Friday, February 17, 2017

Inorganic Beauty Supply

The house geek loves to fiddle with electronics. I've been passing on four-grit nail buffers, that he loves, and he's been buying pointed cotton swabs and nail lacquer for labeling and touch-up for years.

The supply store downtown had a sale on a locking equipment trolley. The price was low enough to make it worth taking a chance, and I no longer can imagine life without one. It's child proof, featherweight, obviously well-tested, and versatile. Himself allowed me to integrate the domestic detailing gear that overlaps in many areas with what is necessary to bring a vintage circuit prize back to working life.

Adding the smallest fire proof storage cabinet would round out the inventory. As it is, I house flammables in an outbuilding. Perhaps a small fireproof document safe would do  -30- More after the jump.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Cook loves pepper. For Christmas, I risked complicating the kitchen inventory by surprising him with three small cylindrical impact grinders full of white, green, and pink peppercorns.

Cook was happy.

Cook surprised me with a panful of exceptionally flavorful fried boneless chicken last week. It was cooked old-style and finished with a sour cream gravy thickened with the granulated flour that topped the New Orleans style direct to the meat initial seasoning. A spectrum of pepper flavors takes conventional down-home cooking into new territory. It's still gentle and easy to produce, but as interesting as the fast-lane cuisine of neighborhood restaurants -30-

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Monday, February 13, 2017

The Internal Roustabout

The last time I went to the circus I found the roustabouts more entertaining than any of the acts except for a line of dancing Italian clowns. I roust a good bit of household stuff over the course of any given week.  The more energy I put into setting up for a coming Monday, the smoother the flow of the next few days. Constant minor tuning of the interior prevents chaotic reconfiguration when things change suddenly -30-
More after the jump.