Monday, July 16, 2007

Silver Lining

One of the real tragedies of life's tragedies is that Hallmark and other card companies insist on making cards that read "the Lord must have a plan for you" or "this will only make you stronger". I remember after the hand accident getting a LOT of these type cards and being ever so grateful that I still had the finger I needed to tell the card what I thought of that theology.

Do these things make us stronger? Hell yes! Did the Creator of Her beloved children decided to take my finger in order to make me stronger? Um.... no. Would you do that to your child?

The same goes for our current challenge. However, I do feel very strongly that the Lord does have a very specific silver lining to all of this in mind. There is one thing that this loss of family rhythmn and partnership plus about 1,000 other things should lead to.

It is time for a new vaccuum cleaner.

TDH comes from a frugal (cheap) family and he has an absolute inability to throw out large appliances. We have four vaccuum cleaners. 4. And they all suck for various reasons... none of them being dirt from the floor.

I want something lightweight.
I want it to do the dang job.
And I want it easy to empty.

Vaccuum cleaner lovers, I KNOW you are out there!
What is your dream rug cleaning machine?

44 comments:

Marie said...

Well, if you're ready to lay out serious buckage,I have two friends who SWEAR by their Dysons. I mean, these families could be doing commercials. Me, I got a Kenmore. Like it fine. Nothing to write home about. Prayers for you as you move on to vacuuming!

cheesehead said...

Big LOL on the correct finger comment!

I have a Eureka. It's bulky, clunky, heavy, kinda works, empties okay. But I hear lovely things about the Dyson.

Eliz F said...

I bought a Kenmore Handi-Mate Jr. one month ago and it sounds like it would meet your specifications...works REALLY well (I have a long-haired cat and a double-coated dog) and is bagless, with a very easy to remove and empty canister.

Songbird said...

I also hear great things about the Dyson, particularly the Animal. I have a Kirby, and if I had it to do again, I wouldn't buy it. It's very heavy and awkward.For what it cost I could have a Dyson on every floor or a Central Vac system. Sigh.

Gord said...

WE have all hardwood floors so no help here.

NOw if you have any ideas for something that could turn those floors into "self-sweeping" I would be very grateful.

will smama said...

lol Gord. I almost typed something about wanting to find a vaccuum that the cleaning lady would like but at this point me thinks I AM the cleaning lady.

The Dysons sure do look sweet but there is something about spending two wedding stipends rather than just one on a vaccuum cleaner that makes me want to cry.

KnittinPreacher said...

I have hardwood floors and got a dirt devil (it's blue from target, mid price range -- I;m not close enough to check make and model.). It's Ok mostly. I do love the attachement for doing the couch and furniture. It has spinning brushes that eat up the cat hair. I also love the no filter thing, and the upright part. Mom has an Orek and her only complaint is that she did not get the more powerful one. Don't know if it's bagless.

Cathy said...

I have been through TOO MANY vacuum cleaners --- the one I have now is a DYSON and I didn't want to shell out the money for it - but the reviews were so good -- I have not regretted it one bit - and after a year it's as good as new - it's the one if you have animals. and you don't have to have filters -- hooray.

I got mine from Amazon - what can I say...

Sherry et al said...

Delurking here.

I Swear by the Dyson. We have hardwood, carpet, tile and too many animals and that thing sucks. In a good way. In a wonderful way.

I used some of my FEMA money that I got after Katrina to buy mine, but I would spend my own money on one.

Worth. Every. Penny.

PS When Reverend Mother posted that someone had hurt her friend, I went to her blogroll and mumbled to myself "Please don't let it be WS, please don't let it be WS" Take an armchuck from me too and an open invite to escape to New Orleans if you need.

Lorna (see through faith) said...

how lovely to get rid of the old junk :)

whatever you buy will suck in a good way I think.

lol @ the finger comment! You make me smile a lot ...

ppb said...

I have no data on the vacuum cleaner. I have one. I guess it works. But the one I really want wakes up in the middle of the night and decides to sweep the floors without any effort from me. If you can find one of those, let me know.

My dad and I have a longstanding schtick about vacuum cleaners. He repaired one of mine while visiting me one time. Every since, he asks me (on almost every phone call), "how's your vacuum cleaner?" My response is "it sucks." "Good." See, it's a little liturgy.

Listing Straight said...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009WRKSY/102-4730311-3113749


Cheap.

Not light.

Consumer Reports Top.

Free Shipping.

