I've been keeping this list in my head for months now! I think it's time to write it down and free up some brain cells for other activities (like thinking and creativity and catching typos, perhaps)!
Here's a list of things we now make from scratch instead of buying ready-made or eating out:
Potato Chips (sometimes)
Asian Orange Chicken
Giant Gummie Worms!
I'm thinking I need a bread machine now too!
(I'm sure I'll be adding to this list as I remember more!)
And heres's a list of things I've learned how to do:
Change the brake pads on my car.
Change the battery on my car.
Repair washers and dryers.
Replace kitchen sink faucet.
Replace light fixtures.
Build a TV antenna out of household items (that WORKS!).
Build a chicken coop.
(I'll add to this list too, I'm sure!)
My 18-year-old daughter has learned all manner of auto mechanics and auto body repair from her father in our driveway. She can now diagnose many problems by engine noise alone! I am very proud!
Luckily, I already had some skills in my pocket. I can paint (rooms and furniture) well, sew just about anything, and I know a lot of construction and home repair from flipping houses in the past and I've used those skills a lot -- though not as much as I'd have liked to because of a lack of money to buy materials! I'm still researching cheap/free flooring ideas! Mark wants to do a whole floor in bottle caps! Wouldn't that be fun!
Alas, these skills have gotten me into trouble because I think that, even without money, I can still find a way to have most things that I want.
Oh wait! I CAN!
With time, patience, optimism, luck, creativity, and FREESOURCEFULLNESS, I can usually find a way!
And I'll tell you a huge secret: it's more fun and vastly more satisfying to have to find a way and then to "win" by succeeding despite the obstacles!