Electronic gadgets, that is.
We’re talking Gadgets today and I bet you figure that I am going straight to the kitchen.
Although I started writing my post from that angle, but the list was never-ending. (However, I have to give honorable mention to my electric sifter and hand cream-whipper!)
I decided to go with those that have made my life bearable when it was hard, and totally enjoyable all of the time.
I am torn, though.
My cellphone may be the most important. Without it, I would not have left the house many times at all for several years. Under the family circumstances, I was ‘On-call’ 24/7, with real emergencies.
Thank God, those years are past. I still need to be contacted, but not like I had, nor are the dangers as real as they were. I can now concentrate on contacting people whom I need to, checking on family who have moved or are traveling, check with relatives and friends who are far away, and do it at anytime, anywhere, even when I, myself, am traveling. I can leave messages; I can send addresses and phone numbers, plus pictures immediately. Texting is good, if people don’t want to carry on full conversations, (which drives me nuts; I can’t multitask and text). Texting has been very helpful with my brother’s situation. My sister can be with him, and text messages to me about him and his condition without upsetting him…and we can joke where we can about it all. And I can get the grandkids to text just to check in.
I never have to worry about missing a call, nor do I have to hesitate to make a call or worry about a deadline. Not to mention the ‘unlimited calling’! If I only had the money we had spent on ‘long-distance’ calls over the years!
But I have to say that my favorite “gadget” is:
I still use it for email, messenger and FB, (because I have a lousy ‘smart’ phone). I use it to shop. It’s been a God-send for the past couple of years. Due to my health problems, long shopping trips were out of the question, (which I have to do out-of-town here).
I have contact with people on social media who keep me sane, (even if some can be infuriating at times). I have access to thinking people, which is a rarity here. Even if I found more, our lives are so different now. Things may settle down, but I was been unable to entertain in the evenings as we had at one point, or nor have I been able to ‘lunch’. I am not strong physically, even if the few friends that I had found were still around, I’m not sure what I would be up to.
I have contact with so many writers! I can’t even begin to tell you the thrill to find them and interview them.To read people’s work that I never would have been exposed to.
The best gadgety part is the word processing! I am a horrible typist. My handwriting has gone downhill, so trying to read the notes I write, (which go more slowly than my mind) ,I can hardly decipher my own words.
I tried a mini-tape recorder and oh-my-gosh, there is no way for me to transcribe my ramblings: stop and start, stop and start. Then there are the shortcuts, the now cryptic phrases which I wrongfully figured I’d remember what they meant; “What the heck was I talking about ?” came out-loud from me too many times for everything from stories, blog posts to recipes.
I am extremely comfortable writing at my PC. Oh, I make notes and I do a lot of mental editing while am otherwise occupied, but when I sit myself down in front of my computer, the words start flowing. I can see and rewrite so quickly, and without a mess!
(You should see my written notes! Scratchings-out, inserted words and arrows to rearrange the order of sentences and paragraphs. It took me forever to get anything finished that way. I can’t tell you the paper and typewriter ribbons, plus TIME, that I used before.)
That’s it. I have 3 PCs, only one is on the internet, and here I am. And here is where you will find me, more and more.