Saturday, May 16, 2009

If You Give Your Husband a Problem to Solve...

A few weeks ago my blog-friend Zoanna wanted to write a collaborative story based on the children's book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. This week seems an appropriate time to try my hand at writing my own nonfiction version...

If you tell your husband about the ants in the cupboard, he'll want to seal off the holes where they're coming in.

If he's going to seal off the holes on one shelf, he'll want to go ahead and empty the whole cupboard.

If he empties the whole cupboard, you'll be reminded that you need to find a better way to organize your spices.

And if you mention this need to your husband, he'll say, "I could build you a spice rack to hang on the door of the cabinet." He'll take some measurements, go downstairs to man-land, tinker with wood and glue and a nail gun, and come back an hour or so later with this:


...Now do you see why I like to brag on my sweet husband and his handyman skills? I wish I had before-and-after shots so you could see what a mess my spice shelf was before! He had to modify this a bit, because the first three times I opened the door, the spices on the top two shelves came flying out at me. The bottom two stay put just fine, so he put a string across the top shelf and a bar across the second shelf to keep those in place. Now it works great--and I have all kinds of newfound cupboard space--and I can easily find everything!

5 comments:

dancebythelight said...

Nice work!

zoanna said...

I can't decide which I like more; your clever "book" or Steve's clever spice rack. Good job, both of you.

For the record, I am too embarrassed to take a "before" shot of my spices. If pride goeth before a fall, it's no wonder I take my life in my hands when I reach for the garlic powder.

Marcy said...

That is great! What a handy-man you have!

Sarah said...

I love that children's book (and your take on it) and can't wait to read it to Anna Claire.

I also love man-land too! Mike visited there this weekend and came up with some shelves for our garage. Next...a pantry in the kitchen!!!

Brenna Kater, the Oceanskater said...

I need him to come and make me one :)