Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
― William Morris
I'm looking at my life with fresh eyes at the moment; and really considering what I want from my possessions and activities. I am simplifying.
I've thrown out our ancient pepper mill that started to come apart as you ground the pepper. Even a working pepper mill is over engineered for my purposes - such an ensemble of cogs and teeth to grind a single spice.
I could just buy ready ground, of course - and I do in may instances. But sometimes I need whole spices and it would be a waste to double up. Fresh whole spices make me happy; and I will spare some time and shelf space for them.
I found this dinky little stone pestle and mortar in the charity shop the other day. It will grind a whole range of spices. It works with barely more effort than the turn of the pepper mill - significantly less, as it doesn't come apart with every use. It is undoubtedly beautiful; and it will probably outlive me. Perfect.
This is what I want from the things in my life - useful, beautiful, resilient - enough.