Dryer Vent Wizard

This post is Not Sponsored and all opinions are my own.

When is the last time you cleaned your dryer vent?  A family member bought a new LG dryer and it gave a warning that the dryer vent was mostly blocked.  When the manual was reviewed she found out that when it went above a certain percentage the dryer would actually not run anymore until the dryer vent was cleaned.

I actually have a dryer vent cleaner kit that I bought from FlyLady.net years ago, but it is not available anymore.  But, when the house was inspected we realized that the dryer vent went under a bedroom and out the other side of the house!  No way was my kit going to be able to clean that.

We did some searching and found out that there was a Dryer Vent Wizard location that covered Northern Nevada.  (And I just found out that they are nation wide).

http://www.dryerventwizard.com  Dryer Vent Wizard

The guy from Dryer Vent Wizard came out and within a few hours the dryer vent was completely cleaned out and the dryer was working great!  It turns out the vent piping was over 60% blocked!

Per https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/clothes_dryers.html

‘2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. Failure to clean the dryer (34 percent) is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires.’

So, when was the last time that your dryer vent was cleaned and are you going to put it on your To Do list for this year?

Later – Heather

Oh, and if you are WordPress wizard could you explain where my sidebar went?  It was the area where I set up the tags, etc.  Thanks!


Starting a new hobby?

I was thinking of writing a blog post about what steps to take when starting a new hobby, but then Crafty Staci wrote one on her blog.

I definitely agree with her post!  I have made some of the mistakes that she lists and would like to help others from doing the same thing.

Here is the link to her post.  Enjoy reading it.

10 Steps to Learning a New Craft


So, what new hobby is on your wishlist for this year?  I have multiple, but I am trying to limit myself to just relearning to take photos with a real camera and not a point-and-shoot or my phone.

Until later – Heather

Animal Ark in winter – That is in Nevada?

Animal Ark is north of Reno, NV.  We had been there in the summer, but never in winter.  We found out that Animal Ark was opened for two weekends in the winter of 2017 .

The Reno, NV area of Nevada had received a lot of snow in the winter of 2016- 2017.  At one point Animal Ark didn’t know if they would be even able to open on Martin Luther King weekend since there might have been too much snow!

We decided to go up and we had a blast, but boy were we cold!  It was so neat to see the animals be active instead of hiding in the shade like they do when it is hot.

! Animal Ark bear sign revised

The actual bears were hibernating.


! Animal Ark bobcat revised

Bobcat (photo courtesy of my husband)


We were seeing a lot of cottontail rabbit ‘remains’ in the enclosures.  We were able to watch this jaguar catch this rabbit.  The rabbit ran right for the jaguar!  The staff thought it was since there was fresh straw, etc put out in the enclosures.

!Animal Ark jag bunny revised

Jaguar with a fresh catch  (photo courtesy of my husband)


Here is the website for Animal Ark:  http://animalark.org/

If you are interested in going it is a good idea to either check out their posts on Facebook or check out their website a head of time.

Until later – Heather