Thursday, November 28th, 2013

There are just three things I have to do this morning, according to She Who Must Be Obeyed.

  1. Make more coffee
  2. Put away the clean dishes and load the dirty dishes in the dishwasher
  3. Get the storage tub with the holiday tablecloth up from the basement

“It should only take you a couple of minutes,” she figures. I don’t know if she’s being sarcastic or what.

I understand why she wants me to make more coffee first. You can never have too much coffee. Medical professionals say you can, but I’m pretty sure they’re wrong about that. I don’t have any clinical data to back that up. It’s just a hunch. But still.

But the coffee doesn’t come first. It can’t. In order to make the coffee, I have to clean out the coffee pot. In order to clean out the coffee pot, I have to get the dirty dishes out of the sink. The dirty dishes go in the dishwasher, but that’s full of clean dishes. So, the second item on my list is actually the first thing I have to do.

I can put the dishes away in ten, fifteen minutes tops. Loading the dishwasher with dirty dishes takes about the same, except when the mixing bowl is filled with kitchen scraps that have to be taken out to the composter. All forty-two of our composters (last count; there could be more now; they seem to be self-replicating) are so full there isn’t any more room for kitchen scraps and besides, there won’t be any actual composting going on until the outdoor temps climb back up above freezing. Our solution to this dilemma has been to park a galvanized garbage can beside the back door that we can tip our kitchen scraps into until spring. So, I have to put on some shoes, trudge through the snow to the garden shed and drag the garbage can out.

Thirty minutes later, I can wash out the coffee pot. Technically, it took only minutes to this point. Now, about that storage tub.

honeydew | 11:12 am CDT
Category: daily drivel, housekeeping, Our Humble O'Bode
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