1) I love gardening but I hate weeding
I have a half acre property and over the past 22 years I have added 24 gardens. I love digging the soil, planting new plants, re-arranging plants, pruning the trees and shrubs, mulching and most of all sitting on my back deck or on the patio and enjoying the beautiful textures and colours. Often, though, I only see the clover that has inched in or the creeping Charlie that seems to overtake the space. I really don’t like all that work that gardening takes.
2) I love Canada but I hate winter
Approximately 4 months of the year we experience glorious, warm, sunny weather here. We can spend it at the beautiful beaches, cottages, pools, outdoor patios or even in our own yards. Canada is a beautiful country. Then there is that horrible rest of the year where we have to wear boots, hats, coats, scarves and mitts. We have to shovel snow and drive in slippery driving conditions. We have to scrape snow and ice off our windshields before we can even think about going anywhere. My goal is to retire to Florida for the winter.
3) I love having a clean house but I hate vacuuming, dusting and washing floors
There is nothing nicer than a clean, orderly home. I just love the fresh smell and feel of clean floors and furniture. I really don’t like doing housework. That’s why my husband does those chores. When he retired I told him, I’ve done it for 30 years now it’s your turn for the next 30 years. He does a great job.
4) I love wine but I hate that it makes me hungry
I enjoy a glass of champagne or red wine occasionally. I love the taste and it’s very relaxing to sip outside on the deck before dinner. There are consequences however because of the sugar content. It rises my blood sugar triggering a spike in insulin which makes me hungry the following day. I can’t seem to fill myself up.
5) I love hardwood floor but I hate dust “bunnies”
We ripped up all the carpets in our house several years ago and laid hardwood floors. I love the clean look and feel of the wood. I don’t like that you can see the dust on them and the little dust balls that form under beds and furniture. We have put down area carpet over some of the floors.
6) I love having company but I hate all the preparation
I used to entertain several times a year. Big parties and holiday celebrations. I always hosted Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Both would be huge family affairs with many appetizers and a huge turkey dinner. I always invited the extended family for a Mother’s Day bar-b-que each year too. Thanksgiving, Easter, birthday parties and card parties were always fun. For the past few years I haven’t had the same enthusiasm so we don’t have company over as often. I figure it’s time for the next generation but they don’t seem to care like we did.
7) I love water but I hate swimming
I dream of living by the lake or ocean year round. I would love to just sit on a comfy chair and look out over the vast expanse of water and drink in the fresh air. I don’t like cold water to touch my skin and avoid swimming whenever I can. Unless it’s a heated swimming pool you will never see me in the water.
8) I love sunbathing but hate suntan lotion
As I have already mentioned I love hot and hate cold. If I had my way I would sit in the sun from morning until night. I’m a redhead, however and burn very easily. I have worn suntan lotion over the years but I just perspire and it runs into my eyes burning them. I try to stay out of the sun except for short intervals.
9) I love dairy but I hate diarrhea
Sorry about that! I just discovered that I’ve likely become lactose intolerant at aged 58. All my life I’ve eaten cheese, yogurt, milk, cream, butter and most other milk products. Lately, they make me sick. I won’t go onto too much detail but it’s painful and uncomfortable.
10) I love my husband but hate sports
I’ve been married for 36 years to a man who watches golf, hockey, baseball, tennis, car racing, horse racing, all the Olympic activities, and I’m sure I’m forgetting a few. I’m not the slightest bit interested in any of it.
*I did forget one….football!