I have won the battle over the dust bunnies in my home!!! Oh yes, this Butch Wife has once again demonstrated her superiority over all things chores she surveys and God said, “It is good!” My friends, family, and devoted strangers…………..the answer to eliminating dust bunnies from your rooms, halls and noses lies with a little robot we call “Rosie.” Ah yes, she is compact, clever, somewhat shy when pit against large objects and she is ours!!! Lest you feel in want Rosie is an iRobot Roomba 595 Pet Series robotic vacuum cleaner and she loves us.
We picked her up at Costco this past weekend and spent the first day waiting with anxiety while she charged, not knowing if the $300 investment would really live up to its hype. On day two, I looked at her docking station, noted the green light around the “Clean” button and decided it was now or never and so hit the button. With a little musical awake song, slowly she began to roll away from the docking station, spun in a few circles to get her bearings and then off she headed moving at a steady pace across the floors and carpets spinning her little brushes as she went. Dust bunnies melted away under her belly never to be seen again, and items she was unable to roll over she moved around. Testing each wall gently to ensure there were no bump marks left, she crossed the floors upstairs in a steady, albeit somewhat strange pattern and within an hour all visages of bunnies, dust or otherwise, had disappeared. OMG!!!
Now you may wonder how she does with steps. Well, our little Rosie has ‘eyes’ for those and avoids them like the plague. She also doesn’t eat up rug fringe as she just spins away from it so as not to tangle the brushes and wheels underneath. If she does get tangled in some stringy thing left on the floor she starts sending a knocking noise to let you know to come untangle her. Not extremely loud but just enough to ensure you hear her, after all, our Rosie is too polite to interrupt abruptly!
At the end of her task for the day, and when her battery runs down, she begins to look for the docking station again. There’s a little beacon at the top of it that sends out “I am here” light beams to Rosie’s little beacon on top and off she goes to reconnect with the station. She heads for it, turns herself around to the right position and then gently crawls back up to her place and quietly goes to sleep while the docking station feeds her the power she needs to start again when we wake her up. It’s a wonder and I love her, and we have decided to adopt her forever.
Butch Wife Tip #27
I have battled these dust bunnies for months and had given up hope of ever conquering them. My old asthmatic lungs were resigned to coughing and sneezing for the rest of my life. But then along came Rosie. Who knew a little round disk with wheels, brushes and a suction tube could make so much difference in one’s life. It doesn’t hug you but I bet if it could it would.
So I say, iRobot rocks! When there’s a house chore needing attention and you just can’t seem to ever get it done, let a robot do it. They will do it until they drop and never complain. They will stay loyal as long as you give them power, and they will never ask for time off. And if you are really, really nice to them, and start talking to them like real people, call a therapist as you might have gone too far!