Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Pallet

Inspired by a conversation overheard in the Great Big Hiking Co-op, I began to experiment with sleeping on the floor now and then using a self-inflating air mattress. I appreciate an instant guest room, and my back appreciates a flat night's sleep. It's most comfortable to lay a doubled wool blanket over the pad and then set out whatever bedding suits the moment. The Great Big Northern European Home Furnishings Chain carries coarse linen tablecloths that make good sheets-30- 
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Urban Upholstery

July or August are the only Seattle months when this idea is bright. A U District drugstore has a concrete retaining wall to one side of its entrance. The wall is a comfortable height for sitting. Someone set the drop-in upholstered seat of an unknown chair on the wall to make the perch more comfortable. The mid-century modern upholstery looked just right in that context -30-
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Monday, August 13, 2018

Garden Lace

Last fall I scuffled a handful of Queen Anne's lace seeds across the newly denuded front bank. This month there's a four-foot crop waving freely, feeding countless bees, and gently concealing the ratty foliage of various other self-seeding annuals. I count the planting wildly successful. It looks spectacular with equally native fireweed and the choice strain of California poppies that shows to best advantage among its umbelliferous stems -30-
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Friday, August 10, 2018

Calming The Chain Of Supply

Long years of experimentation have left me preferring cloth napkins and kitchen wipers to paper. I tested an order of a dozen utilitarian plain cotton handkerchiefs and found them convenient and simple to manage. They take up less storage room and acquisition time than disposables -30-
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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Scrub Scrubbing

Housekeeping guru Don Aslett opened my eyes to dwell time for getting things clean. Simply dampen a grimy surface with the cleaning solution of your choice, wait half a minute (or a little longer) and then wipe the surface clean. I prefer cheap terry washcloths to other cleaning wipers -30-
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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A New Bag

Last year I stumbled across a physician's black bag at the north end Academic Bookstore. The contemporary model is made of nylon pack cloth and seemed to be just the ticket for my daily needs. It didn't seem quite right to claim a medical accessory at the time, so I passed it up.


My go-to purse purveyor discontinued the slash-proof model I'd been toting for years, and I stumbled across the medical bags again when I was in the store on another errand. This time, I looked at the price and the colors, hefted one, and inspected the interior. It's straightforward and obliging. The design respects fine motor skills: the fabric is just heavy enough to be serviceable while being light enough to handle gently. I picked one up to test-haul, and so far it's working very well -30-

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Co-axial Storage

I needed extra crock space in the kitchen to present the tongs that are now my serving implement of choice. A clean flower pot big enough to hold them was an annoyingly clumsy space to keep them. In an impatient moment, I emptied it and set in the old-fashioned footed "spooner" that I use to hold utility flatware. The smaller vessel fills the void that made a tangle of the tongs. Together, the two vessels are four times the convenience -30-
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