Maintaining & Cleaning Your Dryer Machine Before Winter

As the summer draws to a close and the weather starts to cool off, the electric dryer will be in tasked a lot more than usual. In certain instances, such as cleaning denim or washing delicate garments, we recommend hanging your clothes or taking them to the dry cleaner. To maintain the appliance it is advisable to clean and repair your dryer before winter. Here are a few tips from our pros on how you might get the most out of your dryer and treat your clothes right:

For cleaning your dryer put in some dryer balls. People are often dubious of this seemingly strange technique, but we’ve found that it really works! If you put a pair of wool balls (there are actually dryer balls made from several materials) in with your clothes, the balls knock apart the materials that usual clump together in wet lumps. This allows for a more even, effective dry that is easy on your unit. Your clothes will thank you too!

Follow the maintenance steps in the manual, never overload your dryer as it is a common cause for dryer breakage. Deep clean the drum and lint as lint continually builds up in the dryer. If it accumulates for long, it can damage your dryer or even cause a fire. Using a vaccum cleaner clean out lint trap at least twice a year. Also replace the ventilation ducts. Majority of the dryers’ vent ducts are made of aluminum or plastic. The material is to ensure flexibility in the replacement of the vent ducts. And finally do not toss just about everything into the dryer. The dryers are only designed to dry fabric and not any other material. Some people satiate their curiosity by trying to put the wrong things like toys, purses, or wigs. Don’t spoil your dryer through the try and error game.

Getting A Spring Mattress

As there is a a plethora of choices on the market today, choosing the right mattress is often a daunting task. A traditional or classic spring mattress, also known as an open spring, open coil or Bonnell spring mattress, provides great value for money as well as comfort. A Comfortable Classic Spring Mattress makes for the perfect option for any bedroom. Coming in a variety of sizes and comfort grades, you’ll be sure to find a spring mattress that suits your needs.

While the number and size of coils is a factor in how comfortable and supportive your mattress is, the top layer is also important to consider. For ultimate comfort, we’d recommend looking for a mattress with a memory foam or gel top layer (known as a hybrid mattress) – that way you get a little of the pressure relief of a foam mattress, but with the support and bounce of springs. Other mattresses have a plush or polyfoam top layer to provide that softness. The quality, material and thickness of these can make a huge difference to the feel of the mattress.

Innersprings are known for being bouncy, and you tend to feel as if you are perched on top of the bed, rather than sinking into the bed (which is what memory foam does). The lift of a pocket sprung mattress means they offer you excellent mobility, so you can move around easily on them. More expensive mattresses will shape to your bodily contours and provide a perfect combo of springiness and conformity. These tend to appeal to back pain sufferers, who don’t like the sensation of sinking in, which you can get with a some memory foam mattress. 

RIP Robbie Coltrane

Scottish actor & comedian Anthony Robert McMillan OBE, known professionally as Robbie Coltrane, died yesterday at the age of 72. He gained worldwide recognition as Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series (2001–2011), and as Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky in the James Bond  films GoldenEye (1995) and The World Is Not Enough  (1999). He was appointed an OBE in the 2006 New Year Honours by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to drama. In 1990, Coltrane received the Evening Standard British Film Award – Peter Sellers Award for Comedy.

Coltrane started his career appearing alongside Hugh Laurie,  Stephen Fry, and Emma Thompson in the sketch series Alfresco (1983–1984). In 1987, he starred in the  BBC  miniseries Tutti Frutti alongside Thompson, for which he received his first British Academy Television Award for Best Actor nomination. Coltrane then gained national prominence starring as criminal psychologist Dr. Eddie “Fitz” Fitzgerald in the ITV television series Cracker (1993–2006), a role which saw him receive the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor in three consecutive years (1994 to 1996). In 2006, Coltrane came eleventh in ITV’s poll of TV’s 50 Greatest Stars, voted by the public. In 2016 he starred in the four-part Channel 4 series National Treasure alongside Julie Walters, a role for which he received a British Academy Television Award nomination. He also appeared in an episode of one of my favourite sitcoms, Frasier, as Michael – one of Daphen’s brothers.

Coltrane married Rhona Gemmell on 11 December 1999. The couple had two children: son Spencer (b. 1992), and daughter Alice (b. 1998). Coltrane and Gemmell separated in 2003, and later divorced. Coltrane suffered from osteoarthritis in later life and used a wheelchair.

