“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake.”
- Francis Bacon

Monday, November 09, 2009

Bits 'n bites 'n ATMs - reasons to be thankful for modern miracles

Monday. Time to hit the ground running. Loads of little things to get accomplished around here today. So many tasks that my son, Jeff, will be dropping by to help and to have lunch with his mom. It isn't all that often that he and I get to spend time alone together or that he has a day off during the week. Usually when we see each other the boys and his wife are with him and that's just fine with me, but sometimes a mom wants to just be with her son  After all that's how we started out - just me and my boy.

Let's see what's rolling around in my head for blessings that I am thankful for this morning:
  1. Lists. If I couldn't make a list I think I'd spin around my kitchen most of the day not knowing what to do or who to call or what appointment to keep. It isn't age that is driving me to produce a list every morning - I've been doing that since I was in my 20s - it's genetics My mom was a list maker and so was my dad. I came upon my list fetish honestly.
  2. ATM machines. For most of my life I never used one. For years after they became a prominent fixture outside every bank and inside most large malls I still didn't use one. But then one day I told myself that I had just better get with the program. After I found out how easy they were to use I hardly walk into my bank doors anymore.
  3. Online banking and bill paying. I just love using those services. In the winter when the weather is really rough I can sit inside my home watching the latest blizzard pile the snow high and make deposits, transfers and pay bills. No more stamps - a savings in itself given the fact that the cost of a stamp is now hovering on fifty cents.
  4. My digital camera. My gosh, I remember buying film, taking numerous photos (hoping one would look good) and waiting for them to come back me developed. You would have to pay for all of them back then. What was in that envelope was yours even if it looked like Godzilla married your Cocker Spaniel. Now, heck, shoot a million to get that perfect photo and just delete the rest. You don't even have to take them anywhere to be put to paper - print it at home or send it over the internet to Walgreen's or Walmart. What a convenience.
  5. My doorbells. If I didn't have those little wonders I'd never know when I had a package to collect or a friend to invite inside my home. You see, I have dogs, big dogs, but usually they are with me - just about melding to my body - so if I'm not near the door they don't hear someone trying to get my attention, they don't bark - they're too busy hanging around half an inch from me snooper-vising whatever I am doing at the time. I think they want to know if what I'm up to involves food


Natasha said...

I totally agree with you!Isn't it funny how we take these things for granted-where would we be without them!?
Hope you have a lovely week.
Best wishes, Natasha.

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

I love everything you wrote about- but I especially like the mention of the Digital Camera! I was just thinking about the very same thing the other day! Mine too, has brought simplicity and a lot of fun into my life!
Have a great day Mimi!
Blessings to you!
Claudia O.

Karen said...

I'm a list maker, too, and it's genetic.

Digital camera, that's a good one! I remember the days of calling the grocery store to see if my film was ready. I couldn't wait to see my pictures. What a treat to be able to see them right on the back of the camera.

Peggy said...

Blessings Mimi...Oh yes!!! Each one of them...I love and also am so thankful! Funny how we both mentioned your replacement for doorbells...I had to laugh...once more I enjoyed your sense of humor. May you enjoy a fantastic week!

bp said...

That's funny about the cameras and film. I found some film in a drawer the other day. I wondered if people still used film! I guess some people haven't bought a digital camera yet. I love being able to take a whole bunch of shots and delete what I don't want!

Hope you had a good day.

Anonymous said...

me too, me too. Lists. Digital cameras. We were just talking about that ourselves the other day. I often wonder if I might need to go through my photos and get them printed up. Ouch. Cost me a fortune probably. Maybe I should start now? See ya later, Jenn

Shopgirl said...

Your list hit home, and like some others I think the Digital camera has brought me so many hours of fun that I would not have had. I take a few pictures and select what I like...I remember waiting for my pictures to come in and thinking how lucky I was if there was a couple I really liked. Now I put them on a CD and when I am ready to do a album they are waiting for me.
I can be a list maker, but the truth is I fly by the seat of my pants most of the time.
Happy Fall, Mary