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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 14

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HOME & FAMILY A lot about windows, lamps By MARY BRYSON TM RHfiUPi Kami PurnKhinn editor Q. I would like to have a floor lamp In my living room, but have been told they are no longer in style because floor lamps seem to overwhelm small rooms of today. Would it look wrong to have one standing beside a chair? The light would be better for reading — Kate C., Des Moines. A. Floor lamps, like most practical items in.the home furnishings field, are never out of style. However, the 1973 models are not the giants with fussy shades that used to dominate the living room decor — which may be one reason they fell into disrepute. You are right the light would be better for reading, and a floor lamp often can fit into an area where a table might, give a crowded look. Standing behind_a_chair f _iLcan_shed_ light over the shoulder and on a book where it's really needed. It also can move to the game table, if there is no overhead lighting there, A window with arched top Is decorated so architectural beauty is emphasized. and is handy beside a piano or desk. Several companies have introduced floor lamps that are a bit shorter and are delicately scaled. -Some models have tables attached, but most stand neatly on weighted bases. Columns are slender, sometimes fluted in the classic-manner, or made of simulated- bamboo, bronze or distressed wood. Shades may be linen, parchment, silk or silky fabric with a shirred look, and three-way illumination is standard. Color problem Q. I need help with my living room, which is 12-by 14-feet and has dark green wall-to-wall carpeting. Wallpaper has a very light green background with medium green scenic pattern. Draperies are dark gold, and davenport and matching chair are rose pink. There is also a green overstuffed chair, and furniture wood is dark. What color for a new loveseat or small daven- YOUR DECORATING PROBLEMS port and two upholstered chairs? What for extra pillows? — Mrs. Evelyn Me- Laughlin, Cherokee. A. With your soft green scenic wallpaper, green carpel and gold draperies, you are somewhat committed to a green and gold scheme. I assume your new loveseat and two upholstered chairs will replace your rose pink furniture. With your patterned walls, you probably won't want a scenic or floral pattern for upholstery, hut you could have a stripe or a plaid. See if you can find a fabric with an off-white background with green, 'gold and bright blue stripes. Use this for the loveseat and have the two new chairs in gold — or reverse the idea and have a solid colored loveseat and chairs in the bright stripes. Pillows could be in all the colors — gold, green and blue — and you can repeat the blue in other small accessories, such as lamp bases, vases, flowers, ashtrays, etc. Three windows Q. I have three standard double- hung windows on one wall. Two win- Chopsticks and dieter Hints from Heloise By HELOISE CRUSE /••I-, • '• Dear Heloise: I would like to share this SUPER tip with all the dieters! Heretofore, when I sat down to eat my meal, I was so hungry that I just "gobbled or inhaled" it down in five minutes. It was suggested that I place a mirror at the table and watch myself eat, chewing each bite ten times. But I most certainly didn't want to watch myself CHEW. Then, I had a brainstorm! I purchased a pair of chopsticks and NOW ... it takes me half an hour to clear my plate. Everyone watches ME! At first I was a novice and I must have put on a good show, but HUNGER will make you an expert in no time. If you don't believe it, try picking up pea by pea in a mixed vegetable dish! But it works — you do not eat fast! After a slow meal, someone remarked, "No wonder you never see a FAT Oriental! One thing though, before you begin to eat, cut all your meat in bite-sized pieces. -Nlda • Dear Heloise: I want to share with you a great Idea that I got from a friend-who shared it with me. It is a marvelous dip for hors d'oeuvres that is so easy to make, you will be flabbergasted. It can be used on all kinds of raw vegetables such as celery, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, etc. To make the dip simply mix mayonnaise with some curry powder. Add enough to suit your taste-until it is a mustard yellow color. That is all there is to it, but it is most unique and tasty. I have received more compliments on this. Just try it ... you will go crazy! — I^once • Dear Heloise: I hate to waste thread when altering £ hem of a new garment, but it always seems to come out "zig-zag" and is so difficult to handle. While taking out a hem at my Iron- Ing board one day, I ran the thread under