I started wondering which tools that I use daily are the most important. I wasn't able to rank them in order of impotance, but here are some I would hate to be without.
back scratcher -- funny stick with minatue plastic hand on it, used for scratching where you cannot reach with your own hand. For a person who inadvertantly bathes in disinfectant, see entries below, and who itches when he drinks wine or beer, it is an essential
pyrex measuring cup -- big one, well over a full pint. I don't measue ingedents that often, but I use it in the microwave to heat water for soup, tea, and cocoa.
wheelchair -- my ability to move about, to get to the bathroom from the bed. I live in my wheelchair, plus some time in battery powered scooter and power chair.
computer -- my life. I connect with the outside world with my computer, online. I write, I read, I do art work, I research. I love wikipedia, an ever changing encyclopaedia. I love to google, type in a word and get ten to fifteen thousand links to articles about that word... in seconds. (How do they do that?)
digital camera -- always ready. Need to capture my tracks in a mud puddle, or a funny car in the parking lot, or a new face among the residents. Camera is ready, and prints can be made in minutes.
keyboard -- stores hundreds of melodies and chords, and musical patterns. I turn it on, select a rhythm at random, listen a moment, then inmprovise a melody to go with it. I entertain myself for hours this way. Too bad nobody else cares to listen. I leave the door open, but nobody stops or drops in.