I’ve been thinking lately about the little luxuries in life that make me happy.
This started because I spend too much time reading news and politics, and it’s making me cranky. So I have been making a concerted effort to spend some time each day on things that I know make me happy. In addition to nightly walks with DH, I am making more time to read.
As I crawled into a freshly made bed to read, the first time I’ve read in bed in more than a year, I realized that to me this is the ultimate in luxury. I enjoy the quiet, the soft lighting, and the chance to just relax and take my mind off the day.
What are little things that feel like a luxury to you?
Now that most of my transactions are online, the amount of incongruent commercial and solicitation snail mail has fortunately decreased. And even that is easier to discard, because the recycle bin is adjacent to the mailbox and it does not even have to enter the house. I can recall a subscription to Horse Lover or some such that I received many years ago. I called them and it took quite a while to convince them that I had not subscribed. I said, I live in an apartment in the city. Someone is playing a joke.
But even with spam and bulk mail filters on the electronic inbox, I occasionally find myself on the receiving end of newsletters that give me a chuckle. The current one that has been coming for months is This Week in Weed. It is all about the Massachusetts introduction of recreational marijuana sales.
What strange humorous stuff comes to your home or computer? Does it bother you or amuse you? Do you take steps to reduce both paper and electronic junk mail?
by Rocky Mountain Stepmom
I refrigerate ketchup, mustard, flavored vinegars, hot sauce, and basically anything else that I can wedge into the fridge. I got this from my mom. DH thinks that not all condiments have to be refrigerated. How about bread? Nuts? Flour? Peanut butter? The current stick of butter in the dish?
It’s the season for celebrations. The Royal Wedding was perhaps the biggest such media event of the year. Do you have any celebrations coming up ? Are you the host or hostess or a guest ? Have you looked at an invitation dress code and wondered what to wear ? Any trusty outfits you routinely dust off and wear again ?
Let’s talk about celebrations, the trends, the fashions and departures from custom.
From time to time we have discussions on names, and trends in names. Unfortunately, the anonymous nature of the site means that we can’t relate much of anything about the actual names used in our families.
Do you have a middle name? Do your kids have them? Is there something in your ethnic or regional background that dictates what is used as a middle name or how many or the order? What about using two or more last names from both sides of the family? How about Saints’ names? Or the Southern custom of using a family surname for a middle name and going by that instead of the more vanilla first name?
And if you feel like it, please share some of your real ones. In my immediate family the middle names are Biblical: Asher, Isaiah, Ruth, Elizabeth, Jochebed (pronounced yō-‘HEH-but, Moses’ mother), Abraham. Except for me. My 1950s mom was assimilated in the fashion oand didn’t want to be ethnic, so it is Beth to honor my late grandmother, Beile (BAY-luh).
Gadgets! What are your favorite gadgets? Either oldies but goodies, or recent purchases? Do you have any gadgets that were a total waste of money?
For our family, we love our Chrome Casts. We have two (one for each tv) that allow us to stream content easily. We also bought one for DS at college and my in-laws.
The article mentions 1) Alexa and her cousins, 2) Roku, etc., and 3) the following
The gadget that finds all your lost gadgets
In 2013, a small company started a crowdfunding campaign, met its goal, racked up more than 200,000 presales and earned a loyal customer base. Today that company, Tile, makes a well-known Bluetooth tracker that attaches to anything you deem important and keeps track of it via a mobile app. There are now other Bluetooth trackers that make finding your keys, wallet or anything else easier than ever.
Wirecutter recommends the Tile Sport for its Bluetooth range, alarm volume and handy crowd-finding feature. Basically, if you lose an item that has a Tile attached to it, anyone with the Tile app who passes by will help ping the location of your lost item to you. The person doesn’t have to actively use the app to help you (and won’t know you lost something).
If you prefer a Bluetooth tracker with a replaceable battery (but less stellar Bluetooth range and no crowd-finding), Wirecutter recommends the TrackR Pixel. You can replace the battery, rather than the whole product, and the alert system includes flashing lights.