Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day to our American Friends and Neighbors!

Wishing a Happy Independence Day to our American Friends and Neighbors!




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Friday, July 3, 2015

Part 1 - RV Bathroom Before and After

Think I had mentioned before that we are starting some re-doing in our RV.
We partnered as well with Farrow & Ball- eco-friendly, wallpaper and paint experts. A company that has set themselves aside from other paint companies by creating a product of quality, using only the finest quality ingredients and rich pigments. 


Gerry started on the the part of the bathroom that houses the toilet, which is a separate room off the main bathroom area. We had originally wanted to paint all the cupboards in there, white, and then do some wallpapering. Unfortunately, due to the gloss surface on most of the wood, we had to change our plans. Part of the cupboards Gerry said had real wood and part was not a real wood and with a gloss surface. He tried sanded that, but still would not hold a primer, so just had to change what we were going to do.

As you can see by the before and after it still turned out nice.








We changed over the toilet in there to a ceramic toilet, from the other that was in there. Also covered the factory papered walls and part of the cupboard doors, with a Walmart paper we picked up. Then Gerry painted what parts of the cupboard he could with white paint from Farrow & Ball. A nice paint to work with, with low odour.

Stay tuned for Part 2 when we continue with the rest of the painting in the RV bathroom.

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DIY Home Bars: 5 Must-Haves For a Well-Stocked Home Bar For Your 4th of July!

Own a bachelor pad and love entertaining? You sure need a home bar, stocked properly. There is also a need of a drink, well-mixed which helps schmooze the romance when your girl is around, to impress drinking buddies or maybe to floor the boss and his wife, when they come calling. And moreover, the difference of having a drink with friends at a bar around town and mixing one at home is chalk and cheese.
Get all swanky like it was in the 1960s, before the advent of mixologists and when real gentlemen poured drinks in their mid-century Baskervilles. To start a bar can be a daunting task, says who? Home bars are fun to DIY and from scratch that too- believe us when we say it is fun, easy and wouldn’t pinch your pocket too hard!



Rules for the home bar
Before we tell you how to go about stocking the home bar, the rules first!
1.      Pick alcohol that you personally enjoy imbibing and serving. Spirits that impress you would sure be hits when you lovingly curate them and make a sparkly drink in those glasses. Pick what only you like, because in most cases the home bar’s main client would be you. This allows you to share your personal tastes with all around, and enjoying a conversation over the same too. Talks can happen over what you stock and why you stock- reason enough to pick what you like.
2.      Spend less and start small. Instead of hoarding the bar with plenty of bottles, most of which you wouldn’t like or drink- remember, your money is your money and you need to spend it wise. Dropping a boatload at the local liquor store would make the shopkeeper happy, but not you. People would expect you to make more drinks, some of which you haven’t and this would be a mess. So start small and grow as you move along.
3.      Practice to get comfy with your mixes and drinks, and slowly expand the menu to accompany each drink too. It would be best to notify your buddies of what you have, and to learn of their favorites too.




What alcohol to keep
The sanctorum at home (the home bar) should be stocked well, so let’s begin with alcohol choices.
For the base spirits while mixing cocktails
1.      Gins rule- Start off with London Dry gin, add Plymouth to it or Old Tom.
2.      Vodka for shots- Who doesn’t love shots, babushkas especially, and the good old Bloody Marys or the sizzling Cosmopolitans.?Perfect for mixing since the odor isn’t too strong. Try Absolut or Stolichnaya, and if you want it nicer- Grey Goose for sure.
3.      Bourbon whiskey anyone? Gentlemen and their whiskey shots, they love the sips and the Old Fashioned classic tastes. Wild Turkey and the quaint Jim Beam for mixologists are the best, especially if you are a novice at mixing.
4.      Jack Donaghy Scotch whisky for the home bar is a must. Soul soothing and a reason why the deepest of man thoughts happen while sipping this bad boy from your glass. Stock on a bottle of Rob Roy for the classic touch, and blend it with single malt for finesse.
5.      Tequila- Ahaa! Must-have and perfect for margaritas too. For mixes, try the Gold Tequila, and for the straight up shots- the silver tequila does justice. But do stock the bar with Patron, go ahead and try it!
6.      Rum- Caribbean or Cuban, you just cannot say NO to it. Darker the better in this case and perfect for mixing too, you should start with light rums and add darker ones later as the party or the gathering progresses.

