Update on Xavier, 9.24.16

September 24, 2016

Seems like people like to see what’s going on with my avocado tree, Xavier.  Here he is, September 24, 2016. I didn’t see buds this year, but he seems healthy and strong. I know we are going to see major leaf drop this fall, like we always do!



Best Ladder?

November 7, 2013

Me on my brand new ladder.

Me on my brand new ladder. Look at me, being so stable on uneven surfaces!  My life is pretty much sunshine and rainbows now!

People, I’ve found the greatest ladder on the planet.  It’s the Select Step 5-8 foot ladder by Little Giant.  (<–I’m trying out the Amazon affiliate program.  The cost is the same no matter how you buy this product, but buying it through my link will give me 4% (I think) – after 4 years of writing this blog, I’m finally wondering what it would like to make a few dollars.)

It’s a little heavy (32 lbs with the amazing “Air deck workstation” that I am not using in the picture, but comes with the ladder I linked to, and adds additional hand railing and a nicely designed work surface), but it’s super stable, each leg telescopes individually for different heights (for use on stairs, window sills, etc.), and it’s compact (61″ high, 28″ wide at base, 14.5″ wide at top, and around 9″ deep at it’s thickest — when it’s all folded).  Look at this demonstration video and be awed by this feat of household repair engineering:


What should I do about my smelly house?

May 18, 2012

Opening windows for at least 30 minutes a day, every day, is always a good idea.  In terms of air purifiers, I’ve tried a five and given away three (if you want to buy my remaining ionic breeze, drop me a note!), and the one I kept was the Sun Pure (thanks for giving it to me, Marcy!).  Zeolite on its own has done absolutely nothing for me (I keep having high hopes for it).  However, I just recently added potpourri to my get-rid-of-cooking-and-renovation-smells toolbox.  I get my custom-scented potpourri at the wonderful Good Home Store on 24th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. (UPDATE: as of September 2012, the store is no longer there!  I guess you can order from the website?)

Good Home Store

Good Home Store

The Good Home Store has much more than potpourri, and pretty much everything they have can be customized to your scent preferences.  I’m a fan.

Organic housewares and linens?

July 7, 2011

I love Lifekind for bedding, towels, mattresses, pillows, linens, furniture, baby stuff, laundry stuff, bath stuff, etc.  I have ordered from them for years (at least 7) and I wrote a post a year ago extolling the virtues of their mattresses and pillows, but I thought it was worth repeating, because 1.) I love them so much, and 2.) they have a discount code “SUMMER11” for 10% off when you order online.  I don’t know how long that code will last, but it worked for me (I just ordered some pillowcases).

Many things about Lifekind impress me.

  • Their customer service is excellent.  They have intelligent and helpful people manning the phone.
  • When you tell them to keep you off the mailing list, they do it (unlike most other catalog companies).
  • Their stuff is VERY well made (yes, it’s definitely not cheap, but worth every penny, imho).
  • They’ll send samples of materials for allergy testing (not that I have had to use this, but it’s an awesome idea!)
  • A lot of their stuff is American made (my recent pillowcases are!) and it’s a good idea to support American manufacturing, especially high-quality American manufacturing, such as what Lifekind sources.
  • They make their own mattresses, and they make them to order.  If you need anything customized, it’s no problem.  You aren’t getting something that’s been sitting around in a warehouse.
Lastly, if you are interested, one particular thing that is on sale in their summer sale is the Organic Cotton Hooded Youth Robe in size 4/5 discounted from $69 to $34.50 (plus that 10% discount, which I assume would work on it).  I bought my son that robe years ago and it’s very well made.  Recently, I passed it along to a friend with a younger child, and I think it looked like it was still new.

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