It bothers him when I blog while he’s in the room. . .

The sparks were flying at Casa Larson this morning!

I have a great husband, he’s hard-working, funny, loyal and he helps out around the house from time to time.  However. . .

. . . he cannot handle my doing something private/personal like reading, writing or blogging when he’s in the same room.  He continually interrupts me with silly questions and comments — it’s like he can’t stand that I’m not paying attention to him.  A very fundamental observation, I think.  I try hard to just ignore his stomping about, his noisy thrashings, the sighs, the barrage of questions, but it’s not too long before I start feeling a tad guilty.

Now, that’s silly, isn’t it?  Why should I feel guilty because my focus is elsewhere?  Relationship quandary — still, after nearly 31 years of marriage!   I do love him though — he’s buttering my toast as I write this ( and complaining about our piece of shit toaster.)

Breakfast was nice, but then. . .

. . . we got into a stupid argument about trees!  He can’t stand anything that makes a ‘mess’.  Trees, being what they are, create a mess — well, I don’t consider it a mess, he does — they’re just trees, they can’t help it.  Life is messy, I said, to which he got angry because somehow that implied that I was saying he didn’t like ANY trees.  Truth is, he doesn’t — he got rid of every single tree in our back yard so he could build a monstrous garage.  Anyway, he’s cranky now, and I’m just annoyed.  Some yard work on opposite sides of the house should  correct that.

Don’t know what got into me last night.  Started cleaning house — it’s been ignored because of all the yard work and other activities that have taken up my time — and before I knew what I was doing I was taking down the curtains in the kitchen and washing all the cupboards and walls!  Trust me, those walls needed it, but all I was going to do was wipe the counters and wash the floors!  So, now that I’ve started with one room, I’m going to have to do the rest.  Ah, well, I’ve got the time, it’s just I’d much rather sit in a lounge chair with a book and a beer than wash walls.

And while we’re on the subject of reading . . . I haven’t done near as much of it as I wanted to.  So far , this is what I’ve read:  Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel, wonderful though disturbing book; The Fourth Hand by John Irving, typical Irving; The Independence of Miss Mary Bennett by Colleen McCullough,her interpretation of what happened to the sisters in Pride and Prejudice after they all(except Mary)  got married.  A nice summer read, a bit fluffy and fantastic, but it was great for the train ride to and from New York.  Now, I’m reading The Full Cupboard of Life, by Alexander McCall Smith.  He writes The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, set in Botswana, Africa.  this is book 4, I’m actually re-reading it, because I forgot where I left off in the series.  I adore these stories.   His characters are wonderful, the setting is amazing and he writes with an obvious love of Africa and its people.  Highly recommend these books.  Nice, fast read.

Well, I’m going to have to pull this to a close — it’s starting to get warm outside and I have lots to do.

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7 Comments

  1. cindy said,

    July 27, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I just loved the Fourth Hand, there’s a line in it about a woman ‘shrieking like an unattended tea kettle’ that just blew my mind.
    Don’t worry about your husband, mine’s the same. I give him chores and he chooses to disappear down to the pub and leave me in peace.

  2. Chloe said,

    July 27, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this – you write so well!

    I also read your post about making goals which has given me a few things to think about – thank you! Making goals is so important in life and just recently I’ve realised the importance of making and keeping a schedule. Like you I want to become a published author one day, and I think the only way that is ever gonna happen is if I make a schedule – oh, and stick to it!!!

    Enjoy your day! Chloe 😀 xx

  3. souldipper said,

    July 27, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    I ‘devoured’ many of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency books – out of sheer joy. While reading them, I wondered about the authenticity of the characters, culture, etc. Unexpectedly, I decided to sign up for a Soul Safari in South Africa last Fall. Imagine my delight when the travel agency presented me with a list of suggested reading that would help prepare me for cultural understanding and nuance – and there was the series of our Lady of all Ladies! – Amy

  4. granny1947 said,

    August 1, 2010 at 1:50 am

    Morning Kathy….housework…bah humbug.
    I have never heard of the books set in Botswana….am going to ask my lovely bookshop if they have any of them.
    Just ignore hubby…you ARE allowed some ME time.

  5. granny1947 said,

    August 5, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Uhm…..where are you?

  6. November 6, 2010 at 5:26 am

    i like your blog its a good read


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