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Simple straw repair

I loved the metal ‘crinkle’ tumblers from starbucks that were popular last year.  There were several color combinations and one of them was a nice gunmetal gray with a matching lid and straw.  I thought that was cool until I actually used the straw and found that I did not like the metal straw.

That was a simple fix, replace the straw.  I was able to find a gray plastic straw and that was fine until it got dropped a couple of times and I broke the tip.  Finding a second gray straw was not looking good.

When faced with the prospect of going back to the metal straw or, god forbid the Starbucks green straw, there was only one solution.  Fix it myself.

All you need for this fix it a serrated knife (I used an old steak knife) and a fingernail file.

I marked the edge a bit below the break.

Tumbler Straw

Broken tip.

Support the straw against a towel so it does not roll around much and saw through the plastic with slow, but smooth motions so you don’t break/fracture the straw below you cut point.

Tumbler Straw

Sawing tip.

Use your file to level off and smooth the rough edges. I used a glass nail file and it worked very nicely.

Tumbler Straw

Sawed tip.

Tada! One fully functional straw, no extra cost.  I’m a very happy coffee drinker. 🙂



Have fun.




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Some pretty pathways I have found on various walks over the years.  I find it heartwarming to find these little gems because they remind me that the path can be anywhere and lead anywhere.  Two of theres are in moderate sized parks, but the other two are walkways into private yards.




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December 2, 2014 · 9:13 am

First snow of the year.

While checking my phones notifications yesterday morning I saw a snow advisory.  Snow? Already? So I looked outside and sure enough there was snow.

I love snow.  The crispness of it is spectacular.  So let me show you.


Deciduous trees are my favorite type of trees and when you add snow to that its just beauty waiting to happen.


November 30, 2014 · 8:33 am

Happy Thanksgiving

Warm wishes to you all.  I hope you are enjoying your day in however you observe it.

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Photography 101: Solitude

There is nothing like sitting with knitting in hand and cat in lap.


This is Solitude.


November 22, 2014 · 8:31 am