Sometimes, all it takes is time together.
It rained and got really cold as the day progressed yesterday. I was at work and as it continued to rain, I started thinking about after work. With it being so wet, Tom won't work outside on building the storage shed, and since it is getting colder, it won't be likely that he'll want to freeze to death in his workshop. That only means one thing - we get to spend the evening together!
My work day ended on a good note, and I left to visit with Mom while I waited for Tom to get home from work. When he called to say he was on his way, I headed home. Tom walked in and I greeted him with a kiss. He unloaded the vehicle and started to say that he wanted to go out to his workshop to load up his new tool bag that I had just bought him. I pouted, "But it's too cold outside!"
He thought for a moment, "Well, what do you want to do?"
"I don't know. I thought since it was cold and rainy that you'd stay inside and we'd spend time together. We've been too tired lately to do much together. We could play darts, watch a movie, play cards...?"
He smiled, "OK." I smiled in return, YAY!
So, we decided to cook steak, fries, and beans for dinner. While the steaks thawed in the sink, I put his wet work clothes in the wash and put away the dishes in the dishwasher.
"The steaks are ready to season," Tom announced after checking on them.
"Does that mean you want me to season them or are you going to?"
He said, "You are going to season them." You know you must be doing something right when your man trusts you to season the meat! 😀
After I was done with the meat, I went to the A/V Receiver and plugged in my phone. I pulled up my playlist of music we used to listen to all the time and set it to shuffle. Tom went out to get firewood and I started getting old bills ready to burn in the fireplace. It didn't take long for it to catch - old bills, receipts, and spam snail-mail are good for something. Then, we started dinner.
He cooked the steaks and seasoned the beans on the stove. I tossed the fries on a baking sheet and put them in the oven. Then, I turned and started rinsing off the dirty dishes and putting them in the dishwasher. It felt so good to be working together in the kitchen again. It's been so long.
As the music continued to play in the background, we ate dinner and cleared off the table. We pulled out a deck of cards and started playing Rummy.
We talked and sang. We were not arguing.
We hugged and kissed. We were enjoying each other's company.
We laughed and cried. We were finding each other again.
We made apple tarts for dessert and wandered off for showers. I brought our music to the bedroom and we listened and talked as I gave the love of my life a full body massage. I watched him relax and enjoy my touch.
Eventually, we turned off the lights and I cuddled into him. We drifted off to sleep feeling more relaxed, more together than we have in months.
We didn't need to go out to dinner. We didn't need some expensive entertainment. We didn't even need spanking or sex.
All we needed last night was time together.