Saturday, August 27, 2011

Summer wandering

...short jaunt to Newfoundland with son #2. Nice trip...
Waiting for the Ferry
My Favorite CampSite
X marks the spot...

Friday, August 12, 2011

Soda Bottle "Pre-Forms"

Even at my age, I often come across stuff that intrigues me. I recently acquired some soda bottle "blanks" or "pre-forms". They are basically a 2 litre pop bottle just before it is expanded and shaped. They are just over 5 inches long, and only hold an ounce or so, but they are very thick, and strong. They contain the same amount of plastic as a 2 litre bottle. With a standard screw-on cap, they make great containers for misc "stuff"...

Thursday, August 4, 2011

'Coons !

No less than 3 raccoons have taken up residence in my attached carport/lean-to/storage area. They kept me awake last night with their antics...not a good move on their part. It looks to be a mother and two youngsters. I tried rooting them out with a canoe paddle, but they eluded me by hiding and running back and forth in a 32 foot section of roof eave/soffit. This means WAR...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Jerky !!!

This is going to be fun...a recent trip to Princess Auto resulted in some Jerky seasonings...

Each box contains five different flavors:
  • Original Blend
  • Mesquite Blend
  • Hickory Blend
  • Cracked Pepper N Garlic
  • Cajun Blend
  • Mandarin Teriyaki
  • Pepperoni
  • Sweet & Spicy
  • Inferno
  • Pepper 
Now to dig out my dehydrator, jerky gun, and make a trip to the store for some extra lean...stay tuned... 

    Family Camp = Relaxation

    ...attended a church Family Camp over the last 2 weeks or so. This time, we had a little cabin, even though I sneaked to the VW bunk whenever I could. It was good to get away...I don't think I looked at a computer screen for a whole week, maybe longer. Both the morning bible teaching sessions and the evening services were of great benefit to my tiresome mortal coil. Sometimes, I shun the concept of "retreating" or "getting away", but it does have its benefits. All things in moderation...
    The "cabin" needs work, to say the least, but our 2 sons enjoyed it anyhow. Of course they went armed with a PS3 for "rainy days" etc. I think they enjoyed the freedom, late nights, lots of friends...
    Most cooking was done on a "Powerfist" one burner butane stove, Chicken Stir-fry for example...
     Of course packing up to leave was interesting. Over the 2 weeks, both myself and Debbie made a couple of trips back and forth from home to camp, with work schedules and the like. That meant that the amount of "stuff" was slyly increasing. After Debbie left with a load, The Vanagon managed to swallow the rest; toaster oven, futon, roll-away cot, 2 coolers, and on it goes. I even had room for an offspring, but not two...looking forward to next year :)

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