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I have always been an independent woman. One of the first things I bought for my first apartment was a set of screwdrivers. However, over the past two years I have had to learn to be even more independent and have become quite the handy-woman. What other option do you have when your husband is in prison? You have to figure things out for yourself.

Earlier this week as Hurricane Sandy moved up the East Coast, here in Kentucky we felt the effects of the storm through some really strong winds and cold temperatures. Monday night I was sitting in the living room, watching something on Netflix and writing to my husband when I kept hearing this bang, bang, bang. I knew right away what it was. The wind had blown my trashcan lid up and it was slamming against the side of the can. I used to have a bungee cord that I used to hold down the lid but somehow it disappeared. So here I was at midnight, shining a flashlight around my driveway looking for the bunged cord but it was no where to he seen. I came inside and looked through our tools and could not find another one.

As I was walking out of the closet where the tools are, I tripped over a metal clothes hanger and suddenly the lightbulb went on! I could use the clothes hanger to tie down my trash can lid! I’m a genius I know!

I really wish I had a picture of my rigged up wire to hold down the lid. Tomorrow is trash day so before I set the trash out I will have to take a picture and post it. I will have to remember to remove it or the trash collectors will hate me!

I see so many women who complain about their husbands because they “don’t do anything right”. I would love for my husband to be home with me so that he can handle some of the duties around here. If this separation has taught us anything it is how much we love and appreciate each other.  I hope I never turn into the wife who complains about my husband. I want to be the wife who supports him and encourages him, not knocks him down. If your husband is home with you tonight be thankful for him. There are many of us who would give anything to have our men here with us.

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