Thursday, June 7, 2018

10 Things Normal People Have (that I don't)

Normal people have these ten things in their home. I don’t, and here’s why.

1. Cooking oil. I use the same thing I spread on my toast: butter. I can bake cookies with it, stick it on a sweet potato, and saute onions with it.

2. Essential Oils. Speaking of oil, I don’t have essential oils, either. They’ve never seemed, um, essential to me. I looked into them, and I have to say, my budget thanks me for not buying any. One exception: I am making some candles for Christmas gifts this year, and I’ll be using lavender oil.

3. Instant Pot. I’m never in such a hurry to eat that I need an Instant Pot, especially if I have to pay about 80 dollars and find a place to store the thing.
There are empty spaces on the countertops because we don't have a lot of kitchen gadgets.

4. Fabric softener. Dear Husband and I went without fabric softener as a temporary budget tactic years ago, and then we never went back. Don’t miss it at all.

5. Mouth wash. I brush my teeth (and tongue, ew, I know) twice a day. I floss every day. For me, mouthwash on top of all that would be too much buck for the bang. Plus, mouthwash would take up space in my medicine cabinet and time in my schedule.

6. Hair gel, hair wax, conditioner. Both Dear Husband and I have short hair that doesn’t tangle or need taming with products. As for the softness imparted by a conditioner, if our hair is clean and not stressed with styling products, dyes, or hair dryers, it is soft.

7. Hair dryer. Speaking of hair dryers, I do own one, but I use it for crafts, not my hair. So this number doesn’t count.

7. Blender or food processor. For the real number 7, I don’t have a blender or a food processor. DH and I enjoy what we eat, and we get full, so we’re not suffering without a food processor.

8. A whisk. For the times I’d use a whisk, like lightly beating an egg, I just use a fork.
Hunh, I never noticed before, but one of the tines on my "whisk" is a wee bit askew.

9. Organizing tools. I don't have shoe cubbies, belt racks, purse hooks, jewelry stands, or any organizing tools for personal items. Since I don’t buy a lot of personal items (I only have one purse, for example), I don’t need to use anything special to organize them.

10. Two sets of dishes or flatware. We eat our Thanksgiving dinner with the same plates and forks we eat our everyday meals. It’s the love and thankfulness that make Thanksgiving or any dinner special, not the plates.


Make this day even better! Consider:


  • Consider reading a book outside your norm. I am reading a New Adult book that I would have never picked up because, well, I’m way past being a new adult. It’s an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of Ascendant by Michelle Dorey. Like I expected, the dialogue and narration read like text messages, which is a little jarring to me, but I’m learning from the author how she uses that to her advantage to move the plot at a snappy speed. It's an engaging read!


23 comments:

  1. You are great. The only thing I don't have is #10.
    I have a shoe rack and though not an instapot something similar. You are so right about those taking countertop space. I have too many things on my countertop. 🙁

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    1. If it works for you, then it's all good, Nil. Thanks for commenting!

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  2. My comments don't show up when I use my name. (Not sure why.) Anyway, apparently I am not normal either, I only own two out of ten of the things you mentioned. I'll let you guess which two. ;-) Bobi

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    1. You are not the only one whose name won't show up. Another blogger who uses Blogspot suggested it was a yahoo email address thing because of her commenters' experience, but I don't know. And then there's a blogger I follow in Australia, and my name shows up in her comments but not my comments, just blankness. Very odd. If the problems keep happening, maybe I should switch to another commenting widget if I can determine which one to use.

      Hmm, my guess is the hair dryer because a lot of people don't like the feel of wet hair on their necks, and the food processor because so many contemporary recipes just assume you have one.

      Thanks for commenting, Bobi.:-)

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    2. I actually love olive oil and my whisk! My hair is straight and looks better without a hair dryer but in the winter, I'm sometimes impatient that it doesn't dry faster. The neck thing doesn't bother me and I used to have a food processor but I rarely used it. I do love my whisk, if I had bigger muscles, I could use it instead of my electric mixer. ;-) Thanks for playing along and guessing! :-)

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  3. Love this list! I don't have most of these although I do have olive oil for cooking and a hair dryer but I rarely use it. I do have a fair few organising tools though!

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! I bet the opposite is true, too, that you don't a few things that I do have. I'm glad you stopped by.:-)

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  4. Love this post! I used to just use a fork for beating eggs too, but a friend gifted me a whisk for Christmas a few years ago. I use conditioner...medium length, thick hair. Hair dryer, have one, but let my hair air dry.
    You made me re think my need for olive oil & butter, however. Maybe it's time to let the olive oil go. :)
    Linda

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    1. I'm glad you like the post, Linda. Funny about the whisk. I grew up in a household without a whisk or an Instant Pot (which would be a pressure cooker plus a crock pot in those days), so I guess I'm just used to cooking without those conveniences. Thanks for commenting.:-)

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  5. I had to laugh at a food blog discussion board a few months ago, when people were questioning whether you could make hummus without a food processor. Hahaha. Hummus has been made for centuries without gadgets!

