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4 things that irked me today

4 things that irked me today

Irk is a funny sounding word. It means to irritate, annoy, or exasperate. These are the things that irked me today. They also annoyed me and exasperated me.

  • What are you doing? H asks this question too many times during the day. After almost three years of retirement he should realize I “do things.” “I’m sewing.” “I’m working .” “I’m writing.” I’m doing something to this hair!” Really? Do I have to give an explanation every time?
  • Waiting on H to go to the gym. I think it was almost three pm when we finally went to the gym today. If I was working on my schedule, the gym would be first on my list, and then I could come home and get the rest of my day started. It seems I’m working on his schedule now.
  • Vrrroom Vrrroom! My house is not going to fall apart if I do not vacuum every day. When I least expect it, the vacuum cleaner starts up with H behind the wheel. Up and down the hall, under my chair, and in the corners as I’m trying to concentrate. Yes, I appreciate the help, but there is plenty for you to take care of in the yard. I think he is procrastinating that yard work.
  • Having my phone calls and texts ignored. I should be used to this by now. I don’t even remember why I called or texted Andrew so it must have not been an emergency. To be honest, he did answer one text, but when I replied back saying I had tried to call him twice, I received no acknowledgement. He’s a busy, busy guy!

Now that I’ve vented I should be feeling better. Right?


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The Games We Play…

The Games We Play…

Most marriages go through a phase of learning to adapt to each other’s needs and learning the quirks and misgivings of your better half. After twenty-five years you would think H would learn how to read my mind because he’s always expecting me to read his. 

It’s not like I’m asking him to stop squeezing the toothpaste in the middle of the tube or put the toilet seat down. I’ve adjusted to those small problems. I don’t even care which direction he puts the toilet paper roll on as long as he puts it on. He’s really much more consistent in replacing it than I am. 

Just do these three things for me and I’ll be happy – until I come across another problem. 

  1. Put your clothes IN the laundry hamper, not ON TOP of it. – I don’t know what’s clean and what’s dirty,  though I guess I should know by now that if it’s on top it’s dirty…
  2. Hang the bath mat over the edge of the bathtub to dry, not on the towel hook. – I don’t know why this bothers me but it does…
  3. Put the cat food bowls you bring in at night ON THE FLOOR by the bakers rack, not ON the bakers rack. – After three years you would think H would notice I move it to the floor every night when he picks it up in the morning to take back outside…

Granted, I haven’t actually called his attention to these annoyances by stating them out loud, so I shouldn’t be complaining. I shouldn’t expect him to always know what I’m thinking. I just can’t believe he doesn’t notice when I go behind him tiding up. 

Maybe he’s playing a game with me too, and is waiting for me to say something? 


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