Dad’s New Toy

My dad has a new toy — an iPod Nano.  He loves it and can play it in the truck or the car and probably by the end of the week, he’ll have a dock so he can play it in the house.

He’s so engrossed in his new toy that he never even noticed I was sneaking up on him to take a photo.  Too bad he didn’t have an iPod to distract him when I was a kid and trying to be sneaky.

My poor folks!  They keep their house so blasted warm that I’ve threatened to sleep in my car.  But, you know what a chicken I am . . and they know it too . . so there’s no danger of me doing anything outside after dark.  I’ve complained so much about their house being hot that they bought themselves a small electric heater today (the box in the floor).  Mom is such a good housekeeper and look at my socks laying there on that stool.  They’re probably going to be glad to see me go . . the house will be orderly again and they can stop shivering.  Mom may send that iPod home with me too!  🙂

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  1. 1

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    Isn’t it funny how we all live differently?

    My mom has SO much perfumy Air Wick things plugged in that I have a perpetual headache when I go to her house, lol.

    And, she keeps her house so cold that even my North Dakota native hubby is cold all the time.

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    My non-technological husband got one by accident last year. He swore he’d never use it. I looked at it the other day and he has 468 songs downloaded and a huge bill at iTunes! LOL

    glen

  3. 7

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    I would get along great with your parents. I am always cold. Brrrr!

    Love to see him messing with the iPod. Technology and parents. That’s great.

  4. 8

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    I keep tryong to get my 78yo dadinto tech. using my ipad as an e-reader would allow me to help him with his vision problems. he hates the cost and limited range of newspapers, how would a web full of news sites be?

    an engineering daughter, he an ex engineer himself, and no, claims he wouldn’t use tech. ha! tech by stealth, a hdd full of his fave movies and series will be being setup with his new tv next year.

    dad lives with us, or we live with him, i keep saying:) he has his own flat umr, and shakes his head over us more casual lot. i’m somewhat in between his neatness and my teens and smaller one’s more ‘casual approach to tidy. we all muddle along quite happily, and i feel so lucky.

    his psa (prostate levels) have risen again, despite his recent bout of radiation for quite sever prostate cancer. if another increase in 3 months – hormone treatment again. but..well, the doctor looked at me so kindly the day before yesterday when i asked him about outcomes. dad is so deaf, he missed a lot. that ay be a good thing. a positive attitude is all. but i jut can’t face the what if….

    my dad has been a single parent since i was quite young. raised my younger brother and i with no welfare, no help, worked full time. he did so well. he is both my parents. i will be an orphan one day – no aunts, uncles, cousins, just my brother and i – and my five magic offspring, the joy of dad’s life.

    sorry to bummer this out, just a bit in shock…

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    I keep tryong to get my 78yo dadinto tech. using my ipad as an e-reader would allow me to help him with his vision problems. he hates the cost and limited range of newspapers, how would a web full of news sites be?

    an engineering daughter, he an ex engineer himself, and no, claims he wouldn’t use tech. ha! tech by stealth, a hdd full of his fave movies and series will be being setup with his new tv next year.

    dad lives with us, or we live with him, i keep saying:) he has his own flat umr, and shakes his head over us more casual lot. i’m somewhat in between his neatness and my teens and smaller one’s more ‘casual approach to tidy. we all muddle along quite happily, and i feel so lucky.

    his psa (prostate levels) have risen again, despite his recent bout of radiation for quite sever prostate cancer. if another increase in 3 months – hormone treatment again. but..well, the doctor looked at me so kindly the day before yesterday when i asked him about outcomes. dad is so deaf, he missed a lot. that ay be a good thing. a positive attitude is all. but i jut can’t face the what if….

    my dad has been a single parent since i was quite young. raised my younger brother and i with no welfare, no help, worked full time. he did so well. he is both my parents. i will be an orphan one day – no aunts, uncles, cousins, just my brother and i – and my five magic offspring, the joy of dad’s life.

    sorry to bummer this out, just a bit in shock…

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      Sorry for the typos. Have a disability that keeps me in bed some days – spinal injury.

      Dad has built me a magic cutting board/quilting worktable at just the right eight and size for stability when cutting & piecing in bed. Not perfect for typing;)

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    My mother is so scared of draughts that when my parents visit we have to go through the entire house and close all windows and ventilation slits and put the mechanical ventilation on zero. Terrible, the house gets stuffy in an hour and it takes forever to smell fresh again.

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    I have to bring a sweater when I visited my folks in TX… during the summer… the house is sooooo COLD. When we visit my In-Laws (they live close by) it is always so hot… no matter the season… I can’t stay too long it’s just too much. I’ve even stopped to change my clothes before going over. Maybe a small fan would help you out while you are visiting… I can manage some heat if I have the air moving around. Enjoy your visit!

  8. 13

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    Geesh, my mom keeps her house pretty cold! I like my house to be at 72 in the winter. And no heat in the bedrooms! Unless the wind is blowing hard.
    I love that he is using an iPod! I think it’s great when seniors embrace technology instead of saying they’re too old to learn how. I hope I am always that way. I think I will be!

  9. 14

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    My FIL ‘pegs’ his thermostat at 85. Every time he walks by he makes sure it’s at it’s highest setting. He wears shirtsleeves too–won’t even think about wearing a sweater. His gas and electric bills are over $1K in the winter and never lower than $500 in the summer (there’s no air conditioning there). My response to this, heartless as it sounds, I don’t go there any more. Uh-unh. If he decides to put a sweater on some day and lower the heat to, say, 72, I’ll consider going again.

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    This is funny and hits home. I have an ipod Touch for my computer illiterate husband for Christmas. Have set up an email account for him already. He took my touch the other day and could do NOTHING with it despite a brief period of instruction. We shall see.

    My 93 old mom is getting an iPad for her birthday mid February. She will like it and try to learn as my brother is going in with us. If it were my sister and me would NOT make the effort. We will set up an email account for her as well and notify her grandkids and nieces and nephews.

    I think with a little time and effort my husband and mother will be right at one on the devices.