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BEST Mosquito Bite Remedy EVER!!

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When mosquitos look at kids, they see little targets everywhere.  One evening outside means days of itchy welts.  Big golf ball kinds of welts!  You can go through a lot of Benadryl every summer because it’s been the only thing that gives them any relief, but there is a better, safer, cheaper way to get rid of that itch.  Soap!  Just rub a bar of dry soap over a mosquito bite and feel better instantly.  Seriously!

COMMENT:  Claudia’s poor little legs were covered with mosquito bites that were even keeping her awake at night.  The anti-itch creams weren’t working for long, and giving her Benadryl during the school day just wasn’t practical, so I turned to my old friend Google.  A quick search led me to TipNut, where I found the perfect remedy to make my sweet girl feel better.  A plain old bar of soap!  And it works!

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Proper Clothing Makes the Difference

Back at the landing and ready to head back to camp.

Back at the landing and ready to head back to camp.

Fishing certainly doesn’t have to be a fashion show, but the clothes you choose to wear can have a direct impact on your comfort level when out on the water. And in my mind, the more comfortable and relaxed you are, the greater your chances for finding fishing success.

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The most important part of a fishing wardrobe has to be the hat. The reason for this is twofold — protection from the harmful rays of the sun and as a barrier to stop any blinding glare and reflection. With the cases of skin cancer rising rapidly, covering your head is your best defense to thwart it.

A stocking cap and thermal underwear are an excellent investment for cold-weather fishing.

Hats come in all shapes and sizes, although the most popular and obvious has to be the regular fishing cap. A ball cap will provide ample protection from the sun for the top of the head, while also covering the top half of the face. The downside to ball caps is the lack of protection offered for the ears and back of the neck — two prime spots that can get scorched by the sun.

For those looking for more protection, a switch to a cap with a convertible sun protector flap is a step in the right direction. These hats allow the angler to “roll” down a flap at the rear to nicely cover the neck and ear areas.  Another choice could be the good old ‘bucket hat’ that has grown quite popular over the past few years.

Not Any Old T-Shirt Will Do
Although a simple T-shirt is still a mainstay on many boats and waterways, many of the new shirts that have hit the marketplace offer additional value for the money. A favorite style of shirt to wear is a short sleeve, button down, with a collar to boot. These garments are light and breezy, allowing the body to stay cool during the hot days of summer, and some are built with a material that is designed to wick moisture away from the body. Some are also manufactured with a built-in vented cape back — this will allow the cool breezes to air condition the body.

Storing nail clippers, glasses, or a package of plastic tails is a cinch with these shirts, as many come standard with a variety of large Velcro or zippered pockets.

Newer to the market are shirts designed with built-in sun and insect repellent, an excellent choice for those that spend a great deal of time outdoors.

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Selecting A Sweatshirt
 One sweatshirt to be a mainstay on any boat would have to be the one that is commonly referred to as a “hoody.” These garments sport a large, cozy hood with drawstrings — a great addition for extra heat when blasting down the lake during the early mornings.

A “hoody” provides warmth on those cool days out on the water.  Most hooded sweatshirts also offer large pockets at the front, making them useful in terms of storing bits of tackle, or your chilly hands whilst your partner is driving the boat.  In terms of overall warmth and comfort, these sweat tops can’t be beat!

Covering Up The Bottom Half
When fishing during the warm, summer months, anglers are looking for lightweight garments that are cool and comfortable to wear. Whether it is shorts or pants, the features are interchangeable with one another.

For the best of both worlds, how about choosing a pair of pants that can be converted into shorts? This style is one of the most popular, and for good reason. There is no more struggling to change from your pants into shorts anymore, as this can be easily accomplished with a quick pull of the zipper. I have found these to be great for the chilly mornings (full pants), and equally good as the sun starts to heat things up (shorts).

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Most of these styles are lightweight and help dissipate body heat. When conditions are more inclement during the spring and fall seasons, a heavier and warmer pant is definitely needed. Some materials to keep an eye out for are 100 percent cotton or fleece. Both provide added warmth, and can be updated by wearing thermal underwear underneath.

Thermal Wear
Thermal underwear is one of life’s greatest inventions. This state of the art fabric has the capability to keep the body cool and dry on hot days, yet also warm and dry on cold days. The ability to wick moisture away from the skin will leave you feeling dry and refreshed, even on those days when you’re sweating up a storm.

