Friday, August 24, 2018

Where are my glasses?

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

I used to wear glasses for distance. Then as I got older, I didn't need them anymore.  Now I need glasses for close-up work--like reading. The problem is ... I can never find them.

Well, that's not entirely true. I do find them--all the time in fact, but that's only because I have to hunt for them. Hunting gets pretty tiresome when you end up doing it ten or twelve times a day. Yeah, yeah, I do have a couple of pairs on a chain, but often I'll take them off and then they'll be among the missing.

By among the missing, I mean missing as the other ten or twelve pairs of cheaters. Yup, The Dollar Tree is my best friend when it comes to cheaters--and sunglasses, too. I have a tendency to go from the car into the house with my sunglasses on and then take them off and leave them...somewhere. That's why I have 3-4 pairs of sunglasses in both cars--or at least are supposed to be in each of our cars..

But I have come up with a bit of a solution for my my glasses and that is (are) relish trays. I get them at yard sales and pay between 25 and 50 cents a piece. I have them in the kitchen, my office, the living room, the dining room--anywhere I tend to read.

I must admit, I like the ones with patterns on them best (usually some kind of flower), but I do have a couple of clear glass ones as well. These days, not many people use/have relish trays. That's another thing I've done recently...I often add a relish plate to our evening meal.  Pickles, relishes, crudites, whatever is in the fridge. It reminds us of a couple of restaurants we used to go to that offered that delight of days gone buy. (Of course, we haven't found a corn relish that can compare to what they served at the old Cinelli's. Or the pickled watermelon rind they had at The Royal Scot. Hmmm...these restaurants are long gone. Was it because of the relish trays?)

But for me, relish trays play an important part of my daily life. And sometimes they do double duty. Like this one also has a couple of rubber bands and a screw in it. Just in case I need them, too!

So, what's your solution for corralling objects you don't want to lose?

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