Saturday, April 29, 2017

LG Hydroshield Washer & Dryer ⭐⭐⭐

Let's review, shall we? I've thought a lot lately about doing some reviews on my blog. I'm a consumer and I'm pretty opinionated when it comes to stuff I have to put out hard earned money for. I've noticed recently that some things I've purchased I am absolutely IN LOVE with, and others not so much.

Let's take the LG Hydroshield Washer & Dryer that we bought. My Whirlpool Cabrio washer bit the dust. I LOVED that machine. When I bought it I asked for an agitator and since that was an option..I got it. Then over just 8 years or so, the bearings went bad and we had a black greasy mess underneath. When the repairman came over, he said that happened a lot with those machines and he suggested either a Samsung or LG. Originally we were just going to replace our Cabrio washer with one of those but I really couldn't find anything to match the dryer.

We went with a pair of LG Hydroshield. What beautiful machines these are!!

The front loading dryer
Top loading washer
Check that out! I love being able to see inside through the glass top. I love the humongous stainless steel drum. This bad boy can wash my king size quilt! Now I chose the top loader over the front loader because I like to 'dump' my clothes into the machine rather that scoop and lift. I bet the front loader cleans a hell of a lot better than this!

You might be wondering why only 3 stars. Well, they are a gorgeous pair but they don't do the job they were built to do. Which is clean clothes. My mistake, and I admit it, I like pretty things! I'm a crafter! What can I say. I'm also a techie. When I see buttons and features and different configurations of whatever..I'm in heaven! I bought the damn machines because they were sooo cool! Now, I did figure out why the washer doesn't clean like my workhorse Cabrio did, NO AGITATOR! Hello? Plus, they now have this water saving feature on all machines..the 'he'. Figuring less water is better for the environment. They can't recycle water? So, without enough water and without the agitator, this is what a normal load looks like...

Do you see that? This is 3/4 of the way through a wash cycle. Half the items aren't covered in water!!! And because there's no agitator, the clothes really don't get that clean. Paul and I are runners..we have smelly workout clothes. On the plus side, the dryer has an antibacterial cycle. So I just dry the shit out them with high heat.

Speaking of heat. The dryer tries to detect when the lint filter is dirty and instead of just blinking a light or making a bell tone, it stops drying. So no matter how many times and how much you clean the filter, it says it needs cleaning and stops drying after about 10 minutes on the normal cycle.

See the little Clean Filter indicator?
Clean filter indicator after cleaning the filter on normal dry setting..

Ugh!! So, damn do I wish I had bought another Whirlpool Cabrio WITH an agitator. These days (I'm showing my age perhaps) the appliances just aren't made like they used to be. And, you can get an agitator with the 'he' models. Damn, what was I thinking?

As always...

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Project Life March 2016

I noticed I did not have March 2016 PL on my blog (or if I did I couldn't find it).

So as always...

Friday, April 14, 2017

Project Life March 2017

This one I had fun with. So much going on this month-some exciting and fun, and the very sad loss of our buddy Winston. I only used the Collect App for the beginning...

Becky Higgins Design F

American Crafts 6 4x6 insert

Becky Higgins Design A
As always...

Project Life February 2017

Not too much happening in February so I was able to use only 1 page. Still using the Collect App to catch up..

Sorry for the glare. As always...

Project Life January 2017

And..I haven't finished my Project Life for 2016 but I don't want to get too far behind in 2017 so I caught up using the Collect App on my iPhone.

January 2017..

As always...

We did it!

On April 2nd, Paul and I went to Painsville and got us a puppy! The lady had 2 males left and this one stole Paul's heart..

We named him Bentley. He was 14 weeks when we picked him up and almost 3 lbs. He really has turned our sad house into a non-stop frenzy of excitement and happiness. For Paul and I anyway. Kitty isn't thrilled at all and just hisses and growls everytime Bentley comes near him.

Now Toby is a different matter. He seems to tolerate him much more and even makes Bentley chase him once in a while. He's only hissed at him a couple of times. I am hoping that they'll become friends.

