Dinosaur

“…a person…that is outdated or has become obsolete because of failure to adapt to changing circumstances.”

I really don’t like the idea of being obsolete so I do a lot of googling to try and understand new thinking including a lot of words thrown around that I definitely have to look up.

Having spent years in Human Resources, and being responsible for some of those atrocious emails announcing ‘involuntary resignation to pursue other interests’ I find titles interesting.

They use to be simple – assistant, manager, director, etc. Recently I received emails signed “Chief Experience and Equity Officer” and “Public Engagement Program Manager.” I spent a minute chuckling and then thought – customer service.

I like things that are simple and comfortable including clothes. I had a t-shirt bought on a vacation that I wore periodically to sleep in, but when I pulled it out over the weekend I realized it had to go because it was even too ratty to sleep in, but it got me to thinking how old was it – 29 years. Who has a t-shirt that is 29 years old? What’s your oldest piece of clothing? After I stopped laughing, I thought about why I’d kept it so long, and it was simple. It was 100% cotton, soft, and in a simple square shape that made it comfortable.

No gardening to start the week off because it is raining. I have a long list of fall chores I’m working on, and while I’m working a few folks stop by.

If you’d like some watermelon with your lunch, come quick because this is the last Sugar Baby of the season. Will we plant them next year? Yes. Not only have they been fun to grow and delicious to eat, but the chickens love when I visit with the rind.

Since it’s raining, I think I’ll make some blackberry pie bars with a quart of blackberries fresh from the garden. A person has to keep busy, right? πŸ™‚

Before you go, let me say thanks for stopping by because I look forward to your visit.

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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64 Responses to Dinosaur

  1. Your 29 year old t-shirt made me laugh! I have some that are almost that old. A few years ago I took some of my oldest ones and had a quilt made from them. I still have too many and need to get rid of some of them. Your flowers are beautiful. Happy Monday!

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  2. Claudette says:

    I look forward to reading all about your activities and seeing all your beautiful flowers.

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  3. Murphy’s Law says:

    Flowers are beautiful, but what really caught my eye are the bees and the butterfly!

    Age of clothes? Let’s see….my bathrobe is 27 and a pair of loafers would be 30….and in good shape! People like us, πŸ¦• dinosaurs, come from a time when everything we bought was bought to last. We also were brought up to take care of our things so they stayed nice and lasted.

    100% cotton is a thing of beauty and not something you see much of today. It usually requires ironing, something the younger generation is unfamiliar with. πŸ€ͺ

    Today no one expects anything to last past a year, if even. Nothing is even made to last. Sigh…
    Ginger

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    • Dan Antion says:

      I had to laugh at the part about titles. When I was consulting, my title changed often. In my last job, I had two titles over almost 32 years. The one I shake my head at, of course, is Happiness Engineer.

      Your flowers are beautiful and the watermelon looks delicious. I have some old tee shirts, and some even older other clothing. I find things hard to part with when they a so comfortable. I did recently toss a ratty Tee.

      Good luck with the chores. I hope you get good weather.

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    • Thank you – it’s good to know someone else has an old but functioning piece(s) of clothing. πŸ™‚ 100% cotton was comfy and lasted, but now they add the polyester/spandex threads, and it’s not near as comfortable and it doesn’t last. The pollinators are all over the place looking for pollen. I haven’t cut back or dug out bulbs because there are so many out there. I’ll give them all the time they need.

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  4. The flowers are just gorgeous. Next summer I’m planting big groups of canna lilies. You get a lot of punch with them! I’m hoping to actually have a garden next year. Not a vegetable one but one for deer-resistant flowers.

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  5. Oddment says:

    You’re on! When my sons were little, Mom took the three of us on a vacation and on that first day I realized I’d forgotten to pack my nightgown, so we stopped in some little town at some wonderful small-town department store and bought me a nightgown. My sons are both late-40s now. Do the math. That poor old thing has seen a lot of summers, and the material is disintegrating. I just packed it into the rag box with a sigh. Oh! And allow me to add the raccoon-collar coat hanging in my closet, which dates from my junior year in high school. The warmest thing ever for shoveling snow, though I do have to beat the moths off.

    Your photos are gorgeous! Those are the kinds of visitors every gardener longs for! I hope your rainy Monday is all gooey and blackberry-stained! Yes, most certainly a person has to stay busy. It’s very virtuous of you! A blessing on your week!

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  6. Hmm. My Birks are 25, and a trench coat that is 30 and never out of style! I have several dresses from various decades that I harbor the illusion I will fit into again. I recently gave my Woodstock dress to my daughter for her “vintage” clothing collection, but I certainly hadn’t worn that since I was 16!

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  7. Nancy says:

    Giggling over here in Pennsylvania! I do have a few things in my closet from years ago. One is a fleece vest and a tartan sweater. The tartan sweater is to little but β€œwho knows… I may be able to wear it one day to a football game here in Edinboro, like I use too!” πŸ™ƒ The fleece vest is perfect for gardening in cooler temps… I think it’s 20 years old. The bad thing is… it was oversized 20 years ago… and it’s pretty much just right now! πŸ™ƒ
    Happy Monday from your CRDE… that’s Chief Retired Domestic Engineer.

