Friday, May 18, 2018

This Old Drain

The drain in an ancient powder room sink was losing its enthusiasm. Pouring a couple of kettles full of boiling water not only cleared whatever was slowing it down, they left the porous enamel surprisingly bright and clean. I had forgotten that the ancient way is still valid for pipes made of metal -30-
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Vinegar Spray

I find it convenient to insert the spray mechanism from one of the small bottles my drugstore carries into an unbreakable pint of white vinegar. One set-up lives over the kitchen sink to sanitize salad greens (after a similar spray of hydrogen peroxide). The other lives in the bathroom cabinet, where it is available to rinse sink, tub, and shower curtain free of soap residue. I usually clean those surfaces with window spray, but now and then a vinegar finish improves the result -30-
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018


The country store of the Green Mountain state still offers basic domestic staples. It's a go-to if you want to simplify, slash utility bills, and stay private -30-
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

File Folders Are Paper Coffins

A cheap Masonite clip board is proving to be the most convenient support for urgent paperwork -30-
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Monday, May 14, 2018

Slack Pack

I have always enjoyed meticulous preparations for an outing. Back in the day, I was taken aback by a hiking buddy's casual approach: for two weeks in the field, he just heaved things into a gigantic rucksack, set the tumpline, and headed out.

I work at keeping my kits as light and elegant as can be. When I travel, I use a rolling tote bag. A few days ago, I headed off to a familiar destination and found that simply tossing this and that into the tote did just fine. No struggling with stuffed compartments or clever rules of packing-nothing wrinkles anymore and half the payload was electronic. 

Half-filled travel cubes and tote itself made it easy to access the contents.The contents arranged themselves -30-
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