Camping prep

Morning all, I need something to look forward to, and so I am planning an away camping trip.

I have the dates planned, and this time, I will be gone for a week. I just have to have hope. I’m just hoping that with the physical therapy I can do better than the last few times.

So, here’s the plan. Experience has taught me that some of the equipment I have isn’t quite right. So, I’m going to grab a couple of small things. The biggest thing is a replacement sleeping bag, and a little gas stove thingy. I was to be able to boil water quicker and safer.

Next, are simple survival things. Over winter, I spent most of my time organizing, acquiring, and sharpening. I need to be able to cut wood. So, an addition will be a bow saw.

Other than that, I will be ready to go. I will vary some of the food items I will be bringing, but hey, I like variety. My beloved bought me a cook set, a little different than the other ones I have. It’s a nice one, a bit bigger than I expected, but it will work.

So, that’s about it. I just need to get my body ready to go. That will take a little time.

Hugs my friends. My husband is getting himself in and out of bed. I’m forever grateful, and for right at the moment, we are okay. -L

I’m saving money

This was a little unexpected. Recently, Amazon changed how I am supposed to buy books. I know, it has something to do with google, and something to do with… snooze. What it boils down to, is that I can no longer buy books in the kindle app. I can’t even purchase them on the amazon app.

I am only allowed to purchase them via a browser. I normally see one of my author friends has published a book, and I look it up. I normally if it is less than 5 dollars, buy it directly.

Now, I have to whack it into a ‘list’ and then later go back and buy the dratted thing from a browser. I am certain that there is a reason for this, and it may even be valid. However, my browsing habits are lazy af.

If I have to go to a browser, I generally won’t purchase something right away. I save it, for a much later time. That ‘list’ I have? Unless the book drops dramatically in price, I normally don’t ever open it again.

So, I’m not supporting my favorite authors. I’m not buying near as many books, and amazon isn’t getting my money. I’m also not buying those books on google books either.

So, in reality, the 20 per month I am saving this way… will probably go towards some funky camping item. It’s the circle of life.

Whenever amazon and google pull the wedgies out of their arses, it will change again. However, I’m doing a camping trip prep. I’ve decided that the week of my birthday, if the hubs is okay, I will be off to the great outdoors. I’m going to my favorite park, and camp.

Note: You are still stuck with me that week, but that’s a problem for another day. -L

Molle Bag and add-ons

Hello all, am taking a few minutes to write a ‘normal’ post. Young Master Duke is begging to go outside, and I’m whiny.

Recently, I purchased a Molle backpack, and some accessories, and thought I would do a review.

First things first, why did I a chubby womba in a wheelchair choose a tactical bag for my effective purse? Especially when I almost never leave the dratted house?

Customization. I can rearrange the thing, with accessories to do almost anything. I could turn it into a knitting bag, for instance, and have room for all the notions. I could have it be a medical kit, complete with band aids, wraps, and the like. I could even turn it into a writing bag. It is also possible to turn it into an overnight bag for camping.

That said, what am I using it for? All of the above. This is my 2nd molle bag. The first was actually my range bag. I used it for my EDC, cleaning kit, and extra ammo.

However, once I left the farm, I no longer needed it for that purpose, and it lay dormant in a trunk. You know I follow campers and preppers on social media, and one of them gave me a heck of an idea.

First, I purchased the new molle bag. I knew that my husband’s surgery was coming up, and if they had to keep him I would be screwed. I set up the original bag as an overnighter. It has incontinence products, extra clothes, and a deodorant. As my meds ride in a cooler bag, this worked well. As I have a crew cut, I didn’t need hair care. A toothbrush and mini paste went in a pocket.

The new bag got a book, the tablet I normally write with, my kindle and some first aide. It also held a utility knife, and other misc toys. This effectively was my purse. I strapped it to the back of the wheelchair when I had to leave the vehicle.

Both bags strap well to the wheelchair together, and I have some clips that make it make better sense as a “single unit”.

Other items that I use are little mesh pencil bags for back to school. Kleenex tiny lotion bottles, and other misc fit perfectly in them, and they fit great in either bag.

