Thursday, July 23, 2009

secret 23 - husband is a domestic goddess


i actually had a different secret all ready to go for today, but then husband just expertly threaded a needle for the child. with a 6-strand embroidery thread. a task i momentarily thought him incapable of. because even after more than a decade, i sometimes forget how domesticated husband really is. he can thread a needle, load the dishwasher, cook a wonderful meal, paint the walls and ceilings (even especially the fiddly bits where the line has to be really straight), measure and hang pictures so they're perfectly straight, arrange the liquor cabinet artistically, hang wallpaper, comfort a sick child, doctor a wound, and carry a stuffed tiger all over dublin.  these and many other things that are normally done by the woman of the house.


now, lest you think he's rather effeminate for a viking, i can assure you that he does all the manly man stuff too...lifting heavy objects, building no less than six buildings/sheds in our garden, roofing, mowing the lawn, digging, transporting one part of the yard to another part of the yard, gutting and then entirely rebuilding our kitchen (this took a rather inordinately long time due to about 600 other projects going on simultaneously), lifting and removing an ungodly heavy old radiator, building and then tending the green house, ordering bugs online for the greenhouse (then releasing them there, because i certainly wasn't touching them, i hardly wanted to open the mailbox), killing spiders, salting slugs, opening difficult to open jars and bottles of wine, digging a hole under the stairs big enough to bury a body in (huh, what?)...





oh, and he really is a viking. or at least goes sailing in a viking ship on a regular basis. he's in the red shirt and the rockin' gap hat kinda in the middle.


he does tho', have worryingly girly taste in alcoholic beverages. every time we ordered the guiness and the bulmers cider at our local pub in dublin (we went there three nights in a row, that makes it our local, right?), they handed him the guiness and me the cider and it shoulda been the other way around.



but best of all is husband's sense of humor, best expressed here, in the selection of axes he left out for us when i arrived home with the blog campers.


in short, husband is a keeper. and is pretty much the reason that polly and seaside girl decided at blog camp that they wanted to start a new i need a danish man blog. girls, when are we going to get that up and running?

16 comments:

Just Jules said...

So, I haven't read a single word of this - no not true. I read a sentence (you know I will be back when the house is still) but just had to pop over and tell you that you made a fabulous choice with this man who is now yours - how cute is he?

You can tell him he has a fan in Minnesota... maybe I should print one of these pics off and hang it on my wall teenage girl style ;)

The sander picture sealed the deal.

(there - guys love a good ego boost)

W.V. = sessess- Julie's husband is so fine he is sessess (kinda like sexy - and maybe after a few beers that is how you would say it)

Cyndy said...

Definitely a keeper! Maybe I should be following his blog (as it writes itself, of course!)...

Rohini Prasanth said...

Whoa.. is he for real? heehee.. can we start a separate box for his followers.. :D

Its a very sweet post. Did you show it to your hubby?

Char said...

he is adorable

Vancouver's Enviro Girl said...

I love, love, love that picture of him and Sabin walking with the teddy strapped to his back. It made me cry, it is so sweet, you lucky girl!

An Open Heart said...

AND, he's a hunk....if it's okay to say so....;-)

S

The Fragrant Muse said...

Was totally worth the trip to Macedonia, wasn't it??

JadedMind said...

I am soooo jealous. Why make him a secret, though? I would be bragging about him to everyone ... oh wait, you just did. :)

The Redhead Riter said...

Julie!

Who cares if he is domestic...HE IS A GORGEOUS HUNK! HELLO!!!!!!
Thank God my husband doesn't read my comments on other blogs...LOL

I'm glad he is so domestic, but really, whip-t-do...just watch him and drool honey!!!

Eidothia said...

Does he have a twin? Can he donate some samples of himself to the clone lab? Not for me.... for my sis! Lols.

Kymilue said...

Wow! You are a lucky woman to have such a diverse and talented man in your life! Your husband is lucky to have you as you appreciate the things he does in a manner where most people don't notice what their significant others do! Kudos to you and your family!

Kamana said...

lucky you!!!

I'm Kim, by the way said...

Love a man who can dig a good hole! (My husband is one of them too.) :)

Gwen said...

Not to brag or anything (you did start it), but my husband is similarly awesome. I can't imagine having one of those archetypal beer-swilling, game-watching men. I mean, my husband can do those things, too, but he does not engage with any frequency. In fact, the girls don't even ask me anymore to sew things for them. Any time something gets ripped, it's all "Daddy!"

The phrase about the viking man, though, reminded me of this Michael Lewis article about the demise of the Icelandic financial system that I read in Vanity Fair a few months back. He described the Icelandic men as being such cartoonish buffoons, always bumping into people on the street to assert their macho superiority. Is that the kind of Viking man we're talking about here? ;)

spudballoo said...

Awww look at you guys, so lovely...just like me and MrSpud although he is less practical. But v clever with 'puters so I let him off.

Magpie said...

i'm going to start calling my husband a domestic goddess...