Do You Pay It Forward?

by Carol Jones on September 5, 2014

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On July 10th, 1980, I’m driving back from Bellevue Hill to my inner city terrace house in Balmain NSW.

A friend at work has been badgering me for weeks to come to her home for dinner. To meet her family.

I’m not much for socialising with co-workers.

But.

I finally run out of excuses. And say yes.

Much to my surprise, I have a great time.

She’s a wealthy divorcee who works to keep herself occupied. And she and her family of adult children are superb raconteurs. I learn a great deal about what goes on in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney that night.

On the way home, just as I pass over the Pyrmont Bridge, my reliable VW Superbug makes a grinding noise.

And stops dead.

In the middle of Pyrmont Bridge Road.

At midnight.

I manage to glide the car to the side of the road. Right outside McWilliams Wines.

Fortunately for me, a coworker, John, who also lives in Balmain, is on his way home from a night out. Recognises my car. Stops. And flags down a passing motorist to ask them to ring the NRMA for me.

Twas the days before mobile phones.

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We wait together by my car.

As I’m standing by the driver’s door, I remember words from my father.

“Never stand close to a broken down car. Somebody might hit it.”

I make the decision to wait on the sidewalk.

And just as I’m walking between my car and John’s car to get to the sidewalk, I hear a loud bang.

A stolen car, chased by the police, loses control and crashes into the back of John’s car.

Which crashes into me. And pins me between the bumpers of his car and my VW.

When the force of velocity makes the two cars part, John quickly grabs me by my shoulder and pulls me out from between the two cars.

And the law of physics take over.

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I’m a flying missile.

I slam into the telegraph pole behind me on the sidewalk.

Still airborne, the force of that impact propels me two blocks away.

I have NO idea what’s happening.

But I have enough wits about me to remember the air raid drills at school – I am a Baby Boomer! – and the instructions to get under my desk and protect my head.

I have enough time to tuck my head down by curling into a ball. And protect it with my hands.

Then I land on the ground.

With a loud thud.

And stop breathing.

The force of the landing empties my lungs and literally takes my breath away.

As I struggle to breathe, I look up to see two faces.

John.

And a policeman.

With his gun out.

Pointed at me.

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The two boys who stole the car got away. And this poor policeman thinks I’m one of them!

I cannot repeat online what John yells at this young man in blue. But not only is it highly profane. His combination of words is hugely startling. And after living next door to a Balmain pub for nine years and thinking I’ve heard it all, I hear ever so much more!

This type of accident has an 80% mortality rate.

What usually happens is the cars part.

And the law of gravity kicks in.

The person in the middle starts to fall down. Just as the bumpers crash back together.

And decapitate the victim.

True!

John saved my life by pulling me out from between the two cars.

The damage to my VW Superbug?

A snapped clutch cable, which caused it to stall. And a smashed in back end. Motor and all.

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The damage to me?

Two crushed legs.

One quite severely shattered.

Overall it took me a year to recover from the dozen bouts of surgery to put my severely crushed leg back together again.

Another 6 months to be able to walk again without crutches.

And a further 4 years in physiotherapy to strengthen my leg so I can walk without a limp.

Because I now have one leg shorter than the other.

And a high profile ~ designer dressed ~ stiletto wearing ~ gal in business ~ with a limp ~ is NOT a good look!

Fast forward 18 months later.

I’m finally mobile without crutches. And my leg is healed well enough so that I can drive again.

I’m back at work in my role as sales manager for my company.

Wearing less than glamourous low heeled shoes. And walking with a limp when I’m tired.

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I’m in North Sydney on business. With briefcase in hand, I’m waiting at a pedestrian crossing at Miller Street. One of the busiest streets after the Pacific Highway.

And I’m frozen solid on the sidewalk.

The volume. And pace. Of the passing cars scare me.

I’m terrified to put my foot into the pedestrian crossing in case a car doesn’t stop.

Across the street a man in his 40′s is watching me. It’s obvious even to him that I’ve turned into a pillar of salt.

He steps into the pedestrian crossing.

As is to be expected, traffic stops for him. And he’s beside me in no time.

He asks what’s wrong. I tell him.

And in the blink of an eye, he takes me by the arm. In gentlemanly fashion, with him on the side of the oncoming traffic.

He puts his arm up to stop all cars.

And escorts me to the other side.

I don’t know his name. But can describe him in perfect detail.

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It’s an outstanding – and sensitive – gesture of help to a stranger.

Amongst the many gestures of help given me while I was recovering from this accident.

And it’s the one I’ve never forgotten.

Fast forward 32 years later.

And this week.

I’m at the checkout at Aldi’s.

If you’re not familiar with Aldi’s, they have no plastic bags or boxes to pack groceries into. It’s strictly a bring your own. Or buy their reusable bags there.

