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STAINMASTER Comfy Couch Pet Bed, Large 36-By-27 Inch, Khaki
STAINMASTER Comfy Couch Pet Bed, Large 36-By-27 Inch, Khaki
Price: $186.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Stands Up to Puppies, August 28, 2014
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This fairly large dog bed is intended for a medium to large size dog. We do not have such a dog, but do have four pugs three of whom have just turned 1 year old. The one year olds’ favorite pastime is digging, chewing up and pretty quickly destroying dog beds.

As a consequence we have been buying cheaper beds which sometimes last a week. They rarely soil in the house now, but most dog beds are a nightmare to washing machines once they need to be washed. They claim that they are washable, but if you have tried, especially with a top loader with agitator standing up in the middle, it just doesn’t work.

This bed seems to live up to the claims. It is made of a tough thick canvas type material but is less abrasive and does not stain easily being non porous. You can access all the pillow inserts via zips. One underneath for the bottom pad. For the walls there are a couple of zips deep in the bottom of the crevases between the pillows with the zippers buried in the corners. For the first few days I was concerned that they would open the bed up by themselves but so far they have not. They also have a tendency to turn over beds and open zippers underneath. This bed is large and heavier and they have not succeeded, especially when there is always at least one dog in the bed while the others tug and wrestle. So back to my point, this bed can be dismantled and washed in separate parts that will fit in your washer. It is tough and durable, their excited digging has not marred the surface of the material. It does truly seem to be hard wearing and well designed with tough stitching.

It is large, large enough for all four dogs in the 20 – 25 pound range to bundle into and have a great time wrestling, digging, chewing and often hiding things in the crevaces. This dog bed is nice and plump and has lots of space to hide things in. All four dogs love it and will often be found lounging in the bed together neglecting the other beds littered around the room. So I would definitely call this bed a good one.

It actually looks more attractive in person than in the photo. We have the Khaki one and it is darker and a little more green and better formed than in the picture. The padded areas are firm without being stiff and work well as pillows for our puggies to drape themselves over.

I recommend it


Now Designs Set of 4 Basic Placemats, Chili
Now Designs Set of 4 Basic Placemats, Chili
Price: $19.99
3 used & new from $19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Placemats for Everyday Use, August 24, 2014
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These table place mats are large when new. They are a bright red verging on burgundy, ribbed to add some nice detail. Hence, they are very attractive and set off the table well.

Unfortunately after a cold wash and low temperature auto dry they shrank noticeably. We have four of these placemats and only used two initially. When almost dry I removed them and they shrank about 2” length and .75” width. And that was after some stretching, trying to get their original shape back.

As I had mentioned, originally, they were noticeably larger than usual placemats allowing for large size dinner plates and utensils around the outsize.

Having said that, they did retain their color and only needed a little extra work to flatten. This was kind of expected; they are cotton and ribbed after all. It’s disappointing that they shrunk, both washed mats shrank to the same size, hopefully the other pair will too. We had floor mats that were of similar material and texture and those shrank to a smaller size, but only for the first couple of washes and after that they were fine.

All in all, these are good (but not great) placemats for everyday use.


Haggar Men's Fitted Mechanical Stretch Long Sleeve Pattern Dress Shirt, Light Blue, 17.5(34/35)
Haggar Men's Fitted Mechanical Stretch Long Sleeve Pattern Dress Shirt, Light Blue, 17.5(34/35)
Price: $24.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the Man Who is Between Sizes, August 24, 2014
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My husband usually finds a 16.5 a neck size a little tight but with the heat this summer he has put on a few pounds in the stomach and chest area. So, I thought I would try this shirt and see if it was a bit smaller than advertised and, hence, fit him well.

It does fit well. It is cut nicely to fit around the armpits, shoulders and does not show a slight bulge or puff out in the gut area while still hiding the few extra pounds well. It also does not bunch up around the beltline and look frumpy. It is a nice fitting shirt with enough space on the cuff to wear a diver’s watch and actually use it. The collar is well formed with tidy lines when buttoned up so it does look smart. It offers free movement of the shoulders and he tells me it is comfortable as well as looking good.

So if you’re looking for a dress shirt for a husband who is a bit between sizes, you should definitely give this one a second look.


Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swells: The Best of Early Vanity Fair
Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers, and Swells: The Best of Early Vanity Fair
by Graydon Carter
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Book to Be Savored, August 19, 2014
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Today, many consider Vanity Fair to be the arbiter of modern society. But it was not always so. Vanity’s reputation was established in the1920s and most of the essays contained in this volume were written in that decade. And reading them, you can see why.

And I don’t mean just the essays written by the famous people. To be sure, I found Huxley’s essay (for example) “What, Exactly, Is Modern” interesting if a bit naïve. (But then I am not entirely convinced that what distinguishes our age from previous ones is “an enormously enhanced mental elasticity and freedom”—call me a cynic if you wish.) But it was the less-known (at least to me) writers who had me chortling and nodding by turn. And so it was that Samuel Chotzinoff’s “Jazz: A Brief History” had me laughing out loud from the very beginning—after all the essay opens thus “America… does nothing for its native Music while, while the smallest nation on the Continent builds opera houses, grants subsidies, and altogether considers music an important enough business for government interference. The result is that, while the German peasant goes about his work whistling the Andante from Brahms’s Fourth, the American man in the street goes about whistling ‘Stumbling’ or ‘Yoo-Hoo’ or whatever vulgarity is at the moment in the ascendant.” What a wonderful way to critique the moaning and the groaning about our own “vulgar” music! And having read this, I am quite interested in now reading his A Lost Paradise and Day’s at the Morn. Or how about Randolph Dinwiddie’s splendid “High-Low Controversy” about the controversy over the appropriate length of the woman’s skirt which ends with the bit of wisdom that well-dressed women (and one might add men) will wear what “Paree tells ‘em to inside of six months.”

It’s these and others like them bits of previously undiscovered (at least by me) pearls that make this book such a great find. This is not to say that I enjoyed all the essays in this tome. The essays on sports, for example, left me cold. And it made not the slightest difference that they were relatively well-written. It’s just not a subject I care much about. On the other hand, John Jay Chapman’s “Mr. Wilson’s Inelastic Intelligence” (an essay about the American way of seeing the world) had me nodding throughout. But then I am an immigrant who is very interested in political science. I would imagine you will have a similar experience.

Which brings me to my final bit of advice: don’t read this book straight through in one sitting. It is a collection of essays and poems; lovely and thoughtful and funny essays most of them but essays nonetheless. And it is my experience that essays like this should be rationed over time. I expect most authors featured in this volume would agree with me—for they would want you to enjoy their work and to take the time to think about what they have to say.

So, with that caveat I recommend this volume.


Now Designs Basic Potholders, London Grey, Set of 2
Now Designs Basic Potholders, London Grey, Set of 2
Price: $9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Pot Holders, August 16, 2014
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These are quite nice potholders. They are double-sided (with the side that goes against the hot item, shiny and the side that you hold plain) which is quite useful and they’re thin which makes picking up stuff a lot easier. There are only two issues with them: they are definitely made for women’s hands. I gave them to my husband to try and even though he has medium to small hands for a man, these were to small for him. The other problem is that you should air dry these if you don’t want them to shrink. Which may make washing/drying them an issue for some. On the other hand, the price ($10) is quite reasonable. So I would recommend them


Remington Products F7-7800XCDN Men's Interceptor Foil Shaver with Charge Stand
Remington Products F7-7800XCDN Men's Interceptor Foil Shaver with Charge Stand
Price: $70.96
38 used & new from $66.76

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good For Sensitive Skin, August 14, 2014
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The Remington F7 is a fairly straightforward shaver with twin foil cylinder type blades. It has only the one on/off button as well as a latch that, when released, flips out a simple stubble trimmer. The cap with the two foils can be pulled off to reveal the cylindrical blades which will have to be cleaned from time to time with the small double headed brush that’s provided for this purpose. Seperately in the box is a guard to protect the foils when not in use.

This particular model has a small digital readout that blinks at you. The manual talks about five different models and recommends charging for a straight 24 hours before use. The digital read-out was a little confusing at first. It’s an orange/amber color and kept displaying 60 no matter how long I left it charging. I had assumed it would go higher or change color to green, or have some kind of indicator to tell you when it was full. And then I realized that 60 means there is 60 minutes of running time left. When my husband started using it, it dropped to 57 after three minutes.

