What that means is if something breaks, if something leaks, if something floods, I have to fix it or get it fixed.
Back when I rented, you called the landlord when something needed fixing. Those days are gone.
Let me explain something.
I lived in New York a long time. In my apartment buildings, supers, as they were called, were the lay of the land. They'd fix whatever, you gave them a 'couple of bucks', and then they were on their way.
Everyone was happy.
I moved to a house in the suburbs and the guy who knew nothing about fixing things was now center stage. Me on a ladder is not a pretty sight.
Turns out there was one saving grace.
She had a house in the 'burbs before we got married and can fix anything. Circuit Breakers? No problem. Dish Washer and the Washer/Dryer? Again no problem. Ladders, screwdrivers, wrenches, bicycles, toilets, putting chairs together, fixing the windows. I could go on.
I know what you're thinking. "But Mark, does it bother you that she's the man of the house?"
Nope. Not a bit.
I got over that a long time ago and it took about thirty seconds. Okay, maybe five seconds.
|One of my favorite pictures of Denise|
She's great at negotiating with people on the phone. Great at negotiating, period. Me? You give me a price and I say okay. Not her. Give her a phone and watch her work. What starts out costing a thousand dollars ends up costing five hundred bucks. Before you know it cable turns into free HBO for six months. Bills turn out to be smaller than if I was in charge.
Vendors come in loaded for bear and leave having been snookered.
She's also great at seeing the whole field and acting on deals I know nothing about. She got a warranty that covers all our appliances. When something breaks, water softener, refrigerator, microwave, you name it, they come and repair it.
And another thing.
Something that has turned into a hit around our house is hearing the deals she gets when she goes shopping. I sit on the bed and marvel at her work. She'll say something like, "This dress was $500, 15% off, half off that, 25% off that, less 50 bucks, it was on the sales rack, I got it for 5 dollars."
Like I said, a hit.
Denise has a green thumb, is a whiz at gardening and getting plants to grow.
Another who knew.
I surely didn't before we got married. Our house has flowers and hanging plants, plants in planters, and big plants, almost trees, on the patio.
There is a sign in one flower pot that reads, 'Gardeners know the best dirt.' That about says it all.
This started out about being a home owner and has turned into a tribute to my wife.
How about that.
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