Home and Outdoor Garden Decor and Accessories

This berry electric recliner is comfy and easy to use - helpful for an elderly senior citizen for aging in place in spite of joint pain that keeps them from reclining manuallyOne of the joys of the Sandwich Generation is that you get a lot of experience in troubleshooting. Of course, with elderly seniors near or far, it's usually troubleshooting an issue they are having in or with their home, as opposed to troubleshooting kids and grandkids over a  tough tech issue or the REALLY tough matters of the heart. 🙂 So I'm quite happy to be dealing mostly with home and house issues.

Last week, though, I definitely had a mystery – it was the case of the mysterious no-longer-working electric recliner rocker. Fortunately, this rocker is local for me – right down the stairs and to the left of my bedroom. I went and sat down in my mom's rocker, picked up the remote with its blue lights brightly shinging, and pushed the button. Sure enough. Nothing! Absolutely NOTHING!

Then I checked to be sure all the wires were plugged in where they belonged – and they were. Just as I was thinking I would have to call the store to schedule a service visit, I picked up the big black square thing attached to the wires and, since it was so big, I turned it over. Lo and behold, it had a sliding cover. I opened that and found two 9-volt batteries. Who knew! I replaced them and it worked. Voila! Right? Not exactly. I did a bit more research and discovered those were for the backup in case of a power outage. Replacing them certainly wouldn't fix the whole problem. It just meant that we were now working on battery backup. 

However, in the process, I did move the surge suppressor the chair was plugged into. All of a sudden I realized there were no lights on it! I had checked that the chair was plugged into the suppressor properly. And I had checked the wall, or had I? That's definitely something easy to miss. After jiggling the plug firmly into the socket, we had REAL power again. Apparently, when my mom had moved a dresser, it had nudged it just enough. It "looked" plugged in but wasn't fully plugged in.

I was definitely glad that was a fairly easy problem to solve. And glad I had learned a few new "tricks of the trade." Namely:

When something stops working, don't just wiggle the plugs. Pull them out and plug them back in carefully. Make sure any lights that should go on DO go on.

Electric recliners may have battery back-ups in case of power outages. Best to change those batteries at the same time you change your smoke alarm batteries. (And if you have those cool new smoke alarms that do NOT need changing, change your recliner batteries at each time change, when MOST people have to change their smoke alarm batteries. 🙂 )

If all else fails or if you live long distance from your senior parent and their recliner, check online for the manual to help with troubleshooting.

And if even that doesn't work, give the store a call. If you bought it in the last year or less, it should be under warranty and they will be able to send a technician out. Even if it is out of warranty, they should be able to recommend a technician who can help you or your senior parent.

P.S. Check out this adorable pink recliner for kids! Bet I know a few dozen boomers and seniors (and younger) who would love this in an adult's version! For that matter, I definitely know a half dozen or more grandkids who would adore it!!! 🙂 

Pink recliner for children - perfect for Pink Saturday things

Beverlys Pink Saturday is full of fun things for SandwichINK Real Estate Info - including the occasional pink house

Say it Saturday has news and fun info for boomers and seniors and is a delightful place to visit each week


PINK Welcome Garden Plaque Butterfly Yard Art

Welcome, indeed, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Pink Saturday. Over at SandwichINK, I've gussied up inside the house, just for you, and you're invited there as well. Here at SandwichINK Real Estate Info, I got an early start and the focus is on PINK outdoor lawn and garden decor, starting with the lovely pink butterfly garden decor in the welcome greeting above, in honor of it being PINK SATURDAY's THIRD BIRTHDAY!

Happy Birthday Pink Saturday From the Sandwich Generation Granny Nanny

Since my senior mom and I are busy with gardening projects focusing on the Sunflower House, a butterfly garden, and bringing a Roseville California favorite rose – my brand new and already beloved Mr Lincoln Rose, which always has the most fragrant roses, I decided to incorporate those ala PINK for the party!

These butterfly garden stakes make a lovely addition to your outdoor garden decor

After all, some pink butterfly garden stakes are a lovely way to greet guests and lead them to the front door. Especially the taller metal butterflies on garden stakes that can hold plants!

Lovely large butterfly stakes like these can even hold senior gardening projects - perfect as gifts for the elderly gardeners in your family

In the back yard, you'll find FLOWERS – lovely pink flowers everywhere. Would you believe it, Burpee even has the first rose-pink Sunflower varieties – perfect for little girls Sunflower Houses to be the windows in between the taller Mammoth Sunflower varieties. I have to admit, I think they look more maroon myself, but still quite purty.

The first of the sunflower varieties that is PINK - delightful for little grandgirls sunflower houses

And wouldn't they look lovely intermixed with these pink flowers on a butterfly bush plant!

Lovely pink flowers on these lilac butterfly bush plants - great for those who want to create a butterfly garden

Oh my, what do you think of these adorable pink Pentas in Burpee's Butterfly Sparkles mix in your garden? I love the name as much as I love the flowers and I know my senior mom's decorative butterflies are going to like them as well as they flit around her gardening projects. Perfect for PINK landscaping designs, don't you think?

Pink Pentas - butterfly sprinkles - lovely to add to a butterfly garden

But now, it's time to head for the front door. Once again, HAPPY BIRTHDAY GREETINGS TO BEVERLY and PINK SATURDAY. It's definitely been PINK-a-licious!  And don't forget to pop over to  SandwichINK for some yummy pink cake and other fun things to bring a sweet smile to the Sandwich Generation.