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I HAVE NO SQUIRREL NESTS (+ other random topics)

I have a bunch of unrelated things to talk about today, so…buckle up for a miscellany post.

My squirrel repellent gadget is working great.

I apologize for the yelling in the title of this post, but people! I am excited!

For the last several years, I have had consistent trouble with squirrels making their home in my van’s engine compartment during nesting season.

Last year, I actually found 3 baby squirrels in there when I lifted the hood.


So, in January of this year, I bought this little under-$30 gadget that repels rodents with lights and sounds (the type humans cannot hear) and I am extremely happy to report that exactly ZERO nests have been built.

van engine squirrel nest repellent

Look! No sticks or leaves!

And this was true even when I was gone skiing for almost a week and my van sat undriven (a situation which has previously brought on the nesting).

squirrel repellant nesting in engine

Big thumbs up, definitely recommend!

You know how I bought those refillable travel containers?

Well, as soon as I came home from my latest trip, I received a package from Mighty Nest with two more. Ha!

silicone travel toiletry containers

Which is fine because I didn’t have enough containers for several people to fly with, so these will still get used.

(If you are interested in trying Mighty Nest, a subscription service that sends you eco-friendly items, be sure to click here and use the discount code at this link.)

I finally got my own travel bag

Mr. FG has had one for a while (bought on clearance at REI). And having one travel bag works great except for when both of us need one at the same time.

I didn’t want to buy a bag that was going to fall apart, so we looked on REI’s site, found a marked down option, and Mr. FG picked it up on the way home from work.

REI discounted rolling travel bag

It still wasn’t super cheap, but I think it’s made well.

And based on Mr. FG’s REI bag experience, I think this should last me for a nice long time.

I would much, much rather pay more for something that will not need to be thrown out and replaced. Better for my wallet, better for the earth.

I’m excited about two library books

ATK recently came out with a bowls cookbook, and I’ve been on the pre-order waitlist at the library for a while now.  I almost caved and bought the book, but it finally hit my hold shelf.

ATK bowls cookbook

Also on my hold shelf: a book that delves into what actually happens to our stuff when we donate it.

Secondhand book

And that’s the end of my miscellany for today.

Tell me, what do you have from the library right now?

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Barb F.

Sunday 8th of March 2020

A bag full of toddler board books. And one called Honey For A Child's Heart. That one is an excellent reference book for kids books for 0-14 years. I like it so well I had hubby order me a copy. Even contemplating getting a second one to use as a gift for a new mom, it's THAT good.


Saturday 7th of March 2020

I have a book on on genealogy called Tracing Your Ancestry and one on the King’s and queens of England.


Friday 6th of March 2020

The Little Book of Hygge,

American cozy,

Winter House,

American Hygge ,

Swedish Death Cleaning,

Do you see a theme here??


Friday 6th of March 2020

You are in serious cozy mode!

Jody S.

Friday 6th of March 2020

My current library book is _Fashionopolis_ by Dana Thomas, and it sounds remarkably similar to your 2nd book. It's mostly about fast fashions of far. I think I'll have to look for Secondhand.

Shawn D.

Friday 6th of March 2020

Thanks for the info on the critter repeller! I haven't had the issue with any of my vehicles, but squirrels have found my house tasty. Now that the exterior is nearly completely refurbished, I will have to keep this in mind if they develop a taste for HardiPlank!


Friday 6th of March 2020

I am lucky that they've never tried my house...just the car. I think I prefer the car!

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