What about the mixers?
It all depends on the concoction and magical Bacchus mix that you would like to present the attendees with, so here’s a list of what the home bar should have.
1.      A bottle of club soda
2.      A bottle of tonic water
3.      A couple of aerated drinks
4.      A couple of fruit juice bottles (tomato included)
5.      Angostura bitters

Presentation matters
Garnishing a drink makes it full of fun while serving the glass happens, and you do not need to be a pro at that. Use your imagination and creativity, and go right ahead. From lemon slices to fruits, olives to onions for cocktails, horseradish to spices (Tabasco sauce, pepper, salt et al) and yes, ice and sugar too.
Cutlery and glassware
And how are you going to serve what you just concocted? You need the right glassware and the cutlery for serving smart, isn’t it? Go ahead and get spoiled for choices at Target.com. Also, you can use Target coupon deals and get hold of a myriad range of swanky and uber-cool kitchen-aid products, by which you can wow your guests with your mixology skills.
A well-stocked home bar should have the following-
1.      A couple of martini glasses
2.      A set of rock glasses
3.      Wine glasses (separate for red and white wines)
4.      Tall stemmed glasses
5.      Highball glasses
6.      Pint glasses
7.      Beer mugs
8.      A strainer and a shaker for martinis
9.      Toothpicks to support the garnishing and embellishments
10.  A box of napkins
11.  A recipe book to assist you in mixing
12.  Music CDs to soothe the soul while you and your buddies sip

Storage and stocking
Finally, you would have to invest in a small wine cooler, a wine rack, serving carts, pub sets, four bar stools and one bar table, bar cabinets to store the bottles and cutlery well-defined. While the bar stool seat should be at nine to twelve inches for comfort, just below the bar counter top, think of cushions for the cozy feel and extra comfort too.
Well each man to his own (home bar), but as a gentleman with taste so pure and dapper, imagine how proud you’d feel flaunting your home bar by using the tips in this guide. The best way to tell the boss “See this bar right here sir, I built it from scratch”- a priceless achievement and to that we say. Cheers!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Monday, June 29, 2015

Today's Quick Tip



Save your bread bags for putting smelly garbage items into a bread bag, before you throw into the garbage. With summer heating things up, it doesn't take much for things like tuna cans, strawberries, etc., to smell up the garbage pail in the house!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Review: The Kurgo Wander Bench Seat Cover

Review by: Erika and Jon



We were especially excited when we had the opportunity to review Kurgo's Wander Bench Seat Cover since we just recently bought a new SUV and our dog "Be" loves to ride in the car and go to the dog park!


The Wander Bench Seat Cover is everything it says it is. The cover was easy to install and fits snug and secure without sliding around - the regular size was perfect for our SUV, however, the Velcro openings didn't line up very well with our seat belts so we just kept them closed.The storage pockets work great for toys, treats, etc.





It's also waterproof so you don't have to worry about anything soaking through onto your seats. The cover is stain resistant and keeps dirt and muck from getting around the rest of the vehicle. If it does get dirty, a quick toss in the wash and it's as good as new.

Overall, we were very happy with the Wander Bench Seat Cover from Kurgo and based on these photos, I'd say Be approves too!! 





Review: Before and After with Extend-A-Shower

Since we decided to re-decorate and renovate the RV, one of the things that had to go was the glass shower doors, trimmed in gold. Gold is really out style. Well for us anyhow. Wanted to change those out but what could we do? What would we replace them with?





After doing some searching online, I found the Extend-A-Shower . It lets you enjoy the comfort and privacy of your RV’s shower. It also creates more room in your RV’s shower. And when not in use it just simply folds out of the way, with no need for tools.



The Extend-A-Shower is like a slide out room for your shower. They have a lot of different models in varying widths so you can find one that will fit your particular shower. And they also come in many different colors too. Like for example: white, chrome and bronze. We chose the white as it was going to be the best match for what we were doing.





These are really very nice, and  great how it  pivots out of the way. It can easily be folded right into your shower stall, so you can have more room when not using. Another cool thing you can use the Extend-A-Shower for is to drip dry your laundry in your shower basin.


It was an easy install and we're quite happy with the turn out.

Sunday- June 28

It's a warm one today... 31 degrees- and alot of forest fire smoke in the air today as well.


I decided to get the cushions washed from the couch today- so threw them in the tub with some laundry soap, rinsed, and threw up on the clothesline.. and almost dry. They would have shifted too much throwing them in the machine.


First thing this morning Gerry was out staining the back deck.After doing the front step, it was quite noticeable that the back one wasn't done.. and looks so much better now. ( Had left over stain for both decks/ steps from a project we did last year to re-stain, so that worked out well for us.)


