Month: November 2011

Okotoks Masters Swim meet

I’ve been swimming for years a few times a week – tomorrow is the first time I will get to race in something like 24 years!  Wish me luck:)

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Press pot coffee

We use a press pot to make our coffee.   When I make it – well, it is not nearly as good.  I went to this site: Coffee Geek and checked out a section on how to use a press pot and discovered what I was doing wrong. That was good but the site is great!  If you like coffee or would at least like to do a better job of brewing it no matter how you make it, there are great tips here for learning those little bits that make a difference.

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Toronto Brickworks – Evergreen Brickworks

Twenty-five years ago, I was a brick layer in Toronto.  We used to purchase a lot of brick from the brickyard on Bayview Ave in the Don Valley. It was called Toronto Brick at the time. So, for me it was a treat recently to back and see what has been done with the place.  It was closed years ago and for a long time just sat there.  I’m not sure who decided to do something with this but I like what they have done with it.  There are all the kilns that I never really saw way back when.  They have left these pretty much as they were. 

There is a very nice restaurant and a shop there that we saw.  We were there on a rainy day in the fall so it was kind of dreary but I love the chance to walk about. 

The picture here is of a steel piece of art representing Toronto with the rivers coming through it into Lake Ontario with plants behind the metal growing through to show the parks along the rivers – very cool.

There is a lot more information at Evergreen Brickworks(Toronto Brick)  as to what is going on and the activities.

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How long should you keep your mattress?

Maximum – ten years or so.  Lots of factors will go into this.  One is the quality of mattress you purchase in the first place and the type.  A water bed will likely last longer.  A regular ‘spring’ mattress, I figure, maximum ten years.  Now this will be affected also by who is sleeping on it as well.  If you have someone 300 pounds it likely won’t last as long as a child of 50 pounds.

Also, certain types of mattress are more prone to having dust mites as well as certain climates.  I would probably tend to recycle a mattress that was in Florida more often than one in a dry climate, all other things being equal.

I travel a lot and stay in various hotels and also people’s homes.  Some of those mattresses are OLD.  To me it is totally worth it to spend the money on a decent mattress.  If I sleep well, I’m more efficient, get more done, etc.  A good sleep is worth a lot.

When you shop for a mattress next time, try out a number of different kinds.  Air bed, Tempur-pedic, pillow top – see what is comfortable and don’t go for the cheapest.

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