Bloganuary 2023: Jan. 12

Today’s Prompt: What chore do you find the most challenging to do?

It really isn’t difficult unless you do it only once a year :).

The reason it’s hard for me is my wonky back. I can’t bend over without creating a world of pain for myself. And if I stay bent over for any length of time, it’s next to impossible to stand back upright.

So what do I do? I call on my wonderful, helpful husband, who has never been afraid to do what a lot of men think of as “women’s work.” Such nonsense. If you help mess it up, then you help clean it up. And if you messed it up all by yourself? Well, then, you clean up your own mess.

Anyway, aside from that homespun bit of wisdom, I do as much as I can. I can wipe down the tank, and the lid and seat. Terry does the bowl and the floor. It’s a cooperative effort.

How do I get him to do such a chore? I don’t. He gets upset if I try to do it myself. He does it because he loves me and doesn’t want me to be in pain. That’s what love is all about–the other person’s well-being.


8 thoughts on “Bloganuary 2023: Jan. 12

  1. Tetyana Skrypkina

    Yeah. It is painful for me too. When I need to do something which involves bending, I sit on my ass and do it. Of course, I cannot wash the floor or something else. I have to ask my husband And I hate asking him.

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    1. Asking my husband is a learned skill 🙂 He has always been a hard worker, and never hesitated to comfort a baby or change a diaper. He’s always done so much that a lot of men won’t do, that asking him to do more just hurts me! But he WANTS me to let him know when I need help, and it upsets him when I try to do it myself. So–I swallow my pride. And I’m thankful.


      1. Tetyana Skrypkina

        Linda, I’ve got the same situation! My husband gets upset when I do not let him know. I am still learning how to ask him. I need to learn how to swallow my pride.

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  2. It is so difficult I agree. Broke a vertebrae late last year so no bending. I improvised once and sat on one side of the toilet and used the scrubber where there was a gap. It was cuddly but it worked. The rest I just used my grabber.

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    1. I’m trying to visualize this. Did you sit on the floor? I also have two replaced knees, and it’s hard for me to get up OFF the floor! Anyway, there’s not enough space on either side of my toilet for me to perform such acrobatics–well, maybe on one side. I’ve never considered using my grabber for cleaning the toilet!

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      1. I sat on the toilet and moved to one side so there was enough room to put the scrubbing brush in. I then visualised what I was scrubbing and moved the scrubbing brush up and down. I did it over two attempts. Obviously didn’t use bleach in case it got on me. With the grabber used a wash cloth with dishwashing liquid. I do have a little room on either side of my toilet. Only did it when we were having visitors. To finish off I just sprayed disinfectant (Glen20).

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