I Never Thought Blogging Would


I never thought blogging would


I didn’t think it would become such an integral part of who I am. When I first started blogging inspired by a couple of blogs it was mostly as a journal that I never expected would last for a few years. How wrong I was?

Ever since I started daily blogging in late 2006, blogging has become one of the things that define me. It is my release and it is a comfort and it is one of the few things that helps to keep me sane. If I didn’t have this blog I might have to resort to keeping a physical journal but it just isn’t the same feeling of being able to jot down stuff online. It is a good habit to do so, I think, but I wouldn’t do daily journaling if it was in a book.

I also never thought that I would money through my blog. Even though it is a small trickle now, atleast I have made some nice money through it. That is actually the extra creamy, deliciously rich chocolate icing on the cake.

Prompt from BLOG EVERY DAY IN OCTOBER: BLOGTOBER14 at HeleninBetween.com

Bodo/Glimt 0 Arsenal 1

Arsenal took a big step towards qualifying for the Europa League knockout stage with a slender win at Bodo/Glimt. The winner came after Bukayo Saka combined with impressive midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga and his toe-poked effort hit a defender before ricocheting back off his chin and past the helpless goalkeeper. Bodo/Glimt came into the game with a 14-game winning streak at home in Europe and they were spurred on by a boisterous crowd, but they were guilty of missing a number of clear-cut opportunities. Amahl Pellegrino skewed wide when through on goal in the first half, while Runar Espejord placed over when eight yards out in the second.

It was far from vintage Arsenal on the artificial pitch in Norway, as shown by the fact they had to bring on Granit Xhaka and Gabriel Martinelli after an hour, but the result, combined with the fact he was able to rest key striker Gabriel Jesus and defender Gabriel, will delight manager Mikel Arteta. The win leaves Arsenal five points clear of third-placed Bodo/Glimt, who have played a game more because the Gunners’ fixture against PSV Eindhoven last month was postponed owing to policing issues following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The rearranged match with second-placed PSV takes place next Thursday, when a win will guarantee Arsenal’s progression.

Saka was mightily impressive in the Gunners’ 3-2 win over Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday and you could see the confidence flooding out of him in Norway. He was lively from the start, getting in behind the Bodo/Glimt defence and firing across the six-yard box after two minutes but neither Eddie Nketiah nor Reiss Nelson gambled. The 21-year-old continued to persist, though, and it was his driving run, rather than the relatively slow and patient build-up that had gone before, that cut open the hosts’ defence. He got a huge slice of fortune with the deflection, but it was reward for his endeavour and once again highlighted his importance to this ever-improving Arsenal side.

Dumpster Bin Sizes & Capacity

A dumpster is a type of movable waste container designed to be brought and taken away by a special collection vehicle, or to a bin that a specially designed garbage truck lifts, empties into its hopper, and lowers, on the spot. The word is a generic trademark of Dumpster, an American brand name for a specific design. The main purpose of a dumpster is to store garbage until it is emptied by a garbage truck and disposed of. Dumpsters can be used for all kinds of waste, or for recycling purposes. Most dumpsters are emptied weekly by a hired garbage removal service. Now what about dumpster bin weight capacity?

A 10 yard container typically holds 2 to 3 metric tonnes, or 1800 to 2700 kgs. 10 yard dumpster rentals are used when removing heavy material like concrete, bricks, and sand. A 20 yard dumpster container typically holds 3 metric tonnes, or 6,000 pounds. 20 yard dumpster rentals are perfect for seasonal yard cleanouts, small remodels, roofing projects, and decluttering. A 30 yard dumpster container typically holds 3 to 4.5 metric tonnes, or 7,000 to 10,000 pounds. 30 yard dumpster rentals are used for mid-sized cleanouts, light demolition debris, and whole-room remodels.

A 40 Yard container holds around 4.5 to 5.5 metric tonnes, or 10,000 to 12,000 pounds. 40 yard dumpster rentals are used for large renovations, major cleanouts, and construction projects. Weight limits for temporary dumpsters vary based on the type of debris you’re throwing out and the size of the container. 10 tons, or 20,000 pounds, is the max weight that the average dumpster truck can haul, but limits will often fall between 2-6 tons, or 4,000-12,000 pounds, to meet local road safety restrictions.