With it being warmer too, we've had to turn on the a/c's, and the one in our room, hadn't been blowing right. I mean, it worked but it seemed to be blowing the cooler air up towards the ceiling. Gerry is usually good with coming up with ways to solve problems so, I asked him if he could make something that would direct the air downwards more towards the bed. Well, he came up with hot gluing some old blind slats, onto it, still allowing us to move the way the air flow moves right to left, and it's already working perfectly! 

He's still been doing some work on the bathroom in the RV and we should have those before and after pics coming soon.

Health wise, Gerry still is having issues with his ear plugging up on him, limiting his hearing and making it most annoying. I'm still waiting for an appt. with the hematologist in the city, for my low iron. And newest problem is with my right shoulder. Got x-rays on it, although they said x-rays are fine, but for about 3 weeks already it's very stiff , bruised on the back, and burns at times within the muscles. May have to  make myself a chiropractor appt. to see if they can figure out anything with it. Not sure what they charge but may have to look into it this week. 

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer! As usual, we're keeping busy.


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Friday, June 26, 2015

RV's, 5th Wheels- Must Have's




Gerry and I love to travel. Whenever we can, you will find us in our RV traveling from one place to another. It's actual hard for us to stay put here during the winter months, but we don't like to leave our dog Jake in the winter at the kennels, so we usually stay home from October- March. Itching to get out again.


This upcoming Fall, we are hoping to start on Snowbirding. Gerry is retiring soon and this is what we've been planning on doing for quite some time. Of course, before we can go on Snow birding, we need to make sure that we have planned everything accordingly. Our home should be secure. Our stuff needs to be stored. And we have a budget that we will stick to while on the road.
Your RV or 5th Wheel is like your second home though and you want to have it all equipped. Some things we're taking:


TRICO RV wiper blades-





With a full line of windshield wiper blades, refills and arms, TRICO has the wiper products for virtually all of your Recreational Vehicle (RV) needs. TRICO® blades and refills feature durable metal construction and a heavy duty natural rubber wiping element for quality performance under demanding conditions. Class C RVs are typically built on a van chassis and require conventional automotive blades like TRICO Exact Fit® blades.



Solvit PupSTEP Wood Pet Stairs - (from 1-800 Pet Meds)-



Solvit PupSTEP Wood Pet Stairs provides a safe and stylish way for pets to ascend and descend. The solid wood construction folds flat for easy storage and transport. The stairs require no assembly and can be placed against beds, chairs, sofa, tables or any desired area. The pet steps are perfect for small pets, aging pets and pets with joint issues. Perfect for the RV and 5th wheel for our furry friends!

For: Dogs and Cats





Renogy 200W Monocrystalline Starter Kit-





The Starter Kits are a great introduction for people who have just started getting into solar—a combination of being great on budget, and easy to get set up and running without too much effort. The Starter Kit provides the convenience of having the essential components of a solar system in one kit and because the items are bundled together, you save more than if you were to buy the items separately. Of course, as with having any solar system, the ability to have renewable energy on hand while off-grid is more than a little helpful, even if just to help provide lighting or charging your devices. With our Starter Kit, all the items included are under warranty: the accessories for a year and the panels for twenty-five years. 

If you ever have any questions, our team is more than happy to help assist you and can be reached via phone at 1-800-330-8678 or via techsupport@renogy.com




Orion Bear Deterrent-



Orion Safety Products introduces its new non-lethal sight and sound Bear Deterrent.  The product produces a loud “gunshot” sound, a bright dynamic flash and smoke, and it is designed to scare bears away before they are close enough to be in attack mode.  Field tests in Alaska have demonstrated Orion Bear Deterrent can be effective at 300 feet.  

Though lethal bear attacks are rare, there has been an increase in bear attacks and maulings as more people live in or visit bear habitats according to a 2014 article in National Geographic.  The report also suggests that people who live in or visit areas where bear and other large animals live, can educate themselves and take precautions to reduce risk of an attack.  Bear deterrent products are recommended for hunters, campers, hikers or anyone living in rural areas frequented by bears.    
              
Orion Bear Deterrent is an excellent, long-distance alternative to bear pepper sprays and other deterrent products available.   “Bear spray products and other deterrent products do not work at longer ranges, and they may not work in all weather conditions,” explained Jay McLaughlin, President Orion Safety Products, “When bears are close enough to use some of these other products, it can be a terrifying and dangerous situation.  Protecting yourself and your family is critical.  Orion Bear Deterrent works at distances as great as 300 feet with both a visual and sound signal to frighten bears away.”     

