It’s been a tough week for lightbulbs in my house this week. First the lamp on my projection TV went out, then one of the tail lights on my car. Just the thought of calling a TV repairman or taking my car into the shop for something so minor makes me teeter on the edge of a cheapskate panic attack, so of course, I am taking care of these things myself. The tail light wasn’t so bad, it only involved removing a couple of screws. However, the TV makes me a little more nervous, as it is a new frontier for me. I was able to download the manual and if that is not enough, there is always YouTube if I need more instruction. YouTube is a great source of information for finding out how to do things. It’s where I learned how to put chains on my tires.
I credit my DIY confidence to untold hours in front of the TV watching Pippi Longstocking when I was a kid. My mom was/is also a big inspiration for me. When I was a kid, she was always fixing things around the house when they got broken, and with 3 boys in the house, something was ALWAYS getting broken. My mom didn’t mind if I borrowed her clothes, shoes, makeup, or CDs, but if I touched her toolbox, I’d be in big trouble if I didn’t didn’t put a tool back!
This weekend, when I fix the TV, I’ll probably be humming, “Pippi Pippi Longstocking hope and a hey and a hope sha-na…” and I will be thanking my mom for teaching me that I can do anything I set my mind to.