August 10, 2009


Welcome to a forum for discussion on a variety of subjects; Rain Gutter Cleaning Tools, Rain Gutter Maintenance; Rain Water Harvesting, Rain Barrels; Victory Gardens, and other Subjects of Interest that are Made in the USA and others will be added as requested.

At 70 years of age I still believe I am blessed to have the opportunity and means to share with others and most of all the privilege of being . ..

"Born In The USA!"

Because of this tremendous privilege, no matter how young or old you are, you have the same unique opportunity to create an idea and bring it to the market place. You will see what I am talking about if you visit me at  (I'm the one in the pink sweater.)

I'm not "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena" that the Beach Boys sang about, but when you read my story you may find yourself saying, "Go Granny Go!" I wasn't thinking about retirement, just yet, and I still had things to do. Never did I dream I would becoming an inventor!

However, after being quoted $250 to clean my gutters last year, I knew there just had to be a less expensive way. Looking at the tools available and having used almost all of them to no avail, it was either "pay up" or "climb up" on the roof again, by myself, as my husband's profession kept him away from home so much there was no time left for him to climb the ladder and clean the gutters!

Like all good things, "necessity" really did become "the mother of invention." Or, in my case, "great-grandmother of invention!" All experts agree, if you haven't maintained your rain gutters prior to the rainy season (in Florida the Hurricane Season) chances are damage will occur from gutters overflowing. Clogged gutters allow water to accumulate and can cause fascia boards to rot and do damage to your roof, plants, lawn furniture, sidewalks, or porch. Not to mention the added weight of the accumulating wet leaves and debris that will cause gutters to sag and separate from your house.

During the very dry season leaves left in gutters can become a potential fire hazard, as well as place for mosquitoes and roaches to breed and spread over 34 infectious diseases. During the winter months the weight of snow itself can cause gutters to sag and pull away from the house. Standing water can freeze and damage them as well.

I discovered while researching that since 1990 more than 2.1 million reported injuries and even deaths occurred due to falls from ladders, while maintaining gutters or the roof! Each year adds to the stats by 50%, with males, aged 40-59, being the highest injured group. I decided there had to be a better, safer way, even for "granny" to clean her gutters!

After much prayer and many pieces of wasted paper (due to redesigns) my prayers where finally answered. I came up with the idea to use our shop vac to vacuum out the gutters from the ground! Thanks to my husband,s experience with electrical drawings and specifications, he came up with the right design that we believed might work.

Several weeks later, we showed our idea to a friend who owns an automotive repair service. He said, "I think I can make something that might work." Less than a week later he came "bearing his gift." Oh, yeah!!!! Nothing like a 15 lb, 60 inch, shepherds staff, made out of automotive exhaust pipe! This was just for was all clean..."my gutters!"

Because the tool worked so well all of our friends and family said we should make it available for others. The idea went from my needing a "better mouse trap" to the process of getting a patent attorney, applying for a patent, locating a manufacturer, marketing, advertising, website design, demonstrations, and finally sales! Now we have the Gutter Clutter Buster™  in our hot little hands to provide a safer, faster, easier and cleaner method for others to clean rain gutters.

It was so important to both my husband and myself that if we were going to manufacture this new gutter cleaning tool, it would be "Made In the USA!" Even though we had been approached by brokers, who told us we could make it for 70% less if made in China, we refused to out-source our invention to somewhere other than the USA.

We love our country and even though our economy is not at its best, we wanted to provide jobs for our countrymen/women and not some other country. We prayed that if we were to do this, that every door would open, for our customer's best interest. And, it did!

We recently completed one commitment and pledge we made prior to our first sale. We made a pledge to donate $1 from the sale of the first 1,000 tools to our local food bank so that those in need and the homeless could have warm meals, cold drinks, and a place to rest, knowing that somebody cares for them! We completed that pledge last month and Our Daily Bread of Bradenton, Florida received our donation that will feed 250 people a day for one month.  And, our pledge continue even today, as you read this!

We give praise, honor and glory to Father God for all His blessings, "pressed down, shaken together and overflowing". So, now that I've shared my story with you, I hope you will take a moment and share your comments, thoughts, and views with me.

"Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled!"

"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and see my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."         II Chron. 7:14


Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

What Kind of Men Were They?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.
Eleven were merchants,

Nine were farmers and large plantation owners, men of means, well educated, But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Diller, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.

Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't.

So, take a few minutes while enjoying your next 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.

Remember: Freedom Is Never Free!
I hope you will show your support by sharing this with your family and friends. It's time we get the word out that patriotism is NOT a sin and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer, picnics, and baseball games.

Have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July and pray that we do not lose the Freedom that so many have died and sacrificed to maintain.
Above Author Unknown

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Notes from Admin:
Above Author Is Unknown, but we give the Author of this Article applause and our gratitude for bringing this history back to our memories. We should never forget what our Founding Forefathers have given, lost, sacrificed, and literally died for, that we, the Citizens of the United States of America have the freedoms that we enjoy today.

We stand on the edge of an abyss, ready to fall in. This great Nation soon to be destroyed by those who choose to reform America into a Global Community, New World Order, Third World Country completely under their total control. And, we will loose all of our freedoms and rights endowed to us by God, and become slaves to this One World Government.

Would you be brave enough and love your Country deeply enough to become a part of American History, as did our Forefathers? Could you be as selfless as our Forefathers, to give up all of your possessions and/or family for this Country's Freedoms?

I've heard it said, "Question With Boldness," "Hold to the Truth," and "Speak Without Fear." Should we not follow these guidelines OR instead take the attitude, "It will never happen in America" and we do nothing?  Just remember this...


 "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
2 Chronicles 7:14

SUBJECT: Judge Andrew Napolitano

Andrew P. Napolitano is a 59 year old former New Jersey Superior Court Judge.  He is a graduate of Princeton University and Notre Dame Law School.  At Princeton he was a founding member of the Concerned Alumi of Princeton along with Justice Samuel Alito.

Judge Napolitano is the youngest life-tenured Superior Court Judge in the history of the State of New Jersey. 

This is truly frightening and REPEAT; IT IS NOT POLITICAL.  Please listen to every minute of this video and then pass it on.  It must be viewed by as many Freedom Loving Americans, as possible.  Thank you.  

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