White Noise Helps Us Sleep

Ozeri fan (photo by L Bradshaw)
Ozeri fan (photo by L Bradshaw)

I don’t know about you, but I have a very hard time sleeping if there isn’t a fan running in the room. I’ve never been able to sleep if there was a television on, or music. That keeps me awake! I need that white noise so badly that I often travel with a small fan in my suitcase! The hotel rooms heat and air-conditioning units never ran constantly, and often would have other noises that surge, which makes it hard for me to sleep. If we lose electricity during the night, what wakes me up is the loss of the white noise.

One of the challenges of having a fan in the bedroom, is exactly where we could put it. In the last house we lived in, my devoted husband installed a ceiling fan, trying to help me out with space-saving and white noise. Unfortunately, the motor of that fan surged with a very disturbing rhythm that prevented me from sleeping at all!

Over the years, we have had a variety of fans in our bedroom. Some were the large square fans that you could put in a window, or on the floor (but they were easily tipped over by pets.) More recently, we used pedestal fans, to keep the spinning blades further away from making contact with pets, or small children that may come visiting. A few weeks ago, the good folks at Ozeri asked me if I would be interested in receiving a fan from them, in exchange for trying it out for a couple of weeks and then writing a review on Amazon for them. Looking at the description of the fan, it appeared that it would take up less floor space than the pedestal fan we have been using for the past year, so I agreed.

When the Ozeri fan arrived, I wanted to assemble it myself. I like to assemble things. I ended up asking my husband for help with the base – it was two pieces that snapped together. I found that difficult to put together – the instructions were not clear, and it was resisting being snapped together. The material used for the base was a very thin plastic-type of material that seemed as if it would easily break with very little applied pressure, and I was afraid that I was going to break it. My husband agreed to help, and he ended up having to stomp on the thing to get it to snap together. I heard a very loud crack as it snapped together, and I almost freaked out, thinking that he had broken it. But, it was not broken, and once that was snapped together, the rest of the assembly was easy, even though the assembly directions were really rather vague.

We’ve been using the fan for almost two weeks now, in our bedroom, and so far, we both like it. The fan is quiet, but not completely silent, and it moves a good amount of air. I like the slim style that takes up less floor space. When oscillating, it is very quiet. I read another review that someone else wrote on Amazon that complained that their unit made a clicking sound during the oscillation, but my unit does not do that. I like the remote control, and the fact that the remote control can be stored in a compartment on top of the unit. To me, that is important, as we have a gremlin that steals our remote controls……

I don’t know how long it will last, so I can’t speak to durability. I saw some people mentioning trouble with the buttons on the remote control. So far, I have not had that trouble. If I were to make a suggestion for improvement, I would suggest some LED lights to dimly illuminate the controls on the fan, and on the remote, because when the bedroom is dark, I can’t see the controls (and I like to change the speed of the fan sometimes in the middle of the night.)

Bathroom Scales

Digital scales (photo Linda Bradshaw)
Digital scales (photo Linda Bradshaw)
For years I have used an old-fashioned bathroom scale that has the dial that moves back and forth for a few moments before it would stop at a number. I’ve never played roulette, or slot machines, but I often thought about how that action must resemble something like a slot machine or roulette wheel, wondering when and where it would stop!

About a year ago my husband brought a digital scale home, declaring that the old-fashioned scale was not accurate, and he wanted to use this digital scale. It was a large, black scale, and I didn’t like how much space it took up in the bathroom (compared to the smaller size of my old-fashioned one.) I was not crazy about the black color (I don’t know why….) I also didn’t like that this new digital scale told me that I was four pounds heavier than my old-fashioned scale! And, I especially didn’t like how I had to tap it several times with my toes to “wake it up” before I could step on it to find out the results. Often, the results were an “E” which apparently meant that it thought I was stupid in some way!

So, when the good folks at Ozeri reached out to me and asked me if I would be interested in reviewing (an honest review) their bathroom scale that didn’t require any “toe-tapping” on my blog, in exchange for being able to keep the scale, I was happy to accept their offer! I was flattered that they reached out to me. I was happy to be able to use a digital scale that didn’t require any “toe-tapping” before stepping on it. And, I thought that maybe I would give it as a gift to one of my friends/relatives that didn’t have a bathroom scale. I accepted their offer, and they sent me a scale.

When it arrived, I was pleasantly surprised at the pretty green color – perfect for my guest bathroom! I was expecting a white scale – not sure how it happened that the one I got is this pretty light-green color! Anyway, I think it is much prettier than a standard black or white scale! The Ozeri scale is smaller than the black scale that my hubby had brought home. I’ve included a photo that I just took, that shows the two scales, side by side. The Ozeri is the one on the right. I like that it takes up less floor space! The scale is slim enough that I can tuck it under a wire rack that I use to store extra towels, so it tucks out of sight when I am not using it. When I step on it, it gives me the results quickly.

