Dawn At The Breakers

Hey!  It’s Labor Day weekend!  What else to do but get the family together, go to an amusement park, and stand in line with thousands of other sweaty, oft-tattooed people on the verge of sunstroke?

That’s right — we’re up on Ohio’s North Coast at Cedar Point, the best roller coaster park in the world.  And after giving the park a workout last night we stayed at The Breakers, the sprawling old hotel on the sandy shores of Lake Erie that dates back to the Boardwalk Empire era.  It’s an interesting place, and Cedar Point remains a destination visit for anyone who loves to don a safety belt, shoulder harness, and lap bar and get rolled, tilted, and thrown upside down, all while careening at speeds approaching the sound barrier.

It may be September according to the calendar, but it’s still summer in our hearts.

Chair Socks To The Rescue

We have hardwood floors in the upstairs of our home, but it’s a “soft” hardwood — the kind that can get scratched and pockmarked without too much effort.  Sure, that’s part of what gives a house that’s more than a century old some of its charm, but we’d like to hold the dents  to a minimum.

IMG_2653This poses a quandary, because most of the products that are designed to avoid scuffs and scratches are a pain in the butt.  The big problem is chairs, which are, by definition, designed to come into regular contact with those floors.  We’ve tried two approaches to chair leg floor protection, and each has its frustrations.

One product provides a kind of saucer that you place under the chair legs, with a fuzzy surface that it supposed to come into contact with the floor and slide rather than scratch.  The problem with this product is that if you lift the chair legs — to, say, scoot closer to a table or desk — they come off the saucers, and you’re constantly repositioning.  The other option is sticky circles of various sizes, with adhesive on one side and that fuzzy, sliding surface on the other.  The sticky side is supposed to adhere to the chair legs.  The problem with that product occurs with chairs that are moved regularly.  Eventually, the friction loosens the adhesive, or the adhesive dries out, and the circle falls off.  We’re constantly replacing them.

Enter the chair sock.  Kish spotted them at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gleeful Retiree, found them on the internet, and they work like a charm.  They’re pulled up the chair leg like regular socks, and they slide on the floor like a charm.  No more repositioning, and no more replacing!  The chair socks are a godsend.

Now, if only they don’t get lost in the washer.