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    1. Yes, for centuries, oh my goodness, that IS funny! The first person who taught me how to make hummus when I was a teenager used a sturdy fork and kinda mushed it around in a bowl. Thanks for commenting.:-)

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  6. Great post! I'm dieting, so I do use olive oil instead of butter, and I have two hair dryers, but don't use either one. Now I'm rethinking my whisk, along with the Crockpot I never use and various baking pans and mixing bowls I rarely use. I feel a purge coming on!

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    1. Good luck with the diet. I know it's hard. Hey, it's graduation season. Maybe you know of a young person who is just stepping out on his or her own and could use some of your extra bake ware. Thanks for popping in, Barbara!

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  7. 1) Cooking oil. Since reading the science about plant fats vs. animal fats in cell membranes and that the plant fats are more flexible and can both let the good stuff in an shut the bad stuff out, I am moving toward all plant fats. It feels like a sacrifice to use soy creamer rather than half and half, and olive oil rather than butter...but I'm moving that way, as I have grandchildren.
    2) Essential oils. Not essential, but if I had to choose between DEET and lemon and eucalyptus oils as a mosquito repellant...would definitely go with the oils.
    3) Instant pot/crockpot/electric skillet/fondue pot/buffet dishes---no. No. NO. I have been cooking simply for a family for decades and these are not needed.
    4) Fabric softener. Not needed. We are allergic to the fragrances. If you line dry, static is not even an issue.
    5) Mouth wash. Not needed for normal dental care. Perhaps if there was some specific need/disease that is being addressed.
    6) Hair gel/wax/conditioner--I get this, but we all have different hair needs. I am a "curly girl," which means that I do not use soap/shampoo on my hair. If I "wash" it daily with conditioner, I do not need any other styling product, as the curls just do their own magnificent thing. Plus, it means that I do not need a hair dryer. Ugh.
    7) Blender or food processor--have not needed these things for years.
    8) Whisk. (could use an electric hand blender, or....a fork...)
    9) Organizing tools. I get this...but do you have drawers/cabinets in your kitchen? Do you have a dresser in the bedroom/closet? Do you have a box for your tools? Then you have organizational tools...which is not a bad thing....

    10) 2 sets of dishes/flatware. I'm soooo with you on this one. But I live in the house of 6 sets of dishes/glassware. And historic serving ware, and a collection of paper napkins from Tuesday Morning to last for my daughter's lifetime. Fawn

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    1. I totally get your number 1. I have family members that are vegans. I think I'm a lost cause on that front, at least for now. My mouth dropped open on your number 10. SIX sets of dishes/glassware? I assume that's a multigenerational thing, probably pretty hard to part with items like that . . . and even if you can or want to, there may be other family members who don't want you to. Thanks for commenting, Fawn!

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    2. All the dish sets are my mothers, collected over her life time, except one partial set that belonged to my grandma at the time of her death. It's very mid-century modern. Other family will decide what to keep. I'll keep being a minimalist. :)

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  8. I reckon if you've got a set of sharp knives in your kitchen you can get rid of most other gadgets and gizmos.

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    1. I think you're right, Julia, at least for the kind of lifestyle DH and I lead. Thanks for commenting.:-)

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  9. My house has most of those, lol! Grant it, my mum is a HUGE baker/cooker, so she has a lot of kitchen gadgets. :P

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    1. Yeah, I can imagine if you're a "foodie" you need lots of fun gadgets. Thank you for stopping by, H.L.!

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  10. This is a great list but I'd be really interested in how much of items you own (not to be too nosy!) I struggle with things like sheets (just donated 8 sets, ashamed to tell you how many more I still own.) I've sorta stopped buying extras of items but struggle with purging what I already have. Does this come naturally for you or do you have suggestions on how to move forward? Love your blog! Missy

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    1. Thanks for the kind words re my blog.:-)

      Someone will get good use out of the 8 sets of sheets you donated. To answer your question, let's see . . . I have a hairdryer, but i use it for crafts, not on my hair.:-) (Maybe I should just call it a heat gun or a watercolor painting dryer.) As far as organizing tools go, I was thinking small, personal items, but as commenter Fawn pointed out, we do have a dresser in the bedroom that holds sweatshirts and running clothes and stuff like that. We don't own any of the other things.

      I think if you've already stopped buying extras, then you're already turning your attention to what you have on hand. I expect you'll find yourself over time evaluating items on the bottom shelf when you pull something off a higher shelf. Or you'll rethink items at the back of a drawer when you retrieve something from the front of a drawer. I'd be surprised if you DIDN'T find more things to donate. But please don't lose any sleep over the items you own. We don't accumulate unneeded/unwanted things overnight, so we're not going to purge the extra stuff overnight.

      I'm glad you commented, Missy!

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