Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Bike Storage

All the storage ideas I see on Pinterest for hanging your bike up in apartments, etc show men's bikes. I have a Woman's bike with the down-swooping bar, originally designed to make room for skirts and modesty, but it does make it easier to get on and off!

I need to store it indoors in my new apartment, which means basically up off the floor somehow, so I finally designed my own hangers--nothing special, just rods that will hang from the studs and hold the bike in appropriate spaces in the pipes.
They can be regular rubber coated utility/bike hooks, or pieces of dowel or long bolts covered with pipe insulation.

Since we have 10-12 ft. ceilings, I'd love to put it on a pulley to get it really out of the way.  We'll see.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Houseplants safe for our cats

Since moving into our new apartment, and away from the unlimited garden of the old place, I miss greenery and have been looking for houseplants to fill that void.  The only problem is our two cats who love to chew on anything green we bring in.  I've made them their own pot of wheatgrass, which they love, and mow down as if they were a pair of grey sheep, but it isn't what I've been looking for as far as attractive and interesting greens for me!

Searching Pinterest and Google, I've found quite a few:
from  http://www.thegardenglove.com/easy-care-houseplants/ I found a nice list of safe, practically unkillable plants

easy care plants



Watermelon Begonia,Peperomia argyreia



                       









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532b3f9d49727ac952caf21bf0473d56 Spider Plant, Chlorophytum comosum









Grape Ivy, cissus














Cast Iron Plant, Aspidistra elatior











Chocolate Soldier










Chocolate Soldier,Lace Flower Vine, episcia dianthiflora








Not so good:




Norfolk Pine















Schefflera



For best results, check out the full list on the ASPCA website: 
http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants