The British are Coming… The British are Coming!!

July 10th, 2008

Last night, we had some very special guests from London arrive with our good friends Mike and Liz. I worked half the day at the Garden Center before their arrival, so was in a bit of a tiz when I got home to get the house ready for company and preparations for dinner under way. 

The Country Doctor had taken half of the day off so he was already home when I arrived.  He asked me what he should do to help get things ready and I mentioned picking up the yard, checking the boy’s bedrooms, and cleaning up the grill.  He set the boys to picking up the yard and sort of limped half heartedly upstairs to check the bedrooms. He glanced out of the window at the grill, but I could tell that none of my “jobs” were very inspiring to him. They were simply too mundane… too simple… too easy… He was looking for a challenge.  
He is ALWAYS looking for a challenge.  
Preferably something that includes a lot of suffering and pain.    

Then he noticed the screen porch.

The screens on the screen porch had accumulated a layer of cotton from some nearby cottonwoods. He decided to spray them off.

So FIRST… he had to move all of the screen porch furniture into my freshly cleaned living room.

And I thought… okay… well okay… but just hurry up!  
Our guest were due to arrive in about half an hour!

Next, he REMOVED THE DOOR to the screen porch!  
And I thought.. what…. huh… wait… what…?

THEN he took that door out to the barn and decided to shorten it a little bit because it was sticking… 
And I thought…. wait… hold on… just wait a second… you know… it could probably stick for a few more days as OUR COMPANY from LONDON is going to BE HERE ANY MINUTE… and my LIVING ROOM… is now a total WRECK!!!  AND my screen porch is EMPTY!!!  And now I have to stop what I AM DOING and BLOG THIS!!!

The Country Doctor was not moved by my vivid emotional outburst, which included both of my hands wrapped around his neck in an attempt to rid myself of the problem once and for all!   Instead, he removed my hands from his neck, and calmly went about fixing that STUPID DOOR as if he did not even know that me and my emotional pain existed. 
Which is nothing new!

Then he carried the door back in, rehung it, sprayed off the porch and put the furniture back out just in time for our company to arrive.  
But that is not the point!
The point is – HOW MANY YEARS OF MY LIFE DISAPPEARED due to this callous act of disregard for my feelings!   
How many I tell ya!!!  
HOW MANY!!!!

Comments

  • Karen Deborah:

    you married a doctor.

  • Anonymous:

    I’ll amend the above to read, “you married a MAN!”LOLThis type of behavior is common in my home, I too am married to a MAN.

  • Margaret in SC:

    ^^^ oops up there, clicked publish before I signed my post….

  • Anonymous:

    Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus. It’s just a sad fact. Mrs. I. : )

  • Anonymous:

    Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus. It’s just a sad fact. Mrs. I. : )

  • Anonymous:

    P.S. If you had actually asked him to fix that door, say….maybe a month ago, would it be fixed today? Just a rhetorical question.Mrs. I. : )

  • noble pig:

    Again we are married to the same man except mine wouldn’t have had it back on in time he would removed the rest of the screen as well as I shook my fists.

  • April:

    This oddly reminds me of July 4th when we were going to have 35 people showing up in an hour and Clay decided it was time to clean out the entire barn. Good God!

  • Heidi:

    To assese this dear, we need a before and after picture!! LOLMilk Man is the same way! I have a leaking faucet – it shoots like Mt. St. Helens in the 80′s – whenever I turn the thing on. Ya know when he wanted to fix it? When I had to make stuff for a pot luck at church 3 months ago!!! Needless to say he did’nt fix it because I was in his way and it is still not fixed!!I love CD – he is a good feeler to get that thing back on just in time! LOLEnjoy your company, what a treat!

  • Heidi:

    I ment feller not feeler – OMG!! sorry, really dont know about being a feeler!! ***hides face in hands***

  • chocolatechic:

    Having been married to one of “those” kind of men, I would have to imagine about 3 years.

  • Lori:

    It’s so reassuring to see these things happen to others. Mine will be ever so helpful as when I ask him to run the vacuum quick before someone arrives, he waits until the last 15 minutes and then decides to turn the sofa and chairs all over and vacuum the ceiling fan! The vacuum is usually still running or just getting put away as they are pulling in the driveway. I too have a shortened life because of these episodes! :)

  • The Source:

    Oh, I’m SOOOO glad I’m not the ONLY one! I have resigned myself to the fact that before any gathering of guests, my husband will disappear to Lowe’s and show up half an hour AFTER the guests arrive…with light bulbs for the laundry room or air conditioner filters that have to be changed NOW!

