Mom is usually pretty handy with some basic powertools. She has a tiny jigsaw, an automatic-type screwdriver, poundy things ... the "girl" basics. And she can follow written directions well enough to put together a book case or dining room chairs (unless the instructions are written just in Cantonese ... then she hopes for REALLY descriptive drawings). Anyway, when we moved into this house, the builders put somethin' called j-boxes in all of the larger rooms so that Mom could have a handyman install ceiling fans. Mom bought five fan kits, opened a box, looked at the parts and instructions, and installed ALL FIVE herself. That was nearly nine years ago. After using the fan in her bedroom nearly constantly (24/7/365.25), it was starting to get noisy and needing to be replaced.
When Mom put the original fans in, it was during "pre-Charmee" times.
The fans didn't take furry long to put up after she started understandin' some of the rudiments of "electrical wiring" ... A couple of false starts, but mostly pretty easy.
Now ... with Charmee on the case ... puttin' up a ceiling fan took A LOT longer. Charmee snoopervises every aspect of a job and has his own checklist.
First, climb the ladder to make sure that the old thing will still hold body weight.
Next, from his vantage point atop the top step, make sure that the ladder is still labelled with "This is NOT a step" sticker.
Survey the view of the living room from the top of the ladder.
Help ... by providing a feline speedbump in the hallway ... when Mom carries the ladder into the bedroom.
While Mom is assembling her tools, sniff efurrything.
Climb the ladder WITH Mom, but don't knock her off-balance ... or off of the ladder.
Inspect j-box. Sniff wires checking for which ones are considered "HOT" ... Notice that none of the wires are pink. Feel disappointed.
Give the "okay" for Mom to install the new fan ...
Take a nap on the bed until all of the work has been accomplished.
Accept concatulations and all of the credit for the installation of the brand-new Hunter ceiling fan. Make demands for payment in the form of his body weight in Temptations®.
UPDATE: Charmee did NOT get the payment he sought, so he exacted his revenge! He leaped up onto the fireplace mantle knocking one of the ceramic pitchers onto the hearth below where it shattered into dozens of sharp pieces.
And now there are only two ...