Friday, 31 January 2014

My First Product Review-Blomberg Dishwasher-My Pet Peeve

I am going to let you in on one of my biggest pet peeves.  I have a fairly simple life.  Now especially, because I never really leave the house.  My biggest pet peeve is my dishwasher. 
I know that most people won’t care about my pet peeve.  I am airing my soul so if no one reads this that is okay. 
We bought a Blomberg dishwasher 4 years ago when we re-did our kitchen. 
At first I loved it.  It was stainless steel inside.  (The last one was white inside and stained and gross.)  I thought it was going to be awesome.  It was so shiny.  We live on an acreage outside of a town of about 2000 people.  We are very lucky because we are on a town waterline that has been ran throughout the area to service the farm yards in an area where having your own well is almost impossible. 
The water isn’t really the problem.  The problem is the only way we can load the dishwasher looks like this. 

This is the pet peeve problem
If we load bowls on the bottom, the items on the top don't get totally clean.  They get sort of clean but then there are layers of crud that have been picked up and redistributed in the bottom of all of the cups and glasses on the top row. 
So if we only load the bowls and the glasses in the top shelf this is how the dishwasher looks all the time.  Sometimes we have more plates and straight type things so the bottom rack isn't so empty but this is how it looks every morning. 
I start my day by unloading the dishwasher and then re-loading it.  So this is how it starts everyday.  Then we put the flat dishes on the bottom and the day before glasses and bowls in the top rack.  Then the top rack is filled again.  Enter in frustration.
So I am sure you are asking yourself-How can these poor people live like this?  Don't worry!  We seem to be getting by day by day.  
My point is, if I was to buy a dishwasher today, I would not buy this one.  I have tried different detergents and different rinses.  We add vinegar to each cycle.  We have to rinse everything which to me seems like a huge waste of water and time, but that may be just me.  I think if you have a machine to do something, that machine should do its job.  I mean if you buy a lawn mower, you don't expect to pre-cut the grass with scissors, so the lawn mower works, right?  
This is just how I feel.  I will not by this particular dishwasher again.  
Just my opinion.  Nothing more.   

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Blogger Advice-Just Not From Me

Yesterday I tried to take some advice from a blog I read that talked about how to expand your readership. 

I spent the evening trying to find out how to do one thing.  I just tried to add another button to my blog.  That’s it. 

But in trying that I was lead in various directions.  It took me to a great number of different blogs.  Some were good and then I couldn’t figure out how to follow the blogger.  So I learned not to do that.  Some were okay and some were not that good, in my opinion.  I want to set the record straight about a few things. 

Everything I read gave some sort of tip I could use.  I am not really sure what this blog is going to evolve into.  There are, however, several things that I know it will not be about. 
1) Housecleaning-I don’t do a very good job of my own so I won’t tell you how to do yours. 
2) Housecleaning Manuals-Again, I am not going to tell you how to make a manual on the times, plans, and procedure involved in making a cleaning manual including washing machine clean out day, ever. 
3) Motherhood- This is a personal journey.  I may share what worked for me but I don’t think you want to read anything sanctimonious for fun. 
4) Crafts-I HATE them.   

I may, on occasion, bake something, refinish a piece of furniture, or take you on my wellness/illness journey.  I hope you read it.  I hope it amuses you.  I really hope that sometimes it makes you laugh out loud.  I would love it if you followed my blog in any form.  Feel free to follow me, friend me, or comment on my blog.  Consider this your call to action.  (Thanks advertising speak for begging.)

I never really figured out how to put the button on my blog.  But I did read that sometimes companies send you products to try and then review on your blog.  That’s pretty cool, you know, if you like it.  It would be awkward if you hated it. 

However, I did figure out how to open my china cabinet.  Therefore I was committed to remove a wine glass.  I successfully achieved this goal.  I poured a glass of problem solving wine.  And then I proceeded to drink it.  And then another.  And then I was too tired to do anything but go to sleep.  And that was that.   Success!

So this is my favorite wine. 

And if Barefoot wants me to test any product, I will.  The reviews will be better if I’m asked about white or blush products as red isn’t usually my cup of tea or wine I suppose.  I do have friends though so we could do a group review.  Just throwing it out there. 
Thanks guys!