I am a bad wife.
Yes, that is Joel sewing his own buttons onto his favorite, really old, really ugly coat. This coat has been safely hanging in the closet for the last several years. It has been missing buttons and my refusal to help sew them on has kept it there until now.
Joel has decided to take matters into his own hands and sew the buttons on himself. It took him 28 minutes to sew on two buttons. I did end up helping a tiny bit. I felt guilty enough to help him tie off the knots.
Now he is all happy again, back to wearing his favorite old coat.
My buckiness over this coat goes beyond my disdain for Joel’s wardrobe at times or fashion. (I will be the first to admit that I am not fashionable at all) The problem is it reminds me a little too much of this – Do you recognize it?
It’s Jack Lemon and Walter Matthau in Grumpier Old Men. And yes, Walter is wearing pretty much the same coat.
And guess what - Joel has the hat to go with it.
(Actually, I should say DID have the hat to go with it. The dog got a hold of it and chewed it up – and No, I did not pay the dog in doggie treats to do away with it (though I would have liked to). )
I watched this movie years ago – before I even met Joel – and found it to be a cute movie. Now I realize that I am married to a future Walter Mathau – He already has the coat and hat. Somehow, the movie doesn’t seem so cute now.
This is another typical outfit from the movie and Joel would love to wear this.
He is obsessed with ice fishing. (These are fish houses, out on a lake. I hate to point out the obvious to anyone else from Minnesota, but if you are from Florida, you may have just thought it was a typical neighborhood)
Like many other men from Minnesota, this is Joel’s favorite way to spend a weekend – out on the ice, wearing one of these fashion-forward outfits.
Look like fun to you?
Joel also wants Walter’s vehicle from the movie – this very classy Scout International.
Wouldn’t I just love to go for a ride with him in this beauty – um No! For those of you who have seen the movie, you may remember Jack’s character hiding a dead fish in the backseat. Joel has been known to do the exact same thing to his friends. Have you ever smelled a rotting fish? Try getting that smell out of your car.
Before I know it, Joel will have turned into this – trying to stab his fishing buddy with a fish.
Please pray for me ladies. This could be bad. Can I also point out that Joel is only 37 and appears to have quite a head start on turning into a Grumpy Old Man.
I believe that the coat is just the tip of the iceberg.
What am I going to do now? Anyone else feeling my pain? Also married to a typical, Minnesota ice fisherman?
We could start a support group. Anyone?