It sucks. And it is way cheaper than the Miele that I love, but is it worth 4 times as much? Does it suck 4 times more? No.

I bought this over a year ago- there may be a newer model-

RevRosa said...

Will Smama, you have been on my mind a lot for the past 2 weeks, even though I have only recently gotten to know you. There is so little to say right now. This morning though, I remembered something about growing up and I wrote about it on my blog page. I don't know if it will make one ounce of difference, but if you have a chance, I hope you will read it. If nothing else, I want you to know how many of us root for you each day.

Purechristianithink said...

Anyone tried one of those Rumbas? The robotic things that are supposed to sweep on their own? Do they really work?

Cathy said...

PCT - I have heard of several people having the Roombas and liking them. I am thinking of getting one for Mom in her apartment.

megz said...

Miele's are really the best out there, though they are really expensive. I'm psychotic about vacuuming and I love mine and use it almost every other day! This is the one I have, it's like a little red sports car: http://www.amazon.com/Miele-S4210-Antares-Canister-Cleaner/dp/B000AAWEK4.

Katherine said...

I desperately wanted a Dyson when we were vacuum shopping last time, and I have to say I am not particularly enamored of our Bissel. It works, but it's super heavy. Definitely go for the bagless type; the bags are clumsy and you don't get the same rush as you do when you can actually see all that gunk collecting in the clear compartment (I am assuming that other people also experience this rush...).

I've heard horror stories about canister vacs (the kind that have a little unit with more hoses and such). Just recently read a story about someone using one on stairs and getting a concussion when it fell on her head. And when I used a Kenmore canister in my short lived maid job, it was useless in the face of dog hair.

The Dyson is just so beautiful, and from all accounts pretty darn sucky. Sigh.

St. Casserole said...

I go with an Oreck. Lightweight so they don't hurt my tennis elbow. The vaccuum bags are HEPA filters so not much dust gets out and the bags are easy to change.

I've gone though many vacs during my married years. This Oreck lasts, does what it's supposed to do and doesn't hurt my body to use it.

St. Cass's Official Product Endorsement Seal Goes Here

Teri said...

i have one from Target that works nicely--HEPA filter and happy little green light to tell me the floor is clean. brand? ummm..dirt devil or something, maybe? not totally sure.

my aunt has a roomba. the problem I have seen is that it's not so methodical--it takes a long time to actually clean an entire room because it goes all around in no pattern, and changes its non-pattern anytime it runs into something and has to change direction. but it does definitely suck.

St. Casserole said...

"Lightweight so it doesn't hurt my tennis elbow."

Secretary to St. Casserole's Official Product Endorsement Seal Team

Leah Sophia said...

BTW, first I want to assure you of my prayers, but you probably knew all the RevGals have been praying!

About the vacuum, I no longer have one, since all the carpet that was here when I moved in finally is gone, replaced with laminate in the bedrooms and for the LR, an amazing patterned sheet vinyl that doesn't show dust or streaks. But I did own an awesome ultra-high end Electrolux canister that I'd sort of inherited. Apparently it had cost about $1500 when purchased about 20 years ago, but it was the best. I freecycled it to someone who'd been looking for one forever.

Regarding collections of deceased appliances, when my cousin was getting divorced about 4 years ago she threw out at least 8 non-working vacuums her ex had left behind, and what was so astonishing was the fact he'd insisted on moving all those vacuums from their old place to the bigger house they were required to get when they adopted their second son.

mid-life rookie said...

Splurged on a Dyson this past Spring. Love it. I mean good enough for Mother's Day love it. It is light weight (compared to the old clunker), steers like a dream, has the hose and attachments right there, and cleans my blinds in one pass! Even man-boy thinks it's cool and will use it when asked.

reverendmother said...

Actually chortled out loud at the finger comment.

Do you suppose Hallmark has any actual theologians on staff? Because they should. Good ones, that is. Mature ones.

will smama said...

sherry et al - thank you so much for delurking not to mention rooting for me before you even knew that you had to.

As for the roaming vaccuum I fear that it would get caught in a tight circle unable to leap the railroad tracks on one side, the beanbag chair on the other and assorted cars, trucks and books booby traps laid out haphazardly by The Boy... not to mention the dog.

L8 Call said...

I have bad sinuses, I didn't want a bagless (Sneeze at the thought). I LOVE my Oreck, it really sucks. And I got a little cannister with it (for dusting and stairs and what not). Both are HEPA filtered. Both work on kitty litter dust and cat fur. I had a whole house vacuum before I moved for seminary. I miss that. But the Oreck is good and light and powerful. But expensive.

