short shrift and getting late at that. Dear Wife's been "watching" the Little One next door all day -- niece was supposed to get off work and be home by around 2:30 p.m. but they had some "issues" at work and she didn't get home until late, and then had an errand that she had to run, so quick change of clothes, then she and the Little One headed back out and Dear Wife came home and collapsed. Little One is 3-1/2+ now, definitely in one of those "stages" of growing up, and mom & dad aren't as firm as they might be. So she's quite capable of being ornery. And was. All day long. Wore Dear Wife out.
While she was gone, Yours Truly did dishes (by hand), dealt with cats and their issues, tried to do some Bible study and prayer, picked up stuff around the house, did several loads of laundry. And on that last, our el-cheapo washer that we bought several states back, like around 2002, is showing its age. The "safety" interlock ensuring that the lid is closed, is malfunctioning, Usually. Severity varies, and today was severe. So every time it was going from normal agitation to drain or spin or whatever, I had to stand over it and hold the switch down with a small screwdriver. Eats lots of time, can't do ANYTHING else during it, and makes the back ache and helps the mood not one bit. Got most of the laundry done and put away. Not exactly the most manly of things a guy might do, but needed to be done, Dear Wife isn't up to it and wasn't home anyway. Before we were married, nearly 28 years ago, I lived alone and did all of these things myself anyway. Normally in a laundromat, though up to just before the "I do" moment, I lived in an apartment building, and my apartment was right next to the laundry room (coin operated, but at least I didn't have to haul the stuff to the car and drive to a laundromat as I'd had to do in the teeeny tiny one I lived in before that (for four years). So not having to stuff coins in is nice. But the washer ( a Crosley, one of those you find in the low-end "rent to own" joints) is fading, and the switch would cost more than the thing is probably worth. We Shall see, it's not the worst problem we've faced. Beats using a washboard like grandma did, or a wringer washer as my mom did when I was small/
Wife is "watching the Little One in the morning, has to be over there before 07:00 so we are heading off to the horizontal Real Soon Now.
The Old Testament reading is Psalms 82, 83, and 84
The New Testament passage is verses 19-39 from Romans 8