If anything can reduce me to wringing my hands and a need to explain myself, it is when my husband notices something going on in the yard or the driveway, and he says one of two things:
“You’re not having another party are you?”
“No more projects.”
If I’m in too deep with whatever I have planned - ( or as my oldest daughter says- “I’m in it to win”)-and I usually am, he will then say, as I enter the house after working on said project, dramatically huffing and puffing, with my best Joan of Arc expression:
“Now don’t wear yourself out.”
“Be careful , you’re going to get dehydrated.”
In the heat we have had the last two days, all of the above is possible. Although it obviously can’t be a secret, since he can see it from his lookout post, my latest project is this-
a Father’s Day/ Husband Day gift for him.
After all of our trips to New Normal (and another one planned next week for another surgery), I decided to go overboard for Father’s Day next weekend, just so I could hear him say those wonderful words from a million years of marriage to me:
“No more projects.”
*Details for this unfinished project*
This is a very rustic outdoor kitchen that is being built off of a small patio, by what we call the little house. It is built out of concrete block from Mexico that has been faced in squared off limestone . There is no electricity or running water. Those amenities are available in the little house nearby.
I had a removable iron grill with handles made by a welder, and on either side of it are copper countertops that were originally in my kitchen. I loved the idea of copper countertops, but I did not enjoy the day to day living with copper countertops.
So when I had it changed out last summer, I saved the island top and a small cabinet top. Those are now on either side of the grill.
The young man who built this was someone I saw working on a limestone fence and driveway, which immediately prompted me to pull off onto the side of the road. We negotiated there as well.
The welder was selling BBQ pits- guess where?- on the side of the road on flea market day. He finished the new grill and repaired my husband’s old BBQ pit in 2 days time.