Re: Mending clothes by hand
- From: Pogonip <nobody3@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2008 13:04:14 -0700
Mary Fisher wrote:
I own a bread making machine but very rarely use it. I use the Kenwood mixer for making dough (I make a large amount at a time, enough for a week). That's because my old hands are so arthritic I can't mix by hand. When the dough has been mixed I fold and stretch rather than knead. Nothing Luddite about that, it makes better bread in our opinion :-)
I looooove my bread machine! I've done it the other way, but to be honest, the machine is a lot more consistent than I am. Something about over-proofing, under-proofing, burning in the oven.....
No, I'm not a Luddite, nor a Chartist, nor a Leveller or any other of the political idealists, it's jkust more satisfying to make things by hand, with the feel of the textures and smell of the materials than it is to use a machine. I did use sewing machines of various kinds (hand, foot and electric) for about fifty years, now I have time and leisure I've discovered the delights of a slower pace of life.
Oh - and I cook all our own food from raw ingredients - even grow some of them. When the hens aren't laying we don't use eggs, it's not difficult! When we camp I cook in the same way, making everything over charcoal or occasionally bottled gas. In the house I recently acquired a microwave and find it good for some things. But we still don't have a tv ...
You can have camping. I tried it, and discovered my idea of roughing it is a night in a motel. As for TV, you can now watch a lot of the better programs on the computer!
While you're cooking from scratch, I'm taking advantage of wonderful new advances in my local grocery store. Those Bertolli Mediterranean dinners for two are fantastic! That and a salad, and I'm good to go. Then I found Target sells them at an even better price than my grocery.
But I love my computer and so do my correspondents because my handwriting has always been execrable :-)
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