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  8. My Levi 501 jeans are 38 years old. I still fit in them too. I bought them in the store in Yellowstone National Park. It was mid summer and so hot when we left for our EPIC TRIP that year, but when we got to Yellowstone my shorts and t’s wouldn’t do for a blizzard! So, I bought jeans to keep my legs warm and I’ve had them since.
    I also have a pair of Navy blue Ked’s. They’re almost 35 years old. The rubber is beginning to come off around the edges, and the rubber soles are showing signs of age, but the canvas is still going strong. I still wear them in fact I wore them twice last week!

    Your theme of red flowers with the bees and butterfly are gorgeous. Happy Baking!

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    • Okay, you definitely beat my old t-shirt with 38 and 35!! For sure, you probably get the award too for still fitting in those jeans. What a hoot! Thank you for sharing. I only seem to have red flowers and sedum right now, but the pollinators are sure busy with them. The sedum are covered with bees, but they don’t show up well in ‘my’ photos. You’d probably be able to capture them no problem. πŸ™‚ The bars turned out well, not a 10 but a solid 8. πŸ™‚

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  9. Gawd, this post (and it’s comments) will make me haul my ancient paper-thin cotton hooded Nautica long-sleeved and pocketed tee from the rag bag under the sink. I can hem the cut-off cuffs, can patch one armpit’s blackhole.. I miss it so much!! (Lovely photos, btw, of such wonderful colors and expert gardening!)

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  10. Joyce says:

    A rainy spell this time of year is when you deserve to just kick back and enjoy the (visual and literal!) fruits of your labor. Beautiful and delicious!
    I like being a dinosaur! The cozy items of clothing I hang on to are numerous, but my favorite was a bathrobe gifted to me by my sister. I slipped into it every morning despite it being threadbare and β€œholey” long after it should have been laid to rest once my sister unexpectedly died. I was wrapped in the memory of her loving generosity every morning.
    Your bee photos always remind me of Debra posting her equally stunning ones. I ventured out to do the same and came up with only black jelly beans visiting my blossoms!
    I’m enjoying the comments from our fellow dinosaurs! I think they’d join me in shuddering at how easily my daughters discard lightly worn clothing that they deem to be β€œout of style.” Grrrrrr!

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    • These comments have me laughing out loud in such a good way. πŸ™‚ That bathrobe definitely was ‘holy’ and I mean that in the good way because it held so many wonderful sister memories. That old t-shirt was from one of my favorite family vacation destinations that we visited several times, and just the name on the shirt made me smile. It is interesting how we ‘mature’ folks seem to have more memories and emotions attached to our clothing. I’m not sure what that means, but I’m good with it. πŸ™‚

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  11. Marilyn says:

    When i moved I got rid of a lot of old clothing but i”m sure there is something tucked away that is at least 30 years old.

    Your red flowers are beautiful. Sure wish I could see your garden in person but trips east have not been possible for awhile.

    Keep sharing. You put me to shame with you constant list of things to do. I have a list of five things to do. They’re all everyday chores but if I don’t write them down I may forget to do them. Have a great week.

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  12. Joanne Sisco says:

    I admit I’m not a saver of stuff. I’m pretty brutal about my closet space and stuff gets pushed out with some regularity. I’d be hard pressed to find anything that’s really old that I’ve held on to … well except for maybe my husband πŸ˜†

    Sometimes I think my sole purpose in life is to single-handedly keep the economy going πŸ˜‰

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    • I think you just came up with a post all of its own – husband longevity. Oh my gosh, I am having myself a good chuckle. I’m pretty sure we could have some good sized numbers if we all chimed in on how long we’ve held on to the husband. πŸ™‚ I get rid of all kinds of stuff including clothes, but I tend to keep the comfy stuff and get rid of the more expensive uncomfortable things. If I had to go to a wedding or a funeral, I’d be at the store buying something appropriate. πŸ™‚ Hope you are enjoying the fall weather out and about on the hiking trails or the water.

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  13. Beautiful flower shots, Judy. I always look forward to your posts, partly for that very reason, as well as the mention of pies and other tasty ways of using fruit. πŸ™‚ I just saw Joanne’s comment before mine and I’ve kept my husband around for 37 years on Wednesday. But I think my mom has me beat, certainly as far as how long she’s kept her husband around. She still has placemats and glasses (sort of plastic that cottage cheese came in!!) from when my brother and I lived at home and other things as well. I’m in the process of helping/encouraging her to get rid of some of the things she’s had that she hasn’t used for years, some to the trash, others to the thrift store. But that’s how our parents were and they saved and used their money for more important things than getting new whatever all the time. Still, some of it’s a bit crazy. πŸ™‚

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    • I think I would love a cup of coffee with you and your Mom as you guys go through that collection. I remember my Mother keeping little glass jars for juice glasses but can’t remember what food item came in them. It is totally different today with things only created to last 2-5 years versus the stuff that was built to last and repairmen to keep them going. You must be having a few smiles and chuckles as you share that history.