Orion Bear Deterrent offers additional advantages over currently available alternatives.  It is non-lethal and a safe alternative to weapons, traps and poisons.   While bear sprays may not work in wind, rain or other weather conditions, Orion Bear Deterrent works in all weather conditions with no risk of fire.  It is lightweight (launcher and 4 shells weigh only 6 ounces), waterproof, and compact – a holster is available, so you may quickly access it when needed.  Orion Bear Deterrent produces a loud “gunshot” sound, over 120db and is louder than most audio bear deterrents, and it produces a bright, dynamic flash (over 11,000 candela) and smoke.  This multi-sensory device gives the user a better chance of deterring a bear than a product that only produces a sound, visual alert, or chemical deterrent.  The product is also less expensive than most bear deterent sprays.  
  
Orion Bear Deterrent is ideal for use when hunting, fishing, hiking, or camping in remote areas.  It is also great for people who live in wilderness areas and other areas where bears may dwell.  Orion Bear Deterrent may also be used to ward off other large animals including dogs.   It can also be used as an emergency signal allowing rescuers to hone in on your location if you are lost or injured.  The product comes with a launcher “gun” and four Orion Bear Deterrent shells.  Replacement shells, launcher holsters, shell holders and other accessories are available separately.    

About Orion Safety Products

Orion Safety Products, Easton, MD, is the nation’s largest manufacturer of highway and U.S. Coast Guard Approved signals.  They have manufacturing facilities in Easton, MD, Peru, IN and Bristol, PA.  For more information, visit www.orionsignals.com. Orion Bear Deterrent is available at Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Gander Mountain and other outdoor, camping and hunting equipment retailers or call 1-800-637-7807. In Canada the best way to find this product is by contacting the Orion Customer service department at  mcustomersevice@orionsignals.com

      


Homcom Torque Multiplier Wrench Set -




This Homcom Torque Multiplier Wrench Set uses gear reduction to help you loosen and remove lug nuts by hand. It is compatible with nearly every heavy duty vehicle, including semi-trucks, RVs, tractors, buses and more. It is capable of generating up to 4800 lbs of torque, allowing you to remove lug nuts without the use of power tools. A perfect companion for emergencies on RV road trips or just for completing some DIY maintenance.
Package includes:
    ·         4 x sockets: 41 mm (1-5/8"), 38 mm (1-1/2"), 33 mm (1-5/16") 6 point sockets and a 21 mm (13/16") - 4 point socket; 75 mm tall
    ·         1 x storage case
    ·         1 x wrench
    ·         1 x speed handle bar
    ·         1 x long bar

*** Gerry has one of these- tried it out on our RV and with minimal effort, was able to remove all wheel nuts. Highly recommended!


and to go with this torque is the  One -Inch Male To  Half Inch Female Socket Adapter by Cheater Wrench-



"Once you've broken a tough lug nut loose with your torque multiplier, you don't want to keep using that tool to fully remove the nut. It takes 58 revolutions of the input shaft to turn the output shaft just once. And removing the nuts by hands can be a bother and take time as well. If you use a 1" male to 1/2" female socket adapter, you can keep your socket on the lug nut and attach that adapter to a 1/2" impact gun. Then you can use the impact gun to very quickly run off the lug nuts. Break each one loose first, then take them off in no time with this adapter."




The Drive 4G-M

Staying connected is essential for all people, but even more so for those on the go. The Drive 4G-M allows people to have a strong reliable signal even where it is extremely weak. The Drive 4G-M  is simple to install and works with all U.S. carriers. Simply install it in the RV, run the antenna to the roof and it immediately starts boosting signal with the RV. The Drive 4G-M gives you faster download speeds and improves battery life. It’s a must for anyone traveling long distances in an RV.




Honeywell HeatBud Ceramic Personal Heater-



The Honeywell HeatBud Ceramic Personal Heater is a portable, energy efficient solution that provides just the right amount of heat for you. This unit is perfect for all personal spaces and can be implemented in home, at school or in the office. Designed with ceramic technology that provides fast, even heating, it is energy efficient and uses only 250 watts. Offered in four fun colors, it has a modern, compact design that fits anywhere. Use on and/or underneath desks, tables and work spaces. With one button manual controls, it is simple to use. It's a great way to keep your space cozy and warm.






ObusForme  1.5” Memory Foam Mattress Topper-





·      This memory foam mattress topper conforms to your body shape to enhance your sleep.
·      No need to worry about mattress creaks or squeaks as memory foam changes shape when you move providing support throughout the night.
·      It reduces pressure points at your shoulders, hips and legs, and also improves your blood circulation causing relaxation.
·      This mattress topper will provide added comfort to an existing mattress without having to spend the price of a new mattress. 
·     It is a quick and affordable solution for a better night’s rest.
      The plush velour cover is also machine washable for ease of use and can also be spot cleaned for your convenience.  





