Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Thanks to all of the villagers comments! So fun to read! Acutally the four-wheel riding is in my sons back yard, he still lives in Northern Utah outside of the Salt Lake Valley and has an acre with the chicken coop, cow and lots of room to roam for his 3 children and of course company! We took a 4 hour drive to his home with my daughter and her 2 girls and then my son-in-law flew into SLC and we all drove home (to southern Utah) a few days later. Yes the memories and tons of pictures are going to have to keep me a float for a while. What would we do without the telephone? Even the web cam!
Although mine is not working for some reason. Does anyone know anything about skype? I know Oprah uses it! So it must be good enough for little ole me! I understand that it is free, just sign up and you can skype anywhere in the world for free! You just have to have a web cam! I am going to look into this. I found something fun. Not all the villagers were born in my era but...I think you will get a KICK out of this article. SNOPES says it may or may not be true! I will let you all be the judge!

The Good Wife's Guide
From Housekeeping Monthly, 13 May, 1955.

1· Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have be thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they get home and the prospect of a good meal is part of the warm welcome needed. (I thought that was pretty funny since they are the only ones that work during the day right?)

2· Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people. ( and your work weary children don't count?)

3· Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it. (I can't stop laughing, I guess his work weary associates are boreing?)

4· Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives. Run a dust cloth over the tables. (like you would have time to run a dust cloth when you are making yourself adorable with ribbons and preparing dinner?)(I use to have a bucket of Pinesole sitting out all day just to make him think I had been cleaning all day because the house smelled so worked!)lol

5· During the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too. After all, catering to his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction. (OH MY GOSH! immense personal satisfaction after working your fingers to the bones all day, don't you dare ask for satisfaction! by this time a knuckel sandwich would be my satisfaction!)

6· Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Encourage the children to be quiet. (OH yeah this one is totally pratical! SHUT THE KIDS UP??? NOT)

7· Be happy to see him. (oh honey, I am so happy to see you! LOLOLOLOL after 4 or 5 glasses of wine)

8· Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.

9· Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first - remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours. (this is a total killer)

10· Don't greet him with complaints and problems.

11· Don't complain if he's late for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through at work. (if this happens, YOU get a baby sitter and go out with the girls!)

12· Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or lie him down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.

13· Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice. (I am thinking of Archie and Edith Bunker right now)

14· Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him. (OK do I have every ones attention know? Did I make your blood boil or are you laughing your fanny off like I did when I first read this! check it out ladies, just google "The Good Wifes Guide" and then post this on your refrigerator with a note.......I would love to hear of some of the reactions you get from your hubby!)

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST A good wife always knows her place. (HAHAHAHAHAHAHA)
I say:


Realtor Penny said...

Linda, I have a photo copy of this article framed and hanging in my kitchen.

Wanda said...

You know...I bet all these suggestions were written by a man.

I've been off the computer a while and just left a comment on your previous post Linda...

Diana said...

I've do all of this Linda. Doesn't every good little housewife?

Seriously if I did all that I'd be lucky to still be married as my husband would probably think I was cheating on him!

Oh and I laughed my ass off at your #7.

Very enjoyable thanks for the laugh before bed!

Love Di

Eileen said...

I don't know if this is true, but I know there were publications just like this, we found one my grandmother had titled something like: "The New Bride's Handbook". It had 'pointers' just like the ones you posted!
My husband and I were in hysterics reading it! I'll have to go find it now.

Scriptor Senex said...

Fortunately my wife knew all these things instinctively without having to be told. Nevertheless a reminder might be timely so I may just paste this on the fridge door.
(And then try to find some accomodation for when she changes the locks on me!)
I've got to link to this - such a great post.

Yes, Skype is brilliant and I know a number of people with relatives abroad who use it to communicate - either just like the phone or with the cameras switched on.

Jackie said...

Loved the Good Housekeeping tips. I smiled...thinking like others...that this sounds like it was written by a man...but still, good advice...for both women toward men...and men toward women. We should always treat each other with kindness and love. The world would be a much happier place.
Hugs and many smiles,

Duchess of Tea said...

Halirious, you are an excellent housewife and a dear friend for visiting me often. I will send a link to your site to my friend who will love your post.

Duchess xx

Blessings each day said...

Think these were tips should have been revised for the cave man and woman for when he came home, dragging a T Rex dinosaur over to his barbeque grill and she very nicely didn't hit him over the head with his own club for all the mess he made!

Cute post Miss Lindalu!

blessings and hugs,


Barb said...

Hi Linda,
Skype is great. If your computer is fairly new, all you need to do is download Skype - go to their website. My computer is a few years old, so I had to buy a little camera to mount on my computer - I Skype with one of my grandsons who lives in IN - I can read to him or he can "take" me into his room to show me stuff. It's better than talking on the phone when they're little. Also, I used it a lot when my best friend was in S America for a couple months. No charge for the service and my connections are always good.

As for the "tips" - I'd send them on to my daughters-in-law, but I'm afraid they'd drop over laughing! Even I'm not that old to have been so servile!

Jientje said...

Hahahahaha!!! Hmmm, well...
Just remember, all this dates from an era when women did not work outside the house.

I think I'm going to use Skype too, when I'm traveling to the States. It will be nice to keep in touch with my hubbs! I'd love to know more, will you post about it?

joolzmac said...

What a crack up! Bahahahaha!


Jerelene said...

This was too cute..I loved all your little comments afterwards..
I had this sent to me in an e-mail and even reading it the 2nd time..still made me laugh out loud..I agree that kindness goes a long way..but this is only kindness towards the man..We women deserve a little kindness too!
I loved this post..
My favorite is starting a fire for him...hilarious!!

jinksy said...

Personally, the suggestions made my skin crawl and my hackles rise! Talk about degrading to women...