Jul 242019
 

I’m sure some of my readers have been around long enough to remember the TV commercials in the 1960s and early 1970s for Comet cleanser featuring Josephine the Plumber, played by actress Jane Withers. Well, guess what? I married her sister.

Terry may not be related to Ms. Withers, but she’s just as handy. Probably even more so. All Josephine could do was fix pipes and hustle Comet, while there is pretty much nothing Terry can’t do. And since I’m the most inept man in the world when it comes to using tools and repairing things, I’m sure glad I’ve got her!

Yesterday while I was working on my new John Lee Quarrels book, Terry decided to do some home improvement. The first step was to replace three air-conditioning intake vent covers, one in our bedroom, one in our living room, and one in her loom room. Up until now, changing out the air filters required taking out the four screws that held the old covers in place, replacing the filters, and then putting the screws back in again. Terry bought some new vent covers from Amazon that are hinged, so when it’s time to change the filters, all she has to do is slide the two release buttons and open them. Easy peasy.

As with most projects around the house, my job was to be the gofer, fetching the tools Terry needed, and handing her screws and things like that.

The new covers look great, and I’m sure they will make life a lot easier when she is changing the air filters. Yeah, she does that, too. Around here, I’m just the eye candy.

With that job out of the way, she went to the bathroom. No, she didn’t need a pit stop, she had work to do there, too. She replaced our old toilet tissue holder with this nifty one, which also has a mobile phone storage shelf. What? You don’t take your phone to the bathroom with you? Come on, I know you do! Trust me, this is handy to have. I’ve been lucky and not had my phone fall out of my pants pocket while I was in there getting ready to take care of what one takes care of in there, but knowing me it was only a matter of time.

Terry also bought a pair of wall outlet shelf holders. These are pretty nifty. They replace the old outlet cover and have a shelf on top. She put one in the bathroom to hold the WaterPik and another on the wall next to her loom so her cell phone will be handy when she needs it while weaving.

These are just small improvements, but they make life much easier. And we are all about making life easier!

As if that weren’t enough, when she was done with all that, Terry made a delicious dinner of garlic aglio y olio that made my taste buds smile all the way down to my tummy. Like I said, there is nothing my pretty lady can’t do.

While she was involved in all of that, besides getting underfoot while Terry was working on her projects, I also cranked out about 3,000 words in my new book. I don’t know what Terry’s plans are for today, but I’m looking forward to getting back to it this morning and watching the story develop. Those darned characters have already thrown me a curve ball, and I don’t know what they have in store for me next.

Thought For The Day – I was told if you hold a shell up you can hear the sea. All I got was 6 years for armed robbery.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  5 Responses to “I Married Josephine’s Sister”

  1. I like the outlet shelf. What I need is three more outlets in the bathroom. Got anything to help with that? And I need help with my tile. Maybe I could just fly Miss Terry out here for a week or two!!! LOL Great job Terry!!! Good handywomen are hard to find! You’re a lucky man Nick!

  2. Would you ask Miss Terry to check the flow direction of those filters They should have an arrow indicating as such

  3. Those gadgets would be handy to have so thanks for the ideas. Nick, you are a lucky man!

  4. You might wanna ask Miss Terry if the airflow arrow ??is pointing the proper way on the air filter

  5. Mister Ed,
    Yes, they are the correct position. I double checked as I had never seen the large white cross-grid on the outside, either. And I bought 6-packs of both sizes (floor intake is a larger size and I replaced that cover when re redid the floors) so I’ll be looking at that grid for a while… ((-: I ordered by filter capacity and wanted to have new filters to go with the new intake vents when I bought them from Amazon. Didn’t foresee the distinctive pattern, though.
    Thanks for checking on me.

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