Do you need a new BBQ Grill for the summer? We had charcoal grills forever. They would last a couple three years and then they would need to be replaced – rust, caked ash, chipped paint, and mechanical issues with the grill height adjusting mechanism. We finally decided to try a propane gas grill. That was a good choice. It’s easier to clean, no ashes to gather up and discard, no unburned charcoal to deal with, much easier heat control, and much better flare up control. We have had the propane unit for several years now and from what we see it’s going to last until we pass away!! It has multiple burners so you cook with indirect heat, a searing station, a side burner, and the grill just cleans off with a brushing at 500F. Last but not least, it’s easy to clean the internals with soap and water; and it has a cool grease catching system. The propane grill is a best buy.
Wikipedia says: “A shuttlecock (also called a bird or birdie) is a high-drag projectile used in the sport of badminton. It has an open conical shape: the cone is formed from 16 or so overlapping feathers, usually goose or duck, embedded into a rounded cork base. The cork is covered with thin leather. The shuttlecock’s shape makes it extremely aerodynamically stable. Regardless of initial orientation, it will turn to fly cork first, and remain in the cork-first orientation.” Wow – that’s a lot of definition! Though they might say it’s the little thing you hit with your racket when you play badminton!! If you never played badminton you ought to try it – good fun and it won’t wear you out! We played it in the backyard when I was growing up! The game’s not expensive and just about anyone can play!! Try it – you’ll like it!!!
Tired of having to get out of the pool and go back to the fridge or over to the patio cooler every time you need a fresh cold beer or soda? Then you need one of these – a floating cooler that holds lots of drinks and keeps them cold. Saw one the other day that holds plenty of ice and 18 cans of drinks. Eighteen drinks should last most folks a couple hours or better; even if you’re having a pool party it should last a good while. That’s pretty cool. It even has place holders on top where you can set your drinks. Every backyard pool needs one of these. Matter of fact, it would come in handy on vacation!! Need to get one of these guys before summer gets here!!
If you’re like every other young couple with kids; there’s never enough money to go around. With a tight budget how can you afford to get the young ones a playset? Got good news for you! Just saw a really neat high quality playset that’s under a grand! You heard right – under a grand. Did a little research and that price even included delivery – now that’s a deal. It had three swings, s wavy slide, a rock wall climb, a sandbox, and a cool little elevated play deck with canopy – not to mention a few bells and whistles like a tic-tac-toe panel, a toy telescope, and a steering wheel. They deliver it to your house and it comes with some great erection instructions – if you have some Christmas bonus money leftover, they can even line you up with a local firm that will assemble it for you but that’s no fun when you can put it together yourself. Spring’s coming – get the kids a surprise!!
We had a cabin in North Georgia. It sat on ten acres with 700′ of frontage along Hemptown Creek. Rainbow trout, brown trout, goggle-eye, & cold water suckers were always ready to gulp down some bait – we put most of them back, but always tried to keep one or two for dinner. What we did not have was an outdoor fire pit to sit around at night time – nobody had fire pits back then!! Bummer!! There were plenty of chilly nights that we would have loved to sit outside and listen to the forest creatures; but the temperature chased us inside to the fireplace. If you have a cabin on the creek, a second home on the lake, or a hunting lodge – get a fire pit – you’ll not regret it!! There are some many different styles and prices there is one for your cabin and your budget.
We’ve been buzzed by hummingbirds! They are pretty, cute little guys and gals but sometimes they can be quite territorial. We would watch the “flutterwings” sip sweet water at the humming bird feeders; and as long as it was just one bird there was peace and quite. But let a second bird flutter up to the feeder and you might get a couple of buzz bombers trying to chasing each other away – sometimes right toward you!! If you’re patient enough to watch them for a while you will see one perch on a tree branch – sometimes they will sit there for quite a while. If you have a set of bird watchers’ binoculars, you can get a really good look at one while they are still. It takes about one day to become a hummingbird fan!! Just don’t get too scared if you get buzzed!
Didn’t know there was such a thing as a bocce ball until back in 2006 we spent a week in Cancun. The resort crew had a group of guys and gals throwing wooden balls about the size of a big grapefruits on the beach. We watched for a few minutes and finally figured out that they were trying to hit each others balls and knock them away from a little white ball. Turns out it’s a little like horseshoes without a ringer – closes to the white ball gets the points. My wife joined the group and played a couple rounds – she was quite good!! We still have some camera video of her chucking the bocce balls. We even bought a set when we got back to the states and play it in the backyard when we have company. It’s fun!!! Try it sometime.
Just found out a little while back that there is a dual fuel BBQ Grill. Didn’t know there was such a thing. Guess they have been around for a few years and I lead a sheltered life! Checked out one that looked interesting – small, portable, and inexpensive – that’s a great combination. It weighed just a little over 15 pounds and had both a grilling surface and a warming rack. That made it perfect for camping or a tail gate party. Best part was that the grill was good looking so you could use it on the patio when friends came over. Wondered how you packed it up for traveling – that’s neat too – it has a locking lid to keep it safe and your vehicle clean! I’ve become a fan of this little guy.
How can you not like these pool floats that float right out of the box. No pumping up with air, no special releasing the floats internal floatation media, no nothing – just open the box and throw the float in the pool and get up on it!! Having spent some thirty plus years with a backyard pool, the one thing I really disliked was blowing up floats for the wife and kids. There tough to get full, most of them leak and need refilling, and then when fall comes you have to deflate them and store them for the winter. Worst yet a lot of them have frameworks that take up a lot of storage space. The vinyl floats just roll up and take up no more room than the box they came in!! What’s not to like. I’m a thumbs up on these guys.
Ever watch little kid’s eyes when they walk through an airport? They are wide open and dashing up and down, left and right – just taking in all the new “stuff” they’ve never seen before. When they see something they like, their eyes just light up! The same thing happens when they look outside into the backyard and see a brand new playset for the first time!! The bright eyes are quickly followed by scampering little feet dashing for the playset. There’s always some indecision as to what to do first – try out the swing, hit the slide, climb the rock wall, go up the rope ladder, or dig some sand!! Over the first fifteen minutes they go from swing to slide to sandbox to rock wall to rope ladder and then start the cycle all over again. Seems like they keep doing that until they are ready for high school!!!