The Norman Transcript


July 6, 2013

Mind over matter



The building looks great and is very versatile. When the Grands visit in the summer, we set up the “indoor” pool, complete with a ceiling fan on the ceiling that sounds like a B52 Bomber. There is also plenty of room for the ping pong table and improvised indoor soccer matches.

Not to be outdone, Hubby recently completed a project which the directions clearly stated in fine print, that it would take five men. Naturally, he decided to do it himself.

How did he get around the five-man requirement? Ingenuity. And stubbornness. The five-man team included Hubby, three tall ladders and the fifth “man” was created out of two-by-fours. Each “man” held up and/or propped up his side of the immense gazebo while Hubby connected the “dots.”

Just as with BBB’s project, the gazebo looks terrific. Situated on a slight hill in the backyard, it catches the perpetual breezes and provides beauty and shade. Terrific place to dance under a full moon.

My personal favorite “Hubby Project” was a small storage shed he installed in the corner of our suburban backyard. The memorable part was when he started speaking in tongues because he put up three walls and left the one against the fence for last. The situation called for a tear-everything-down-and-start-with-the-fence-side-first.

This linguistic moment was followed by the 8-months pregnant wife trying to hold up the walls while Hubby attached the roof, during a sudden 30 mile per hour windstorm. Even the beached whale had a time holding her own in that breeze.

For all the DIY people in our family who thrive on doing the impossible, the operative words are “No Pain. No Gain.”

Elizabeth is a freelance writer and author. Her novels The Dionysus Connection and The Marathon Man are available on Visit her website:

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