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Gadgets

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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Comments

  • rockcandi
    1 year ago

    Great tips on finding gadgets and I love reading your stuff bc you have a great sense of humor. Thanks for a great article. Made me smile and have great info. I think I’m more like you when it comes to technology, I would love to have a Bluetooth can opener. Why? Idk, bc it has BLUETOOTH!

  • Lawrence 'rick' Phillips moderator author
    1 year ago

    Imagine we could track how many feet of can we opened each day / week / year. That is information none else has. LOL

    Thanks for the very kind comment.

  • kat-elton
    1 year ago

    I love this article Rick! I always want to be more organized with my gadgets because sometimes I forget I have them until I’ve already done the task I need it for! I have a shelf with all my braces, straps, compression items and I think I should do that in the Kitchen for my helpful gadgets 🙂

  • Lawrence 'rick' Phillips moderator author
    1 year ago

    Kat, you need to get a Bluetooth connected something. Maybe a Bluetooth gadget finder?

    You should see my diacrap cabinet. It is chalked full of all manner of stuff that I use for diabetes management. There is no way your implements take up that much room, I promise.

  • Monica Y. Sengupta moderator
    1 year ago

    I’m still at that point in my life where I just grit my teeth and push myself to do something because I really really strongly dislike washing things. I have a dishwasher but gadgets are generally hand-washed and that is my least favorite chore.

    But, I still love the home shopping network because infomercials are the best!!

  • Lawrence 'rick' Phillips moderator author
    1 year ago

    Well I get that washing gadgets is tough. The small crevices are tough to get cleaned out. Now, i do have a secret weapon however. Sheryl tends to bail us out of the issue. Which may be one of the reasons Sheryl is not in love with gadgets. Now the garage is a little different. I do not mind most grease in, on and left behind by the tools.

  • Carla Kienast
    1 year ago

    I agree that the right gadget(s) can make a huge difference and I love your tips for finding those. I also agree that this connectivity has gotten WAY out of hand. Connecting with great advocates and amazing patients is a much better idea!

  • Lawrence 'rick' Phillips moderator author
    1 year ago

    It absolutely floors me how we humans (OK mostly men) will think of ways to justify our technology. Can’t you hear a fellow talking to his wife?

    Well yes we need that Bluetooth can opener.

    Why, does Bluetooth help us open cans better?

    no

    Does, Bluetooth help us open cans quicker?

    no

    Does, Bluetooth help us do anything?

    no

    Why do we need to spend $20.00 extra for Bluetooth?

    Because, it is .. is.. well its Bluetooth.

  • Monica Y. Sengupta moderator
    1 year ago

    What does a Bluetooth can opener do?

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