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Impressed by 2017

January 1, 2018

Not a waste of money

How often do we invest our time, effort and wealth into something that turned out to be a turd?

Looking over 2017 I have been impressed with my shopping choices. The exception is the usual fashion-rubbish that I still think would suit me but doesn’t. But hey-ho, Sally Army benefits from that. It would be more worth-while to make a direct cash donation.

This year has seen the ride on lawn mower – ooooh, I love it. What used to be the primary choice to hone my excellent procrastination skills, cutting the grass, became a bi-weekly event. I don’t really have enough lawn to validate the purchase that caused the delay for far too long. But I cannot foresee any time in my future where lawn is not going to be a major player, and 90 minutes of hauling a mower around should not be part of my future either. It is the dogs’ pleasure to run the grass, our training and playing pad and my sense of space. It has also improved immeasurably from a decent, regular cutting. April will see new sections bought “under grass”.

temperature door control

ideal when you do not want to be letting the dogs in and out all day long.

Second impressive investment is the plastic screen door from the garage to the garden. This was a surprise success. Even with the freezing temps we have had over the last couple of weeks the garage, which is really my utility room, carpeted, furnished, tumble drier space. This means the dogs can enjoy being in-and-out to their pleasure without the necessity for me to be the door-monitor.

going through the door curtain

they easily push through

These curtains are design to maintain temperature which I have only ever seen on the doorway of walk-in cold storage etc. Made specifically to order, and easy to hang, you can easily lift off each section which I needed to do for the first day so the dogs worked out that they could push their way through. The room stays pleasant, I stay pleasant, and I am experiencing a daily thrill of Being a Good Buyer. I suspect they made need wiping down from time to time depending on how mucky the dogs are. They usually leave some residue oils from their coats around the place – but this is heavy duty plastic, so easy maintenance. Check again in 5 years!

I schlepped a couple of the off-the-floor beds home from Crufts. I remember the old “Goddard bed” from my childhood which was a similar design. A canvas sling on a metal frame with a hinged rail. See the advert here from the 1930s, goodness. This is not a new concept, and I think at some time I have slept in a camp bed of similar design. But the 2017 variety is a little more safety conscious, no gaps to get legs stuck into.Goddard dog bed goo

Bed of choice for the dogs? Plush memory foam lined luxury or canvas sling?

Which would you choose?


The bed of choice – chosen by the dogs

Well the only one who opts for memory foam is Flink, but she will sleep on gravel, so I don’t think her priorities are recommendations. Merrick is a canvas-sling choice along with Time.

where to rest?

Flink, collie of working heritage chooses cold gravel for comfort; Merrick, Gordon of working heritage, chooses flower tub for comfort.

My choices do lean towards practicality, functionality and things that make my life easier. But these choices also give me daily pleasures.

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