Monday, March 7, 2011

If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base. ~Dave Barry

In the pursuit of a more fulfilling relationship with my hubby I read that book "Women are From Venus Men are from Home Depot" or something like that.  I did what the book recommended. I waited for the opportune time to talk. He was relaxed on the couch after a nice dinner. No sporting events were on the tv.  I asked him "Honey, How are you feeling?" He looked over at me, decided it was not a trick question and replied "What do you mean?" I took a deep breath, "I mean Sweetheart,  How are you feeling?" (I'm thinking that book is so stupid). So He answers "Well, I'm not hungry.  I'm not tired.  I'm feeling pretty good." OK, can I get my money back for that book now.

I'll let you in on a little secret of mine. I ended alot of frustration in my relationship with my hubby by using this one little trick (no deception intended) Don't worry.  He doesn't read my blog. He just looks at the pictures every few weeks and tells me he thinks I'm doing a good job.
My Sweetheart of 28 years

 We have been married for 28 years. 10 years the first time & going on 13 years this second (& final) time. That 5 year gap was a "growing" time for us.  It's all good.  Well God is good anyway. Ok back to my secret technique. Based on the theory Men are hunters and Women are gatherers - I have learned that if I give my hubby a mission he is more inclined to stay engaged while doing things with me such as walks on the beach, shopping, or anything revolving around helping my mother.

  As long as he has something to hunt he's totally involved.  For example when we take a romantic sunset walk on the beach together I am meandering over to the wreck line then over to the surf line looking for shells. I look up and he is 40 yards ahead of me. He can't understand why I am looking at shells and stuff.  Aren't we walking for crying out loud? All the other beach walkers are beating us!

Based on men are hunters,  what I started doing was asking him to help me find something, a certain type of shell for example.  "Honey, I need this purple stripey shell for a project. Can you help me find some? I also bat my eyelashes for subtle effect. He usually asks if I got something in my eye.  Anyhow, it works.  It works at Target. It works at Books A Million.  It almost worked at the Sarasota Shell Show but thats another story for another blog.

I found it works on the young male children of my girlfriends.  As we were on the beach yesterday, I harnessed all that young male energy by asking them to help me find shell whorls for my friend Shellbelle who needs them for a shell craft. The hunt was on. Spears raised in the air or maybe it was their shell shovels. They were on it. Three 10 yo boys inundated me with shell whorls. I came home with a whole bucket full. 

Shell whorls for Shellbelle

To make these beauties

They were hunting for sharks teeth too
This hunter totally lost focus.
Hunters are fast runners. (Look at those faces)
Me & my Honey. Together. Happy


  1. You should write a book - I would buy it! I am cracking up. I have the Venus/HOme Depot book on my night stand right now. I think it's stupid already and I haven't gotten past the opening credits!!!!
    Those boys are so cute ripping around on the beach.
    Hope you are having a wonderful week!

  2. Very funny post. I need to take this and apply it to my husband. This is actually quite helpful.

  3. So true, all of it :-)
    My hubby and 4 boys would all be there searching with you if you gave them the task! My twins might get a little sidetracked with the shark teeth though. They would think those were the coolest things to find. I've never seen any wash up on our beaches. Maybe that's a good sign, isn't it?

  4. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!! dear, you have nailed the head on the proverbial nail!! and yet if we directed our significant others to read your words, they would go "HUH?? what does that mean??" Thanks for the chuckle early on this Fat Tuesday morn!!

  5. What a cute post. I send my DH on missions, too. Works perfect. have a great day.

  6. WooHoo! I am so excited, what great helpers and the thought is so appreciated. I'm getting orders and my whorl supply is getting low, I'm going to try to get up that way after Jane's show for some girlfriend time. I think Thai food on the beach at sunset will be a good reward for your thoughtfulness.

    Love you and those boys!

  7. You made me laugh, but I think you are onto something here! I'm definitely trying this out on both the males in my life.

  8. That eyelash batting thing never worked for me, which I knew was either proof that I hadn't found the right man, or proof that all men were jerks, or proof that I was a big fat loser, which is of course the explanation I believed. So you could have taught me a LOT, or at least where to find sharks' teeth, either of which would have been good.

  9. This is my first visit to your blog and that post cracked me will be seeing more of me here that's for sure!

  10. Cute post!! And so very true:)
    Love the photos too!!!!

  11. soooo funny and true!
    i like that little guy who is resting.
    what an incredible shell heart!

  12. I'm new to blogging but not to shelling! Just grabbed your button for my blog If I ever figure out how to make my button I'll be on my way! I would love to join your shelling sistah's!! Btw- I'm in Ft.Myers.
    Have a great day!

  13. That sunset photo is just beautiful!!! Those boys are cuties!!!

  14. Thanks for your share! very impressive!

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