Tuesday, August 2, 2016

A Bit of Nagging Pays Off With a Finish!

I do not like being a nag. For the most part I prefer whining. But sometimes whining just doesn't work. Nagging is my second form of torture. When all else fails, I generally throw a fit. It takes lots of effort, but it's effective. 



Here's how it went down: we went on vacation and saw barn quilts. I fell in love, love, love with the idea of painting a barn quilt for our shed. I talked about it and Richard said he did not want a barn quilt on his shed. But I was pretty persistent.




Nothing happened. Really, you'd think the man would get it by now. You'd figure that after 38 years of marriage, he'd know I'm not going to stop.  But nope, he just starts with no. And he hangs on to it for a while.



But the thing is, he can't hang on long enough. He has one strategy: say no. That's it. I, on the other hand, have three uhm, four, several, depending on whether you count the subtle attempts. Hint around. Hint around a little more directly.  Directly say what I want. Ask again and again. Whine. Whine like a kid. Fuss. Fuss like an old woman. Nag. Have a fit. Have a big fit. Torture. Back to nagging.



All that in my back pocket and the man has no. Sure he says it a lot many, too many times. But who's going to win? Me. Every. Single. Time. 

My sisters say I'm spoiled and they are half right. I am spoiled. Because I know how to wear the man down. And that's what I did: I wore him down to two barn quilts on his shed. Now ask me who was the creative genius and who did the work. 


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11 comments:

jenclair said...

I don't know which is worse. Sometimes my husband says no, then at some point forgets it was my idea and thinks he came up with it on his own. Sometimes he says OK, fine. Then just doesn't do it, hoping I'll forget. Next week becomes next month and so on!

Men!

Karen S said...

I like the end result. Looks like a lot of work on your part with the constant nudging, but well worth it.

Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

I thought my husband was special, Jenclair. It turns out that there are other something like him. lol

Karen, it's always worth the nudging (like that word much better than nagging) because, really, there's not much he doesn't know and he's OCD about details. Unfortunately because of his neck and back problems there are things he can't do anymore, but we have grown sons who often lend a hand. It's just getting them started, but we have a system in place, so...

Rebecca Grace said...

I love your barn quilts! Unfortunately we don't have a shed... But my NEIGHBORS do! I wonder if your nagging/hinting/whining strategy would work with someone who didn't promise to put up with me until death do us part?

Heide said...

Your barn quilts look wonderful! Great job.

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

Men are so stupid! (At least mine is too) Of course, he should have said, "Yes, dear," immediately and not had to waste all the time saying no. The quilt blocks look great...I have been thinking about demanding one on my hubby's shop--I think I will start my torture methods today!

Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

Actually I've noticed that people are decorating indoors using smaller versions. Ours is 4x4 but a 2x2 wouldn't be too expensive. Get Behr exterior in the sample size. I can paint at least 10 more with the quarts we got. You also can get interior plywood or MDF board. Good luck!

Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

Thanks Heidi. They are a great conversation pieces.

Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

If it takes torture, he brings it on himself. A year it took me! Now that's ridiculous but I can be persistent. Good luck to you, too.

Sarah Craig said...

Beautiful barn quilts, and such a funny story! I really want to make one to put on our smokehouse, if I ever find the time. Whoop whoop for you, and for your talented husband!!

Janice Holton said...

Finally getting around to visiting the Let's Bee Social links. LOVE your barn quilts. Hmmm! It's giving me ideas! :)