I am in the midst of the extended project of “committing a Neatness” in the house. I do not expect to truly organize every room (see Tasks, Herculean) but do hope to get the more common or apt to be seen into a semi or quasi presentable state. I am up against years of accumulation (not so much hoarding as sloth) so it will be a while.
I had been considering, and really still am, not replacing each bottle in the liquor collection. Some would stay, of course. I’d not care to be unable to make a Manhattan, Martini, Sazerac, and a few others. But do I really need the seldom-used Frangelico and the I-still-have-this Chambord? And then, just now, I found yet again how wonderfully convenient it is to see a cocktail and just grab the right bottles and make it without having to wait or make a trip to get this or that. Maybe I do need to reduce the collection some. But not severely. Perhaps the right solution is more shelves and have the most commonly used most accessible and any rara avis can be off a bit.
And since I’m wondering, are there any “no, you need to keep that because of this” drinks that call for the Frangelico or the Chambord?
Every autumn, as it gets colder, the furnace gets switched on (and the air conditioner off) or as I’ve taken to saying, we switch from the cooling regime to the heating regime. And there is the peculiar aroma of the first use of the furnace for the season. It is, very roughly, hot dust – and not the same as the “magic radio dust” that was once found baking on vacuum tubes that had been in service for some time.
Yesterday, I switched from the cooling to the heating regime… and wondered if the furnace was even working. Oh, the house was reasonably warm or at least not cold. But that telltale smell wasn’t there. But that was also exactly as it should have been. The furnace would have been used a few days earlier, but we waited for the air filter to be swapped out and the air filter wasn’t getting changed until after the ductwork had (finally) been cleaned. The ductwork was cleaned (and a lot of crud removed), the filter changed, the furnace engaged… and.. no “first heating of the season” smell. Those ducts are, if not clean, clean enough.
Hopefully that will make things such that $HOUSEMATE’s asthma is less likely to act up and The Great Never-Ending Atomic Cough doesn’t resume (it does end, but it doesn’t feel like it. I’ve quipped it happens twice a year and only lasts seven months each time…) The office humidifier is also cleaned up, filled up, connected up, tested and ready for when the weather is cooler and drier that it is today. Today, now that we are alright with running the furnace, and the humidifier is ready, is, naturally warm (for Minnesota in October) and wet.