is the flushing mechanism
on the tank of our toilet.
And this (below)
is our toilet.
our former toilet.
For despite the unutterable aesthetic pleasure
of a wooden toilet tank with a copper liner,
a brass flushing mechanism,
and the ability to control the water volume
by how long you push
on said brass button,
we replaced the whole thing last Saturday.
but after 30 years with us
(the tank itself is from the 1930s/40s),
aesthetics were not enough
to overcome an aged mechanism
and the extra water used
when flushing with a bucket
to actually get things
down the pipe.
Short of digging a hole and building an outhouse
(still illegal in town, alas),
our new toilet is grand.
It meets all the low flush standards
for our aquifer-sucking region
and the wooden seat
helps it feel like the old one
(now at the local building recyclers
where they are sure someone will want it
for a non-functional restoration--
wooden tank? Copper liner? Brass flusher?
what's not to love?)
So all is Grand --
--for the dreaded
in which the toilet was shipped
are at least recyclable.
But the protective foam?
And how horrible
to stuff our garbage/landfill
with plastic-encased air.
Also, how to throw away
something that is kind of interesting
in and of itself:
interlocking sections that can lie flat
or be folded into the edges and corners
that protected the toilet
from chips and cracks
thus preventing more waste.
A person could make something --
why fill the house
with pieces of foam I don't need.?
how to avoid buying things
generate trash in my name?
Needless to say,
I didn't sleep terribly well--
because in the middle of the night
I had an idea.
I put it to the test.
but a piece of fabric tossed over the top
helps with the aesthetics.
- it's actually great:
firm-- yet squishy,
stable--yet wobbly enough
to keep my hips moving gently as I weave--
like those giant exercise balls you can sit upon
without the rolling issues.
Also, the height is easily adjustable
in 1 1/4 " increments
which makes it a super simple way
to deal with some of the pipe loom ergonomic issues
I raised last week.
needing the tuffet to be slightly taller
than the double width allowed
with the two solutions below.
Both are the same height.
With its bigger base,
the one above is more elementally stable,
though the tower version on the right
is kind of fun to sit on
(in a wobbly kind of way),
as long as my feet are flat on the floor.
Certainly one or the other
(or maybe both)
will see me through
the last few inches
of the Digestive Biscuit Tapestry.
It turns out that a standard pillowcase
is exactly two blocks wide by three blocks long
and I'm currently sitting crosslegged
on a foam block/pillowcase raft
firmly yet comfortably insulated
from my cold floor.
Maybe if I put the tapestry tower
on top of the raft ...