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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Hot Out There? Bake Cookies in the Car!!!

114 degrees today, and a friend of mine decided to use the car as an oven for cookies! How cool is that. (Obviously, if little kids are around, be aware that this may entice them into a hot car and that would be bad!)

Directions : Have a 100 degree day, Start Early, Be around several hours later (friend said 4), Make sure you're in full sun!
Here are directions I posted earlier on using your car as a dehydrator.

And if you just think my friend is the coolest, visit her blog at The Treasures of My Heart

Monday, January 31, 2011

Preparing for a Winter Storm - Emergency Water

There is a blizzard forecasted for my area, and I am seeing a lot of my friends stocking up on bottled water from the store. I'm sure the bottled water companies love the revenue created by a storm, but to save money, if your tap water is fine to drink, fill up pitchers and ice cream buckets full of water before the storm hits in case your pipes freeze, you're really not going to care if you are drinking brand name water in an emergency.

You can also have everyone take their baths the night before and fill up the tub with water to flush your toilet.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Make a Coyote Call out of PVC and plastic trash

Today, my hubby has been kind enough to give me some blog content! Yeah. Most likely though, most of my readers won't have a use for an animal call, but the men in your life might. He does his coyote-call-making just like my sewing, everything is eyeballing it.

This call will make a rabbit-in-distress call, coyote barks and coyote howls. Video at the end of the post will demo.

Gather materials: Scissors, 3 inches of 1/2" PVC pipe, rubber band and that heavy plastic trash containers you take off of toys, electronics etc. by screaming and yelling and ripping and jabbing and pulling, yeah that annoying stuff. Unless you get the nice ones that have the pop apart tabs.

Then mark 2" from one end. Then in a vise, make your cut diagonal length-wise from that mark to the tip with a hacksaw. See these two images for direction.

It will look like this when done.

Then perpendicular to the previous cut, cut 1/4 to 1/2 the thickness of your PVC. You're making a shelf for the reed to sit on.

Then take a file to make the cut part smooth and slightly rounded and to take out saw marks. Then sand with a 400 grit sandpaper to knock off burrs.

Take your plastic trash and find a flat piece. Cut out a rectangle about the width of the cut out area on your PVC.

Then set it on your reed shelf and cut it to the length of the end of your PVC and shape it to the end.

Wrap a rubber band around it to hold it in place on the reed shelf. The rubber band is siting on the reed shelf.

Then using a file or sand paper, sand the excess off the edges of the reed to match the sounding board. You don't want the reed to overhang the sounding board. It should look like this, click on the picture to see the nearly invisible reed.

Give it a test blow. If it doesn't make a sound, you may have to shorten the reed a little or change the angle of the reed shelf with a file to where the reed comes further away from the sounding board. And this is what you can do with it:

Not bad for making it out of trash.

Here's an audio track teaching how to blow on a coyote call. I'm sure typing into YouTube "How to use a coyote call" will get you plenty to look through.