I am so not a tech-weenie. (That title falls to my husband.) I am actually something of a technophobe, but perhaps “phobia” is too strong a word for it, though. Most forms of technology simply tax my ever-in-short-supply patience. So if I actually happily receive something more technology-dependent than a book or dutch oven, well, it’s news. At least in this house.
Behold: The new thermometer in my greenhouse.
Before you start thinking “boy, this woman has a very low threshold for what ‘technology’ is if she considers this high-tech” I must let you know that this little thermometer registers high and low temperatures. And I can reset it. You see the three extra hands? The blue one records the low, the green the high, and the little silver one (down at -50*) is the resetting one attached to the silver knob in the center. I dial the silver one around to gang the blue and green hands next to the red one. Magic!
Yes, I suppose my threshold is low. But knowing how low, or high, the temperatures actually get in the greenhouse is something I…just want to know. Not that I’m going to do anything with this knowledge. I just like knowing that, when it’s 23* out and it’s sunny, it’s gonna be 65* in that greenhouse, and I might just need to go sit in there for a spell.
The other little gadget I got for Christmas is a new camera. Not that I had an old one; I have been “making do” with a ridiculously complicated contraption my photographer husband allows me to use. Having a new camera is nice. Really nice, considering the range of its features and 2×3″ view screen. Of course, technologically, it’s a bit too advanced for me, but maybe with a year or two of use I might actually take a decent picture with it without too much swearing.
Plus, better pictures might help convey the method behind my madness. Why build a greenhouse? Food is of course why, but then there’s the priceless nature of just going in there on a cold snowy day and seeing THIS. (Catalognian chickory: it’s related to dandelions, actually.)