Merge Point


I’ve been driving Hwy 1 east and west between Abbotsford, Chilliwack and beyond on my way to see friends and for pleasure drive.  In the Summer time this highway is super busy.  The speed is posted at 100km but around the clover leafs, exits and entrances to the freeway it gets bogged down. Why?  People don’t know how to merge into traffic.  I have seen drivers pull out into traffic doing 60km. Talk about slam on the brake time.  It’s a miracle that person did not get hit.  If you are merging behind this slow driver you have to say a prayer for yourself too.

Hats off to all the big rig drivers who pull into the left lane when they see traffic merging if they can. Love the over head lighted signs that say, “Leave the cell phone alone. Focus on the road.”

It’s never a good idea to ride right beside a semi and trailer.  They can’t see you.  I saw one woman with a van full of kids riding right in the truck’s blind spot.  She did this for a long time and no one could pass her.  The Semi’s do the speed limit or just above and ride in the right lane.  I was  the one who scooted up to her rear and got her moving out from beside the semi.  Scary stuff.  I think she wanted the shade. Still if he wanted to move over she would have been in danger.

With this said summer is over and the highway only has the occasional traveler other than trucks and people going about their business.  Happy Trails to you.

Tractor unit hauling tractor units in Idaho

Tractor unit hauling tractor units in Idaho (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


13 Ways to use a Coffee Filter


Lightweight, readily available, compact, affordable, perfect for the RV! You will never look at a coffee filter the same way again.

– Cover food when cooking in the microwave to prevent splatters.

– Use for lint-free cleaning on windows, mirrors and chrome.

– Place between ceramic dishes and glass bowls when traveling
to eliminate “clinking” in the cupboard.

– Filter wine from a broken cork.

– Prevent cast-iron from rusting by placing a filter in the skillet
to absorb moisture.

– Reuse frying oil by straining used oil through a coffee filter
lined sieve.

– Line a plant pot to prevent soil from going out the drainage hole.

– Poke a hole in the bottom for your Popsicle and eliminate
drips on your shirt.

– Soak up extra oil from fried foods such as bacon and
French fries.

– Fill with a scoop of baking soda; twist closed with a rubber
band and tuck into smelling shoes or closet to absorb odors.

– Fill with fresh herbs and tie to be used in soups and stews.

– Rest your spoon on one the next time you make a
gourmet sauce.

– Use as a disposable snack bowl for popcorn and chips.

– They also work great in a coffee maker!

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Nothing is more satifying that sitting around a campfire.


50 of the Greatest Campfire Songs EVER!

1. House of the Rising Sun – The Animals
2. Let It Be – The Beatles
3. Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
4. Time of your Life – Green Day
5. Blowin’ in the Wind – Bob Dylan
6. Our House – Crosby, Still Nash & Young
7. Don’t Dream It’s Over – Crowded House
8. Something Inside so Strong – Labi Siffre
9. Love Song – The Cure
10. True Colours – Cyndi Lauper
11. Hotel California -The Eagles
12. In the Ghetto – Elvis Presley
13. Leaving On A Jet Plane – Frank Sinatra
14. Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) – Harry Belafonte
15. Fire and Rain – James Taylor
16. Hallelujah – John Cale
17. Working Class Hero – John Lennon
18. Take me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
19. Wandering Star – Lee Marvin
20. California Dreamin’ – The Mamas and the Papas
21.Redemption Song – Joe Strummer & Johnny Cash
22. Talkin’ About a Revolution – Tracy Chapman
23. Daydream Believer – The Monkees
24. Down in Albion – Baby Shambles
25. Forever In Blue Jeans – Neil Diamond
26. Only Love Can Break Your Heart – Neil Young
27. Come As You Are – Nirvana
28. (Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
29. Baby, I Love your Way – Peter Frampton
30. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
31. Dirty Old Town – The Pogues
32. King of the Road – The Proclaimers
33. Everybody Hurts – R.E.M.
34. Killing Me Softly With His Song – Roberta Flack
35. Vincent – Don McLean
36. Handbags and Gladrags – Rod Stewart
37. Wonderwall – Ryan Adams
38. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head – Sacha Distel
39. New Slang – The Shins
40. Mrs. Robinson – Simon & Garfunkel
41. There is a Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
42. Grazed Knees – Snow Patrol
43. Lost In Hollywood – System of a Down
44. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) – The Temptations
45. Africa – Toto
46. Handle with Care – Traveling Wilburys
47. All I Want Is You – U2
48. Island in the Sun. – Weezer
49. She’s Not There – The Zombies
50. There She Goes – The Las

Please feel free to comment and add your favorite to the list.

The Vintage Swimwear Special

Wow, Love these bathing suits. Vintage all the way.

Roxy Vintage Style

Vintage Style SwimsuitsWhen I lived in Sydney I built up quite the collection of vintage style swimwear.

A 1950s bathing suit is the beach equivalent of a wiggle dress. An outfit in itself, it’s flattering and feminine, especially on women with curves. I love ones with halter necklines for complete cleavage control – it’s hard to pull off seaside chic when one boob is making a break for freedom.

For the journey to my sunbaking spot I just pull on a pair of Tara Starlet high-waisted shorts, a floral headscarf and some giant sunglasses to complete the fifties vibe.

I do own a couple of bikinis bought in moments of extreme optimism, but I always go back to my one-pieces. Who wants to be suffering midriff-related anxiety when they’re trying to relax on holiday?

