Friday, February 04, 2011
The last several days have been a bit unusual and more than a bit stressful here in North Texas. Ice, snow, bitter temps, and the Super Bowl have given us more than a small amount of grief. One of the hardest things to deal with was rolling black outs, intentionally designed to take the stress off the utility system. It worked and nobody really lost power for huge amounts of time but we were asked to try to conserve which required us turning things off, unplugging, putting things on hold, like laundry.
This made me think about what we used to do before technology took over our lives. How did we accomplish things without electricity? When I started making my mental list it was astounding how our use of electrical power has changed.
Our morning java was prepared differently as well. While many people used electric percolators, they were pretty new. People still used percolators and tea kettles that they heated on their gas stoves -- again, no electricity.
Would I want to go back to the "old days"? No. I. Love. Technology. But, I have to say that reverting back to some of these things -- namely the broom and hand washing the dishes--for a while was actually relaxing and felt good. It made me think of my mother and a time when life was simpler and not so hectic and chaotic. In fact, it made me feel so good that I might actually employ some of the old ways of doing things. Hair curlers come to mind but I am going to have to think long and hard about Dippity - Do.