...are becoming all too frequent on this forum.
Mrs Alzi is entitled to her opinion and it's true that RIBs can be unsightly in their non-floating state.
What you need to do is see this from a woman's perspective and work from there:
: Make sure that winter cover matches your car colour.
: Get cracking with the Halloween stuff - get those wee ghosties and pumpkins up there, involve the nippers too and have a flare display on Guy Fawke's night. Christmas calls for a few lights on the A frame, and maybe a red nose on the bow - antlers are good too.
: If you have a stern well, bung in a few winter pansies, a bit of ivy draped over the console can work wonders too.
: Tell her how much storage costs and that if she drops the subject, you'll cut her in for half come her birthday.
The gaRfie approach
: Tell her it won't be as sore on the eyes when one is closed and the other is squinting up the road from the wives shelter.