Thursday, February 10, 2011

Magpie Tales #52: House Rules



Now that we live in a house, we need to have some rules around here.

House Rules
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~Don't bring any mud or dog turd in on your shoes. Take off your shoes so you don't spoil the carpet. Slippers are okay. (This may be hard for "shoe people"--but I hate dingy-looking carpet.)

~If you are the first one up, please get the newspaper and turn on the coffee maker.

~Please make your bed each and every morning. It doesn't have to be perfect--hospital corners aren't required--but it does have to be done.

~Clean the bathrooms once a week, minimum.

~If you leave crumbs on the counter or table, please wipe them up, and hang dishtowels neatly. A tidy kitchen is more appealing than a messy one.

~Don't leave dishes in the sink, unless the dishwasher is running and it's too late to add dishes. (And Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day makes washing dishes by hand almost a pleasure.)

~No smoking. (Sorry, Charles!)

~Should we hire a housekeeper, to help out twice a month? Shelley uses a gal named Sondra.

~If you break something, "fess up"!

~Lights out by 10:30 PM during the week (unless you're reading a Jodi Picoult book).

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This is an interactive Mag--please add something to this list of house rules. :)

Photo and writing prompt from Magpie Tales, which celebrates a one-year blogiversary this week!

31 comments:

  1. What a cute post for that prompt! I love it.

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  2. Thank you, Kristen! What did I leave off of this list?

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  3. Whoa!! Some rules there, Suko!! :))
    LOVED the Jodi Picoult one THE MOST!!! Totally works in my favor ... heheh
    And as for dirty carpets and breaking things up, I hear ya, my friend!! I am gonna make my hubby read this one tonight.. heheh

    In all its sternness, this piece is very very sweet!! :))

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  4. Ah, such fun! I wish I'd laid down house rules . . . ;-)

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  5. What a great idea.
    Another rule - Keep all Legos out of all walkways -especially since you've already established the no shoes rule ;)

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  6. No food in the bedrooms
    Replace the beer you sneak
    Paper plates not allowed
    Maintain reasonable thermostat temp

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  7. Mamacheetah and Helen, thanks for playing along! Isn't this fun?! I appreciate all the comments. :)

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  8. lol! What a fun post!.none of my house rules work.:-(

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  9. Please do not use all the hot water. :) It seems to be a workable set of rules!

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  10. Ha ha! Great magpie; you are so clever. Nobody listens to my rules...

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  11. Stand to Attention!
    Wake Up at the Back There!
    Keep Calm and Carry On!
    Don't take Ma too seriously.

    Great rules. Great write,

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  12. Ooh can I add too?

    Last one to bed, let's the dog out!

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  13. I would like to borrow your house rules for myself! Thanks for posting this witty and fun list, Suko!

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  14. Most enjoyable take.

    Do your own dishes.

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  15. Oh, can I play too?

    ~Mow the lawn and water the flowers once a week. (I sure there must be grass and flowers once the snow melts.)

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  16. What a refreshing change this 'pie is! I love it. Are the rules available in poster size...? If so, put me down for a copy!

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  17. Interesting Magpie! Love the rules. A rule in our house, turn off the computers!
    Natalie:0)

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  18. Don't eat the last of the chocolate - unless your name is Mom - then it's ok.

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  19. Very nice Suko! Especially that last one :)

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  20. Difficult to be the 22d !

    "And above all be happy there !"

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  21. All comments or "house rules" are appreciated. Thanks so much! :)

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  22. love your creative thoughts here,

    crumbs on the table, that's a home run line.

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  23. Hilarious!

    Do not leave the garbage until it's overflowing
    Clear up after yourself - this is not an hotel
    All joints on the table will be carved
    If I don't think it's music you will be asked to turn it down
    AND
    I don't care that your mother never said it, but put the loo seat down

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  24. please squeeze the toothpaste from the bottom of the tube and not the middle.

    A great post, I may well have to pinch the idea.

    Glad to be back visiting you, apologies that I haven't been around as much.

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  25. Haha, right, unless the dishwasher is running!

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  26. This has been a lot of fun and I encourage my fellow writers/bloggers to try Magpie Tales! :)

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  27. What an innovative way of doing the prompt! :) Loved it totally.

    Loved the Jodi Picoult rule especially.. Have you read any of her books? I haven't yet, and look forward to reading her.

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  28. Priya, thank you. I've only read one Jodi Picoult novel, My Sister's Keeper, but I'd like to also read House Rules. :)

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  29. That's a good list Suko. Especially making the bed is top of my list. I refuse to go to a bed that is not made and hence I refuse to get off the bed without making it first thing in the morning. Trying to teach it to my kids as well; unfortunately they are not catching right on...

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