A Real Jack of All Trades

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Jack of all trades, master of none is a figure of speech used in reference to a person that is competent with many skills, but spends so much time learning each new skill that they cannot become an expert in any particular one.
In the 16th century, various trades were populated by Jacks – lumberjacks, steeplejacks for example, and sailors were Jack-tars. The name Jack was also added to many utilitarian objects which in some way took the place of a lad or man, for example; smoke-jack (a roasting pit), boot-jack (for pulling off boots), jack-frame (a carpenter’s swing) est. There can’t have been any trades in the Middle Ages that didn’t make use of jack of some sort.
With that background information, it is my pleasure to introduce you to one Jack of all Trades that offers expertise, variety and still delivers value while at it; the car parking shade.
Initially the main functions of a car parking shade were to protect the car from the sun’s harmful U.V rays. But with time, just like Jack, the parking shade learnt and perfected other skills. And because I’m a cheerful giver, I will share these golden tips with you.
Did you know that you can use a parking shade as an outdoor dining area?
Of course you can!
When family comes over for a major barbecue and you do not have a balcony,porch or garden to use as an outdoor dining area, your parking shade has your back. Set a table the right size to make sure everyone is protected from the sun and make sure you do not roast or cook anything under it because of the heat and smoke. Sometimes it can ruin the shade depending on what material makes it.
Fill tiny buckets with wildflowers and a half pinch of water and suspend the bouquets from the fabric around the poles of the parking shade using clips or skinny ribbon to make it feel a lot like home than a parking lot. Be sure to help guests keep their cool too; it is not every day that a car parking shade is converted into a dining area.
Did you also know that your car parking shade can serve as a mini-garden?
Ooh yes!
I love gardens. I love the aesthetic value flowers add to any environment. The color, the scents in the morning sun, the cheer, the bees, the butterflies – ooh what a sight.
When you identify polite flowers like heuchera, nemeseia,calla lilies,e.t.c. and you grow them in colorful containers and then you hang them carefully along the poles of the car parking shade using hooks …you have just made this world a better place. I like encouraging this in cities and busy towns where nature is soiled rivers and polluted air. Grow flowers in pots and hang them in car parking shades and watch the magic happen. They will clean the air and make the city feel like somewhere in the Amazon.
Car parking shades should be one of the wedding planners’ favorite things. Sometimes couples want a wedding at their backyard with the cheapest budget creating the planner’s worst nightmare. It should be simpler than ‘abc’ if there is a car parking shade in the vicinity. Get fabrics, preferably lace, and transform the shade into an altar where the couple can say their I Dos. Place your favorite blooms in half fill glass jars, tie ribbon, fabric or twine around the poles for a romantic and very pretty look. You can also do extra touches by adding decorative elements like metal or ceramic ornaments or even strings of beads and hang them then step back and watch the magic work.
I could go on and on about this Jack, but because I need to leave more room for my next article I will wrap it up by recommending that you consider buying a Car Parking Shade if you don’t have it or at least play around with the one you already have to make your life a bit more random, fun but most importantly cost-effective.
The car parking shade is certainly the only Jack of all trades that after a long time, will still offer expertise, variety and value. Get yourself one.



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Life is so busy turning everyone from coal to gold that there is always so much drama, activity, struggle and commotion in the air. In that case most of us just want to take some time out and just breathe. Speaking from experience as a family member, a student and an employee I can honestly tell you that there is sometimes so much pressure in one day that I hit the brink of a nervous breakdown.

I need to run an errand for a family member, handle an assignment before it’s due, attend a church meeting and still accomplish my to-do-list at work. Every single day. It is such a repetitive cycle and the only way to cope … is to take a time out.

I love well-done balconies and gazebos. They are just my thing. The thought of a shaded gazebo or a canopied balcony with potted plants, flowers, sometimes a comfortable hammock with puffy pillows to rest my head and limbs on and catch up on my reading or those power naps …that is just my thing.

The main reason why I love them is that they are like a little piece of heaven wherever you are. In a busy city, along a noisy street, upcountry, in the suburbs …wherever you are. As long as you have a shaded gazebo or a canopied balcony …that is everything you need to make your safe haven. Somewhere to run to from the pressure of your roles, somewhere to escape to and be your absolute self without fearing that it will be used against you. Somewhere to reconnect with the root of your being and spirit, somewhere to recharge and rejuvenate, pick up more energy that will fuel you in tackling the next day and more to come.

Rest is good. More than just good, it is important. For the mind to function efficiently and effectively it needs to be in a calm environment, with a constant supply of fresh air and a peaceful aura. That way oxygen supply to the brain is increased and the chemicals responsible for various functions in the body are released. Mental fatigue can be every bit as detrimental as physical fatigue and taking a rest day helps to recharge the psyche.

During periods of heavy activity, our immune systems are constantly activating to repair muscles and joints. Without proper rest, your immune system can’t catch up to all the repairs your body needs …and automatically that leads to injuries. You need to reach that space in your life where you can comfortably take a long glass of cold juice, put on your sunglasses, climb on that hammock under the gazebo or canopied balcony and just give your system a chance to take stock.

How? When? You may ask.

Just like setting your daily steps goals, set your rest goals. Plot out a schedule and pick your weekly rest days; one or two days where you limit your activity to allow your body and muscles to recover. If you’re a huge step-count achiever, give yourself a day where you limit even your walking to a minimum limit. Put your legs up on a pillow and just give them a chance to get a haemoglobin rush.

Of course sleep is so important to your general rest and well-being, so use a tracer to improve your quality and amount of sleep.

Something else I have learnt in workout days that may be of some help is that it takes your body almost a fortnight of non-activity before you start losing a noticeable amount of your progress or performance level. So don’t think that taking a day or two off from training will set you back all that hard work you’ve put in.

Living on this side of the Sahara, makes us the kind of people that rarely get attracted to rest. Every minute we have to spare could be channelled into making one more penny. That minute we could spare to take that breather, could also go into raising our living standards a notch higher. I’d like to challenge us to change as far as that mind-set is concerned. We are human, we run on blood, not gasoline. We can’t go to a gas station and refuel. We have to eat well, sleep well and most importantly, rest well.

So yes. That shaded beautiful gazebo overlooking the garden, that breath-taking canopied balcony that gives me a clear view of the whole city, the potted plants that give me a hint of what heaven looks and feels like … I will pick that once every week. My run-to-place. My safe haven.