Thursday, February 09, 2023

Thursday Thirteen

1. Yesterday, I melted a trash can. It was in my office, and I accidentally set it in front of a space heater. I started smelling the plastic and turned around and saw the trash can. It didn't catch on fire, but had I left it much longer, it would have.

2. That trash can was at least 25 years old. I doubt I can find one just like it anymore.

3. I have another small plastic trash can in the bathroom that is at least 37 years old. No point in replacing things.

4. Many things in my home are old but still in use. My crock pot was a wedding gift, so it is 39 years old.

5. The clock on the wall in the kitchen is also 39 years old.

6. My desk is about 25 years old. It's one of those Sueter (sp) furniture put-together things (pre-Ikea). Very heavy.

7. My grandmother gave me a musical jewelry box when I was 10, and I still have it displayed. It's 50 years old.

8. I have a little pamphlet-like book called "The Book of Dreams" that I paid 35 cents for. The copyright on it is 1972, so it's 51 years old. I still look at it sometimes, but its notion of what dreams mean has never rang true to me. Fun to read, though.

9. There's a Dallas Cowboys trash can in the bedroom that is 38 years old. It's made of metal.

10. I have guitars that are older than I am.

11. Many of the pans I cook with were marriage gifts. A set of Club cookware in particular comes to mind. 

12. If I won the lottery, there are many things I would consider replacing, but many of these things I would also keep, mostly because I am so used to seeing them.

13. Will the things made today last until someone accidentally melts them with a space heater? I doubt it. Even the trash cans today are made of a lighter plastic than that trash can was.


Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here if you want to read other Thursday Thirteens and/or play along. I've been playing for a while, and this is my 794th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday. Or so sayth the Blogger counter, anyway.


  1. I just burned a pan... again. I like things that last. They make things so cheaply now that I don't think they would last.

  2. They still want to make things from plastic, but like the water bottles, the materials get thinner and thinner and last not even half as long. Like you I have things that have been with me all my life or since my wedding. Never counted the years...

    Have a great day!

  3. I have become very much into using what we have and not buying things just to be new or in style. That stuff drives me nuts.

  4. Nearly everything in our house is old! Both the Husband and I inherited our parents’ stuff and his parents inherited their parents’ stuff. And, now I’m back to haunting thrift shops and garage sales to replace things I turned into garden art, hahahaha.


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