The Bedlocker Electric tonneau from Pace Edwards-



RVers with fifth wheels know just how valuable every inch of storage space is. That’s why the motorized Bedlocker Electric pickup bed cover from Pace Edwards is a must have. It’s built to accommodate your fifth when traveling, and is incredibly easy to use – open and close it with a keychain fob. Park your trailer, then close the Bedlocker Electric to add extra, secure storage capacity. The cover can be opened to any position on the pickup, and when not in use, this hard tonneau conveniently retracts into a canister at the front of the truck bed.




Starfrit's Lock &  Lock Classic containers-





Since 1997, Lock& Lock has revolutionized food storage containers which always seem to have one recurring problem: leaking. With its 4-locking mechanism and a resilient silicone seal, food is kept fresh longer without having to worry about leakage. Containers are offered in two types of plastic: the original version in polypropylene and a transparent version, the Krystal line (no BPA). To its plastic collection, Lock & Lock has added the Glass Lock & Lock and the Ceramic Lock & Lock product lines. All great practical solutions for bringing your lunch, storing your leftovers, storing dry food, organizing your kitchen pantry, cooking meals (Glass) and so much more. 

Lock &  Lock Classic (Plastic)
Lock & Lock Classic containers, the original 100% air and liquid tight containers, are essential when it comes to storing and re-heating your food. Each freezer and dishwasher safe piece (container and lid) is also microwave reheatable. They are the perfect practical solution for bringing your lunch, storing your leftovers, storing dry food and so much more.




InnoTechRV.com 








This LED lighting solution from InnoTechRV.com provides both decorative multi-color and white outdoor lighting for your RV awning area.  The waterproof RGB LED light strip kit comes with everything needed to install the LED lighting system using either 12VDC or 110VAC power.  

The 16' LED strip is backed by strong 3M tape to enable it to stick to any clean surface and can be cut to length. Two options for wireless remote control are provided, RF and infrared. The RF wireless remote is capable of controlling the strip through walls and without direct line of sight to the controller. The remote controls can select from up to 16 different colors including white and you can control the brightness by dimming the light output. InnoTechRV.com supplies a range of innovative electronics products for your RV including Tire Pressure Monitoring, Holding Tank Level  Monitoring and Centralized Tire Inflation/Deflation Systems. 




Mr. Heater-The Portable Buddy-



North America's Most Popular Portable Propane Heater! This patented radiant 4,000-9,000 BTU Liquid Propane heater connects directly to a 1 lb. cylinder and is the perfect solution for heating enclosed spaces like RVs or Campers up to 200 sq. ft. The expertly engineered size to BTU ratio is augmented with a fold down handle to give this heater maximum output while retaining a minimalistic footprint. To light the unit, simply rotate the knob to pilot and push. Then the integrated Piezo sparking mechanism will take care of the rest. With the Oxygen Depletion Sensor (ODS) and accidental tip-over safety shut-off you can be sure that you will enjoy years of comfortable indoor safe heat.”



We'll need this locking device for our tow dolly- as we wouldnt be without taking our SUV as a second vehicle. We've traveled before with just the RV and you really need the second vehicle to get to those smaller spots where an RV just wont go.

The Master Lock No. 379DAT features a universal trailer coupler lock, designed to fit 1-7/8in (48mm), 2in (51mm) and most 2-5/16in (59mm) couplers. The advanced locking mechanism provides resistance to picking and prying. Resists rust and corrosion! And the Limited Lifetime Warranty provides peace of mind from a brand you can trust.


** Watch this spot for more RV/5th Wheel Must Have's

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The "New" Beater

Well, he did it. Gerry got rid of the quad, the plow, the ramps and the helmets and got a "beater", and we came out ahead- money in the bank.

He had been talking about selling the quad for a while since he didn't go out on it much- a few times last year- berry picking, a trip or two into the bush. Plus he did do some clearing of snow, but says he misses having a truck. We have the SUV and the car, but most guys that are handymen need a truck. To go to the lumber yard or to the dump. Gerry felt lost without a truck...so we made the trade off.

What he sold:

-quad: $4200
-helmets x 2- $30
-ramps- $150
and the plow and mount we used towards payment of the truck.

What he bought:


1996 truck-  $1,000
but, since he traded the plow and mount that shaved $300 off the price.. so got it for $700 cash.
It will need a few things though- oil change, new starter, belt, etc., but still an all and all good deal, and my honey is happy with a truck to beat around in.


                                      (Jakey on back of quad before it sold)


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