Round Walnut Wood Cheese Cutting Board with Juice Drip Groove (13.5 Inch Diameter) (Kitchen)

I ordered this Round Wooden Cheese cutting board to use here at home. We are usually hosting company here at home, and we typically put out cheese and crackers.
This walnut board is beautiful. It comes untreated, the company sent instructions on how to treat it.
I’ve put mineral oil and beeswax on the board to treat it, and let it set until absorbed. This needs to be repeated until the wood no longer accepts any more oil. The instructions say to set upright to let it dry, I did but let it lean on the wall near the counter.
Never ever fully submerge your cutting board in water, you need to wash it with your washcloth then rinse with spraying.
You can deep clean it, in case you have foods that leave residue with coarse salt and lemon juice.
This cutting board truly is a beautiful piece of walnut. It would make a great gift with some cheese and perhaps a cheese cutter.
DISCLAIMER: I received this product discounted in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My discount does not influence my review in any way

200PCS Female Wire Terminals Spade Crimp Connectors Fully Insulated Nylon Quick

I ordered this bag of Female Wire Terminal connectors for my husband who tinkers in the garage pretty often and is always making a trip to one of the brick and mortar stores, in search of just one little thing, and ends up purchasing quite a bit more. He has been using these little connectors for a project he’s working on, and just ran out, so perfect timing.
These are light blue, easy to connect and crimp. These are much easier to use then splicing and rewiring, especially since my husband is colorblind. He says these will work with wires gauging from 12-16. He’s not an electrician by any means but does his best to rewire, and fix things.
These connectors came in a bag not resealable, so I had to put them in a container to put in the garage. The inside workings are made of copper, so no worrying about corrosion. These are great to have handy!

DISCLAIMER: I received this product discounted in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My discount does not influence my review in any way

Mens Plaid Cotton Casual Shirt Long Sleeve Button Down Shirts Burgundy (Apparel)

I bought this shirt for my husband, who loves his plaid and flannel. This isn’t flannel but it’s perfect for this time of year. The shirt is stitched nicely, gives it a 70’s Era look, which he likes.
The plaid is nice, and you can either use dress slacks or jeans, either will look nice.
The buttons are sewn on nicely, don’t you despise when you buy a shirt and wind up needing to sew the buttons tighter? I know that annoys me a great deal.
The other coordinating colors are blue, grey and off white. The neck isn’t to tight, he can’t stand anything hugging his neck. When I first received it, my husband and son fought over who would get it!
Nice shirt for a great gift!
DISCLAIMER: I received this product free for my honest and unbiased review. My discount does not influence my review in any way

THERMOS CAN & FOOD JAR 12 oz – Vacuum Insulated Double Walled Stainless Steel Extra Wide Mouth. Unique Flip Lid with Inside Straw. Bonus: Extra Straw & Instruction Manual Offered by Insane Laboratories Price: $39.99

This thermos and food jar is a great item to have on hand for tailgating, for hiking, road trips, work, work or wherever you might need either a drink, be it hot or cold, soup, fruit, trail mix, anything at all.
This thermos comes with two interior straws, and a flip spout for easy access to liquids. If you choose to take soups or anything with more solid substance, just take the straw out, and voila!
The 12 oz thermos is perfect size for a regular cup of coffee, water, soda, and will keep your item of choice hot or cold for quite awhile.
You must pre-heat or pre-chill the interior for about 5 minutes prior to use, so the insulation can work. Best used vertically, and is spill proof. This container is BPA free, and stainless steel. Since it’s stainless steel, it won’t absorb odors, so no worrying if your onion or bean soup will leave an odor.
The exterior is a rubbery material, the paint is same and won’t peel. This material acts as a coozie, and won’t sweat.
Great item, and would make a great gift.
DISCLAIMER: I received this product discounted in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My discount does not influence my review in any way.

Adirondack Canoe Classic-“The 90 Miler”

There is a traditional Canoe Classic race in the Adirondacks, called “The Adirondack Canoe Classic” always the first long weekend of September.  The route of the race follows the original road routes before the present day road as it is now.  Here is a link that can explain it better than I could ever try…http://www.macscanoe.com/awa.html

My husband, John Homer III, has entered it 5 times now.  His enthusiasm for this “90 Miler” grows with each race he enters.

