Saturday, January 7, 2017

Playing the Lost and Found Game

I cannot be the only person reading this blog who has played the 'lost and found' game more than once.  I have spent the better part of today - and yesterday - doing it again.  I hate it, but sometimes when I am done I have managed to do a whole lot of cleaning - and only to find what I was looking for in the very first place I looked - just two days later.

So, let me start with some of my classic games before I delve into yesterday and today's quest.

Many years ago (1990's or thereabouts) I was on my way to a meeting up North when I could not find my sunglasses.  It was late September and knowing there was no way I could enjoy driving and then seeing the great outdoors without sunglasses, I stopped at one of those one-hour eyeglass places and got a new pair of sunglasses.  The following spring I was cleaning the flower beds and found my sunglasses lying on the ground.  Then I vaguely remembered having put them on top of my head when I was cleaning the fall garden, which is how I lost them in the first place.  I still have those sunglasses, my Jackie O's which I have had since the early 1970's.  They are in my car.

Fast forward a few years and I am getting ready for work and cannot find the gold bracelet that I wore every day.  I looked all over the house.  I finally gave up and went to work.  I told my staff about losing the bracelet and Barb, one of my employees, said she was sure I would find it.  An entire year went by and still no bracelet.  It was more than another year later when I found it.  And guess where it was.  In the flower beds, not more than 5 feet from where I found the sunglasses several years before.  Back when I was working, the flowers did not get much of my attention - hence the long delay.  I still have the bracelet, but can't remember the last time I wore it.

And the same thing happened with some house keys, lost and found in the garden.  Makes me wonder if I should give up gardening.

The oldest incident I can remember about something being 'lost' was a uniform.  I was working in the hospital in the 1960's and living at home.  My mother did the laundry, taking everything to the laundromat.  One of my white uniforms went missing.  I asked her if perhaps she had left it at the laundromat and of course she said 'no' and said that perhaps I had lost it.  I asked her if she ever saw me come home from work without a uniform.  Duh!  The uniform never did show up.

And so for the latest two days of my life.  Yesterday I went to load Turbo Tax on my computer and wanted to copy my old files.  I started looking for the USB drive I made last year and I could not find it.  I tore apart my entire office.  I did find lots of old pictures on CDs that I can put on my computer.  There were old maps of the gardens from the 1970's that I decided could be thrown away.  There were CDs of the game 'You Don't Know Jack' along with various other out-dated ones.  There was everything except the Turbo Tax drive.

It was so weird because I could remember using a blue drive I received at a conference years ago.  Yet, with all the drives I could not find it.  Really, I am keeping all of my old finance committee files and can't locate my own taxes????  I was getting really frustrated.

Even though I had looked through one of the cabinets where I was sure it was twice, I decided that the third time's the charm.  And there it was in an envelope just as I remembered placing it.  The blue drive.

Yes, I could still use Turbo Tax without the old data.  Just have to reenter everything.  I took it off the computer in the first place, cause seeing as how this machine is now seven years old I was afraid it would crash and I would lose everything.  Back-up is great if you can actually find the stuff in the place you put it without spending two days of your life looking for it.  This year I think I will stash it with the paperwork.  At least that box is a little too big to lose.

So, do you often play the lost and found game?  With happy results in the end?  Or has your item disappeared into the cosmos with my old uniform?

Friday, January 6, 2017

Fannie Farmer Friday

Welcome to  my first installment of the Fannie Farmer Friday.  I received the 1896 cook book from my sister as a Christmas gift.  I have no idea who Fannie was, but the book was written by the Boston Cooking School.  It is truly eye-opening - along with mouth-gaping.  Lots of OMG moments.

So, it's the time of year when everyone is promising to lose weight, eat healthier, and exercise.  At least for a week or so.  I love it when someone is telling me how they are on this great diet that replicates how our ancestors ate, because it is so much healthier.  As I recall, our ancestors didn't live as long as we do so I wonder how healthy it is.  Fad diets come and go.  Yes, you can lose weight by giving up carbs,  Your body will attack your fat stores, just like the body of a hibernating bear does, but eventually you will be craving a pizza - with everything on it.  So, just what were they eating over 100 years ago?

Chapter one is an introduction to food.  Food 'nourishes the body' and is 'necessary for growth, repair and energy'.  The book suggests that children should have only milk and milk products for the first 18 months.   Then breads can be introduced.  Fish and meat can be introduced in the third or fourth year.

While the major component of adult diets should be carbohydrates, we must not forget the one ounce of salt required - that's a whopping 1 and 1/2 tablespoons! - each day.  Today's dietary recommendation is less than a teaspoon of salt.  Of course, you must wash all that salt down with the recommended ten glasses of water.

If you are in 'old age' - life expectancy was 46 in 1896 - your diet should again be that of a child, mainly carbs and milk.  Hmmm.  Would cookies and milk qualify?  Well, no, Fannie frowned on sweets, opting instead for something called Dr. Johnson's Educators, a cracker made from whole wheat which apparently was quite hard to chew.  Johnson was a dentist and was concerned with the care of the teeth.

It was interesting to see the Eagle Brand condensed milk was around way back when.  Also, our most popular cheese varieties we eat today were available also.  Fannie highly recommends fresh fruit instead of dessert.  I already told you how bad ice cream was for dessert, so from now on I will serve it as an appetizer 😀.

There is a lot of technical info on the composition of foods in the first chapter.  I'll spare you that. There is an interesting mention of necessary fuel for work performed by men, women and even children.  Obviously, this is long before child labor laws existed.  It's really sad to read how having children work just seems to be the natural course of things.

Hey, I am not longing for any 'good old days'.  I'll visit Chapter 2 in a future post.