Friday, April 5, 2019

Good Money After Bad

Tweaking the unfitted kitchen in response to a sequence of minor changes, I ordered a high-tech version of the tinny ArtDeco old school kitchen cart on wheels. The new rig, part of the line of sturdy epoxy-coated modular wire racks, was ideal for its purposes but seemed to kill the room. I let it float for a week, and Cook picked up a gaspingly expensive silicone baking mat to ameliorate the slick metal top shelf of the cart. That was all it took to integrate the cart with the room. 


Embroidery expert Erica Wilson pointed out that if one makes a mistake, it's sensible to go ahead and finish the project. Often completing a work buries the error -30-
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Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Folly

In a moment of extravagance, I asked the Wallingford lighting specialist to fit a hand formed  stoneware vessel about four inches high as a miniature version of a classic Seventies reading lamp. The craftsman made a shallow conical linen lampshade that clips to an incandescent bulb the size of a night light. It turns out that this lighting version of a teacup chihuahua sends the same stylistic message as a full-sized version, except it does not eat space. It's more than adequate for background lighting in a room where we are tapping at devices or glued to a screen. When I want to read from paper, I turn on an adjustable LED light that's better than incandescent for today's paper and letterforms -30-
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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Aka Home

Understanding refines nomenclature. The word wilderness was used by persons of European descent to describe areas of the country that appeared to them to have no human use. Hinterlands is a more insightful term -30-
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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The Jumble

An acquaintance served a ladies' lunch on an entertaining collection of odds and ends. Open cupboard doors revealed a motley collection of fine dishes, presumably remnants of family sets. The serving gear was a local history of post-1960 wedding gifts: I could have made money betting on which store things came from. I salute my hostess for wasting nothing and using formal table ware in a careful and expedient way -30-
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Monday, April 1, 2019

Shifting the House Toward Warm Weather

We keep early hours. Combined with daylight saving time, that means that it is rare to turn on an electric light between spring and autumn. I appreciate the shift toward simplicity the timetable affords. I can scrape a room to free it of lighting clutter for half the year. It's a good feeling that replicates the old school custom of clearing a room of candles at bedtime. The candlesticks were carried to light the way to the sleeping chamber, just as in a communal campground.


Back in the day, the first housekeeping chore after the breakfast dishes were washed was to clean the candlesticks (or oil lamps) and trim the wicks of the lights. I have done this in low-tech housing, and I couldn't resist trying the practice after we moved into this original 1890 structure. It's a deeply calming ritual to assure that the household has clean light in store for the dark hours -30-

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