The other day I was at my Vet’s Office. You see, my dog, Cinder, was dying. I met Dr. Jim several years ago after my wife died and I was left to deal with the family dog. Dr. Jim was always very understanding of how important my dog was to me and to my sons. Cinder was my wife’s dog and has been one of the links to her life. It was hard to see Cinder (much like my wife) curl up and die.
Over the years, I have come to know Dr. Jim fairly well. During my office visits with Cinder, we would discuss his fishing and my sons. During my last visit, I gave Dr. Jim a copy of my book, The Freshly Single Man. I am not certain why I gave it to him. I just thought that he might be interested. He called me back later that afternoon. He had read most of the book. His comment was that perhaps I am limiting my market too much. While he has lived on his own for many years and knows how to take care of himself, he indicated that his girlfriend’s daughter would be a perfect market for the book as she seems to know very little about the subject.
Dr. Jim called me back the following day. He had finished the book and had one criticism. He said that in all of his days as a vet, he has found that the best way to get blood out of clothes is with a mixture of cold water and table salt. He mixes the salt and water to make a paste that he works into the stain and then rinses with more cold water. He has found that this process does less harm to the fabric than hydrogen peroxide (as I recommend in my book and in my post “Blood”).
Since Cinder died, I am sad to say that I will likely not see Dr. Jim for a while . I am pleased, however, to have made a new friend, shared my book with him and received his input. If we look deeply enough, we can always find some positive outcome no matter how painful the immediate event. Who knows, at some point maybe I will get a puppy!
For other tips about how to master household chores, please see my book The Freshly Single Man.
What challenges have you had with simple household chores?