Your photograph so nice too, but when I come please keep them away from me this little creature! Thank you, Love, nia

  5. Some people have no manners….your neighbours sound very self centred … but very hurtful as you probably spent ages practising. Never mind, you know to by-pass your neighbours and go straight for the Prosecco and chocolate..๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

  6. So sorry they didnโ€™t show up, Sylvia, as Iโ€™m sure you looked forward to your first set of visitors in a while. And you planned around it, practiced piano, and bought goodies!

    This behavior of your neighbors is extremely rude, especially after they invited themselves, indicating their desire to come. I canโ€™t believe they didnโ€™t cancel or havenโ€™t apologized and I donโ€™t even understand why buying a table that afternoon was more important than a pleasant afternoon with others, listening to piano. You got me! Maybe there was a misunderstanding? You are taking this much better than I would. I donโ€™t want to spend precious time and energy on flaky people.

  7. It certainly was rude, but -as I tend to see good in everything- it served as a great clearing out the weeds, so to speak opportunity! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anyway, you had your wine and chocolate with hubby and you practiced, so ALL good [including Al and Lizzie!]! ๐Ÿ˜‰ xoxoxo
    ps also love Rebecca’s response! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Probably you do expect too much. I have learnt that many people are unreliable. Prosecco and chocolate truffels for yourself is nice too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Whenever I find myself in a unusual circumstance – and this was a very odd circumstance indeed – I go back to the stoics of the past because they have been around a long than I have and their words still seem to pop up all over the internet. โ€œโ€ชOne who seeks friendship for favourable occasions, strips it of all its nobility.โ€ Senecaโ€ฌ. I donโ€™t think these are noble friends, Sylvia. I would love to stop by and listen to you at that magnificent piano. Beaming over now. Hugs and more hugs!

    • This is so wise, dear Rebecca. I have had a couple of occasions which have made me doubt her sincerity. I love the idea of โ€˜noble friendsโ€™. I do have a few of those. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜˜

  10. That was definitely rude behaviour, right from the first instance when they invited themselves. Possibly Mr T doesnโ€™t feel responsible for his wifeโ€™s behaviour which is why he continues to call, or otherwise, heโ€™s a complete bonehead.

    • Thanks for confirming that, Lynette. I think Mr. T likes to keep the peace with his wife at all costs. Maybe he doesn’t know that she didn’t apologise. We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Wait, Mr T lives next to you!? ๐Ÿ˜€
    Strange that a member of the A-team would phone your husband to hear about a termite issue though. I would have thought it should have been the other way around. Didn’t their ad say “If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team.”???

  12. i agree 100% with Jill. with a no show, this is what i love: “Hubby and I opened the Prosecco, gave ourselves two chocolate truffles apiece and sat back to enjoy.”
    and, how sweet of Lizzie to drop by ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ have a great half of the week ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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