Friday, July 20, 2018

Shining Lining

Make the most of a bathroom cabinet by lining it with mirror. Custom-cut with polished edges is available through a framer and is not nearly as expensive as fiddling with a new fixture. Judicious arrangement of the contents of the cabinet will generate a new looking glass -30-
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Early Hallowe'en

The most awkward space in the house to vacuum is the flight of service stairs that is also the most badly lighted part of the structure. I happened to climb them the other night when I was carrying an LED flashlight, and I was appalled by the state of the floor.

I will add a hiker's LED headlamp to the cleaning kit. That kind of task lighting should improve every job. Dust is a dry mess but an insidious threat: it abrades the floor with every step, holds humidity against surfaces to set up a cycle of deterioration that produces pitting, and it supports allergies and pests. I make the most of my cleaning efforts by putting a fresh HEPA filtration bag into the handheld vacuum that suffices for my interior -30-
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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Road Warrior Notes

On a recent Amtrak jaunt, I noticed a cyclist disembark at  Olympia with just a messenger bag and the clothes on her back. This is a perfectly sensible way to travel -30-
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Holding It Down

The small toys that live on my physical desk make good paperweights -30-
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Monday, July 16, 2018

The Coffee Shop

I have to keep reminding myself that the house lives most happily when I behave as if it were a cafe with all the cons. That's the frame of mind that cuts through domestic and social entanglements.

Christopher Alexander discusses city life in A Pattern Language. One of the benefits he mentions is the convenience of being able to pick up small meals from local vendors. Doing so amounts to having a cook on the staff -30-
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