My husband has sensitive skin and so occasionally he will go three to five days without shaving as most shavers irritate his skin. Of course this means he also grows a somewhat coarse stubble. He actually made sure he had the “right kind” of stubble this time since I told him he had a new shaver. He has been using a Phillips stubble trimmer and three head shacer with trimmer, foil and twin rotary heads. And sometimes uses them all. He was expecting to not like this razor.

Anyway, he was pleasantly surprised. It is quite large and probably not for small hands. The head pivots nicely to conform to his face as he used it. And it worked very well on most areas, even on his 1/8 inch stubble. It was only below the chin that it struggled a little and this is where the flip out trimmer comes into play. It flicks out at 90 degrees and is lightly sprung. We weren’t exactly sure how this was supposed to work at this angle. It almost looked dangerous. But the trick is in the sprung nature. He just dragged it slowly and gently and the blade worked like a trailing arm suspension with the light force of the spring so it doesn’t snag or cause any discomfort. The foils took care of over 90 percent of his stubble and it was only some stray longer hairs that needed the extra attention.

In the end it worked quickly and easily and the only minor complaint was that it was quite loud.

The shaver comes with a power cord and a stand. You can charge the shaver directly with the cord, or via the stand (with the cord plugged into the stand). One nice thing compared to the Philips shaver he has been using is that he can use the shaver while the cord is plugged in. There have been a few times when the old Philips shaver would run out mid shave and he would have to dig out his wet shaver to finish the job. This will not be necessary here.

It’s good to have the time indicator on the shaver to display how long he has left. Our bathroom doesn’t have much shelf or storage space. With the electric toothbrush there is no room for a shaver to be permenantly plugged in. So the charge time will be useful in that he will know when to plug it in. A full charge should last 60 minutes. At least while the batteries are still quite fresh and new.

Overall it’s a nice shaver. It looks ok, though the plastic feels a little cheap. It works well, and though loud it’s not so loud as to be irritating. Just don’t expect to chat with someone in the next room and be able to carry a conversation. And best of all, it doesn’t irritate his skin.

All in all, if you’re looking for a good shaver for someone with sensitive skin, you should give this one a try.


Adonit Jot Touch with Pixelpoint pressure sensitive stylus for iPad - Black
Adonit Jot Touch with Pixelpoint pressure sensitive stylus for iPad - Black
Offered by Adonit USA
Price: $119.99
6 used & new from $119.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stylus, August 12, 2014
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The first thing you will notice is that this stylus is well made from quality feeling materials. It looks and feels substantial; not like some styli I have which feel a bit tacky with big fat foam tips that obscure the screen you are trying to interact with. It is made of metal, is quite thick and comfortable to hold with a rubberized grip. Overall, it is not unlike the stylus from my older Intuos 2 graphic tablet.

This translates to how easy it is to install as well. You pretty much just go to the web site and follow the instructions. And once you do, you will notice that it writes really well with Adobe applications. it is smooth and the pressure sensitivity is wonderful. The stylus charges via the USB dongle provided which is magnetic and strong enough to bear the weight of the stylus. Another potential down-side (depending on how you like to write) is that the stylus is noticeably top-heavy because the batteries are at the top of the unit. For drawing you would normally want the weight closer to the tip for long use or closer to the middle for balance. This basically means that you will need to write at a 45 degree angle and that it’s easiest to write and draw when the iPad is horizontal.

For me that’s not really a problem because that’s usually what I do anyway but it’s worth pointing out.

One other thing I like is that this stylus makes for a very nice basic fine point stylus on my touchscreen notebook PC. Unfortunately none of the advanced features are accessible because there are no drivers. So no pressure etc. Adonit Jot has said that they may eventually hire developers to create Windows compatibility. In my opinion they should as there is a huge market out there for this sort of thing. Anyway, the fact that they’re even talking about it means that there may be something to look forward to for PC users as well. I really hope this comes to pass because currently the Cintique touchscreens from Wacom are seriously overpriced and iPad drawing apps are not anywhere near as sophisticated, neither is the hardware as powerful.

