The Ultimate Camping Chair

We all like to go out camping or at least spend the afternoon at the lake, river, or up in the mountains or in whatever nature we can access near where we live. Well, almost all of us. And camping stuff is appealing also to those among us who get into prepping and shtf preparedness. The great thing about camping gear is it usually doubles both as fun and recreation AND preparedness.

One thing pretty much everyone needs in nature is a chair. Rocks are fine, but they do tend to usually be kind of hard. Stumps are better usually but not always easy to find or move to near your camp spot.

So the search for the ultimate camping chair begins! One of the best is a multi-person chair, kind of like a camping couch, that some people think is the ultimate camping chair. You can roll it up into a compact package and strap it on your back or tie it securely to your roof rack or throw it in your truck bed. It’s like a sofa while camping!

It’s called the MoonPhase Shift Triple Loveseat, and it supports up to 900 pounds. Details:

– Made from 600-denier PVC-coated polyester that can resist punctures and tearing

– Powder-coated 19mm heavy-duty steel for the frame

There’s also a very similar 3 person camping chair on Amazon for around a hundred dollars. You can click the link to go there.

Build a sunken trampoline which is safer than a regular one… And SO FUN

This one was built by All Things Thrifty. They built one in their yard.  It cost them a lot less than the DIY kits they first considered using for the project because they DIYed it themselves instead, hiring an excavator for around $150 to dig the hole. Besides an excavator and a trampoline, this is what they needed to set it up:

Tin Snips
Tamper (to help compact your dirt)

Some people have even thought of setting these up beside pools or ponds, and jumping from the trampoline into their backyard pool! However, you should think about safety when jumping from a trampoline for sure!

This type of trampoline also helps people who have a lot of wind in their yards. You know what I mean if you’ve ever had your trampoline blow over your fence!

One of the things I wonder, though, is about rain. Will the hole eventually fill up with water in the rain? Standing, stagnant water can get smelly! Has anyone tried this? You can let us know.

Best Plants for the Best Sleep – Put these in your room to sleep for days

We all have good sleeps and bad sleeps, but a significant number of people out there have real problems getting  a good night’s sleep, and that’s where we start trying to figure out tricks and techniques to improve our chances of sleeping as soon as our heads hit the pillow all the way up until the morning when we have to get up.

Most plants will have some benefit, it’s thought, if you put them in your room, because it’s believed by many that houseplants both improve how a living space looks (and therefore how it feels) and also somehow (science doesn’t know exactly how) improve your mood, reduce stress, and calm you down, while also producing oxygen, filtering the air of pollution, and causing people around to become calmer.

What are considered to be the extra-good plants for a good night’s sleep, though?

This plant is NASA’s top choice for air purifying plants, and you can put it in your room for a good night’s sleep. They filter the air of several harmful elements, and they also make oxygen from carbon dioxide at night, which is something most plants do only during daylight hours. This also helps with allergies! The plant is … the Snake Plant.

This plant is full of fragrant oils that have been demonstrated to help people relax, improve their moods, and even help them sleep, all through what is emitted by their blossoms and foliage. The best is a live plant, and they can be grown indoors usually, but dried leaves also work. The plant is Lavender.

This plant will help you relax, and get a better night’s sleep, and it doesn’t require very much light to grow and be healthy. It’s also considered to be an attractive plant for the house, with it’s hanging limbs. It’s an easy to care for relaxing plant. It’s Golden Pathos.

This common houseplant helps you sleep by filtering the air of elements that are harmful to people, and you can get them in a wide variety of types, so you can pick ones that look great and maybe even make you feel relaxed from the aesthetic effect. It’s the Fern plant.

Types of Agate

Did you know there are dozens of different types of agates, not just the few colored variations you find at the river or lake when you go agate hunting.

Agate is a see-through chalcedony. You can basically see through an agate, if you put something close enough on the other side, although it will be blurry.

A lot of agates are distinguished by having bands, plumeshaped inclusions, dendritic forms inside, or mossy looking inclusions.

You can read up on agates at GeologyPage, Wikipedia, Rock Tumbler, and Geologyin, who make a great chart.

