How I prepare for camping trips

Even experimented campers can leave behind important pieces of equipment when going in a trip, and for that reason, you should always keep a personal list with you when you start packing for an upcoming camping trip. Never forget that every destination is somehow different from all the others and paying attention to small details is important, if you don’t want to end up packing the wrong items. My list is divided into four essential categories , but I modify it all the time once I pick the next destination.

Sleeping items

To begin with: your tent ( here you can find how to choose one) , nicely wrapped in its stuff sack. To have inside the tent: an air mattress (camping bed/sleeping sack), pillows, blankets, and an electric hook up. If you have an air mattress, you should take a repair kit with you. Though maybe not as important to mention, because we all know nights can get cold when sleeping in a tent, even in the summer, but extra clothing is an essential item to bag before going camping. You should definitely have umbrellas or water repellant clothes for rainy days.


Cooking arsenal

While you are outdoors you need to eat and, the area where you find yourself in, might not provide eating facilities. For the cooking tasks you need: at least one pan and a pot, cooking utensils, plates and cutlery, glasses, an outdoor cooking stove (the smaller the better), can/bottle opener, dishwasher, matches, paper towels, wet wipes and garbage sacks. Don’t forget to take with you not only food but also crackers, tea bags and coffee (camping without coffee is a nightmare). Folding chairs and a table can come in handy, though most camping spots are equipped with a picnic table and grill.


Save-your-life gear

I called it save-your-life gear, though you will see that items included in this category are not necessarily linked to life and death situations, though lacking some of them can lead to the unfortunate circumstance when you need to hurry to a hospital.

While you go camping you will need to have extra batteries for your radio or alarm clock in case of electric power troubles, maps of the area if you stray from the camp (however, you should find these there if you are going into an organized camp), an axe would can in handy, duct tape (in case your tent is damaged), water filter, medical aid kit, insect repellent, toilet paper and towels.

You should also make sure to pack all your personal hygiene items. Though some of the products mentioned above can be found at the camp, you may have trouble finding deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, hand cream, lip balm (it may not look like a big deal but in windy areas or dry climates your lips can suffer intense dehydration and cracking), tampons and other cosmetic and hygiene items will be needed and hard to find.


Recreational items

Maybe not as important, but definitely something you should think about, are recreational items. Though camping can be fun, you might want to play badminton or basketball (you may find a basketball court there, but you may not find an available ball), soccer ball, tennis rackets (and ball), an mp3 player, iPods, magazines, books or anything else you and your kids enjoy doing outdoor. Remember, no matter how pleasant camping is, there will be moments when you won’t have anything else to do and you’ll get awfully bored especially in the evening.

As I already mentioned some camps provide essential camping items. For example, you can rent camping spots and a tent altogether and more expensive camping destinations offer private showers. Since this is not a general rule, be well informed on the camp conditions and  offered facilities, as you may come to realize when you arrive there, that you lack even the most important items to survive.

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Should you buy a fish finder with a built in GPS?

One of the newest and the most astounding innovation in the game of fishing is the fish finder with the handiness of an inbuilt GPS. As an ardent fisherman, you must get a GPS based fish finder, since its advanced features make the job of anglers easy. It reduces the workload by restraining the efforts needed to locate the right fishing spots to nearly half as before.

The combination of fish finders and the GPS offers anglers and fishermen a greater number of advantages than purchasing these two units separately. Working as a combo, it also saves money, as you have to pay for a single screen, single case and a single component chassis but advantages of two gadgets in price of one. It also reduces the investment and aids in fishing for a longer period of time. Considered as an excellent example of the new era of futuristic products, this not only helps fishermen to modernize in the new world, but also let them feel and enjoy a tough task done comfortably.


It just simplifies the life of a fisher. It is a simple to use gadget as everything works by a few clicks or selections with your fingertips, quickly and easily. You are able to plan your route and set your course in just a few moments of time, so it saves a lot of precious time which can be utilized in something constructive and fruitful.

As an end user, one must be aware of the benefits and assistance that the fish finder provides. In my case I was unaware of many interesting features till my friend told me about the benefits of a GPS fitted fish finder. After using it, I actually felt an enhancement in my fishing capabilities and the catch. I was able to locate better fishing spots without losing my way back to shore. Even in challenging sea weathers, I felt confident and relaxed.