A young man is struggling at the end of the checkout with his newly purchased bag.

There’s no room on the counter for him to pack. He has no trolley. And is trying to hold a bag in the air with one hand. And pack his groceries with the other.

He’s so totally inexperienced as a shopper and packer, he doesn’t realise it can’t be done easily.

I take the bag from him. Hold it open with both hands. And tell him this is a two person operation.

I hold the bag.

He packs.

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He murmurs how grateful he is for the help.

When he’s finished, I give him his bag.

And send him off with instructions.

Remember this occasion. And the next time you see a stranger in need, step up and offer your help.

To my astonishment, the young man operating the checkout claps his hands in appreciation.

He LOVES the concept of instructing someone to pay it forward.

Do you step up to total strangers when help is needed?

Do you ask people to ‘pay it forward’ when you assist them in their time of need?

‘Pay it forward’ has been an ingrained part of my life since July 10th, 1980.

All the best,

~Carol, Ironing Diva❤

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I had two different phone calls today.

From two women with totally opposite attitudes to life.

One is a friend.

Of long standing.

Who, in normal parlance, could be considered to have it all.

A successful business she started from scratch.

A loving husband of 34 years. Who is very patient. And tolerant.

Three lovely children. Who have essentially been nurtured by their father.

A beautiful architect designed home on the harbour.

And is well connected in the metropolitan area where she lives and works.

Doors open for her when she knocks.

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But she’s a whinger of the highest order.

Everything.

And everyone.

Is all bad.

And nothing is ever good.

But within this morass of doom and gloom, she achieves things.

But it’s painful to listen to her tirades. When I know the outcome will almost always be positive.

She just has this deep need to . . .

. . . complain!

Phone call number 2 was from a customer of long standing who I haven’t heard from in a long time.

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Catching up on life between phone calls, her story was truly one of doom and gloom.

But with an unusually happy twist.

Two years ago, her husband and only child, her teenage son, left for a fishing trip. And died in a car accident on the way.

Not their fault.

After languishing in grief for close to a year, she decided life wasn’t meant to be miserable.

And made some life changing decisions which set her off on a new journey down the yellow brick road called ‘life is to be lived by the living’.

She sold their home.

Too many memories that kept her shackled to her misery.

And decided to become a not quite so grey nomad.

So she could get away from all those well meaning people who talked incessantly about her loss.

And start a new adventure amidst people who know nothing about her.

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She bought an all in one car/caravan. Something she could handle single handedly. Nothing to inflate. Or deflate when coming and going.

And she’s been on the road for 8 months.

Loving every minute.

And especially loving her new found freedom from sadness.

And all her new ‘roadie’ friends.

She’s truly smitten with the romance of the road.

The reason for her call?

She’s in SA. Dropped in on an old friend. Noticed they have a ‘gawdawful ironing board cover’. And is sending them a Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover as a gift.

For their hospitality.

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Now I ask you.

Which gal would you like to be a long road trip with?

Attitude is . . .

. . . and always will be . . .

. . .the defining measure of a person.

All the best,

~Carol, Ironing Diva❤

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A Colossal Bang Starts The Day

by Carol Jones on September 2, 2014

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It’s been a turbulent day in my rural patch.

A colossal bang at daybreak from a clap of thunder not only makes me jump.

But makes these Welcome Swallows bolt for safer cover.

Driving rain accompanies me on my morning walk.

It’s a full time job keeping my camera dry.

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I spy this Willie Wagtail taking cover at the base of a majestic Eucalyptus Yellowbox.

Nothing can budge her while the torrent pours down.

On me.

I am in the open.

Snapping her!

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A trip down to the paddock dam sees raindrops doing a happy dance at breakneck speed.

In the interim.

Between torrential rain at daybreak.

And thunder at sunset.

We have light snow.

Hail.

Sleet.

Tree bending winds.

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And this turbulent purple sky with rolling thunder to end the day.

And your day was . . . .?

All the best,

~Carol, Ironing Diva❤

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The First Day Of Spring 01 September 2014

by Carol Jones on September 1, 2014

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Male Superb Blue Wren

It’s the 1st day of spring in my rural patch.

And this male Superb Fairy Wren only has eyes for his Missus.

She was perching with him in the bare thorns of this blackberry. But takes flight just as I push the shutter button.

And his eyes follow her as she lands a few branches away.

Within seconds, he’s by her side once more.

And they hop, skip and jump in and out of the blackberry, chirping away like happy kids in a playground.

Spring is the season of eternal optimism. Of new beginnings. Of dazzling expectations.

No other season delivers unbridled hope with such a punch.

It really does put a ‘spring’ in your step.

And I hope your spring delivers!

All the best,

~Carol, Ironing Diva❤

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Bath time for this male Superb Fairy Wren.   He looks like a whirligig, drying his feathers.