  • StitchinByTheLake:

    Ok you are married to my husband’s clone, I’m so sorry. I am ultra organized and have everything done hours ahead of time. That’s what makes me happy. Deliriously happy. My husband does nothing until the last minute. He will mow the yard an hour before company arrives and be stepping out of the shower as they arrive. And no he won’t remember to pick up the bath mat or hang up the towel in the perfect bathroom, or at least it was perfect before he got in there. And here’s the worst part honey. They never change. Never get better at it. Never. I’m married nearly 44 years and still he…Blessings, Marlene

  • HW:

    Well, I thought I was the only one who had a husband just like this. Turns out it’s a universal problem. One time we were having company who would be staying only a few hours and my husband cleaned out the closet in the guest room. Sometimes he cleans out the garage, other times it’s “his stuff” in the basement-always things the company won’t see. I think it’s an avoidance thing, and I’m the thing he wants to avoid.

  • Jeanette from Texas:

    What did he think of you following him around with the camera? I just sat back and laughed at this post. Men!

  • Anonymous:

    Oh, dear. Several years, I should think.-Sandra

  • Alisa:

    Men!?!There is no understanding them at all.

  • Jenni:

    LOL, I see someone else had the same thought as I did:Yup, you married a MAN!Which is a good thing, but occasionally it does make you wonder what life would be like if you had married a woman. I think I’ll stick with man in all his imperfections though.

  • Renovation Therapy:

    I’ve been known to pinch the Fiance’s nipples when he pisses me off…you’re welcome to try that system of controlling the male in your life…also…the Grey Gardens contest is up and live…go vote for yourself!iloveupstate.com

  • Lisa Clarke:

    Found your blog through a Google Reader recommendation, and I’m glad I did – this post had me rolling! I’ve experienced this many times myself.It’s kind of like the “help” you get from a toddler: you hate to discourage them from pitching in, but at the same time, they’re setting back your timetable dramatically.Hope your evening was uneventful after that :-)

  • The Summer Kitchen Interiors:

    So typical! Visions of Parties past have come to our minds… and we feel your pain! Karla just remembered the story her Mother-in-law told her about her Father-in-law breaking out the sander to sand the butcher block in the kitchen right before the guests showed up! I guess we should gulp and be glad that they finally fixed something!Karla & Karrie

  • The Summer Kitchen Interiors:

    So typical! Visions of Parties past have come to our minds… and we feel your pain! Karla just remembered the story her Mother-in-law told her about her Father-in-law breaking out the sander to sand the butcher block in the kitchen right before the guests showed up! I guess we should gulp and be glad that they finally fixed something!Karla & Karrie

  • Literarysnob:

    I think you’ve gotten the jest of everyone’s comments…you married a MAN!!Get used to it!That’s my advice ….comming from a spinster! If you don’t want to get wet: don’t go near the water!!

  • Literarysnob:

    I think you’ve gotten the jest of everyone’s comments…you married a MAN!!Get used to it!That’s my advice ….comming from a spinster! If you don’t want to get wet: don’t go near the water!!

  • bzzzzgrrrl:

    I’m also here via a Google Reader recommendation. Sigh. The post and comments alike remind me of something I read back in college

  • Kendra:

    Ahhh, sounds like something my dad would do. A good example is when the car is loaded, everyone’s in the car and ready to go, just waiting on him to lock the door and get in the driver’s seat…and he decides to get the weed spray and take care of some dandelions in the front yard. Drives my mom crazy…Or he’ll be sitting in the house doing nothing, but as soon as supper’s on the table, he disappears in the garage to do something. Also drives my mom crazy…Thankfully my husband isn’t quite this bad…I’ve managed to get a little bit of training on him. :-)

  • mom8k:

    OOOh, I feel your pain!He will turn simple help into a deep-cleaning excercise, finished just in the nick of time…and make me look like a fool for objecting…see, it’s done!,there was plenty of time!Oh well, it’s better WITH him than without him–26 years today!!

  • carol ~ i throw like a girl:

    My husband always feels compelled to clean the garage when company is coming. It must be because we do so much entertaining out there.

  • Nora:

    You married the same person I married, apparently.

  • Nora:

    You married the same person I married, apparently.

  • The Farm House Kids:

    Rechelle,I bet you give that man a run for his money!But, I do admit .. I’d be wringing his neck for his last minute job. HeeHee!Tanya

  • The Farm House Kids:

    Rechelle,I bet you give that man a run for his money!But, I do admit .. I’d be wringing his neck for his last minute job. HeeHee!Tanya

  • Swede at Heart:

    Oh my gosh! I was literally laughing out loud when I read this. I swear you were describing something my sweet hubby would do. Bless him. LOL

  • Swede at Heart:

    Oh my gosh! I was literally laughing out loud when I read this. I swear you were describing something my sweet hubby would do. Bless him. LOL