Kickin’ It Up Old School – Mending & Repairing On The Homestead
We like to fix things on our homestead it’s kind of old school but that’s how folks during the depression kept things lasting for years!
If we aren’t fixing on the homestead…I’m mending on the homestead and truthfully I never tire of fixing items that need to be fixed. It still flabbergasts me how wasteful folks are. Something is broken and they just don’t want to take the time to investigate fixing said item. I think the most frustrating item that ever broke on us was my Canon Rebel SLR because I loved it so much and it was not fixable. Trust me I tried so hard to fix it! Yes I was heart broken…not every thing can be fixed and that’s just the way it is. Fixing things doesn’t always mean hard work but it does mean effort something that not everyone always wants to apply so you may want to run the value calculation if you are not sure. Here is how I do it just for entertainment value…..
Value of item retail = $$$
Value of item broken = $$$
How much will it cost to fix = $$$
Value of item fixed = $$$
The Viking and I have definitely come into ownership of items we may have otherwise not have purchased because we took the time to fix them.
For example we found a broken wine corker in the dumpster the value is Zero dollars, the Viking had to spend 10 minutes to fix it….the value of his time we may never get back. The wine corker fixed is worth about $80.00.
What can be fixed easily or created on your homestead? This is a loaded question….I know because it depends upon your skill set of course….what are your skills?
The sky is really the limit depending upon your dedication and drive to accomplish your goals! Think about your skills that you have and utilize them. For example I’m not nearly as handy as the Viking but I can write so I do free lance writing, I can do graphic design, I can crochet, I can food, and I love dehydrating food. Find your gifts and dive into them and be passionate about them! You can also think about skills that you want to develop for example we have not always been beekeepers but it was something we wanted to do so we took a Beekeeping course, bought some bees, and the rest is history. Now we are not only beekeepers but we are honey sales people as well. 😉 Is there a talent that you do not have that you would like to develop? For example I really thought I would learn how to knit this year but it’s been a no go but I have found out I’m pretty good at crocheting and since I have found some success there I am going to keep at it. I don’t love cleaning so I do the bare minimum and I think we have to realize we should pursuit to what extent we can in life to work on things we do enjoy overall. I would like to learn how to do more re-upholstery for the year ahead and will be adding more DIY projects this next year!
I have an interview I plan to post where I just asked my Grandma Norma questions before she passed away about her memories of growing up in the depression I am so glad I did. I learned so much!