I love gadgets.  Those little things that make life easier?  Like the amazing automatic pot stirring device that sometimes jumps out of the pot.  Or the internet connected juicer.  If kitchens are not your thing then how about the garage?  I saw an internet connect tire pressure gauge.  It records the exact air pressure of each device each time you fill something up. It lets you keep track of and anticipate your air pressure needs.  Wow, I know that would come in handy.  The Bluetooth enabled saw looks interesting.  I just cannot figure out exactly why I would need Bluetooth attached to a saw.  It seems like you cut the wood and that is pretty much all there is to it.  (notice I said you, I have not cut a board in 20 years).

Of course, some gadgets are incredibly useful.  I love the apple coring/slicing device.  When it comes out of the dishwasher, I usually do a little race to see if I can use it before Sheryl.  With two people in the house, only one of us will get that one use before it goes in the dishwasher and it is gone for 48 hours until the dishwasher fills up.  After the first use, we both must revert to the old-fashioned, knife.  Who wants that?

No place like home shopping

Once while home on protracted sick leave I tuned into a home shopping channel.  There I saw the magic device for the ages.  The unbelievable vegetable slicer.  It could slice, dice, peel, or cube any vegetable. It was the absolute answer to my chopping dreams.  So, I did what any smart person would do, I ordered it.  In fact, I loved it so much I ordered two, one for me, and because I only had to pay shipping and handling I bought one for, oh I don’t know someone.

In 5 days the big day arrived I had my two new gadgets.  It was then that it all sort of hit me.  See, at my house, I do not chop, slice, or in any way prepare vegetables.  I had bought the chopper for someone else to use.  The trouble was that person had no interest in one, let alone two of these chopping devices.  I believe they made it to the donation pile in the next move.

RA and Mr. Gadget

I took that experience with me when I was first diagnosed with RA.  Of course, my hands hurt and opening jars and containers large and small was almost impossible.  Since I was home alone during the day, I found the package slicer, and it is a terrific tool.  I have found the orange peeling and cutting device to be one of my favorites.   Since I love oranges, and I find that getting the peel off is a nightmare for my arthritic fingers, I have learned to embrace this gadget.

The rubber grips for jars have also become a favorite at our house.  I still have difficulty getting the lids off jars, and one of these free rubber grips are just the ticket to give me enough strength to twist it off.  The best part is that someone gave these out for free.  Had I been thinking, I would have circled back at the county fair and picked up 4 more. After all, I do not mind seeing an ad for the local asphalt company as I twist the lid on the pickles.

Here are my five tips for finding the perfect gadget.

  1.        Put it in your hand before you buy.  Nothing beats wearing, feeling or using a device.
  2.        Think of the need.  I liked the vegetable device, but I did not need it.
  3.        Price it elsewhere. Most times you can find it or a suitable substitute less expensively elsewhere.
  4.        Repurpose the ones you love. The bicycle gloves help a lot when I am putting salt in the water softener by helping me hold the slick bag.

Oh, and most important at my house? Bluetooth, network capable are seldom features I need.  However, despite what Sheryl says, I know we need a device like an internet connected vegetable slicer, so we can measure the thickness of the cut every 10 strokes.  Or should say Sheryl needs that device, I still seldom cut vegetables.

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