OK, a few disconnected thoughts:
Poor Cliff has to sleep in a bed reeking of Vicks tonight. Any time I have a cold, I rub that stuff all over myself. Vicks was my mom's first weapon of defense against a cold, and somehow I feel protected if I'm slathered with the stuff. I can still feel Mother's hands rubbing it liberally on my chest and back.
Pots and pans: I've always been a big fan of stainless steel pans for cooking, and cast iron skillets for frying. When I was growing up, my mom knew of some doctor who said aluminum leached out into the food and caused all sorts of problems; because that information was never far from my mind, I seldom used aluminum.
When I began limiting oils and fats on some "health kick" Cliff and I were on years ago, I needed something "nonstick", but I really didn't trust teflon. It chipped off, and who knows where those missing chunks went? Besides, underneath the Teflon coating was ALUMINUM!.
My then-daughter-in-law liked the T-Fal non-stick cookware, and since it seemed to be one of the cheaper brands, I bought myself a set... even though it was Teflon. The non-stick part was great, but because of my stacking pans inside one another in the dish drainer and cabinets, it chipped off pretty badly. When it got really badly chipped and scratched, I tossed it.
Lately I've had a pan shortage, especially if we have company for dinner. I could spend over $200 for some costlier non-stick pans, or I could spend $99 for a set of T-Fal consisting of four pans and two skillets. I chose the latter, and cleared off a whole shelf for them so I wouldn't be stacking them.
It's been my experiencethat the T-Fal lasts long enough to be worth the investment.
Oh, I still use my stainless steel pans and cast-iron skillet. But when I'm making something that tends to stick, the T-Fal is great.
I was going to go to Church this morning until Cliff asked me if I thought people would appreciate me being there blowing my nose, coughing, and sneezing. I guess he had a point. I do hate Sundays without Church, though.