my warm iron (as you might do a ribbon), and it straightened out fine. I wound the thread around an empty spool and reused it in putting back the hem. In this way, you always have a "match" without having to run out and buy more thread. — Anita Ware Beauty ill an onion patch By ART KOZELKA if Chlemo Trlbun* Green thumbers who know their onions are well aware that all are not for eating. In fact, many onions are such spectacular eye-catchers in the flower garden that they seldom' are associated with the lowly onion clan. All have one thing in common, whether they produce showy blooms or garnish a salad or add zest to a stew, and that is that they are alliums. While edible sorts notably chives and leeks, produce interesting flower heads in their own right, many others have such distinguished blooms that they are grown especially for this purpose. These comprise the so-called ornamental onions. Noteworthy in this group Is the al- lium giganteum, largest and most spectacular of all. This is the one that produces a huge, radiant ball of violet or purple blooms, often 6 inches in diameter, at the top of sturdy 4- or 5- foot stems. Each flower ball is actuary a spherical umbel composed of hundreds of tiny star-shaped flowers, discernible as such only when viewed at close range. Each floret itself is a thing of beauty. ' Makes seeds The giganteum's flower head will remain colorful for, several, weeks before it begins to fade and make seeds. This lasting quality makes it equally desirable as a cut flower, for which one would pay a handsome price If it was purchased from a florist. Other alliums with large spherical flowers, but on shorter stems than the giganteum, include albopilosom, which has star-shaped lilac flowers in June; and the May-flowering aflatunense with rosy-purple blooms; karataviense whose flowers are reddish-lilac; and rosenbachianum, with purple blooms. Smaller growing varieties, many of which are appropriate for borders or in rock garden settings, also have genuine appeal. A few of these are os- trowskianum, rose-colored flower head on a fi-inch stem; moly, sometimes called golden garlic which has yellow flowers on fool-high stems; and pul- i chellum. pink-lavender blooms on 10- to 12-inch stems. The foliage of all alliums is rather insignificant as such. The large flowering kinds, such as the Rigaoleiim, have a few heavy, flat basal leaves from which the heavy flower stems rise. - r i«*tt*' r ^ ^xt *'••+' Defining the Gray Panthers HEARTLINE Heartline is a service of The Des Moines Register for senior citizens. Its purpose is to answer questions —fast. Send your questions to HEARTLINE, 8514 N. Main St., Dayton, Ohio 45415. Senior citizens will receive prompt replies. The most useful replies will be printed in this column, which appears in The Sunday Register and Monday's and Thursday's daily Register. Heartline: What is the Gray Panthers? - C.F. Answer: As explained in Gray Panther literature, the Gray Panthers is a rapidly growing network of people old and young, drawn together by common concerns for human liberation and social change. The old and young live outside the mainstream of society. Agism — discrimination against persons on the basis of chronological age — deprives both groups of power and influence. The Gray Panthers believe that old and young have much to contribute to make our society more just and humane and that each needs to reinforce the other in goals, strategy and action. Heartline suggests that Americans of all ages take a look at the Gray Panther movement, because, there is a valuable message to be found within the movement. Heartline: Does HRW have a pamphlet for self-employed persons that explains how to report your income? — G.D. Answer: Yes. It Is titled "If You're Self-Employed . . . Reporting Your Income for Social Security". This pamphlet also explains the special provisions for clergymen. The publication number is fSSA) 74-10022. Heartline: I am not able to work full-time. I am drawing Social Security retirement and work part-time. However, I could have an earning potential of $4.000 a year in my part- time job. As you know, I am not allowed to make more than $2.520 while, drawing Social Security retirement benefits, without having to pay a certain amount back to Social Security, and | yet the government continues to take i Social Security taxes out of my part| time income. It seems to me that it I would be better if this .