It began with dinnerware. I was doing post-edits of photos for my food blog and I marveled at the beauty of the stoneware I used for a batch of bread and soup photos. They weren’t cheap but they’re worth the price I paid.
Stoneware. What made me conclude that they were stoneware? Couldn’t they be classified as earthenware or ceramic?
Short version of long story: I didn’t finish editing the photos that night because I spent the next hour and half reading about pottery and what differentiates earthenware from stoneware, stoneware from ceramic and porcelain, and ceramic from bone china.
I read so much and I was itching to write about what I had learned. But a blog post with a subject like that didn’t properly belong in a food blog. A new blog, perhaps? But with just one article? I set the idea aside.
Days later, I was setting the table for dinner and, as I laid spoons and forks on the table, a thought, quite unbidden, entered my mind. When did people start using spoons and forks? Knives have been on dinner tables for ages, but spoons and forks? And which wiseass decided that there has to be a different fork for meat and another for dessert?
After dinner, I sat down where I could see most of the ground floor of the house. I visually and mentally surveyed every object and arrangement, and I realized that I have questions about every one of them.
A basket of eggs on the kitchen island (why don’t we refigerate eggs the way our parents did?)
A basket of onions and garlic beside a basket of potatoes (what’s that chemical again that onions emit and potatoes can soak up so they should be kept in separate baskets?)
The chairs on both ends of our rectangular dining table (who was the first to attach significance to the seat at the “head” of the table?)
In short, there are countless things about a house and the objects in it that, to someone naturally curious, are worth learning about. So, yes. I decided on a new blog that will never have recipes in it.
I thought about registering a new domain but decided it was an unnecessary expense. I have lots of domains and most are unused. I just had to choose one. I did.
A blog about ordinary things that we take for granted. I’ll start with “house” and everything in it.
And the game was on. I was excited. A daily reason to take non-food photos. The opportunity to learn something new everyday, and write about it. It’s the respite and disctraction from writing recipes that I had been craving for so, so long.
And when I run out of interesting things in the house?
Of course, there’s a backup. There are old trivia articles I had published in the past that are scattered in three blogs that I plan to close soon. I’m going to move them here even before I start writing about things inside the house. Like a backup plan in reverse.
But articles like…?
Why is Pluto no longer considered the ninth planet of our solar system?
Where did the practice of wearing black mourning clothes come from?
Is the portrayal of Edward VIII in The Crown fair and cccurate?
What was the Opium War really about?
I have a knack for picking up trivia. When I read a book or watch a movie or a TV show, something is mentioned and I’m always off looking for information to help satiate my curious mind.
We’re about to enter the third year of living with a pandemic. I’m just trying to entertain myself in creative and productive ways from the safety of home.
Connie Veneracion ~ January 4, 2021