But I wanted to include the below clip, which, to my mind, is hilarious and effective TV advertising. And so true to life...
The lovely blogging sisters, Multiple Mum and Maxabella have both recently posted about DIY, Hire-a-hubby issues and jobs that need doing around the house.
I am sure I have shared with you the fact that I live in a 1970's monstrosity of a house? One that needs a lot of of time, money and inspiration?
And that my lovely husband IS indeed very handy? As I said to Multiple Mum recently -
Lovely husband is handy. He is a geek with bricklayers arms, which can be wonderfully useful (and economic). He can build and tile and plaster and is particularly adept at high class painting and decorating.
Sounds just wonderful, doesn't it?
But its only ever any good IF HE HAS TIME.
No time. Between his work, us, the kids, the garden, and cricket, there is no time left for me to exploit him.
So what is a girl to do? When she has a list of jobs undone?
I have Jon*.
Jon is a jack of pretty much all DIY. He is a chippy by trade, but also has a general builders licence. He can turn his hand to electrics, and has no problem at all with plumbing. Tiling? Consider it done. Tree lopping ? Easy. Gutters need cleaning and fixing? In the blink of an eye.
And he is a darling. The kids and the dogs love him. He is smiley and cheerful, has a cool tool-belt, and he whistles whilst he works. He drinks his coffee with six sugars, but I forgive him that as he always rinses his mug out. He cleans up after himself and nearly always turns up on time. He never blocks the drive with his van, and can turn his hand to anything. His long ladders are a godsend. Fast and clean...
Jon comes at a price. He invoices on time, and whilst not exorbitant, he is not cheap either.
He is utterly gorgeous and single.
He is a (harmless) flirt.
He is my age and has more than just a little bit of silver fox about him.
The value of Jon?
When I am desperate for a job doing, when its been on my nag list for a year, and my handy husband has still not managed to attend?
When I am frustrated at lack of activity, and when my critical path is getting congested.....
"Lovely husband of mine, shall I call Jon around to give us a quote?"
It spurs my resident handyman into action every. single. time.
Just like the Selly's ad a the start of this post.
Works. Like. A Charm.
Get a Jon.
So worth it.
On every level.
* Not his real name, but he is as gorgeous as Jon Bon Jovi was in Moonlight & Valentino....