RIP Angela Lansbury

Dame Angela Lansbury, who won international acclaim as the star of the US TV crime series Murder, She Wrote, has died aged 96. The three-time Oscar nominee had a career spanning eight decades, across film, theatre and television. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including six Tony Awards (including Lifetime Achievement Award), six Golden Globe Awards, a Laurence Olivier Award and the Academy Honorary Award, in addition to nominations for three Academy Awards, eighteen Primetime Emmy Awards and a Grammy Award. Born in 1925, she was one of the last surviving stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema. Dame Angela died in her sleep just five days before her 97th birthday, her family said in a statement.

Lansbury was born to an upper-middle-class family in Central London, the daughter of Irish actress Moyna Macgill and English politician Edgar Lansbury. She moved to the US in 1940, studying acting in New York City. Proceeding to Hollywood in 1942, she signed to MGM and obtained her first film roles, in Gaslight (1944), National Velvet (1944), and The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945), earning her two Academy Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award. She appeared in eleven further MGM films, mostly in minor roles, and after her contract ended in 1952 she began supplementing her cinematic work with theatrical appearances. Her role in the film The Manchurian Candidate (1962) received widespread acclaim and is often cited as one of her career-best performances, earning her a third Academy Award nomination. Moving into musical theatre, Lansbury finally gained stardom for playing the leading role in the Broadway musical Mame (1966), which won her her first Tony Award and established her as a gay icon.

Amidst difficulties in her personal life, Lansbury moved from California to County Cork, Ireland, in 1970, and continued with a variety of theatrical and cinematic appearances throughout that decade. These included leading roles in the stage musicals Gypsy, Sweeney Todd and The King and I, as well as in the hit Disney film Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971 – and a personal favourite of mine). Moving into television in 1984, she achieved worldwide fame as fictional writer and sleuth Jessica Fletcher in the American whodunit series Murder, She Wrote, which ran for twelve seasons until 1996, becoming one of the longest-running and most popular detective drama series in television history.

Lansbury received an Honorary Academy Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BAFTA, a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award and five additional Tony Awards, six Golden Globes and an Olivier Award. She also was nominated for numerous other industry awards, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress three times, various Primetime Emmy Awards on 18 occasions and a Grammy Award. In 2014, Lansbury was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. She was the subject of three biographies.

Lansbury was married twice, first to actor Richard Cromwell, when she was nineteen and Cromwell was 35. They eloped and were married in a small civil ceremony on 27 September 1945. They divorced in 1946, but remained friends until his death in 1960.In 1949, Lansbury married actor and producer Peter Shaw, and they remained together for 54 years until his death in 2003.

3 Facts About Me That You May Not Know

What are 3 facts about you that not many people know?

  1. I was given or suggested the name ‘Roshan‘ by a Malayalee nurse, who befriended my mother, at the hospital in which I was born. My parents weren’t sure as to what name to give me and they were looking at names like ‘Sheffin‘ to match my sister’s name, which is ‘Sherine‘. I guess I should thank that nurse. I was almost a Sheffin, yuck!
  2. I’ve had 3 relationships with 3 different women (at different times). The first is what I would categorize as a school crush. The second is my biggest regret & mistake. The third is my fondest and will remain a secret as she was/is 13 years my senior. :)
  3. I once attempted to kill myself. I say attempted but I didn’t actually do it. I was ready and I was willing to end my life over some silly thing and I was going through a bout of depression at the time. This was 16 years ago. I wrote a goodbye note and was in tears and went to the roof of my building (no one else was at home and no one saw me) and wanted to jump down. I thought about for a while as I stood there and then common sense prevailed and I came down and then walked on back to my apartment. I felt so silly a day later.

Prompt from 31 Best October Journal Prompts for 2022 from Lifegram.org

Dis-organized Person

Is there a part of your life that you wish was more organized?

Yes. Almost all parts of my life. From work and play, I wish I could organize my life a whole lot better than I currently do. For instance, with relation to work, my files are scattered here and there. All on my work system but some are on the hard drive and some on the share folders. At times I do get confused and have multiple files and copies of the same data. Once in a while it is not my fault but it’s due to not getting access to the share folder and hence I have to save the file on my hard drive. But mostly it is my fault.

Same thing in my life. I have so many things on my bed right now. Other than the remote for my smart tv, since I anyway watch tv in bed, and a mouse for going through the options in the menu, I shouldn’t have anything else on it. And yet I do! I have my two phones, my inhaler and 2 spares, some papers, my phone’s box, some Strepsils, a plastic bag with some medical reports and a bottle of water on my bed . Plus some paper bills. None of them should be on there. At night I transfer them onto my computer chair.

