I am a firm believer of “If you don’t ask, you don’t receive” with some things, but torn slightly as there are other times when you just shouldn’t ask. Generally though it has served me well over the years and worked on occasions where I have asked for a pay rise. If I have asked for someone’s help since I don’t make a habit of it, they are more inclined to assist me. Of course I am happy to return the favour if at all possible and offer help in return.
This week, in practicing Gratitude for the good things which have been happening, even when they are few and far between. I wanted to share with you all something that I am very grateful for.
As a keen recycler I have written about this previously in One Mans’ Waste is another Mans’ Treasure I do tend to search for items if there is something that I would really like, to see if it can be bought second hand or given freely if times are tough. I don’t have a problem in having things which are pre-owned or preloved since they are often better made than new items. I am also happy to donate to charity shops and buy from them as well as re-using what others may think of as waste items, so that as much as possible is kept out of landfill.
I have had a desire to get myself an old typewriter. I wrote a while ago in English Lessons, Touch Typing and Speed Tests about learning to type when I was at school and felt a little bit nostalgic about it. So I asked my father, since at the time when I studied, we had my grandmother’s typewriter. I would have loved to have it and use it again and since I have not known him use it for years, he may want to pass on this heirloom. However he wasn’t ready to do that at this point and told me it has sentimental value and he is still using it. It may be passed on to me one day, however in the meantime I thought I would search elsewhere.
So, a quick browse around the local charity shops proved fruitless although my partner asked them to call us if they get one in. It really didn’t matter to me what it looked like, as long as it works. But something vintage would suit my inspirational living and I do love old items. There is something about that Art Deco room in my imagination, where I can write wonderful stories at a big wooden desk, with old writing implements surrounded by beautiful things and peace and quiet. I purchased an old ink well on the strength of that particular dream or goal. Alas at the moment we are lacking in space and it is resigned to the loft until I have this wonderful office one day.
My next stop was Freecyle where I have received some wonderful things in the past. So I posted a “Wanted” advert on there at the weekend. Lo and behold, a rather nice email popped into my inbox on Monday from a lady, telling me that she had a portable typewriter which I could have. I didn’t ask too many questions, just when I could pick it up and arranged this with her. The thing about Freecycle is when you collect that you are not obliged to pay for it. I feel that if someone is giving you something for free, then it is only fair that you show them a token, however small of your appreciation. So I took her a Terry’s Chocolate Orange, when times are hard, you have to share what is available. The lady asked what I wanted it for since she though that no-one uses them anymore. I told her that I wanted something to photograph and that I was in the process of writing a book and feel that it might bring inspiration in my moments of writing. It had been her Father’s, she was pleased that it would be used, but wasn’t sure if it still worked. I said that I would give it a clean up and if it didn’t then I would just photograph it. I did not look into the box until I returned to my car, then sneaked a peak inside the dusty and slightly battered case which surrounded it.
On opening it, it took my breath away, I must admit that I squealed with excitement too at this point as my eyes met a possibly 1930’s Royal portable typewriter, a little dusty, but otherwise in good condition with a ribbon in place. It is beautiful and I am feeling very lucky. I cannot remove the smile from my face.
I found some paper and tried it out. It all works perfectly, I sent the lady a message, letting her know and she sent one back and wishing me luck with my book.
If anyone had asked me what I could have hoped for in a typewriter, whilst living in a small space. I couldn’t have described it any better, this is one which I can put away, when not in use, but enjoy whenever I like.
Gratitude, Absolutely Yes. I love it and I am thrilled with it. Share your Gratitude.