For iPad this is a great tool that works well. I love the look and feel and the magnetic USB receiver that makes it hard to lose your stylus when it’s charging. All in all, an excellent stylus. I recommend it.


Paisley Mischief
Paisley Mischief
by Lincoln MacVeagh
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.58
68 used & new from $0.41

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read, August 10, 2014
This review is from: Paisley Mischief (Paperback)
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Violet Penfield calls them “a collection of useless bores like any other” but Lincoln Macveagh depicts the patricians who are the members of the Avenue Club (a club that is in many ways the central figure of this story) in a funny yet oddly sympathetic way. He tells of their long-held grudges, their obsession with money (underneath all the pretense in which they don’t care for money in the slightest), their odd mannerisms. And of their determination to keep the goings on in their society a secret. The common man (a man like Max Guberstein, say) should not be allowed to glimpse what goes on behind their closed doors.

And yet their privacy is violated. Max applies for admission into their club and someone (but who could it be?) writes a tell-all novel about their petty squabbles, their foibles, their… simple humanity. It simply is not to be borne.

You can probably guess the outline of the novel—indeed, if you have ever read the Jeeves and Wooster series (or see the BBC series of the same) you are probably quite familiar with the characters. You might even recognize who will play “Jeeves’ role” in this book. And yet, despite the plot and the characters being rather worn, the book keeps you entertained. Simply because the characters develop throughout the novel in believable and humorous ways.

This is not a deep book (literary references like the one to St. Augustine’s theory of man being a work in progress notwithstanding) but it is a fun read.

If you need a pleasant distraction, a book read on the beach or on the plane, this seems a pretty good choice.


Zenna Home by Zenith 129190460Z Alexa Fabric Shower Curtain, Grey Blue
Zenna Home by Zenith 129190460Z Alexa Fabric Shower Curtain, Grey Blue
Price: $30.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Picture Doesn't Do It Justice, August 7, 2014
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This is a pretty nice shower curtain. First thing I did when I unfolded it was throw it in a cold delicate wash and low heat in the dryer. This got rid of 90% of the creases and made the curtain look much more attractive.

I don't think the included photo does it justice. Yes, it is polyester, and it says grey blue. But it's a more neutral blue than in the photo. My bathroom has a neutral grey tile with yellowish trim and ivory walls and this curtain was not so blue as to clash with the tile.

The white sheer strip that stretches across the top is a nice touch. I often feel a little sensory deprived in the shower with the loud hiss of water jet and a opaque curtain inches from me. The sheer strip means I can see outside reducing claustrophobia and that I can keep an eye on one of my puppies who usually chooses the time I am in the shower to cause mischief.

There is antique silver decorative trim accents along the sheer strip that looks nice. One other good thing is that with the curtain closed, you can't see the faucet and various bath items, the sheer is high enough to stop you seeing inside without making a concentrated effort. I know I often empty a bunch of clutter inside the bath when a friend or neighbor stops by unannounced. That is still possible to do.

It's quick and easy to put up, take down and has proven easy to wash so should stay in good shape.

I recommend it.
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OXO Good Grips 7-Piece Nesting Measuring Beaker Set, Multicolored
OXO Good Grips 7-Piece Nesting Measuring Beaker Set, Multicolored
Price: $19.99
2 used & new from $19.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Attractive and Practical, August 6, 2014
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These are quite attractive measuring beakers. They’re tall and thin with rubber bases that slide inside one another. I wasn’t sold on the rainbow colors initially, but then I realized that color corresponds to the size of the beaker Soon, it became second nature to reach for the appropriate beaker by color alone.

The slightly rubberized plastic bases offer a little stability and slide into one another with enough friction that the beakers stay nested in place but only need a little effort to sepate.

Since these beakers are made of plastic they are lightweight and fairly easy to topple over. Especially with the largeish tapered pouring funnel shape at the top. However, these tops make it easier to both fill and pour from the beakers.

The smallest ones can be tricky to clean if you don’t get to them straight away and let whatever liquid they carry congeal. But if you have a small pipe brush, cleaning them is not a problem.

On the whole, these are quite nice and attractive beakers that are quite handy to have around when you need to measure very small quantities. I recommend them.
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