Those ‘travel accessories’ kits sold by mega stores. They are less than 5 dollars. Lots of things work with them, and they are useful for camping as well as edc needs.

Altoids tins. I am desperately in love with altoids tins. From cigarette cases, to emergency ash trays they have a million uses. I use altoids to help settle my stomach when I have to take medications. So I have plenty. Eventually, they will completely replace cigarette cases. They last longer, and are stronger.

Some pouches have arrived, molle style, and I spent about half an hour resetting my system this afternoon. Three of the pouches are for holding water or soda bottles. Another 3 are for holding extras, including my wallet and other needs. They strap onto the main bags, and are a lifesaver.

The neatest thing about this, is that this makes more places accessible for me. From my wheelchair, I can survive and get on with most activities of daily living. I don’t have to worry about not having some form of something that I really need that would be a tragedy if I didn’t have.

Next month, I will be getting a few more pouches and such. Some of them are designed to attach to the wheelchair, but the manufacturers didn’t realize this.

The biggest limit to my ability to go out and do things is medical. If I don’t have my supplies with me, it turns into hell on wheels quick. Molle bags help me survive. I am happy.

Take care my friends. Peace, -L

For some reason, I want to go fishing

Morning all, hope you are well. We will be leaving at an eye bleed hour of odarkthirty in the morning. The van is ready, and the gear is in. I have my new satchel, and it is ready to be packed.

I love watching Pete over at 1822 MC Adventures and more on youtube. You can find him 1822 MC Adventures and more by clicking the link. In one of his recent videos, he did a fishing gear review of a kit he took with on his latest adventure. Holy crap, he fit the kit into a canteen case.

I haven’t gone fishing in years. Part of it is the wheelchair, and another part of it is the gear I left on the farm. I don’t have fishing gear anymore. Yet, I think with a kit that small, I could possibly work it. I’d have to learn left-handed casting, because my right shoulder just can’t do that motion. However, I have hopes.

Meanwhile, today we are going to rest. Over winter, I will look into a minimal fishing setup, and hopefully be able to go fishing in the spring with Young Master Duke at my side.

Take care, my friends. -L

Camping Prep

Morning all, am going through my gear this morning, getting ready to set up for the surgery trip. I let my Husband know that I’ll be camping while he is having his surgery. So, I’m getting the gear set up.

My biggest concern with this trip is Young Master Duke. He is getting elderly, and we need to keep him comfortable. So, I have to run his dishes through the dishwasher before we head out. I also need to have a bag of his food and his favorite treats. Then again, there’s the protecting others. He does not like humans. So, his muzzle will travel. I also will have waste bags to pick up his poo. There’s no reason on earth for leaving his stool behind us.

Next is medical. I am insulin dependent. Meaning I have to have a cooler prepped to keep the insulin from baking while we are gone. It is vital to my survival. So, I stack coolers inside each other. I won’t be carrying fresh food, but at least the insulin should be safe.

I have the tent ready, tarps, and such. I have ridge lines and such. I have fire making materials, and the cooking implements. I have insect repellent, and even a fan/light combo. I need to raid the battery stash though, and make sure that my external chargers are fully charged.

For food, I’m going exceptionally simple. I will have a can opener, and will be doing soups and such. I’ll also be packing ramen as a just in case. Instant coffee will save other’s lives, as a caffeine deprived brain in my body is not a good thing. Lastly, is my sleeping bag, pillow, and Sherbert.

My Husband’s surgery is in just over a week. I have to clean out the car, fill the 6 gallon water jug, charge the pump for it, and get the car loaded. I’m planning on camping because 60 miles back and forth would suck majorly. That said, I’ve picked out my camping location, and later today I will pay for a 3 day stay. Just in case, if I don’t use it for the full 3 days, that’s fine. It’s still cheaper than driving back and forth.

Now for the Hospital. I am diabetic. I will not be in the hospital waiting for him. I have a persistent smoker’s cough, and there’s no way I will be dragging that into a medical facility. Besides, Hospitals are the best places to catch a bug. I don’t think so. I will have my phone on me, and will be near enough that I can be there within 20 minutes.

So, we are almost ready. The car is filled with fuel. I have some chores to do. Life is still okay.

Hugs my friends, take care. -L