All my life I’ve lived without many of the modern kitchen gadgets and gizmos. The most I had (way back when) was an electric blender and beater. Did I feel deprived? Um, hardly…especially now when you read the dangers of some of the modern day conveniences (like microwaves). Not to mention that the more things that plug in, the more those things are likely to wear out. Ever hear of brilliant strategy called “Planned Obsolescence“?
Nowadays, with the farm stand and front yard sitting areas, folks have been asking for cups of hot coffee to sip and sit in the garden. I have a stove top percolator but that doesn’t cut it when you have a ½ dozen ladies who want their cuppa and NOW! Fortunately, for us, we ransacked a pile of boxes and found a second hand coffee machine (given to us FREE.) If I have to have a gadget that plugs into a socket, might as well use it for the community enjoyment (not to mention that it helps with the customer service!) Anyhow, it does feel rather strange to push a button for brewing coffee. But when you have more than a cup or two to do, it sure comes in handy. Ha! Does seem like a rather funny comment as I am sitting at a computer writing this. But I am rather funny or old school about certain things. “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” is my mentality and “if it’s electrical it is bound to get broke!” But, then again, I do have to change along with the times, I suppose. Or do I? Sometimes I feel like Granny of the Beverly Hill Billies “onst” she comes across the gadgets in her new kitchen. She gets rather peeved and rather rustle up a meal without them “new fangled” kitchen with all sorts of gizmos like in the classic episode “Back To Californy.”
In our award winning short film, I prided that our homestead kitchen had only ONE plug in appliance – the energy efficient refrigerator. Well, there’s a coffee maker now and I am rather ambivalent about it and I wonder “what in sam hill” has the world come to.
Have to say, though, I’m not adverse to saving time. I’m a true believer that Granny Was Right All Along!
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