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Old 02-24-2014, 09:36 AM   #155
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Ditto on silicon pot holders. They are heat-resistent enough to double as trivets for hot pots-- another space-saving move.

BTW, lavender is very easy to grow in the garden or pot on a windowsill. You can dry it, and then stuff it into a pre-made cotton jelly or herb bag from the kitchen store, for those of us who don't sew-- or do so only under extreme duress, such as mending pants when the seat rips out.

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I am a devoted fan of silicone everything, and have large silicone mits at home that I wouldn't want to be without. Their innards are fabric, though, so they still need an inside-out run thru the washing machine every couple of weeks, as hands ar not always pristine when inserted for use.

So, y'all are saying I have solved a problem of my own making? I guess that's true!

Truth is, I like cotton potholders, and little minis I invented that I call "lid-lifters" because the silicone are not always as flexible as I need and would like.

At home, I have more room and so have both. In the Interstate, I only have cotton.

There is also the very important cute factor. I love the pop of color from pretty potholders, especially the crocheted ones from variegated yarns.

They make me happy.

And so, rather than wash all the potholders and hotmats every few days, a cedar sachet in each drawer is working very nicely to keep my drawers smelling fresh. I no longer open the utensil drawers and smell stale mexican, italian, pot roast, etc.

I grow lavender in my home garden. Love it, can't get enough of it. It is in all my drawers and closets.

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There is also the very important cute factor. I love the pop of color from pretty potholders, especially the crocheted ones from variegated yarns.
I'm a guy. Single. And an engineer. I don't give a rip about cute, I just want stuff that works. Hence the Ove-Gloves.

But I am well aware that when it comes to the tools for domestic chores, I'm very much in the minority with that opinion. If cuteness floats your boat, power to you.
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I'm a guy. Single. And an engineer. I don't give a rip about cute, I just want stuff that works. Hence the Ove-Gloves.

But I am well aware that when it comes to the tools for domestic chores, I'm very much in the minority with that opinion. If cuteness floats your boat, power to you.
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I'm a guy. Single. And an engineer. I don't give a rip about cute, I just want stuff that works. Hence the Ove-Gloves.

But I am well aware that when it comes to the tools for domestic chores, I'm very much in the minority with that opinion. If cuteness floats your boat, power to you.
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I think it was a compliment.

We engineers can be a little blunt.
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Which one is the problem? Being male? Being single? Being an engineer? If it's that last one, help is already on the way since I'm retiring at the end of the year. If it's one of the other two, then I'm beyond help.
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I use Ove-Gloves for handling pots and pans. Comsumer Reports gave them a favorable review in their July 2010 issue.
We very much liked and used Ove-Gloves too until I made the mistake of letting one get damp and then using it to pull a pan out of a 400 degree oven. Can you picture a steamed hand? After that we went to silicone oven gloves but I agree the Ove-Glove does feel more secure and it is not easy to find a silicone glove that fits my big hands. Not so much of a problem with my wife's smaller hand.
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Which one is the problem? Being male? Being single? Being an engineer? If it's that last one, help is already on the way since I'm retiring at the end of the year. If it's one of the other two, then I'm beyond help.
No, just that you don't care about "cute!" The reasons behind it are irrelevant!!

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I think it was a compliment.

We engineers can be a little blunt.
I perceived it as, at least, neutral.

Blunt is okay, as it is an honest feeling, right?

I'll take blunt over many other forms of communication...or lack, thereof....any day.


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No, just that you don't care about "cute!" The reasons behind it are irrelevant!
I believe that form follows function. Sometimes, yes, cute can be important. Cute women are more likely to get a date. Cute pets are more likely to get adopted. Cute kids are more likely to get away with misbehaving.

But cute inanimate objects aren't any more functional than plain ones, and the few kitchen gadgets I buy are there to be used, not to be admired as decoration. So with regard to my kitchen stuff at least, I care not a whit about cute. I leave that to folks like Maggie who actually have an aesthetic and/or artistic sense, unlike the folks like me who have an ascetic and/or autistic sense instead.

As far as being blunt is concerned, that's my own fault. When God asked "Do you want some tact?" I thought he said "Thumtacks" so I replied, "No! Don't stick me with that!"
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As far as being blunt is concerned, that's my own fault. When God asked "Do you want some tact?" I thought he said "Thumtacks" so I replied, "No! Don't stick me with that!"
Isn't "tact" the ability to say "nice doggie" while you're reaching around behind you for a stick? ... or is that diplomacy? I keep getting those confused.
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I believe that form follows function. Sometimes, yes, cute can be important. Cute women are more likely to get a date. Cute pets are more likely to get adopted. Cute kids are more likely to get away with misbehaving.

But cute inanimate objects aren't any more functional than plain ones, and the few kitchen gadgets I buy are there to be used, not to be admired as decoration. So with regard to my kitchen stuff at least, I care not a whit about cute. I leave that to folks like Maggie who actually have an aesthetic and/or artistic sense, unlike the folks like me who have an ascetic and/or autistic sense instead.

As far as being blunt is concerned, that's my own fault. When God asked "Do you want some tact?" I thought he said "Thumtacks" so I replied, "No! Don't stick me with that!"

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You are so funny!
I thought we agreed you were a "cantankerous old man". I think that's how you described yourself.
So now we learn, you have no style.
Barbara Streisand said "all there is, is style".
We all eat, but is how well we eat differs greatly. And that' all style!
We all dress. But how we dress varies greatly. We can live with style or not. And It does not depend on income level but
Creativity and desire.
If I were you, I get a "cute" potholder from Maggie. If I ever meet her, I plan on getting one very cute one.
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I will make Protag an un-cute potholder.....in a manly, strictly functional color such as black, navy, dark green, etc.



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