If you’re looking for the genuine article I recommend Glamour Surf or Etsy. Most of the vintage originals are expensive but…

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Food Safety for the Summer


Summer is a busy time of year.  Going to the beach and lazing in the sun, backyard barbequing, camping by the lake, picnics in the park, or traveling in your car.

Follow this food safety advise.

Keep Hot Hot and Cold Cold

The bacteria that cause food poisoning thrive at moderate temperatures, so it’s imperative that you keep dishes hot or cold, as the case may be. If you plan to cook picnic foods at home and keep them hot until ready to eat at your picnic site, you’ll need to keep them heated to at least 140°F. For the amateur cook, finding the right equipment to do this can be difficult.

When bringing food to a picnic or cookout:

  • Use an insulated cooler filled with ice or frozen gel packs.  Frozen food can also be used as a cold source.
  • Foods that need to be kept cold include raw meat, poultry, and seafood; deli and luncheon meats or sandwiches; summer salads (tuna, chicken, egg, pasta, or seafood); cut up fruit and vegetables; and perishable dairy products.
  • A full cooler will maintain its cold temperature longer than a partially filled one.  When using a cooler, keep it out of the direct sun by placing it in the shade or shelter.
  • Avoid opening the cooler repeatedly so that your food stays colder longer.

When cooking on the grill:

  • Use separate cutting boards and utensils for raw meat and ready-to-eat items like vegetables or bread.
  • Keep perishable food cold until it is ready to cook.
  • Use a food thermometer to make sure meat and poultry are cooked thoroughly to their safe minimum internal temperatures
    • Beef, Pork, Lamb, & Veal (steaks, roasts, and chops): 145 °F with a 3 minute rest time
    • Ground meats: 160 °F
    • Whole poultry, poultry breasts, & ground poultry: 165 °F
  • Always use a fresh, clean plate and tongs for serving cooked food. Never reuse items that touched raw meat or poultry to serve the food once it is cooked.

When serving food outdoors:

  • Perishable food should not sit out for more than two hours.  In hot weather (above 90 °F), food should NEVER sit out for more than one hour.
  • Serve cold food in small portions, and keep the rest in the cooler.  After cooking meat and poultry on the grill, keep it hot until served – at 140 °F or warmer.
  • Keep hot food hot by setting it to the side of the grill rack, not directly over the coals where they could overcook.

General Information

Barbecue and Food Safety (USDA)
Use these simple guidelines for grilling food safely.

Handling Food Safely on the Road (USDA)
Pack safely for the camping trip, boat ride, day at the beach, or trip in the RV.

Food Safety While Hiking, Camping & Boating (USDA)
If food is not handled correctly, foodborne illness can be an unwelcome souvenir from your trip.





How to make your trip plans go easier and avoid delays when traveling.

How to make your trip plans go easier and avoid delays when traveling.

• Avoid traffic by trying to pick an off-peak travel time to depart or return home. Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon and evening will likely be the most congested period for outbound traffic, and Sunday afternoon and evening will probably be busy for returning traffic.
• If you choose to travel at night or very early in the morning, make sure to get at least six hours of sleep. Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. If you find yourself struggling to stay awake, pull over to a safe, lit area and take a nap. During long-distance car trips, try to stop every couple of hours to get out and stretch, which will help keep you alert as you drive.
• Plan your route before you leave and check traffic online.

• If you are flying to your destination, plan to arrive at least two to three hours before your flight departs to allow for long lines at check-in and security checkpoints. Check with your travel agent regarding how early you should arrive for international flights. Utilize the online check-in feature offered by all major airlines to check in, usually up to 24 hours ahead of time.

It’s Holiday Time!


Coming up to holiday season across the North American continent.  Whether you like camping, fishing, hiking, going to the beach or RVing each holiday has the same challenges.

You will need a mode of transportation to get you to your destination.  Here are some tips for travelling in your own vehicle.  RV, Camper, Car, Motor Bike.

  • Make sure that your vehicle is well-equipped for travel. Breaking down in the dark, in bad weather, or in the cold can crush the holiday spirit. It’s a good idea to take your car in for a summer “check-up.” Your mechanic can inspect hoses, battery, windshield wipers, and other hot weather components. You also want to be sure that your tire pressure is at the recommended levels, as tires can be hazardous in wet weather when they are filled to improper levels.
  • Ensure that you and each member of your family have a communications plan that includes telephone numbers of essential contacts, and a way to contact them (either a cell phone or long distance calling card).
  • Inform a friend or family member of your travel route, destination and expected arrival time.
  • Have a photo ID for each person traveling, including children. If a proper identification card is not available, take a picture with important contact and health information written on the back. This is especially true if you are traveling with guests such as a friend of your child.  Make sure you have medical contact information and medical plan information for each person you are traveling with.
  • Pack essential emergency supplies in your luggage, including a flashlight and extra batteries, a small first aid kit, essential medications and copies of prescriptions.
  • Always carry emergency supplies in your car, including a flashlight and extra batteries, blanket, a small first aid kit, bottled water and non-perishable foods, maps and flares.
  • Check local weather forecasts from your route and destination. Make adjustments to your route, timing, clothing and supplies as necessary.

Above all arrive safe and have fun traveling. Oh and don’t rush you are on holiday. Enjoy the trip.

A link for ideas to keep kids occupied while traveling.