Thursday, October 20

Mixed Priorities or "The Raccoon Tale"*

Hubby: I'm going to Home Depot to get a replacement for the drain cover in our shower.

Me: Wha..? Might I ask why the shower drain cover would be a priority for today?

Hubby: Because it's all cruddy and gross.

Me: Ohh, I forgot. Today is Reverse Priority Day! Isn't that where we start at the bottom of our to-do list and work our way up to the things that actually matter?

Hubby: What do you mean?

Me: I mean there are about 749 other things that need to be taken care of before I would even THINK of replacing that shower drain cover. 

Hubby: What would you rather I do today, then?

Me: I thought you might want to get rid of the dead raccoon in the middle of the kitchen floor, for starters.

Hubby: I hadn't noticed that. 

Me: Clearly. I decided to just leave it there and wait to see how long it took for you to stop stepping over it and pick it up. Yet you notice the shower drain cover.

Hubby: Yep. Well, I'm heading out. Anything else you want me to pick up?

Me: Just the raccoon.

*A Scribbles Hubby Favorite!


  1. Haha - that is a metaphorical answer to my thoughts yesterday! The facade of our house has been done quite a while ago, and there was a lot of grit between the double glazed windows. All eliminated in all rooms with ellbow-grease - except in His Study. Yesterday Husband was away, and when I tackled that room, I wouldn't trust my eyes: see - he helps a lot, but some (big) things are just overlooked -- e.g. the racoon :-) (We have a family saying from a children's book, Karlson vom Dach: "That doesn't disturb a great mind!"

  2. Funny. You might have opened a can of worms here ;-) This all sounds slightly familiar. My hubs always starts a new project before the old one has finished. Which is why no room in this house is finished. And he drops his tools where he did a job, then doesn't remember where he left his hammer/electric drill/leaf blower (honestly) and buys a new one. Months later we then find the old one. We now have three leaf blowers. I'm not kidding!

  3. You have a "wicked" sense of humor that keeps pulling me back for more. I'm afraid I'm much like this husband. I'd be stepping over the dead raccoon as well.

  4. Genius. Glad that people came over and had a look at you. Wider audience needed. Creamed squirrels. Dead raccoon. Where is this going, I wonder ...

  5. Looks like you struck a nerve (or a funny bone): this is all husbands, though unlikely to be a racoon in this part of the world!

  6. Britta- Sshh...My husband can never hear that wonderful quote. He'll have a plaque made and hang it in his office!

    Carolina- I am still laughing about the 3 leaf blowers! We are constantly replacing trowels and last weekend Hubby found 2 floodlights in the shrubbery.

    Stephen Hayes- So you love Britta's quote, too, I bet!

    Fran- Look at all the charming and fun readers you shared with me! And I do seem to have a fondness for varmints, don't I?

    hausfrau- There does seem to be a husband pattern here... Really, you don't have raccoons?

  7. The Joy of Cooking has a recipe for cooking raccoon. As well as recipes for cooking squirrel, opossum, porcupine, muskrat, woodchuck, beaver and armadillo.
    Nowhere in the book does it mention if anyone would want to eat said animals, however. :(

  8. At least he noticed the drain cover. I didn't even know they came apart.....

  9. The Merry- I would have to try VERY hard to find the Joy of Cooking those!

    The Coffee Lady- :)

    Martin Lower- Considering ours is now bright and shiny and very wobbly, I'm not convinced that they do... I think we could add "The new one will just snap right in!" to the list, right after "The check's in the mail" and "No, that doesn't make you look fat."


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