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Ortho 489910 Animal B Gon All Purpose Animal Repellent Granules, 2-Pound (Squirrel, Groundhog, Rabbit and Other Small Herbivore Repellent)
Ortho 489910 Animal B Gon All Purpose Animal Repellent Granules, 2-Pound (Squirrel, Groundhog, Rabbit and Other Small Herbivore Repellent)
Price: $12.87
8 used & new from $10.71

3.0 out of 5 stars effective against squirrels .. so far /// update: nah, April 25, 2016
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I have got the most pernicious, persistent and dastardly squirrels EVER!

And I've tried everything -- coyote urine, chicken wire, decoys, sprinklers, etc. They all work for a while.

I'm giving this five stars because so far it seems to be working. I sprinkled it a few containers and noticed the squirrels didn't dig in those particular pots. Supposedly each treatment lasts approximately 30 days. We'll see.

Update: I'm downgrading this to 3 stars. It seems to work for a few days, but certainly not 30, as claimed. The squirrels stayed away for less than a week, and now they just dig all around it, even in the areas where I dispensed it most heavily.

But the label says this product is safe around pets and and plants, though it has an asterisk which tells us it's safe when used as directed. If you look at the instructions, it says not to let the stuff touch edibles, so the label might be a bit misleading.

The product has a strong but not unpleasant smell and contains essential oils and putrefacted egg whites. Yum!


Viva Labs CoQ10 200mg, 90 Vegetarian Softgels - Enhanced with BioPerine® for Increased Absorption
Viva Labs CoQ10 200mg, 90 Vegetarian Softgels - Enhanced with BioPerine® for Increased Absorption
Offered by Viva Naturals
Price: $29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars high absorption CoQ10, April 23, 2016
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CoQ10 is recommended for those who take statins for their cholesterol, and those over 50 should take a high absorption form like this (or ubiquinol). These are easy to swallow and have caused no bad reactions, though one has to trust they are working.

200mg, a daily dose, and 90 gelcaps, sothese should last approximately 3 months.


DII Kitchen Millennium, Dishwasher Safe, BPA Free, Silicone Food Cover Lid/Splatter Guard, Creates Airtight, Watertight & Spill Proof Seal, Fits Various Sizes of Cups, Bowls & Pans, Set of 3- Blue
DII Kitchen Millennium, Dishwasher Safe, BPA Free, Silicone Food Cover Lid/Splatter Guard, Creates Airtight, Watertight & Spill Proof Seal, Fits Various Sizes of Cups, Bowls & Pans, Set of 3- Blue
Price: $14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars three sizes of silicone covers work great, April 23, 2016
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I was skeptical of these things but my mother-in-law uses them and she's the best home chef I know, so I decided to try them despite my visceral horror at having anything that seems plastic-y near heat.

They are fantastic. Place them on a container, press down a little to create a suction pocket, and lift or store.

These are good to 450 degrees, are dishwasher and microwave safe, and work a treat.

Made in China.


Car Mount, TaoTronics Windshield Dashboard Universal Smartphone Car Holder, Car Cradle for Android, iOS and More
Car Mount, TaoTronics Windshield Dashboard Universal Smartphone Car Holder, Car Cradle for Android, iOS and More
Offered by Sunvalleytek
Price: $9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars works very well, freeing your hands to drive, April 23, 2016
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This little device works great. It has very strong suction so it'll hold your smart phone securely as you drive, making it so you don't need to look down at your phone.

That said, having your phone there can still be distracting, and drivers should be careful. If you're using navigation software this makes that easier, though.


Sing Faster - The Stagehands' Ring Cycle
Sing Faster - The Stagehands' Ring Cycle
DVD ~ Kenneth 'Spike' Kirkland
Price: $13.76
24 used & new from $3.84

5.0 out of 5 stars mesmerizing, funny, fascinating documentary, April 23, 2016
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Oh my goodness, I absolutely LOVED this documentary, which focuses on the stagehands behind a production of Wagner's operatic Ring Cycle.

The hour flies by as workers soundlessly shift massive sets while the show goes on in front of the curtain, and the viewer is repeatedly mesmerized by the choreographed movements of dozens as they coordinate, position and maneuver the sets while staying unobtrusive. Even laying a tarp on the floor becomes hypnotic, as multiple people perform almost a dance of stretching, nailing and taping the floor for the next scene -- all done as quietly as possible.

Between scene changes the stagehands relax by playing a poker game as they talk about the opera's characters and story, so that by the end of the hour you're left with a great appreciation for these unsung workers as well as an understanding of the Ring Cycle.

You'll never sit in a theater again without thinking of the people toiling behind the scenes.

I never imagined I'd be a documentary fan. It was always the genre considered geekiest by people, but it's films like this that have made documentaries one of my very favorite types of film. Fantastic.


Mead Organizher To-Do Magnetic Notepad, 4 x 9 Inches, 75 Sheets Per Pad (57123)
Mead Organizher To-Do Magnetic Notepad, 4 x 9 Inches, 75 Sheets Per Pad (57123)
Price: $7.65
3 used & new from $7.44

4.0 out of 5 stars useful but overpriced, April 23, 2016
This is a magnet-backed To Do list, good to put on your refrigerator as a shopping list, but it is ridiculously expensive. I thought there were several blank lists included, but there is only one, and it's not particularly thick. Just expensive.


