Division of Labor


In this house there is a certain division of labor.  I do most of the inside chores and the Farmer Man does most of the outside chores.  Yes, it is a rather antiquated system, but we end up doing things that we like.  My wine providing, high school French teacher once told her class that she and her husband divided the chores into, "water chores and non-water chores".  We are not quite that fair, but after 27 years of marriage our system works for us.  


Let's take this weekend's chores, for example.....


This guy decided to take possession of a friend's fallen Oak tree.  Though he rented a splitter to make the job easier, it has still taken three days worth of work to prep all of this wood.  



I did  11 loads of laundry instead......



"Age appears to be best in four things:  old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read."  

Francis Bacon 




Comments

  1. I really LOVE the Francis Bacon quote. I'm smiling here. It sounds like you and your husband have divided the labour in a way that's best for the both of you. That's what counts...at least in MY book. ;)

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  2. That's a lot of wood... and a lot of laundry!

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  3. Traditional ways still seem to work well. I unfortunately have the jobs both inside and out, however, I have broken down and hired out the mowing as I have such a large yard. I fought long and hard with quilt over this but in this last year I look forward to finding more help with other jobs that just seem like too much anymore. Something else getting old does for us, delegation!

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  4. You will definitely be warm this winter. We divide a lot like you do...as long as it gets done, all is well.

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  5. Hello, I love the quote! It is a good idea to divide the household duties, hubby and I so the same! I do admit, we have our wood delivered already split and ready to use. Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week ahead!

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  6. Love your post. We're pretty traditional, too, with our own twist to various jobs. We have a division of labor, too, but when it comes to wood for our two fireplaces, My Honey splits and I stack. We have a heavy duty splitter, too, but just getting the logs on there is a challenge. It's all good exercise. Inside he designs new rooms for our home (he's the engineer) and I keep track of how much they cost (I'm the accountant). :) We both cook so take turns giving the other a rest. It's fun!

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  7. I think your system is a very good one. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  8. Good system by the sound of it.

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  9. i like outdoor chores better than indoor, but i still cringe when i have to fire up the chainsaw. a good healthy fear of it and blade saws, too. :)

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  10. Both of you have been 'busy bees' and I am sure boht fell they have achieed a lot. Well done to both of you.

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  11. I'd rather do the laundry than cut that wood! ;-)

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  12. I don't mind doing the laundry, especially if I can hang a lot of it out to dry--love the sun-dried smell!

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  13. Since I have been single for many years I have learned to do a bit of everything around the house and yard. Recently moving into a smaller house helps keep the chores down. So from now on I will only live in small domiciles. As Marlo Thomas sang years ago -- "I want to be free to be me." -- barbara

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  14. Hi Michelle, I really do not know who had the worst end of this deal. Eleven loads of laundry is a lot! But then ... busting up all that wood ... that is a bunch of work too. Well, I think I can say this ... Francis Bacon was on to something with his thoughts about age! :-) Thanks for another neat post!

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  15. My hubby and I still stick to the traditional chores, too. In my opinion, laundry is way easier than chopping wood. I love the quote, too... :)

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  16. I am not sure who the winner is here...I don't guess there has to be a winner, does there. I like doing both!

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  17. You two work out things so well. Seems after lots of years together it just sorta happens.

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  18. We all seem to fall into whatever roles work for us. But, in this case, I think you got the better deal.

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  19. Traditional works for our partnership, too. Except I do the mowing.. it's my relaxation time!
    Looks like you guys are ready for the coming seasons with all that firewood! Our woodshed is stocked and overflowing, too.

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    1. Amanda, I have had friends tell me they love to mow. No kids trying to get their attention! lol

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  20. It is wonderful that you now have a good amount of wood for your fireplace for the winter, and your friend does not have to worry about what to do with his fallen oak tree! My husband and I have a similar division of chores and we both share the grand abbysitting duties ;)

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  21. i like outdoor chores but have a difficult time with the heat. laundries not too bad but i do like to have fun!!!!

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  22. Can't disagree with Bacon's quote. I enjoy them all with gusto.

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  23. Hmm, I'm thinking you got the better end of that deal. When my kids left home, I thought the laundry load was going to decreased...not so much.
    :( So I guess I was blaming the kids when it was really the Mr and Mrs that were loading up the laundry basket.

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    1. Terri, I know I had the better end of the deal! Whew!

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  24. I think you and your hubby have worked out what works for you. Sometimes my hubby helps with household chores and also outside ones. I think he's better at doing the outdoor chores then I am but I will help out with things if needed. That's a bunch of chopping and washing though you both worked on.

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  25. I alway say if it works don't change it.
    Merle......

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  26. I like your style, my friend! :)

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    1. Debby, laundry is always better in my book!

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  27. My husband and I always had definite "areas of responsibilities". It worked well for us for all our years.

    Judy

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  28. That's a lot of wood--and a lot of laundry! I think I would have opted for your choice as well. ;)

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