Friday Five: Trades I Would Love To Learn

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This week’s Friday Five is inspired by The Daily Post Daily Prompt “If I Had a Hammer”. We have been going through an extensive renovation of our basement and the more I see done, the more I wish I could get down there and do some of the work myself. In my fantasy world I would be able to…

  1. Tile, tile, tile…I would lay out the most beautiful patterns and cut each tile with precision until my beautiful new bathroom and glass shower was worthy of its own magazine cover.
  2. Carpentry – because you can do anything when you have this skill, especially build a gorgeous staircase that takes you to the level where a magazine worthy bathroom awaits.
  3. Carpentry – yes, it’s on the list twice, but I can add building cabinets for a wet bar
  4. Landscaping – (not in my basement) It is spring and that means starting to tend to the garden. I am pretty illiterate when it comes to plants, flowers, shrubs etc. I have no idea where to plant what or how to orchestrate a lovely garden that blooms at just the right time. I find the whole thing rather intimidating. I buy what I think is pretty at the nursery, follow the planting instructions on the little insert and cross my fingers.
  5. Plumbing – for purely practical purposes I would like to know how to fix a leaky faucet, a running toilet and all the other annoying plumbing issues that can occur in a house…oh and I could finish off my spectacular new bathroom!

Any special trade/skills you wish you had?

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Friday Five Favourite Quotes by Nelson Mandela

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Today’s five favourite things are in honour of a great man, Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013).  He changed the course of history.  He challenged and changed humanity for the better. Mandela lived an admirable life and that is what we must all take from him and learn from him. Integrity. Principles. And, such love for humankind.

This is a collection of five (actually, seven – I couldn’t cut 2 out)  favourite quotes by Nelson Mandela. I’m sure you can add many, many more.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. (brainy quote)

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. (brainy quote)

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. (Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela)

It always seems impossible until it’s done. (Quartz –

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. (Quartz –

It is never my custom to use words lightly. If twenty-seven years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are and how real speech is in its impact on the way people live and die. (International AIDS conference, 2000)

As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.  (Goodreads)

Rest in peace Nelson Mandela.  You deserve your sleep.  Thank you for your legacy.  May we live up to what you believed we can do.

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