Short Bits

Short Bits 2019

Short Bits is my solution for sharing information that would be too short for a separate blog post.


  1. Cleaner Method of Measuring Honey for Recipes (2019-04-11)
  2. Cycling Gloves for Thin Profile Laptop Use (2019-04-11)
  3. Full Cycle Laundry Wash? (2019-04-11)
  4. Government Nannyism in Virginian – VA HB 1660 (2019-04-11)
  5. Repurpose Plastic Detergent Containers for Urine Collection (2019-04-11)
  6. Lower Prices at Whole Foods Market? I’m Not Seeing Them (2019-04-15)
1. Cleaner Method of Measuring Honey for Recipes (2019-04-11)

I recently tried a recipe that I’ve had for some time that called for the use of oil and honey among other ingredients. I didn’t plan it, but I measured the oil first and then used the same measuring cup to measure the honey. All but a very small amount of honey slid right out of the measuring cup.

2. Cycling Gloves for Thin Profile Laptop Use (2019-04-11)

Laptops have really become thin and lightweight. The downside to thin laptops is that resting your hands on the edge while keyboarding can cause discomfort. I came up with a solution to negate the discomfort by wearing nicely padded cycling gloves. I bought a pair of Inbike cycling gloves from Amazon and they work quite nicely to keep my hands comfortable when using my laptop.

3. Full Cycle Laundry Wash? (2019-04-11)

Have you ever done something the same way year after year and then begin to question why? I can’t remember what prompted me to start thinking about it, but a few years ago I began to think about washing bath towels and washcloths using the full cycle setting on the washing machine. Usually you use bath towels and washcloths to clean your body and wipe off, so they’re not that dirty.

The washing machine I use has a light setting and I began using that to wash lightly soiled items; e.g. bath towels, washcloths, flat sheets and pillow cases used as dust covers or to catch toe nail clippings. Using the light setting on the washing machine saves a little bit of time, energy, and wear and tear on the items being washed.

4. Government Nannyism in Virginia – Virginia HB 1660 (2019-04-11)

Recently, Virginia House Bill 1660 was passed specifying that landlords must provide a written notice about responsibility for the loss of personal property when the landlord does not require a tenant to obtain renter’s insurance. The bill was introduced by Delegate Karrie K. Delaney (D), who listed passage of the bill as an accomplishment in a recent update to Virginia constituents.

According to a December 20, 2018 post on Delegate Delaney’s site, a fire in Virginia resulted in the complete loss of personal property for some members of an apartment complex for senior citizens, some of whom did not have renter’s insurance. What’s next; will landlords be required to inform tenants of the dangers of smoking within their apartments? Where’s personal responsibility in all of this?

5. Repurpose Plastic Detergent Containers for Urine Collection (2019-04-11)

I track water useage for my family’s home and I find it amazing how much water is used. Thinking about water useage recently, I remembered that some mobile dwellers use an empty detergent jug to urinate into when they aren’t able to get to a restroom. I had some empty detergent jugs sitting around that I use to fill with water to fill unused space in our freezer. I cut out the spout on two of the containers and started using them to collect my urine during the day. I keep one detergent bottle on the main level of our home and the other detergent bottle in the master bathroom.

At the start of each day, I put 7 drops of peppermint essential oil into the jug, which completely eliminates any urine odor from the jug when opened. Before I go to bed, I empty both containers, rinse with tap water, and then leave them opened over night to air dry as much as possible. I estimate I’m saving 10 or more gallons of water a day by not flushing the toilet every time I urinate.

Ladies, you can do this too.

6. Lower Prices at Whole Foods Market? I’m Not Seeing Them (2019-04-15)

There was some speculation about how Jeff Bezos might bring lower prices to Whole Foods Market when he purchased the grocer in 2017. I suppose providing discounts for Amazon Prime members could count for bringing lower prices, but I don’t take advantage of that benefit because you have to use the Amazon app on your smartphone or provide your phone number at checkout. I would definitely not provide my phone number to the cashier at checkout. I have concerns about privacy and security using any app on a smartphone to conduct financial transactions, especially since I use a Tracfone, which does not receive Android security updates. I am also planning to cancel my Prime membership close to the auto-renewal date.

I’ve noticed significant price increases lately when I’ve shopped at Whole Foods Market. I don’t buy near as much at Whole Foods Market as I used to, but there are still some things I prefer to buy there versus other grocery stores. Are the higher prices Jeff Bezos’s solution for the $15 per hour minimum wage at Whole Foods Market? To be fair, there are still a number of items available at Whole Foods Market which are comparably or reasonably priced; e.g. eggs, milk, canned baked beans, rice, dark chocolate bars, maple syrup. So why the higher prices on other items? I’m glad I have a number of choices for grocery shopping where I live.

I’ve purchased Alden’s organic ice cream by the half gallon in the past at Whole Foods Market. I’ve not been able to find Alden’s organic ice cream at any of the other grocery stores I’ve shopped at in my area. I think I used to pay $6.99 for the ice cream, but when I went to pick up a half gallon last week, the price is now $8.99. Needless to say, I didn’t purchase the ice cream.

Following is a price comparison table of just a small sample of items with significantly higher prices at Whole Foods Market versus other grocery stores in my area. It definitely pays to comparison shop.

ItemWFMTrader Joe’sWegmansDifference
Amy’s frozen entrees$5.29$4.19$1.10
Coconut oil$6.99 (14-oz)$4.99 (16-oz)$2.00
Cranberries, organic dried, 8-oz$4.99$2.99$2.00
Cream of Buckwheat cereal, 13-oz$4.49$3.69$0.80
Golden Turmeric cereal, 10.6-oz$5.49$3.99$1.50
Peanut butter, organic creamy, 16-oz$3.99$3.49$0.50
Peanuts, organic dry roasted unsalted$3.49 (16-oz)$5.49 (35-oz)$0.96 (for 16-oz)
Purple Acai cereal, 10.6-oz$5.49$3.99$1.50
Sugar, organic$7.19 (4-lbs)$4.19 (3-lbs)$1.20 (for 3-lbs)

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Updated on 2019-04-15

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