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My wife and I read a publication called “Hobby Farm”. The term hobby farmer irritates us as we consider ourselves “homesteaders” or at least semi-self sufficient. We feel the articles in the magazine are trite and so simplistic that it is an insult to the reader’s intelligence as it treats them as complete idiots. Granted product comparisons aside (who can really afford brand new tractors??) the majority of the writings are filler with no real insight or advice, although they may create an interest to be explored in depth elsewhere.

After reading 4 issues in the interest of fairness, our opinions have not changed. The following satirical article pokes fun at the magazine as an example of the types of articles found within its covers.

We have had a few people who we consider of the homesteading mind read this and we are all in agreement, if it upsets you, then you are probably a Hobby Farmer.

[update March 2004 - We once again, in the name of fairness, purchased the latest issue of "Hobby Farm" magazine. (We should have gotten a subscription since we did purchase a full year of issues!) We are pleasantly surprised that the content in this latest issue is reflective of the intelligence of people we know that live in the country. Way to go "Hobby Farm" magazine, you're on your way!]

Setting Up Your Hobby Kitchen with Glasses
~ a satire ~

In setting up your Hobby Kitchen, glassware is something you will want to possibly include in your cupboard. Glasses can come in many sizes and shapes. Small glasses hold less than larger ones, but fit into smaller shelves and weigh less generally. Larger glasses are bigger by comparison and hold more. Your glass selection will depend upon your needs and taste in design. The choices are endless! I recommend glasses that are the color and design that you like or that compliment the scheme of your kitchen.

When one goes out to purchase your Hobby Glasses, keep in mind that they can be made in several different materials; glass, tin, aluminum, plastic, porcelain, to name just a few. Research before you make your selection, ask neighbors or friends what they like and recommend. Notice what restaurants and diners where you eat use. These things will help make the decision easier.

When buying glasses remember that they have a downside too. Many glasses made from glass can break, leaving sharp edges or shards of glass on the floor. Breakage occurs when a glass is dropped or hit in such a way that it causes the hard surface to fail. In turn, this will usually produce a shearing effect due to the molecular structure of glass to allow a sharp edge to be revealed. Caution, these sharp edges can cause cuts that can lead to bleeding. Consult your physician if needed. Glasses not of breakable materials will generally bend or dent. These are safer.

Glasses have many uses around the Hobby Kitchen, use your imagination and don’t be afraid to experiment. Glasses not only hold your drinking water, but milk, juice and other beverages as well! They can also be used to hold things like coins, pencils and other objects. Many glasses make nice vases for flowers or even planters. If you ever need to draw a circle, you can trace around a glass to produce a perfect one! Use a glass as a cookie cutter for a perfectly round cookie! The possibilities are endless.

Care of glasses should be approached with care and planning. Dish detergent is recommended along with hot water to clean and disinfect your glasses. Follow manufacturers recommendations in the use of detergents for cleaning, also be aware that too hot of water can cause burns. Caution is advised if you hand wash your Hobby Kitchen Glasses, or hire someone to clean your glassware for you.

Storage is another challenge for the Hobbyist when dealing with glasses. Shelves are recommend, either open or behind doors (i.e. cabinets). Some people will line these shelves with cloth or paper. Contact paper for shelves can be bought at your local Hobby Farm supply store. Remember to keep glasses on a shelf at a comfortable height to aid in quick and easy retrieval when needed. Because of possible hazard, you may want to locate them in a place where younger children can not reach them.

Enjoy the challenges of your Hobby Kitchen and remember to get professional advice whenever you are in doubt.

Paul L. Muller




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