Paul Michael has 25 Essential Tricks for Quick and Easy Cleaning over at WiseBread. These are mostly about uses of vinegar and baking soda and similar well tried recipes with a few techniques and hints. Examples:
“Use a tube sock on your hand, soaked in warm water, to wash your blinds. You can do both sides at once and balance the blind.”
“Simple dryer sheets, like Bounce, rubbed onto your baseboards will clean them up a treat. And as a bonus side effect, they coat them in a way that repels dust and pet hair.”
“Repair Hardwood Floor Scratches – All you need is a walnut. By rubbing a walnut into the shallow scratches, their natural oils help hide the flaw. It’s an age-old carpenter’s trick.”
It’s always handy to keep a list like this easy to find – sometimes it might just make life a bit easier, a bit cleaner, and better smelling!
For books on the subject, see Household cleaning recipes on Amazon (affiliate link). Many have Kindle editions so you can take them along without cluttering your RV!
The University of California Press has made 700 books available for reading free of charge. OpenCulture has the story.
“The University of California Press e-books collection holds books published by UCP (and a select few printed by other academic presses) between 1982-2004. The general public currently has access to 770 books through this initiative. The collection is dynamic, with new titles being added over time.”
The University of Chicago Press also provides some free material.
The OpenCulture page also has a number of links to other resouces that provide free media including eBooks, audio books, and movies.
If you have a Kindle reader, check out dailyfreebooks for thousands of free eBooks including promotional copies as well as copyright expired material.
Of course, don’t forget Project Gutenberg, the “first producer of free ebooks” based on volunteer efforts.
Then there is the local library. Did you know many loan books for eBook readers? For example, you can find a book at the Washoe County Library website and it will not only tell you which branch has the book available or allow you to place a hold on the book, it will also tell you if the book is available in the electronic edition. To help you out, there are even workshops such as the one at the North Valleys Library branch on January 18.
What is nice about the electronics media revolution is that you can haul around significant personal libraries and not burden your RV. Thousands of books or movies will fit in a typical backup drive or eBook reader or tablet.
The Monterey Bay Unit put together a restrospective calendar – 11 years ago!
The calendar has been scanned and broken into 3 PDF (rather large) files. See the 2002 MBCU Calendar index page.
Eugene Volokh reports that “Today’s Morris v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (D. Idaho Jan. 10, 2014) strikes down an Army Corps of Engineers regulation barring possession of loaded guns in recreation areas surrounding Corps dams.” In this case, a tent was considered akin to a home. Second amendment rights are protected in homes.
“The court also holds that the Second Amendment protects the right to carry guns as well as to possess them at homes, so that the regulation is unconstitutional even as to carrying outside tents. And the court rejects the argument that the government may restrict such gun possession and carrying on the grounds that the government owns the property, and has no obligation to open the property to the public in the first place.”
An RV is also “akin to a home” so a firearm you have in it should fall under the same judgment.
It used to be that having a firearm handy for protection while camping was no big deal. The comments to Volokh’s post show how this has changed. There is still a need in the wilds for protection and self defense but some folks think there is a danger from firearms that outweighs this need. Sometimes that thinking is so strong it results in court cases. The courts are a bit confused which is why Volokh warns that “It’s not clear how the opinion will fare on appeal, but the case should be interesting to watch.”
Whatever your opinion, if you do have firearms with you on your RV experience, make sure you maintain your shooting skills, keep up to date with laws and regulations where you travel, maintain the equipment in good condition, and store it properly for travel.
Happy New Year!
*The January 2014 Newsletter has been posted*
Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.
_Topics in the January newsletter_
December at Jakes -|- January 2014 Lunch -|- Prez Meanderings -|- Death Valley November 2013 -|- Achievements & Highlights of SNU in 2013 -|- Welcome to the Lewis’s -|- Rallies, Caravans, and more
*January 2014 lunch*
The location for the January lunch at the Hometown Cafe is just north of Reno off Hwy 395, exit 74 in Lemmon Valley. The date is Saturday January 25, 2014, time is 11:30am. Please let us know if you plan to attend. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 775 972 5011.
*SNU 2014 Rally Schedule – Mark your calendars*
Check Zephyrs and find out what else is new on the SierraNevadaAirstreams.org
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