Sunday Shot: tonight’s hyperactivity

I’ve been obsessed with two things in my kitchen: a microwave/vent over the stove, and a better way to store all the kitchen effluvium I have crammed everywhere.

Tonight I took a small step towards dealing with the second one by moving the microwave over to a standing wine shelf thingy.

Then I shifted the toaster and the water kettle to where the microwave was.

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So now I have a “bigger” work area next to the stove!

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Next? Shelves above the banquet….

Free money? WOOT!

Living in the Chesapeake Bay Area is fun, with the Harbor and the gorgeous boats & stuff.  But the humidity?  Pah.  (To be fair, the humidity in DC ain’t nothing to shake a stick at either.)

Last year I bought a refurbished dehumidifier from Overstock.  It works great, but it’s loud as heck.  It also doesn’t help with the humidity upstairs, as it’s down in the laundry/swamp room.  This year, another dehumidifier is needed.  When it’s 74 degrees & I need to put on a fan because the humidity is stifiling?  It’s time for another dehumidifier.  Stat.

So I went and visited my store boyfriend (that’d be Home Depot; orange is hot y’all) and stumbled on a pamphlet about dehumidifiers.  Seems that BGE is giving folks a $25 rebate on Energy Star compliant dehumidifiers.  Schweet!  There’s a limit to the rebates, only two per household.  But hey, that means if I want to go crazy I can buy one for upstairs, one for the main floor, and keep the basement one chugging along.

And yes, I do understand that in order to get 25 bucks, I’ll be spending almost two hundred.  But since I will end up buying another dehumidifier anyway, it’s always nice to pocket some spare dough.

A bonus with dehumidifiers is that I can use the water the little suckers pull out of the air to water my plants.  If it’s good enough for Heloise, it’s good enough for me.  And my plants.

Okay, enough with the free money glee.  Here’s the a picture of Zoe, who is hoping I’ll use that rebate on the biggest hunk of tuna ever….

Dehumidifier-age

Living in a row house in the city has advantages.  You can be super-close to the goings-on around town, walk to just about anything you need (except supermarkets ’round here…but that may change…) and with neighbors thisclose, you can sometimes foster tighter community bonds than you would in your typical suburban enclave.

But row houses do have disadvantages too.  The one I’m dealing with now?  Humidity.  Since I moved to my house in the cold months of December/January, dampness and humidity weren’t an issue.  Now?  Different story.  It’s pretty humid down in the basement, and even the upper levels can be uncomfortable.  I bought some cheapy humidity level gauges and in the kitchen it’s currently 75% humidity, up in my bedroom it’s about 60%.  “Healthy” humidity levels are around 30-50%; a higher level leaves you open to mold issues, not to mention dust mite partytime.

Since I like to over-research everything, I’d put off choosing a dehumidifier in favor of obsessing over every little option on these items.  But I bit the bullet and picked up a refurbished LG 65 pint dehumidifer over at Overstock; they had a 10% discount weekend and 3 buck shipping, so I figured I’d take a chance.

The first unit was DOA, but I was able to return it for a replacement.  The new one works like a charm, but is loud enough to have me considering earplugs.  Plus, the unit is sold as portable, and even though I’m part munchkin, I’m sure a truly portable item is less than 58 pounds.  Or at least it’s a bit easier to move around.  So yeah, it’s gotta go.  Which sucks, because now it’s back to the drawing board.

I did do a test run of the dryer (with the indoor “venting system”/shoebox filter) with the dehumidifier right next to it.  Not too shabby!  Closed the door on the Swamp Room and let the dryer & dehumidifier duke it out.  After the cycle?  It was hot in there, true.  But it was a whole lot drier than I’d anticipated.

You know I’ll spend the rest of the day wondering if sending this puppy back to Overstock is a good idea, right?  Yet, with all my wishing I could Just Deal With It, the dehumidifier’s WUUUUUUUUUUMMMMM is so loud that watching TV (or even just kicking back) in the ManCave is an impossibility.

Until I figure out the best, quietest dehumidifier for Chez Cochon, guess I’ll have to live with the humidity a bit longer.  Meanwhile,  I’m off to try out the new Purple Line on the Circulator.  Meeting friends at Iggie’s Pizza at noon, so killing two birds — the new line and pizza — with one trip.  I think I’m gonna love this bus.

MaterWatch: Now with flowers!

How amazing! Mater has sprouted many little buds, and now a goodly number (13, but who’s counting?) have turned into yellow flowers. We all know what that means…TOMATOES! Well, soon. Soonish. But tomatoes there will be.

Oh, and the dryer outlet is up and running. The inside vent works well, and the sheets that were the Inaugural Event came out toasty dry. As for the humidity I’ve heard everyone with an indoor vent must beware? Not that noticeable with the overall humidity. But with last month’s BGE at under $50? A dehumidifier is definitely comin’ to town.

Discover Card must love me right about now….

But who cares? Tomatoes!!! ‘Til they actually make an appearance? I’m happy sniffing that lovely tomato-plant scent. Smells like happy.