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.

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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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Heads Up! “Sportmix” Pet Food Recall

sportmix pet food bags in recall Midwestern 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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Tis the Season

 

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy–and healthy–holiday season.

As 3 feet of snow lay on the ground and the temp is 5 degrees, it makes me think of all of the creatures outside who are doing their best to cope and stay alive. I do what I can to provide sources of food and shelter for them.

Likewise, I am thinking of all of the families who have been hardest hit by Covid and may also be … Read more