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DIY-astound ourselves

“If we all did the things we are really capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”―Thomas Edison. Thomas Edison was so right. I know quite a few people who write off opportunities to do things themselves because they don’t think that they can. I’ve been guilty of negative thinking too.  My way of avoiding failure is to over research, I keep looking for more information-eventually I either burn out and give up or start on the project. Not all my ideas work out.  My daughter likes to remind me of what she calls, the prison bathing suit. I decided to make her a bathing suit, but had neither the proper skills nor materials. Then there is the duct tape purse redo, my favorite pink purse got too scuffed up to use any more. So I got the brillant idea to cover it in duct tape. It looked great, I used it a couple of times. Then the humidity started ...

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When all else fails use duct tape

Held together with spit and baling wire probably has a Mexican equivalent somewhere. I’ve certainly seen enough ingenious fixes in our Merida sojourn. I’ve even done more than my share of them. Once when my Buick blew a hose outside of Buttonwillow, my traveling companion and I used a plastic pencil case and some duct tape to make emergency repairs. The mechanic didn’t have the right hose, but he had one that worked so that’s the one we used. The mechanic said that he couldn’t charge me labor because it wasn’t the right part.  At that time Buttonwillow was just a wide spot in the road offering a couple of gas stations, a Motel 6 and your choice of burgers, my friend and I were probably the cutest things he’d seen in awhile and that may have had more to do with the discount than the suitability of the hose. That hose was still in that ‘73 Skylark in ‘79 ...

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