Monday, September 11, 2017

The Funny Thing About Laundry Wars








This post is lovingly dedicated to Ella. She is a great Shakespeare scholar and she loves to quote the Bard and his famous lines and words. 

Do you ever have things really backfire? Have you ever been hoisted up your own petard? Ella will appreciate that question. It is from Shakespeare and refers to getting caught in your own mess!  Laundry wars have backfired big time here and the good news is that it was hilarious. Now if I can just write how it happened.........

Long ago, we both recognized that retirement, early retirement, would create its own mess. We live in a little house. We are neat, tidy people. We have streamlined housekeeping. We work together to do the jobs that need doing. All good! All good until the time Jack took over the laundry without my consent. He began doing my laundry mixing delicate lingerie and using bleach in ways only a man can do. Plus he was doing laundry at night. I found him folding laundry at 10:00 PM. The washer and dryer are at work when we are going to bed. No, not every night, but often enough to create a combat laundry environment.





So I brainstormed. Here was a wonderful guy "helping", but I did not like it. I purchased new laundry hampers. His/hers and Ours.......... three small hampers and we have been humming right along now for about a month. Laundry is done by both of us and this new system seemed to be working. 

Yesterday I did a batch of my laundry which included my bathrobe, lingerie and things that required special attention. Somehow in the hubbub of a busy day, I completely forgot to move the laundry from the washer to the dryer and drying rack. I remembered when I was getting ready for bed. Standing in the closet, nude and reaching for my robe, I remembered the washing that was still in the washer. 

Oh, brother! Now what? I had to go the laundry room and get to work. I did not want Jack to hear me doing the laundry as it was after 10 PM. This was what he always did. I silently slipped out of the bedroom sans clothes and made it to the laundry room right around the corner from the bedroom. I thought I was completely undetected and began the task of moving laundry from washer to dryer and rack ............ silently! I thought I had closed the door and turned around to see Jack standing there laughing and saying, "What have we here, Meredith? Are you doing laundry late at night? Come here to me".  I start laughing and crumbled onto his arms, wishing I had my robe on, but my robe was a wet clump in the dryer. He told me that he had seen me streak from the bedroom to the laundry room as he stood in the kitchen and knew exactly what I was up to. Late night laundry! When things backfire, I get caught in my own petard. 

There were lots of spanks as I hurry back to the bedroom. Lots of laughing, and lots of touching. This new way to do laundry seems to be working well. Being hoisted in my own petard seemed to work out this time. 

Have you ever gotten hoisted in your own petard? Please share.





Meredith  


27 comments:

  1. Haha. Great story. I didn't get caught in my own petard but Eric did! He is always giving me a hard time about not letting the gas tank get too low. "It doesn't cost you anymore to have a full tank of gas Amy Lynn" is a famous quote of his. He has often warned me that if I ever run out of gas, he will come to my location, flip me over the hood of the car, publicly spank my behind, and then sit by and watch me scramble with AAA to get rescued. Well, one day we were on the phone and he said what he was thinking, "Oh shit! The gas light just came on." Let me tell you, this girl went to town quoting the man over and over. LOL. In the end, he coasted into a station and managed to avoid being caught in his own petard!
    Amy

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    1. Catching your guy in his own rule........... dicey!
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  2. This is just what the doctor ordered, Mere. How lovely to have a post dedicated just to me! It made it even better to have it be so funny. I needed that today of all days. A reason to smile.

    I must admit to not being familiar with that quote before, but there is enough to learn from Shakespeare to last several lifetimes. It probably wasn't used in a humorous context in Hamlet, but it adapted well.

    To think of a time when I hoisted takes me back to when I encouraged Sam's sister, Patty, to move close to us. She seemed so lonely, and I thought I was doing a kindness. That "petard" I hoisted blew up in my face, to be sure.

    Thank You, Friend,
    Ella

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    1. Ella,
      Ohm what we wish for......... we need to be careful about that!
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  3. Yup, I have. Too many times to count or remember.

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  4. Lol! What can I say except thank you for the laugh!

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  5. Hahahahaha...oh that's a good one, Mere! Thanks for sharing the giggle. ;)

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

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  6. This one is funny! Good for you for trying to discreetly get the job done but it would seem that Jack is an HOH that very little slides by. It's nice that it all ended with a laugh and a little fun. Good for you!

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  7. Hi Meredith, This made me laugh, I can't imagine mine doing laundry at any time of day!
    love Jan, xx

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  8. Hi Meredith, this made me giggle, and what fun! Doesn't sound much like wars to me :)

    Hugs
    Roz

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  9. Meredith, good one, made me laugh. Thanks.

    Love,
    Ronnie
    xx

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  10. I love this...such a sweet story! Thanks for the smile :-) Hugs

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  11. Meredith, that was hilarious! Streaking to the laundry room? I laughed thinking of that old song about streaking. Boogity boogity, don't look Jack!
    Mignon

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  12. Hi Meredith!:)

    As Rob would say, "You are SO busted!" LOL! This totally cracked me up. I could completely picture Jack standing there, looking up and seeing you sneak by, into your laundry room. The look on his face must have been priceless! LOL! Too cute, you two!

    I can't think of any times that I have "been hoisted in my own petard," but I am sure that there have been some around here. Fun post! I'm still laughing! LOL! Many hugs,

    <3 Katie

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  13. Meredith,
    Your story is a hoot, glad it ended in a fun way. I can't remember anything that backfired on me in that way but there must have been something in the past. To my knowledge, Harry has never used the washing machine and I'm sure he'll be happy to keep it that way.
    Rosie xx

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    1. Rosie,
      Oh, to have a husband who did not know washing machines!
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  14. Meredith I can just picture you sneaking to your laundry room and being sprung by Jack. Made me laugh. Can't remember a time I was caught out.
    Hugs Lindy xx

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