Thread: Cranky old women
12-15-2003, 01:04 PM #1
Cranky old women
It is important for men to remember that as women grow older it becomes harder for them to maintain the same quality of housekeeping as they did when they were younger. When men notice this, they should try not to yell.
Let me relate how I handle the situation.
When I got laid off from my job and took "early retirement" in March, it became necessary for my wife to get a full-time job, both for the extra income and for the health benefits that we need. It was shortly after she started working that I noticed that she was beginning to show her age.
I usually get home from fishing or hunting about the same time that she gets home from work. Although she knows how hungry I am, she almost always says that she has to rest for half an hour or so before she starts supper. I try not to yell, instead I tell her to take her time and just wake me when she finally does get supper on the table. She used to do the dishes as soon as we finished eating. It is now not unusual for them to sit on the table for several hours after supper. I do what I can by reminding her several times each evening that they aren't cleaning themselves.
I know she appreciates this, as it does seem to help her get them done before she goes to bed.
Now that she is older, she seems to get tired so much more quickly..
Our washer and dryer are in the basement. Sometimes she says she just can't make another trip down those steps. I don't make a big issue of this. As long as she finishes up the laundry the next evening, I am willing to overlook it.. Not only that, but unless I need something ironed to wear to the Monday lodge meeting or to Wednesday's or Saturday's poker game club or Tuesday's or Thursday's bowling or something like that, I will tell her to wait until the next evening to do the ironing.
This gives her a little more time to do some of the odds and ends things like shampooing the dog, vacuuming or dusting.
Also, if I have a really good day of fishing, this allows her to gut and scale the fish at a more leisurely pace.
She is starting to complain a little occasionally.
For example, she will say that it is difficult for her to find time to pay the monthly bills on her lunch hour.
In spite of her complaining, I continue to offer encouragement. I tell her to stretch it out over two or three days. That way she won't have to rush so much.
I also remind her that missing lunch completely now and then won't hurt her any, if you know what I mean.
When doing simple jobs she seems to think she needs more rest periods.
She had to take a break when she was only half finished mowing the yard. I try not to embarrass her when she needs these little rest breaks. I tell her to fix us a big, cold glass of freshly squeezed lemonade and sit for a while. I tell her that as long as she is taking her break by the hammock she can talk with me until I fall asleep.
I know that I probably look like a Saint in the way that I support her on a daily basis. I'm not saying that the ability to show this much consideration is easy.
Many men will find it difficult.
Some will find it impossible. I guess I'm just a caring, compasionate person.
No one knows better than I do how frustrating women can become as they get older.
However, guys, even if you just yell at your wife a little less often because of this article, I will consider that writing it was worthwhile.
12-16-2003, 03:48 AM #2
And what hospital address do we reach you after she reads this ???
12-16-2003, 11:01 AM #3
...and so began Raceman's life of celibacy.tripledude
12-16-2003, 03:39 PM #4
You didn't mention what corrective action was taken to prevent this type of behavior by your wife in the future. I would recommend your actions are too considerate of her feelings. You have long provided for her over the years and her disrespect for you while your starting to enjoy your retirement needs to be delt with. I would start by taking away her lemom aid and no breaks at all. I have gotten a horn on my lawn chair which I sound for mine to get me a cold one. Get her a push mower, you'll find this keeps the pounds off the legs and butt where these older women tend to put it on. Women should only speak when spoken too. You will find the this type of disclipine will curb this behavior in the future.
Have a great retirement!
12-16-2003, 05:16 PM #5
Rm, Ya got guts. Or is your lovely wife missing at this time. Maybe one of use should give Raceman a call just to see who lived .DaveW
12-16-2003, 05:33 PM #6
At least he didn't post her picture with a detailed decription including weight!!!
12-16-2003, 06:17 PM #7
12-16-2003, 09:29 PM #8
stand up and applaud that man for having nuts big enough to say and do what we all feel. Either that or it's been so long since he had any that he just don't care no more ......
12-17-2003, 03:59 AM #9
At this point, we can only assume u have taken into hiding. We know ur still responding to the forum, so u must have taken ur lap-top.
Be careful of connection time and cell phone usage. They can triangulate ur position...lol
I have a spare bedroom with a dsl jack in it. Lets consider it our S&F underground railroad....
Also remember, u have the right to remain silent. Through ERA, we lost the right to speak,,,remember ???
I'll have Alton Maddox and C. Vernon Mason ready to defend ya
12-17-2003, 08:23 AM #10
Hey Norris, When your wife starts sellin all your stuff tell her to give me a call. I have cash and I'll keep everything nice and safe for ya.DaveW
12-17-2003, 10:02 AM #11
If the old wife starts gettin to slow there is always the option of traden her in for a newer model. ............ I'm real happy that my wife never comes here, if she did there would be hell ta pay
12-17-2003, 10:32 PM #12
You can trade ur 40 y.o. wife in, for 2 20 y.o.'s
U just gotta make sure ur wired for 220
12-17-2003, 11:33 PM #13
"I'm real happy that my wife never comes here, if she did there would be hell ta pay"
Sing it brother.
I ain't sure what I'm wired for. Let's see, 110, I'd go to jail, 220 I'd go to the morgue from massive heart failure. There ain't any such thing as 140 as far as I know and 440 might be worse than 220.
12-18-2003, 01:55 PM #14
RM, Ya know what they say it's not the volts that kills ya, It's the amps.DaveW
12-19-2003, 09:29 PM #15
Two times a week, we go to a nice restaurant, have a little wine,
some good food and companionship.
She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.
We also sleep in separate beds.
Hers is in the house and mine is in the back of my truck.
I take my wife everywhere, but she keeps finding her way back.
I asked my wife where she wanted to go for our anniversary. "Somewhere I
haven't been in a long time!" she said. So I suggested the kitchen.
We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops.
She has an electric blender, electric toaster and electric bread maker Then
she said, "There are too many gadgets and no place to sit down!". So I
bought her an electric chair.
Remember.... Marriage is the number one cause of divorce.
Statistically, 100% of all divorces started with marriage.
I married Miss Right. I just didn't know her first name was Always.
I haven't spoken to my wife for 18 months. I don't like to interrupt her.
The last fight was my fault. My wife asked, "What's on the TV?".... I said,
In the beginning, God created earth and rested.
Then God created man and rested.
Then God created woman.
Since then, neither God nor man has rested.
Why do men die before their wives?
Because they want to!