Toys, toys and more toys. With three boys, having lots of toys just comes with the territory, I guess. Action figures and cars are pretty popular right now.
Ah, remote controls. What a chore life would be without them. I think if you’ve grown up without something, you have a better appreciation for when you get it. That’s the case with me and remotes. When I was a kid, we were lucky to have a TV, let alone a fancy one with a remote. I used to have to get up to change the channel. Oh, the struggle.
Back when I lived alone in an apartment I never bothered with what I considered non-essentials. There was a plastic plant hanging in the corner of the main room that was left from the previous tenant. And that’s about it. No pictures, no knickknacks, nothing to look at except a couch, a chair and the TV.
If it weren’t for my wife, our house would not have any decor at all. Thankfully, she enjoys adding interesting touches to our house such as old spice cans.
When I was a kid, I took piano lessons one summer. My Mom bought a metronome to help me keep time when I practiced. My interest in playing the piano faded, I think because I wanted to jump to the good stuff and got bored playing scales over and over.
Now, years later, our church as our old piano, but I still have the metronome.
When our oldest son was eight, he was really into cowboys, guns, and horses. My wife painted his room to match his interest. This life size horse peeked out of the stable (aka. the closet).
Whether it’s a desktop or laptop, I need a mouse. Over time I’ve gradually updated from wired with a ball, to wireless with a laser (?). At work though, I still have the classic Microsoft wired mouse. It works flawlessly and I have no need or desire to give it up. Every once in a while I’ll take a pin and clean out the fuzz. Also, I’ll roughen the spot where my thumb rests by making crosshatch marks. When it’s too smooth, I get an odd touch sensation. As long as there’s texture, I’m fine.
The mouse in the picture has been well used by me and my family. At one point some sort of gel oozed out of the thumb side and I thought the mouse’s demise was imminent. However, after I dabbed up the goo and removed the loose rubber, all was well.
I just ran across a tub of Play-Doh. We used to go through a couple of tubs of that stuff every week when my boys were a little younger. Everyday we would make cool creations using all sorts of tools and our imagination. Then when a batch got too old to use, we cracked open a new tub. It smelled so good and was so easy to work with. I tried a couple of recipes for homemade dough, but none compared with the real deal.
I prefer running fans to keep cool instead of using the A/C when it’s hot. I’d rather spend cents moving the air, than dollars cooling it. My family disagrees. However, since I’m the only one who can install the window units, I hold off until my wife says she’s had enough. If I time it right I get the units installed just before she reaches that point.
Even better than using fans is having Mother Nature provide a cool, breezy day where I can open up all the windows and enjoy. Can’t do that once the A/C units are in place.
My wife’s sister gave her this light shaped like a cat years ago. Actually it was one just like it because the original one broke. One day I came home from work to find my wife sobbing uncontrollably at the bottom of the stairs. I thought someone had died. When I found out it was only a broken light, I consoled my wife by saying, “it’s just a light, we’ll get another one”, but somehow that didn’t do the trick. I was in the doghouse for a while, because “I just didn’t understand.”