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He was "in the moment" and feeling tired, but a good tired, after having tackled the tractor problem and then mowing the large natural lawn, a mixture of grass and weeds. As they walked together over the shortened vegetation, she glanced toward a large unweeded shrub bed and said in all sincerity, "It looks pretty good from a distance."
She always seemed to have a to-do list, whether written on paper or in her mind, and could quickly move out of the moment they were in, admittedly not one of her best characteristics. Unfortunately those enumerations were sometimes taken as items of dissatisfaction and things he thought she expected him to do.
After years of togetherness it had become second nature for him to sense a little of what she was thinking in the back of her head even if her "wife speak" didn't say that. For the most part his manner of interpretation worked pretty well, except for the times when it didn't, and she needed to tack on an addendum to clarify the intentions of her words and her heart.