On Friday I had cleaned out the freezer so I can pick up our pig from the butcher tomorrow. In the fall when Vince butchered the deer, he cleaned them, but instead of grinding the meat, we just cut it into big hunks, vacuum sealed it and froze it. He wanted to make jerky that you extrude from the jerky gun and figured he would grind the meat and do it later. Because I desperately needed room in the freezer, I took about about a third of the venison, put it in the fridge to partially defrost so it could be ground and made into jerky.
You would think that a smart husband would learn that there are some things you just don’t say . . ever! Several times in the not so distant past, during a discussion, Vince has said “I wish I had your life. All you do is sit and knit all day!” Really? Is that what he thinks? Yes, I sit and knit all day! The garden plants itself. The weeds shrivel up and die with no help from me. The non-existent rain waters the garden and fruit trees. The plants in our yard never need fertilizer or trimming. The laundry washes, dries, folds and puts itself away. His shirts starch and iron themselves. The menus for each week magically appear and the groceries are delivered by the grocery elves. The jars of home canned food are dropped off by the Amish ladies in the neighborhood . . all while I sit and knit all day. Dinner is cooked, served and cleaned up simply by twitching my nose from my easy chair. Hey . . it worked for Samantha!
Instead of trying to explain to Vince that all the cooking, canning, gardening, housework I do takes a bit more time than he apparently realizes, I decided . . OK, Honey! You can do all the meat grinding by yourself today and see how much knitting time there is in most of my days.
Vince: We need to get started on the venison.
Me: The meat grinder is upstairs in the shop. The dehydrator is by the washer in the shop.
Vince: Are you going to help?
Me: No . . I think I’ll work out in the garden today.
Vince: (After getting the grinder and dehydrator) Does all this stuff need to be washed and sanitized?
Me: Yes! I always clean both before I use them since they’re stored in the shop.
About an hour later . . after wiping down everything in the kitchen and cleaning the grinder and dehydrator but before starting on the meat:
Vince: This takes a lot of time!
Me: Yes, everything seems to take more time than I think it should!
By the time he was ready to trim the meat, he was tired and set up a little work station at the kitchen table so he could sit down while doing it! 🙂
During the week, I’m home alone so when I go out to work in the garden, I fix a container of ice water and carry it out to the garden with me. When he’s home working on weekends, he wants me to bring ice water out to him and sometimes I get busy . . knitting I’m sure . . and I forget and then I hear “Thanks for remembering to bring me ice water!” 🙁
So, I was out working in the garden. He was sitting at the table trimming meat. I came in and said “Goodness . . I thought maybe you would bring me something to drink.” His response: I’m kinda busy!
I ended up having mercy on him and I put the meat through the grinder, weighed it all up and put it in 1 pound packages, put it in the fridge and then cleaned up the mess.
I’m wondering . . will he ever again say “All you do is sit and knit all day?”
A lot of times in the mornings when he’s getting ready to leave for work, I’ll sit down and pick up my knitting just to be out of his way and then when it’s time for him to get home for lunch, once everything is ready, I’ll sit down and knit while waiting for him to get home so I guess when he leaves the house, he sees me sitting in the chair knitting, and then when he gets home for lunch, I’m sitting in the same chair knitting, it’s easy for him to assume I haven’t gotten out of the chair for the past four hours. I wish things worked that way!