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Best White Noise Machine

I woke up in the middle of the night last night. Once awake, it can take me forever to get back to sleep. I was dreading the next few hours.

That was until, laying next to me in the dark, I heard Finn purring and Wink snoring.

Best white noise machine ever.

By |February 25th, 2021|Happiness is..., Life|0 Comments

In the Middle of a Snow Storm, I’m Thinking Green

Ok, between covid cabin fever and winter snowstorms, I am SO over it. To keep myself sane, I’m thinking green!

As in this kind of green. I’m dreaming and planning for my summer gardens.

vegetable garden

Over the years, my gardens have shrunk in size for lack of time to keep up with them.

I started going back to raised beds this past summer. For now, this is the perfect, manageable size.

raised beds

But I’m thinking of going one step further. I’ve been looking into setting up tall raised beds for two reasons. 1. It’s easier on the back. 2. Keeps rabbits and other small ground-dwelling critters out. I’ve […]

By |February 15th, 2021|My Garden / Recipes|0 Comments

Have You Ever Wondered…

The things I think about…

I’ve had to do some work recently that’s required looking at maps, which got me thinking about how map land sizes can be skewed. Which got me thinking about the times I’ve flown over oceans and couldn’t fathom their size, which got me thinking about how perception changes based on context. And then I got to thinking about how much land vs how much ocean… Well, you can see the rabbit hole I went down.

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Earth's Surface percentages

Visualizing Countries by Share of Earth’s Surface

There are over 510 million square kilometers of area on the surface of […]

By |February 3rd, 2021|Nature|0 Comments

Fastest Way to Defrost Your Car’s Windshield

It’s cold outside. Really cold. As it should be for January.

Which means that if you have a car that stays outside, as we do, you’re dealing with frost, snow, ice, and sundry other winter mixes that need to be scraped off your windshield before you can drive off.

Tired of guessing at the best way to defrost, de-ice, de-whatever, I did some research.

Here’s what I found.

Steps to defrost car windshield

If you’re curious about the science behind why this is the fastest combo, you can learn why here.

You’re welcome.

By |January 23rd, 2021|Tech Tips & Product Reviews|0 Comments

Heads Up! “Sportmix” Pet Food Recall

sportmix pet food bags in recallMidwestern Pet Foods company expands voluntary recall of dry food products.

After more than 70 dogs died and 80 others became ill, possibly from ingesting fatal levels of a toxin that is produced by mold, Midwestern Pet Foods is conducting a recall, the Food and Drug Administration said.

Pet parents: do not feed the recalled products to your pets or any other animals.

Destroy the products in a way that children, pets and wildlife cannot access them. Wash and sanitize pet food bowls, cups and storage containers.

Contact Midwestern Pet Foods Consumer Affairs at 800-474-4163, ext. 455 from 7AM to 4PM […]

By |January 15th, 2021|Dogs in General|0 Comments

The Better Question is What is Duct Tape NOT Good For

I’ve been hard at work trying to make it so Wink can continue our walks even in cold, snowy weather. It’s been a process, to say the least. But I’m determined.

The latest problem to solve has been how to keep Wink’s feet protected.

I started off with these waterproof, skidproof booties from Amazon.com EXPAWLORER Waterproof Dog Boots Reflective Non-Slip Pet Booties. They get 4 stars, and for a lot of people, they seem to do the trick.

Here’s what they look like on Wink. So far, so good. 

But here’s where the trouble starts.

bootie walk

Notice how his […]

By |December 30th, 2020|.My Dogs and Me, Dogs in General|0 Comments
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