Adrain entered into this union with a huge jar (think jumbo mayonnaise size) of ash. It was a like a prized possession, much like his lucky boxers, for which he credited his impressive athletic prowess to. (Which one day, disappeared in the wash. Oops.) This jar was the bane of my existence as a young, enthusiastic bride, hoping to create a darling nest for my new man.
You just can't put a jar of ash on a bookshelf. People tend to ask strange and random questions like, "Uh so... was your grandma cremated?"
It gets awkward, you know?
I decided, to throw the jar away when Adrain wasn't around. But it reappeared a few days later, with not a word from my husband. I did it again, and it again, reappeared, with still no mention of where he'd found it. It quickly became an unspoken game of cat-and-jar. (Heh, heh.) Over time, I got smarter, and dumped half the ash into the trash, and transferred the remaining ash into a smaller jar. Then I threw that one away. It reappeared, so I dumped out half of that, and eventually we had a baby food jar full of ash, with not one word ever mentioned about it.
When we moved, I threw it away and finally outsmarted the man, by stuffing it under some paper.
Only my victory wasn't as much fun as I thought it would be. I actually missed planning covert ash operations in the middle of the night.
Years passed. Seven to be exact, and it's become something of a joke between us, and all of our friends. Only it's not as funny to us, because it's actually gone. My girlfriend, Nurse Nicki, was traveling, and recently visited a curio shop. She purchased this "jar" of ash for my husband.
And I don't think I
I think she may have saved our marriage.
**Many of you have asked additional questions about my home-made laundry detergent post. Such as how it smells, and if they get as clean, etc. They do indeed get nice and clean, and they smell clean. I put a bounce dryer sheet in when I dry them, and they smell really nice and fresh. Also, many readers brought up the idea that you could easily chop/grate the soap in a food processor. I would do that if I had one, because it would aid in my laziness. Lastly, some of you asked if it had to be Ivory soap. I'm pretty sure you could use any brand you really liked. Enjoy!!**