Sunday, February 10, 2013


This morning, Mike was grumbling about having to go grocery shopping.  He said he wished he didn't have to do chores on his days off work.  Yeah, well.  Me, too.

I commented that Isaac likes doing his chores.  Which is true.  Unless you count getting your toenails cut or getting a bath as a chore.  He loves doing laundry, though.  He loves turning on lights for me.  He loves picking up things for me.  He loves bringing me my medication.

He also loves going to the store.  As I explained to Mike, a trip to the store involves a ride in the car, which Isaac loves, the opportunity to pee on a new bush or post before going into the store, the chance to sniff lots of interesting things in the store, and then a second car ride.  What's not to like?  Of course, when Mike goes to the store, he doesn't get to pee on a new bush, but otherwise...

Anyway.  I then added that a trip to store typically involves a few treats for Isaac, as a reward for doing something or other well.  I suggested Mike get a few cookies, break them into bite-sized pieces, and carry them in his pocket.  Then he can reward himself periodically as he does the shopping.  I think he thought I was kidding, but I think it would really work for him.  How about you?


  1. Thought you two split-up! Did you get back together?

  2. We split up and no, we didn't get back together. We're still living together at the moment, though. I know, that's weird. It was an amicable separation, though, and we're still on friendly terms. I plan to move out in a few months but we need to save some money for moving expenses (he is helping with moving expenses) and it takes a while to find an affordable place when you're on disability. There are apartments subsidized by HUD, where rent is based on income, and I qualify for those, but they have rather lengthy waiting lists.

  3. Leave it to a man to complain that he has to do chores like grocery shopping on his day off! LOL. Even on my "days off", I still do laundry, dishes, cooking, cat litter boxes, and run to the store for various things. That's life. I'd rather do that kind of thing on a day off of work than on a day I do work and have do them after getting up early and working all day. Unless you guys get a maid or a butler he's gonna have to suck it up and shop even on his days off. I think the idea of rewarding himself for doing something he doesn't want to do makes sense. Whether it's a cookie or doing something he enjoys after the chores, a reward is a good idea.

  4. I know! And he has very few chores. In addition to grocery shopping, he pays bills and carries the trash down to the curb once a week. Once in a while, he feeds the cats, but I usually do that. I do the laundry, the dishes, pretty much all the cleaning, take care of the cats, do the cooking (sometimes, I admit I have not been cooking much lately, but he doesn't do it, either), and of course I take care of Isaac. The main reason he now does the grocery shopping is because it hurts my back. I make the shopping list, though, find coupons, and put the food away when he brings it home. He's gonna be unhappy when I move out and he has to do all those things himself.

    1. Yes, he will be miserable and will realize how much you did around there. His loss! It sounds like you do a lot.