I had to go to Amazon (amazing place btw) and buy him a harness as there are not any pet stores that carry one so small. He does like to run around and he's fast so the harness and leash is becoming a must for potty breaks. I have taken him down the sidewalk a couple of times to tire him out if I need to go somewhere, I'd rather have him tired in his crate so he can have a nice nap.

Bentley meets Jenn for the first time 😊

So we are in love. As always...

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Is it too soon?

It was a week ago today that we had the heart wrenching and emotionally draining experience of letting Winston go. It started on Tuesday, March 21st, he had an appointment with his Dr. She said we could wait another month (that would make it 3 months since being diagnosed with kidney failure) and see where he's at with his kidney levels. We took him home and he stopped eating. For 4 days we couldn't get him to eat anything. Not his favorite canned food, treats, scrambled eggs with cheese, scrambled eggs without cheese, peanut butter on a spoon..nothing. We watched him lay in his little bed, sometimes getting up trying to get comfortable, tremble, stumble to the water dish only to throw up what water he did drink. He would barely make it to the back door and just look at us like he wasn't sure what to do next. We started carrying him outside I think it was on Thursday or Friday.

And was Saturday. Then the call to Dr. Letosky to find out she wasn't in that day. Then the decision to have a different doctor other than the one whom he had been seeing for the last few years. Then the guilt of "should we have waited until Monday when our Dr. was in? Would we be able to continue to watch him be that uncomfortable for two more days? Maybe we should have called her on Friday and she may have been there".

His ashes came in I believe on Wednesday. That was emotional.  The realization that our little guy was somehow in this box I could hold in one hand...the whole thing has been torture on the heart. They also gave us a little plaster heart with his paw prints, which we were just able to look at today.

So, his ashes came in and Paul and I every day since Saturday have felt lost without our little Winston. We've talked about getting a new puppy.  After reading some articles online of "when is the right time to get a new puppy", the answer is, "it's different for everyone." I knew they were going to say that. Isn't there a definitive answer? Is a week too soon? For some people yes. For others it fills the void. Right now at my house there's a big void.

I realize this sadness I'm feeling will always be here because Winston will never be again. I will never miss him less. I will never not hurt because he's gone. But if I'm able to redirect some of the energy I'm using to be sad and to fight tears all day long, and instead use it to love another dog...I think that's a good thing-not just for me but for the dog who needs love and for Paul. Paul has said it to me recently, how good it would feel to redirect our focus. Will we have weepy days ahead? I'm sure we will. We were so lucky to have had Winston for 15 years. I have no regrets. He knew we loved him every minute of every day.

Am I thinking some people might say "wow! that's really soon"? Sure I am. Maybe that's why I'm writing this blog post. Should I care what other people think? Oh hell NO I should not!

As always...

Friday, March 31, 2017

Getting crafty..

Ugh, it's late. 12:43 AM to be exact. I can't sleep. When I got up this morning my coffee maker wasn't working. So, as suggested by a friend on FB, I watched some YouTube videos and figured it out. It took a while though. Not what I wanted to be doing on my day off that's for sure! I then had lunch with Wendy at Applebee's. I went to Michael's and got some paper. Then went to Marc's to get the makings for a Big Mac Casserole. Right now I'm eating low carb as Paul and I are in the Diet Bet which ends April 10th. The Casserole turned out amazing!!

Paul picked up Winston's ashes and paw print today. I couldn't believe they came in so fast. We're already looking at puppies online. Helps with the grief I guess.

I have a couple of special friends that have birthdays this week so I made them each a card.

At first I used a cute background but it was too busy. I do like using doilies on cards.
This one is for Lisa who is one of the sweetest people I know. The cherry has some Glossy Accent I put on and needs to dry.
I've been using my Instant Pot a lot lately. I made a bad ass pulled pork the other day. Turned out way better than the first time and I also used a different recipe..

Had it over mashed cauliflower
I also finally used some seasoning I got for free at Penzeys Spices (they are always giving away free spices). I made up some chicken for chicken salad..

Ruth Ann's Muskego Ave is AMAZING!

Well, that's it for now. I have to go to work in the morning so I better get some shut eye. As always..

