2013-03-08 / Columnists

Slice Of Life

by Beth Hanning

My husband, like so many other husbands in the Rockaways is working very hard to get our house up and running. We are very lucky that he is pretty handy and that we have great friends and family members who have helped us so much. I cannot count how many times he has gone to Home Depot, Lowes or a supply store. Not only does he need to buy supplies, he has to replace every tool he owned since they were all in our basement. He is very kind and always asks me if I would like to go with him. I always respond, “No thanks.” I do not think there is a place in the entire world that I would dislike going to more than these types of stores.

The last time we went together we went to Erskine Street. He asked me if I wanted to help pick out the new front door and I again said “No thanks.” I went into Target and did what I call a lap. Now is it me or do other women enjoy picking out these things? Although I was excited when we went to Sears and we bought new appliances, for some reason floors, doors and molding just does not get me excited. He has shown me at least twenty different types of hardwood flooring from Lumber Liquidators. Honestly I have liked every one he has shown me. Bellawood prefinished or unfinished, natural ash or natural maple all look great. Since the storm and not being home I have realized I am not that picky. When one has no floors at all every picture from Lumber Liquidators looks great. When you have no walls at all any molding whether it is 4 inches by 8 or 2 inches by 11 is wonderful.

I have realized since the storm that to men any home improvement store is the equivalent of women enjoying Marshalls or TJ Maxx. My husband can spend all day browsing and looking for ideas in these stores while I can spend all day going through the racks at a sale at any store.

I remember when my daughter played AAU basketball and we traveled. I remembered tournaments not in wins and losses, but with “Ooh there was the best Marshalls there.”

My sister has recently moved to Katy, Texas. We speak on the phone often and I ask her many questions about living in a new place. One of the first questions I asked her was “Is there a good Marshalls or TJ Maxx by you?” She first responded that she did not have one near her. Since then she has told me she found them but has not gone there yet. I do not even know how she is related to me.

** Thanks to all who had a part in making sure we had a parade this year. I thought the parade was great. I loved the Graybeards on the golf carts and it was great to see the Mormons receiving so much admiration from a town that they helped so much.

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