Tuesday, November 11, 2008

You Know You're Getting Old When...

You know you're getting old when you stop asking for jewelry at Christmas.  Or for cool books, clothes, new saddles, a puppy, a new car.  And you start asking for things like new towels, or a "little green machine", a cool vacuum cleaner or steam mop.  Or in Frank's case... a new iron.  Yes, he even ordered it off the internet because he couldn't find one in the stores that would meet his needs.  And it wasn't cheap either.

Did I say anything? Noooooo I did not.  Why?  Because I am not the iron er in this house.  Tried it.  At one point we gave up the cleaners and I said I would do it.  But I never did it good enough and it took me waaaay to long.  He would come home and look them over and re-iron a lot of what I had already done.  So that nipped that in the bud!!  It was back to the cleaners we went.

Then, not too long ago, we really took a look at how much we were spending at the cleaners and Frank decided HE would iron his stuff. (He also irons the rest of our stuff if it needs it btw.  Especially on Sunday mornings...)  So, I keep his shirts washed and hung up and he irons them!  Not something his mother particularly likes, I might add. :) (love you mom!!)  Anyway, it is a  painstakingly long process to iron the shirts.  It was taking about 40 minutes to iron ONE shirt along with half a can of starch.  He likes his shirts to REALLY stand up.  He likes them sooo starched that when he puts his pen into his shirt pocket, the pocket just kind of wraps the pen up WITHOUT opening the pocket!!

So, for those of you that asked... there's your answer.  That, friends, is why I don't do the ironing in this house.  Pictures are included for your viewing pleasure :)


14 comments:

He And Me + 3 said...

Yeah...I gave up the ironing too. Now I contribute by driving the clothes to the Dry cleaners and picking them up. Best I got.

Aimee said...

1-40 minutes to iron a shirt? Holy Toe-Ledo!
2- tell Frank he needs to iron the one he's wearing :-)
3- Aren't you glad you tee- totally stink at ironing?
4- If he forked out the big bucks for a new iron does it iron by itself
5- not to worry I have asked for a leaf blower for Christmas, that new deck it a pain to sweep!

Jen said...

Just found your blog from MckMama's site and had to leave a comment! This year I'm asking for measuring spoons and a gravy boat for Christmas -- but I think it shows our maturity :)

You're a wonderful writer and have very insightful thoughts - I'll be sure to keep my eye on you (if you don't mind a stranger popping by!)

Elaine said...

This is funny. I wish my hubby new how to iron. At least he does not need an ironed shirt everyday....

Amanda said...

My hubby does his own ironing too. I help with it OCCASIONALLY, but my main contribution is keeping it all clean and catching clothes from the dryer before they get wrinkly so they are (a) easy or iron or (b) ready to go straight from the dryer!

My favorite way to iron is to stick a piece of clothing in the dryer with a wet washcloth and tumble it for 15 minutes or so. Yeah!

Sometimes I have to do it the old fashioned way, though...

Keli said...

I laughed right out loud! Jay does not iron! I wish he did..that's another one of those domestic thingy's I HATE doing! LOL! And 40 min??? Seriously Frank!!! :)

tollesons4him said...

I can so relate because.......my hubby does all the ironing at our house too.

Sandy Toes said...

Gotta love a man who irons!
-sandy toes

Rae said...

Oh yes, so true! I asked for a Tiffany's bracelet last year and am asking for an elliptical this year. Hmmm, there's something wrong with this picture!!!

Davisix said...

OH MY! Not only are WE alike but our hubbies are too. TB&H does ALL of our ironing too. And he too uses a can of starch. Gotta love a man that irons...and cooks. :) Ang

CntryMomma said...

Your husband and his iron completely cracks me up!!

I gonna remain inmature this Christmas and ask for 3 toned hoop earrings. HEY! . . . I've been a good girl!!!

LORI

Jennifer said...

I do NOT iron at all...can't do it and hate it. Hubby does his own work clothes as well!!

P.S.He loves you.. said...

I 2nd it all..I don't iron..my Airforced trained tried and true dh does it all even mine if need be..but hey that's why wrinkle free are da'bomb!

A keeper we have yep!

Diamond said...

I absolutely detest ironing! Yeah, I'd definitely trade that off for another chore :-D.
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