Showing posts with label Family and Home. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Family and Home. Show all posts

Surf Day

We got to fit in another surf trip this past weekend. We were able to determine that the foam board we have isn't quite big enough for Jeff, but Skylar and I rocked it. I enjoy the thrill of waiting for a wave to come in and just going for it. It's funny, as many times as I've been in the ocean, I still get startled the first time the water gets in my mouth. It's like I forget how salty it is each time we go, but once it happens I immediately remembers. I don't think a lot of people realize how salty the ocean water is. I'm sure it tastes differently in different bodies of water, but the Pacific is like the worst cold broth you've ever tasted. ☺

Our surf boots are awesome. They look odd, but we find this design allows for better grip of the board. You can grab a pair here.

My contacts love the saltwater and so does my skin. 

We love our Wave Storm foam sticks. They are great for beginners and help you learn the basics of surfing. They are affordable and come with everything you need to get started with surfing, even if you've never been before. You can snag a board here and here.
(April 18, 2021)

Jackite Flight

Have you heard of Jackites? These paper kites are used as kites, but also used as a stable pole flyer, too. 

They are made of Tyvek, which is a synthetic material that is water-resistant, tear-resistant, and withstands a lot of "abuse" over time. The Jackites are durable and can be left out in the rain, or even the worst wind conditions. We picked ours up at the local Wild Birds Unlimited in Corvallis, Oregon, but there are several other retailers that carry them. 

Ours is placed on a fiberglass pole with braided fishing line, with a swivel hook attached to the pole and the kite's top. There is a fiberglass rod across the back of the kite to keep its wings out-stretched. When the wind picks up the kite takes flight and actually flaps its wings as if it were really flying.

Even in the strongest winds that we get here in the Willamette Valley the Jackite flies strong. 

We mainly got ours for a companion for our ducks, but unfortunately they are wise and knew it was a decoy. Other birds seem to enjoy it, though. The Starlings will land near it and chatter away with it, or the Doves will perch on the pole and when the wind picks up they fly with it. 

Ours is the Mallard Jackite, but there's several others that are just as cool. We didn't get the birds of prey because we didn't want to scare our ducks, or backyard birds. A few of our favorites are below. You can get your own Jackite by clicking on the image of the one you like best.

Mighty Nest (Bottle Bright)

Just a quick blog post on something we discovered through Mighty Nest. It's a bottle sanitizing tablet that works amazingly well. We don't drink the tap water here in our city. It doesn't taste right and it almost taste like a mix between way over chlorinated pool water and dirty laundry. It's an off taste and we've tried so many different ways to try to give it a cleaner taste. From charcoal sticks, to filters, to boiling and nothing has taken the taste out of the water here. So, we made a choice a few years ago to fill out water with three and five gallon jugs in the city next to us that gets their water from runoff from Mary's Peak. It's the highest mountain range on this side of the Cascades. The water is crisper, cleaner, and above all it doesn't take like a hotel swimming pool. Along with us filling we needed a way to sanitize the once in awhile between fill-ups. I went on a mad internet search looking for something that was made without harmful ingredients and also didn't change the taste of the water once we filled it. Mighty Nest, of course I've bragged about them a lot on here, had just what I was looking for. I also have seen them being sold at the local food co-op here. It's a company named Bottle Bright. Their single-use tablets get dropped down into the jug, fizz, and clean the container. You can use them for smaller water bottles, too. We don't fill the large jugs to the top and use the tablets. We end up putting about 1/4 of water in the bottle, drop the tablet in until we're ready to refill them. We let the tablet sit in the jug during that time. Once it's time to refill, we give the bottles a good shake and rinse completely. The tablet water doesn't get wasted either. We pour the water into our bathtub, sink, duck's pool, pet's bowls, etc. When it comes time to clean the jugs, everything gets a good sanitizing. 

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At Home Campout (Snow Peak)

This week (May 29-May 31) we participated in the second annual At Home Campout with Snow Peak. It's their second year doing it, but only our first year joining in. We set up in the backyard and enjoyed two days of camping and being present in our own backyard. Next year we are definitely going to participate again. The best part about the At Home Campout is the fact that we had no definite plans for Memorial Day and this was perfect for us to celebrate. You can see more on my highlighted stories on InstagramEdited to add the "At Home Campout recap" link.

We registered our campsite and a few days later our activity book came. It was accompanied with some fatwood starter pieces and a sticker. We also got to see our campsite/home base on the Snow Peak campsite map.

On May 29 we got the backyard all ready for our campout. We moved a few things around to accommodate our tent and camp goods.

Jeff got to enjoy his early Father's Day gift, too. It's been several years since he had a nice grill. He was pretty stoked to be able to BBQ during the campout time, too.

Easter 2021

We spent Easter at home, like most people this year. After 2020 I think a lot of people just want to keep things simple and calm. We haven't done much for Easter in a few years and actually are homebodies anyway, so we enjoyed just staying at home and not having any excitement. Skylar loved his Easter basket this year and that's one thing I enjoy putting together for him. He got one thing he really wanted, so we were happy to see him get so excited about it. This year Jeff and I put bills in eggs and hid them around the yard for him to find. It was $100 in total and it took Skylar about an 30 minutes to find them all. We ate and relaxed mostly and it was a good day.