Hobby Landhaus RV, a 5-Berth Twin-Axle Fixed-Bed Touring Caravan (rare)

This RV Trailer is like a house on wheels for real, and I guess it should be, since it’s got 5 berths and a lot of house-style features, such as the U-shape lounge seating area in the main part of the trailer, which also converts into a large double bed for increased sleeping capacity.

Conversions don’t stop there, as the side dinette also transforms into another, single, bed. Those are sleeping areas in addition to the roomy bedroom, which is separated from the other parts of the RV with a door.

  • Other features:
  • Casette flushing toilet, sink vanity unit
  • Kitchen equipped with gas cooker, sink and 3 way fridge freezer.
  • Tv & dvd player
  • Tows very well, 1900kg in weight so can be towed with a SUV/ 4×4 car.
  • Galvanised chassis , good brakes and tyres etc ready for the road.
  • Ideal for siting on a caravan park pitch… loads of space inside. Very tidy condition.

New DeLoreans Are Going to Be Sold

Are we going back to the future with the new DeLorean DMC12s? Because they’ve been talking about a new version for a long time now for this storied 80s sports car.

There have been recently some manufacturing regulations dynamics that have made it harder to produce low-volume autos, like new DMC 12s would of course be, but, according to Hagerty, “the final regulations will allow low-volume automakers to sell up to 325 cars each year that resemble production vehicles manufactured at least 25 years ago.”

The DeLorean VP recently told media that they were actually gearing up to make new DMC 12s, although the new sports cars will have a lot of modern updates. The last DeLoreans were made in 1982. One question: Will it have the gullwing doors?

Gadgets that Will Change Your Life

A lot of people use salad spinners to dry the lettuce after they wash it, but besides that you don’t commonly see too many gadgets for making salads being used, but there’s now a new one that might change my thinking on the whole thing.

I’ve seen plastic molds that are made for chopping tomatoes or other vegetables, which some people might use and others not want to use, but this idea of chopping up my entire salad at once actually does seem kind of appealing. Not only is it a salad cutter mold, but it’s also a bowl, and a bowl with drainage, so you can wash your whole salad, cut it, and hold it all in one unit.

On the same tip, who doesn’t like watermelons and other melons, but cutting them up is a kind of obstacle to enjoying them and when you’re in the store and see a tasty melon, don’t you sometimes think, “Yeah, that would be good but who wants to cut that thing up and then clean up after cutting it?”

A main example of this is with watermelons, which have so much juice and seeds when you cut it up. So you might be able to see how just pushing a single gadget down over the melon and slicing it up all in one motion would be great, especially if you’re in the backyard or at the river or lake, and then even more especially if you have lots of watermelons!

You can find either of these on Amazon: Smart Cut SaladWatermelon Slicer

Rainbow Opal “The most beautiful opal in the world”

How the “most beautiful opal in the world” was found in an old mineshaft

This opal, worth over a million dollars, which catches all the light around it and sends it back to onlooking eyes in a blazing rainbow, is a Belemnite “pipe” that was once a kind of cuttlefish skeleton, and was found in 2007 by one John Dunstand, who had been searching and mining for opals for more than half a century in the deserts of Coober Pedy, Australia. He was searching in an old mineshaft in that area with an excavator, when he noticed the colors of the Rainbow Opal, half still burried in the sandstone around it.

“It showed this beautiful colour on the tip, but it was still in this hard lump of sandstone,” John recounted.  “So we cleaned it off and we could see it was a nice piece, but we didn’t know if it was solid, because a lot of time they’ve got sand in them or intrusions. There was a thick skin on it, like a rusty band around it, so we cleaned that off, and every time we touched it some more colour would come out. It was a true gemstone. I knew it was one of the best ever. You’ll never see another piece like that one, it’s so special. That opal actually glows in the dark – the darker the light, the more colour comes out of it, it’s unbelievable. I’ve done a lot of cutting and polishing [of opals], I’ve been doing it for 50 years, but when you compare it to the other pieces that claim to be the best ever, this one just killed it.”

The “Virgin Rainbow opal” is currently on display in the South Australian Museum opal exhibition in Adelaide, and the photo is by South Australian Museum. The stone is currently up for auction.