I wonder if Queen got royalties from Rob Van Winkle (aka Vanilla Ice) for sampling them in that song? Why do I know Vanilla Ice’s real name? Not that these things are important to my post today, just random thoughts. But what, pray tell, does Vanilla Ice or Queen for that matter have to do with a post on a home improvement/DIY blog? Well, let me give you the 4-1-1.
I was thinking of introducing my office staff today. This includes Whitaker “The Enforcer”, Otis “Comic Relief” and Faith “Miss Mellow”. My wife also calls Faith “Lava Dog” because she just quietly flows around and you never know where she is, very stealth. You may have noticed Otis from a previous post and one of
my videos posted on Vimeo. As anyone who has pets will tell you, they can keep you sane. Coming home every day to three creatures who are excited beyond belief to see you, and you may have only been gone for just half an hour, is awesome.
Now to tie in the post to the title! It’s turning cold for my readers in the northern climes. This means snow and?………….that’s right, ICE! With this ice we will be putting down salt or some other variation to keep us safe with our footing as we go about our business. The “other variation” is what we need to think about. We need to keep our furry children safe and realize that what our kidlets get on their feet they will soon be licking off of said feet. That means the super-duper ice melt made by a chemist to quickly melt ice in subfreezing temps will soon be ingested by these pets. What is the stuff to watch out for? Ice melts that contain sodium chloride, calcium carbonate, and calcium magnesium acetate. There are probably others as well. The best thing to do is to ask at your local reputable pet store. They will sell a pet safe brand but it can be very expensive. The manager at my store, PetPeople in Clintonville, recommended a commercial brand that was available everywhere and much more affordable. This is also why I am an advocate of natural lawn care besides the fact that children will also be rolling around on the grass with chemicals as well as the furry children.
Man, a short post this time but one I feel strongly about. More of a post on safety as well as seasonal maintenance. Enjoy.
Thanks for reading,
That Home Inspector Guy