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    Mr. Fix It Strikes Again

    You guys! Herman has shown me a new side to his jack of all trades. It started like this: I have horizontal blinds covering the front windows. They are Venetian style but made of natural wood. And they are painted white.

    Okay, one of the strings was virtually shredded on one of the blinds, making it impossible to be raised all the way. And no matter how hard you tried, it looked uneven. Now, this was driving me nuts. This was just about the time that Herman tells me he is going to take a trip to Wal-Mart to find a replacement string. I decided to ride along.

    The original blinds cost me about $100 apiece, so they were worth trying to save. Plus, the supplier I got them from no longer carried them. So, into Wal-Mart we go. Herman makes a bee-line for the fabric department. I’m like, “Why are we going here?” Herman was convinced this was where the string would be found.

    But first, I insisted we try the window coverings department. Which we did. And they didn’t have any extra strings. According to Herman, not just any string would do. It had to be about the same thickness as the original, or the blinds would still hang crooked. I hate anything crooked in the house.

    So, into the fabric department we went. And you know what? They actually had several different thickness strings available. Herman picked the closest one in size to the original and we waited for the service lady to clip and mark the string.

    Once we got home, Herman went to work in earnest. I was skeptical at best, but Herman felt certain he could repair the blind. And much to my amazement, after painstakingly cutting one end of the old string off and tying the new one to it to feed it through the old holes, he managed to put new string where the old frayed one was.

    The true test was putting the blind back up and hauling the slats up to see if it would hang evenly. I was amazed when it did. I have new found admiration for Herman and his fix-it ability. He even cleaned off the top of the blinds housing, which never gets dusted because it’s out of sight, out of reach and therefore out of mind.

    So, I can add this to Herman’s talents (and now, of course, his responsibilities!) I just need to get him to work on dusting off the other blinds tops. And then there are the dirty ceiling fan blades. And we have 17 foot ceilings in our living room. That sounds like a whole other story!

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"