A Pleasant Surprise:
As you may recall, I somehow managed to break my laptop screen on the way home from Iowa earlier this month. This did not please me. The fact that it’s a Mac complicated things, as there’s no place nearby that repairs them.
Without boring you with a recital of the various frustrations and delays, I’ll cut to the chase and tell you that I received my computer back today at last. Not only does it have a
new screen, but also a new keyboard and the whole… I don’t know what you call it, but everything you see when you open it (screen, keyboard, touch pad, etc.).
And it all needed replacing! I’d worn the letters off several of my keys, and the whole thing was rubbed smooth from use. Also, there was a little sliver of plastic peeling up on one edge that I’d held down with scotch tape. Now, between the facelift and the hard drive I replaced less than a year ago, I have what amounts to a new computer.
And the best part? They did all this for less than the price they quoted! It’s a rare thing indeed to truly get more for less.
Where can you find such amazing service? The Connecting Point, 8312 Cleveland Avenue NW, North Canton, OH. I’m one satisfied customer!
Stuff and Nonsense
One morning this week, I cleaned the curio cabinet on the landing.
Who has a curio cabinet on the landing, you may ask? Someone whose landing has an exposed heating duct.
Ten years ago or so, hubby and I shopped around for a piece of furniture to hide the duct and eventually found a curio cabinet with the exact dimensions we needed to fill. Then I took my mom’s old salt and pepper shaker collection out of its attic storage and, along with a few cream pitchers, plates, and other odds and ends of Mom’s, filled the cabinet. (That old photo at the top? That’s Mom herself, presiding over all.)
About once a year or so, I take everything out of the cabinet, carry it all down to the kitchen and wash it, then clean every surface on the cabinet, and finally, put it all back in, trying to remember how I’d arranged things. I’m always amazed how dusty and dirty everything gets, even inside the cabinet.
I’m also amazed at the uselessness of it all.
When we first bought the cabinet and I got out Mom’s old collection, I thought it might be fun to add to it. So for the next couple of years, I acquired a few new sets of salt and pepper shakers. But soon I began to wonder what I was doing it for. Some of the sets, the old ones as well as the new, are cute; some are pretty. But all they do is sit there and wait to be cleaned once a year. They have no purpose nor, as far as I’m concerned, value. If someone offered me a fair price for the whole collection (though I have no idea what a fair price might be), I’d happily sell it.
A lot of people like to collect things, but I’ve never understood it. We all need stuff: furniture to sit on, sheets for the beds and towels for the bathroom, art to adorn bare walls, pots and pans and kitchen tools to prepare meals, and so on. These days, most of us even need a computer. These things have a purpose.
But why do we need useless stuff? Things that clutter the house, collect dust, require us to add extra rooms, rent storage lockers, buy insurance riders and burglar alarms, and in other ways stress over?
All too often we fill our houses and our lives with stuff, but the effort leaves us empty. Seems to me, too much stuff is nonsense.