The GPS is an amazing feature that indicates about the presence of fishes around the location you have anchored your fishing boat. It’s easy to read and comfy to use nature makes it one of a kind product that many people lust about. Due to its simple construction and ease of use, almost anyone can use this reliable fish finder with GPS and make their lives easier.

When you are at sea, the biggest difficulty faced is navigating in the right direction. A GPS is helpful in cars, RVs and other vehicles, similarly GPS is a good addition in a fish finder. It will keep you on the right path towards your profitable and enjoyable fishing excursion. This makes it efficient and exclusive.

Even if you are fishing as a hobbyist, you will definitely be thrilled by the amount of help it provides in your fishing experience. Buying this product will not only change the way you catch fish but also the way you think about your hobby or profession This product is a mix of idealism and perfectionism which should be present on the “wish list” of every true fisherman.

My tips for bass fishing beginners

What makes bass fishing so extremely popular among fishermen is that it is fun, and it can be practiced in many areas in the US, due to the extensive spread of this species all over the country. Bass is one of the most sought after species because it puts up a fight, which makes the fishing experience thrilling and, though it is a medium species, some specimens grow unusually large, which makes them even more coveted, as their size turns them some a sort of fishing jackpots or trophies.

Anyway, deciding when and where you go fishing is the most important. Bass can behave differently depending on the season. No matter how you look at it, the best seasons for fishing bass are spring and summer. In early summer mornings, bass will come closer to the shore to feed and may stay there to enjoy cooler temperatures preserved by water plants, but will migrate towards deeper waters in the evening.  If it so happens that you go in winter, remember that bass has a habitude of coming near the shore in the morning, but stays in open water for the rest of the time.

Secondly, know the conditions in which you will be fishing, as they require different types of gear. For example, the length of your rod, the type of lure you are using, or the material are all important factors to take into consideration and compare, because they are essential  to the chosen environment.

If you’re a beginner, go for a spinning rod, as it is more easily maneuvered in any type of fishing conditions. In time, as you become more and more experienced, you can start using the baitcasting gear, as it is considered the most versatile of the two.

If you have no idea how to match the rod and reel, it is advisable that you acquire an already made pack, meaning a rod fitted with an appropriate reel by the manufacturer. However, not any type of rod and reel combination is suitable for fishing bass. In this particular case, your rod’s length should stay within 6 to 7 feet, these being the medium and recommended lengths when fishing for smaller species of fish such as this one. Beginners seldom prefer shorter rods, but if you’re going for a shorter than 6 feet product, you should know that the length can also influence the casting distance so, if you’re fishing on the shores of a lake, you may not be able to cast long enough distances to land fish.

When it comes to the attributes of the rod, you might want to check the appropriate action and power for this particular type of fishing. You can use a medium or fast action rod, both of them suitable for various angling settings, but you should probably go for a medium or medium-heavy power rod, just in case you encounter larger specimens. For example, if you own a slow action, light power rod, you can land smallmouth bass with it, but, if it so happens that you run into an oversized specimen, you may encounter difficulties dragging it  out from water, given the rebellious behavior of this species.

Homemade Yogurt Recipe


Yogurt is definitely one of the best food created! With high calcium, low calorie and live bacteria cultures, it can beat any other health food. What else can you ask for? Yogurt has proven its effectiveness as a health food as well as flavored dessert. It is evident with the increase number of buyers and the bombarding sales it shows year after year.

However, not all of us can go to the grocery store and buy yogurt every day. Not everyone of us relishes the taste that the brands offer. This is the best day of your life because in this article, I will show you how to make homemade yogurt in a very easy way.

The ingredients are simple. All you need is a half a litre of milk- preferably whole milk or 2% but if you got no other choice then skimmed milk will do, a half cup of yogurt- preferably the one with no added flavor, a half cup of finely cut dried fruits and nuts, a saucepan, a lid, an oven, and a spatula.

The first thing to do is to heat the milk in a saucepan and stir it gradually. Make sure that skin do not. After the milk has been boiled, set it aside to cool or you can put it in the refrigerator to speed up cooling. After milk settles to the desired temperature, whisk in the yogurt and stir the mixture- once it is smooth it means that the yogurt is already dissolved. Add on some fruits and nuts or honey if you want (just stick to your desired taste). Now, you are ready to put the mixture inside the oven with a 110 degrees F temperature. You can leave it for four hours.

