A Favorite Appliance

Do you have a favorite appliance? My friend just repaired the pin that holds the head onto the body. It had worked its way out so the head wobbled when being used. I was so pleased it could be fixed as this Kitchen Aid mixer was a gift from my dad in 1986. It’s been a reliable workhorse in several kitchens where we’ve lived. A lot of birthday cakes and batches of cookies have been produced with it. And when I realized how happy I was it was fixed, I decided it’s my favorite appliance (with my toaster I received for my 50th birthday a close second).

Steady workhouse since 1986

Liquid or Bar?

Soap. We use a lot of it, especially these last couple of years. Do you sing Happy Birthday every time?

According to an article in Healthy ““Whether soap comes in a bar or in a liquid form, they are both equally effective at reducing pathogens and removing dirt,” says Rachel Burns, MD, a dermatologist in Edina, Minnesota…”

Liquid or bar? What’s your preference?
Scented or unscented? Hand washing or showering/bathing make a difference in your selection?
Fragrant Soap from New Zealand sent by Woolswapper -thank you Catherine
Fancy soap from Florida, thank you Joanne .
Thank you Carrie for the lovely bars you sent from Maine. And the handknit washcloths are great!

Just thinking about soap today. I wanted to show a tiny wrapped bar of motel soap but couldn’t put my hands on one tonight. A year ago I posted about bars of Fels-Naptha soap but that’s another post.

Near Berrydale – Florida Highway 4 Guest Blog

Tuesday I received a Happy New Year email with this note.
Shuey writes:
“It’s been awhile since I’ve seen something in this category that was worth a U-turn and a stop.
I spotted this one while returning on a rainy day from “The Last Ride of the Year” which I go to every year to see some of my long distance riding friends.  I was between rain clouds and the contrasts of light and shadow really caught my eye.  Not in the picture, but off to the right, set much further back from the road, was a nice double-wide trailer. I’m guessing this building was the original family homestead now abandoned with a descendent family still living on the property.  Whether this old house is kept for the memories or it’s just to expensive to tear down . . . who knows.  Definitely worth a stop.   I’ll bet this building could tell a story or two if it could talk.”  
Google Street view from 2016 shows a building in much better shape

Berrydale Florida

Once upon a time it was “Home Sweet Home”

Decorative Doorstoppers

Do you have one in your home? Do you have a door that will swing shut if it isn’t held open with a doorstopper? We used to have a cast iron iron.

I saw a window full of vintage door stoppers, mostly painted cast iron. There are animals, people, flowers. Gnomes. Right now I use a concrete (or is it cement?) owl. I bought the owl in a gallery in Mansfield Ohio.

People collect them. Vintage and Antique Doorstoppers or door porters as they are called are written up in Collectors weekly

Holding the living room door that opens onto the front porch
Vintage Doorstoppers in a Nantucket shop window