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Month: July 2011

10 Ways to Stay Safe & Save Fuel this Summer

July 5, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

10 Ways to Stay Safe & Save Fuel this Summer

As RVers and other motorists prepare for summer vacation travel, a team of million mile accident-free truck drivers are helping to make our roads safer. AAA estimates that over 39 million Americans will drive 50 miles or more this coming weekend. America’s Road Team Captains, elite professional truck drivers chosen by the American Trucking Associations, are offering advice on how to safely navigate through highway traffic and congestion this summer and, at the same time, save costly fuel. Drive carefully and arrive safely at your destination. Pictured above is Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Byway, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved “Traffic increases during the summer months as families head out for vacations,” said America’s Road Team Captain Danny Fuller. “Even with gas prices what they are, I’m seeing many additional cars on the road. This means safe driving habits become all the more important and everyone should slow down and follow the rules of the road.” America’s... [Read more...]

It’s Not Only About the Fireworks

July 4, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

It’s Not Only About the Fireworks

(Photo Caption: Fireworks) I’m in the Texas Hill Country now; Gillespie County (Fredericksburg).  This week they went to stage 3 water restrictions, which is something they have never done before.  It has been dry here.  The paper says that it has been dry for 11 years now, and this is one of the driest years on record.  With all the water restrictions and burn bans in place, there are not many fireworks shows happening.  I heard that the fireworks in Kerrville (on the river) will still happen, but all the shows here have been canceled.  I’ve heard a lot of people talking about how it just isn’t the 4th of July without fireworks. So, I started thinking about that.  What is the 4th of July really about?  I went to History.com to find some information (July 4th).  Well, the formal name of the holiday is Independence Day, and it commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence (the actual vote for independence happened on July 2nd, but we celebrate the adoption of... [Read more...]

MURBLES – Are you game?

July 4, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

MURBLES – Are you game?

MURBLES – Recreational Outdoor Game http://murblegame.com/ On Canada Day, we went out into a field near our RV and proceeded to learn and play a new game that I had received for a review. The game is named MURBLES, and can be learned in a matter of minutes and played almost anywhere you want. We found it was a great way to spend time with the kids while we were at our campsite. And the best part is that I can bring it home for them to play in our backyard… All you need to play this game is a willingness to have fun! No other skills are necessary. My first experience with MURBLES was when I had to pick the colors for our balls. I was able to pick the colors for the two sets, the point ball, as well as our bag. With twenty colors to pick from you can get overwhelmed easily. Our bag is green, with sets of red and yellow and our point ball is dark blue. If I had to redo the selection, I would avoid taking a darker color for the point ball as it can be tricky to... [Read more...]

All About Food–Favorite Summer Sides!

July 3, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

All About Food–Favorite Summer Sides!

Along with the marinated chicken recipe that I shared in my last post (see June 26th blog), two crowd-pleasing additions to our favorite summer meals are potato salad and pasta salad. The potato salad is made with the Hellman’s Lite Mayonnaise I wrote about in my blog on cutting calories without losing taste and is a wonderful complement to any main course, be it chicken, burgers, fish or steak. In addition, it is a nice alternative to traditional hot cooked potatoes on hot summer evenings. I must confess, I received this recipe from my late mother-in-law, Evelyn Berry, so it truly is the Berry Potato Salad. As an aside, her son will not eat or touch a pickle, but devours this potato salad in spite of the fact there is pickle juice in the sauce! Berry Potato Salad Ingredients: Approximately 5 lbs potatoes, sliced but unpeeled—whatever you have on hand, but I prefer to use small red potatoes for salad. I do not peel my potatoes because I believe that eliminates many of... [Read more...]

Caring for Aging Parents

July 1, 2011 by · 6 Comments 

Caring for Aging Parents

This blog is one that is rather difficult to write.  There is a considerable amount of emotion and anxiety – perhaps guilt, within these words. Many of “us” so called baby boomers are now facing something we never gave much thought too a few years back – care of an aging, perhaps disabled, parent. But, before I get too far into the present, perhaps I should rewind at least 12 years. Nancy’s mother, at the age of 80, came to live with us.  She was alone in Bryant, Arkansas, living in a rent controlled apartment complex.  Other than friends, which she had many from her Church, there was no one there to help her or assume responsibility.  So, we prepared a “Mother in-law suite” in our home and moved her 1200 miles to Virginia. “Grandma” was in good health and we still had one of our children at home.  Her presence was actually an appreciated blessing as it gave us some freedom to travel on weekends and spend some time during the summer at the lake or beach.  Grandma... [Read more...]

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