Very simple? Yes! And what is better is that you can save half a cup of yogurt so that you can use it to make your next batch of homemade yogurt. If you find this yogurt, yummy and healthy – share the recipe with your friends and your loved ones. If you prefere to buy a new yogurt maker I suggest reading more info on this website:


The best way to relax in the evenings – a foot spa

Most of us forget that, after a day that started at 7 o’clock in the morning and ended at 7 o’clock in the evening (if you’re lucky), relaxation is mandatory. For that, you can appeal to various methods: you can have a glass of wine, watch a movie, read a book, go out for a walk, visit a friend, etc. However, there is a relaxation method that can double many of these activities and provide you with health benefits. It’s called foot spa. Why not soak your tired feet in a warm bath while reading a book or a magazine?

We all go home with tired feet. Many women are required to dress elegantly for work, or they enjoy wearing shoes with high-heels. Others need to stand up for hours, walk long distances or run a lot. It is only natural that our feet get tired and develop various medical affections, especially if we don’t take care of them properly. I am not saying that foot spa will keep your feet healthy and protected against feet health problems, but they can definitely play a part in keeping them unaffected by mild affections that can worsen in time.

So what is a foot spa? A foot spa is a warm bath for your feet. You can prepare one easily by using a wash basin, bath lotion, a sponge, a pumice stone, a foot scrub and, if you want to have gorgeous toes, a pedicure set. To that, you can add essential oils (like green tea oil or coconut oil), foot creams to hydrate your feet after the bath and nail polish. However, there are an infinite number of combinations you can think of when you wish to create the perfect foot spa. If you want to improve your warm bath or just make it last longer, you can buy specially designed spa machines. Most of these are typically the size of a small water basin and come with massaging and vibration features that help your muscles relax. For example, when you want a more relaxing bath or plenty of time to give your toes a thorough pedicure, it would definitely be an advantage to have a tool that not only heats water, but keeps it warm for long periods of time and reheats it if the temperature is dropping. There are many different kinds of features included in these products. Some of them come with a pedicure set included or with special foot spa ingredients.

The benefits of regularly having foot spas do not stop here. It is a well-known fact that a massage not only relaxes your muscles, but also improves blood circulation in peripheral areas. Furthermore, if you add Epsom salt to your bath, you can increase its benefits. The Epsom salt (that is actually a magnesium and sulfate compound) has a lot to offer to your feet. Firstly, it speeds up the toxin elimination process from your body and, secondly, it softens rough skin patches faster, thus helping you to remove them easily using a pumice stone. If you apply a intensive hydrating cream after exfoliating them, your feet will be soft, clean and smell great.

Heavy spring rains – how to deal with them

In spring, the area where we live tends to get very heavy rain. My wife and I bought the house a couple of years ago and we didn’t make too many adjustments in the basement right up until we found out about our neighbor getting his basement flooded. Since both houses are within reach of one another, I started asking myself whether the next time, our basement would be affected by his flooding as well. That’s when I started doing a research of my own and checking some info about how many people have to pay a lot of money on repairing their cellars because of these pesky spring rains.

Waterproofing your basement can cost so much more money than doing some things on your own. Some of the figures I stumbled upon were around twenty thousand dollars, which would have been a disaster for my family and me. I started asking around whether I had any other option than waiting for a disaster to strike. In the end, from all the info that I gathered, I learned that there are some measures anyone can take in order to avoid paying that much money on repairs or other type of maintenance your cellar might need.

I initially started by using insulation on all the piping I had in my basement. I continued by setting up some exhaust fans in the bathroom in my basement. Finally, I made sure that all the downspouts where the water would get eliminated from rains and such were at least six feet from our house. The worst thing of all was that our neighbor hadn’t done any of these tricks and had left his basement in complete disarray. Eventually, he decided to contact a professional and start doing the work, but we honestly had had enough with worrying about our cellar getting flooded because of his. After reading some stats about how more than 60% of homes in the United States are prone to some sort of flooding or the other, we reached the conclusion that we needed to buy a sump pump. Let’s look at it this way. If anything goes wrong with my basement and my sump pump is functioning as it’s supposed to, I’ll be able to sue my neighbor for not taking the proper measures in his cellar.

Choosing a sump pump isn’t all that difficult as all one needs to consider is whether one prefers a pedestal or a submersible one ( here is an article on the best submersible pumps). Besides, the dimension of the pit also has a say when it comes to the model you’ll be able to install, but this all has to be figured out once you’ve decided what performance and discharge you need for your area and flooding likelihood. I definitely recommend using a sump pump, regardless of whether it’s more than two hundred dollars or not, because it can save you a lot of money in the long run as long as it gets the job done.

