Have you ever planned to do something a certain way and not had the materials or resources you thought you had? What did you do?
When such situations occur, we start to brainstorm a solution. What else could be used? Is there another way to accomplish the task or goal? Do I really have to go to the hardware store one more time? What do I have that I can use to solve this need?
This could apply to cooking. You might be making a recipe that calls for buttermilk and there isn’t any in the fridge. So, you use lemon juice or vinegar in milk to make your buttermilk. Another possibility is to try the recipe with a similar ingredient like almond milk, regular milk, or condensed milk.
I had the knob fall off the backdoor once. I dug up a fix it book, gleaned what I could apply to my situation, and kept at it until I fixed the doorknob. My husband wasn’t home and I wasn’t willing to pay a locksmith unless I absolutely had to. So, I kept at it until I fixed it. I’m not sharing the whole, detailed story as I had to figure out getting into and out of the backyard over the wooden 5 foot fence too. That fix it job was an ordeal, but I got it done!
Recently, my husband Pete was loading some wood for transport on top of the truck. He would normally use bungee cords or rope but didn’t have what was needed on hand. He thought of another solution using items he had on hand — wood and long screws. The wood underneath was pulled up into the wood above it with screws so the tension would hold all the boards in place. His solution worked just fine to transport the wood from Minnesota to Illinois. We chuckled at his “hillbilly” fix, but it did the job.
According to Wikipedia, “Necessity is the mother of invention,” is an English language proverb. When faced with a problem or challenge that has to be addressed, doesn’t it force you to find a solution? What have you invented out of necessity?