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Jun 09 2020

Pack Your Car and Save on Your Summer Road Trip

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: Road Trips

Road Trip

Getting ready to head out on the road with the family? No doubt, you have your own money saving ideas but here are a few more to add to your arsenal.

Be flexible – Break up the trip with spontaneous stops along the way. Involve everyone in the decision making and have a little fun while you stretch your legs, tire out the little ones and experience memorable snapshot worthy moments.

Eat cheap – Pack snacks to keep appetites in check between meal stops. Individually packed granola bars, cookies, chips, nuts, and popcorn are fun and easy to eat while traveling. Take advantage of the dollar menus at fast food restaurants, and pick hotels with free breakfast buffets. Save even more by bringing your own drinks. Many restaurants have deals for small children. These two websites might help you further: www.MyKidsEatFree.com and www.CouponDivas.com.

Keep busy – Don’t limit the kids to DVD’s and screen games. You may encounter dead zones and of course dead batteries. Plus, vacation doesn’t necessarily mean relaxing screen time rules. Go old school with travel games like the ABC game or I Spy. Bring along puzzle books, comics and coloring books but remember that crayons melt fast in a hot closed car. The family that sings together, usually sounds pretty noisy, but happy.

Clean up – Don’t forget to bring along paper towels, protected in a plastic bag, hand sanitizer, and wet wipes for staying clean. Pack a couple of wash cloths and a towel for emergency freshening. Designate a place for a bag to stow trash between stops.  

Enjoy your family road trip!

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Apr 28 2020

Vegetable Garden Ideas for Beginners

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: Lawn and Garden

Vegetable Garden Cantainer

Digging up your lawn to plant vegetables is a daunting task. Unless you are an experienced and committed gardener, you might want to start small. It’s exciting to grow a multitude of vegetables, but for the first-time gardener, pick a few veggies to start with and expand your repertoire every season.

Container gardening may just be the ticket. Tomato plants are just one of the already established plants that can be purchased at your gardening center and do well in large containers. Fabric pots with handles are available and after filling with soil, can be lifted and placed into more decorative containers. Leaf lettuce, peppers and herbs are also good choices for containers. Even potatoes can be grown in a pot and there are containers designed just for that purpose. If you are adventurous, give strawberries a try. With the many pots and towers designed to make efficient use of space, they are a winner. Remember as with any potted plant, the soil dries out faster, so frequent watering is required.

If you want to expand your vegetable garden, consider raised beds.  Kits are available for assembling or the DIY handyman will have no problem building them from scratch. They will have to be filled with soil, so some hauling and shoveling will be required. A raised bed is an efficient use of growing space and bending over one is a little easier on the back.

If you are starting your garden from seeds, you will find planting information on the back of the package along with a date to ensure they are fresh. It’s okay to overplant, as you can thin out the plants once they become established.

Pole beans can be grown on a trellis and depending on its sturdiness so can cucumbers. The back wall of a windowless garage is a good location for a fan trellis or a wall of lattice. 

Don’t be afraid to mix flowers in with your vegetables or for that matter vegetables in with your flowers. Marigolds have a reputation for repelling some of the garden pests that may bother your plants.

A good layer of mulch will help keep the moisture in your soil and if it is deep enough, it will smother any weeds that want to come up. There’s a famer’s saying about planting seeds in threes. One is for the bugs, one for the weather and one is for you. 

Happy planting.

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Feb 25 2020

Securing Loads – The Garage Plan Shop

Post By: M.K. Tenney

Category: Miscellaneous

Securing the Load

No doubt about it, moving things yourself can save you money. Nobody wants to be “that guy” that has items flying out of the back of a truck on the highway. Below are some things to consider to have a safe and successful move.

First things first. You will want to make sure your vehicle is in fine working order. This includes proper tire inflation, including a working spare. Check the brake lights, signals and hazards.  Review your vehicle’s manual for load capacity. Inspect hitches, pins and chains and make sure that you are following state and local safety regulations for trailers and items that are longer than your vehicle like canoes and ladders.

Loading your vehicle and securing that load is of course just plain physics, that class in school that personally I don’t remember taking. An uneven or shifting load can cause a trailer to sway or create momentum to spill out or cause one to lose vehicle control. That said, place heavy, tall items up against the cab of your truck or forward on a trailer. It is recommended that 60 percent of a load be placed forward of the axle on trailers. Don’t forget proper side mirror adjustment, and you may need extra eyes to safely back up. 

Next, comes the securing part. Try to have two tie downs for each large item. If you are using nylon straps, practice to make sure you ratchet and lock them tight. Ropes work fine, but it helps to have serious knotting skills, and remember that some ropes will stretch as the weight pulls against them. Trying to cover a load with a tarp or blanket can be tricky but if you are hauling trash or brush, you may need something to hold it down.

Finally, take a test drive around the block, readjust and plan your route. Try to pick the road untaken where there is less stress of traffic. Try to keep your speed under 50 mph and take turns and bumps slowly.

Good luck!

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Jan 30 2020

Over-Sized Garage Plan with Lots of Extras

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Here’s an extremely attractive garage plan with lots of extras. It has the capacity to protect six vehicles or choose one or two of the extra-deep bays for boat storage.  Besides housing the family cars, this plan provides lots of space for storing classic vehicles, a fleet of motorcycles, lawn equipment, kayaks or quad-runners etcetera. There is a service room on the main level that can be accessed from both the interior and exterior of the structure. It leads to a half bath, laundry area and stairs to the second story. With its vaulted ceiling and attractive balcony, the second story presents a myriad of possibilities, ranging from a game and party room to a home office, hobby area, den or gym.  The first-floor service room lends access to  a half bath (pool bath and changing room) and delivers a place to launder swimsuits and towels. A quick trip up the stairs and your guests, now changed and dry, are ready to party or just relax on the balcony to watch the sunset.    Paragraph

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Jan 02 2020

Over-Sized RV Garage Plan with Three Tandem Bays

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This handsome garage plan sports stone accents and has the capacity to hold eight automobiles. How’s that for storing your classic car collection? Making it even more versatile is an RV bay that is lift-friendly. With space for a workshop, you are set. There’s even a covered porch for stepping away from your work to take a relaxing moment in the shade. Or… perhaps your needs include running a lawn care service or some other home-based business. Not only does this plan provide storage space for your equipment or inventory, it offers room to pull up a desk and create an office to go with it. But even if you only need to store your family vehicles, look at the space this garage plan provides for the family cars plus items like a golf cart, RV, four-wheeler, bicycles, scooters, lawn tractor, etc. The workshop space can be used for maintaining your fleet and DIY projects, or create an exercise room, hobby and craft room or potting shed.       

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