 

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The 90 Miler Cap and Pins

 

Being in the Military sometimes makes it strategically challenging, but he’s done his best, except for the year we were out in WA State at JBLM (Joint Base Lewis-McChord).  His first race was in 2009, in a boat he made himself, an Adirondack Guide-boat, fashioned from a pattern he made out of a half of an antique guide-boat, built originally by William McCaffrey, that he purchased in Saranac Lake, NY.  Never having built something of this magnitude that he knew he’d have to ensure was safe to ride and row in, he jumped right in, often working late nights, after coming home from work all day with the military at Fort Drum.  A good friend of his who had built a few boats himself helped out, enduring the late evenings himself.  Six months later, the boat was ready!  My house was full of sawdust, as our garage was under our bedroom, but he was happy, and its a gorgeous boat.

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Finished Boat

This year he rowed with a friend we met at last year’s race, Ed Van Keuren.  They made an amazing team, work great together, and are in it for the pleasure of maintaining the tradition of the 90 Miler, and making the full 90 miles, and enjoying the camaraderie.  His lovely wife, Rose and I were the “Pit Crew”. Our job is to replenish their water, and food supply while on foot, during the carries.  Rose is way more experienced at this than I, and more mobile then I am, so she hiked into the areas she knew I’d never make it into, she never failed to amaze me with her experience at making sure all the items needed were packed into the black tote and carried by the all terrain cart (which I will be buying before next year’s race).  We attend to the hotels, restaurant/food arrangements, making sure easy to grab sandwiches or high energy snack foods are plentiful.

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Our crew on day 3

 

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The infamous wagon!

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All the racers and their pit crews are close knit-if someone needs something, there isn’t anyone that wouldn’t offer help.  This year, a few people tipped at the Brown’s Tract Racquette River beaver dam, and there was always another paddler coming up behind that person offering to lend a helping hand.

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Infamous Browns Tract
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Almost under Bridge

This race is a three day race, the final day winding up at Lake Flower in Saranac Lake, New York, with a ceremony shortly after the last racer gets in.  This year, unfortunately, the weather wasn’t cooperating.  Rain doesn’t deter these paddlers, but high winds and advice from the DEC (NY State Department of Environmental Conservation), halted day three.  Wind gusts between 20-35 MPH is a huge safety hazard for alot of the paddlers.

Last year John won the Terry Healey award, the Tom Evans award, and this year he won the Pete Clark award, so very proud of him!!!

We look forward to next year’s Adirondack Canoe Classic 90 Miler, I’m already looking at making reservations!  The last two years of the race we have stayed at Shaheen’s Motel, right in Tupper Lake.  Very nice people and great accommodations!  There are other wonderful hotels/motels in the area, but book early!  Here’s the link to Shaheens.  http://www.tupperlake.com/lodging/shaheens-motel

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More to come next fall on the 90 Miler!!

Samsung Galaxy S7 S6 Note 4 5 New Renegade Travel Wall Charger – Port 5 Foot Cord 5v / 2.4 Amp – For Motorola LG HTC Samsung (Universal) Offered by Renegade Cases Price: $12.99

This Samsung Galaxy S7, S6, Note 4, 5 Renegade Travel Charger works like a charm. I received it and used it right away, as I lost my other backup charger from going away this past weekend. I think hotels receive a plethora of chargers, I know quite a few have mine.
Black, so won’t show rub marks from furniture, and the plug ends are double wrapped with hard heavy plastic to protect from that annoying fraying that we deal with from the super expensive chargers we are cajoled into purchasing from the big name brick and mortar stores.
The cord is 5 ft (just a little shorter then myself), so it gives you plenty of length if you need to use your phone while it’s charging. Great charger for a decent price. I’m wondering how long it will take before one of my kids borrows it!
DISCLAIMER: I received this product free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My discount does not influence my review in any way.

Soft Case Trave Bag for JBL Charge 3 Portable Carrying Storage Organizer Offered by FRONET Price: $29.99

Nice little neoprene charger case. It actually could be used to carry anything. The bag is relatively small but comes with another separate zipper bag and a loop clasp. There is a detachable adjustable strap enclosed so you can wear it across your body or on your shoulder.
The stitching is bright orange and contrasts nicely with the black material.
Perfect to pack all your cords and chargers away so you know exactly where they are when you travel. We are always guessing where they are and what bag we packed them in, knowing we’ve designated a water proof bag for our chargers and cords makes traveling easier.
I would definitely recommend this product to my family and friends.
DISCLAIMER: I received this product discounted in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My discount does not influence my review in any way.

