Holiday Weekend in the Popup Camper

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Camp Driveway with MsJayne

What do we do on a long holiday weekend and want to save some money? We camp at home!  Plus who wants to go camping when all the campgrounds are overflowing with campers wishing to get one last trip in before summer is over.  We stayed home and I’m planning an even better trip when the temps get cooler and the campgrounds empty out some.

So what are the positive things about camp driveway?  Here are mine:  1) If you don’t want to use the potty or shower in the popup you can always go use the facilities the camp host provides. 2) If you forget to bring snacks you know the locations of all the local stores.  3) Dominos delivers.  4) If the AC goes out in the camper you can sleep in your own bed and not get in a fight with your spouse because everyone is hot and miserable.  5)  The camp host doesn’t complain because your dog is barking.  6)  The camp host doesn’t complain that your water line is leaking.

Here are some of the cons for camp driveway:  1) There is no guarantee that a neighbor won’t start a lawnmower, weed eater, leaf blower, chainsaw or tractor at 7am on a Saturday.  2)  Realizing its not so quiet outside your home at 2am.  Who are these people out at 2am on a Sunday?  Do their mothers know they are out late?  3)  You may wake up on Saturday with an urge to start mowing the lawn because the neighbor is mowing theirs.  You can’t sleep anyways, so why not?

Over all the long weekend was great.  I got to do a lot of cleaning inside the Popup so that she’s ready for our next campground trip.  Only one night was noisy and our neighbor waited until 8am to start mowing.  Plus the camp host has an awesome entertainment room and didn’t mind us watching television anytime we wanted!  Ready for our next campground trip!

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2003 Coleman Grand Tour Elite

More fun next time!

CCC and State Parks – Explore!

Growing up very close to Cheaha Mountain there were plenty of CC roads to explore. I never really put it together until a few years ago on what exactly these dirt roads were and how they were created. Not sure what a CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) State Park is either? Alabama has a few, so check them out. Your great grandfather may have worked at the CCC camps.
More to come about our trip we took over the weekend. In the mean time brush up on just what the CCC was during its time.

Homemade Mustard

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Overnight soak 1/2 cup mustard seeds 1/2 cup dry white wine, 1/4 cup water and 3 tablespoons Apple cider vinegar.  Stay tuned for additional info added to this post tomorrow.

Update: Next morning mix all of the following in a food processor.
Seed mixture from yesterday, 4 teaspoons honey or maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, a pinch of salt and some ground pepper. Blend until fully processed.
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This mustard is quite spicy and I believe more original than the yellow stuff we buy at the store. I’ll keep looking through my old cookbooks and see what else I can find for us to recreate.

Enjoy!

Solar Powered Clothes Dryer

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Let’s try a little test to see how much my electric bill goes down.  The trick will be dealing with all the rain we’ve been getting here lately.  I found this clothes dryer at Dirt Cheap for only $7 which to me seems like a deal.  I added a umbrella stand so that we don’t have to cement it into the ground.  Plus now it’s portable and I can move it to the porch if it rains.  35 years ago this was the only kind of clothes dryer that I had.  Money was tight and I was young so I had to save every way that I could.  Drying clothes in the winter was fun especially if it went below freezing during the day.

Staystay tuned for a monthly savings update.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mocking Birds

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Sunday there were two and now there are four!  I was surprised that they didn’t seem to mind me looking, but I’ll give them their distance…they should be out by the time the figs are ripe.