LIVE A LITTLE, LEARN A LOT

This week has been quite revealing and quite daunting. I have battled on many fronts – not in angry jostling fighting, but in finding things that have always been difficult, suddenly made simpler.

I have learnt to push myself further when it comes to computer problems and have finally managed to get my Mailchimp site working. That has been an epic battle.

Then on Facebook, and I can hear many of you saying ‘Not Facebook” with a sigh and a rolling of the eyes. Well, I tell you I can learn a lot on Facebook. One of my dearest friends from schooldays, (yes that’s you Kath!) sent a link to a site that shows one how to do a number of simple tasks in an easy and straight forward manner.

One of the things I learned was how to make my trousers fit snugly around the waistline. This has always been a problem for me. Normally I spend a fortune having trousers altered by a tailor. Now I simply follow the illustration that was given, and voila the trousers fit snugly. A simple piece of elastic threaded in and tightened is all that is required. And those trousers or jeans that are always too long. I always feel that it requires a major alteration, also needing a tailor once again. Now, its a matter of folding in the right place and stitching and turning the right side out again and a quick press. Nothing simpler.

Amongst others there was also a trick to thread a needle. I don’t know about you but with eyes that are not what they used to be I sometimes struggle with this. No more. Now with thread and needle positioned correctly on my hand and a rub of the needle, it threads itself. Nothing could be simpler.

And the best of all in this water deprived area where we live and where water has become more precious than gold, platinum or titanium, a man came up with a simple idea that makes it easy and quick to wash vegetables or hands with the minimum of water. It involves a plastic bottle an straw and a quick lick of contact adhesive. Then you fill the bottle give t a quick squeeze and a trickle of water comes out. You use a minimal amount of water doing this.

But those are only some of the things learned. The most amazing one to my way of thinking though has been training a dog who has never seen me. My neighbours behind me have a rather noisy German Shepherd who gets pretty lonely during the day and so often dreams up invisible burglars at whom he can bark. This barking drives me to champagne but there is only so much I can drink in a morning before passing out. So, one morning is utter despair and because I was hoarse from yelling at it to shut up I started banging on the window from behind the sheer curtains. Well, he stopped, turned and looked in my direction and then after a few minutes started to bark again. Once again I banged on the window, and he stopped and stared before meekly walking away not to be heard again that day.

I was quite proud of myself, especially as the next day when I repeated the exercise, he stopped after the first bark and has gently ‘obeyed’ the signal each day since. Now I think that this is one very bright dog. I am sure he has huge potential to learn a whole lot more. But no, I don’t want to adopt him, thank you. He has barked, but then I could see that there were people in the street and I have left him to do what he has to do, but the nuisance value barking has stopped completely.

There were other things I learned this week as well, but we’ll leave that for now. I may need to return to this subject another day. In the meantime, remember to try to learn something new every day. It will keen your mind active and alive.

Anything you can relate to that has happened to you?  I would love to hear your comments.

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About margieswrite

I am a published freelance writer, of children's stories, a memoir, travel articles, birding articles, and articles of general interest to magazines and newspapers, with an interest in photography. In addition I am able to edit and undertake writing commissions for businesses and schools who wish to promote themselves.
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