Friday, June 17, 2016


Surfing Japanese fashion has become a productive meditation for working out how to adapt house and garden to the massive development in the neighborhood. Schoolgirl style is not relevant, but the work of Miyake and Yamamoto cuts through irrelevant details like lemon through sugar.

I would not have expected looking at clothing to unwind the tangled considerations of conflicting domestic styles. The pace of development in Seattle hardly needs mentioning. The comfortable urban farmhouse approach that served us so well in 1980 is all but obliterated by the demands of digital culture. The change brings me no grief.

Observing the subtleties of simple clothing expressions allows me to observe the subtleties of the garden, for example. I am able to appreciate what the plants are doing on their own, so that I can plan what to ignore and what to edit. The garden has always appreciated being relieved of hassles: branches that cross, aggressive specimens, plain old weeds, and simple overgrowth. By now, I know what each variety in the garden is likely to do in the future and what care it will want, if any.

The same has held true for the interior. A north end church held a rummage sale not long ago. They called it a "superfluity sale" and in doing so nailed the essence of editing.    -30- More after the jump.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Remote Hygeine

Put the remote in a zip-close plastic bag. Mine is just the right length to fit crosswise in a sandwich bag. I can trim excess plastic and secure the opening with the easy-tear clear packing tape sold at the post office.    -30-
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Before electricity, an attentive housekeeper would set a huge kettle of water on to boil when starting to cook a meal. Senior cooks retained the practice after technology changed. I picked up the habit from my grandmother.

A rinse with boiling water keeps a sink sweet-smelling and sanitizes the hardware. Make sure your plumbing can tolerate the heat. This simple old-fashioned practice makes a huge difference in the atmosphere of the house.    -30-
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Little Giant

A small spray bottle of white vinegar has surprised me with its usefulness. I set it up to sanitize salad greens along with a first spray of hydrogen peroxide. The mid-sized spray bottle sold at the local drug chain has a mechanism that handily fits the smallest bottle of vinegar sold at the grocery chain.

The vinegar lives on the window sill over the sink. I spray raw greens with it, spray the sink now and then to dissolve soap residue, spray salad to dress it, and in a sodium-conserving move, spray french fries and crusty fish.

There's a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol on the sill as well. I sanitize the sink area with it, degrease the glass top of the induction hot plate, and clean a mirror now and then. If I shifted to vodka, I could apply yet another liquid as needed.    -30-
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Monday, June 13, 2016

Making Time To Cook

There's always a squeeze. I squeeze back by simplifying recipes, reducing shopping time by buying staples in multiples, and insisting on tea time and some rest when I get home. Once I slow down, I can focus on life support.    -30-
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