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I love your organized routines. How nice to clean up on Fridays and have the house perfect for the weekend! Having a dryer is one of those things you get used to doing without and then suddenly realize is awfully convenient. We have a half-sized portable washer (it's meant to hook up to the sink, but I have it rigged to our shower), so I do a load every night or so, hang the laundry overnight, and put it away in the morning. It seemed like a perfect system until the washer was out of commission for a couple of weeks while I waited for a replacement belt to arrive. We let laundry build up all week, then took it all to the laundromat. I have to say, it was awfully nice to have everything clean and dry at once! The downside is I had to use twice as much hand lotion as usual. A load of wet laundry every night does do a great job of keeping the humidity up in dry weather!
Toggle Commented Feb 6, 2013 on My Laundry Routine at Chez Larsson
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It took me literally months to get past it. I had to repeatedly reassure myself that most of the worst pictures are faked. Whew!
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2012 on 366: Day 317-323 at Chez Larsson
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I always enjoy posts like this the most for some reason. I love tidy utility areas! The switches are called "breakers" in the U.S., so we call the box the circuit breaker or just the breaker box. Most municipal codes require you to update electrical when doing any major renovation, so fuses are becoming rare (outside of cars).
Toggle Commented Jul 19, 2012 on The Fuse Box Cabinet at Chez Larsson
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Good tip! Thank you.
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2012 on Our Rides at Chez Larsson
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Oh, I was just thinking the other day that I'd love to see more of your bike! You read my mind. I love the classic looks. Are the lights dynamo-powered, or do you have to recharge them? I live in the U.S., but I bike everywhere, too! More and more of us are ditching our cars, I think. I live in a town with many bike lanes, but I bike even on the "unfriendly" streets now. You get used to traffic and learn how to stay visible & safe (oh, and dry-- heat and humidity are my biggest enemy right now). I am very interested in how the children's trailer was rebuilt-- I currently haul home things like potting soil and river rock in a large camping backpack, or thrown over the rear rack of my big bike, but sometimes I want to haul home something a bit bigger from the thrift store. And I see those children's trailers on Craigslist all the time!
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2012 on Our Rides at Chez Larsson
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Muji now has a NY store, and they sell via the web in the U.S. After seeing them on here, I just had to get one of those little boxes for the plastic wrap! I use it so rarely that by the time I need it again, the box is smushed and worthless for tearing.
Toggle Commented Dec 5, 2011 on Stockholm Shopping at Chez Larsson
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I have a tip for you if you ever have to do this again. Don't change the mop water a zillion times-- get two buckets. One of them you will never put your mop water in-- just pour water out of it straight onto the floor, mop it up, then wring your mop out in the other bucket. After going over everything once, clean your mop head well and do it again. I invented this method when acid-staining a large concrete floor in my brother's church-- you have to get up all the etching acid before you can put the finisher on. Everyone else was changing their mop buckets a million times, and I was working twice as fast!
Toggle Commented Oct 27, 2011 on How to Paint a Concrete Floor at Chez Larsson
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Paint the doorbell? This is genius! I have an even uglier, beige-er one right in the living room, and I HATE it. Why have I never thought to paint it before? Bless you and your brilliant mind!
Toggle Commented Oct 12, 2011 on Mirror, Mirror on the Wall at Chez Larsson
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Benita-- I don't know if you'll go for this, but I use these drops: http://www.healthegoods.com/lactase-drops-enzyme-supplement.html to turn regular milk into lactose-free milk (I do it so I can buy organic milk-- both organic and lactose-free don't seem to come in the same carton!). The cost per carton is much better this way for me. I don't know if they sell something similar in Sweden, but health food stores in the U.S. seem to carry them.
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2011 on Lactose Free Clip at Chez Larsson
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Oh, too funny! My mother did the same thing. Heaven help you if you were caught cutting paper with her good sewing Fiskars!
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2011 on Hallelujah! at Chez Larsson
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Don't you submit a change of address form at the Post Office, and at the DMV? Especially when moving between states, there are definitely appropriate authorities to notify in the US! I found out about notifying the DMV the hard way... apparently I was supposed to get a new license six weeks after moving to a different state. I thought I could just wait until my old license expired. I found out when I got a traffic ticket. Oops!
Toggle Commented Apr 8, 2011 on List No. 14: Pre-Move To-Do List at Chez Larsson
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Congratulations, Benita! I am quite charmed by your new house (I do love row homes, and the tile roof is so sweet!). I hope you will love it!
Toggle Commented Mar 1, 2011 on Purchase Contract Signed! at Chez Larsson
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Benita, mixing up "lie" and "lay" is the best way to "pass" for a native English speaker! If your English is too good, people will get suspicious. :)
Toggle Commented Jan 27, 2011 on The Basket Case at Chez Larsson
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I don't think this would translate well to the United States, since making up names is something of a national pastime!
Toggle Commented Nov 3, 2010 on Name Days at Chez Larsson
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My childhood cat, who still lives with my parents, occasionally brings them rabbits, minus the head, and leaves them on the front door mat! Not to mention snakes (usually not quite dead), squirrels, bluejays, chipmunks, moles, and mice. We joke about her sense of fairness-- she wants to pay us back for all the kibbles!
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2010 on 365 Day 281-287 at Chez Larsson
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Your food looks delicious! Especially the cinnamon rolls. My mom used to make them and oh, yours took me back. I may have to attempt some now that the weather has cooled off. I am most impressed with your use of a trolley to carry Bonus. Brilliant! I have two 11-pound cats and lugging them both to and from the vet is literally a pain in the neck. Next time I'll strap them both onto the luggage trolley and zoom away!
Toggle Commented Sep 10, 2010 on 365 Day 246-252 at Chez Larsson
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I love root beer (and its ancestor, sarsaparilla [don't pronounce that first 'r']), but it's definitely a U.S. taste as far as I can tell. My Australian acquaintances also likened it to medicine. I've had naturally-brewed root beer, too, and it's dreamy. If you really don't like it, try mixing it half and half with orange soda. To me, this results in something that tastes like a liquid tootsie roll, although I have no idea why! My little brother used to mix it with strawberry soda when he was little, but I always found that disgusting.
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2010 on 365 Day 218-224 at Chez Larsson
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