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About Love Your RV
Three and one half years ago Ray and Anne Burr sold their home in Victoria, British Columbia, and bought a brand new fifth wheel trailer. They set off on an amazing one-year journey traveling all around the U.S. and Canada. About three months into it, they knew this was the life for them and became full timers traveling south in the winters and retreating to the north for the summers. They regularly update their blogsite of their travels and adventures.
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Why kayak tournament fish for bass

Why not, indeed. First, you have the opportunity to meet people with similar interests and it's not necessarily competition.
However, it is about fishing water for bass, pike, panfish or anything else you care to hook into. 
-It's about adhering strictly to safety when on the water. That means wearing your PFD, carrying a first aid kit, mirror or while for signaling, and some sort of direction finder to get you back to the launch.
-It's about what others take on the water for fishing. Some roll up with an entire Bass Pro loaded into their boats. There are rods for this and that, line for this kind of weather, doubles on baits in case one gets lots and so forth.
-You learn how to secure everything in the event you roll over or "turtle." As you plan to lay your equipment out remember everything needs to be somehow secured to the boat or made to float.
-You'll see some boats outfitted with enough electronics to land a 757 at Metro Airport in zero visibility. Others sport no electronics, rather depending on lake area maps and satellite views.
-What baits to use when and where? Some go without saying: dark barks on overcast days and lighter colors on sunny days. It actually comes down to what your are comfortable with.
-Which rod do you use? The one you are the most comfortable. I throw bait casters and spinning but prefer spinning gear on a yak. It probably has something to do with sitting so close to the water.
-Clothing is always an issue. In the summer, wear something on your feet. Crocks, tennis shoes or other water shoes protect your feet in the event you need to get out of your boat for whatever reason. Around the ramp, foot coverings are essential due to rocks, discarded cans broken bottles and the like. In the boat, I sometimes slip my crocks off for a bit. But I keep that cockpit picked up with no loose plugs or hooks lying about.
-Finally, you're sure to have more questions than answers if you are a beginner. Check out Michigan Kayak Trail or Michigan Kayak Fishing on Facebook. Google kayak fishing or for specific questions about equipment head for You Tube.
With launch day about six weeks off now is a good time to do your homework, ask questions and be prepared for that first trip.
(image)Spring on Otsego Lake. Note the Frogg Togg pants, crocks, long sleeve shirt and PFD. By Beukema
Midwest Outdoor Expo coming Mach 24-26 to Indy
If you boat, ride, travel or just simply enjoy the outdoors, mark your calendars now to attend the Midwest Outdoor Expo on Friday to Sunday, March 24-26, 2017 at Lucas Oil Stadium. This exciting expo will feature hundreds of exhibitors from all over the Midwest including those from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio showcasing RV's, boats, bicycles, power sports, outdoor living, accessories, and much more!

The Midwest Outdoor Expo is debuting in Indianapolis this year by bringing together over 30,000 outdoor adventure lovers, young and old alike, under one roof. What started as a simple conversation between Jay & Lincoln Hine from Hine Productions and Brett Cole from Lucas Oil Stadium quickly became one of the premier outdoor enthusiast opportunities in the country.

For the first time ever, experience Indianapolis' amazing skyline from one of two tethered Hot Air Balloons at Lucas Oil Stadium and see the Indianapolis skyline like no one has before.

The 1st Annual Midwest Outdoor Expo spans three days in conjunction with the Nike Midwest Qualifier Volleyball Tournament held on Friday, March 24 through Sunday March 26, 2017 at the Indiana Convention Center. It is a mingling of ages and interests with the purpose of showcasing all the greatest outdoor lifestyles – from a Vintage RV Showcase to the biggest Midwest Tiny Home Exhibit and alternative housing, including Yurts, to a variety of seminars all with the purpose of educating, connecting, and inspiring. The very heartbeat of the concept behind the event is to connect the outdoor community. Nowhere else will all outdoor enthusiasts have the best outdoor vendors and premier lifestyle providers together in one place; at the spectacular Lucas Oil Stadium.  Plan a trip today to experience Indianapolis' all-inclusive recreational outdoor sports showcase.

In addition to a great line-up of exhibitors, the Expo will be hosting seminar speakers, demonstrations, and entertainment for the whole family. Daily activities for children of all ages include balloon sculptures, face painting, magic shows, and live music. For the more adventurous family members, rock wall climbing, bungee trampoline, zipline and an inflatable park can be found in the Family & Kids Zone.

It comes as no surprise to outdoor enthusiasts that the recreational and outdoor industry has experienced tremendous growth in the past 3-4 years. Join us in welcoming Camping World, Pete's RV, Total Value RV, Marine Center of Indianapolis, Denny's Marina, Just Add Water Boats, Yurts of America, Behr, and the Disabled American Veterans to our Exhibitors deck.  For a complete list of exhibitors, visit us online at www.midwestoutdoorexpo.com.

General admission is $12 for adults. Children 15 and under are $3 and our 3 and under children are free.

This Year's Midwest Outdoor Expo Hours:

  • Friday, March 24: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm (First Responders Day)
  • Saturday, March 25: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm (Veterans Day) 
  • Sunday, March 26: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Family Day)
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Fireworks-Free Fourth of July offers veterans, others quieter camping options in several Michigan State Pparks


(image)The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan
Veterans Affairs have partnered for the third year in a row to offer
Fireworks-Free Fourth of July in several state parks and recreation
areas. Leelanau State Park, in the northwest Lower Peninsula,
is one of 11 state parks accepting reservations. (DNR photos/info)The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) again have collaborated to offer Fireworks-Free Fourth of July alternative camping options for veterans and other visitors seeking a quieter holiday this season. Several Michigan state parks and recreation areas will participate July 1-4.

