The week between Christmas and New Year's eve is prime time for de-junking the house. Mopping up after visitors flew home, I cruised the house ridgepole to sump and realized, fortunately, that there was little dead wood for the donation bag. The visitors were younger family with daily stresses and preferences I do not share. I scanned possessions with an eye to their usefulness in the future.
My great-grandmother blew significant late nineteenth century dollars on a nickel-steel frying pan. It looks like a regulation cast iron model with shiny sides and has been in daily use since she, literally, trotted it home to the log cabin.
A sturdy and not cheap maple kitchen cart arrived mail order over thirty years ago. It seemed self-indulgent and overly ambitious to spend the money, but it, too, has been in daily use and has overshadowed any urge toward wasteful kitchen remodeling in this development property. Similar but lesser carts sell for three times the original price of mine at a high end kitchen chain downtown.
It's worthwhile to invest in low-tech housekeeping gear that is well-designed and made of substantial materials. It doesn't take much: one cooking pot, a chef's knife, and a lovely vase suffice to present a home-cooked feast.