How to Clean a Quesadilla Maker in the Most Efficient Manner


Cooking at home definitely has its upsides and it is quite important to take into consideration the positive impact this will have on your family’s overall health. However, after you are done with cooking, you will surely not love how the appliances you have used, together with the plates used for serving, are stacking up and it is you who will have to clean them. Quesadilla makers, just like other kitchen appliances, need their own routine for cleaning, and I will show you how I go about this procedure, so you can apply it at home, as well.


Preferably, get a non-stick model


If you do not have already a quesadilla maker, but you want to learn how easy or difficult it can be to clean it, here is the first tip I give you. Get a model that comes with non-stick cooking surfaces. If you are familiar with how a quesadilla maker works, you probably know that the tortillas filled with ingredients must be pressed between two plates. These plates should be non-stick, so that the tortillas do not get burned and stuck to them. This simply aspect makes cleaning a much easier process.

I got my own quesadilla maker, after I did a fair share of research online. On this site, I found a lot of information on quesadilla makers and after comparing different units, I settled for one and I am very satisfied with it. Due to the info I got from there, now I can make quesadillas daily and enjoy my favorite dish anytime I want.



Use a damp, not wet towel


To prolong the life of your quesadilla maker, a good idea is to do not wet the surfaces or scratch them, as the non-stick coating can wear thin in time. Take a damp cloth or towel and wipe the surfaces clean. Do the same with the housing of the unit, making sure that there are no areas left unattended. This way, you will manage to get a really clean and good looking quesadilla maker that will serve you for a long time.


What to do about nooks and crannies?


If your model has plenty of nooks and crannies in which crumbs and other food remains get stuck, I recommend heating up the unit and then taking a soft brush to drive away all the sticky build up. Scrub gently and patiently until everything is out.




Get Yourself a Weather Radio

Recently I read an 87 year old woman’s account about how her weather radio blared at the right moment, announcing the Tornado and she saved herself from the impact of one of the worst hit Woodward tornado in 2012.

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So if you too are living in such calamity prone area which is declared as a high risk area of earthquake, flood, tsunami or other grim weather conditions, then you must get a weather radio. You can rely on this device because unlike the regular commercial commodities, these are specifically meant to save precious human lives.

Weather radios are programmed to link up with some local weather monitoring organization like NOAA Weather Radio (NWR). This organization broadcasts National Weather Service throughout the USA alerting people about the untoward weather conditions for the next 24 hours. It also encourages people to watch the atmospheric signals, relays forecast of hazards, announces necessary precautions or informs about evacuation of people from the affected region.

When a Weather radio receives these signals about an approaching life-threatening situation, it blows a loud siren that can wake up a person, even from a deep sleep. These gadgets are loud enough to be heard in the noisiest tornadoes and thunderstorms and can also alert people who are outdoors at the time of calamity.

With a built-in flashlight, you can find your way if the power failures occur in the odd weather. Another advantage of these systems is that they are designed with the sturdiest of batteries, which go a long way without any need of charging and it works in all kinds of weather. They can receive the weather broadcast signals when your normal pocket radio is unable to receive the transmission.

So don’t wait for someone to rescue you. Prepare yourself to face such unexpected situations with the help of this efficacious device.

How I Bought a Safe Car Seat for My Daughter

We were planning a weekend outing with our six months old daughter, the first ever since her birth. It was this time when I learned a lot about an important aspect of childcare when travelling with an infant on board. Well, this lesson began, when I was given the responsibility to get a car seat for my baby. Till now I had this notion that a child can be easily tucked under the car belt. But soon the realization dawned on me that the belt is quite loose for the tiny body of a baby. Another reason for this awakening was due to a recent accident that left a baby seriously injured as she was in her mother’s lap.

So finally I landed in a child care store, to get a car seat, for my bundle of joy. I was baffled with the styles and models available and more with the offers given by the salesperson. I returned empty-handed, with a resolution to do some research before spending my hard earned money.

Luckily I have an elder sister, who has a solid experience of bringing up three enthusiastic kids. She gave me some invaluable advice. She told me that a child seat must be purchased according to the child’s age and weight. It was logical, since a baby is not very stable considering her movements, but a toddler above one year can sit with complete control over her head. So I agreed here.

