Low-Tech Pleasures in a High-Tech World

April 08, 2011

After last week's power outage, I've been thinking about how dependent we are on electricity and technology.  While I’m grateful for the technological advances we take for granted—I’m typing this on a laptop computer instead of a manual typewriter, and don’t know how I’d cope without the internet, for example—sometimes I long for a simpler, quieter, less electronic atmosphere. So this weekend, I'm going to unplug and do some of the following:

Chat with my visiting mother-in-law.
Cuddle with my dog.

I'm snuggle-icious!
Lean into Tank’s body and feel his warmth and strength.
Sip a cup of tea.
Take a walk for pleasure, not for exercise.

This looks like a good place to walk.
Play a game.
Hug someone.
Put together a jigsaw puzzle.
Take a nap.
Work a crossword puzzle.

Watch birds in the backyard.
Write in my journal.
And, of course, read a book.

These are some of my favorite low-tech pleasures. What are yours?

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  1. Sketching, sitting outside and listening to the birds sing, walking by the river, reading, cooking something in the crockpot.

  2. Oh, what a wonderful idea, to unplug! See what a mess we've gotten ourselves into by being in productivity mode all the time? We've convinced ourselves we need our gadgets.

    My low-tech productivity ideas this weekend are: getting out the spring decorations, playing with the dogs and training the puppy, paying bills, planning meals, journaling.... not are all fun projects, but it beats sitting on the computer or browsing my phone. Good topic, Kathy.

  3. I've moved on down California's coast from Simi Valley to Oceanside where I am staying at my son's. We've both been on the internet all morning but plan to shut down soon and head to the beach for a short while (wish is were warmer so I could sit there for a long time) and then we'll go out to lunch. Hopefully I can paint some this afternoon. The internet really pulls at us doesn't it?

  4. Good for you, Kathy! Mine simple pleasures are the same as yours. Except, if I could watch a favorite movie, I'd add that too.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful, wonderful weekend!

    Kathy M.

  5. Hi, Krista--several of the things you listed I lump into the term "puttering"--and I love doing it. It's soothing to put your world in order, isn't it?

  6. Timaree--Hope you enjoyed your unplugged time at the beach--sounds like a wonderful trip!

  7. Thanks, Kathy! My pleasure to stop by.

  8. Yes, gardening is a great low-tech pleasure!