Friday, March 20, 2015

The Rains Of May


Photo courtesy Flickr user kcolwell
Now is a good time to plan lawn care for the coming “warm” season of a Seattle summer. Mow whenever the grass grows high enough to reach the set on the machine. Frequent early mowing establishes a healthy system of runners in the turf. Spot weed early on, so that the strong early growth of April will fill in blanks quickly.

Plan to edge the turf on the first suitable spring day. Sharpen a spade, fill the mower, enlist a helper, and prepare to strike when shaggy margins are just moist enough to hold together and just dry enough to disintegrate when tossed onto the turf before routine mowing. I have tried every known way to edge the lawn: using a sharp garden spade is the most efficient. One person edges, the assistant lifts strips of sod. Close-fitting sticky-palmed knit work gloves speed the job.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Cake, Punch, And Seaweed


Photo courtesy Flickr user Brian Daniel Eislenberg
The most important calendar to consult when planning a wedding party at the beach is the tide table. The other thing to get right is to remember that destination wedding parties with all the resort bells and whistles are an affordable substitute for owning waterfront property.

For June on Puget Sound, I figure if a disposable plastic raincoat is good enough for the pope, it’s good enough for the reception line. Throw some two-bit flip flops into the swag bag, grill some sausages, and call it good.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

There's A Little Einstein In Each Of Us



Photo courtesy Flickr user ebravolosada
Browsing in a mid-twentieth century cookbook, I ran across a story that made it clear one culture’s smarts are another culture’s dim. Himself was invited to lunch aboard a private vessel at a time when it was fashionable to serve prunes with faux pits made from cream cheese and half a walnut. Using a knife and fork, the professor deliberately excised the stuffing from his salad and flipped it overboard.

A visitor to the Einstein home in Princeton remarked that there seemed to be two of every piece of case goods in the living room. It was explained that the bookcases and desk that had been shipped from Europe were too tall for his New Jersey ceiling, so the pieces were halved horizontally, probably simply by disassembling internal hardware.

NB: Understand the Sixties by browsing Flickr "Albert Einstein".

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Go Brach!


Photo courtesy Flickr user brosner
It is imprudent to wear an orange necktie to an Irish funeral.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Domestic Reality


Photo courtesy Flickr
What does it mean when your former spouse wins the Presidential Medal of Freedom? It means someone has to iron a shirt, that’s what it means.

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