Sunday, December 27, 2009

An Invention You Dig?


For me, it's flannel sheets. Don't know how I got along without them. Our upstairs temp is only in the mid-sixties at night and those icy sheets were torture. Now, wow! What about you?

17 comments:

Paul D. Brazill said...

Those stick things that you burn to keep insects away.

Deb said...

Although it's been years since I first got one, every time I run something through the Cuisinart I just smile. Not having to chop and slice and grate all the ingredients for a meal is an absolute blessing.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I hope we need one of those soon, Paul.
We have never had a Cuisinart. I don't know why because chopping onions is so dreadful.

Richard Robinson said...

1. Flannel sheets are one of the Wife's favorite things. She'd put them on the bed in August, I think, if I didn't object. They have been very nice to have this winter, I must say, though I stay with the cotton pillowcase.

2. I've had a Cuisinart since the first one came out, and am on my 3rd one now. It is a useful tool, though the clean-up always makes me think twice about it so it gets used for large jobs only. So much easier to wash off the knife and cutting board.

3. Chopping onions is something I like to do manually, I enjoy it, it means I'm COOKING which is good, it smells good, there are the nice tactile sensations; the crunch, the movement of the knife through the crisp flesh of the onion, the scraping of the cutting board. It's the same with slicing and chopping most vegetables.

4. The most useful appliance in the kitchen? It's probably the electric can opener.

Corey Wilde said...

I must be a negative person, I keep thinking of things I wish had not been invented, like: flannel sheets. I can't stand them. Worse: fleece garments.

The best thing I saw this Christmas was a decorative garland with LED lights, and it came with a simple-to-set battery-operated timer. And only uses one set of batteries for the whole holiday season. Mine has been in use since the last of November and still works perfectly.

I can see the day - probably next Christmas - when the pre-lit artifical trees, and all holiday lights, are all LED, timer/battery operated. No electrical cords, less electricity used, on and off by themselves. Perfect, especially for the elderly and the infirm who still want lights but not the hassle.

Laurie said...

Flannel sheets are good but what I dig are seat warmers in the car, especially when it's leather upholstery.

Right now I'm really really happy someone thought of vanilla eggnog.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Thanks for the tips on LED stuff. I am one of the elderly that wants lights without hassle.
I completely forgot eggnog this year.
Or at least the egg part of it.
I have never had an electric can opener. We have few electric things because they always break with our heavy touch.

Corey Wilde said...

How can I have forgotten ziplock bags? The best thing since the electric light bulb.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I would give up almost anything before ziplock bags. Let the environment be damned!

George said...

The librarians at SUNY at Buffalo marveled at the 30,000 books I donated to them each in its Zip-lock bag. If you want to preserve your books, that's the way to go!

pattinase (abbott) said...

never thought of it but it makes great sense.

Margot Kinberg said...

Patti - Just wanted you to know there is an award for you on my blog.

the walking man said...

Seeing as we never turn our thermostat above 60-62 I like the four or five blankets and the dog on my feet more than the sheets.

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Dana King said...

I LOVE cold sheets!! Few things feel better than climbing into cold sheets, pulling the covers up around my head, and letting everything warm up around me. Like building my own little igloo every night.

My favorite invention? The DVR. Allows me to live my life much more on my schedule.

Mike Dennis said...

For me, the world's greatest invention ("great" being defined as filling a vital need and ALWAYS working properly) would be the humble staple remover.

On the other hand, if you define "great" as something that has become totally indispensable in our lives, and you hear yourself saying, "How could we ever have lived without it?", then I would put the telephone answering machine/voicemail at the top of the list.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Anyone who has ever worked in an office, as I still do, thanks God for the staple remover. I would have said wite out once but those days have passed.
DVR is a great one.
But my second choice would be the Internet. Thanks, Al.