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What You Need To Be A Happy Ironer

by Carol Jones on August 5, 2014

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Ironing is both a lifestyle choice.

And a skill.

And as with everything we do that matters, there are some essential ingredients that make for a happy ironer.

You know those recipes that espouse great cooking with only 4 ingredients?

Ironing beats that. You only need 3 essential ingredients.

Ingredient number one.

An iron that doesn’t leak.

That holds its temperature.

And isn’t cobbled together with cheap components that will not only blow your fuses, but rust out within the blink of an eye.

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A Pink Galah in a Eucalyptus Stringybark

Three brands that I trust?

Morphy Richards. I have one and LOVE it. It’s a favourite amongst the most dedicated ironers in Europe.

Philips. The most popular brand in Australia.

DeLonghi. My customers who have one wax lyrical about them.

You can choose between a standard steam iron.

Or the now more popular steam station irons. Because they’ve become so much cheaper.

But read the literature. How long does it take to heat up? And cool down? And does it have a sleep control? If you have ironers in your home who forget to turn an iron off, you MUST have one with a sleep control.

And hold one in your hand. Irons are not a one size fits all.

I like a heavy iron. And am fussy about the handle.

And beware. More holes do not mean better ironing. A customer told me her steam station iron had so many holes – it was like ironing with a geyser in her hand.

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A Kookaburra in a Eucalyptus Yellowbox

And that old truism of – you get what you pay for – applies to irons. A $29 to $49 iron is not going to cut it in the long term. Philips makes cheap irons. And expensive ones. There is no such thing as best quality – cheapest price. Pay more and you will get an iron that will last a few years.

I paid well over $100 for my Morphy Richards iron. That was 7 years ago. And it shows no signs of aging badly.

All irons need some maintenance.

Before you iron, you should always check the soleplate for signs of unwanted residue.

Even non-stick bases attract glug and sludge.

If it’s sticky, it will mark your garments or patchwork.

What’s the best way to clean the bottom of an iron?

I use Gumption. Yes. Gumption. Over the kitchen sink. It removes sticky residue like magic. And polishes the top of the iron as well.

To remove the Gumption from the holes, put water in a pitcher and pour over the holes. It washes right out.

Stay tuned. There’s more. Next post.

All the best,

~Carol, Ironing Diva❤

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Mr & Mrs Hooded Robin on my rural fence

The header photo is a beautiful Crimson Rosella in a blackberry bush

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Every child needs life skills. So motivate your child by thinking like a child.

In your child’s excitement to become independent by leaving home to discover what the big wide world has to offer, they also discover there’s no one to cook, clean, do the laundry and iron their clothes. There’s also the garbage, car maintenance, making their money stretch until next payday, finding a place to live and selecting the best flat mates.

Some things your child has to learn on the hop.

Other things can be learned at home at a young age with mum and dad’s help.

This is about helping your child learn how to iron.

Unless they aspire to be street kids or fall on their well-heeled feet and land an important job with a huge salary as soon as they leave home and can afford a personal ironer, they need to know how to iron so their clothes look good.

The most important criteria in this exercise are both your attitude to ironing and your ability to teach them how to iron.

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Your Attitude

If you hate ironing and always grumble about it, don’t bother. It won’t work. You can’t teach a skill to someone if you hate doing it yourself.

Your Ability To Teach

If you’re impatient and grouchy, again don’t bother. You can’t teach if you can’t inspire.

I’m assuming that you have both an interest in and a desire to help your child.

So let’s go.

What You’ll Need

1. It’s always helpful to have the ability to remember what it was like when you were a child.

2. Patience. Lots of it.

Remember back to when you were a kid and learning how to ride your bike. How many times did you fall off before you finally mastered the skill and took off by yourself?

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3. A sense of humour.

It goes a long way towards diffusing a tense moment. Again, remember back to when you were a child. Learning a skill like tying your shoelaces seemed to escape your grasp. My mother laughed when I tied both my shoes together and I couldn’t move. Her laughter reassured me this was a mistake that really didn’t matter.

4. The skill to correct their mistakes in a positive way.

This is a tough one because parents are so used to constantly correcting their child so they do better; and aren’t always aware their manner is gruff, abrupt and unfriendly.

For example.

A local shopkeeper had their two pre-teen children in their shop for the afternoon. All I heard while I was there was, “…No, you can’t touch that. No, don’t do that. That’s not the way I want you to stack those items.” Is this the way you want to be talked to? I don’t think so. So keep that sort of talk out of the learning experience.

A better way to approach it is to let your child know that what they’ve done isn’t right. Yes, they need to know if they’ve done something incorrectly. But tell them that with practice, you know they’ll be better at it than you. That’s correcting, reassuring and inspiring them with just a few words.

