Columns

Flaky

By the time you read this, you might be stretched out on a hammock in your back yard. As I type this, the region is recovering from the second snowstorm in a week. The last time anything of this magnitude fell out of the sky, the local public works department dropped the snowball. I was...
Jewelry: Documenting the history

Jewelry: Documenting the history

If you are aware of the history of certain items in your jewelry collection, it would be well worth the effort to document this for future generations. It’s always a wonderful thing to know the story behind a piece of family jewelry, and the best way to be assured that the history is remembered is...
The Recipe Box: "Healthy Appetite" recipes

The Recipe Box: “Healthy Appetite” recipes

RATATOUILLE BISQUE www.cookingwithauntieina.blogspot.com Ingredients: 1 small head of garlic, roasted (easy to do…cut off top, pour on a bit of olive oil, wrap in foil and bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees in the oven. I threw mine in the toaster oven.) 1 large red bell pepper, chopped and seeded 1 large yellow pepper,...
Protecting your jewelry Q&A

Protecting your jewelry Q&A

Q: I often hear about homes being robbed, and people losing their jewelry. How can I protect myself from having that happen? Should I get a burglar alarm system? Buy a safe? A: Never leave your fine jewelry in an obvious place, such as in a jewelry box on your dresser, or “hidden” in the...

Pay the piper

It always starts innocently. You are standing in the shower and suddenly nothing goes down the drain. The water is rising halfway up your shin and does not appear to be planning to respond to gravity. Since you are a Homemoaner and somewhat versed in these matters, you go to the tool bin with wet...
Building my Passive House — Part 10

Building my Passive House — Part 10

This is the 10th and final entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified Passive House. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers certification programs for highly energy efficient homes, and the home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org). Those of you who have hung with...
New Year's (jewelry care) resolution

New Year’s (jewelry care) resolution

With the start of a new year, one of the resolutions that you may wish to consider is making better provisions for the care of your jewelry. “Care” should not be limited to an occasional do-it-yourself cleaning; in fact, there are a number of aspects regarding care that most people overlook entirely. A professional inspection and cleaning of your jewelry...
Junk Drawer

Junk Drawer

“Don’t sweat the small stuff.” I don’t. Now and then, however, when the surfaces in the house become cluttered with pens and tools or cooking utensils, we go around and pick stuff up. Most frequently it ends up in one of the several junk drawers around the place. There’s one in the kitchen, one in...
Good gold, bad gold

Good gold, bad gold

I’m not sure how many times I’ve heard it said that Italian gold is better that the gold we have here, so it may be time to set the record straight — gold is gold. There is no good gold or bad gold. (There isn’t even any in-between gold.) This may be difficult to believe,...
Building my Passive House — Part 9

Building my Passive House — Part 9

This is the ninth entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified passive house. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers certification programs for highly energy efficient homes, and the home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org). Because my heating requirements are so small, my house...
Thomas Mann must not have had GPS

Thomas Mann must not have had GPS

In the early 70s, we still had relatives living at “Springdale,” the remains of the Ohio farm where my great grandfather raised seven children including my mother’s father and my name sake. There are a few fading family photos and deep in the ever-murky crevasses of my brain, a distant memory of a layover at...
The old switcheroo routine

The old switcheroo routine

Whenever I speak about the subject of trust in a jeweler, there is always one particular issue that inevitably manages to surface, and that is the tale of a jeweler “switching” a diamond on a customer who brings her engagement ring in for repair, sizing, or some other routine work that needs to be done....