Another important thing is the direction of the seat. Seats which face backwards are meant for babies and front facing seats are appropriate for more demanding toddlers. I was told to carefully check for the belts and other protective straps. Of course the inside padding was another important issue to consider, since its quality ensures the impact-bearing capability of seat, in case of sudden application of brakes or a collision.

All car seats are not made for all vehicles, so I had to check if my car has required mounting points suitable for the seat I, shortlisted. It had. But if your car doesn’t have such facility, then you should get a seat with straps to tie it securely.

With this guidance I was able to get the most comfortable seat for my daughter. She happily rides in her car seat enjoying the views and sleeps peacefully when she gets tired. And we had countless weekend trips since then, thanks to the awesome car seat we got.

My New 2-Slice Toaster

Diabetes and weight gain are the lifestyle issues resulting from hectic lives. I have a few family members who too are suffering from these conditions. Apart from physical exercise, a proper diet is necessary to keep you physically and mentally fit. One has to work on his diet, right from the morning, so I decided to have toast as a part of my breakfast instead of having other calorie rich food.

Bread slices when toasted at the right temperature, are known to provide necessary starch and fibers which are good for the body. The starch from toast is low in GI levels, which controls the blood sugar levels in the body. A toast has higher fiber content, which allows faster digestion and helps in weight loss. People who are looking for low fat foods would be happy to know that bread when toasted, minimizes the fat content too.

My son hates to have bread as breakfast, but ever since I served him toasted slices, he is happy with the crunchy taste of toast when taken with butter, jam, cheese slices or some vegetable toppings. Now he prefers this breakfast.

Life has become much easier with a 2 slot electric toaster as it converts plain tasting bread into delicious and healthy toast in minimum time. Its plastic exteriors minimize the possibility of burning or getting electric shocks.

Although I have started noticing the benefits of this amazing appliance, I have faced some challenges while selecting a perfect toaster to fit my needs. I compared various models on various parameters like slot size, power consumption, timing cycle, heating wires or digital display.  So this effort helped me in getting the best toaster for my kitchen.

I personally recommend toasters to all the mothers who have hectic morning schedules. The bread toasts are not only delicious in taste, but are also healthy choice as breakfast, keeping you fit and light all day.

My Old Puncing Bag Helps Me Keep Fit

Yesterday, was the garage cleaning day for me. After many months of nudging by my wife, I finally pulled myself up and decided to throw away all the things that were unnecessarily piled up in the garage. It took me the whole day to clean-up the garage. Only one good thing I found worth keeping, was a punching bag. I purchased it about 10 years back, but due to lack of time I never pursued with its training.

I decided to give it a try this time, with a thought that it could help me to get back in the shape that I had lost because of my white collar job. I immediately decided a suitable place to hang it and took out the instruction book from its never opened sealed bag. I went through the instructions and also searched for effective hitting postures and moves from the web. I found a very informative and detailed video about practicing with a punching bag.

Well equipped with this information, I decided to practice every morning before I get ready for my office. Playing this video on my TV and practicing along with punching bag, soon I was very comfortable with this routine. I learned many ways of hitting for the best results.

As the second week is drawing near its end, since I started with my heavy bag practice, I am feeling very light and fit. This routine is paying back amazingly. I have grown a great admirer of this compact and easy form of exercise. I actually thank my wife who forced me to clean the garage that day, when I found this punching bag. It has changed me and my appearance. I feel more confident since I have regained my fit body. So, one should never run away from a dirty task like garage cleaning, it can change your life dramatically.

4-Slice Toaster Maintenance: A Useful Guide

When I got my 4-slot toaster damaged after a sudden power surge, I had to get it repaired immediately. It was an actual emergency because each one in my family begins the day with toast and juice at breakfast. After the repair was done, the repair person gave me a series of instructions for taking care of my 4-slot toaster.

He gave me so many tips to take care of the most important breakfast appliance of my kitchen. I learned many things and thought to share the benefit with many people like me.

