My Husband Has Replaced Me

It is not looking good.

Chris has found a new love. And it is not me.

Competition has arrived in a smaller and cuter package, one that doesn’t talk too much and will listen to all his stories. This perfect low maintenance relationship has begun and I haven’t even packed yet!

Yes, Chris, otherwise known as “I love to mow the lawn and trim trees and nothing more” Β has entered the first stage of You are leaving and I need to get busy to fill up my time.Β 

Hence, the ominous appearance of these on the scene.

The infamous pumpkin and sunflower seeds that now shine in Chris's life.

The infamous pumpkin and sunflower seeds that now shine in Chris’s life.

Now to be fair, we have always been a bit of a pumpkin driven family. Enticed by the lure of fall, our family has been known to spend great gobs of time searching for pumpkins, playing with pumpkins and ultimately massacring them in the name of Halloween. Left to rot outside in the cold winter, we only remember to put them to rest once the snow begins to melt.

And so it is not too shocking that of all the seeds to attract Chris’s attention, pumpkins won out. The sunflowers were a peace-offering that I would remain “somewhat in the picture” as these are my favourite.

So determined to have the prettiest pumpkins and the sunniest sunflowers, Chris has turned on the charm as he lovingly plants and tends to his new garden.

Chris planting the pumpkin seeds.

Chris planting the pumpkin seeds.

I actually caught him the other night checking them out. “Apparently” frost was forecasted and he was deep in worry that his new “friends” were in harm’s way. Pacing and sweating, he finally managed to fall asleep, only to run to the yard the next morning to triple check their security.

So until I leave, I am now playing second fiddle to the dirt in my backyard.

Oh and the promises have already begun. I will be able to meet Chris’s new friends when they are born. Apparently Egypt Air will let them accompany Chris from Canada to Cairo. Well it is a direct flight after all… πŸ™‚ If not, then we can still skype I guess.

(Special thanks to Ally from The Spectacled Bean who suggested the title for this post. Be sure to check out her blog which is terrific.)

Does your significant other have a hobby that “takes over” at times or borders on “obsession”?Β 


  1. Kat · June 2, 2015

    Oh yes, my husband has a workshop like place in the back of our yard. He disappears out there and I don’t know when I will see him again. I’m not sure what he’s doing out there other than texting me to let me know there are several leaks in his roof.

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  2. doreeweller · May 29, 2015

    Great post. You know, if I didn’t read it, and just saw the title and the photo… well, I may have thought something else. I refer to my husband’s photography obsession as his “mistress.”

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    • lovetotrav · May 29, 2015

      Oh photography!!! I would like that better than golf and gardening. At least you get great photos out of it!

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  3. MaryHill · May 28, 2015

    Nice to meet you. Very entertaining post. LOL πŸ˜‰

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    • lovetotrav · May 28, 2015

      Thank you so much πŸ™‚ Thanks for dropping by and commenting.


  4. Madhu · May 27, 2015

    Ha, ha pumpkins and sunflowers are good competition! πŸ˜€

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    • lovetotrav · May 27, 2015

      Thanks! I like them both myself so I can’t be too jealous πŸ™‚


  5. njmagas · May 27, 2015

    My partner is a work-a-holic. Does that count? πŸ˜› At least a pumpkin has a short shelf life.

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  6. joannesisco · May 27, 2015

    I feel your pain. I’m used to coming in low on the priority ladder πŸ˜‰
    That same night when we had a risk of frost, Gilles was blanketing all his tomato plants with old sheets.

    When do you leave for Cairo?

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  7. snowsomewhere · May 26, 2015

    I love your writing πŸ˜‰ “Pumpkin driven family” πŸ˜€

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  8. Hahahaha. I might be a Chris.

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  9. Sue Slaght · May 26, 2015

    That is a very catchy title! Haha glad ot hear it was comedy rather than tragedy.

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  10. johnmarkmiller · May 26, 2015

    This was hilarious… well done!

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  11. nylonliving · May 26, 2015

    Ha ha. My husband is a US/UK politics junkie. Nothing as useful as gardening. Election nights he’s up all night watching results.

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    • lovetotrav · May 26, 2015

      So is mine too… an obsessed CNN watcher and particularly anything to do with American politics.

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  12. Chris · May 26, 2015

    Don’t worry hun. You will always be my pumpkin!! xo

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  13. Camp That Site · May 26, 2015

    Very funny.

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  14. Faraday's Candle · May 26, 2015

    Ha! Ha! Great humor.

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  15. g · May 26, 2015

    You are a hoot!

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  16. Dawn · May 26, 2015

    My husband planted his tomato plants this weekend. And so it begins…

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    • lovetotrav · May 26, 2015

      And I think tomato plants even require extra time and attention πŸ™‚


  17. Mon · May 26, 2015

    “I actually caught him the other night checking them out”- LOL I was taking ths literally and thinking of someone checking them out and winking at them.

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    • lovetotrav · May 26, 2015

      Ha Ha. No, he is a great husband but thought I would try to add some spark to the post!


      • Mon · May 26, 2015

        When I read the first para I thought something terrible happened between the two of you and I started to get worried. And then I see seed-packs.

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      • lovetotrav · May 26, 2015

        No we are very happy. He is finding new hobbies to keep himself busy while I am away.

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