Ahhhh, the only time I EVER saw a repairman at our house was when we got a TV. Other than that...my dad, painted, sanded, nailed, refinished and rewired lamps all down in our basement. It was fun as a kid to go down there while he was doing that and just hang out and talk to him. Those were hard days for lots of people but...we made do with what we had and had shoes repaired, wore hand me downs, and even had (mismatched furniture pieces in our house given to us by friends or relatives) heaven forbid. The furniture was not always perfect or a “set” but...the love was perfect from a “set” of parents who took care of their family the best way they knew how and taught my brother and sisters to do the same. Thank you God for the wisdom of good parents and the lessons they taught us for life. I am VERY GRATEFUL.
Most of our furniture doesn’t match either. We have an accumulation of old stuff. Fixing stuff is what we’ve always done, as well as cooking from scratch most of the time.
Your post was a breath of fresh air, thank you.
i sure remember those days. always wished i had spent more time with my dad learning stuff i could use in my days without him and mom.
HA....our 1+ year old washing machine QUIT the other day....I couldn’t figure out why.....it just wouldn’t start and go past the first phase....so, I got on the Internet, and did a little research. In the end I found a HINT at a POSSIBLE problem, removed the top so I could reach some things (and unplugged it!).....eventually I wiggled some things. Tried it...and VOILA!, it worked!
This Internet thingy is great! And, I’m a 58 yr old woman...sure impressed my husband by saving a call to a “repair guy” who would have charged probably $75 just to show up.
You might enjoy our survival thread. We could use a new poster like you there:
Is Recession Preparing a New Breed of Survivalist? [Survival Today - an On going Thread #2]
I hope my kids look up to me the same way you look up to yours.