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2018-03-12T16:59:47+00:00March 12th, 2014|Tags: |


  1. Vintage Jane March 12, 2014 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Hilarious … I can just hear my husband’s reaction if I did that! Top of my list would be ‘finish bathroom’ … he started it 13 years ago!!

    • Jessica March 12, 2014 at 6:04 pm - Reply

      These are the sort of jobs that get done just before you move house…

  2. Joanne March 12, 2014 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    I take it the gin didn’t work last week then. Oh that is funny, good luck!

    • Jessica March 12, 2014 at 6:08 pm - Reply

      I have plenty more gin in reserve, thanks to it being on special offer last week..

  3. Mark and Gaz March 12, 2014 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Hehe that’s brilliant!

    • Jessica March 12, 2014 at 6:12 pm - Reply

      I just should have made the board bigger..

  4. wherefivevalleysmeet March 12, 2014 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    I dread to think what is on the other side – hope you have drawn a heart with a big kiss in the middle.

    • Jessica March 12, 2014 at 6:13 pm - Reply

      Good idea Rosemary… I’ve done it!

  5. Crafty Gardener March 12, 2014 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    I was wondering what was on the other side too 🙂

    • Jessica March 12, 2014 at 6:15 pm - Reply

      Plenty more space!

  6. Jenny March 12, 2014 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Oh dear, poor Mike!

    • Jessica March 12, 2014 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      Don’t worry Jenny, he takes it in the spirit in which it was meant.

  7. Jo March 12, 2014 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    Great minds think alike, I’ve started writing lists on post it notes for Mick, it’s the only way to get him to do the jobs I want him to.

    • Jessica March 12, 2014 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      It does work doesn’t it? And this list gets seen every time he goes out of the back door.

  8. Simone March 12, 2014 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    Is ‘jobs for wife’ on the other side? Not that I am giving Mike any ideas!

    • Jessica March 12, 2014 at 6:21 pm - Reply

      ‘Jobs for wife’ is on my laptop, password protected…

  9. elaine March 12, 2014 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    Nice one.

    • Jessica March 12, 2014 at 6:21 pm - Reply


  10. frayed at the edge March 12, 2014 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    I think if I did that the blackboard would be handed back to me with rude words on it!!

    • Jessica March 12, 2014 at 6:24 pm - Reply

      I did think it might attract graffiti, but amazingly none so far..

  11. Alison March 12, 2014 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    I am definitely wondering what is on the other side.

    • Jessica March 12, 2014 at 6:26 pm - Reply

      More jobs, but I am planning on moving them to the front as and when a space is vacated. Wouldn’t want anything to be overlooked.

  12. Abby March 12, 2014 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    I’m imagining that on the other side it says ‘Jobs for wife’ ? X

    • Jessica March 12, 2014 at 6:27 pm - Reply

      There’s not enough room!

  13. Sue@GLAllotments March 12, 2014 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    That’s a very restrained list! 🙂

    • Jessica March 12, 2014 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      Don’t underestimate item 3… it requires wholesale hillside re-engineering. Hence the exclamation mark!
      It’s the only task that’s still on the list from day 1.

  14. Chloris March 12, 2014 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    But does it work? It certainly wouldn’t work here. I would be invited to put my blackboard somewhere very uncomfortable; anatomically impossible too.

    • Jessica March 12, 2014 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      It does work. Although it has to be said the easiest/nicest to do tasks are the ones that get ticked off first.
      My eyes are watering..

  15. Em Parkinson March 12, 2014 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    Do you have a whip? Could come in handy….. X

    • Jessica March 12, 2014 at 6:38 pm - Reply

      You have been reading too much Tom Stephenson Em x

  16. AnnetteM March 12, 2014 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    I don’t think chalk is permanent enough – in our house the jobs would all be changed to things like..
    1. Watch rugby. 2. Watch football 3. Read the paper.
    Even if my Mike had had no intention of doing those things before he saw the list.

    • Jessica March 12, 2014 at 6:44 pm - Reply

      Because we used cheap board, and there are brush strokes in the paint, it’s actually really hard work to get the chalk off! Which is just as well really because the Mikes think very much alike.

