Things she really needs.
Can't leave the house without them!
A pill box, a neck cord for her glasses, post it notes, a coin for the trolley, paper tissues, a LED key chain light, hair band, glasses case and cleaning cloth, chap stick, contact lens case (or little pink box - for tampons or lenses).
She sees, feels, needs these small objects around her person, her home, her car and her purse. If she didn't have them with her, on her, around her, then life would be a lot harder. She would need an assistant to do her day. I do not exaggerate.
Long gone is the girl who stepped out her front door without a care in the world or purse, or car keys or credit card or mobile phone. Her mother would said "Wear a hat". And she would not. A hat cluttered her head.
The objects pictured here aren't the 'primary' needed objects such as tooth brush, mobile phone, make up, credit card(s), car keys.Those are bigger. Everyone talks about them. Advertising campaigns are constructed round them.
This person's objects are the small ones that could go unnoticed in the Hall of Fame. But she insists that like salt and pepper, they make living all so, so much better.
1) Take the blue pill box.
Once she admits to herself that "yes" she is now one of the world's daily pill takers, it's important to find the right object to stash the pills in, in her purse. The object needs to be satisfying to the touch and easy to manipulate like this little plastic container. It is perfectly small, like a blue pea pod. It feels like silk. The clasp tightens fast. It fits inside her hand and nobody really notices it when she takes out the pills.
2) And the spectacle 'neck cords' (or 'sunglass leashes').
She still likes reading with reading glasses, though she's a bifocal person now, so neck cords, being inexpensive, colorful and impossible to detach from glasses are her friends. Bright yellow, stripey or violet plastic, bright as summer, they do wonders for a tired face.
She keeps her multifocals on her nose and her readers round her neck at all times; hasn't had to buy new glasses in a long time.
3) Post it notes.
The ones she can stick on the door, any door, to remind her, or someone she knows who lives with her - and who has the memory of a sieve- what it is that needs to be remembered.
Better if they are small and colorful, because most households are probably like hers - where family members tend not to be able to hear, or see, or be able to do anything basically functional without little colored flags all over the place. They even look good on foreheads.
4) The coin for your trolley
4) In Europe she needs a coin for the trolley. Without this coin, life in the shopping world is complicated, especially if it is raining or she has little ones in tow.
She needs to smile a lot. She needs to find a good natured person nearby who can oblige. Or she needs to be perfectly OK about looking for assistance, (before she's even shopped for anything, inside the store, in line.)
5) paper tissues. 6) Keychain light. 7) hair band
5) A paper tissues.
A sneeze! A snuffle! An ice cream! A child's..whatever, but it's sticky and its wet !
There is no way she could use her shirt sleeves any more. Gone are the days.
And public toilets aren't always 5 star establishments.
Living in the country as she does, weather being what it is, and eyes what they are, it's great to be able to see the front door key hole when it gets dark out. And find the door of the car. And what is in the very bottom of the purse (often the keys to the house!)
Plus it feels safer with a small torch light around her person. She thinks it is probably time to buy a new supply of them. They might even have them in colors now, one for every season, or continent or mood.
7) Hair band.
How would hair stay off her face while she creams it and cleans it, without it?. She doesn't think there a lot more to say about it. Except that, to her way of thinking and for the type of hair on her head, It is best in plastic, with the form of a butterfly, or a flower, or bow on the top. This acts as a sort of face lift, lifting her forehead upwards towards the fancy shape on top. She agrees it would not look good on her head out to dinner.
8) Specs case and lens cleaner
There are two sorts of glasses cases, the sleeve type (don't they scratch the lenses) and the short, sturdy casket variety, which is heavier but somehow more quietly protective of the spectacles. Children love slapping them shut. She could keep a nice lipstick in there, or her parking ticket if she didn't bring her purse into the room with her.
She always knows where to find the cleaner piece, because she keeps it in the sturdy little case
She likes hers a little colored. She keeps it in her purse instead of lipstick. Lipstick can get messy when the sun shines hot, melting it, ruining it's shape. If the sun shines on chap stick, it too will run, but it will not cost her upwards of $35 to replace. Chap stick is excellent in the winter on dry lips. Also, it helps to soothe the nerves to put it on. (Have you noticed people with nervous tics always put chap stick on?)
