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Saturday, August 4, 2018
Mrs. C loves fixing stuff around the house. She likes measuring, leveling, drilling and screwing (watch your 13 year-old-self) screws. She has patience to read directions and she measures twice to cut once. She is methodical and precise.
I have little patience, eyeball not measure or level, and along with screws I also say screw it to directions. I measure twice, cut once, throw the bad cut away and try all over again.
It took me a while after we were married to realize that not only is Mrs. C better at household fixits than I am, but that she also enjoys fixit chores.
The first few times something needed fixing, I stepped up to the plate to assume my manly duty. I had to tell Mrs. C to “step aside” while I tended to “man’s work.” She stepped aside but critiqued my every wrong move.
Finally, during one such job I stepped aside, “You know so much, you do it!”
She has been doing it ever since.
A while back a pullout kitchen drawer collapsed. The contractor had put it in incorrectly and with a missing screw. After a year or so two plastic brackets twisted and broke. Pots and pans came crashing down in the middle of the night. There are, I might add, better ways to wake up in the middle of the night.
She ordered new brackets (not an easy find) and they arrived today. Even coming off a bad cold, Mrs. C was noticeably excited to fix the drawer. I was the hand it guy, and she the surgeon.
Broken Brackets (Yes that is duct tape…it only lasts for a while)
Mrs. Cranky doing her thing
Drawers all fixed
I did have to crawl in there to give a final tightening twist to each screw with my powerful man-arms, but Mrs. C did all the tricky stuff.
Let me tell you, a woman who knows how to use a power drill and a level…now that is a real turn on!