  17. Sarah March 12, 2014 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    That looks a great idea especially with my husband retiring at the end of the week. When I just showed it to him he didn’t think Mike had many jobs to do! Sarah x

    • Jessica March 12, 2014 at 9:34 pm - Reply

      What a great time of year for your husband to retire… Wishing you both the best of health and happiness x

  18. Suzanne Dutchess County, NY, USA March 12, 2014 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    What is PTO>? Please turn over?
    Good luck with the list. I had a paper one when my husband retired two years ago. No ticks on the list yet!
    Men don’t read you know. I have large labels on my fathers refrigerator and his microwave and on his clock.
    Check glucose, take insulin BEFORE you eat. Doesn’t work. I have to check twice a day.
    Oh do mice eat hellebores?

    • Jessica March 12, 2014 at 9:38 pm - Reply

      Yes, exactly. I put in the arrow because I wasn’t sure if it would translate.
      I think men read selectively.
      I don’t know whether mice eat hellebores, it’s a case of not taking chances.

  19. Wendy March 12, 2014 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    I’m guessing that blackboard is a very prominent place – facing the entrance, perhaps?

    • Jessica March 12, 2014 at 9:39 pm - Reply

      Very prominent. And if I write big it doesn’t need reading glasses either..

  20. snowbird March 12, 2014 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Hahahaha….now WHAT is on the back??? eh???
    My hubs would blow a blood vessel if I left him a list, I take him to the pub and get him to make it for me….and he actually thinks he thought up the jobs!xxx

    • Jessica March 12, 2014 at 9:40 pm - Reply

      You are a lot more subtle than me. I shall watch and learn.

  21. CJ March 12, 2014 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    Wonderful. I so need a husband and a blackboard. You are a lucky, lucky woman.

    • Jessica March 12, 2014 at 10:07 pm - Reply

      In some respects, yes. I’d also love a life where there weren’t quite so many battles to fight. Not wildlife battles. Bigger.

  22. Layanee March 12, 2014 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    Oh yeah, I need me a blackboard!

    • Jessica March 12, 2014 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      Any old bit of board, blackboard paint… go for it!

  23. Linda March 13, 2014 at 2:28 am - Reply

    I can laugh….I’m’ up to my armpits in snow again!
    Didn’t everyone get my petition?
    Enjoy your snow free day…..*sulking*
    Linda :o)

    • Jessica March 13, 2014 at 7:34 pm - Reply

      I’ve been out photographing flowers today, for the next post… sun shining, so warm, at least 16C..
      We have to make the most of it while we can over here in Blighty. Only a couple of years ago the only summer we had was in March.

  24. Jayne Hill March 13, 2014 at 7:36 am - Reply

    I’m impressed; do you really mean us to believe that you can fit ALL the pending jobs onto two sides of a chalkboard?

    • Jessica March 13, 2014 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      No, only the pressing ones. And only his.. mine are kept separately in a password protected file to avoid risk of tampering. The fireplace project will probably find its way round the back now that the sun in shining. It’s only on there because we spent a fortune on the poultice stripper.

  25. Anny March 13, 2014 at 8:59 am - Reply

    Good luck with that one – I tried a cork board in the kitchen with highlighted post-it notes – absolutely no effect whatsoever…

    • Jessica March 13, 2014 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      Because he made me the blackboard it’s only right that I should use it?

  26. Rosie March 13, 2014 at 9:53 am - Reply

    I love your ‘jobs for husband’ list – we have a chalk board in the kitchen which gets full of things that need doing – the latest list says phone M on her birthday, post ‘thank you’ to E parcel, bake bread and lists tomato puree, milk and yoghurts to buy on the next venture out to the shops – it all sounds so mundane when compared with build ‘mouse cage for hellebore’ and ‘next raised bed’ 🙂

    • Jessica March 13, 2014 at 7:48 pm - Reply

      ‘Next raised bed’ is optimistic in the extreme. We have to cut away part of the hillside to achieve it. I think Mike would prefer your list!