$2.520 allowable j were to be dropped 1 think it actually ; discourages many of us oldsters from i working at all and-forces us to line up ' in the welfare lin^s, or it toreo" some who are to proud to accept state or , federal aid to go without proper loorl or medk-'ine and deprives thfm of err- lam little luxuries that they would like lo hHve in their l;ist yars on this Kyrlh. VVhal do you sa\ lo this? — B.C.K. Ajuweri "AMEN," wltto sincerity. The Des Moines Register • Thursday, Aug. 28,1975 / Page 13 . Floor lamp by Stiffel, Inspired by a Georgian candle holder, is a slim column about SO inches tall. dows are together, but the other is separated by a few feet of wall space. How can I treat, them so the room doesn't look cut-up and off-balance? — Becky R., Council Bluffs. A. Decorate the three windows as if you have one big window on the wall. Span all the windows and the wall space between with a valance or cornice and hang draperies at each end. Then hang glass curtains, not too sheer, to cover the space between the draperies. Clogging-it's hard work, but enjoyable ~ By PAT ROBERTS MIAMI. FLA. - Clirky click click CLACK. Clicky click click CLACK. Clicky click click CLACK. . •. . Louder and louder, fasfpr and faster, R pairs of feel lapped out the rhylhm on the linoleum floor on the Southern Miami American Legion Hall. People young and old were shuffling along in a great, circle, looking a bit. like flopping scarecrows, their faces intense with concentration. They were clogging. For those who've never clogged, it should be explained that clogging is a dance. Not a new dance, but. a very old one, enjoyed for generations by people who live in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. Clogging lakes bluegrasK music — a banjo, a couple fiddles, a guitar and mandolin — and doggers, or comfortable shoes with taps — and, to really get. into it, a western shirt. Rill Millican, World Champion Clog- ger, and Colleen Covey, a veteran of two years of clogging, have been teaching (he dance for nine weeks. Millican, 33, a Coral Gables fireman, learned to clog in his childhood in the Smoky Mountains. Competing with as many as SOO others, he's won the world lille three times in competition in Tennessee and South Carolina. Revives interest When Millican moved to Miami in Iflfvl, he found few clogging companions. Then about, five years ago there was a revival of interest in country music. "A lot of people always liked bluegrass music, but they wouldn't; admit it before. It was too much hillbilly for . them. Now, with the younger generation, people seem to be getting back to original things more," Millican said. "You'd be surprised how many college students are beginning to go for bluegrass instead of rock." As Millican caljed out instructions, teen-agers danged alongside grey-hair- ed grandparents, small children and their youthful parents. Dee Jasen clogged her way to the edge of, the dance floor and stopped a few moments to explain why she'd come. "It's good for arthritis,' she said. "I've got it in my knees and ankles. "One of the • nicest things about square dancing is the togetherness. It's something you can do with children of any age." As she talked, she kept Lipping her foot to the rhythm. It's hard to keep from moving, once the music gets going. A gray-haired gentleman slopped to lake her hand nnd they clogged away. Wooden shoes The name clogging i.s taken from the wooden shoes worn by the French who originated the dance. Its popularity spread to Hie British Isles and the dance, was brought to Ihe United States by early settlers. How do you clog? "If you don't, perspire, freely, you're not doing it right," said dogger Tom Fergusen. Five minutes of hard solo clogging is equal to running a mile While one toe does a toe tap out front, the other follows it with a sliding heel tap. A simple clogging step looks much like a bored shuffle, but it gels lively when combined with buck dancing, a double toe tap followed by a step, step, step, and with Ihe swinging, circling promenading square dance. Add Decor ah museum to National Register Th* RMlsler'i Irwa News Ssrvlc* DECORAH, IA. - The Porter House Museum here has been placed in the 'National Register of Historic Places, Adrian D. Anderson, director of historic preservation for the State Historical Department, said Wednesday. The museum, owned by the Winneshiek County Historical Society, was constructed in 1867 and is recognized as a good example of the Italian villa style of architecture. The museum is named for Adelbert Field Porter, a collector and naturalist. The National Register designation makes the museum eligible for federal matching funds for restoration, and protects the building to some degree from any federally assisted or licensed projects that might adversely affect the building. DOWNTOWN PARK FAIR \ X LONG IS LOVELY wedding—or just idire ancJ super 100% Fortrelli I—, I,,. .. bod.ce and super The perfect jacUt dr-»« tn o •• any social oflnn. 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