Back to School~So Bittersweet

Ok so school started back up for both my college bound kids.  Our son, moved himself in, packed his truck, hugged me goodbye and off he went.  (He’s only about an hour and half away).  We have seen him a couple times since.  Hunting season is upon us, so you know he needs to get ready for that, right?  Every time he walks in and out, already so independent, I just want to ask “don’t you need me”?  Secretly not sure what answer I wanted lol)
Our daughter goes three hours away, so her trip requires a little bit of strategic planning.   (Good thing that’s my husband’s job for work).

So we have our neighborhood Labor Day BBQ, which, of course, is near our home, so after a great afternoon of amazing food, wonderful friends (we have been blessed with awesome neighors), kids having water balloon fights and trash bags full of our afternoon feast debris, we cleaned up, then started packing our daughter’s college bound belongings.

Have I told you I don’t move very fast? Thanks to my OA, RA and Fibromyalgia, it takes me quite awhile to get moving enough to actually say I’m ready.  430am came QUICK.  

Two travel coffee mugs later, we are out the door, dad, mom & daughter.   Three hours later we are at her college where she runs into a few friends from last year.  We get her keys, find a cart among the endangered cart preserve to load all her “stuff” up.  About an hour later she’s picked her bed, started unpacking, decided what she lacks, for our obligatory trip to the local department store, and we head out for another huge pile of “stuff”.

We get back, meet her roommate, help unload the final bin so we can again return the cart to the endangered cart corral.  My husband had to turn over his driver’s license to get one of those endangered carts! 🤓

Our only 19 year old daughter turns, says “ok you can go now”.  We offer lunch, offer anymore shopping (yeah I know we are procrastinating), she replies “nope I’m good”.
Needless to say, I’m bereft, but happy, too.  As much as we all knew it was time, it’s hard to see her want to do it all herself.  It means we’ve done what we are meant to do as parents….bittersweet.

Knowing you’ve done all you can (even though there are days you really wish you could start over, knowing what you know now), helps ease the empty ache as they walk out the door into a life of their own.


With today’s technology (I grew up BEFORE Internet, before cell phones, THANK THE HEAVENS), it’s easy to reach out.  It gives a bit of comfort knowing they are just a phone call, text, Facebook message, tweet (if I ever learn how), Skype, Instagram or Snap chat  (again, if I ever learn) away.

100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Essential Oil Review

I bought this Tea Tree Essential oil to use in our home. This oil has so many uses I could possibly write a biography for it. Tea Tree is commonly used for its antiseptic properties, to heal wounds, to cure ringworm, many people are now using it in their face washes, showers (made in soaps), shampoos. These are just a few things. It’s a definite staple in your medicine cabinet.
Tea Tree has been used for thousands of years, it’s a derivative of Australia, and it comes from the plant, Melaleuca Alternifolia.
I know some people that use it in daily household cleaning as well. It removes mold, some people add it to their laundry soap.
Acne seems to be one of the top uses for topical, as well as cuts, and sores. It also has been known to help with psoriasis and eczema, not a cure all, but to help relieve the outbursts and pain.
This oil from First Botany is 100% Pure grade, and very much worth your investment in natural health. Even though I received this product discounted, since I’ve done a review, I’d still boast about this oil. My reviews are 100% honest, and for me, a 4 star is great.
DISCLAIMER: I received this product discounted in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Tupper Lake or Bust

So we went with our college bound daughter to the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, New York.  Check out their website

http://www.wildcenter.org

The crisp pre-fall breeze mixed with sunshine was wonderful!  It was a lot of walking, but quite honestly (I can say this now since I’ve put my feet up and resting from the walking), it was very much worth it.

The ‘last minute before school’ families were there,  as their kids were running from one end to the other.  The Nature Walk Trail is amazing.  You walk through a very nicely groomed path, to the bridge paths, with tons of information about the birds, insects, nests, spiders and more, that are natural inhabitants of the Adirondack region.   You wind up in a huge replica Eagles nest, overlooking breathtaking scenery.

We took some wonderful pictures, perused the gift shop, I even chatted with a sweet little girl who sat bravely next to the lady, that had to have the look of physical defeat on her face 😁.

We left the Wild Center, heading towards Long Lake NY and the little towns along the way (Inlet, Eagles Bay, Old Forge) and decided to stop at a hidden gem, Daikers, between Inlet and Old Forge.  If you haven’t been there yet, you must check it out!  Gorgeous scenery overlooking Long Lake, great food, great service.

http://www.daikers.com
A few more stops along the way in Old Forge and Just outside of Lowville at a country store for pure local honey, and homeward bound we are.

Great memories to have with our daughter,  days we will cherish throughout the years.