These are a few of my (newly acquired) favorite things….
In addition to posts on a specific consumer topic, rarely a day goes by that someone in hijack form does not describe a new acquisition or activity, or ask for advice on how to do something or on a purchase,. I noticed that this year I had come across a number of small items that have improved my day-to-day life. So I will list my modest household acquisitions from 2015 in no particular order, and invite you all to do the same.
- Free programs to change the hue and intensity on all electronic devices with time of day. Read, work, or play games closer to bedtime without blue screen stimulation. I use f.lux on my laptop, Twilight on my android phone, still trying out the somewhat limited offerings on the Kindle Fire.
- “No Cry” kitchen gloves. This is something I read about on the Totebag. The various graters and the mandoline have been retrieved from the back of the cabinet and are in daily use.
- Teak shower stool. When the shower was constructed during the master bath reno 6 years ago, I made sure that there were grab bars and enough space for a stool, but never purchased one. I finally did after DH got home from the hospital. I can’t recall anymore how I washed my feet or shaved my legs without it.
- Apple peeler/corer/slicer – simple hand-operated machine that attaches to kitchen counter with suction. DIL has one. Lots of apple desserts for the winter.
- Nonstick Egg/pancake rings. I saw them at my daughter’s house and make perfectly sized pancakes or uniformly cooked whites on fried eggs on my griddle.
- Wireless charging pad for the Samsung Galaxy. The charging port was going to give out far before I was ready to trade in the phone
- PVC woven placemats – I use attractive gray ones matching my kitchen color scheme on top of my need-ironing midcentury table cloths. Apparently they are okay right on wood as well
Duds – Fitbit, TV-advertised headlight wipe cloths.
2015 also saw the acquisition of many 50s vintage decorative items and pricey kitchen machines that give me great pleasure and use, but it is the little handy things that sometimes cause me to slap my head and say, why didn’t I get that before?