They can be put to many uses, and you’ll find yourself slipping them on time and again whenever heading out the door. Depending on the severity of the weather, most thermal underwear can be purchased in a light, medium, or heavyweight fabrics.

Sheltering The Feet
Socks come in a wide range of fabrics, cuts, and styles. Depending on the season (or the weather conditions), you will either need a pair to keep you warm, or to keep you cool.

For maximum heat, nothing can beat an insulated wool sock. These will keep your feet feeling nice and warm, on even the most bitter cold of days.

When faced with summertime temperatures, a switch to a light and breathable pair would be your best bet. Most summer socks are blended from a selection of different fabrics, allowing the sock itself to wick moisture away, ultimately keeping your feet dry and comfortable all day long.

Whatever style you choose, keep an eye out for those offering a cushioned sole — these can be a godsend for those long days spent standing up in the boat.

Keep these clothing tips in mind when you plan your next fishing trip.

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Keeps away flies, wasps …

Zip Lock Baggies………..who knew?

We went to a restaurant and sat in the patio section. We happened to notice zip lock baggies pinned to a post and a wall. The bags were half filled with… …water, each contained 4 pennies, and they were zipped shut. Naturally we were curious! The owner told us that these baggies kept the flies away! So naturally we were even more curious! We actually watched some flies come in the open window, stand around on the window sill, and then fly out again. And there were no flies in the eating area!

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Below are comments on this fly control idea. I’m now a believer!

Zip-lock water bags: #1 Says: I tried the zip lock bag and pennies this weekend. I have a horse trailer. The flies were bad while I was camping. I put the baggies with pennies above the door of the LQ. NOT ONE FLY came in the trailer.The horse trailer part had many. Not sure why it works but it does!

#2 Says:Fill a zip lock bag with water and 5 or 6 pennies and hang it in the problem area. In my case it was a particular window in my home. It had a slight passage way for insects. Every since I have done that, it has kept flies and wasps away. Some say that wasps and flies mistake the bag for some other insect nest and are threatened.

#3 Says:I swear by the plastic bag of water trick. I have them on porch and basement. We saw these in Northeast Mo. at an Amish grocery store& have used them since. They say it works because a fly sees a reflection& won’t come around.

#4 Says:Regarding the science behind zip log bags of water? My research found that the millions of molecules of water presents its own prism effect and given that flies have a lot of eyes, to them it’s like a zillion disco balls reflecting light, colors and movement in a dizzying manner. When you figure that flies are prey for many other bugs, animals, birds, etc., they simply won’t take the risk of being around that much perceived action. I moved to a rural area and thought these “hillbillies” were just yanking my city boy chain but I tried it and it worked immediately! We went from hundreds of flies to seeing the occasional one, but he didn’t hang around long.

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A Great Solution to Cooler Ice

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Getting ice is always a problem or inconvenience. This will show you how to make Polar Bear tubes for your cooler. These modification are to help you keep your fish fresh and chilled while saving money on ice and worrying about where to find ice when you go fishing. The cooler is shown with a false bottom to keep your fish from laying in a pool of water or blood while you are out fishing, especially should you purchase additional ice. The modification includes a strap for keeping your cooler safely closed while in transient with out the lid blowing open. The setup includes Polar Bear tubes made from 2 inch PVC pipe with standard end caps cut to fit your freezer space available to freeze the tubes.

Safety strap of 2 inch webbing with quick release buckle using screws to attach to cooler.


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First measure your freezer space to see what is the maximum length your tubes can be and see what your maximum cooler length is so you can custom fit your Polar Bear tubes. Make Polar Bear tubes from 2 inch PVC pipe available at your local hardware store. Includes a 20 foot 2 inch PVC pipe end fittings and PVC glue. When assembling, fill with water but not full (88% maximum) as you will need a buffer space for expansion so you wont bust the Polar Bear tube when freezing. Keep everything clean in case you need these Polar Bear tubes as an emergency water supply. Glue end cap on one end of Polar Bear tubes and let it setup for a hour. Fill with water to 88% and glue on other end cap. Keep it vertical so that cap can set with out being in the water.


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I made 6 Polar Bear tubes for my big cooler that are 21 inches each. Make as many Polar Bear tubes you like.


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False bottom to prevent fish laying in blood, or water should you add addition ice.


