Two weekends ago during a spell of warm weather, Mr. Handsome headed out the door on a “run.” An hour went by, and he wasn’t back yet, so I texted him. (Unless you’re a marathon runner, no one goes running for a full hour.) He responded saying he had gotten caught up talking to one of our neighbors and was helping him with a project.
This particular neighbor is a hobbyist woodworker, and his home studio makes Mr. Handsome drool. In addition to painting, Mr. Handsome also enjoys woodworking. It has been a hobby of his ever since he made a foosball table and wooden electric guitar 15 years ago in high school shop class.
Now back to my story. As I received that text, I was heading out on a walk with Mr. H Jr. As we passed that particular neighbor’s house, I received another text that read, “I may or may not be working on a surprise for you, so make sure not to stop by the shop.” I later learned that he had wanted to keep this surprise a surprise, but when he saw me walking by, he had to make sure I didn’t decide to come by to see what he was up to.
With it being just a couple weeks before Valentine’s Day, I had a good feeling he was making me a present. Mr. Handsome always says I’m impossible to surprise, and I guess he’s right. (We still laugh about the time I saw a charge on our credit card from Vera Bradley and was sure that our card had been stolen, only to find out that it was for a wallet that he had bought me for Christmas.) I know some lades absolutely love surprises, but surprises aren’t my love language. (For that, Mr. Handsome is very thankful, since I’ve found out about several of his surprises over the past few years.)
Fast-forward to last weekend, when my mom was babysitting Mr. H Jr while Mr. Handsome and I were out on our first date since my the birth. He carried the gift all the way to the restaurant and presented it to me after we had eaten. It was a handmade cutting board, constructed using dark walnut. Absolutely beautiful! Too beautiful to actually cut anything on. I plan on using it as a serving dish and as a backdrop for my recipe photos.