Deciding the right choice for outdoor storage

Photo of Keter Bellevue Shed
Photo taken from Keter Website

We moved into our new house last summer and quickly realized that our garage was on the small side.  It does fit 2 cars, but barely so.  With all of the bicycles, the garbage cans, the lawnmower, and the snowblower, there just wasn’t room in the garage for everything.

Last year I did put up hooks on the walls of the garage for some of the bicycles and I briefly considered getting one of those ceiling pulley systems, but decided that trying to attach something to the high garage ceiling read more

Trying out blogging from my phone

After being disappointed with the two other Windows Mobile apps I’ve tried (tblogger also called Travelling Blogger) and PocketsharpMT, I decided to keep trying different applications with the thought of eventually putting together a comprehensive review of my findings. Today I came across Diarist 2.1 and am giving it a try.

Unlike going through the wordpress admin interface mobile plug-in pack version, this program does have a nice way to select categories (which seems like something read more

You really do need a good way to move that pointer

so I decided to try mobile blogging again and brought a personal laptop into work which I can tether to my cell phone for internet access (our work computers don’t allow personal internet access).

I had an old laptop laying around that I figured would be good for this purpose. After booting up Ubuntu (I had problems with windows running too slowly and I also was reminded this laptop has a flakey touchpad that often doesn?t work ? I had hoped it was a driver problem with windows read more

Trying new ways to blog

<deleted image after viewing on my laptop and seeing the image was ginormous and didn’t fit on the screen – but did get uploaded – and going to edit the rest of the post to better include my thoughts now that I’m on a laptop>

Testing if I can upload a photo from my phone using Tblogger. It appears it should work, but it was very slow to load up to add a post. I?m thinking it was slow because it scans the unit for media to upload. Interestingly, it doesn?t read more

Is it worth it to blog from my phone?

I’m still trying to find a way to do mobile blogging in a user friendly way. I can’t imagine someone doing real blogging from a cell phone, even if it is a smartphone like my Touch Pro 2. I’m doing this message from my phone, but I haven’t found a good way to do this.

I did install a mobile plug-in pack for wordpress which does make the website automatically detect if someone is viewing the site from a mobile phone. I?ll need to play around with the widgets to see read more

What is it about matzo that makes us constipated?

Having just finished another year of Passover, I’m reminded of why Moses asked the Pharoah to “Let my people go”.  In the past, the saying had to do with being released from slavery, but in modern times the saying has more to do with the gastrointestinal consequences of the ritual intake of foods without leavening.

Passover is the 8 day holiday in the Spring where Jews around the world celebrate the story of Exodus where the read more

Recreational water illnesses for fun

Being spring break where I have the little F?ers for a week, I decided to take the four of them to the neighboring water park.  Oh how I love the smell of chlorine (not really).  It at least gives me the (probably) false sense of security that everything is being disinfected.  Aside from one of the little F?ers farting on the way there, and me worrying that they had contracted salmonella from my fried matzah the day before, the trip was a read more

Don’t need to overcook that matzah brei

I made fried matzo also known as matzah brei this morning for me and the little F?ers.  I am not much of a cook, but usually I make pretty good fried matzo.  I couldn?t find my usual recipe so I think I made it a little different today (although I?m not sure how many different recipes there can really be ? maybe just different ratios of egg to matzo).  As I was letting it cook in the frying pan, I started to wonder if I?m really cooking the eggs well enough.  read more

Rat Droppings, GI Symptoms, and Hypochondriasis

I discovered a tag line for my blog:  “Learning Medicine Through Hypochondriasis”.  It came to me yesterday at our Seder when everyone was sharing their illness concerns and it became clear that we are a genetically hypochondriacal family.  Nonetheless, I realized that I was most motivated to learn issues in medicine when I was worried that I was dying from the particular illness.

As I mentioned in my earlier post about rat droppings by the read more

Rat Droppings in the Grill

After the nice cold winters we get in the Midwest, we took off the cover to our new grill we bought last year and the smell caused a flashback.  Not quite to PTSD criteria, but bad nonetheless.  Yes ? as the title of the post gives away, there were rat droppings in the grill, or at least somewhere in the vicinity.  I?m sure it was the nice warm, sheltered cover on the grill combined with the juicy, fatty grease in the catch-tray (or whatever that?s called) that attracted some read more