Friday, April 5, 2013

E = Electronics!

Not only is today A to Z Challenge's day 5, or the blog theme Letter E, but it's Celebrate the Small Things Friday! And I could not be more grateful for today's E word:


Yes. Thomas Alva Edison's genius invention has morphed from the awe-inspiring light bulb, to the brilliantly conceived smart phone, and all electronic gadgets in between. A special few make my must-have list and today I celebrate them.

First up:

Yes. A light switch; conveniently linked to a circuitous system that not only sparks Edison's original and most-enduring invention, but loops through the house, out the circuit box, through the meter to the kVa lines and hums a few miles to the substation powered by of many hydro dams in the area. Truly amazing how one man's creative genius that most commonly draws power from running water, lights up a whole world.  In my personal world, the quick flick of a switch is literally the difference between me stumbling around in the dark, and gliding gracefully from bedroom to bathroom to office to begin my day. But of course, before I sit down to hammer out the next chapter in my epic saga, I need a jolt of energy (note clever use of other E words J).

Enter my second honoree:


Oh, yes. This mama cannot live without her triple-shot espresso mocha, and bless the person that gets between her and it, 'cause they're going to need all the prayers they can get. And while caffeine is firing me up inside, my third charm is keeping my outside warm:


I love my caped heaped pad. Writing is a sedentary occupation. Blood tends to settle rather than surge leading to shivers—and jitters if buzzed enough on caffeine. This simple device helps keep me warm, and thus my shoulders, neck, and arms relaxed, which helps prevent muscle cramps, headaches, and digit numbness, a not uncommon problem for people who work using my fourth enchantment:


Yes, the ever amazing and increasingly crucial computer. How on earth did Edison ever keep his ideas and facts straight without it?

And fifth but not least on my small blessings list, my Blackberry.


I came late to the smart phone craze, but that in no way diminishes its power over me. Twitter, Facebook, text—the photos used to develop this blog, and illustrate this post. How on earth did I ever manage without it?

What are your small blessings, or must-haves? Please share in the comments.


 We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible. ~C. Malesherbez











Kathy said...

We can't imagine what our lives would be like without electricity. Even my children, when they were little, thought they could still watch T.V., when the lights went out, during a thunder storm. Today's children would be walking around like zombies, bleary eyed without their electronics. Oh wait, they do that now, 'with' the electronics. lol Great post.
Kathy at Oak Lawn Images

Kathy said...

What a different life people of long ago had without the miracles of electronics. I am sure they led happy lives without them despite how much we have come to depend on them.


Deborah said...

Hi Kathy(s)...

I know. Electricity is a relatively new concept, yet like the air humans have breathed for centuries, almost as necessary to survival. Try starting a fire in your urban backyard to roast dinner, or boil water for laundry--you'll be rousted by the by-law officer in no time!

Thank you for stopping by. I love having new visitors. :)


Lara said...

Okay, I'm totally jealous of your heated cape-thingy. Where did you get it? Please don't say it's a Canadian thing--I think I need one! :)

Deborah said...

It's not a Canadian thing. Google, Sunbeam caped heating pad; I'm sure you'll be able to order it online. :)

VikLit said...

We just got a coffee machine for Christmas and we love it! Great set of blessings.

Nickie said...

I'm grateful for my electronics, too. Every now and then I hear people complain about the internet and how they want nothing to do with it, and I just think they're stubborn and/or insane. The internet is the single most powerful thing to happen in the last 100 years (though I guess you need electricity to run it!)

Deborah said...

Vik, congratulations on your coffee machine!

Nickie...Electronics and the Internet are pretty cool things--we could not do _this_ without them.

Thank you both so much for stopping by!