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    Dead Set Against A Dishwasher

    Have I ever told you guys how dead set against I was about getting a dishwasher? I tried to rationalize this to Herman. I said it took no time at all to do up the dishes by hand. Herman’s reply was swift, “Since I’m the one that has to do them by hand, I totally veto your decision. I want a dishwasher.”

    I fought him about this, but on this one issue he really put his foot down. Herman rarely does that with me. Not to say that he’s a pushover, but he lets me get away with a lot.

    We were making this decision as we were building our new house. You might say I have several unique notions about how a house should be set up. For instance, no curtains. Well, I take that back, I do have full length, white sheer curtains in the bedroom, by Eddie Bauer, of course. I got them at the same time I got these really cool and unusual curtain rods. They are black, wrought iron with leaves on each end of the rod. Also from Eddie Bauer.

    I had seen the curtains and rods in a catalog when I was picking out my four poster bed and matching full length mirror. They were set up together in a photo in the Eddie Bauer catalog, and I knew that was just how I wanted the bedroom to look. Another odd thing I did was choose all wicker furniture for the living room. I had this hanging from our old shed at the old house for months before we moved in here to the new house.

    Not only do I want to leave the windows clear for light to come in, I want to keep furniture at a minimum to have no obstacles in my path as I wheel my chair around. On the living room windows, I have white horizontal wooden blinds, which I keep up all day long and only drop at night for privacy. I ordered these blinds long before the house was built, after getting the window measurements from the blueprints.

    I remember the architect telling me there was no way I could do this, and I should wait for the windows to be installed first. What, me wait? I went ahead and ordered them from a catalog and amazingly they fit perfectly. They really go well with the rest of the house.

    I also furnished the bathroom with a shower curtain from Eddie Bauer. I had an idea when I saw this shower curtain in the catalog that I wanted it. It has little fishes on it and I found a bathroom scale in the shape of a fish to complete the bathroom. (The scale is named “scaly” by the way.)

    This pretty much completes my decorating prowess. Everything else in the house is light, airy, functional and sparse. Nothing to clutter or get in the way.

    So, by the way, we do have a dishwasher and we use it almost daily. So my argument was for naught.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"