Brian was definitely a hands-on, get it done kind of guy attacking a mechanical or electronic problem with the simplest of solutions first.
Whenever something needed fixing around the house, ever since he was a youngster, he jumped in with tools he gathered from his room. He had always been curious about how things worked and had tools everywhere, for he knew any minute he might need to fix something.
On one of his birthdays, I bought him a book entitled How Things Work, (or something like it!), that became a favorite of his for years.
Ever since we moved up here, and our health and physical abilities have begun to slow way down, a visit from Brian would guarantee that those burned lights got changed, the pump drained and turned off, the garden tilled, the batch of debris accumulating on the roof or in the garden got cleared up, or transported to the dump, and any little appliance that needed fine tuning was fixed and oiled and put back to good use.
Here he is in his front yard, digging and planning a native garden that would provide flowers and seed for wildlife, as well as great herbs for the many dishes he enjoyed cooking.
On our last visit, I suggested he add more oregano and basil.