The Best Cat Litter Box in the World.

Cat Litter Box
The right way to design a cat litter box.

Cats have to do their business someplace.  Cut a hole in a rubbermaid container with high sides and set it in half a cardboard box.  The hole should face the interior of the cardboard box.

This arrangement is cheap and works far better than anything I have ever seen.  It works well for even giant size cats if you get a big enough container with high sides.  The cat is forced to walk on the cardboard which tends to get rid of any litter before he gets on your floor.  Accidents are almost totally eliminated.  I am sure the idea is not original to me because it just works too good and is too obvious.  Expensive cat litter boxes are just not worth the money.




Garage Door Springs Do Not Last Forever.

wp-1506269946448.jpegI guess my garage door spring was not made to last forever because it broke today trapping my car inside.  Doesn’t look like I can lift it temporarily by myself to get the car out so I’ll have to get a repairman in here.  I am willing to bet they won’t be inexpensive.   I don’t think it’s a good idea to work on this old bucket of  rusty bolts by myself because it looks like an accident waiting to happen.

I suppose I could try to lift it up with Tony and hold it temporarily while we get the car out.  I am a little leery of this procedure because this thing is really heavy and I don’t want it knocking someone’s head off.  Better to get a local pro to take of it next week.

Make Money From Your Website With SEO

FreeVector-Facebook-Change I have read a few free books on how to make money from a website and I get emails from some successful bloggers on what to do.  I am certainly not making any cash from my blog probably because that’s not my primary purpose for my website and I am not willing to invest any of my limited money in a high risk venture. It takes at least a little money to make a return on investment for a website and there is fierce competition. It takes real work and an investment of time to make a website produce money and the failure rate is high.  The low hanging fruit has already been picked.

The best most reasonable book that I have read so far about ways to make money from blogging is 3 Months to No. 1:  The No Nonsense SEO Playbook for Getting Your Website Found on Google.  I recommend this book as a good starting point if you plan to operate a non-hobby website that is intended to make a profit.  I think the author is right when he says “A mediocre product marketed well can create immense wealth.”  Just look at all the stuff being sold on the internet.  If you can find some profitable niche market and get Google web searches to notice your website, you should be able to make some money.  SEO is the key to getting Google to notice your website but it requires constant technical work and will not happen by accident.  I think it is best to hire a professional to handle SEO if your website is intended to be a significant business.

Will Coombe is the author of 3 Months to No. 1…. and I find his book to be enjoyable to read besides being useful for business bloggers.

Legacybox service review.

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Grandfather Sellnow with nose glasses

Legacybox service review.  Legacybox is a company that takes your old old personal media and converts it into modern formats.  It handles films, audio and pictures of almost any kind and produces a DVD, CD or Thumbdrive.  It is not necessary to pay full price for the Legacybox service if you sign up for their emails and wait for one of their 50% off sales.

I am morally opposed to all types of disk media such as DVD’s and CD’s because I am fairly certain they will become obsolete within my lifetime.  I have tried unsuccessfully to eliminate all DVD’s from our house but the rest of the family have stopped my clandestine attempts at totally purging all DVD’s.  At least I have been able to eradicate all CD’s.  I would always get the thumb drive option because this type of media is easier to convert to the latest media.

I have long ago converted all my immediate family’s old pictures into files that can easily be manipulated by software.  I like to use the pictures on this blog.  I did this using a scanner and computer which is a very slow tedious painful process.  It is always necessary to manipulate the scanned picture at least a little with software or it looks unprofessional.  I am sure my results are not equal to the quality that can be achieved by Legacybox using the latest equipment at a rapid pace.  Judy has a bunch of film reels sitting in boxes that I have no way to do myself so someday we may even take a look at a Legacybox conversion for this video.  Right now I can’t afford anything because there was a recent hole in my roof and I was in an accident with a flying board on I-94.  I consider Legacybox a fair deal if you take advantage of the 50% off sales and have money to spare.

Can’t Wait to Switch to Boost Mobile.

I can’t wait to change my cell plan provider to Boost Mobile from US Cellular. The Boost price is better, their service seems better and there is no contract to break. I know people who have boost mobile and it works in the places I go. Unfortunately I still have an iron clad contract with US Cellular for almost a year. I plan to get an android phone with unlimited 3G and limited 4G for a very reasonable price with Boost. US Cellular has severe financial penalties for exceeding your limited data cap so my paltry data plan is just not that pretty to use. I am a heavy data user so I am forever maxing out my US Cellular data plan with some previous help from family. Superior price and a better service is a good reason to switch.

Beware Flying Boards on the Road!

Nobody likes two flat tires. I was driving on I-94 and a board came flying through the air hitting my car and bouncing around underneath with a mighty rattle. One front tire went flat and the other had a very slow leak. Pretty sure other damage occurred also. 

Did you know that new Kia Soul automobiles don’t have spare tires? I never looked before I had this flat. Kia provides an emergency inflation kit with tire sealant. Limped the car back home to Hartford with the aid of the kit. Now I need to take the car to the dealer to get my tire replacement coverage. Just hope it makes it to Russ Darrow Wauwatosa without a major problem and that the Zurich emergency tire insurance I bought with the car was worth it. Might as well get all my long delayed maintenance done now too. Erie auto insurance has a $500 deductible so I hope I don’t need to use it. 

Tablet Holder for a Car


Tablet Holder with Tablet Inserted



Tablet Holder



Tablet Holder with Ryobi Fan to keep me cool


I made a simple prototype tablet holder for my car when I am endlessly waiting for everyone.  I used scrap materials from other projects and cobbled together this very useful little tablet holder for zero dollars. I find myself using it all the time so I may make an improved version with quality materials. More of the parts need to be softer. The current version has pointed metal parts that could potentially poke someone.  It also makes an excellent self defense device if someone breaks in the car.