bookmark_borderThe sweet, sweet syrup of the Prince of Lies

I learned something fascinating recently — vinegar is the sweet, sweet syrup of the Prince of Lies. This is what it did to my polished concrete floor. A little accident making some salad and — damn! — a whole lot of damage.

After the spill — if you look closely you can see some of my tears, too.

The good news is a vinegar spill can be fixed. The bad news is this cannot be accomplished by a handy homeowner with a Dremel  — believe me,  I considered it. Professionals must be called in.

This is what the floor looked like after the men came and buffed it. (It looks just like it did before the tragedy.)

Yeah, it’s frustrating when things go wrong and you have no one but yourself to blame but yourself. (Oh, why did I make salad that night — I would’ve been so very happy with soup!) Not to mention, this is the second bit of excitement (not the fun kind) in my condo in the last year — I also had to replace my washer/dryer.

But look how good the floor looks now! That’s thanks to a company called Toronto Marble Renewal. I was very pleased with their service and professionalism. I highly recommend them.

What I don’t recommend is having a salad a my house. If you come over, we’re having gazpacho — um wait, that has vinegar in it!I wonder how much it will cost to install hardwood floors.



bookmark_borderGeek mod.

I am planning to modify Roombie — that’s the name of our Roomba vacuuming robot.

I’m not a super geek who mods all my gadgets. But this is necessary.

Roombie bashes into furniture and the little factory bumper doesn’t do much cushioning.

I am not exaggerating, Roombie pushes the dining chairs several inches across the room and has bumped one of my MCM chairs leaving a mark — unacceptable.

I am now on the hunt for some very thin high density foam so as not to interfere with the charging mechanism.

Now before you think I am nuts and am only imagining this problem (as has been suggested) someone also has identified this issue and is selling Roomba bumpers on Ebay.

I may not be a super geek but I am still too much a geek to order someone else’s foam and glue combo.