Thursday, January 23, 2014

NEVER ASK

SWMBO came into my den this morning and said she was going into town for some shopping.  She said she'd probably be gone for quite awhile.  I (stupidly) asked if there was anything I could do for her while she was gone.

She dramatically said "Since you asked . . . could you vacuum the carpets and the floors?"

"Oh, sure", said I.

She left.  I vacuumed the whole house.  While doing so I had encountered some empty boxes and I knew there were some others in the garage so I went out with my trusty box cutter and demolished them. I filled one garbage bag with paper that had been used for packing.  I filled another bag with even more paper and the remains of a few boxes.  Then I filled a third bag with the rest of the cut-up cardboard.

Then, noticing that some of that damned insulated stuff, kind of like styrofoam popcorn, had littered the floor, I swept the garage and put it in the third garbage bag.  Then I moved a few full boxes around and generally neatened the garage up.  (If you could see our garage right now you'd know "neatened", as used in the previous sentence is a relative term.)

At the end of all this, I was totally bushed.  The Ibuprofen and the muscle relaxant I had taken had met their match.

During all of this, except the stuff in the garage, my trusty superintendent Blackwell had been wandering around keeping an eye on me.  Actually he just fixed me with this wondering stare, as if to say "Is this guy nuts?"


(The picture of Blackwell has been tweaked for a project the BRD is working on.  Gives him sort of a ghostly stare, doesn't it?)

14 comments:

  1. Good work there old boy! That'll keep you in shape. I'm convinced that vacuuming is a work out conditioner. Blackwell's eyes are pushed by your effects.

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    1. You are crazy. My back has since gone out and I can barely move.

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  2. You've been a busy beaver. And you're right; spooky picture.

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  3. When my wife leaves anything around, even empty boxes leave them alone because Mrs. C. always has a reason for saving stuff.

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    1. Joe, we've agreed this is our absolutely last move and we're getting rid of stuff instead of hanging on to it. So I was safe getting rid of the boxes.

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  4. I simply hope your wife came back with a nice treat for you...

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    1. She did! She had been to Trader Joe's and came home with my favorite Orange Chicken among other things.

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  5. It is recommended that before violent exercise one should consult ones doctor. Don't overdo it, cos spouses sometimes have subtle ways of setting one up. But then I guess you've already discovered that. I had to smile though!

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  6. Yep. As I've heard said many times, "Never ask the question unless you already know the answer." And as I never know the answer, I never ask. Ta Da! :)

    S

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    1. That's usually my philosophy but I slipped up this time.

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  7. Ugh my house needs vacuumed in the WORST WAY. But with all the lousy weather it hardly seems worth the effort. And I might through my back out! (Hope you're feeling better)

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