The first time I met Miss Terry I was impressed not only with her beauty and her intelligence, but also the fact that she was an independent, capable woman who could do anything she set her mind to. In the 10 years or so that we were friends before we became a couple, and the 21 years we’ve been married, she has continued to impress me over and over.
From building the furniture in our MCI bus conversion while we were dry camping, to teaching herself how to weave and creating beautiful shawls and scarves, to projects around the house, there’s nothing she can’t do.
Yesterday was another good example. We have been working to get our house set up to be as safe and comfortable for my cousin Beverly as we possibly can, and to accommodate her handicaps. One thing we needed was a grab bar in the shower in our guest bathroom to help keep her from falling. While she was living in Tucson she had two or three bad falls, and is still dealing with some broken ribs from the last incident.
Finding any kind of handyman or home repair person around here who will actually show up for an appointment and then do the work you need done is just about impossible. We have learned that for the most part, if it needs doing, it’s easier to just take on the job ourselves than to waste time and money on unreliable outside help.
After carefully measuring everything several times to make sure she had it just right, then drawing a template, Terry drilled a pair of holes in the shower wall to insert the Secure Mounts. She said it was very scary to start drilling into it, and I reminded her that she felt the same way the first time she cut a hole in the side of our bus conversion to install the water heater. That went fine, and so did this.
After that it was pretty simple work to mount the brackets and install the grab bar.
Here are a couple pictures of the finished project. It looks just as good as if we had one of the local handymen do it, and we didn’t have to wait six months for somebody to show up, assuming they would show up at all.
Just one more example of my beautiful wife’s amazing talents. She followed that up by making a delicious meal of General Tso’s Chicken for dinner. Yes, I know, I’m a very lucky man.
As for me, besides being Terry’s gofer when she was working on the shower upgrade, I spent a large part of yesterday proofing and correcting what I’ve done so far in my new John Lee Quarrels book, Sweet Tea And Jesus. I like the way the story is shaping u, and I think readers will, too, when it’s finished.
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Thought For The Day – On very bad days, when I’m sure I can’t take anymore, I try to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days is 100%.