Originally Posted by dreams
Nyssa, I'm glad your electricity is back on, but so sorry you were not able to relax and enjoy your book time. I have the same problem when my mom calls on my days off. I have learned that if I answer to the "What are you doing today?" with "I'm going to read," or "I'm going to watch a movie," that it somehow translates to "I'm not going to be doing anything, as I have all this free time and I need something to do."
I've learned to structure my answers to include chores/errands that consume a lot of time..
My mom knows better. She know if I tell her I am busy, I am. She also knows if she really does need me, I'll be there for he when I can. My mom doesn't bother me. We get along very well.
For example, if my mother asks us to go over on a Sunday and my wife wants to just chill for the day, my mom will not push. She knows better.