I have had some epic failures in my time, especially during my transition to a more simple life. There are countless blogs, books and youtube clips showing how to do everything from building your own tiny home to making sauerkraut and I watch and read a lot of these "how to" guides in the hope that I will get, what ever it is I am trying to do, right the first time. I am a very visual person and will watch and re-watch a "how to video" over and over until I feel confidant to give it a go.
I know you learn by your mistakes and you can't expect a different outcome if you do the same method over and over. For instance, I kept washing the bath towels with my homemade laundry liquid in the hope that, this time, I would have a better result. NO, that was not the case. Towels seem to hang on to, which ever ingredient in the home made laundry liquid, and they became quite funky smelling. I mean really musty and not pleasant at all. No matter how long they were line dried for I would end up with baked, funky smelling towels. So, I bought a eco friendly laundry liquid (Aldi eucalyptus wool wash, in a recyclable container) to use specifically for the bath towels, problem solved! Clean, non funky, bath towels and I feel okay while using the eco friendly laundry liquid.
I have compiled a list of things I have learnt the hard way, and I am sure there will be plenty more in years to come. Want to join in? Send me your list
Never make pastry when its hot and humid, there will be tears in the kitchen
Don't use homemade laundry liquid on bath towels all the time, they end up smelling funky.
|Works great, just not on towels, all the time|
You can't make profiteroles in the blistering heat
Sometimes home made sweet rolls look decidedly not like the picture
The don't look very inviting do they?
Not all saved seeds will germinate, maybe the fruit or veggie it came from was put through a process so it will be more shelf stable, it must do something to the seeds and some will not germinate
Shifting a cracked pot with a heavy plant in it will make the crack even bigger, like, completely break apart. Thank goodness for electrical tape
There, I fixed it!
Do not plant lettuce seedling in the blistering heat of summer they will bolt for seed every time. I have lost count of the times I have done this, expecting a different outcome
Don't keep clothes in the hope that you will lose weight and fit them again, I know my body shape has changed forever, so I just need to adjust to it
Don't walk strong dogs in your thongs, you need a good pair of runners that will, at least, not let you be dragged over
Don't underestimate the power of a thermomix, I have made mush when it should have been a rough chop, by leaving it 5 seconds too long
Don't expect a frozen chicken to defrost completely in 24 hours in the fridge, it needs more like 48 hours
Food thermometers do not lie, if it says it's not ready, it's not ready
Take heed of the crunching noise coming from the dishwasher
Also take heed when you see your pavers beginning to lift because of tree roots, act sooner rather than later
Don't stay out longer than 9am or 10am in the blistering heat and humidity, you will feel sick for the rest of the day
Citrus Leaf curl does not fix itself
Don't buy or borrow more books if you haven't had time to read what you already have
So, that's my list, want to join in?