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5. Don’t expect too much too soon.

Even though ironing isn’t rocket science, your child won’t fail at life if they don’t master the ironing skills of a professional valet or butler or master tailor. You’re teaching them a skill that will help them conquer the domestic requirements of their life. That’s all they need.

What’s the right age to teach your child how to iron? Between the ages of 8 and 10. I learned to iron when I was 8.

There’s a good reason to start that early. The most important one being your child is still in love with you. This is the ‘pre-hormone raging’ era where you’re still up there with God in their eyes. They haven’t yet devised a plan to obstruct your parental authority, become sullen, withdrawn and want to be anywhere, so long as it’s not with you!

This is the age where your child still likes to do things with you. Hanging out with mum and dad is still a part of their life.

Read anyone’s memoir and their fondest childhood memories are from that age, being taught something by a loving parent. Whether it was learning to fish or learning to sew, their sheer joy was in hanging out with mum or dad and doing grown up things with them.

Ironing is a ‘grown up thing’.

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The best introduction is to get your child to help with the laundry. Not on their own, but together, with you. Make this a chance to gossip and have a little bit of fun together. This benefits both of you. Folding laundry can be turned into a social occasion for you and your child.

The next step is to introduce them to ironing. Again, with you. Remember, this is hanging out with mum and dad stuff. Starting with handkerchiefs is always safe. And this way the whole family finally gets ironed handkerchiefs! Cloth napkins are also safe, as are tea towels, pillowcases, anything straight that can be ironed quickly. Speed in finishing is the criteria here. Nothing too hard to scare them off.

And get them their own mini board and mini iron. So they can iron right beside you.

I hear you laughing and harrumphing. With scorn, no less.

Why not?

You’ve spent a gazillion dollars up to now on their toys. You’ve also spent how many $$$$$$$ on a variety of useless objects for them. Why not spend some money on tools for a skill they take into adulthood; that helps you with some of your chores; and allows you to spend some quality time with your child doing something together?

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This is a new approach, isn’t it?

But think about it.

Get back to when you were a child. At age 8 or 10, objects are still too big. A mini board, a mini iron, are just the right size for a child. Sort of like Goldilocks finding the right bed to sleep in. And it belongs to them. Ownership of the tools can lead to ownership of the skill.

Helping your child learn how to iron is more than just whipping out the ironing board, handing them the iron, standing them on a stool and telling them to ‘go to it’. It’s about motivating them and inspiring them to begin with.

And that’s all about you.

This is how many men and women learn to do things. At the knees of their loving parents.

So go to it. It’s in your child’s best interests to succeed.

Stay tuned for the next instalment of How To Help Your Child Learn How To Iron. I’ll tell you how to find a mini board and mini iron.

And when they grow up, along with the car keys. . . they’ll want a Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover.

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Because they will expect to iron tantrum free. And this is one of the reasons why this cover has more than 300,000 customers in 29 countries. Because it lives up to its name. It ‘Fitz Like A Glove™’ every time you iron.

All the best,

~Carol, Ironing Diva❤

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Know someone who wants to teach their children how to iron and have fun at the same time?

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PS. And I have a fabulous newsletter ‘A Smidgen Of Gossip’. This is what a subscriber says about it. “Carol. Just had some time to read it and found that it is, as with everything you do, rather wonderful. A great read. W” You can subscribe to it by clicking this link. It’s FREE! This is not a lifetime commitment. You can Unsubscribe at any time. Don’t miss out. Click this link now!

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Cotton Fabric. As Old As Prehistoric Man.

July 14, 2014
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I love cotton. I just love it because of the way it looks. Feels. Smells. Nothing. And I mean NOTHING compares to the crisp look of a pure cotton shirt or blouse. And when laundered and dried in the sun, it has that unmistakable perfume of sunshine. For me. Synthetics will never cut it. But [...]

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The Battles Waged At The Ironing Board

June 30, 2014
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It’s Monday. And Mary emailed me late today to say how much she loves her first ever Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover. It arrived on Friday. And by Saturday, she emptied her ironing basket. And can’t wait to iron again the following weekend. True! She told me this when I rang her to [...]

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A Week Of Glorious Sunrises & Mists.

June 22, 2014
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It’s often said that our environment affects our thoughts. And our deeds. For me, running a world wide business from my remote rural property in the beautiful Central Tablelands of NSW is pure bliss. My sunrise dalliances every morning in the back paddocks both inspire me. And captivate me. And I love sharing what I [...]

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Tips From The Ironing Diva. How To Remove Blood Stains. With A Twist.

June 22, 2014
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Having recently had to find a way to successfully remove dried blood stains. And ringing several friends who had not a clue. And having found the perfect solution. I thought I’d pass it on. But you know what? There are plenty of sites online that will give you the drill. Even though I found my [...]

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