My built in cupboard is a mess, with the exception of the drawers which are neatly kept. The rest if a mess of boxes and boxes of things that I have bought over the last 8 years or so. Some of them not all. I really ought to fix this when I have the next 3 day weekend coming up next week.

Prompt from 31 Best October Journal Prompts for 2022 from Lifegram.org

The Top 10 Most Valuable Beer Brand In 2022

Here are the 10 most valuable beer brands in the world for 2022:

Corona ($7.0 billion)
Heineken ($6.9 billion)
Budweiser ($5.6 billion)
Bud Light ($4.5 billion
Modelo ($3.9 billion)
Snow ($3.6 billion)
Kirin ($3.2 billion)
Miller Lite ($2.9 billion)
Coors Light ($2.9 billion)
Asahi ($2.5 billion)

It’s been a strong year for beer, and there’s more good news to come for craft brewers, with the sector projected to grow 8% between now and 2030. Corona was ranked as the number one most valuable beer brand in the world in 2022. The report notes that the brand took a hit in value during the coronavirus pandemic, attributing some of its problems due to reported correlations consumers were making between the brand’s name and the virus.

Heineken is an extremely close second on the list, with brand value attributed to its sustainability commitments. The brewer also launched Heineken Silver, positioned as a premium, extra refreshing beer. The market has recovered immensely due to the opening of taprooms and the ease of production. This revival has led to significant changes in the market trends.

Arsenal 3 Liverpool 2

Bukayo Saka’s penalty settled a thrilling encounter and put Arsenal back on top of the Premier League with victory over Liverpool at Emirates Stadium. Arsenal got off to a perfect start when Gabriel Martinelli put them ahead after 58 seconds but Liverpool responded well and striker Darwin Nunez deservedly got them level when he slid home Luis Diaz’s cross after 34 minutes. Saka restored Arsenal’s lead in first-half added time after Martinelli broke clear on the counter-attack only for Liverpool to level once more eight minutes after the break when substitute Roberto Firmino, on for the injured Diaz, fired beyond keeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Liverpool, who felt they were denied a penalty when defender Gabriel handled in the first half, felt a further sense of injustice when Thiago Alcantara was penalised for a challenge on Gabriel Jesus with 14 minutes remaining, with Saka coolly converting from the spot. Bukayo Saka’s penalty settled a thrilling encounter and put Arsenal back on top of the Premier League with victory over Liverpool at Emirates Stadium. Arsenal got off to a perfect start when Gabriel Martinelli put them ahead after 58 seconds but Liverpool responded well and striker Darwin Nunez deservedly got them level when he slid home Luis Diaz’s cross after 34 minutes. Saka restored Arsenal’s lead in first-half added time after Martinelli broke clear on the counter-attack only for Liverpool to level once more eight minutes after the break when substitute Roberto Firmino, on for the injured Diaz, fired beyond keeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Liverpool, who felt they were denied a penalty when defender Gabriel handled in the first half, felt a further sense of injustice when Thiago Alcantara was penalised for a challenge on Gabriel Jesus with 14 minutes remaining, with Saka coolly converting from the spot. Martinelli was outstanding for Arsenal, tormenting Liverpool’s defence throughout as he scored the first goal then led the breakaway that saw Saka restore their advantage on the stroke of half-time. The penalty that decided the game infuriated Liverpool but Saka showed confidence and composure to step forward and drill the resulting spot-kick past Alisson. And Emirates Stadium now carries a real feeling of unity behind Arsenal and their manager, who has put together an impressive blend of youth and experience that suggests bigger things are to come for this side.

Why Do Leaves Turn Red Or Yellow In Autumn In Some Countries?

Leaves are colored by molecules called pigments. The pigment that causes leaves to be green is chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is important for plants to make food using sunlight. During spring and summer when there is plenty of sunlight, plants make a lot of chlorophyll. In autumn when it starts to get cold, some plants stop making chlorophyll. Instead, those plants break down chlorophyll into smaller molecules. As chlorophyll goes away, other pigments start to show their colors. This is why leaves turn yellow or red in fall.

