Sunday, September 27, 2015

Walking Stick Love

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Keeping Your Home Clutter Free For the Holidays

Keeping Your Home Clutter Free for the Holidays

With the holidays fast approaching, a clean and organized home is definitely necessary. Whether you plan on having people over for dinner parties or anticipate a lot of white elephant gifts, you want to be prepared for the accompanying messes and clutter that the holiday season brings.

Fall cleaning is a necessary part of this process and includes clearing out any clutter your home may have and keeping it that way throughout the next couple of months. The hardest part is figuring out what to keep and discard. A good rule to follow by is, if you haven’t touched it in the last year, it’s probably unnecessary.

Next, you’ll want to organize any items you’ve chosen to keep but don’t necessarily need this season. This includes summerclothes, beach accessories and more.

Finally, you’ll want to donate or sell any items in the discard pile. There are plenty of donation centers that will take a wide array of used items including outdated electronics, clothing, furniture, etc.

For more instructions on clearing the clutter in your home, read the infographic by SevilleClassics below.

Cutting Down The Clutter
via Seville Classics

Friday, September 18, 2015

Mr. or Mrs. Mantis

© Misty DawnS

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Wednesday Water

© Misty DawnS

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Charlotte's Barn

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It's Fair Time Again

It's time for the fair again.  This year I only had two entries.  I'll let you know how they do.

Buying Boat Lifts

I'm excited, because we purchased a small boat earlier this year.  We knew we wouldn't get to take advantage of it right away, but it was at a price we couldn't pass up, and we look forward to enjoying it with Calli when she is older.  Below are some tips for buying boat lifts.

6 Tips for Buying Boat Lifts

Boat lifts are an essential part of protecting your watercraft. But what if you've never purchased one before? What should you keep in mind while browsing products and comparing deals? Here are just six tips for finding a good boat lift.

1. Decide How You're Going to Dock

Do you want to rest your boat on top of a steel cradle? Or would you prefer to look at boat slings that use different materials at different heights? There's no right or wrong answer when it comes to docking; just make sure the lift you buy is suitable for your type of boat.

2. Know Your Weight Capacity

If you have a large boat, you'll need a lift that can support its bulk. You might also want to upgrade if you regularly weigh down your watercraft with anchors or industrial fishing equipment. You don't want your boat lift to break or malfunction because it's exceeded its weight capacity!

3. Decide Between Manual and Electric

Many modern boat lifts are equipped with an electric system, but you can also find old-fashioned spinner types if you prefer to do the work manually. The traditional kind is also useful if you're on a budget and can't afford the price or upkeep of something technical.

4. Know Your Specs

When shopping for boat lifts, you should know your boat's height, weight and length like the back of your hand. Exact numbers are ideal, but if you can only remember its general specs, keep in mind that it's always better to buy too large than too small. Playing it safe means a lower chance of having to return it later.

5. Give Yourself a Price Range

How much can you afford to spend on a boat lift? Understand that the final price will be greater than the listed price. You'll also have to factor in expenses like delivery, installation and insurance, and it's also a good idea to set aside some money for maintenance down the road.

6. Get a Guarantee

Good manufacturers will warranty their products for at least a year. There are sometimes different guarantees made about the motor versus the lift assembly, but even if that's the case where you buy, one year should cover absolutely everything. Don't settle for less.

These are just a few things to consider when shopping for boat lifts. Good luck!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Rock Climbing - Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze

Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze

For rock climbers, finding unique, challenging climbs can sometimes be difficult. One of the best, according to advanced climbers is Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze, located on the grounds of Mohonk Mountain House. The entire trip from parking to finishing the climb takes about four hours with a total ascent of 973 feet and a maximum elevation of 1,617 feet above sea level.

Difficulty of Climb

Climbers have ranked the Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze climbs at nine out of ten. Climbers must squeeze between rocks, climb ladders and scramble on rocks. There is also a four-mile round trip walk between the parking lot and the Labyrinth. Weather in the early spring or late fall may cause the area to be closed, so it is important to check before visiting. Climbing through the Labyrinth is slow, so it is often recommended that climbers visit during the week when visitors are minimal to avoid being pressured into going too fast.

Benefits of Climb

Although the climb is difficult, the views are incredible. After wedging between rock formations and feeling like a human lemon as they squeeze through, climbers exit onto a ledge with views of the Mohonk Preserve and beyond. Behind them is the Sky Tip Tower which can be climbed as well, providing even more stunning views.

Tips for Climbers

There are some helpful tips for those who intend to climb Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze. In the parking lot, climbers will find the trail behind the bathrooms, heading toward the right. There may not be trail signs, but a map is provided at the entrance that explains more about the trail, which is known as the Huguenot Trail. This trail dead-ends at Whitney Road and it is recommended that hikers and climbers remain on the walk path as the paved road may be too dangerous for walkers. There is a picnic area along the trail and a gazebo where climbers can relax for a moment before continuing the hike. Talman Seat is the first location to offer amazing views of the countryside, but there are far more farther up the trail and after the climb. The trail also offers excellent views of the Mohonk Mountain House and grounds.


There is a plaque that explains that the Labyrinth is a deep, narrow crack or fissure in the face of a rock cliff. Climbers ascend through a series of narrow ladders and it should only be attempted by those in excellent physical condition. It takes about 40 minutes to navigate the Labyrinth. The views at the top are stunning, but there is more to see further up the trail for those who are experienced climbers as the Lemon Squeeze is just past the top of the Labyrinth.

Experienced climbers will enjoy the challenge of the Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze, Many of them consider the formations to be some of the best Mohonk Mountain House gifts as the photos and memories of the spectacular views are better than any souvenir purchased while visiting the area.

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