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It’s that time again. Time when we celebrate our good fortune and remember all the things that we are thankful for. I say that I’m thankful for the same things that everyone else does: my family, good health, to live in a free country, and so on. And I am thankful for those things…honestly. However, it dawned on me this morning that I’m also really thankful for the things that make my life easier every day. The items that help me survive and thrive rarely make it on to the traditional list. So in the spirit of Thanksgiving, here is the list of what I’m REALLY thankful for during this time of the year.
Things That Make My Life Easier!
My label maker helps me get and keep my home in order. When five people share a household, disorder is often the result. Taking a few minutes to label an item forces me to stop and think about where it belongs. It also increases the chance that the item will be put away. Then when I do have to search for something, the labels make it so much more likely that I will actually be able to find it quickly. Without the label maker, the chances of finding anything in my house would be nearly impossible. It gives me a feeling of being in charge of something in this frazzled house. My label maker allows me to feel like there is order in this chaos we call home.
I don’t know how I could live without my freezer, microwave, and crock-pot. Naturally all of the people who live at my house want to eat on a regular basis. After a full day at work I don’t relish spending what is left of each evening in the kitchen. However, I do feel a responsibility to see that the troops are fed. These appliances allow me to shop, cook ahead and then “cook” with a minimum of effort at the time that people are actually hungry. If a woman is going to have to work, she needs to have these appliances in her kitchen. In fact, they ought to be passed out by the human resource departments of every workplace in the country because they are so vital to the health and happiness of the female worker and her family.
Have you ever thought about how wonderful mechanical pencils are? I hate to write with a dull pencil. I also hate having to sharpen one every few minutes when the lead becomes dull. However, I also hate having to write everything in pen since I know that things will likely change and a messy calendar or planner only provide irritation. One click on a mechanical pencil keeps things sharp and neat. This little device erases some of life’ mistakes and keeps things sharply in focus.
Libraries Are A Girl’s Best Friend
One of my stops when I run errands each week is the public library. Reading is one of my greatest pleasures in life and the public library opens up the world of books to me without my having to buy them and then either store or dispose of them. What a wonderful place! The nice people at our library branch recognize me when I walk in the door. I know that I keep them busy and that they’re glad when I come to pick up the many items that I have put on hold from other libraries. My children are also library lovers. Books are highly valued at our house and reading is a great pleasure. The library has allowed us to discover interests that might have gone undiscovered without access to such a variety of books. It’s also nice to be able to borrow movies and tapes without having to pay rental fees. There is no telling how much money the library has saved me over the years. Thank you Benjamin Franklin for this wonderful place.
Oh, Give Me A Phone
My smart phone has spared me many headaches. Its calendar is a perfect way to track appointments, the phone a perfect place to keep all of the lists that would otherwise end up lost or buried someplace where I would never find them. My phone holds lists of books I want to borrow from the library, movies to rent, gift ideas for everyone in the family as well as the gifts I have actually bought for this year along with the past four years. No longer do I have wonder if I gave Aunt Peggy a sweater last Christmas. I simply look under “Gifts Given” and I know right away that this is a gift that doesn’t need to be repeated this year. I love this device for the list making function alone.
Less Hassle Makes My Life Easier
I hate having garage sales. I know that many people swear that they make a lot of money with them, but I never recoup what my time and energy are worth. So from now on it is off to find one of those collection boxes with items that no longer need to take up space in my house. Outgrown clothes, old appliances, useful but out of fashion furniture get thrown in the back of my minivan periodically and dropped off at our local donation center. In return, I get to claim a deduction on my yearly income taxes of the fair market value. Some charitable organizations will even come to your home to pick up bulky items that you cannot get in your car. The Salvation Army and ARC are examples of organizations that you can call to arrange for home pick up. Considering the dismal luck I’ve had with holding my own sales, I figure that I come out ahead this way. I certainly don’t have the frustration of finding a place to hold the items until I get around to having a sale.
Comfort Makes My Life Easier
My father used to call me a hothouse flower. I must admit that I am partial to central heating and air-conditioning. I do not like to be uncomfortable and summers in Texas can be unbearable without some method of temperature control. Besides, I don’t look pretty when I sweat.
Good Hair Days Make My Life Easier
I have to admit that I would have a hard time living without my hair dryer and curling iron. Okay, I admit that vanity plays a huge role here, but I wasn’t born with hair that looks good when air dried. And there’s probably not a woman alive who really enjoys a bad-hair day. When I travel, these items go with me!
The Best Invention EVER!
But of all the modern conveniences that make my life so much easier, the one I am the most thankful for has to be indoor plumbing. I love a hot shower in the morning. And truthfully, I just don’t see myself traipsing out in the cold wet night to use the outdoor facilities. I respect that the pioneers had no other choice, but I am grateful several times each day that I do not have to worry about spiders and snakes in the great outdoors every time I feel nature’s call. A few years ago our family had to have a sewer line replaced. After spending several days running to various stores in town to answer nature’s call, our bathroom facilities were returned to normal use. Despite the gigantic plumbing bill, this episode reminded me just how important the power of the flush really is.
So on this Thanksgiving, I am giving thanks not only for the people I love, but also for the modern conveniences that make modern life less stressful, less hectic, and more comfortable. Here’s to all the great inventors who have helped make life easier!
It’s the little things. So what are you really thankful for this season?