Saturday, February 15, 2014

Modern Technology, Its Gifts and What It Robs From Us.

Recently I read a few articles that say, 2014 will be a year when people start to take back some of the things technology has taken from us.  Mostly, social interaction in the here and now.  People have discovered that some things in our lives have gone a bit off balance with all the gadgets we have in our hands.   I feel that way too.  There are days when I feel like my iPhone is some sort of extension of me.   Feeling slightly panicked if I leave the house without it, as if I can no longer function properly without it.   There have been more than a few evenings when Emery and I are sitting right next to each other on the couch, me with my phone in my hand, checking my Facebook page and right next to me, Emery is checking his Facebook page.  Two people interacting with their cyber life.  That's not bad in itself, but it is kinda sad that we have allowed even a minute to be stolen like that.
Personally, I want to set some guidelines for myself in phone and computer use, the problem is, every time I say that, I get a text and my good intentions fly out the door.  There are days when I think, "oh, just dump the smart phone and get JUST a phone."  Then I remember how nice it is to have GPS on my phone, how wonderful it is to snap pictures in the store of something that one of the girls might like,  Just text them the picture and know if it is or not.  But, what I don't like, is when you are standing in line, checking out and the phone rings, I don't want to answer it, but then...what if its an emergency !   I do have a diabetic daughter and a grand-daughter with lots of health issues !  The conflict is there, its real.  I really don't like it when you are out to eat or visiting with friends and they are chatting with someone on the phone, its wrong.   There is a great video on YouTube that says it all, far better than my words.
I Forgot My Phone   This little video has struck a cord with many people, it has over 38 million hits in the 5 months it has been out.   We get it, but we just are not sure how to fix it.   I know that many minutes in my day are wasted checking mail, checking Facebook, and just being sure I might miss something if I don't.  I am 100% certain there are lots of folks out there that are not as tied to technological apron strings as I am.   I applaud you !  I am hooked.  Not a day goes by that I don't thank God that this stuff was developled AFTER my family was grown.  I fear I may have missed a lot if it was around many years ago.   Confession is good for the soul they say, so here goes....I take my phone to bed with me, lay it on the window sil and if by chance I get up in the middle of the night, I grab my phone and take it with me, and yes, I check my Facebook page while doing what needs to be done.  First I took the phone with me, using it as a "night light" but that progressed to checking messages pretty quick.   I live much of my life living like they did a hundred years ago, making my soap, cooking from scratch, hanging clothes, raising our own food, spinning my wool, sewing my clothes, and making a stand to live a simple life, except when it comes to the computer and my phone. ... sigh.   If 2014 is the year that the marketing world has assessed to be the year that people seek to strike a healthy balance in the use of all this technology, well, then this is the year for me to also.  I have been feeling the conflict within me.   I don't like being a slave to any gadget.   Finding balance sounds good to me.   There are some good suggestions on just how to achieve a sort of balance in this article  

Life Beyond a Screen: Striking a Tech-Life Balance

Time Flies




Earlier this week, I was going through a pile of papers that had somehow found its way into a box in the closet. In this box was a folder with paper dolls from my childhood and a stack of old newspaper clippings from the 1990's.   Of course, as often happens with cleaning out junk drawers and storage boxes, I sat there on the floor, reading each article, and fingering through the well loved paper dolls.  I felt good seeing the articles about my girls and their business enterprises and seeing how busy they were as youngsters, but at the same time, there was a tinge of something akin to sadness at how fast time has flown by.  It wasn't quite sadness that I felt, but more like a longing for just a bit more of those days when the children were all home.  It seems it went by so fast.  Of course, I delight in life as it is now, so much love in my life, so much joy in each day.  I love watching my children's lives unfold and watching them as parents do the very same things we did for them.   And oh lets not forget to mention the pure and amazing joy of grandchildren !  But still, it seems time is flying by.  In just a few short weeks, Melissa and James will become parents, and I will get to hold in my arms, grand-blessing #5 for us.   I have been busy making this wee one all sorts of things, blankets, diapers, booties, and even his outfit to come home from the hospital, as I have done for Melanie's babies and for my own girls.   Each one safely stored in the cedar chest just in case another generation should want to use them.    Life is good, it is full of cherished moments, of memories and of moments yet to come.   As fast as time does fly by, it also brings us, each and every day, that chance to capture more love, more joy and more happiness.  We just have to remember to embrace the beauty and let it far outshine any of the difficult moments that do come along.    

Monday, February 03, 2014

A Moment in My Day

Cold, damp morning, wood stove chasing away the chill. Smoke from the chimney shrouding the south side of the house in a pale gray veil. Birds, many in number, feeding at the feeders. Singing from time to time. The sound of Emery chopping wood, a sound somewhere between a clunk and a splitting noise. And, the sound of the chain saw, for when the wood needs to be bucked. The house seems to sigh in contentment as the cold mixes with the warm on its old wooden frame. It's a perfect morning. Coffee brews, while cornbread bakes. 
Time is slow, the day easy.  Time for watching birds, for knitting on a sweater for our soon to arrive grandson.  No music, no television, no distractions.  Just the simplicity of the day. Life is good.