Thursday, March 8, 2018

Darla’s Discoveries - Tips & Tricks for Around the House

Tip #4: Battery Retrieval

The other day a fellow writer on Facebook saw my post about an Alphasmart word processor saving my writing day. She made a cute remark asking about this magical device that promotes word creation. I thought she was just being funny but later learned she really wanted to know more about the machine.

Used by Students in Between the Age of Typewriters & Cheaper PC's
So I proceeded to relay all the information that came to mind. Unable to remember how many AA batteries are required, I totally forgot for a moment that the shell is semi-transparent and tried to take them out for a count.

All I needed do was hold it up to the lamplight. ~rolls eyes~ And my wasted effort unseated the battery so that the connection became unreliable. I couldn’t keep it turned on and had to wrestle the battery out.

At that point I recalled how a lot of electronics provide a ribbon of sorts in the battery compartment to help a person unseat that first tight fitted cell. So, I made my own from a bolt of ribbon bought for my DIY decorated wedding.

Should I Worry about the Plastic Melting?
Can you suggest other uses for all this remaining ribbon?

I'll Probably End Up Taking This to My Grave


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks! I'm not have so industrious or clever as you, my dear. Be well!

  2. Good job. I don't think I would have thought of that.

    As for what to do with the ribbon... You could look at Pinterest for ideas. I could think of all sorts of ideas for that if I had it sitting around. You could wrap it around something in a lattice pattern, then use clothespins to attach pictures. That's the idea that immediately comes to mind.

    1. Ooh, clever. I knew you might have a fun suggestion. ~grin~ Be well! And thanks for appreciating my idea.

  3. What color is that ribbon?...Looks a bit orangy to me...Peach? Orange? Anyway, gifts. Just use wrapping paper that has a touch of that color in it. Kitten toy you hold out for them to jump at. A piece to run under SO nose as they sleep! Liz said, check out Pinterest.

    1. It's peach, though my photo does make that questionable. Thanks, my friend! I did use some of it for a recent baby shower gift. Be well!

  4. Wow, this is brilliant. Love this idea.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

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    1. Thanks! That means a lot coming from one so clever. Be well, my generous friend!


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