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Our trouble with Miele products

We own two Miele appliances; a vacuum cleaner and a dishwasher. On the whole, they are well made and convenient to use, but if they break down, parts are not readily available. Only Miele-approved repair people seem to be able to get them, snuffing out competitive services.

A Miele-authorized dealer told us that the parent company would withdraw his franchise if he was “caught” offering customers perfectly good, but less expensive replacement vacuum cleaner bags.

It’s something to consider when purchasing appliances. Corporate policy may put the company’s interests ahead yours. We are trying to get our dishwasher fixed. 🙁

Sacrificial fork
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Ever resourceful Danica turned to the internet for answers. Ordinary people band together there, defending one another against outrageous service bills. She found the story of the famous Miele Hook Tool and a demo of how to use it. A couple of twists and a stuck impeller would be free to run properly.

But where to get the Hook Tool? Sites said Miele had stopped selling them. Aftermarket sellers wanted $30 and weeks to deliver. Again, the internet vigilantes rode to the rescue. I followed the instruction Danica found, sacrificed an old fork and made our own hook tool (pictured above). Twist, twist, bingo!

Our dishwasher is running again, no problems at all. 😀

Abby, Queen of Keewatin Avenue, speaks …


“Everyone knows that the one true purpose of the internet is to display cat pictures. You may ignore all other posts, this is the one that matters. Naturally, as current monarch, my picture appears first, but only to introduce the timeless images of my two outstanding predecessors, Bonzai and Katie (featured doing her upside-down thing in a photo that is Danica’s favourite).”


Photos by Court Photographer Brian Hickey


Oh, THAT mail …

When John Robert said he was mailing a couple of pages from the New Yorker to me, I wondered why they never arrived. Today, they did … in the mailbox on our porch. It didn’t occur to me that John might use stamps.

I thought they’d come this way:



How mail has changed. Remember when we hyphenated and even capitalized E-mail, to differentiate it from real, regular mail? Now the electronic version is top dog and we have to say snail mail when we mean the paper kind.


Buying into a new economy

jargonsMoney is not what’s needed to get a lot of great products and services on the internet these days. They’re free. The price of admission is know-how.

I am building a brand new WordPress theme to change the look and functionality of this blog. WordPress is free software that I can download and run on my own server … even on my own computer, without internet, if I wish. Even the hosting can be free, if you want to keep your learning to a minimum. Your freedom to do some things will be minimized too, but that’s the new economy. Trade-offs.

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For a good time, call Lynda.com

This isn’t an ad, it’s a thank-you note to Anna and Thorne. They subscribed me for a month to Lynda.com online tutorials and I’ve been romping through all kinds of lessons.


For $US 25.00 you get access to thousands of well-made courses, not only teaching software, but more and more, a wide range of subjects.

I focussed especially on the inner workings of WordPress, tweaking themes to control the appearance and functionality of this blog. Tempting side trips to courses on marketing, creativity, photography, drawing, painting, video editing and music have been irresistible.

What a ton of fun. What a great birthday present!


Laughably linked

Maybe the Conservatives tried to suppress this video for a while, but it’s easily available now. I got it via a Facebook page and a Google search turns it up in several Youtube locations.

Anyway, if Harper’s PMO doesn’t like us to remember Harper’s circle of friends, all the more reason to keep it going. Ford and Hudak gone, Harper next, I earnestly hope.