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False bottom made by attaching 2 pieces of 3/4 inch PVC pipe to a plastic sheet. Custom fit to cooler bottom. Wood not recommended.


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Polar Bear tubes. These are 21 inches as that the maximum length that my garage side by side refrigerator/freezer will take. Hopefully yours may match your cooler length.
Ok lets go catch some fish.


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Polar Bear tubes. Custom fitted for the lunch cooler box.

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Posted by on April 25, 2016 in CAMPING, DIY, Wawang Lake Resort

 

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Candle Heater

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Here’s a useful and nifty idea to keep you warm in your home when it’s cold outside and the power has gone out.

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Mosquito Repellent Plants

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As summer fast approaches, we would like to suggest plants that will repel mosquitoes in your landscape and how to use these plants to enjoy the outdoors during summer. In addition to the plants that repel mosquitoes eco-friendly ways to keep mosquitoes from your outdoor living spaces. The picture above is Ageratum.

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Some areas of the southeast have had drought busting rainstorms and even with the tremendous amounts of rainfall, these areas are still considered to be under drought conditions. With the severe amounts of rainfall that comes into an area, and the warmer temperatures of the season that is a sure sign the pesky mosquito is not far behind. The picture above is Basil.

The plants that we are suggesting will repel mosquitoes from your outdoor living space. There are a few suggestions when planning to use the plants mentioned to enhance the natural repelling abilities:

  • Use the plants in containers around your patio, deck, or outdoor living space such as patio tables and chairs.
  • Use the plants in containers or planted in the ground by your front door and your back door.
  • Lemon Grass is the #1 recommended plant to grow in the landscape and in containers to use around your patio, deck or outdoor living spaces to repel mosquitoes during the summer.
  • Before having outdoor activities brush the Lemon Grass to release more of its fragrance.
  • Lemon Grass can be used in cooking.

Here are a few suggestions recommended to do in addition to using the recommended plants:

  • Fix all outdoor facets that drip.
  • Drain your birdbath twice a week and refill your birdbath.

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Turn your empty outside pots and containers upside down to prevent the containers from collecting water.

Drain your plant saucers that collect water once a week, mosquitos lay their eggs in stagnant water.

To reduce numerous other flying insects, including mosquitoes, plant marigolds in containers or in the landscape (shown on left).

There are additional benefits to adding mosquito-repelling plants to your landscape. A few of the benefits are that the mixture of plants listed can be used in addition to repelling mosquitoes, but also used as herbs in cooking, the trees listed will attract additional wildlife such as birds to the garden to give natural predators of mosquitoes a safe heaven, the majority of the plants are nectar and larval food plants for butterflies in your area, and the Silver Dollar Tree can be used in your fresh cut flower arrangements as greens. The picture below is Cadaga Tree.
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CAMPING IDEAS – Very Useful

Use Tic-Tac boxes to store spices for camping. Brilliant! Takes up less space and no glass to carry.

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SUMMER EVENINGS – Mosquito Control

Here is a great idea that many can get a head start on before it’s needed.  Build a Mosquito Control container so you can sit and unwind in the evenings without dousing in DEET.

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Posted by on March 23, 2016 in Cabins, CAMPING, Wawang Lake Resort

 

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The Swedish Torch – Campfire

This is a great idea for small spaces and uses less wood too!  Ideal for cooking on or simply enjoying the atmosphere.  So on your next trip to the outdoors give this one a try.

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The Complete Camping List

nature-17Preparation is essential for any outdoor adventure. Having the necessary supplies and equipment can make a difference in your overall enjoyment and experience. Checklists are a great tool to help with your organization. Your camping list will vary according to the type of camping and activities you have planned, the time of year and the length of your trip. Add or remove items to suit your individual needs.   Printable Camping List

Shelter

__Tent, or camping trailer__Ground cloth/tarp __Extra stakes __Shade tarp/poles/rope/stakes __Axe or hammer __Mat for tent entrance __Dust pan/brush

Bedding

__Sleeping bag __Sheets/blankets __Pillow __Air mattress/sleeping pad/cot/tarp __Air pump __Repair kit for air mattress __Utility bags for storage