  27. haggiz March 13, 2014 at 10:21 am - Reply

    If I made a list like that I wouldn’t be able to show it as there would be a very rude comment at the bottom from my other half! Jx

    • Jessica March 13, 2014 at 7:53 pm - Reply

      I am greatly surprised there isn’t such a comment on mine to be honest. Perhaps I should hide the chalk.

  28. Vera March 13, 2014 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    Excellent idea. Lester makes is very good at making lists of things he needs to do, but not so good about remembering where he puts the lists!

    • Jessica March 13, 2014 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      Ah yes, been there. Along with the shopping lists they are supposed to have taken out with them? Panic calls from the Tesco car park..

  29. rachel March 13, 2014 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    Aw, he gets all the best jobs!

    • Jessica March 13, 2014 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      Yep. No cooking, cleaning or ironing.

  30. Amy at love made my home March 13, 2014 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    I wonder what is on the PTO!! xx

    • Jessica March 13, 2014 at 8:05 pm - Reply

      Chopping wood from fallen trees, and some paths for between the raised beds.. the latter being even more wildly optimistic!

  31. countrysidetales March 13, 2014 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    Did you prop it at the foot of the bed for first-thing-in-the-morning perusal? I hope you will tick off said jobs as they are completed and post an updated photograph of what remains outstanding? 🙂

    • Jessica March 13, 2014 at 8:07 pm - Reply

      You see, you are far better at this than me.

  32. Cathy March 13, 2014 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Would you think me smug if I said the Golfer doesn’t need a blackboard…?! 🙂

    • Jessica March 13, 2014 at 8:11 pm - Reply

      I need to know your secret. Although after the pear tree and escapades on the roof, I guess some wives just get lucky.

  33. SeagullSuzie March 13, 2014 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    If only life could be like that…..!

    • Jessica March 13, 2014 at 9:39 pm - Reply

      No law against dreamin’….

  34. casa mariposa March 13, 2014 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    He might take your wording seriously and only make a single mouse cage. 🙂

    • Jessica March 13, 2014 at 11:34 pm - Reply


  35. BadPenny March 14, 2014 at 8:16 am - Reply

    i need this ! with a time limit added ” within six years would be appreciated “

    • Jessica March 14, 2014 at 2:09 pm - Reply

      And they wonder why we nag!

  36. knitsofacto March 14, 2014 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    I have threatened to tattoo ‘To Do’ on the back of Ted’s hand … that way he might remember to look at the list! The other hand will say ‘Communicate’ in the hope that when he decides to do things not on the To Do list, like take off to the council tip leaving the house locked when he knows I’ve just popped next door, he might actually think to tell me what he’s up to.

    • Jessica March 14, 2014 at 9:07 pm - Reply

      Oh no! And why is it any such trip out always takes at least three times longer than you think it will?

  37. angiesgardendiaries March 14, 2014 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    I wonder if this would work for kids – when I say kids, I mean big kids like my 24 year old son who often needs a swift reminder on jobs he promised faithfully to do! It would save my throat!

    • Jessica March 14, 2014 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      It might. But I have to report that having a list doesn’t totally replace the throat..

  38. CherryPie March 15, 2014 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    LOL Love it 🙂

    • Jessica March 15, 2014 at 8:33 pm - Reply

      I’ll need a wall sized blackboard the way it’s going..

  39. Natalie March 18, 2014 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Hahah! I have a blackboard for my hubby, too. Sadly, it can’t be turned over (screwed to wall) AND he tends to ignore it!

    • Jessica March 18, 2014 at 7:27 pm - Reply

      Go for the most important three things and write bigger!

  40. girlfriday March 21, 2014 at 8:22 am - Reply

    Did he? Turn over?
    Bet he didn’t.
    BTW, do you know how to sow those fluffly clouds of japanese anemone seeds? It looks like a clump you find under the bed and I have no idea what to do with it.

    • Jessica March 21, 2014 at 11:25 am - Reply

      He doesn’t, but I can!
      I’d be more inclined to wait for the plants to spread a bit and then divide them. Apparently they spread quite rapidly, but I’ve not yet had mine long enough to find out. Most of them are hybrids and don’t come true from seed.

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