  • Always clean the toaster after use and unplug the toaster before cleaning.
  • The Toaster has very delicate heating elements. If you get a slice stuck or burnt inside, use wooden tongs to pull it out. First try to do this by placing it upside down
  • After you finish toasting, remove the crumb tray and shake the toaster in the kitchen sink
  • Never ever rinse the toaster in water, but you can wipe clean the exteriors with a soft and damp kitchen towel.
  • Do not let your extreme cleanliness instincts to overpower you so much that you decide to clean the heating element. Remember the heating element is delicate but is self-caring. It will burn away anything extra that sticks to it. You just have to shake it out gently.
  • Do not allow any metallic thing to touch the toaster while it is operating. You may get it short-circuited.
  • If your toaster does not power-up, the first check must be done on the power cable and plug.
  • You must switch off the toaster after each use, so that no accident happens in your kitchen.

So these are some of the things I am doing for my 4-slot toaster and hope that these will keep your toaster in the best operating state for many years to come.

A Few Truths about Radar Detectors You May not Know

Ever since speeding limits were enforced to prevent traffic accidents from happening, a lot of people have considered getting radar detectors, so they can speed up once in a while. With the development of more complex models, all kinds of urban myths have started to circulate, and it may be difficult now to tell truth apart from fiction. Here are a few truths you may want to remember next time you hear someone talking about radar detectors.


Radar detectors are legal in most states ( Check this website for more info) 

It is highly recommended to check the legislation in your state if you want to make sure you are not doing anything illegal by getting such a device. There are only but a few states where there are some legal issues with radar detectors, so you should learn about them before setting out for the road.


Radar detectors work just fine in bad weather

This is a matter that has caused quite a lot of controversy among drivers, but for a very simple reason. In bad weather, law enforcement employees are not very keen of spending time in the rain, so they are not on the spot, so to speak, to hand out speeding tickets. Any radar detector will work just fine ( Wireless ones are the best though) in any kind of weather, but make sure it does not sit a lot of time in the sun, since high temperatures may affect it.


Radar detectors do not work all the time

This is the kind of truth you should be ready to live with. While radar detectors can detect radars installed on the highway, they may not be able to detect portable radars that the police have installed directly on their cars. These radars can be switched on and off, as the need arises, and your detector cannot save you, under such circumstances, from a speeding ticket.

The Advantages of a Reliable Cordless Electric Broom

Last week I slipped on the stairs and sprained my back. After spending two days in the hospital I returned home with a supportive waist belt. I am advised against any work where I have to bend down. Three days are gone and I am frustrated messy state of my house. Being a perfectionist, this mess is really getting on my patience. I want to sweep this clutter out of my perfect home that it used to be.

Today, my sister came to visit me and intuited how unhappy I am with the state of my home. So by the evening she left her electric broom with me, to help me in keeping my house clean. I am so impressed with its ease of use that I have already one for me as well. I am impressed with its benefits and I found it perfect due to these reasons

  • It is a cordless electric broom, so I am not stuck in a limited place.
  • It is quick to assemble and pack.
  • I can adjust it to match my height or anyone else in my family.
  • It can conveniently clean any difficult or out of reach place like under the sofa and bed.
  • It comes with an adjustable handle that I can tilt or straighten according to the areas I want to clean without bending.
  • It works on all kinds of floors and on dry or wet surfaces
  • I can use it with press of a button and its brushes are replaceable to match my sweeping needs.
  • A detachable dirt collector that makes sweeping more effective.
  • My sister’s electric broom for pet hair takes some space, I have ordered a wall bracket style to save floor space in my compact apartment
  • Its ergonomically designed shape and handle is perfect to support in my painful back condition.

Now my home again looks spotlessly clean as before my injury. I recommend it for anyone who has a hectic life running in between a job and a home. It is a great innovative idea to live in a clean home.

A Good Fish Finder Tells You Where the Fish Are

Recently our local newspaper announced the auction of fishing durations in the lake near our city. As I am passionate about fishing, I wasted no time in applying for this wonderful opportunity. Luckily I was able to qualify for fishing at beautiful lake with a picturesque view.  My son was with me over the next weekend, so we promptly decided to enjoy it by going fishing. He got a fish finder for me on my birthday, so this was the best time to try it. We were both very excited.

We started early and reached our destination, a “monastery” quiet lake, surrounded by pine trees, just in time to catch the sunrise. The rising sun gave a golden shimmer to the otherwise silver skyline. It was a perfect day for fishing as the idyllic landscape was very welcoming and we were determined to get the best catch ever with the help of gadget about which we read numerous encouraging reviews. Soon we were out in the boat and my son was guiding me to the perfect spot in the middle of the lake that promised the biggest fish.

