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  1. Peter Pan, I can't find the fabrics breakdown. Pen, thanks. LL Bean is very expensive. Susan and Garden Mom, I think the filling in these are synthetic.
  2. OK, we had a power outage last week for 1 night and I stayed at a relatives house just a few miles away. She had a thin blanket/duvet on the bed and it was great. Not too hot and not too cool under that. I was surprised to find the cover was cotton but filling polyester which traps heat! I've been wanting one but gave up the search a few years ago. Well, I took up the project again and found what I think may work. I do NOT want polyester filling as I run warm and we live in the south. I found these and would like your opinion on them. Pros/cons? Puredown brand - Cotton shell and filling: 75 % white down and 25% white feather This is BBB all cotton - cotton shell and cotton filling. Cotton is breathable but I'm wondering if it will "ball up" after washing. ??? Serta brand - 90% goose feather and 10% goose down fill So, after research I learned that the more clusters of down, the warmer the blanket. Also, from a website - Down is the light fluffy coating found beneath the feathers of ducks and geese. Most down grows on the breast and underbelly of the bird. Down is a three-dimensional cluster with dozens of soft fine filaments that radiate from its centre. Lighter than a feather, down is the most important ingredient in a feather and down duvet as it is responsible for generating the insulation and warmth. Down creates warmth through a process called ‘lofting’. Down clusters expand or loft to fill space and trap tiny pockets of air within their filaments to create thousands of insulating pockets. The more down cluster a duvet contains, the higher it can loft and thus the warmer the duvet is. When selecting a feather & down product, it is important to note that there is a significant warmth difference between goose down and duck down. Geese are larger birds than ducks and generally have bigger down clusters. Their filaments are therefore able to trap more air and provide more insulation. The general rule of thumb is the bigger the down cluster, the warmer the duvet. Given all other factors are equal, a 95% goose down duvet will be warmer than a 95% duck down duvet. Warmest - geese down Less warm - duck down Feathers - can't find the website but I read yesterday that because the "feather" is larger it will trap more air, thus creating more warmth. Perhaps the same holds that warmest would be geese feathers and slightly less warm duck feathers. Because I run warm, and living on NC/SC border and going into summer, which one would you suggest to provide some structure/weight but not "trapped heat"?
  3. I have not read the replies but wanted to add cotton is good because it's breathable naturally and wear white or light color to deflect sun's rays and expose bugs for garden and hiking both.
  4. Yes, we took your recommendation the other day and put a long rope lead out front. Secured to a huge, old oak tree.
  5. I don't believe a fenced yard is going to happen. I believe you're saying the fence to the dog park was compromised. That can happen as the deer broke in to (to a point) my neighbor's wooden fence enough to compromise it and one of her small dogs could get out. Our huge lab would not be able to through that particular hole. Yes, I know. She's a puppy and will be an adult dog. A family member. We are active and do many fun activities. We are hoping she'll be able to be leash free outside. Time will tell. Maybe not. I called a trainer and am waiting to hear back. She or he will be able to identify our particular situation. I know training her now will be easier rather than introduce the idea 4 years from now. We'll see - maybe I'll back way off if the trainer suggests. Definitely do not want her hit by a car. Decades ago after my sister and then new husband came back from their honeymoon they let our dog out and he was hit/killed by a car. I was riding my bike at the time only to go home and learn what happened.
  6. Tap, I don't know of any. I'm trying not to surround myself with a lot of news about this. Don't want to be in the dark but I know the issue, orders, suggestions and that's about it. I have heard that stores have special hours for elderly customers and maybe other demographic-specific groups, I'm not sure. And, yes, the first responders and military have been recognized, I believe.
  7. Thanks, see below. Thanks you two. I think I'm researching too much. It also didn't help dh and I saw Dark Waters m ovie last week. Based on the true story of DuPont manufacturing c8 (Teflon). I decided to research and found out, from one website, that it is best to buy the ceramic or porcelain glazed products domestically, here in USA because we have a standard by which these products need to meet criteria to be considered safe. I posted this on our Nextdoor: Seeking a "bundt pan" that does "not" have teflon non-stick coating and other harmful materials. Would prefer glass or ceramic coated on interior with 100 % ceramic and not mixed with other materials over steel (other metal) that does not contain/leach into food: lead, cadmium, arsenic. (From google research) -> There have been reports of some ceramic glazes that leach lead or cadmium into food. This is typically true of ceramic cookware from Latin American and Asian countries where regulations may be a bit lax. In the US there are strict FDA requirements (via a law known as Proposition 65) for ceramic products to be free of lead or cadmium. All reputable companies comply or should comply with these requirements. So, I'm looking for 100% ceramic OR porcelain glazed bundt pan that is FREE from: PFOA, PTFE, PFOS, lead, cadmium and arsenic. But, you're talking to someone who uses glass and Lodge. 🙂 I just wanted ceramic or porcelain for the "non-stick" component.
  8. Carol, I can't find it. Do you have a direct link?
  9. I appreciate this! I try to use "natural" components when possible. I'm eyeballing the glassware one you mentioned above and Acorn's article also mentioned. Or, this one is great but I read on another site it contains lead so no thanks if that's the case.
  10. pumpkin chocolate marbled bundt cake
  11. Thanks for sharing. I just copied/pasted and printing off. I'm looking forward to making that recipe!
  12. Teflon has taken the market's share for decades. But, I don't trust the composition/material. I found one on Amazon that is ceramic coated metal but don't know the metal. And, after reading reviews there is no mention of country who manufactured this item. It did get very good reviews. I will probably buy it.
  13. Thank you. Will check in to it.
  14. Thanks. I should say I don't want teflon. I wonder if it comes ceramic lined?
  15. I'm searching for a fluted (or not) bundt pan that is NOT non-stick as I don't like/trust non-stick. Can only find non-stick. Ideas? Suggestions? Links to something that I should consider
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