Today, before writing this post, I decided to put both scales beside each other and see if they gave me the same results. I had to tap that black one many times before it would “wake up” and not give me an “E” result. So aggravating! The Ozeri scale did not need to be tapped – I just stepped on it, and it quickly gave me the results. I don’t know which scale is more accurate – the black scale told me that I weigh .2 pounds more than the Ozeri scale. They both told me that I weigh more than my old-fashioned one…..

So, my honest review is that I like the Ozeri Precision digital bathroom scale. And, I’m going to keep it for myself. Sorry, friends/relatives…. get your own!

Frustration with photos

About a year ago I got a new iPhone. (No, this is not a sponsored post, or endorsement of their product.) I had an old Blackberry Torch, and although I loved it, there just was not the modern types of apps available, or support available on the Blackberry Torch to meet my changing needs. I hated giving it up, but the charging port wasn’t working right anymore, and there just was no getting around it – I had to get a new phone. My friends were all encouraging me to get the newest iPhone. The reputation for great security convinced me to go with the iPhone instead of an Android. So far, it has been a challenge to learn how to use it, but I seem to be adapting. There is a learning curve, that is for sure!

My biggest frustration is with handling the photos & videos. There have been times when I wanted to email, or text, photos and videos that I had taken, but the file sizes were too large. I found this frustrating! A few times I managed to plug my iPhone into my desktop computer and move the photos to the hard drive of my desktop, which worked pretty well, most of the time. I liked freeing up the space on my phone!

Having said that, last night I realized that there were some photos that I had moved from my phone to my desktop that I would really like to have back on my phone – just for a day or two. I wanted to show the photos to someone that I was going to see today. Darned if I could copy those photos back to my phone! I tried everything I could think of doing, but nothing seemed to work. No, I have not tried contacting any support forum – I didn’t have time for that. So, the person that I wanted to see the photos ended up not getting to see them. Sigh…..

Memory Lane Twists and Turns

The New McMansion (photo Linda Bradshaw)
The New McMansion (photo Linda Bradshaw)

A few weeks ago my sister and I took a trip down Memory Lane. We were on our way home from a visit to the cemetery in Falls Church, where many of our relatives have been interred. We decided to drive past one of the places that I had lived for a few years as a teenager, in Vienna. The house was a modest, three bedroom ranch, like most of the other houses on that street.

The last time I had driven down that road, a couple of months earlier, I had seen that the house we had lived in had been torn down, and the new house’s foundation was under construction. I had written a post about that, and posted a photo of that construction. (See related post and link that is earlier in this paragraph.) I was curious to see the completed, new house.

Here is a photo of the new house. A McMansion, for sure. I wonder how long it will be before all of the other houses on that road are replaced with McMansions, as well.

Fluctuating Weight

All of my life I’ve had fluctuating weight. It is not unusual for me to gain, lose, and then regain twenty pounds, or more, every year. Because of this, I keep at least three different sizes of clothing at hand. When people give the advice “if you haven’t worn it in six months, get rid of it” I ignore them. Most of my clothes are “classic” style that never go out of style. I could not afford to keep buying new clothes every year when my size changes!

When I lived in New England, my weight gain often coincided with winter, and I called it my “winter weight.” That really did not seem to be related to what I ate, or what activities I participated in. My doctor always seemed to be fine with my weight, whatever it was. Interestingly enough, for about the past twenty years, I have been “borderline diabetic” which means that my A1C count was “almost” at the diabetic level. The doctor always had someone from staff call me with the blood test results, and counsel me on what foods to eat, what foods to avoid, and counsel weight loss. Even when my weight was below the accepted normal weight for a woman my age and height!

Healthy weight (free clip art)
Healthy weight (free clip art)

What has been frustrating is that I have always eaten the “right foods” and avoided the “bad foods” and it makes no difference in my A1C levels. I would have to say that my weight fluctuations have been related to medications that I have been on, and related to stress levels. Sometimes I stress-eat. Sometimes I stress-fast. Whatever. No matter what my weight has been, since I started having children, my doctor has never told me to my face (and the official guidelines for healthy weight for a woman my age always say I am within the normal range) that I need to change my weight. The last time my doctor was concerned was when I was pregnant, and he told me I was gaining too much weight too fast. So I stopped eating a donut for a between breakfast and lunch snack, and switched to yogurt. Problem solved.

One of the interesting things about getting together with extended family for holiday celebrations, is how many of the family members feel that they need to comment on my weight. Most of them are critical of my weight, no matter what weight I am at the time. That makes family gatherings very interesting for me. Knowing that my family cares is fine, but it is hard to keep from feeling defensive all of the time about my weight when my doctor keeps telling me that I am fine (except for being borderline diabetic, which seems to simply be a forever state of being for me!)