Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Busy day- lots of emails, a newsletter and a cleaning solution!

Busy day!  First of all-- I was blown away by the number of emails I got today!  Do giveaway entries just grow exponentially with each one, or is Ricky Tims a big draw?  (Maybe both?)  I posted the giveaway last night, and woke up this morning to a huge list of readers asking to be entered.  And.... a personal email from Ricky Tims thanking me for highlighting his pattern.  That was a pleasant surprise!

So what are these crazy pictures?  They are my brilliant husband's solution to a cleaning nightmare. (I get points for calling him brilliant).  We moved to this house about 2 1/2 years ago.  We got a new stove soon after. (long story).  I absolutely love the new stove.  But there is a gap on either side between the stove and the cabinets.  We will eventually be doing new counter tops and correcting that.  But for now, I was constantly grumbling about the crud on the floor in the gaps, and the fact that utensils kept sailing overboard.

In enters DH. (That's Dear Husband, for those of you who are new to blog-speak).  Actually, I talked him into cleaning the floor between the gaps over the holidays and he said it was a tough job.  No kidding.  Quote: "There's macaroni under here".  He then went to work on a solution.  He went to the hardware store and bought a few feet of plastic tubing (the heavy kind).  He got it a little larger than the gap so it could be squeezed into the space.  Voila!  You don't notice it unless you know it's there. (I stuck my finger in the tube in the picture so you can see it).  All the crumbs and grease splatters and spoons get caught on the tubing and the floor stays clean.  Most days I just wipe it off, but after a week I noticed crumbs building up, so I slipped it out, rinsed it off, and put it back.  See?  I told you he was brilliant!

I spent a bunch of today marking down some older fabric and writing my January Newsletter.  I'll be changing some prices tomorrow and adding some new products.  If you don't know about the newsletter, it's for my online quilt shop.  You go to the website and click on the tab at the top that reads, "For You".  That's where you find my gallery (quilt photos) and the place to sign up to receive the newsletter.  Click HERE to go directly to the sign up page.  Don't worry- I don't post your email address in the New York Times or anything.  It just stays in my system for this use only- unless you opt out.  Every month, I have a newsletter special- advertised only in the newsletter.  I generally send it out on the first or second Friday of the month (more often the second Friday).

It's late here in Oregon.  Time to put my CPAP on and get a good night's sleep.


Maria said...

Your DH is a clever boy. I have one of those gaps so now I can fix it. Thank you Sue's DH.
You are keep very busy answering you e-mails.I hope you can BCC a lot of them as it would save time.
Hope you had a lovely sleep.

Kath said...

Brainwave! Mind you, I wouldn't mind just having a kitchen right now, or indeed a ceiling ! :D

joanne lendaro said...

hahaha!! Interesting it took him cleaning it to actually figure out how to "fix" it. Works that way around my house too! Have a wonderful day! : )

Needled Mom said...

Isn't there a saying that goes something like "necessity is the mother of invention"???? Its such a great idea as those gaps are really catch alls.

free indeed said...

I'll keep this in mind for my DIL. She has a plastic piece that is broken and waiting to be glued..maybe this would work better...thanks to your brilliant hubby.

WoolenSails said...

I have that problem too, good solution.
We need new cabinets, but with that expense, it will have to wait.