Friday, December 1, 2017

The Lumpy Lawn

Such is the nature of Western Washington's growing conditions that some years it is necessary to mow in every month. When the grass looks a little irregular, give it a fast pass. Doing so will ensure deep roots and a healthy-looking sward all year 'round -30- 
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Thursday, November 30, 2017


I like to rearrange rooms as demands on interior space change. State of the art hiking gear is the core of the inventory. I am pleased and relieved to find that the following space-and money-saving items are modular: a deluxe self-inflating memory foam topped air mattress from the Great Big Hiking Co-op, standard-issue World War Two army foot lockers, Oregon Round-up blankets, a king-sized cotton blanket from the Big Name Designer, hollow-core doors, and legally acquired industrial grade dairy crates -30-
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Ownership Shifts Visual Perception

I spend a few days house-sitting for friends and couldn't understand why their possessions looked so odd to me. Their tastes are different, but that did not account for the visuals. I realized after a day or two that most of the time I look at things I own. When I looked around as if I owned what fell under my gaze, it was as if an additional dimension had been added -30-
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Seven Cycles Of Wipe

My housecleaning system is good enough to allow me to ignore the place for a while, if necessary. Several years of construction on the block left the future here up in the air. Now that things have settled down, I've had attention to spare for the kind of detailing that used to be routine.

One bathroom floor that seemed clean enough yielded an appallingly grubby cloth when I finally wiped down the far corners. It took some days of repeated, simple wiping with a damp cloth to burnish the layer of dust off the tiles and produce a used wiper that is acceptably soiled.

All it takes to keep the place feeling polished is an occasional damp wipe with a flimsy terry washcloth. It's amazing what a difference that makes, though. A closely repeated routine of gentle maintenance keeps the light reflecting happily off interior surfaces -30- More after the jump.

Monday, November 27, 2017

The Keyboard

Talking easy housekeeping the other day, I was saddened to hear a buddy voice her distress at the notion of getting rid of beloved possessions. That's not the point. The idea is to set up a domicile so that it is simple to get the basic work of life support accomplished. Warehousing and museum conservation concerns are another set of tasks. 

It's helpful to conceive of a workspace as a keyboard or the dashboard of a vehicle. Neither of those areas is ideal for dead storage. Keep things you use several times a day front and center. Place seldom used objects ever closer to the exit until it is time to consider the future. If you enjoy the visual richness of decorative objects, set them out of the main way. I like to store knick-knacks behind glass.

My favorite ornaments are simply the things I use every day to get the basic tasks of life accomplished. I find it stressful to house artifacts that are slowly deteriorating. If I can't keep something in good condition in my present circumstances, I find a better home for it. Not having to worry about possessions allows me to bring my full attention to bear on immediate concerns -30- More after the jump.