Retired Husband becomes Caregiver
Since I began Gingham Country /Living to consolidate my blogs into a single home, I have been undecided about bringing one of my older blogs here as well. “The Retired Husband.”
Certainly, hubby should no longer be considered retired as he is now my full-time “Caregiver.” Yet, he still does the household chores which was the main reason for the blog’s beginning in the first place.
So– there is just something uneasy about having a man around the house all day that makes a woman pause and say…. “What the ‘hey?” especially when they refuse to do things the right way!
And the Right Way is… (our way– of course)
I mean, I’ve been doing what I do as a housewife for half a century. In fact this year will be our 50th anniversary, and you need only imagine how many dirty dishes and wrinkled shirts that stacks up to be.
It’s bad enough to have a retired husband under-foot adding their two cents to woman’s work, but now I have to let him do it or it doesn’t get done. That’s heart breaking. No more shooing him outside and out of my way.
Even with oxygen tube in my nose, I don’t have the stamina to lift a fully loaded laundry basket. So, I should be grateful for hubby…right? uh… No. Not always.
I like the washing machine loaded lightly, the clothes have more room to swish gently and get clean without wearing out the fabric. I like the dryer on medium heat so the clothes don’t fade or shrink.
Hubby not only fills the washing machine to the brim, he packs the clothes down like he’s taking a long term vacation then tops that off with his socks.
Then of course, he adds 2 cups of laundry detergent because there’s no way my little 1/2 cup dispenser could clean his nice BIG load.
To his way of thinking, it means consolidating 3 washer loads into one. He wants credit for saving money, energy and water for this new technique. I should have learned this lesson years ago.
And there’s the dryer. He runs the dryer on the hottest cotton temp for yet another saving, the clothes dry in half the time, saving on electricity and wear and tear on the dryer. (No matter the wear and tear on the clothes)
And no matter that all my long pants now stop at my knees and once baggy t-shirts barely reach my midriff. (Not a pretty sight I can guarantee.)
Okay, it might be sorta nice to have someone do laundry, mop the kitchen, vacuum the living room and mow the yard. I’ll tell ya about that later…maybe
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