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There is nothing tentative about doing my housework– there is no one to do it, and I have to do it whether I like it, or not. Sometimes the wholly repetitive work cooking, cleaning, or ironing can be highly boring except when I’m trying out a new recipe, or baking. That’s more to my liking. 

I’m tired with washing the dishes as the dishwasher doesn’t work. It hasn’t worked for months, but I wasn’t complaining This reminds me to send a text message to Son to visit the management offices before he comes back home. It took repeated visits by Son to them for replacing the microwave, and it was done after fifteen days. That was another ordeal for me — living without it. I never realized how much relief it gave me from tedious work, and made my life a bit easy to live. Thank God. 



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My reprieve would be from housework— from cooking, cleaning and washing. Some guests were visiting. It had been a busy day, and I had been on my feet for a while. My feet were swollen, and were aching. 

The words slipped through my mouth, “Men are so lucky. When they come back from work, they can take a rest, and then they have a break on Saturdays, and Sundays too. I wish I could take a reprieve from housework”.

The guest remarked, “If you wish that, let someone else take over”.


This guest had come with his two wives. He meant that my (late) husband should take another wife who would take over.



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Not Working

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If money was out of equation, would you still work? If yes, why, and how much? If not, what would you do with your free time?


A home maker has always work to do at home. She never retires. It’s for life.

We (my husband and I) were having guests on Eid day. Making my home sparkle with cleaning it, and preparing a spread for the guests had taken its toll of me. I was dead tired on my feet, and was wishing for the day to end as quickly as possible.

I said out aloud, “Men are lucky. Once they retire, they have it so easy. Us women never retire from housework.”

The male guest said in reply, “R can have someone in your place, you can then retire.”

I got his meaning. It was that I should permit R to have another wife in my place.

What a dreadful reply!

I felt like pouring something on his head.