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Old 06-28-2012, 07:55 AM   #3761
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Thanks, Kylie, Dawg, Addie, and PF, for the input on the robot cleaners. I had pretty much given up the idea, thinking that using it would just be another chore for a busy, full-time working couple to deal with. Now I'm back on track. Thanks again!
The robot cleaner gets along the baseboards so you don't have to get one of those attachments out. For my mom, who has mobility issues and cognitive issues, but is still aware of when the floors are done and very anal about them, it gives her control of still being able to "keep house." I bought her an IRoomba because she could no longer lug the vacuum around and, I have to say, it entertains her. She doesn't always remember to run it or clean it (which only takes about 2 minutes after it is done), but she likes hers. Mine did the living room, kitchen-dining area, hallway, and bathroom yesterday while I (a) organized the hens for my being gone overnight, (b) packed the food I wanted to bring out to the farm, (c) took a shower, and (d) loaded the car. When Hilda Hustomte (my name for my IRoomba) was done, all I had to do was load Cliff (the dog) in the car, clean IRoomba, lock the door, and go. And, when I go back on Friday (provided "the lads" don't make a mess), my floors will still be clean, or Hilda can go to work again while I offload the car, check voice mail, etc.

America's Test Kitchen tested robotic vacuums and rated IRoomba as the winner. Don't recall if Hom-bot was included in the test or not.

From a quick look at Hom-bot, it looks as if it would be more expensive to use because it has Wi-Fi. It also has more stuff under the hood that could go wrong, so could be more expensive to repair. Just my two cents. When complexity is engineered into a product, if it fails, it costs more to repair or can't be repaired easily.
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Old 06-28-2012, 01:31 PM   #3762
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I still think a high pressure water hose and a dump bin would be the best choice for my apartment.
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Old 06-28-2012, 01:52 PM   #3763
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I still think a high pressure water hose and a dump bin would be the best choice for my apartment.
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Old 06-28-2012, 02:09 PM   #3764
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Kylie, I'd like to buy one for my working-couple kids. Their house is all one level, ceramic tile floors, no carpet. Seems like it would work just fine. And budget-wise, Christmas is still several months away.....

CWS, do the hens drop feathers when they get to come into the big coop? Or do they drop other stuff?
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Old 06-28-2012, 02:47 PM   #3765
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Very much unplanned, but I'm spending the day canning. Last night Glenn went to his son's house because Kenneth was harvesting a large part of his garden because of the drought here.

Glenn came home with a trunk full of green beans, corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, and several types of peppers.

So...I've canned 24 jars of beans and am about to tackle 3 milk crates of corn.

Not what I'd had on my schedule today, but it will be yummy when cold weather rolls around.
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Old 06-28-2012, 03:06 PM   #3766
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Getting up the energy to go clean the kitchen...
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Went for a "fish pedicure" with Stirling today. It was interesting and a bit tickly, but not too tickly.
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Old 06-28-2012, 05:26 PM   #3768
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My wife was looking at that.
Crazy.
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Old 06-28-2012, 05:29 PM   #3769
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Went for a "fish pedicure" with Stirling today. It was interesting and a bit tickly, but not too tickly.
Did you like the results? Did it work?
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Old 06-28-2012, 05:44 PM   #3770
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Well...put a fork in me. I'm done.

All said and done, the day's production included 20 jars of canned beans, 72 ears of corn-on-the cob in the freezer, 6 containers of "freezer corn" off-the-cob, a bunch of assorted peppers, and some cobs of corn for tonight's dinner.

I still have to deal with a heap of cucumbers, but that won't be too difficult. As Scarlet would say, "I'll think about that tomorrow."
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