Yesterday I went to Boston to see my friend Katie, who’d taken the train up from New York to pay a holiday visit to friends there. I left at about 9:30 in the morning, spent the whole day pretending I still knew how to behave in a city, and was home by 8:30 that evening.
“How was your day, dear?” Kevin asked as I took off my coat.
I told him all about it. I walked around on actual sidewalks! I ate Chinese food! Katie took me to meet the friends she was visiting, who live in – are you ready for this? – an apartment!
When I asked him how he’d fared, wifeless for a day, he led me into the kitchen, which was beautifully neat and clean. And there, above the sink, was a brand new shiny copper pot rack.
He’d gotten the idea from our friend Amanda, whose parents have a similar rack in their kitchen. It’s made from standard-issue copper plumbing supplies, and Kevin figured he could make one just like it, custom-fit to go around the light over the sink. I knew it was on his list of winter projects.
While I was gone, he’d gone to Home Depot, bought the pipe and the fittings, and cut everything to size. He’d climbed up in the crawl space to figure out where the beams were, and screwed the fittings into the ceiling. He’d even changed the light fixture to a smaller, softer version.
Total cost: $43.
Maybe if I go to New York, he’ll rehab the bathroom.