Every other Thursday, I write a miscellany post, full of things just a bit too small to warrant their own post.
In this week’s edition, we have pesky rodents, a brownie recipe, a great article from the NY Times, and more.
Squirrels enjoy snacking on wires.
I mentioned on Facebook* the other day that squirrels had gotten inside of my van’s hood and chewed several wires.
(You don’t follow me on Facebook? You’re missing out on SUCH exciting things, like hearing of my van’s rodent infestation! )
First, my radio stopped working and then the next week my VSC/ABS sensor warning light came on. I opened my hood, and lo and behold, a vast collection of sticks and leaves greeted me.
I brought my van in to get looked at, and sure enough, they found chewing damage.
Luckily, I heard that car insurance does actually cover rodent damage, and I discovered that our deductible was only $250 (I could have sworn it was $1000!).
Since a claim like this doesn’t increase our rates, we went ahead and filed, and that means this repair job is only costing us $250 instead of $750.
They checked ALL the other wires in my car to make sure nothing else was damaged, and thus far, all is well aside from the initial damage.
(Apparently Toyota uses soy-coated wires, which smell appetizing to rodents. So, we shall see if this happens again! Please no, dear squirrels.)
I updated the not-from-a-mix brownie recipe with a PDF.
This week, a reader let me know that my easy brownie recipe didn’t have a printable PDF. Oops.
I’d posted that recipe early on in my blogging days, when I had no idea how to make a PDF. But I fixed it up now, and there’s a link to a handy-dandy printable now.
These are seriously easy to make. If you can operate a spoon and you have 10 minutes, you can get a pan in the oven.
(A great recipe for beginning kid bakers!)
List Prices Mean Nothing
When everything is discounted all the time, then you can’t rely on the discount percentage to let you know whether or not you got a bargain.
Fortunately, if you’re the sort of shopper who looks at how much you’re spending rather than how much you’re saving, then the useless MSRP/list prices won’t throw you off.
And luckily, in the internet age, it’s pretty easy to do a quick look-around to see if a price is a discount or not.
Quality Pays in the End
I love the graphic American Giant sent out this week, comparing what happens when you buy one sweatshirt and wear it for five years vs. buying a new one each year.
I feel like my American Giant hoodie is going to last a lot longer than five years, of course (I believe I’ve had mine for 3 years already).
But the point is that one expensive item is usually cheaper than five cheap ones that need to be replaced frequently.
And that’s true whether you’re talking about clothes or cookware or appliances or tools or really anything that you’d like to use for a long time.
And that wraps up this week’s edition of miscellany. I’d love to hear your thoughts on these tidbits.
(especially if you have a rodent wire-chewing store. Help me feel less alone!)