Cooking

__Large water jug & water bucket __Coolers/ice __Thermos __Stove with fuel/propane __Matches/lighter __Charcoal/firewood/buddy burner __Dutch oven/tin can stove/box oven/etc __Campfire grill/BBQ grill __Fire starters/newspaper __Tablecloth/thumb tacks/clips __Plates & bowls/paper plates & bowls __Silverware/plastic silverware __Measuring cups __Heavy-duty aluminum foil __Paper towels __Trash bags __Dish soap __Clothes pins __Cooking oil/Pam spray __Containers for food storage __Potholders/oven mitts __Pots and frying pans with lids __Soap for outside of pots and pans __Cook utensils-spatula, knife, spoon __Tongs __Skewers/grill forks __Can opener/bottle opener __Folding table __Dutch oven __Pie irons __Mugs/paper cups __Mixing bowl __Cutting board __Ziplock bags __Napkins __Dish pan __Dish rags/towels __Scrub pad/brillo __Seasonings/sugar/condiments __Potato peeler

Clothes

__Shoes/boots __Jeans/pant/belt __Shorts __T-shirts __Socks/extra socks __Hat __Bandana __Sweatshirt/jacket __Underwear __Sleep clothes __Rain gear __Swim suit/towel __Laundry bag

Personal

__Shower shoes/flip flops __Towels/washcloth __Soap in plastic case/shampoo __Tooth brush/tooth paste __Deodorant __Comb/brush __Razor __Feminine products __Toilet paper __Shower bag or 5 gallon bucket __Camping shower/shower pump __Other personal items __Personal medications – take extra

Miscellaneous

__Sunscreen/chapstick __Lantern with fuel/mantles __Extra batteries/bulbs __Compass/GPS __Bug repellant/candles __Whistle __Water filters/purification/treatment __Camera/battery/film/video (see photo jigsaw puzzles) __Books/magazines (a Kindle would be better) __Candles __Maps/directions __Misc. tools __Backpack/fanny pack __Fishing gear/license/bait __Radio __Musical instruments/song books __Camp chairs __Sunglasses __Hammock __First aid kit __Tissues __Saw/axe __Park map/guidebooks/trail maps __Lantern pole or hanger __Collapsible drying rack __Popcorn __Marshmallows, Graham crackers, Hershey bars (Smores) __Flashlight/batteries __Pocket knife __Plastic grocery bags __Binoculars __Rope/clothes line __Canteen/water bottle/coffee pot __Bungi cords/straps __Cards/games/toys/golf __Duct tape/electrical tape __Notepad/pen __Reservations info./confirmation __Cell phone/charger & 2-way radios/walkie talkies __Small shovel __Safety pins __Money/ID/credit card/quarters __Bikes/helmets __Travel alarm clock __Work gloves __Umbrella __Hand wipes __Drinks/snacks __Small sewing kit __Fire extinguisher __Hot chocolate/tea bags/coffee __Scissors __Watch

Tell someone of your plans – give details of where you are going and when you expect to return, give directions and possible alternative roads that you may take, provide cell phone numbers, vehicle description and license plate numbers, hand-held radio channel and codes that you will use, and provide local authority phone numbers (State Police, Game & Fish Commission, Sheriff Dept, etc.) for the county or area that you will be in.

Basic First Aid Kit

__Personal medications __Roll bandages __Adhesive tape __Antiseptic wipes __Sterile gauze pads __Cotton swabs __Tweezers __Safety pins __Scissors __Bee sting kit __Sinus medications __Tissues __Bug repellant __Sunscreen __Notepad/pen __Sterile compresses __Splinting materials __Personal information/contact person __Feminine products __Ipecac __Razor blades __Plastic bags __Small bottle of water __Blanket __Other personal needs __Small mirror __Triangular bandages __Misc. Band Aides/bandages __Anti-acids (Tums, Rolaides) __Antibiotic cream __Aspirin/Ibuprofen/Tylenol/Naproxin __Hydrogen Peroxide __Ace bandages __Sunburn lotion __Burn ointment __Snake bit kit __Eye drops __Poison ivy cream/cleansers __Heat/cold packs __Small flashlight __Latex gloves __Antibacterial soap __Thermometer __Coins for emergency phone calls __Antibiotic soap __Butterfly bandages __Twine __Mole skin for blisters __Road flares __First aid manual __Nail clippers

Additional First Aid Tips

  • Take a First Aid class and a CPR class – keep current on this information
  • Keep supplies in a well marked, durable, waterproof container
  • Keep the contents organized
  • Know how to use everything in your first aid kit
  • Inspect content often, re-supply as needed
  • Keep readily available at all times

Printable Camping List

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