The older I get, the less I say.
Absolutely I have learned to shield her. I basically don't say anything that I know will push her mood in a bad direction. After 15 years of marriage, I know just what to say and what not to say.
I talk slower because of this. I pick my words more carefully. I don't blab off the top of my head around her.
She's not otherwise sheltered, btw, her job has plenty of stress and she has her own things to worry about.
On the flip side I get...