Well, last week was a rough one. I had a hard time keeping my head up due to a little ear infection thing going on, then getting organized for Easter (had an awesome grazing brunch at Cafe Fleuri at the Langham Hotel in Boston), and then Lola developed a major limp on Saturday – still waiting for Lyme test results to come back in.
But geez guys, everyone’s food blogs are all about grilling and you’re killing me! I may have commented on a few of your blogs how much I’d love to try some of these ideas but alas, my grill has a major gas problem so I’m not going near it with a flame.
A little background: my father used to be able to build or fix anything. Car doing something weird? Bingo, he’d just put in a new alternator (or whatever) and you were on your way in an hour. Need a bookcase for that wall over there? Couple of days later you had a bookcase. The only fail that I remember (and it turned out to not be a complete fail) was our old furnace. That was back in the day when we had the old cranky coal burning monster down in the basement. One morning we had no heat, not such a rare occurrence, so Dad went down to swear at it, bang on it with some tools, put the general whammy on it, and then we heard BOOM! Heat came up along with Dad with no eyebrows, completely black face except for 2 white circles around his eyes, and a sheepish grin, “all fixed”. So although we got heat I’m not sure we can count that as a complete success. Anyway, that’s what I grew up with and I just assumed all guys know how to fix things. And then I married John…
Now John has many many wonderful qualities & is a very hard worker. But, when it comes to fixing things he doesn’t have that guy gene thing going. Being my father’s daughter I’m a little handy myself and have learned to replace screens, broken closet pole holders… mostly things that involve hammer and screwdriver. But there are some things I know I don’t know. These I turn over to my husband and ever helpful, John automatically says “I’ll take a look at it”. Depending on what’s not working, it could be that day, could be a week, or in the case of the grill we’re now looking at about 3 weeks. This is why half my house is duct taped together. And he really does “take a look at it” but invariably comes back with “looks broken, I’ll call someone”. So I reminded him that he was going to “take a look at” the grill. He did and came back with “needs parts”. Okay, I could probably go over to Lowe’s and get the parts if that would move things along so I asked “what parts?” Since the answer to that was “grill parts” I’m guessing this project will soon move into the “I’ll call someone” category, probably go buy a new grill category. So in the meantime, stop tormenting me with great grill recipes.
And because of my experiences with a non-handyman I’ve already informed my daughter that any potential husband of hers will have to pass the Tool Test. The first part will involve an on-site Lowe’s walk-thru where various tools will need to be identified by name & purpose. This will be followed by a written exam with questions covering plumbing, basic electrical, basic carpentry, and a little car maintenance stuff. The final will include a finished project of my choosing, but might include a simple deck replacement. But no pressure of course….