My son, now almost feverish with excitement, took out the fish-finder and transducer from the bag and on reaching the deep waters, we submerged the transducer into the lake and eagerly waited for some activity to show up on the display the device. Our tool is an intermediate level fish-finder with a display resolution of 640X320 pixels.

After a few minutes, the transducer, which was transmitting sound waves into the water, detected some fish movement and it was displayed on the colored screen of the fish-finder. At the bottom of fish finder I could clearly see some fish at the depth of about 19 feet. You must be amazed at the accuracy with which I have mentioned the depth. Well, this is reported by the fish finder. It reports the precise depth and temperature of water in figures for a definite shot of your catch. Now about my success, yes, I was able to catch five big ones with the help of this wonderful gift from my son.

Ecstatic with our endeavor, by mid-morning we started back home only with a promise to come back again, next weekend. I am happy that my son will spend more time with me now. Thanks to this great invention – the fish finder.

The Best Gift for My Father: a Drill Press



I have grown up watching my father doing numerous household repairs with a hand drill. His hobby of wood crafting, creating small to medium furniture for our home, always attracted me. I grew up observing him age and watching his hands tremble a bit while piercing a hard wood with his age-old hand drill. One day browsing an online shopping site, I stumbled on a webpage selling an electric drill press and I decided to gift one to my father. Its powerful features, power and accuracy of drill promised great possibilities for my father, who in spite of his age still enjoyed this pursuit.

Father’s day was the perfect day and perhaps the day, I was waiting to gift this drill-press to my dad. This website helped to find  a good one So this year on Father’s day I surprised him with a drill press. I was ecstatic to see the happiness in his moist eyes.


Ever since then, he looks very pleased and content with the finesse he could accomplish in his craft pieces. All credit goes to the hand-press and its amazing results, beyond his and my imagination. Now, he can drill the holes more precisely and accurately with the help of the inbuilt depth control system. He can drill the holes at the desired angle with the option of setting the spindle at an angle as it is firmly held in the accompanying clamps.

I have noticed that my father spends more time in his small outdoor workshop, but looks relaxed and far less fatigued. The reason is this drill press is fitted with a powerful motor, so no physical exertion is required to drill holes of whatever size. He looks more energetic and is able to finish the jobs in less time due to the speed of the hand-press. Sometimes the accuracy and speed of this useful furnishing tool allures me to give it a try at woodwork.

This versatile hand press is shipped with useful tools like sanders and a mortizer that has increased the scope of the wood work. He does the sanding tasks very easily and I can see the effect of the Drill Press in the wonderful wooden articles, he now creates. I was just a bit hesitant about the capability of this tool, but with the results of this basic model, I will buy him a more powerful floor type commercial hand-press.

My Father Bought Himself a RV

My father retired from his 35 year employment last month. Since he is a passionate traveler, he decided to travel with an RV to enjoy his days of total freedom. So I volunteered to help him in selecting a good option on the basis of affordability, privacy and comfort, because these features make RV as a favorite among many frequent travelers.

So here are some of the things I have learned about RVs. An RV is a good option where you can stay or move according to your desire and choice. RVs are affordable than travelling by air, car or train, if you add up the expenses on hotels and food.

Most people assume that RV’s are motorized mobile homes, but actually RVs range from camping trailers to large travel vehicles. Depending upon the inbuilt functionality, the cost may vary from a few thousand dollars to a million dollars for customized luxurious RVs. There are many possibilities and information available online to make a correct choice to suit your pocket and needs.

If you have a limited budget, but still dream to travel in an RV, then an affordable option is to rent one. There are a plethora of online rental sites and yellow-pages available, to help you. This method is cost-effective and the total rent amount is calculated according to the number of days it is hired for and the type of RV you want.

Whether you own or rent an RV, it is a good idea to have an RV specific GPS. GPS is one of the key features to be looked for while traveling with an RV. GPS in an RV should be able to inform about POIs, RV camp locations, RV friendly routes, warnings or hazards on the way. Here is an article on how you should setup one.The GPS should have a large anti-glare screen, latest map updates, Wi-Fi connectivity and weather forecast system.

Camping sites has not been a major issue for RV travelers. RV parking spaces are available at a very nominal rental fee either on daily or weekly basis. If you travel through the country-side, you may be lucky to get some free parking areas. If you are a member of an RV club, you may be entitled to up to 50 percent discount on parking lots or for other roadside assistance.