A Vegetable Peeler: A Simple Object Lesson – A Contemplative life = An Attitude of Gratitude

A Rada Vegetable Peeler – from Radakitchenstore


I bought a Rada vegetable peeler at the farmer’s market ages ago from a nice couple selling Rada products. “Imported from Iowa,” remarked the woman that was selling Rada knives too. This is a stainless steel peeler and worked perfectly. Then it disappeared. Hmmm…My conclusion it must have been tossed out accidentally with peelings. The replacement that I found has not performed very well.

Nuts. I’m going to order this. The market sellers of Rada products that once were at the Minneapolis Lyndale Farmers Market have gone never to return.

But what’s the point? The choices go on for pages and pages.

Vegetable peelers Google Search Retrieved 11-23-2020

A surplus of choices made my mind spin and plunge into the images for too long on the internet of deep distraction. My brain boggles at the plethora of choices.

Speaking with my friend, Linda, about looking for a vegetable peeler, we both miss being able to shop in 3-D; that is, to see and touch things and decide viscerally on an object. To engage with a person, when we shop is a social event that is truly missed.

Yes, Covid has driven people to online shopping. The stores are set for the holidays, but these brick and mortar stores are wondering how to get the shoppers into the stores. Or so I heard on TV.

Those of us who are staying home in this dire time of Covid and have limited in-person contact feel a loss that’s hard to measure. Yes, I have phone contacts. Email contacts too.

Topics range from: wanting to complain about football or basketball of which I have little knowledge and no interest. (I’m a fan of other sports.) to selling a house, business plans, retirement plans, and politics. People are talking at me.

Family life in general is so altered that I can’t even imagine what my friends are feeling or even the kids as they are growing up so quickly. Luckily there is zoom for family dinners, book club, discussion group, and meetings. Thanks to the moms who send photos too.

I am reluctant to go grocery shopping and try to get in and out as quickly as I can. To that end I make a shopping list. The check out people are friendly and helpful for the most part, which gives me a fleeting sense of normalcy. Over and over again, I am aware that people while wearing masks are not distancing enough as they, like me, are shopping to move on and get it done. I pause and wait to create space. There’s a pall of anxiety in the air.

But sometimes, someone will look at me from behind their mask and smile with their eyes. I feel a joy as I smile back.

The simple truth is a long winter of waiting is ahead. Our state is in the middle of a high rise of Covid cases in the Midwest. All people are asked to be tested. My doctor gave me the okay to get tested.

What does it matter that I can surf the internet for a vegetable peeler or anything a person could desire, when I cannot look into my friends’ eyes in real time and we can smile at each other?

Friends and relations at a distance are a treasure. I stop to remember to make a gratitude list. Keep on keepin’ on folks.

Portrait of Piper – A Shetland Sheep Dog Stage 8 – almost finished. 11-20-2020 © Ckatt

This Shetland Sheepdog pastel portrait is not finished yet. Work on the lower right continues.

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.

Be grateful wherever you find yourself today.


About kunstkitchen

Visual artist and writer hunting words, languages, visions, and insight in my kitchen - connecting Art (Kunst) and culture and slow food cooking. Classically trained artist. Paint and draw with traditional materials. Live in the Northland where it's six months of winter. Appreciate the little things in life. Sharing food and art experiences and the lessons that my talented and generous friends have given me.
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8 Responses to A Vegetable Peeler: A Simple Object Lesson – A Contemplative life = An Attitude of Gratitude

  1. mydangblog says:

    On the subject of peelers, I feel you. I’ve had the best peeler in the world for years, and I don’t know what I’d do if it broke–I don’t think they even sell that kind anymore. How would I know if the replacement was as good? Can I take a potato to the store with me and try it out? As for the state of things, I also feel you. I used to love grocery shopping and now I dread it. Here in Ontario, our cases of Covid are skyrocketing, and I don’t want to go anywhere, but I’m so sick of being on the computer!

    • kunstkitchen says:

      Lol! I feel you! I went shopping and did my prep of mask and gloves. So glamorous. Then bolted through the store.
      I’m on a computer roll back I shut down early and my phone too. Covid is bad here. I believe there are so many health care workers with Covid in Minnesota, there is a dire need for people in health care. It seems grim. Stay safe. Hang in there! Keep writing, please!

  2. anne leueen says:

    I hear you! The smiles that cannot be seen. Some people have eye smiles that are clear and I rely on those. Here in Ontario we have two places in lockdown now: the city of Toronto and another region West of Toronto Where we live we are a “red” zone but not locked down. Here’s the thing that really bugs me. In the lockdown areas the small businesses must close and only offer online shopping with curbside pick up. BUT.. the big box stores like Walmart and Best Buy are allowed to be open. Small businesses are protesting but I am not sure they will get anywhere. It seems so wrong to me. Surely a small store can limit the number of people and would be safer that wandering Walmartians in the big stores.

    • kunstkitchen says:

      😄walmartians! Lol. Well retail here is open still, restaurants and are take out only. The situation is so volatile. I’m not sure about small venues here. I was in the park today briefly. There were a very few people. The sun was out! It energized me. But there was one person that was’t wearing a mask as I exited the park. I always walk beyond six feet distance. He gave me a grouchy look. I kept on walking. That is what bugs me. No masks. Stay well.

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