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December 2011

Stone Carving

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In a former life, I was an artist, specifically a sculptor. With a job, a wife, and kids, I find I don't have the time I used to have to devote to it. However, one day last Summer, I made time to sit on the deck in the sun and spend some time with my mallet and stone. While I was there, my son appeared and took interest in what I was doing. What kid doesn't like smashing things into pieces?? Stone sculpting may seem daunting but, depending on the stone, it can be quite safe and easy. Soapstone in particular is very soft and can be carved using a few basic tools, some of which you may have around the house. With a few inexpensive items you can give your kids a fun "craft" that you can share. I have always had a few extra chunks of stone lying around, so finding something for my son to carve was never an issue.

How to Fix a Loose Hinge

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Have you ever had a door that was wobbly on its hinges? Sometimes the door has just worn out over time, or sometimes, if you're like me, your son has used the door to swing on like playground equipment. If so, you may have thought you were in for an expensive repair. Follow these easy steps to have the door operational in minutes.

Kids, Cats and the Toilet Paper Roll

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At one point during a party to watch NFL football on TV, one of my over-educated friends pointed out that he had “fixed” the toilet paper roll in our guest bathroom.  Evidently our TP roll was on backwards and (obviously) it should always unroll over the top, etc….  I quickly pointed out that the error of his ways regarding the installation was the simply because he didn’t have any children – or cats.  I’ve already raised my kids and numerous cats along the way too.  Now if your house is like mine, both cats and kids have an uncanny knack for spinning the toilet paper off the roll!

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How to make fudge with marshmallow creme

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This quick and easy marshmallow fudge is made with butter, sugar, chocolate chips, marshmallow creme, vanilla, and pecans.

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RV Camper Battery Disconnect

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If you’re like me, you have every possible gizmo or gadget for your camper from a Digital weather station to that really slick Power Tongue jack. One of the worst situations when camping in an RV trailer (other than a full black water tank) is having your trailer batteries go dead. Now try lifting that power jack or running your RV Water Pump for example. I’ve even had those silly Smoke Detectors and CO Monitors drain my batteries while it was in storage over the winter months. Not any more….

Kids Toys for Christmas

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It's almost Thanksgiving and the wife and I are already thinking of toys to get for the boys for Christmas.   John Deere stuff is big this year as we watched the combines harvest the corn fields next to us.  We have beans planted the last few years and the deer population has been affected.  Now, we should see lots of deer wandering around plus maybe even a few lost turkeys.  The coyotes have been loud at night too.

Learn How To Fly An RC Plane

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My mother-in-law bought me a Red Baron kite for my birthday last year. She knows I love Charlie Brown’s The Great Pumpkin (who doesn’t, after all?), and that Snoopy’s my favorite Peanuts character. The WWI Flying Ace’s flight scene is a highlight of the fall in our home, as evidenced by this year’s choice of Halloween costume.