Sunday, May 8, 2011

Home Repairs with Potatoes ....

I needed to change a light bulb!
Not hard right?
A simple little light bulb.

Well, as I took the cover off the light fixture and started to unscrew the bulb,
it broke off into my hand....
OK... how do I get that other part out that seems tight and stuck
without getting electrocuted?
This is where my panic and despair set in.

1. Alain isn't here to help me.

2. I know where the electrical panel is but have no idea what goes to what yet.

3. I don't want to bother anyone about this seemingly simple task.

("Hi, can you help me change a light bulb?")

Oh how my heart started to sink as I started pulling in
all the other things that are going to need to be done
and I don't have any idea about most of them.

Michelle happened to call and I began telling her my dilemma
and started to cry!
I told her I was going to call someone.
After we hung up, she called back and said,
"Judson said to get a potato, cut it in half, & stick it onto the part
of the bulb that was stuck... and twist and turn it
until it unscrews!
Oh my!

Wiping my tears I went and got a potato.
(Good thing I live in Idaho...)
I cut it in half, grabbed my step stool and marched towards victory.
Amazingly it worked.
Now the tears I shed next were happy.
Happy that I had been given a new tip by my son-in-law,
happy that I knew Alain would be proud of me,
("Good job honey"... I could hear him say!)
and happy that I am more capable than I think I am.


jamie t. said...

Way to go mom and what a great tip Judson!

Star 6 said...

.....and I am so happy you live in Idaho and that you have a smart son-in-law. And, yes, you are that eagle that will soar.

Sheri Howard said...

Alain is right, "good job honey!" One small step at a time!

Michelle and Judson said...

Oh mommy I'm so glad we called right then, I never knew that trick, Judson was just like call her back I know how she was do it! It's not fun doing hard things but if anyone's you. Sure love and miss you tons.

cejenson1 said...

Aren't victories, no matter how small, the best. You can only continue to get stronger, because you started out stronger than you think. Luv ya

Donna said...

Help comes from all directions. Thank goodness your daughter responded when she was inspired to call! Love you tons! Donna