HOW TO HAVE A HAPPY HUSBAND
This was supposedly from a home economics textbook from the 1950s!
Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal -- on time. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home, and the prospect of a good meal is part of this warm welcome needed.
Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so that you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your makeup, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people.
Be a little gay and a little more interesting. His boring day may need a lift.
Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives gathering up school books, toys, paper, etc. Then run a dust cloth over the tables. Light a candle. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift, too.
Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children's hands and faces (if they are small), comb their hair, and if necessary. Change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part.
Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer, dishwasher or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet. Better yet, have them in bed.
Be happy to see him. Greet him with a warm smile and be glad to see him.
Don't greet him with problems or complaints. Don't complain if he's late for dinner. Just count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day.
Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or suggest he lie down in the bedroom.
Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes.
Speak in a low, soft soothing and pleasant voice. Allow him to relax and unwind.
Listen to him. You may have a dozen things to tell him -- the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first.
Make the evening his. Never complain if he does not take you out to dinner or to other places of entertainment. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure, his need to be home and relax.
Try to make your home a place of peace and order where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.
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Don’t Be Stranded During Summer Travel Season
The summer travel season kicks off this week with the Memorial Day holiday weekend, and AAA estimates it will come to the rescue of 8.7 million stranded motorists between Memorial Day and Labor Day. More than 30 million Americans are expected to take road trips during the Memorial Day holiday weekend and, unfortunately, many of them will end up stranded on the road. AAA estimates it will fix three out of five motorists’ car problems at the roadside. However, an estimated 3.7 million drivers will suffer more significant trouble that will require towing to a repair shop. But there are three easy maintenance tasks any driver can perform to reduce their chances of becoming stranded, improve the safety of their road trip and even save a little money. The three maintenance tasks AAA recommends all motorists to perform before hitting the road for a summer trip include:
1. Inspect All FIVE Tires: One of the most frequently overlooked items on a vehicle is the spare tire. When inspecting tires, it’s important to make sure the spare is in good condition and ready for use in case it’s needed. Roughly 1.2 million drivers will call AAA for help with a flat tire during the summer travel season. You need to check the air pressure, inspect the tread depth and overall condition of the tires.
2. Check and Clean Car Battery: AAA estimates it will assist nearly 1.7 million motorists with dead batteries during the summer driving season – replacing nearly 700,000 batteries at the roadside. Summer heat breaks down car batteries internally and accelerates the rate of corrosion on the vehicle’s battery terminals. Both conditions can lead to insufficient electrical power being available, and leave a motorist stranded without warning. Check the battery cables and ensure they’re securely attached to the terminals. Clean the terminals if there are signs of corrosion. Proper cleaning requires disconnecting the cables to clean the hidden areas where they contact the battery terminals.
3. Replace Wiper Blades and Refill Washer Fluid: Low or no windshield washer fluid was the No. 2 problem AAA uncovered during its 2010 car care inspections. A supply of washer fluid helps wipers remove contaminants. If blades are worn, cracked or rigid with age, they won’t adequately work and if they’re sufficiently deteriorated, the metal wiper blade frame could permanently damage the windshield.