Quintessence post this morning. One is that she and her sister obviously make an effort to have a standing date to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art; they've figured out that the only way not to be overwhelmed by its vast hoards is to go there early and often. The other is the "necessaire" that was featured in one of the Met's jewel-like shows. This box was kitted out with the items of a wealthy person's toilette. It contains a few items for sewing, taking care of one's person, and knowing what time it is.