John had his answer ready: "A kitchen island!"
I might have known it would be some accessory for his hobby and passion: cooking. (A passion he didn't develop, to my sorrow, until our three children had grown up.) A kitchen island would be extra counter space for slicing, chopping, stirring...
We went shopping and came back rejoicing from Bed, Bath & Beyond with a large box stamped in bold letters: EASY TO ASSEMBLE.
John unpacked the box in the kitchen.
By the time he'd read the 16 pages of directions, it was too late to start dinner. Anyway, there was no room in the kitchen.
We went to nearby Nino's.