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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Thankful for: Indoor Plumbing & Electricity

Welcome!  Whether you're a 'regular' or are passing through from KarenG's Labor Day BBQ Blog-o-rama, I'm glad you're here.  

Really.  I mean it.

I have something important to share with you. 

It's no secret that we would be better off if we all took a moment or two out of our day to acknowledge our blessings. I'd like to think I'm pretty good at recognizing my good fortune.  But sometimes, my friends, it's the little things that matter most.  The things we take for granted.

For instance, let's consider indoor plumbing.  When's the last time you were appropriately grateful for indoor plumbing?  I had a stomach bug this week and let me tell you I was THRILLED for my climate-controlled bathroom.  THRILLED.  Imagine if you had to run out into the back yard 30 times in a day.  So, yeah.  I've rediscovered my deep appreciation for the invention of the toilet.  

Another thing I'm grateful for?  


Yes, it powers our televisions, laptops, refrigerators, and air conditioning.  But most importantly, it powers our LIGHTS.

Don't think this is important?

The other night, before I went to bed (this would be the same night as the stomach virus thingy), I decided to go to the bathroom one last hopes I could make it through the night without getting up.

I often will do this in the dark, but I turned the lights on this time.  Maybe it was so I could marvel at the majesty of my indoor plumbing.  I don't know why I did it, but I'm oh-so-very-grateful I did.

THIS was sitting on my toilet paper roll.

I went to get my camera to take his picture because the first thing I thought (I kid you not) was:

I've gotta post this!

But by the time I got back, he had crawled UNDER the first layer of paper.  You can kind of see his shadow here:

So I ripped the paper off and tossed it into the toilet...gave the critter his own little spa day:

And so now you can see why I LOVE electricity and indoor plumbing.  First, if I had to go into the back yard, do you know how many of these critters I'd have to contend with on a daily basis? 


And let's not even CONSIDER what could have happened if I hadn't turned the lights on that night.

Tell me, what are YOU grateful for?


loveable_homebody said...

Hahaha such optimism. He is kind of a cute little guy, though maybe not so much on the toilet paper roll. Thanks for posting his picture. I hope he enjoyed his day at the spa.

David J. West said...

Very true there are lots of blessings I need to reminded of-I end up taking way too many things for granted.

Have a happy BBQ weekend, so you can go labor at watching your kids show next week.
(we hate the same shows)

N. R. Williams said...

You'll never believe the add that popped up when I clicked on your link. Yes, a plumbing add. LOL.

I am so thankful for indoor plumbing that I gave my medieval fantasy world toilets, baths and sinks. They are visited by advanced civilizations that aren't from space.

N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Jolene Perry said...

SAME THING! Though everything that hurt you in Alaska you can see or smell coming... You cannot however flush them down a toilet...

Jolene Perry said...

CAN hurt you

Al said...

Hmm, better an earwig than the Aussie tradition of a redback on the toilet seat.
A redback is a spider almost the same as your black-widow, only they are very common.

Mason Canyon said...

Oh I'd say you have picked two of my favorite things I'm grateful for - indoor plumbing and electricity. Glad you're over your bug (both of them).

Thoughts in Progress

Bish Denham said...

What the heck kind of critter IS that? Looks like it could give one quite a pinch.

What am I grateful for? No hurricanes.

Clarissa Draper said...

Um, I'm grateful for plumbing and electricity although I loose water and lights ALL THE TIME down here in Mexico. I've seen that bug and some nastier ones (have you seen a big centipede?) but I do have lots to be thankful for. For instance, I have a bed. I love my bed. And I have coffee. Although, I have to run to the states to get cheap coffee but I'm not complaining.

Oh, I just love your flashing sign at the top of your blog. If your desperate for things to read you can read my book. It's free. You can find it here:
I'm posting it like a serial novel. You don't have to review or anything. Just read for enjoyment... if you want to.

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Lenny said...

hi miss vicki! wow that was like being in a fun adventure story. ha ha. for me i woulda picked that little guy up and took him outside. they tickle when they crawl on you. :) im grateful for you cause you make me laugh and you tell good stories right from your life. but mostly right now im real grateful that so far i dont have to do some more of that yucky chemo and radiating stuff. ick!
...laughs and hugs from lenny

Shellie said...

Hi Vicki,

I'm grateful for plumbing and electricity too (especially for dishwashers and washing machines). I concur, we should be grateful and also remember to perform five random acts of kindness before day's end.

P.S. Over from Karen G's BBQ

Gretchen said...

I'm from the BBQ, too. Grateful that today's high is supposed to be 79 instead of the 93 from yesterday and the day before and the day before and...

Nicki Elson said...

I'm grateful for cameras so you could show us the evidence! Oh my goodness. I'm turning on the lights every time from now on.

And I think it's hysterical that your first thought was that you had to blog about it. It has a way of consuming you, doesn't it?

Thanks for popping over to my blog earlier. Very nice to meet you. KarenG throws great parties.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

My mom once almost picked up a baby scorpion in the dark because she thought it was fuzz - and then turned on the light and realized her error!
So I'm grateful for electricity, too.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Ew Ew Ew, OMG OMG OMG!! What an awful thing to encounter. How do those creepy crawlies even get in???? Ewwwwwwwww!!

Jemi Fraser said...

My mom grew up without indoor plumbing and always said (especially when camping) "Never pass up an opportunity for a flush toilet!" It's something I've come to agree with :)

So glad you turned on your light that night!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I came over from the BBQ and eeew! That's a nasty critter. I don't know if there is anything I'm more grateful for than indoor plumbing. Every time I think about life with chamber pots and outhouses and ladies circled by other ladies as cover on the wagon trains across the plains, I say yay modern times. Nice to meet ya. :D

Julie Musil said...

It cracks me up that you went and got the camera! Yikes. I shudder when I think of grabbing the tp with that thing sitting on top.

It's funny you posted this (well, I should say timely). One of my son's friend from school lost her dad in December, and just this past week she lost her mom.

Yesterday I was washing my car, and noticed a couple little dings that didn't used to be there. I was frustrated about this, but then my son reminded me how it could be worse, and mentions his friend.

Wow. Leave it to a 13 year old to put things in their proper place.

aspiring_x said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!! did you scream??? i would have screamed!!!! ewww... i itch so bad now!! yuck! yuck! *shivers*
(sorry, i'm girly about bugs:( )
i'm thankful for my family, my home, and my friends! :)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

ICK! What was that, Vicki?

I was thinking about things I'm grateful for today...I think our house was hit by lightening...our phones aren't working. (Someone's coming to fix them tomorrow. I'm borrowing our neighbor's internet.)

I lived in a small village in rural England as a child. We didn't have inside toilets or baths...I'm so glad we have those now! As we drove around today, I thought to myself, I'm really glad we don't have train tracks in our backyard.

I hope you are having a safe happy weekend...

Christauna Asay said...

Happy I could bump you into the 200's. Nice to meet you. Hope your next bathroom break is . . . erm . . . less buggy. :P

Kelly M. Olsen said...

Oh my goodness, Vicki! I cannot tell you how I grew up terrified of those earwigs. I've lived in Alberta now for 13 years, and haven't even seen one of those spawn of Satan here, but before that I lived in Ontario for five years and one summer our acreage was infested with them, and before that I was born and grew up in Newfoundland, which also has a problem with them. It must be the humidity in those places; it's so dry in Alberta. Is Iowa humid? Great post.