Monday, March 2, 2015

To Dust or Not to Dust is Not the Question...

 
...Which Hand Vac is the Question
 
 
Over the years I've built up a collection of snow globes. The great majority are inexpensive plastic ones that I've bought to remember travel, but there are two -- were two -- that had more meaning. One is from Churchill Downs and represents the Kentucky Derby. The second was a gift from friends at least a decade ago and showed a man with a big frown looking up at the falling snow. It was adapted from a "New Yorker" cover and it was my favorite snow globe. Tragically, on the way to a photo shoot for this blog, the man in the snow globe met a tragic demise and a million little pieces of glass and water, as well as the soapy solution in the globe, ended up on my living room floor. 
 
After some very careful mopping up I was left with a lot of broken glass in very small pieces. I went to my hand vac -- a Dirt Devil -- and remembered why I didn't use it often. The suction was just too strong and it just about sucked up the rug along with the glass. When I bought it I believed I was thinking I need a really strong hand vac, but in actuality, less is more. It's just not right for picking up crumbs now and then. I had had a very functional Dust Buster previously, and I bought the Dirt Devil to replace it, but the replacement doesn't work for my needs.    
 
This model Dirt Devil will be going to a new home and I am looking for a new hand vac. I am leaning to my old friend, Dust Buster, but I am interested in any suggestions about brands and models, before I get it. I'm looking for a simple -- nothing more than one speed -- appliance that will pick up crumbs or maybe a little glass. I've found over the years that the more bells and whistles I get on appliances the less I find those bells and whistles useful. I guess I'm sort of old-fashioned, but I don't have an ice maker in the refrigerator door and I am quite content with that.  
 
And about my snow globe disaster...
 
 
I turned first to Amazon and found that I couldn't simply order a new snow globe. It was the first product I have looked for on Amazon in my years of shopping there that I didn't find. But there were two listed on eBay, and thanks to "Buy it Now," one is scheduled to arrive here in the next few days. 
 
I had a nice day between storms and got to the gym and the grocery. Tomorrow I hope to be out early and do my errands -- library and post office -- before freezing rain arrives. 
 
As ever, thanks so much for your visit. Take good care and keep cozy!

14 comments:

Paula Kaye said...

So glad that you can replace your snow globe. Isn't Ebay wonderful?

TARYTERRE said...

What a sad demise for your beloved snowglobe. I am thrilled you were able to replace it with the help of eBay. I do not have an icemaker in my refrigerator door either, so I know what you mean about bells and whistles. I do not have one of those hand held vacuums so I have no suggestions. Good luck.

Denise Dobkowski Hammond, CGFM-Retired said...

I have an Electrolux Ergopdia? Anyway, it is a floor sweeper and then the hand-held can be removed. Works great for picking up the seedy things from the birch tree out front that seem to end up on the floor even if you remove your shoes. I think they walk in all by themselves.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I have an Oreck hand held that does the job well.

Theresa said...

I don't have a hand vac but could sure use one:) I am happy to hear that you found a snow globe to replace the broken one! Enjoy your day dear friend, stay warm! HUGS!

Karen Jones Gowen said...

I hate to dust. Sweeping and vacuuming are fine but dusting comes in the cleaning the bathroom category for me. I use a feather duster. Although I know it puts the dust right back in the air it's the least painful way of doing it for me.

Kerin said...

Oh, drat! I am sorry that your cute snow globe got broke!
Happy for you that you found another to replace it with, though.

Gosh, I haven't thought of 'Dust busters' for years!
It would be nice to have one again.

Stay warm... and happy shopping for a new dust vac.

~K.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Sometimes the good old broom and dust pan work the best. I've had several different hand vacs and still return to the old reliable broom.

Betsy Adams said...

Hi There, Our little vacuum is a Black and Decker Dirt Buster... We like it for little things...

When I'm looking for something like this I go online to Amazon.com and look at all of their Handheld Vacuums... People write their opinions and give their ideas about the product. You can find out all kinds of good info...

Good Luck. Glad you found a new Snow Globe... I have to buy my favorite cologne on eBay now since Cody doesn't sell it anymore....

Hugs,
Betsy

Mevely317 said...

So glad to learn you found a clone on eBay!
Unfortunately, this year Tom and I've both become adept at breaking perishables. Our Oreck hand-held isn't as small as what you describe, but it does a fine job. (Plus, I read somewhere you can use a piece of fresh bread to collect shards of glass, but haven't tried that yet.)

Dee said...

Dear Carol, it's sad that your treasured snow globe is broken but I find myself really glad for you that you found a replacement on e-Bay.

I have no recommendations for a picker-upper of crumbs, etc. I rank as a negligent cleaner. In fact if medals are ever given for those who simply ignore dirt, I'd have one! Peace.

Annesphamily said...

I love snow globes. Many years ago I had a huge collection of music boxes as well and lost them in a move. Breaks my heart to this very day. I loved those and many are irreplaceable. I am glad you were able to replace your snowglobe. Stay warm and Stay safe in the wicked weather we all seem to be sharing.

Sola Scriptura said...

I'm happy to hear you found a replacement for your snow globe. Isn't it fabulous how we can find exactly what we want online :)

Nellie said...

I am so sorry about the mishap with the beloved snow globe. I've heard people comment about their preference for something called the Shark. That's about all I know about it. I am glad to hear that eBay came through for you! Take care, and stay safe! We have ice in our forecast for Thursday! :( Much rather prefer snow.