I have been on a marathon run of needle point projects. For weeks, I have created new patterns and designs. Traditional stitches are fine to execute most of them. The results are pretty spectacular if I don’t say so myself. How did I get into this mania? I agreed to supply some homemade items for a charity sale. There will be area rugs made by hand, embroidered towels, lace doilies, one-of-a-kind ceramics, unique soaps and bath oils. Needlepoint is always a popular seller. I have tried to make as much variety as I can to suit individual tastes. If people like the old-fashioned imagery, they will find good examples. If they want some colorful abstractions, these will be on offer as well. Every palette will be available from warm to cool hues.
After taking a much-needed break from all my handiwork, I went into the kitchen to do the dishes. Being a bit tired, I loaded everything in sight into the dishwasher. I didn’t have it in me to do them all by hand. My appendages had been working long and hard already. After the dishes had gone through the wash, rinse, and dry cycles, I opened the door. Steam emerged and when it cleared, I could see white spots on my dinner dishes. Yikes! I guessed that it was time to repair or replace the appliance. That was not a positive thought. What would a new one cost me? I couldn’t continue on like this with less-than-perfect dishes. I looked into the matter and called by handyman for his advice.
Dianne, he said, “you are a lucky girl today. You don’t need to buy a new dishwasher. It is just the result of hard water.” I was thrilled. I never imagined that there was such a simple, cost-free explanation. Now, I shouldn’t say cost-free, but cost-friendly instead. I did need to install a reverse osmosis water filtration system according to my handyman. They are not prohibitive depending upon the size and placement. He suggested a whole-house model so that all the water that would be used—whether for laundry, dishwashing, or bathing—would be soft and pure. Chemicals make water hard and no one likes the idea of drinking impurities.
The suggestion offered was a good system from a reliable company. We read the descriptions on line and all the relevant testimonials. In the end, we arrived at a mid-priced system. “You will really notice a difference right away,” he said. “You will be able to tell. No more white spots marring your fine china.” It seems that the problem was solved. I couldn’t wait to tell my friends. Those with similar systems couldn’t say enough good things about them. The water systems can be installed under or over the kitchen counter, in the refrigerator, or any faucet. There are dozens of designs and some are quite cost-effective. While you can avoid telltale signs of hard water on glasses and dishes in the dishwasher, you are also doing something that is safe and environmentally friendly. Bravo!