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      • It’s not even just things not lasting but people thinking they need new/different things on a a a regular basis. I like to get something different every so often but when it comes to clothes for instance, I get my new ones at the resale stores. πŸ™‚ I have better things to spend money on like traveling.

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  14. Eliza Waters says:

    I had to join your chuckle about t-shirts, because just yesterday, I put on one I got from LL Bean and wondered how old it was and realized it was 30 years old! I certainly got great value out of it. It is a bit faded now and used for work, but no holes. πŸ˜‰ Since short sleeve weather (used to be) 3 months long, and I saved it for ‘good,’ it lasted. As you know, gardeners are apt to keep things longer than most as we keep things to wear while mucking around in the garden. πŸ˜‰

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  15. germac4 says:

    I know what you mean about modern day job titles, sometimes I spend time trying to figure out what exactly they mean, but never quite know! I have a nice long sleeved T-shirt that was made in Australia about 30 years ago…when Australia still made clothes, now there are lots of cheap imports….so this one is a keeper. Happy gardening when the rain stops!

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  16. I recently received some emails from my former workplace, and I noticed new job titles which have been created since I retired. They’re not quite as bad your examples above, but they come close. It only took me a few minutes to decode each of them them. I’m mystified by the need to romanticize job duties. Only last week I noticed that I still have gym shorts which go back at least 25 years, and I never wear them anymore! πŸ™‚ – Marty

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  17. BERNADETTE says:

    I don’t have anything that old because I downsized last year and went through the closets with a machete. It seems that even when I try to stay current, I sometimes feel that the younguns are just humoring me.

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  18. My very favorite title is one I found on a door of the Parliament Building in Victoria, Canada: Office of the Conflict of Interest Commissioner. I wish we had one of those in the U.S.!

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  19. Good quality clothing just doesn’t wear out and I have some items that are verging on vintage too. When I retired at the start of the year I cleaned out some things I knew I would never wear again and then vowed not to buy any more clothing until what I have needs replacing. I have plenty. The most amusing title I’ve seen was in London, on the National Union of Teachers building, appropriately abbreviated to NUT!! As a teacher I could understand. πŸ™‚

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  20. Rose says:

    I hate to think how old some of my clothes are…maybe not 29 years old…but I would say some are probably 15 or 20. I have long sleeved shirts I got around 2010…I can remember the year because of what was going on. One of them the neckband is messed up but the other two are perfectly fine. They are cotton, long sleeved t-shirt type. Came from Penneys….I have 3 button up shirts, cotton that came from Good Will…I have had probably as long as the tshirts I just mentioned…now they are getting a little too worn to wear in public, but I will still wear them to work around here. LOL I find it hard to find 100% cotton….and that has been my favorite fabric all my life…even when I was a kid.

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    • I’m with you, Rose, give me 100% cotton and leave all the other stuff out of it. The other thing is that at 100% cotton you can come close to the size you want. When they add the other combo threads, the size is different when you purchase and after you wash it. it’s a little challenging these days to find it for sure. Happy sewing.

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  21. Prior... says:

    Hi – wondering if the watermelon took up a lot of space to grow ?
    And I can totally understand the t-shirt and 29 years is old – but I bet it was soft and you explained why it worked for you
    The oldest clothes I have are from a 5k in 2002 and a seater from a museum job in 2004 . But they sit in a closet
    The oldest wearable clothes are less than ten years

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    • We grew the Sugar Baby watermelons in one of our stock tanks that we use for a raised bed. I put a trellis in the middle of the tank, and then planted five plants. As they grew, they started to head out of the tank, but if there was no fruit on those vines, I just kept them clipped off. The taste was delicious, and the size is perfect because it is small and round, about 6 lbs. each. The biggest challenge we had was deciding when it was ripe to pick it. πŸ™‚ That old t-shirt was soft, and it was comfy. πŸ™‚

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  22. I love watermelons but my husband never buys them. Something about stereotypes of Black people and watermelons? At any rate, if I ever visit you, it will be when those melons are ripe and sweet. As for old clothes: yes, my houserobe!
    It is decades old, has been worn and worn, mended twice and still I persist. Why? It’s soft, warm on winter mornings without being bulky, and cool enough to have been worn into the front garden on several early Spring monrings, my children and husband calling: “Do you not realize that you’re wearing your robe in the front garden?”

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  23. Annie says:

    I love your post…. both the unusual, head-scratching new words and the pj shirts. My sleep-in shirts are usually those bought on trips and have shrunk too much after washing to wear anywhere but to bed. My daughter grew the delicious sugar baby melons but she lives in Kentucky so all I sampled were her photos. Shucks…

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