Cleaning the refrigerator is on my top five list of things I hate to do. This is them in order…
1. Cook I hate to cook. I hate all aspects of cooking from the picking of ingredients, to choosing a recipe, to cooking the food and then, there is the cleanup. My mother was the best cook in the world, but I know she didn’t love doing it. I learned a lot from her mostly from watching her as she bustled around the kitchen. I was in charge of cleaning up most often. Especially after my older sister married. The cleanup was left to me. I’d rather wash and dry dishes than cook. I took Foods in 4-H and my remembrance of it was me in the kitchen crying and my mother yelling at me from the other room that I could do it. I baked so many yellow cakes one Summer, my brothers would moan when another one appeared at the table for dessert. Now baking I don’t mind so much. I will gladly bake a cake at the drop of a hat, but fix a meal, ugh, no. Don’t confuse cooking with baking. They are very different and charm the senses in very different ways.
2. Clean the refrigerator. This is a chore best done when no one is around so no one will hear any curse words, but it is nice to have a husband to know how to put it all back together again after you have disassembled it. I wasn’t planning to clean the refrigerator today, but I watched Hoarders on tv this morning and after I washed some eggs and was arranging them in the refrigerator, I realized something sticky and red had been spilt on just about every shelf and on the walls. Some of the refrigerators on Hoarders are pretty nasty. I’m not here to judge, but rotten food and expired food is not what I want in my refrigerator. Anyway, I washed one shelf, realized the next shelf needed cleaning and before I was all through, I had every shelf out of my refrigerator and had washed just about everything. There was a bit way in the back I couldn’t reach, but thankfully, David did that when he got home. Now it’s all clean for another year or two. Just kidding. I had scrubbed my kitchen floor this morning and had to reclean it and that’s another reason.
3. Attend Funerals I have attended quite a lot of funerals in my life. I’ve buried grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts, a brother, a nephew, and friends. My son-in-law’s mother passed away this week after a long illness. She was such a wonderful lady, loved by everyone who knew her. She’s just a year older than me and makes me think how near I am to death’s door. I’m at the stage of my life now that I know more dead people than living ones. I always want to go to funerals out of respect, but I am a very horrible comforter. People usually end up comforting me. This will not be an easy funeral to attend. What ones are?
4. Dust. My house has to get pretty dusty for me to dust. My rule is, dust before company and rest the rest of the time. Enough said about that.
5. Go to parties. I am not a party animal although once I get to one I enjoy myself usually. I always feel like people are trying too hard to have a good time and I’d rather be home reading a book. But that’s just me. Some people are just gregarious. I’m not. I’m the one sitting on the sidelines watching everyone else and that is all I’d rather do.
I know there are other things I don’t like to do, but these are my top five. I’m pretty easily entertained and don’t expect much from people. I love gardening, taking care of my chickens, playing with my dogs, traveling, reading, quilting, knitting and painting(not pictures, walls.) I love to visit with family and friends which we don’t get to do often. I don’t consider going to funerals as visiting even though I will see several people I don’t see often.
Do you have a list of things you just hate to do, but have to be done? We all have to do things we don’t like and I’m glad there are only five on my list. I think I’m pretty fortunate in that way. Bye.