The Crow Girl: A novel
The Crow Girl: A novel
by Erik Axl Sund
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.23
56 used & new from $14.00

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars massive, intense, disturbing Swedish mystery, April 23, 2016
This review is from: The Crow Girl: A novel (Hardcover)
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This novel is a tough slog. At 750 pages it's the English language release of a disturbing trilogy by Swedes Jerker Eriksson and Hakan Axlander Sundquist writing under the name Erik Axl Sund.

Police detective Jeanette Kihlberg and her partner are faced with the body of a young boy who has been murdered. His body shows evidence of prolonged and systematic abuse, and as the case continues they discover evidence of a massive child pornography ring.

This is a decent story with interesting characters, but the book is not without problems, first and foremost being the content. The perpetrators carry out horrific abuse of children, which is frequently recounted in graphic detail. There is incest, torture, trafficking, rape, and it is tough to read. Also, there are SO many characters, and often they have pseudonyms and sometimes they have dissociative identity disorder, so a character has multiple named personalities. I often keep notes when there are many characters, but even then I couldn't keep up with the many people and relationships entwined within the story.

Detective Kihlberg is an okay protagonist. I liked her and thought depictions of her family life went a long way in humanizing her, but her internal dialogues can be annoying as she tells us, again, she must follow her gut instinct while she heads off in the wrong direction. Her home life is complicated. She's having trouble connecting with her husband and teenage son, and she meets a psychologist, Sofia Zetterlund, who helps her with the case but may be more involved than Kihlberg knows.

This is a decent Scandinavian police procedural, but I guess I'd rather I hadn't read it. The graphic depictions of child abuse are frequent and soul-crushing, and it just goes on and on. I couldn't wait to finish it. The ending is interesting but not particularly satisfying.

I went back and forth between 4 and 5 stars, and ultimately went for the former because the writing is not particularly beautiful (see Jo Nesbo's books) but moreso because the narrative is often hard to follow, with shifting narrators who are not identified and characters muddled by time jumps, multiple personalities, pseudonyms, secret identities, etc. Normally the complex structure and narration of Scandinavian thrillers is one of the things I like best about these procedurals, but I didn't think the complexity was handled particularly well, although I believe the translation was good.

I have decidedly mixed feelings about this novel, and would NOT give this as a gift to someone who likes Scandinavian thrillers, because the content is so difficult and horrific.


DII Kitchen Millennium, 4-Piece, Heat Resistant, Seamless, Non Stick, Dishwasher Safe, BPA Free, Silicone Kitchen Baking Set, Includes 2 Baking Mats, 1 Oven Gripper & 1 Basting Brush- Purple
DII Kitchen Millennium, 4-Piece, Heat Resistant, Seamless, Non Stick, Dishwasher Safe, BPA Free, Silicone Kitchen Baking Set, Includes 2 Baking Mats, 1 Oven Gripper & 1 Basting Brush- Purple
Price: $21.99

4.0 out of 5 stars 4-piece silicone baking set -- mats, brush, potholder, April 20, 2016
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In this silicone baking set you get two mats, approximately 8 inches by 12, that can be set on a baking sheet to protect it from food stains. Cookies and rolls release easily from the mats, and they do 't stain.

The hot pot gripper works well for lifting hot pans, but the pastry brush is not absorbent at all, and doesn't pick up the sauce at all. The "bristles" are large-ish, not for delicate work.

I have a visceral reaction to getting plastic hot, but my mother-in-law, a great cook, loves using silicone so I decided to try itand was pleased with the material. It says it's BPA free. It's dishwasher safe and a pretty color. Made in China.


Pine Mountain American Home by Yankee Candle Fragrance Firelog, 3-Hour Burn Time, Scented, 4 Logs
Pine Mountain American Home by Yankee Candle Fragrance Firelog, 3-Hour Burn Time, Scented, 4 Logs
Price: $36.93
14 used & new from $23.70

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nice, scented log, April 19, 2016
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This is a balsam-scented 3-hour log, so a nice evergreen smell. You set the wrapper alight and the log burns. The scent is most noticeable when first lit, and is faint but present over time. (Any scented product typically loses strength as the temperature rises.) It burned almost three and a half hours.


Chill Bag - Bean Bags 7.5-Feet Bean Bag Lounger, Giant, Charcoal
Chill Bag - Bean Bags 7.5-Feet Bean Bag Lounger, Giant, Charcoal
Price: $285.59
2 used & new from $279.99

5.0 out of 5 stars impressive lounger, April 18, 2016
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This chill bag is a 7-1/2 foot lounger (that is filled with shredded foam rather than beans). It comes compressed in a tight cube with the cover separate. Once you remove the zippered container, the bag begins to decompress. Instructions tell you this can take two days, but you're free to fluff and poof it up on your own so you can use it faster!

The removable cover, offered in a wide variety of colors, is soft and washable, and the bean bag is huge. Two people can sit relatively far apart, three would be comfortable, four would need to be very good friends.

The bag is comfortable enough to be used as a sleeper.

I will update this after the bag is fully decompressed.


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