Diane said...

my mom swears by Oreck. If that means anything.

mamaS said...

I've got a Miele, bought it used from a miele dealer (actually, my M-I-L bought it and gave it to us). It does a fine job and it is light enough that Little Bear (2 yrs) likes to use it. Hey, I'll take all the help with housework that I can get!

Serena said...

LOL at the "correct finger" comment. I too need a good vacuum so appreciated the question ... still confused about the right answer.

zorra said...

I like my Oreck, but I wouldn't call it lightweight.

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

Hoover - bagless. only one wedding stipend required...

Towanda said...

LOL at the correct finger comment. Can't help with the vacuum, though, cuz we have wood floors.

Mary Beth said...

I have a crummy Kenmore. Dying for a Dyson.

St. Cass' suggestion sounds like a good middleway.

will smama said...

i think when one weighs cost and effectiveness Listing Straight just might be our winner.

And knowing her as I do I am sure she still has the folders full of her research and the lists she made prior to researching of the qualities she would need in said vaccuum cleaner.

Now if only she still had that extra coupon...

Rev Dr Mom said...

Another vote for a Dyson here. I have the one with the big ball---it'awesome.

Go to Bed Bath and Beyond and use a 20% off coupon...it eases the $$ pain.

Magdalene6127 said...

Re the theology that merits the finger: Yeah, my idea is that, if one is to be found (a message from God) it's to be found by the person to whom the horrible thing happened-- no one else is allowed to opine on the inspirational lessons. know what I'm saying? It's one thing to discover the silver lining/ message from God yourself. It's another thing to have some idiot presume.

No advice on vacuum cleaners. Don't know what they are.

Tatusko Family said...

Kenmore canister works well here. Can lug it up the stairs. It sucks, but not so much that we've lost the almighty Wiggles car or any other item worshipped by the lad.

cheesehead said...

Checking back in.

I cannot think of the Roomba without also thinking of the Woomba from SNL: "It cleans my business...my lady business..."

So Roomba is out for me.

St. Inuksuk said...

This probably won't make your day, but I really, really like my central vac system. It sucks like nobody's business!!! It even gets the dog hair. I don't want to go back to canisters or uprights!!
But it looks like the votes are leaning to Dyson.
We have 2 canister vacs in the basement - one to use for the cars, and one that doesn't work but LH thought should be fixed. (I wanted to throw it out when it died) I hang onto enough stuff without hanging on to dead appliances!!!!!

Jane Ellen+ said...

We bought an Oreck last year, and I absolutely love it! Very lightweight, really gets up the dirt, easy to use... and came with a small portable canister for furniture and stairs, etc., that's easier to use than anything I've ever had before.

It was not cheap-- but not so bad as the high end brands, and worth every dime.

the reverend mommy said...

I have a Kenmore that is supposed to be able to lift up bowling balls with it's incredible suction power -- not a real problem around this house except during bowling season so all that wonderful suction just goes to waste....

Kievas said...

I have a friend who owns a Roomba and I would *not* recommend it. It's a cute gadget, but that's about it. I've also heard very good things about the Dyson, especially from dog people.

We have a Bissell for carpets, a Hoover stick vac for hardwood floors, and another Bissell steam vac. I wish there was "one vac to rule them all"...

Anonymous said...

i have a roomba and love. Of course, I hate vacuuming. I have to pick up (but if you're vacuuming you have to do that anyway). I set it on maximum time and let it go. Of course, it doesn't have a bag. You can use it everyday if you want to.

Gail said...

Ah, loved the theology of the finger. Also I have a Eureka and would NOT recommend it. My niece has two Dysons and loves them both, and she has animals, (three if you include kids) and her floors sparkle... I drool over them, but haven't yet had enuf weddings to buy one. Gail

SRH said...

I was happy enough with my shark, but obviously I have not put enough thought into the whole vacuum question. I will mention that the roombas really have heart. My parents have one that fell down the stairs (or was pushed by one of the dogs) it went down the entire steep flight of stairs down to the concrete floor where it lost a few pieces but still managed to turn down the hall and make it past the cat litter sand trap into the laundry room (dropping a path of pieces the whole way) and was found slowly dying on the fringe of a throw rug. . . . Yeah, I just wanted to share that story. Also, I wanted to tell you you're in my prayers too.