Sunday, June 17, 2018

Robotic Vacuum Cleaners




I am totally thinking about getting this.  It's a good price, and with 4 dogs and 1 cat who sheds constantly, I need something that is good at cleaning pet hair.  I have ceramic tile floors.  We love to work in the yard, and between us and the dogs, we bring in a lot of dirt.  I work full time, and it is often a challenge to keep the house as clean as I would like it to be.



I also considered getting the version that can mop.  It seems like a nice feature, but I'm thinking if I could have more of the sweeping done, I would just mop on my own.  But I might enjoy having the mopping feature.  I don't know anyone who has this, or any other robotic cleaner that can mop, so I don't have anyone to ask about how good a job it can do.


I found this one that also mops and vacuums and has wifi compatibility using Alexa, and an app for iPhones, or Google Assistant.



It's a little more expensive, but it is rated 5 stars by consumers, and is still considerably less than I Robot Roomba, or other well known brands.

They all have some very cool features.  They all will self dock and charge when they have a low battery,   They all can be programmed to clean according to your schedule!  It's almost as good as being in 2 places at once when you are working and your robotic vacuum is cleaning the floor!!

I'm thinking one of those will be moving to Texas very soon!  Let me know about your experiences with robotic vacuum cleaners, please!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Evelyn After



Evelyn After is another novel I enjoyed listening to during my long drives at work.  This novel was written by Victoria Helen Stone and presented several surprises along the way.  Evelyn, the protagonist, has been living her life without really seeing it.  She receives a late night phone call that brings new complications to her.  Evelyn strives to make the best decisions for her family, but what really is the best thing to do?

If you drive a lot, I heartily recommend Kindle Unlimited for the times you can safely listen to a story.  Listening to these books helps keep me alert and entertained!


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Say You're Sorry

As a follow up from the last post, this book comes in a series of 3.  I have been listening to them on an audio book format while driving to and from work, and between buildings.  I am currently finishing up book 3.  These books are good, with good plot and character development.  Ms. Leigh also is good at building the setting, making me feel the cold the characters are feeling in the last book.  I recommend these books



Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Kindle

In my job, I drive several hours per day.  One way to make that time more enjoyable is to listen to the radio.  Another is to listen to audio books.  I have an Amazon Prime subscription, and through that I can get a service called Kindle Unlimited.  This service allows one to download up to 10 books for $10 per month, and read, or in my case, listen to these books on my phone in my care.  I should mention that my driving is on country roads, where there is little traffic and generally no complicated situations.

Of course, you can get books for wonderful prices on Amazon without being a Kindle Unlimited member.  They are having a promotion now for 100 books, priced at $3.99 or less.  These books include mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and young adult.  Many of them have an audio component available.



Kindle apps can be downloaded for your computer, smart phone, or tablet.  Or, you could just purchase a Kindle.



Reading, or listening to an audio book is such a wonderful way to add  something special to your day.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Castor Oil

I have a friend who used castor oil to help her hair grow thicker.  She totally swears by it.  And she does have fantastic hair!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Moths

I recently had an experience with pantry moths.  I am 63 years old, and have never, to my knowledge, had pantry moths before.  I had no idea where they were coming from, and worked hard to make sure that no one stood with an outside door open to let them in.  I was sure they were entering my house when I let my dogs in.  I could see them on the ceiling of my pantry, and later on and under the shelves.  No matter how many I killed, there were always more.

A friend of mine had seen these in the past and talked to an exterminator friend of his.  I also did a little research on my own.  It turns out these annoying creatures probably came in with food I had purchased at the store.  The moths lay their eggs inside boxes and bags of rice, flour, cereal, and other yummy things like cake mix.  When the eggs hatch, the larvae feed on whatever treats in which they have been deposited until they reach the pupa stage and make a cocoon.  From there, they emerge as adults and no longer feed.  They do, however, lay hundreds of eggs, continuing the cycle of life int he pantry.

My research showed that the best way to control these pests, is to take everything out of the pantry and wash the shelves with soap and water, and then vinegar water, to remove the eggs and kill any larvae.  I personally had to throw a lot of food away, and it is recommended to throw away infested food.  Any food that might contain moth eggs can be placed in the freezer for 8 days to help kill the eggs and then placed in an airtight plastic container, to eliminate ability for any new moths to feed.

These Rubbermaid containers will help store foods in your pantry as well as in the refrigerator.

Best of luck with controlling these pests!





Sunday, March 25, 2018

Furminator

These are fantastic.  The first time I groomed my cat with this comb, I had enough hair to make two more cats.  You will get excess hair from any dog, even short haired dogs.  So nice to have this extra hair where I can throw it out and not just all over the house!  It makes being a pet owner much more enjoyable, and that is what we all want, right?