Friday, 28 August 2009

A tag for a rainy day


Wipso of A Stitch in Time has given me the task to come up with 'seven things I have but don't need' and 'seven things I need but don't have'. After much head scratching I've come up with the following:

I have but don't need

too many years on my back
dog hair on the carpet
a garden full of stones
slugs in the hostas
summer rain
dust on the bookshelves
politicians


I need but don't have

more energy
more time
a toy boy (part exchange possible) for use with the above
a haven of culture and shops within 10 minutes walk and 100 miles away
a free season ticket for the amenities of the above
the ability to indulge my taste buds without increasing my waistline
the technological know-how of a ten year old.

23 comments:

  1. Ha! Ha! Just what I need after the week I've had -- a little laugh! Sadly, I relate to all of the above all to well. Thank you for lifting my flagging spirit!

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  2. Creative and fun list. YOu were certainly thinking this through. I really like the haven of culture shops that is both near and far!

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  3. I really needed that laugh.Thank you Friko. Just got off my knees from spotting a badly needed cleaning, carpet

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  4. What fun lists - both of them! And so creative!! I can tell you put a lot of thought into it... Hugs, Silke

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  5. Hi Friko,
    Good post, got me thinking about things I could miss like the ms and the things I need are just one, my mobility.
    Have a good weekend.
    Love,
    Herrad

    ps oh and some plum cake

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  6. A good list! try putting a bowl of beer out near the hostas. The slugs are attracted to the smell of beer and will climb in.

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  7. You hit the nail on the head about the politicians. Oh man. I agree with energy and agility.
    QMM

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  8. Hi Friko~ Great to see you're still your tongue-in-cheek wry self! Your lists were very comforting: list A. yes, I have those and don't need them and it's just not that bad! So the shoulders lift a little. list B. Definitely could use the boy as a driver to cultural events and to be the webmaster of my computer and tv. I then wouldn't need as much energy and time. Yes, your choices are excellent! Love xxox

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  9. friko you are a witty inspired wordsmith that's for sure. i loved these lists and so thanks for the laughs!!!! steven

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  10. Even though it's still way too hot and without any cloud, not even to talk about rain, this was much fun to read and interesting to think about. A further proof that you deserve to be called inspirational 'bis auf das i-Tüpfelchen'. (Don't know how to translate that)
    Please have a nice weekend.

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  11. Hi Friko,
    "I have but don't need?"
    Very funny to read
    #1 in our house it is cat hair on the carpet..
    "I need but don't have.."
    #1 I have plenty..
    #2 agree it is a struggle. Love to bake and cook.

    You asked:
    Do you know all the Latin, English and German names for birds and bees and insects and plants or do you have very good dictionaries?
    Most of the names I know, but own many reference
    books as well.
    Love to take online courses about botany, geology and mycology. I am retired and have time to enjoy my life.
    Herzlichen Gruss aus Toronto, Canada
    Gisela

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  12. Hi Friko. Thanks for making the effort with the list. I had a chuckle at them. The list wasn't actually restricted to 7 of each. Like you I had many haves but not needed but I really struggled with the needs but dont have. Thanks again. A x

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  13. What great lists, you made me laugh and identify with all them, even the dog hair on the carpet. I do have the 10 year old grandchild for energy building and for technological assistance. And I would include CLL in the have but definitely dont need list.
    You and Wipso provoked all of us into re-evaluating all the essentials in our lives.
    Thank you for your comment in my blog. Of course, I would love to have you and Scraper join us. Anytime you come to Spain or Portugal!

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  14. Celtic Heart - You're welcome, glad it helped.

    Tabor - I really wish I could have that haven, it would make life a lot easier.

    Lucy - You can clean tomorrow, or the day after; enjoy today.

    Silke - thanks very much.

    Herrad - Wish I could help you to lose the ms.

    Dave - been there, done that, it leaves such a nasty slimy mess and the buggers still eat my hostas before they expire.

    QMM - nasty creatures, politicians

    Margaret - glad you're back, thanks for the comment.

    steven - thanks a lot for the generous compliment

    robert - thank you, another great compliment; "to a T", maybe?

    guild-rez - a scholar! - thank you for your comment. I am retired too but not nearly as energetic as you. Gruss aus Shropshire

    Wipso - I think seven is enough to be going on with. Otherwise I might turn into an old grouch.

    Celeste Maia - it's a date then, both ways.

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  15. Great list - obviously well thought-out. Reading it makes me think that you have a good life, and I like that. Some of yours might appear on my list - and there would be the temptation to make it longer than seven!
    Good exercise!

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  16. Great list Friko - I really must get mine done soon!

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  17. A good meme for a change! There are probably too many things a lot of us have, but don't need.

    CJ xx

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  18. I like the lists, especially the part-exchange toy-boy idea. Hm. Got me thinking ...

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  19. This is quite a good list and I could copy many of the entries. More time would be great and the technological know-how of a 10 year old, who they call “nerd” here would be useful. I have two cats, so cat hair would be something I’d like to get rid of. I enjoy “wish” lists. I would add – I’d like to have good friends I could talk to around here and not be in such a desert.

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  20. Pondside - thanks, Pondside; not bad at all, all things considered.

    Twiglet - Hope to see it soon.

    Crystal Jigsaw - Thanks and definitely.

    Fran Hill - we could always share one, if he turns out to be too much just for one?

    Vagabonde - I know, you've said that before. you poor girl; is there no way you could find a like-minded soul or two? Advertising? Joining adult education? a club that caters for your interests? - always assuming there are such things going on, of course. You may just have to move again if all else fails.

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  21. Love both these - I am still smiling!

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