Use it up. Wear it out, Make it do, or Do without!

If you want to get through the next few months of Pandemic craziness without panicking too much, taking a piece of advice from the past may be very helpful. People who endured through the great depression and the Baby Boomer days learned to  “Use it up, wear it out,  make it do, or do without!”  This was what people had to do just to survive.

Great Depression Stories

Remember there were rations back then. If we think things are bad now we need a few of those great depression stories to help us be grateful for what we have.  changing a tireMy Dad & Mom had to choose which tires they were going to use, the snow tires or the street tires.  And after the depression ended, they had to pay for the storage of their own tires, that had been confiscated by the government that they didn’t choose to use.

I grew up on a farm in the ’50s and my Dad used this “Use it up, Wear it out,  Make it do, or Do without!” phrase all the time and he practiced what he preached.  If a rake handle broke, did he throw it away?  Of course not! He repaired it and “made it do.”  When he died in 2002 we still found his rakes and farm hand tools that had been repaired using baling wire or the orange bailing twine and duct tape.  And YES, he was always pounding out bent nails.

Repairing Broken Rakes or Shovels

Did you know you can repair and strengthen a broken handle with a baling wire? (Wire that goes around bailed hay) It’s made of steel or iron and is very strong. digging with a shovelHe would break a wooden shovel handle and then take some of that baling wire and tape that handle together with the wire acting as the stabilizer and the duct tape was the glue.  Dad had rakes and shovel handles he had repaired back in the ’50s and was still using them when he died.  Well, remember he said: 

Use it up. Wear it out, Make it do, or Do without!

When the shovel became dull he sharpened it kinda like when you sharpen your  Cutlery knives.  I remember him saying “if you take time to sharpen the shovel it will save you hours of work.”

Making Chicken Soup

My mother taught me to always use up a chicken or turkey carcass after deboning it, by boiling it and extracting all that flavor and extra meat that was left clinging to the bones.  Then I make Chicken & Dumpling  Soup or Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. My Great Grandmother even taught me how to make my own egg noodles just using flour and 2 or 3 eggs.

We can learn from our history how to survive these coming difficult days.  I’m sure some of you have some old family survival tales to tell that would help us all.  I hope you will share them here so that we can all benefit from them.

Support Each Other

Probably the most important thing we can do is to be supportive of each other during these times of trial.  The older generation has wisdom they gained through their parents and grandparents that when shared will help the younger individuals here who have no recollection of any of these things.

The Millenials and the generation before and Generation Z after the Millenials having grown up with a feeling of “entitlement” because things have been so easy. electronic devicesWe, adults, have showered them with all the things we wished we had and were determined our children would not be denied.  It seems like each of our children and grandchildren has their own device.

They have often sequestered themselves in a “shell” playing their games and living in the virtual world.

Families often don’t even eat meals together.  Some kids have never even sat down to a dinner table with the family.

We have to disallow any devices at the table or the kids will bury themselves in their device instead of interacting with the family.  Many children don’t know how to interact with others.  They will be sitting right next to each other and text back and forth.

When reality sets in it is going to be difficult for us all.

We need to make this a teaching, learning time for the whole family.  My daughter is teaching her daughters to sew a quilt during this time at home.  They are cutting the pieces and putting them together to make a quilt.  In case you haven’t heard it before it’s called “piecing a quilt”.

For the past two weeks, I have given piano lessons using Face time.  Other teachers are teaching guitar lessons and various other instruments, I’m certain.

Don’t forget to check on your neighbors who are old and unable to get to the store.  Make sure they have enough of everything they need. Please remember to pray for each other that we will have the courage and fortitude to endure through this craziness.

Before rushing to the hospital you might want to read what Dr. Kevin Baxter, D.O. from Astoria’s Columbia Memorial Hospital has to say.  This is good sound advice from the chief medical officer at Columbia Memorial Hospital..

Doctors are also telling us to drink water “like a thirsty camel” if we get sick.

We can all continue to build our websites and online businesses from home looking forward to a brighter tomorrow, for as the saying goes, “This too shall pass,”  To learn more about what you can do during this trying times Click Here

Blessings and Prayers


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