Now that the sun sets before 5pm, every commute home is in the dark. While I array myself with super bright front & back lights through some parts of my ride, I’d like more visibility. While I usually feel very safe along my 8 mile journey, you can always be just a little safer. And you can always have more whimsy. Enter the MonkeyLectric LED bike light. It is an array of LEDs in waterproof casing that attaches to your wheel. A battery pack goes around the hub. With many pre-programmed color & light patterns (and different brightness settings) your wheel in motion turns into a party instantly… and super side visibility. And really, who is going to drive like a jerk when the girl with pink hearts on her wheel is moseying along? Behold.
Ok, so don’t mind the pile of trash to the left… neighbor is cleaning out their basement. And it’s trashday in the morning. Their video of of the light I bought is much better than mine. I mean, night-time phone videos suck. Plus I wasn’t going fast zipping up and down our street.
I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving. We went down to the Jersey Shore, as we always do, to enjoy Thanksgiving with my aunts and uncles and cousins. And of course the beach. I always have to say hello to the ocean when we go- and usually this takes the form of dipping my toes in. But it was barely above freezing, so riding my rickety vintage beach bike (coaster breaks!) through the gullies had to suffice. Winter-time beach is so different. With hardly anyone around you can bring your bikes (something that we’d never do when it’s packed with folks), and all manner of shells lie unperturbed. There are fewer sea birds though, no pipers or plovers, as they migrate south.
I think these will be our Christmas cards. If you see these again in your mail, act surprised.
Friends. This is magic and totally works. When chopping green onions (or scallions if you’re fancy) do not toss the white & bulby part away. Don’t even compost it. Stick ‘em into a cup with just a smidge of water. In days (or like, a week) you’ll have onions again. Rinse and repeat. There, I saved you all like, 5 dollars.
The things we do for our pets. Well, it’s not always out of love. It’s often out of necessity. Take for example, my long-lived house plant, Spidey the Spider plant.
See, Spidey and I go way back. When I first went off to college I grabbed a baby spider plant off my mom’s large Mommy Spidey plant. (Which was actually a baby from my grandmother’s- who died when I was 4, and that was a cutting off of her mother’s. So it’s a clone from my great grandmother). Spidey traveled with me to college (and along the way, made some babies that I gave to friends). Spidey lives in our living room in a sunny window which happens to be Sadie’s most-favorite-spot. And despite the presence of wheat grass nearby that I sprouted for her, from seed (from our organic grain farm share none-the-less), Spidey is her preferred source of salad. Spraying Spidey with bittering agents and yelling at the cat did not help. So drastic times call for drastic measures (and holes put into the ceiling).
Spidey now hangs safely out of the Sadie’s reach. This mini-project also involved re-planting Spidey into something more spacious (an outdoor plant hanging basket, which we spray painted a subtle gold metallic color). All was good and right with the world, until Sadie discovered her next victim… Spikey, the succulent. Win some, lose some.