There are secrets she doesn't need the world to know about. A little pink box which closes well is an essential for any of them. She found this one along the way, in a treasure trove she can't remember where??? She does treasure it.
She sees, feels, needs these small objects around her person, her home, her car and her purse. If she didn't have them with her, on her, around her, then her life would be a lot harder. She would need an assistant to do her day.
I do not exaggerate.
8) Glass Case and Specs Cleaning Cloth, 9) Chap Stick
Little pink box for secrets.
Her objects are the small ones that could go unnoticed in the Hall of Fame.
But like salt and pepper, they make it all so, so much better.
Certainly more practical, she thinks.
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Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on February 02, 2012:
Hi debbie roberts. Where would we be without Posi-it-notes?
Thanks. Nice to see you around!
Debbie Roberts from Greece on February 01, 2012:
Hi GoodLady, there is probably not a woman in the world that would disagree with your list!!...I'd much rather have my lipsalve on me than my mobile phone and where would we be without Post-It notes?
A fun hub, thanks for sharing.
Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on January 30, 2012:
Hi RNMSN...finally a fellah on the page!!! WELCOME! I wondered where you all were?
Thanks so much. And for your comment!
I almost put the plastic coin holder for the coin, a little green thing, but lordy knows where it was the day the photos got taken.
Barbara Bethard from Tucson, Az on January 29, 2012:
oh GoodLady this is fantastic!!
and oh btw...where can I get a trolley coin? see, I love coins lol
Cindy Murdoch from Texas on January 29, 2012:
You are right, they are not really in the same category, are they? And it is a great hub idea!
Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on January 29, 2012:
Hello homesteadbound. Thanks for reading this Hub and commenting.
I thought of putting in the cell phone but then thought again...it's one of those bigger important necessities, not one of the smaller anonymous type I was concentrating on.
Perhaps there's another Hub in ALL the things that need to go in that purse before leaving home, including the cell phone, the car keys, the spare makeup case etc etc?
Cindy Murdoch from Texas on January 28, 2012:
This is a great hub about the everyday necessities that we often take for granted - that is until we need them. I would add one other thing to my list - cell phone. I often forget mine and have needed it - not a good thing.
Welcome to HubPages!
Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on January 26, 2012:
Thank you rutley. Glad you loved it - and the recipes. I think I'll write a new Hub recipe next.
rutley from South Jersey on January 26, 2012:
Love it GoodLady! Keep up the good work! Love your recipes also!
Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on January 21, 2012:
Glad you liked it Teresa Coppens and so nice of you to comment like that.
Teresa Coppens from Ontario, Canada on January 21, 2012:
Just discovered this little gem. What a wonderful idea for a hub. Still having children my purse often becomes a catch all for their 'stuff' they don't want to carry! As they get older I am finding more room for my own little necessities. Lovely hub Goodlady!
Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on January 10, 2012:
Nice to see you here. Appreciate your comments
Wonder what little treasures you have.....
Red Dwyer from Crandall, TX on January 07, 2012:
I have loads of little treasures as well. Great hub!
Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on December 28, 2011:
Thank you Millionaire Tips!
Best wishes for the New Year and very Happy Hub writing.
Shasta Matova from USA on December 27, 2011:
Very well written - a delightful list of everyday things that don't get the attention they deserve.
Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on December 19, 2011:
Happy Christmas Lady_E.
Nice to hear from you. Thanks for comment.
Elena from London, UK on December 19, 2011:
Nice and practical. I smiled when I noted the coin.
I always have a pound stashed away separately in my purse, for trolleys. Lovely read.
Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on December 13, 2011:
THANKS!!! just made a few re-writes to the Hub, think I like it better now...but it is just so nice of you to come by writer 20. Hope you find the cutest container!
Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on December 13, 2011:
I loved your story. I have glassed all over the house otherwise I can't see any small writings. When we go out I take our pills in a ziplock bag, reading your hub maybe I'll look for a cute container.
vote up interesting and funny.