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In the olden days, there were no doubt many annoyances. All that fuss with getting water and so on. ANNOYING.










Nowadays, the Damsel only has to lift a finger–literally–to fetch water in her kitchen. But there are still annoyances that feel a bit like a burr under the saddle. Here are just a few:

1. The humanfolk who live at the Cottage think they are being kind when they stack their dishes in the sink after eating. But the Damsel sort of hates this, since she has to unload them all out of there in order to wash a pot or what-have-you. Why can’t they just put them in the dishwasher instead? Why? These people are capable of such action. They are all tall enough for the job; indeed, they are all taller than the Damsel at this point.

2. When these self-same people are coerced into putting dishes into the dishwasher, they leave rice stuck to them, even though rice is banned from this particular dishwasher. It gets into the little nozzles in the spray arms and wreaks havoc. Rice. No bueno.

3. Building incredibly complicated towers on top of the bulging trashbag, instead of taking the trash out. Annoying and time-wasting, not to mention gross, since the towers eventually tumble.

4. Putting empty containers back into the refrigerator or pantry, creating a false sense of inventory.

5. Opening cans of things, such as chili, eating half, and putting the rest in the refrigerator–but the next day opening a new can. Repeatedly. Thus the refrigerator runneth over with little 1/2 cans of stuff that stay there until they are furry.

What would old-timers have to say about such a list? The Damsel is sure they’d be baffled. Still, they’d understand the feelings behind them. Waste not, want not, as the saying goes. That means food or time. Or energy. Yes, Grandma was all about not being wasteful, and tried to make use of every scrap of food, cloth, or time.

But even though there must have been many annoyances and frustrations, the Damsel only remembers her wrinkly smile, her quiet bustle in doing good, her soft and squishy hugs.

The Damsel’s goal: to be less wasteful, less annoyed, and more grateful.


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  • Jamie

    Amen, Damsel, and Happy Independence Day!

    • thedamselindisdress

      Thanks, Jamie! Hope you had a great 4th.

  • Rockymento

    I hate it when that happens and I am the only one in the house to blame! I would love to have others to blame!

    • thedamselindisdress

      I love having little people to blame!

  • Mandy Bird

    I love this! I have the exact same peeves! 

    • thedamselindisdress

      teehee! Thanks!
      Margot (The Damsel)

  • Christy

    I couldn’t agree more. Especially with the last line!

  • Still this is used in some places in India and Pakistan. 

  • Jani

    Hello Damsel- I’m a new kid in the new old school… and let me tell you, I {heart} the new old school!  I happened upon your helpful site whilst searching out homemade pectin, and let me just tell you, I have since read up on ALL the prerequisites… copying and pasting many many recipes and ideas for my ‘self reliant’ binder I keep in my kitchen!  THANK YOU THANK YOU for what you do, and especially for doing it in such a well written and humorous way *grin*

    Just one little morsel I may be able to add- I’ve long since been trying to cut out the middleman and stop buying mixes (bisquik, ranch dressing and the like) why can’t I just make it myself??  On your pot roast post, I saw you use an onion soup mix packet… I found a recipe and now make up my own onion soup mixes- I make 5 or 6 in individual ziploc baggies at a time so I still have the convenience of the individual packets- here’s the recipe:

    4 tsp beef bouillon granules 
    8 tsp dried onion flakes 
    1 tsp onion powder 
    1/8 tsp salt
    1/8 tsp pepper

    Hope you enjoy!

    • thedamselindisdress

      Wow! I definitely want to try this. Thanks for sending it! Thanks for all the nice words. Made my day. Margot (The Damsel)