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Hi there,

Today's a new day. Not a good one, just new. I posted my grief stricken blog post on Facebook the other day. I didn't plan on it. Actually, I wasn't going to say anything at all because I wasn't sure how I could handle all the "I'm sorry for your loss" etc. It was nice to see so many people cared. I decided I've posted enough about our little guy and our grief on Facebook and thought today..Hey! I've got a blog and I can blog what I want to!!

The weekend was just a lot of crying and wandering around the house trying to figure out how to deal with our little man gone. We didn't turn on the tv. Saturday after we left the vets office, we started drinking. That was around 3:00. Sunday Paul went to the grocery store early in the morning and when he came home he was quite choked up about the fact that his little buddy wasn't here to greet him. Paul found that he could read in between his bouts of grief and I found that when my eyes weren't blurry from tears, I could knit! So I did.

Yesterday morning Paul went for a run (which he usually does on Monday's) and he ran into some ladies that run all the time. So they asked him how his weekend went and he kind of fell apart. Got teary eyed explaining about Winston. When they got to our driveway he said "I bet you don't ask me that question again" and they chuckled.  I went to work yesterday, as did Paul. I kept busy at my desk and tried to avoid people. Some people are harder to avoid, they mean well but I don't need to be crying at work. So for the first time in a long time I got caught up on some things I've been meaning to and actually worked 7 hours! I usually only work on Mondays and Wednesdays until about noon or so.

Today is a lot harder with our little guy gone than it has been. I went for a run this morning. Even with music playing it didn't help with the emptiness I'm feeling. Plus, running gives you way too much time to THINK!

Paul texted me (he's not usually a texter) after I got home from my run and said he's having a tougher time today. Yep, me too.

I find tea helps. I have some wonderful Tetley Salted Caramel tea.

And my TobyCat is trying to help,

which he does when he isn't being a brat and chewing my pocket pages or climbing on the home entertainment center..

Usually on Tuesdays I volunteer at the assisted living in my neighborhood, but I got a text yesterday that there's an influenza going around so no one is leaving their rooms. To be honest, this was meant to be!
If I wasn't obsessed with Facebook, I never would have known that yesterday was my friend and walking partners birthday. Ugh! I felt awful! I won't forget again that's for sure. So, since I don't have to volunteer today, I'm going to make her a card. I'm in my craft room and I'm going to turn on Alexa and play some Rolling Stones or Beatles and get my craft on!

Thanks for listening and as always...

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Our hearts are broken..

they don't just ache, they are broken. In 2002 we brought home this little furball who changed our lives forever...

We named our new Yorkie, (after much debate and searching through dog name books etc.) Winston. After Sir Winston Churchill.

Smart? Oh my God he was so smart. We'd say, go get your giraffe, and sure enough, out of ALL his toys (and he had boxes and boxes) he'd bring his giraffe. Or his rope, or his green ball. He was THAT smart. Paul's mom used to say "there's a little boy in there, if only he could talk".

Back in January, for the first time in years, he peed in the house. I immediately took him to the vet as I knew something was wrong. The doctor discovered bladder stones. She suggested we remove them as soon as possible so we scheduled surgery for the following Monday. In the meantime we had blood work done to insure there were no underlying problems before the surgery. We got a call on Sunday saying his kidney levels were so bad, they couldn't do the surgery. Dr. Letosky said he was working on only 20% of his kidneys and to keep an eye on him. So, he did really good for a month and a half. Wanted to play ball and catch all the time..

Whenever Paul came home, Winston would grab his favorite toy and run to him, knowing Paul would try to take it from him, and then the tug of war would begin. This video was in January right after we found out Winston had kidney failure...

Our little guy LOVED camping..

Nothin' like lying in the dirt :)

He loved holidays...

Halloween 2012

He always knew which gifts under the tree were his. He just knew.

He loved a good nap..

Not only a good nap, loved his dad more than anyone!
He loved walks..

Walking with grandma Dory.

And we just LOVED him so much..

He loved Paul so much.

It's going to be long time, a very long time before we don't get up each morning and think about him. Walking around the house thinking about him.

You'll be in our HEARTS forever little buddy!