Tuesday, January 7, 2020

One of My Best Christmas Presents

I hate doing the dishes.  That's my very, very least favorite household task.  No, I don't have an automatic dishwasher so I do it the old-fashioned way using two plastic dishpans, one for washing and one for rinsing set in the bays of my double sink.

When we bought and remodeled this house, I did contemplate installing a dishwasher in the kitchen I designed, but decided against it (silly me) because 1) I didn't want to give up the cabinet space, and 2) all the units seemed to be exceedingly wasteful of energy.

That man I'm married to?  Papa Pea?  For years now, the wonderful man has (cheerfully even) volunteered to do any and all the dirty dishes I create each Saturday and Sunday.  That is one heckuva treat for me, and one I totally, absolutely, utterly appreciate.

But back to the title of this post.

To the left of our sink is where the rinsed and stacked dishes to be washed are set.  See that little rectangular frame above the counter?  That's where I've always kept a seasonal small picture or quilted wall hanging.  From now on, only one picture will occupy that space.

It is a framed saying given to me by my daughter at Christmas.  Here's a close-up of it.

Just in case you can't see the printing clearly, it says:


Truer words were never spoken, and I smile every time I look at it. 


SmartAlex said...

Love it! We have a dishwasher which has been used a grand total of three times in 16 years. My husband also washes the dishes. Maybe he needs a frame too :)

Mama Pea said...

SmartAlex - Definitely! Using humor, it's an award of appreciation and your husband deserves one, too!

wisps of words said...


Both, that your husband is so caring...

And that your daughter is so perceptive...


I have always had a dishwasher, well no... Not in first apartment. But in our first house and in this, our family home. Hate to see dirty dishes.

Once read, a dishwasher is a place to store dirty dishes. -grin-

So we put our rinsed dishes/etc. into the dishwasher, and wash them, before bed. Then he takes them out in morning, because he gets up before me.

But he, like Papa Pea, is always willing to pitch in and do anything around the house, which needs doing. We are lucky!

It's quite perfect, when we get a gift, which so resonates with us, that it becomes a permanent fixture. -smile-


Susan said...

I have loved Anne Taintor ever since you introduced us (so to speak)! What a perfect reminder of a great husband (and a lucky one...) xo

Goatldi said...

Sweet! My sister loads her dishes of the day in her dishwasher. When she gets enough she has a major wash-a-thon by hand. 😂

Mama Pea said...

wisps of words - Yes, we ARE both blessed in the wise choice we made in picking our life's mates! Which is amazing considering that over a span of 50+ years, all people change so very much. When love and appreciation spans that time, it's nothing to be sneezed at!! ;o)

Susan - You are so sweet. And I live from weekend to weekend!!

Goatldi - Didn't your sister get a manual with her dishwasher? ;o}

Kristina said...

Wow! That is one amazing gift I tell ya'! Good for your! I miss my dishwasher so much, more so than I thought. With Hubby working full time and daughter in school full time, I am stuck with doing them every single day. Such an awesome gift!

Granny Sue said...

My husband, like yours, willingly washes dishes. We once had a dishwasher--for about 4-5 years--but I hated it. Seemed more trouble than just washing the dishes, and it took the space I called my "big pot" cabinet--where all the canning pots, washpans, etc were stored. That was very unhandy. Now that it's just the two of us anyway, dishes are no big deal. The only time I think the dishwasher would be useful is canning season. All those jars!

Leigh said...

What a sweet and thoughtful guy you're married to! That picture is a perfect tribute.

Hill Top Post said...

I have a dishwasher, but I often hand wash most of our dishes, anyway! My hubby doesn't do much dishwashing, but our son-in-law does almost all of theirs. Lucky daughter!!!

Lynne said...

I've always been able to wash and dry the dishes faster than the dishwasher. I only use mine on Thanksgiving and Christmas! That was so thoughtful of your daughter. Like the wreath above the sink. ox

Mama Pea said...

Kristina - You know very well how many dishes are created with each meal when you cook from scratch. Often, I look at the pile by the side of the sink and wonder how two people could require so many dishes, pots and pans and utensils for just one meal!

Granny Sue - Absolutely! Canning time is the only time I do really wish for a dishwasher. That whole process of having sterilized jars, etc. would be so much easier!

Leigh - I agree. Both husband and picture (and daughter's creativeness) are perfect. Well, almost. Haha. ;o)

Hill Top Post - Oh, to have someone who would do all the dishes! But I know my husband does A LOT of tasks that he probably dislikes as much as I dislike doing dishes!

Lynne - That wreath above the sink is one of two I have had for close to forty-some years now. The other one hangs on the window of the door in the kitchen that goes out to the garden area. Guess I've gotten my money's worth out of that purchase.

Cockeyed Jo said...

Sounds like you trained him right.LOL

Mama Pea said...

Cockeyed Jo - It's been a struggle . . . but we're getting there. ;o]

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Sam I Am...... said...

That is too funny! I have always had a dishwasher and when I moved here there wasn't one. I couldn't really afford one as I ended up putting on a new roof and having a new HVAC system installed. But God knew how much I wanted one and how many dishes I dirtied each day! LOL! Out of the blue a couple I knew wanted more cupboard space and wanted to get rid of their dishwasher for FREE! All I had to do was have my cupboard removed and a plumber install it! It has been the best dishwasher ever! I can even put my big cookies sheets on the sides. I call it my miracle dishwasher. I make almost everything from scratch so I do tend to dirty a lot of dishes and yet there are still always some that require hand washing. Glad your husband is a dishwasher!

Retired Knitter said...

Well if I don't wash and dry them - they remain dirty AND sitting on the table! In my next life - if there is such a thing - and if I marry - unlikely - then I wlll marry a man who loves to cook and clean up after himself OR he will be rich and I can hire someone to do that task. You are a lucky woman.

Mama Pea said...

Sam I Am - Sounds as if you lucked into a good dishwasher. I'm glad it's a good one for you as I fully know how many dishes cooking from scratch makes!

Retired Knitter - I'm blessed with a husband with MANY good qualities (yes, I am lucky!), but he doesn't cook at all. I often tell him if he did, he would be PER-fect!! ;o)

Sue said...

Love the sign, my dh also helps with the dishes.
Have a great evening.

Mama Pea said...

Sue - Good guys to have around, eh? (You have a lovely blog!)