Friday, 14 August 2009

Things I can't do without.....

I was tagged recently by Daisymum of "Notes from Daisy Mountain" to produce a list of 7 absolutely amazing things about me. Well, I've thought and thought and I can't think of anything. Everything about me is dead ordinary. So I'm counter-tagging (can you do that?) with "7 things I couldn't do without". I'm not tagging anyone in particular (except Daisymum) but everyne in general. I would love to hear other ideas.

Times have changed, haven't they? Stating the obvious I know but what I couldnt live without nowadays is very different from the list I might have compiled 30 years ago.

I need - absolutely, no question:

Freezer - How did I ever make do with the tiny compartment at the top of the fridge? You couldn't actually set anything to freeze in it but it was OK for sticking your packet of ice lollirs in, always supposing you could find a pack small enough to fit! You could even put a small packet of fish fingers in as long as you ate the lollies up first. Now how did we get from that to the tons of stuff we put in our freezers now that need a regular trip to the freezer shop?

Computer - I remember my boss in the 1980's announcing that he had just bought a computer for home. "Why?" I wondered silently. "That's nice," I said out loud, "What are you going to do with it?". "Shopping lists. kids' school work....lots of things," he replied, scuttling off to his own office. This was when we didn't even have an electric typewriter in the office! It was when the Company's Computer Department was like the holy of holies and you had to knock at the door and wait to be let in. There was special air conditioning units and huge metal machines along the wall with large spinning tape reels that the Company Secretary used to bring out of hiding each morning in their special stainless steel cans. Gosh, but they were mysterious!

Look at us now! How would I know whether there was any money in the bank? How would I order my repeat prescriptions? How would I keep in touch with friends? How would I get my groceries delivered? And that's before I've even started swanning about the internet, booking a weekend away. theatre tickets, holidays. Sends you giddy! And do they fill an office block? Nah - mine sits on my desk but is huge compared to some. I would find it well nigh impossible to do without it now.

Mobile Phone - I always swore one of these would never darken my handbag; that if you couldn't get me at home then you would just have to wait. You would not catch me texting people. oh no! How wrong can you be? My mobile phone is the most basic you can get but even so it still doubles as a camera and, with internet access, as a mini-computer. You would think the makers of Filofax would be out of business wouldn't you? You can keep your diary and organise your life on your mobile...can't you? No quite. You still see the good olf Filofax being hoisted aloft because people can't actually remember how to DO all the functions on their phones!

The car - yes I know we are supposed to be minding our carbon footprints but honestly, how many of us are prepared - or able - to do without our cars entirely? My wheelchair makes public transport difficult and walking or cycling impossible - I need the car. There's no public transport that goes near Keith's workplace - he needs the car. {titter titter} what a sight it would be if we were still on horseback!

Central Heating - Brrr, I have many unfond memories as a kid of the windows being iced up - on the inside! I remember my mum beavering away downstairs lighting a coal fire while us kids sat at the top of the stairs wittering on about "Can we come down yet...?" I can't remember ever feeling cold but surely I must have been. I would be these days, that's for sure. What did we do for heating when there was no touch-of-a-button gas boiler? A big roaring fire in the living room and then, at bed time, dad would take a shovelful of the red-hot coals upstairs to start off the fire in their bedroom. Doesn't bear thinking about does it, but tha's what he did!

My Kenwood Chef - I've had my Kenwood for years and I expect it'll be good for a few more years yet. Pre-Kenwood I used to make cakes by doing it all with a fork (my preferred tool in those days for creaming butter and sugar). It was less washing up but, by gum (Marcy?) it was hard work! Most of my little appliances - food processor, blender, mini-chopper, carving knife - are by Kenwood. But only one thing is known as The Kenwood. God bless it and long live it!

My thumbs - Whatever should we do without them? If we didn't have thumbs we might as well not have fingers either. Wihtout my left thumb I wouldn't be able to text anyone. I cannot seem to make my right thumb work for this little job. My right thumb operates the space bar on my computer all by itself - see, the typing classes taught me something at least. Without my thumbs I'm pretty sure I couldn't untie knots in bits of string or tie a bow in ribbon - or, worse, tie my shoes! And if thumbs had never been invented, what would Agatha Christie have called one of her books? "By the Pricking of My........."???????? OK, over to you - anyone inventive with thumbs? No rude answers!

Sorry my little mouse is in the wrong place again, It's a law unto itself that mouse.


Grammy Staffy said...

Dear Angie,
You are such a dear. Your blog always makes me smile. I must add you to my Sunday Six. Since you could not think of amazing things about you for your tag I will help you out.
1. You have a great sense of humor
2. You write a great blog that makes me smile
3. You are optimistic
4. You rarely, if ever, complain even though you often have reason to do so
5. You are considerate and kind
6 You are thoughtful (see the second comment that you made on my HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARIE post as an example)
7. You are talented beyond belief.
(See your side bar cake pictures as proof)

There, I did your tag for you. Yep,Yep, Yep you are amazing. Now Daisymum can be satisfied that your blog tag obligation is fulfilled.

Thanks for asking about me. I have not felt good all week.(which is not fair sense I've actually remembered to take my meds this week.)
On top of that our pool is out of wack. The chemicals got off while we were away and John can't get it back in balance. I went out Thurs. morn to water my plants and found the pool full of black algae. I had to spend most of the day scrubbing the pool with a wire brush and then a chlorine block. (with a bad tummy ache to boot). I had to do the same thing yesterday. I am afraid to go and look today. Black algae is a plague for pools.

Well I have written you a book. All because you were worried about me. Thank you for your concern. My stomach is still not behaving today. I wouldn't mind so much if it's hurting made me thin...but alas as I lay around I just get fatter...there is no justice!!
Have a great weekend. I hope you are well. Love, Lura

Joyce said...

I had so much fun reading your post today and can identify with your computer story at work and also the kitchen appliances are a total must. I would give away my rings and earrings but never ever my kitchen appliances:) I got a kick out of your Dad's Hippie story too. Maybe those two were related:)

Diana said...

Hi Angie,
I agree with Grammy Staffy and all of the amazing things about you! But I also enjoyed your list of things you can't do without! Very nice Angie! Love Di

joolzmac said...

Hiya Angie

What a great post. Very clever of you to include thumbs - it is absolutely true - where would we be without them?

And I agree with Grammy Staffy too!

Reading your blog today has been a great start to my Sunday!

Cheers - Joolz

Marie said...

Lura, hit it on the nose Angie!! You are a very special lady. I am glad for your mobile phone and the many little texts we share with each other through the week. You are a dear friend and I love you so much! xxoo

Eileen said...

I agree with Grammy Staffy too!
I don't know you as well as some, but from reading you and the comments people leave I can tell she's right on the money!

I loved your list though too! And I feel the same way!

All the best,