When a man has time on his hands, he doesn't want to waste it on dreary chores or someone else's schemes.
As the year winds down, the pleasures of a New Zealand summer are beckoning plenty of barbecues, beachtime and general relaxation lie ahead.
Men and their friends and families are planning fishing expeditions, golf days, and camping trips. Some will head out of town, to flop on Northland beaches or to make like Bear Grylls amid the grandeur of the Southern Alps. Others will be quite happy to hit the hammock in the backyard to read a few books or take occupation of the couch to watch cricket on TV or work on their X-Box skills.
And all of that is good. Just what the mind and body need after a hard year's graft.
But it doesn’t take too much holiday before a man's prehistoric instincts start to assert themselves. After all that relaxation, the masculine mind starts to pose the age-old question: how can I improve things around here?
At this point he can fritter away this deepseated inclination on unworthy chores, insignificant and ultimately unsatisfying tasks like washing cars that don't really need washing or mowing lawns that could be left for another week.
Is there anything more tragic than the sight of a man blowing a solitary leaf around his section with a leafblower?
Worse, he might find himself roped in to work on someone else's project, often something dreamed up by a member of the opposite sex. "Paint the letterbox mauve" kind of thing. Somehow the satisfaction of tackling a DIY project diminishes drastically when it’s fulfilling someone else's vision.
That's why a sensible bloke has his own project lined up, long before anyone else starts making suggestions.
All it takes is a little forethought: taking some time to glance around the estate and devise a satisfying project that will suit your budget and the time available and, most importantly produce a useful result.
What about that bit of fence you've been meaning to put up for an extra bit of privacy or security? Something like a nice timber fence
Or, if you fancy a real construction job, maybe the backyard could do with a bold statement. What about an awesome pergola like this to add some style to your outdoor spaces?
For something on a smaller scale, splashing a bit of paint around always gives pretty good bangs for bucks. As explained here.
Just don't go painting the letterbox mauve.
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