The 'we' in good housekeeping

Thursday, November 17, 2005

I looked around the house the other day as Brad and I were preparing to leave for the first day of deer rifle season.

I've always admitted I'm not a great housekeeper. My house normally isn't dirty, it's disorganized. I've tried the "A place for everything and everything in its place," philosophy of housekeeping -- I could never re-member where I had designated a particular item to be placed.

But recently, my house has been looking worse and worse. Since we've been hunting every weekend, the laundry is starting to pile up, my once-organized cabinets are now a collage of pots and pans, dinnerware and plastic storage containers and my utensil drawer is full of butcher knives, a definite no-no around our house and one principal of "A place for everything ..." I adhere to like glue.

When a self-acknowledged bad housekeeper admits her house looks bad, you know there's a problem.

As we walked out the door, I took one last look at the house.

"I've got to stay home one of these days and clean this mess up," I told Brad.

"Don't worry about it, babe," he responded "We can clean it up after hunting season closes."

For those of you that don't know, pheasant season closes the last of January.

Also for those that don't know, there is no "w-e" in housekeeping.

For the next two-and-a-half months I can continue to let the house go. If Brad needs longjohns he's either going to have to go to the store and buy new ones, or he's going to have to dig through the laundry to find the cleanest dirty ones.

If he wants clean dishes for dinner, he'll be using paper -- but once the trash can is full and overflowing, we'll just stop eating at home.

I suppose having all my cooking equipment dirty for the next two-and-a-half months won't be so bad -- at least the cabinets can be reorganized in January and everything put back in its proper place.

I'm not sure where he'll be sitting once the dog hair from three shedding dogs fills the living room from top to bottom, but that won't matter because he won't be able to see the television for all the dust.

We have one more weekend of deer hunting. I've already got mine. Brad's working on getting his. We have 'til the end of the month for turkeys, and we have the month of December to hunt deer with a muzzleloader.

I have every intention of getting my turkey by Tuesday and having a deer shot by Dec. 2.

If Brad wants to hunt birds in January, he can get a license and go by himself. "WE" have way too much housework to do, to worry about hunting.

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