Friday, April 21, 2017

Easing The Burden

I used to enjoy the slothful luxury of having someone else make the bed when I travelled. I like to sweep into a rented room, stow the various tent cards and printed guides in the nearest drawer, put the clock radio where it is least intrusive, and if possible shift a table into a more convenient spot.

I still do so, but I learned what a heavy workload the housekeepers carry. An acquaintance mentioned that she is ordinarily responsible for two dozen rooms a day. I happened to overhear a housekeeper at last week's inn recite the same number, so I decided to add to the tip by more or less returning the room to the state in which I found it -30-
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fold Three Times

Several years ago I misunderstood the ancestral napkin-folding yoga I learned as a girl. A brief and recent surf yielded countless elaborate ways to present a cloth napkin as a table decoration, but none of the old school table setting strategies I remember from Amy Vanderbilt's "Book of Etiquette" (that is illustrated by Andy Warhol).

Fold a cloth napkin three times, being careful to square the grain so that you get a neat result. Fold once in half, again into a square, and one last time so that the open side with the hems is to the right. Place the napkin to the left of the plate.

Simple folds are more sanitary, because less handling is required -30-

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

News To Me

I found a welcome innovation in during a recent stay in a motel. The standard repulsive vinyl baseboard had been replaced with a few inches of harmonious carpet neatly bound along the upper edge. The change is more protective of the lower wall, offers sound control, and leaves a gentler impression-30-
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

To Die For

Carpet rods, silk lamp shades, and thread-covered period lamp cord. Fake the rest -30-
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Monday, April 17, 2017

The Pudding Bowl

A reluctance to prepare the morning gruel directly in non-stick cookware led me to rediscover the pudding bowl as something other than a simple hairstyle. It's convenient to use a rice cooker to prepare oatmeal. I set a small stainless steel bowl containing quick oats, water, and dried fruit into a couple of inches of water in the appliance. It cooks on the back porch to keep steam out of the interior.

Oatmeal prepared this way is as light as a souffle'. Ther dried fruit is plump, tender, and flavorful -30-

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