How did we survive without the internet? We have a large library of books, many do-it-yourself references but the internet is my first resource these days.
I am good at cooking and cleaning and laundry and gardening. I have relied on my husband for car care, rv care, and tool use and maintenance.
Now that his memory is fading, I am increasingly called upon to take care of these things.
I have learned to use some power tools and am looking forward to using a few more. I can use a circular saw, a drill, a miter saw. I am lousy at hammering and will never be skilled at driving nails. I have ordered a cordless nail gun. Yippee.
Taking care of the cars is still a challenge. Luckily we have a mechanic we can trust nearby. I can keep track of when the oil needs to be changed and when the check engine light comes on. (The other day a light I had never seen before appeared. I pulled over tho check the manual. It was the tire inflation light…never knew there was such a thing. I put air in the tires and all was well. BTW, can you believe you can use a credit card in the air machine at the gas station? I remember when air was FREE!) I do not know how to judge whether tires need to be replaced. That is something I will need to research.
Hence, the internet. I have researched how to winterize the trailer and camper, how to drywall, how to lay flooring, etc., etc., etc.. I have read articles and watched Youtube videos of handyfolks doing their thing. With their support, I have gained confidence and some skills. I have repaired a broken water heater. I replaced the drive belt and blade on a lawn mower.
Thank you, internet, for making life easier. Sigh.