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Post# 99405   5/29/2010 at 20:41 (3,429 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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The arrival of sofas and vacuums and air conditioners and the first of the summer heatwaves has spurred another round of organizing projects.

It also helps keep my mind off of not being able to join the Rainbow Rodeo in Texas next week. And, it keeps you all entertained while the luck7 & plucky attendees hit the roads, tracks and airways for Austin.

As I've mentioned I have had great success keeping my 116 year old brick cottage cool (69 F) and dry using one portable AC unit on each floor. Located in the centre of the livingroom against an inside wall, the exhaust hose and drain tube run through the heating grate to a dedicated duct that then runs 16 feet over to a basement window outlet. The drain tube runs on a slope along the main beam back 20 feet to the floor drain. A perfect maintenance-free system. Yes, this one 8,000 btu Danby running on de-humidify 24/7 does the whole main floor!

Up until this year I had the older Danby unit with oscillating directional vanes sitting on the floor, and then up on a 12" high platform, cooling the room. I find running them on De-humidify only 24/7 does the trick until massive humidity and 90 F temperatures require full AC.

This would blow the cool air into the side of the ratty old couch but the vanes could direct the air past the couch and into the computer room where I spend most of my time.

This year I assembled one of the 3 foot high wire frame shelving units and placed the Danby on top.

The diference is spectacular. Now the cool air is free to blast into the room above the furniture setting up a very nice breeze, or I can angle the horizontal vanes down on to the new sofa for instant relief when returning home.

The cats have always loved positioning themselves in the path of the breeze or even snoozing on the flat top of the unit.
Anyway, the view from the new sofa. (cabinet and tabletop clutter being reduced little by little)





Post# 99406 , Reply# 1   5/29/2010 at 20:50 (3,429 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
but Danby Towers doesn't have that special 'ring'

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Pleased with my latest knudge'eon' and finorklein' of home comfort needs it was immediately obvious that I now had some more shelf display opportunities...

What better than to house a few more cylinder vacuums and accessories and have them readily available for use? But which brand?

Presenting...the new home of The Westinghouse Family...Wilbur and Wanda and the twins, Wendy and Wesley.


Post# 99413 , Reply# 2   5/29/2010 at 21:43 (3,429 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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The full monty.

This arrangement actually takes up less space than the table I had to angle the Danby on before and being all in black it becomes a non-distracting sculpture against the wall.

More examples of Distressing Decorating For Bachelors coming soon.

Wrote the Canadian Boaters Exam online on Friday and passed. ALL boaters in Canada are now required to carry this moneygrab piece of paper when on the water. If caught without it - and all lakes have patrol police - it's an automatic $300 fine. Thankfully, the $50 fee to obtain it is a one-time lifetime charge. and so i spent this morning and tonight tearing the wraps off the boat for a Sunday Manly Maiden Cruise. Got me a date in the extraordinarily fuzzy form of my fellow gnomish friend Patrick from Chatham, who is driving in at the crack of don, we will breakfast at Dave's Diner then sally forth north 30 minutes to Conastogo Lake for the day. It is currently 73 F at 10.45 PM and is forecast to be sunny and 88 F hot tomorrow.


Post# 99416 , Reply# 3   5/29/2010 at 22:13 (3,429 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        
Have the kitties

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left the big air tower alone, for now? It looks mighty tempting!

Post# 99420 , Reply# 4   5/29/2010 at 22:25 (3,429 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
Hairy Bear Alert!

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For the hirsute among us, I cannot recommend this brand of sunscreen for frolic on the beach or sea highly enough. Made by L'Oreal, OMBRELLE is quite expensive but in 4 years of boating I have yet to suffer a sunburn anywhere upon my person, including ears, bald head or nose bridge.

It was recommended to me by a make-up gal at the theatre a few years ago. In a wide range of strengths it is usually found as a white lotion cream. It drys to a scent-free waterproof dry non-greasy non-smearing layer on the skin.

BUT, it is also available as a clear gel and pump spray formulation with all the same properties. This is not stocked by every drugstore but I found it tonight at our Shoppers Drug Mart while out stocking up on boating and picnicking supplies.

To quote the packaging:

"This clear formula is specifically designed and recommended for use on HAIRY BODY PARTS such as arms, legs, chest and back, and oily skin. Do not spray in or around eyes (ask me how I know not to do this - your eyes will sting and tear up for hours afterwards). It will not leave a white haze nor clump around dense hair patches. Ombrelle SPF 30 Sport Gel and Spray quickly dries to a non-oily fragrance free clear dry protective finish that is water and perspiration proof. Re-apply after 4 hours or as needed after swimming, washing, towel drying, or perspiring heavily."

You and your admirers cannot even tell you have it on...and yet over time a tan will appear.

No bears will be burnt this day, says I.

Dave - entertaining and educating the masses for over half a Century. :-)


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Post# 99425 , Reply# 5   5/29/2010 at 22:37 (3,429 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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John, the tower is solidly planted & leveled and it would take more than a cat jumping on it to topple it. Felix has already found the way to the top, jumping from the piano roll cabinet beside it or leaping heroically from the record player cabinet.

Felix and Hector regularly climb the 3 wire screen doors I have in the house that can close off rooms but I put up specifically for cat exercise and claw conditioning - I have seen Felix snoozing balanced on top of the doors ever since kitten-hood to this day. :-)


Post# 99430 , Reply# 6   5/29/2010 at 22:53 (3,429 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        
So, Dave....

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Will the sunscreen work on kitties? I guess that's a little TOO much hair...........

Post# 99431 , Reply# 7   5/29/2010 at 23:00 (3,429 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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John, the tower is solidly planted & leveled and it would take more than a cat jumping on it to topple it. Felix has already found the way to the top, jumping from the piano roll cabinet beside it or leaping heroically from the record player cabinet.

Felix and Hector regularly climb the 3 wire screen doors I have in the house that can close off rooms but I put up specifically for cat exercise and claw conditioning - I have seen Felix snoozing balanced on top of the doors ever since kitten-hood to this day. :-)


Post# 99454 , Reply# 8   5/30/2010 at 07:42 (3,428 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
Hairy bears

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It's nice to see not everyone is into manscaping. A little tweak, but no waxing, depilatories, or shaving! Gack---

By the way, Kasa Kerr looks like it has the making of Stratford's most enticing bed and breakfast.

Major General John Fulton Reynolds


Post# 99466 , Reply# 9   5/30/2010 at 11:18 (3,428 days old) by westingman123 ()        
keep an eye on those westys

It would serve you well to keep Casa Kerr's whereabouts under wraps, Sir Dave, or this Missouri boy may be prowling your neighborhood! Those Westy tanks are beautiful, the perfect complement to the all-Westinghouse Gilmore abode. LOL

Post# 99474 , Reply# 10   5/30/2010 at 14:46 (3,428 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

Can we see pics of the two of you sallying forth north?
I'm not quite sure how to sally, maybe I've done it without knowing I was doing it. Is that possible?


Post# 99477 , Reply# 11   5/30/2010 at 14:54 (3,428 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        

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Yes, we need boating pictures. I'm sure it's really pretty this time of year.




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