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Mr.Handyman Can You Help My Marriage?

The merry joys of Do it yourself projects and the arguments that tumble along with it. I always wonder how many divorces have occured over painting?  I think of this every time Mr. MBA stands over me  inspecting every single paint brush swipe I make in the hot sun.

“Honey!  Try not using so much paint! Do you know how much that stuff costs?”
“Yes, you told me! Fifty dollars a can! Don’t you have anything better to do?  I thought you were managing the play date? I hear children arguing. Can you go check on them?”


“Don’t but me right now!”
“Fine!  But I’m doing the second coat! Just to prove to you that I’m much better at it!”

“Whatever! Just get out of my hair before I drop this bucket of paint on your head!”

I watch Mr.MBA storm off to the backyard as his triumphant skills from reading “Good to Great” have failed miserably on his wife. I always wonder if he returns to the index of the book to check dealing with difficult people.

Several minutes later he returns, “It’s looking good!”


“Can I give you a suggestion?”

“Did you not heed my first warning?”
“Fine. All I was going to ask if you scrape the walls of the empty bucket of paint.”

“Do you know how much that paint costs?”

“Didn’t we just have this conversation?”

“All I’m asking.”

“Fine! I’ll use it on the touch-ups!”


He stomps off to the back to manage the play date. I take a deep breath and ponder what it would be like to hire a handyman. Wouldn’t life be easier?

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Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook

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  2. I enjoy painting, but I’m not good at it, and my hubby has to point that out every time. I use too much paint, I use too little paint, my strokes should go up and down, my strokes shouldn’t just go up and down… it’s all confusing to me! But I get it done, though using double the amount of paint needed.

    1. I’m glad it’s not just my husband :O Since, the dream of hiring a handyman will never come true…I’ve opted for turning up my I-Pod extremely loud and drowning out the “suggestions.” Home projects have turned me into an unruly teenager all over again!

  3. Hmmm, at our house my husband used to nit pick whenever I cooked dinner. My solution was to let him doing all the cooking so he’s got total control and we don’t have to fight over it. Of course painting is then something that might never get done, so yes I would hire a handyman … and guess I did that by starting a handyman business.

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