The color change usually happens before the leaves fall off of the tree. Why might that be? It takes a lot of energy to make chlorophyll. If the plants break down the chlorophyll and move it out of their leaves before the leaves fall, plants save energy. The plants can reabsorb the molecules that make up chlorophyll. Then, when it’s warm and sunny enough to grow again, the plants can use those molecules to remake the chlorophyll. That way the plants don’t have to make chlorophyll from scratch.

There are other pigments in leaves called carotenoids. Carotenoids are yellow and orange. Anthocyanins are other plant pigments that are only made in the fall. These pigments cause red, pink, or purple colors. Anthocyanins also protect leaves from being eaten or getting sun burned. So the different colors in leaves are caused by changes in the pigments. When the weather changes, some plants break down all the green pigment. This lets beautiful yellows, oranges, and reds come through in the fall.

THE HANDFUL OF BLACK MALE ARTISTS IN MY MUSIC COLLECTION – PART 2

This is second part of my article on black musicians & singers in my collection of music albums & songs. As it was a bit more than then the women, I split it into two parts. The first part was here and now:

Back in 1995 I bought a few rock music & guitar magazines and in one of them they reviewed an album by American guitarist Tony MacAlpine, with a crazy album cover. But it would be several years later, 2007 when I finally heard some of his music. Massachusetts native MacAlpine is best known as an instrumental rock and heavy metal solo guitarist, although he has worked with many different bands and musicians in guest appearances and collaborations.  MacAlpine studied classical piano and violin for a number of years at the Springfield Conservatory of Music in Massachusetts, as well as various music programs at the University of Hartford in Connecticut.

Soon after his own debut, he played guitar in a heavy metal supergroup named M.A.R.S. (MacAlpine/Aldridge/Rock/Sarzo), which resulted in the 1986 album Project: Driver. He has released several albums since and has also toured in support of Steve Vai as his keyboard player & guitarist from 2001 to 2005. During that time, he was also the guitarist for progressive metal supergroup Planet X, alongside keyboardist Derek Sherinian and drummer Virgil Donati and played on several tours. Tony has gone through a very tough time recently being diagnosed and treated for colon cancer in 2015. Several fellow guitarists & musicians supported him with a benefit to help with medical costs. However his wife, who too was battling cancer passed away and the 62 year old turned to music to help him through the healing process. As of 2021-22 Tony recorded a new album and has been touring behind it.

Back in 1992, I heard a couple of songs that really made me feel like dancing to them and bought the album Pocket Full Of Kryptonite by that band – Spin Doctors. For the band, which was predominately white, the cool bass lines was being laid down by a black American from NYC named, ironically Mark White! Having initially made a name for himself in the 80s NYC underground music scene, he joined the band that would eventually become Spin Doctors in 1988. Spurned by catchy tunes off their 1992 album, Spin Doctors became a major success.

By 1999 White left the band after sales going down and trouble within the fold. However after what was supposed to be a one-time reunion in tribute to a club venue closing, the band reformed again and White continued recording albums and touring with the band until 2022 when he was fired due to not taking the Covid-19 anti-virus. White has been an outspoken activist for the New Atheism movement, which promotes countering Christianity actively instead of just tolerating it and has also been an outspoken advocate for atheist rights.  Currently Mark teaches private lessons out of the Rockin’ Robin music center in Houston, Texas and has also worked with other artists including Hersey.

Our final musicians is Tom Morello who is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, and political activist. He is best known for his tenure with the rock band Rage Against the Machine and then with Audioslave.  He attended Harvard University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies. After his previous band Lock Up disbanded, Morello met Zack de la Rocha. The two founded Rage Against the Machine together, going on to become one of the more popular and influential rock acts of the 1990s.

He is best known for his unique and creative guitar playing style, which incorporates feedback noise, unconventional picking, and tapping, as well as heavy use of guitar effects. Morello is also known for his socialist political views and activism; creating the Nightwatchman offered an outlet for his views while playing apolitical music with Audioslave. He was ranked number 40 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists”. He has also played with Bruce Springsteen as his touring guitarist and has numerous other side projects. Morello has appeared as himself in an array of documentary films; such as Sounds Like a Revolution, Iron Maiden: Flight 666, about heavy metal band Iron Maiden’s Somewhere Back in Time World Tour and in Chevolution, an exposĂ© about the famous Guerrillero Heroico photo of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara. In addition, Morello was cast as a terrorist in Iron Man, an uncredited Son’a officer in Star Trek: Insurrection and later did a cameo in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager.