Keep a small pocket knife in your collection of guest amenities. Back yourself up at airport security by carrying a self-addressed padded mailer for items that won't pass inspection -30-More after the jump.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
The amount of edible food that goes into the compost receptacle is an unerring indication of how the household is being managed. The USDA web site lists shelf lives of various products. Now and then I am horrified by a listing.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
A dear neighbor looked around her dining room and observed that she never used her grandmother's place settings because they couldn't go in the dishwasher. Then she, the last person in the world I ever expected to say such a thing, declared that this will be the year the best goes on the table.
A young friend known for joking about a fussy tabletop recently married. After planning table settings for ninety, he was able to empathize.
Etiquette maven Judith Martin, aka Miss Manners, recommends setting a proper table once a week, "Wednesday best" if another day is not convenient. I find it efficient to set a careful table now and then, because doing so ensures that the best dishes and flatware are clean and ready to use at any time. I reshelve to the bottom of the stack to make sure things are rotated.
Monday, November 14, 2016
Chatting with an acquaintance, I learned that she had Mayflower ancestry. I also learned that, from her perspective, anyone who came over on a later boat, even the next one, was a "grunt", "immigrunt", she explained. A Mic-Mac liked to joke about his people meeting the vessel -30-More after the jump.