Thursday, 10 April 2008

Labour saving?

The advances in modern technology are designed to make our lives easier.

We have cars a planes to make travel faster. We have hot water on tap, electricity at the flick of a switch. We have vaccuum cleaners, washing machines and tumble dryers No more "Monday is washday". Although, now and again, I have to confess that the thought of washing clothes by bashing them on rocks or up and down a washboard has a certain appeal when it comes to relieving stress.

We also have dishwashers.

Before we moved to the cottage, I didn't have a dishwasher. Or, to be more precise, I didn't have a pile in the dishes and press a button dishwasher.

What I did have was Himself.

We had a division of labour. I cooked. He washed and dried up.

We seem to have lost that somewhere along the way. Himself has a problem with loading a dishwasher. Nothing gets put in with any logic and I end up having to restack it so the crockery has some chance of getting clean.

So now I cook and I load the dishwasher. And unload it again and put all the dishes away.

What was that about labour saving devices?


  1. and... if you are looking for a clean dish, more n likely you'll find it DIRTY in the dishwasher.
    OR, if you are ready to load the dishwasher with a bunch of dirty rascals, you open it up and it is full of clean ones waiting.

    it is a vicious circle.

  2. I hate dishwashers. Unless you have enough cutlery and crockery to equip a medium-sized hotel you're going to need to wash something by hand before the machine's full, which means the machine sits there smirking at you.

  3. When Bob retired I told him he was in charge of the dishes and kitchen clean-up. He does it differently than I would, but he does it. I don't care if he uses the dishwasher or not, as long as it gets done. Try that approach, if Himself doesn't want to use the dishwasher, he can still do them by hand, who cares.

  4. we dont have a dishwasher as tehre are only 2 of us. we dont actually have room for one inthe kitchen - or anywhere else for that matter!

  5. We do have a dishwasher as there was one when we moved in here, but we only use it if we have guests and cook for a lot of people. Otherwise we just do the old fashioned pot washing.

    I'd get hubby to learn to cook. Or use paper plates for a bit, then when the plate goes soggy and his dinner falls in his lap you could say, "Oh dear. Maybe you could unload the dishwasher for me. I am not able to undo the door as my arms are so tired from all the cooking."

    Or you could jst say, "Oi, matey boy, get your carcass in here and pull your weight, otherwise it will be rations for you for the next month."


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