Category Archives: appliances

Defining the downsized kitchen

When we are downsizing, no matter what the reason, we’re facing a situation that is just as much “smaller” in the kitchen as we are everywhere else.  The bigger and more fitted out your previous kitchen was, the more painful … Continue reading

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Big optimism and tiny house

I’ve been struggling lately.  Really hard.  My optimism has taken a beating, I feel overwhelmed often by financial worries, and yet…it’s silly, because we always manage to get by…somehow.  Some days, it seems that this tin box has become as … Continue reading

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Off grid, fall out shelters, underground shelters, radiation havens

The meltdown in Japan has a lot of people worried.  They have reason to be.  But in addition to the realistic and reasonable worries, based on facts, there is also the work of scare-mongers and doomsayers coming into play.  It’s … Continue reading

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Going off grid thoughts

Going off grid seems to be the catchy phrase of 2011.  It’s a great idea, but after doing some research, it isn’t exactly inexpensive, simple, or perhaps even an option for most people.  Why is that? It seems that the … Continue reading

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Be careful not to push your luck, right?

Pushing your luck.  I’m not sure exactly why that cliche is phrased like that, but it probably has something to do with someone named Murphy. It’s been like that a lot lately, not that it has a thing to do … Continue reading

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Looking at wind generated electricity

It’s a given.  The price of energy goes up each year as surely as the number we put in the age box on a form.  That cost drives up the cost of everything else we use, buy, consume, etc. too.  … Continue reading

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An addition to the kitchen?

Overstock.com got my attention with a refurbished Cook’s Essential convection oven with numerous capabilities, including a rotisserie, slow cook, convection, and normal “toaster” oven. With a .9 cubic foot capacity, it was the largest one in my price range. I also was really attracted to the idea of a rotisserie, even though I knew it would never be able to hold even a small turkey, the ability to do chicken, pork, beef, cornish game hens, and maybe even a turkey breast was appealing. Continue reading

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