Riddle me this my dear blog readers….
What’s sometimes dirty, occasionally sweaty, always outdoors and only occurs 4-5 months every year?
Having some trouble with this one?? Well, let me give you a few hints…
- I do the laundry
- I do the cooking
- I buy the bulk of the groceries
- I clean up the house each week
- I water the plants every week
Any ideas yet?
Ok, here are some more clues……
- Hubby mows the lawn
- Hubby edges the flower beds
- Hubby maintains our swimming pool
- Hubby power washes our patio
- Hubby blows the leaves from our driveway
Are you starting to get the picture? If not, I’ll give you a little assistance.
The answer to this riddle is: Hubby’s Chores!
My follow up question: How come hubby’s chores seem to be seasonal and mine seem to be 365 days a year?
I’ll admit it… many chores around our house fall into stereotypical male/female buckets. Hubby does the bulk of our outdoor maintenance and I do the bulk of the indoor maintenance. That’s not to say that we don’t cross over into each others area sometimes
- I’ve seen hubby stop at the grocery store to buy a few necessary items (God forbid we are without his diet soda at our house!)
- I’ve heard hubby start the dishwasher (how can he eat ice cream if the designated “ice cream” bowls are all dirty??) *see hubby’s other OCD oddities here*
- I’ve watched hubby pull out the Clorox Clean-Up to wipe the kitchen counters (yes.. .this was after much nagging… but he DID do it!)
On the flip side..
- I have spent hours mulching flower beds, weeding & planting
- I have power washed all of our patio furniture
- I have built an outdoor shower area with a teak paver patio
So, I have to wonder how come hubby gets to relax for 6-7 months in the “off-season” while I toil away on my weekly and daily chores 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
An interesting question if I do say so myself………
Hubby response to my pondering: “Well, if you want all that other stuff done every day, all year, I guess you have to do it. Cause I either won’t notice it needs to be done or (probably more accurately) I don’t care about it the same way you do.”
As always… he’s filled with such wisdom!