I know it’s hard to believe, but the only reason I ever wear a hard hat is to protect myself from my own klutziness. When I need something done around the house, I am the last person I call.
Luckily for me, the neighbor is very handy and doesn’t mind helping me out when I am unable to have one of my Witch friends come over and use Magic to solve the problem.
I do have a tool box, but it’s set up like a safety deposit box or the launch panel for nuclear weapons. I have one key to open the safe where my tool box is kept, and The Girl Who Handles My Tools, my next door neighbor, and the Chief of Police all have a copy of the second key. I cannot access my tool box unless one of them is here and agrees to let me get to it.
With Winter on the horizon, I’ve been fretting over how much it costs to keep The House on the Hill warm and toasty. You’d think that with The Devil were here so much, he’d do something to heat the place, but he claims he cannot bring Hellfire into my home without running the risk of damning my soul. Whatever!
So, I decided to be a man of action. I dug out an old “put up plastic on the windows to winterize your house” kit and figured I’d give it a shot. Yes, I remembered how stressful it was the last time I used the kit. Yes, there was a lot of cursing involved. Plastic might have been cut crooked. Curses might have rattled around the rafters. I vaguely recall burning myself with the hair dryer.
Despite all that, I hitched up my toga and decided to get to work. Luckily, my tool box was not required. All I needed was scissors and that infamous hairdryer. The double sided tape and plastic was included in the kit.
If I was writing about putting up plastic on the windows, I could give you a thriller, a comedy, or even a horror screenplay about the process without a problem.
Actually getting the plastic on the windows was going to be the hardest thing I had to accomplish all weekend. Yes, I have a college degree, an impressive IQ, and an imagination that makes people want to pony up millions of dollars to turn my stories into movies. Yet I don’t have the ability to cut a piece of plastic and shrinky dink it to my window.
Somehow, perhaps because Zeus took pity on me, I managed to get plastic on all three windows. Of course, the hair dryer is now trapped between the plastic and the glass of the window on the left, but I had no plans to blow dry my hair at least until Spring.
Yes, Modern Philosophers, I wish I was more handy. The thing I’m choosing to focus on right now, though, is that I stepped out of my comfort zone and took on a project without anyone around to assist. Sure, it probably took me much longer than it should have. Yes, the plastic looks like it was hung by a crazy person. Obviously, the amount of cursing that took place would fill enough sweat jobs to put a dent in the National Debt.
But I did it. I was handy, man.
I even managed to take a photo of the result of my hard work. What do you think? Want to come over for dinner?
I don’t know what’s gotten into me lately, Modern Philosophers. I feel like a different man. Ever since that drunk dragon knocked out the power on Monday night, I haven’t been the same.
I’m not going to try to solve the mystery tonight. I’m just going to relax and enjoy a quiet evening in my (hopefully) warmer living room. Happy Saturday!