I know many of you will not believe this story but I remember it every time I see a deer that was hit on the side of the road.
It was 1994, 6am, Sunday morning. I was driving to work and three deer ran out in front of me. The last one decided to stop and back up as I tried to swerve onto the shoulder to miss her. I hit her. She flew over my roof and onto the side of the road behind me. I was upset, called the police and was told that she was mine with the doe permit he provide me. Well, my son had been asking for venison for two years and here was my opportunity. I used a 2 1/2 in blade pair of scissors from work and gutted the deer. My brother-in-law arrived just as I finished and took her home to dress her and prepare the meat for our freezers. Now I carry the buck knives Alpha Dorado. It is a folder and it’s compact ergonomic style fits nicely in my hand. I always make sure it is in my console for any trips I take.
There are some great websites that offer some really cute fabric for babies. There are so many adorable patterns to mix and match that I don’t know how we are ever going to choose.
We looked at elephants, lions, blocks, polka dots, circles, squares, etc. all in a variety of colors. They were so cute we couldn’t decide which one to choose for our baby sleeping bags. I can’t wait to make these once the girls decide the fabric pattern combination they want. I am leaning towards the turquios/green/brown elephants and polka dots myself. But we will just have to wait and see what the girls decide. We don’t even know the sex of our second bundle yet. Only time will tell.
I am so happy. I just found out that we are now having two new bundles this year. A girl in July/August that we have been aware of and now one in November.
Naturally, the girls and I started looking at quilt ideas and found a baby quilt that is assembled and functions just like sleeping bags. So you know what we decided. We decided to combine our camping excursion ideas and my quilting business and make some of these baby sleeping bags that double as a quilt/blanket for our two little ones coming. If these baby sleeping bags turn out and work out well I just might have to add them to my inventory.
Did you know that the use of sleeping bags dates as far back as 1000 A.D? It was a woolen rug folded in half and secured with fasteners.
While many present day sleeping bags are made with cotton, down and/or synthetic materials, most are synthetic. The main reason for sleeping bags to be made from synthetic materials is because of the synthetics ability to resist water absorption and quick drying properties should it become wet. The synthetics are also able to provide a high amount of warmth even when wet. Cotton and down sleeping bags cannot make a big claim for this if they become wet. On the down side, synthetics are bulkier to pack because of their firm loftiness so it is something to consider when you are trying to pack all of your items into one backpack. A good website to learn more on sleeping bags to make an informed choice for your needs is: www.bestcampingsleepingbags.com.
Wow! My computer contracted a very nasty virus two weeks ago. It took the technicians three days to find it because it was imbedded so deep into my programs. If fact, after they made the repairs and partial recovery it would work great on the internet but anytime I went to get into my saved files it would start doing crazy things and not open them for me. It wouldn’t recognize my printer either so I took it back and they found that it had corrupted all of my programs and their ability to get updates. It required a complete recovery.
I am certainly glad to have my computer back. Now I can go back to planning our summer camping trip. I think we have decided on Mount Rushmore. Our granddaughters have the appropriate temperature sleeping bags so we won’t have to worry about purchasing more. I am really looking forward to taking them to Mount Rushmore.
After careful examination of my camping supplies I will need to add to my cooking supplies since we will have four people instead of two. It will be like cooking for our sons when we went camping in the past.
We scaled down our camp cookware years ago when we were no longer taking our sons on camping trips with us. Now they sometimes join us but bring their own supplies to cook with. So I will need to add a frying pan or two. I may neet to bump up to one of the Chinook cook sets to make sure I have enough cookware.
I don’t know about any of you, but I always make a list of the supplies I have at the end of each camping year. I mark the items that need to be replaced and write the supplies I need at the bottom of the list. I keep the list taped to the inside of my kitchen cupboard for easy accessibility in case I find someone having an item I may need on sale.
Since we are adding our granddaughters to our camping trips this year, I need to make sure I have enough camp cookware to provide adequate size meals for all of us. My list shows I have 4 sets of camping cutlery but since my husband’s hunting trip I don’t know if he returned the cutlery set he took back to the storage bin. I will have to double check on those and some other items that I know he took with him.
As the months progress and the snow melts it is time to start planning our camping trips. Many will be short weekend trips but we are planning two longer trips. We know we are going to Florida at the end of the year but we can’t decide on Mount Rushmore or Grand Canyon for our other trip.
I had to take stock of our camping gear because we are taking our granddaughters with us this year. I need to make sure I have enough camp cookware to provide meals for the four of us. Both girls are very good eaters of a variety of foods. And I know that with the added fresh air and activity they will be very hearty eaters for their age.
I am sure everyone is tired of the snow and cold as I am. I am looking forward to more sunshine, easier walks outside, cookouts, sailboat watching and just plain warmth.
I am excited to go camping and use my new alps mountaineering tent. I decided on the Vertex because I liked all the features of the alps mountaineering tents and the extra head room in the Vertex. With the Vertex 4 I will have plenty of room for us and for my grandchildren when they join us. We can use the extra room for our gear or just allow us to stretch out more. Although I keep forgetting about the 3 foot vestibule of the fly. Our previous tent only had a foot and didn’t help much if the wind was really strong. Happy camping we will go come Spring. i
Well, as I mentioned previously I have been checking out tents for this camping season to replace ours. I like the Chaos but this Vertex deserves a second look.
The alps mountaineering tent series sure has nice features. Their shock corded continuous aluminum pole system and clip on tent make any of their tents a snap to assemble and lightweight. They all have factory coated taffeta floors, sealed polyester fly and floor seams to keep any camper dry if it rains. All their flies buckle to the tents to ensure a secure attachment. And they all have zippered mesh windows to provide great ventilation. The Vertex also features 2 doors and vestibules for gear storage which is one of the features I really liked about the Chaos. But one thing I like about the Vertex compared to the Chaos is the spreader section at the top for better head room. It doesn’t make it tall enough to stand in but it would certainly make it easier to move around. I will definitely keep both these tents in mind as I continue looking.