Hi, my name is unbridled and I'm an HGTV addict.
Our cable company just added HGTV to our local cable about a month ago. I watch House Hunters, Designers Challenge, etc - anything to do with buying or remodeling. I've never owned my own place; but I plan to in the future. So I really see this as an education, not an addiction. ("You're in denial." "No, I'm not."). I already had a home architect program that I spent way too much time on. Now HGTV comes along.
But, I now know a lot more about what I would want in a home and what I would not. And I can't believe what some of these people do when they remodel (please tell me they are NOT going to paint that beautiful wooden cathedral ceiling!).
As for the gardening part - I've been known to kill cactus. So I leave all the living green things alone; otherwise they become dead brown things. So the gardening part of HGTV? Not so much.
If your wife wants to spend X amount of money on something that is important only to her (and don't let her side-step with the old "working-on-the-house-would-benefit-the-whole-family argument"), then I think it only fair you should be able to spend the same amount on something that is important only to you.
My friend asked me for advice regarding her little girl the other day. Since I have no kids, and have been married 0 times; you know my child-rearing advice and marriage advice has to be good!
So Rusty, there is nothing at all that you talk about until your wife's eyes start to glaze over?