For the third year in a row, the DNR and the MVAA have worked together to offer alternative camping options for those veterans and other visitors, including pet owners, looking for a calmer Fourth of July. These participating campgrounds are located farther away from traditional community firework displays.

“We are pleased to help honor our veterans by offering alternative camping options for veterans, or anyone, who wants a quieter experience in Michigan's great outdoors,” said DNR Parks and Recreation Division Chief Ron Olson. "It's early enough that campsite reservations are still available in all of these parks."

(image)Fireworks-Free Fourth of July offers alternative camping options
July 1-4 for veterans and other visitors seeking a quieter holiday
this season. Eleven Michigan state parks and recreation areas are
participating this season, including Wells State Park in the
Upper Peninsula.Camping reservations can be made up to six months in advance, which means that the window to reserve these campsites is already here. To check camping availability and make a reservation, visit www.midnrreservations.com or call 1-800-44PARKS (1-800-447-2757).

“We are proud to partner with the DNR to offer those veterans seeking quieter Fourth of July alternative options,” MVAA Director James Robert Redford said. "Post-traumatic stress injury, also known as post-traumatic stress disorder, can occur after a person has been through a traumatic event. For some, fireworks and other loud, unexpected noises can trigger intense feelings of stress, fear or anger, and Fireworks-Free Fourth provides an alternative when celebrating our nation’s freedom.”

The following parks will host *Fireworks-Free Fourth of July, July 1-4:



*Fireworks-Free Fourth of July parks are located far from community displays; however, the DNR cannot guarantee that fireworks will not be set off near the state parks. Aerial fireworks such as Roman candles and bottle rockets are not allowed in Michigan state parks at any time, but small, low-impact fireworks such as fountain fireworks, sparklers and ground spinners are allowed.

To learn more, visit www.michigan.gov/FireworksFreeFourth. Learn more about services for Michigan veterans at MichiganVeterans.com or call 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838).

Join the conversation online and spread the word about Fireworks-Free* Fourth of July with the hashtag #FwF4th. For more information, contact Stephanie Yancer (DNR) at 989-274-6182 or Jason Wilkinson (MVAA) at 517-284-5228.


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"Do you see what I see?"
Hi All! It's Cody and I am here to tell you that Mom has OFFICIALLY lost it!!




 We all knew she was about to lose it anyway, but now she has gone OFFICIALLY BONKERS!

Last week when Dad was taking Mom to the doctor her eyes were drawn to something. "Wait!!" Mom yelled to Dad. "What?" he yelled back. "I need to take a photo!!" Dad was watching her, perplexed, (no surprise there! We all look at her that way!)

Here is Mom's photo:

 DO YOU SEE ANYTHING??? NO? LOOK AT PHOTO TWO, THAT MOM CROPPED A LITTLE. DO YOU SEE ANYTHING????

OK NOW FOR PHOTO NUMBER 3:

Now go back and look at the first two photos, what caught Mom's eye was that she SWEARS that the chunk of snow that is standing straight up, (that has since melted), looks like a.......wait for it...

CAT!!

Mom got back into the car and said "See that snow standing up? It looks like a CAT!!!" Of course Dad just looked at her. Silent.  He was probably thinking, "why of COURSE you see a cat, if you see a cat then it must be a cat....whatever you say" NOT!!!! I know he was thinking that Mom has OFFICIALLY LOST IT!!!

 What do YOU think? Do you see a cat too?
Pet Product: The Auto-close Pet Gate from Primetime Petz Keeps the Doggy Out!!
Our home is a "bi-petual" household. We have a cat and a dog.  Throughout most of my adult life I only had cats,  when we added Dakota to our family I was faced with a few dilemmas.

Our cat, Cody, was here first. He arrived three months before Dakota, his feeding spot was all set, his toys, cat litter, etc. all had their assigned spots.

One of the dilemmas I was faced with was what will I do if Dakota and Cody do not get along? It was important to me to provide a safe haven for Cody  where he could escape to for peace and quiet.
Yet another possible problem was I read horror stories about pet owners not being aware that small cat toys that can  easily be  ingested by a dog, can cause MAJOR problems requiring surgery, and may even cause death. I KNEW that I had to keep Cody's toys AWAY from Dakota!


(image)"I won't eat any cat toys or cat poop, I promise!!"
(Post was originally on Dakota's blog hence the logo)

Dogs are also drawn to cat litter (and the "treats" that are in the box). Under no circumstances should either be ingested.

It was a no-brainer that we had to have baby gates. I searched everywhere for a gate that was practical, the perfect height, that was well-made and would suit our needs. Sadly, this is what we had to settle with for MANY years.

(image)(Post was originally on Dakota's blog hence the logo)

I had three of these. They are BEYOND ugly. They served their purpose but accumulated every bit of filth known to man (and beast). When guests came over I had a nightmare. Some were able to climb over the gate, others couldn't, so I would be forced to remove it. Putting it back up when the guests would leave wasn't fun, and often the gate wasn't secure.

Then there was the laundry! The gate in the above photo is right by our washer and dryer. I cannot begin to tell you the "fun" I would have, a mountain of laundry in my arms, trying to climb over an awkward baby gate. I am lucky I didn't fall flat on my face. To say it was annoying is a complete understatement!

Last year I was reading one of my favorite websites, Hauspanther written by founder Kate Benjamin, and saw a most beautiful and artsy gate that was made by Primetime Petz. I loved it! I have known Kate for many years,  through her website, through her work with Jackson Galaxy, the Cat Lounge at BlogPaws,  as well as her Hauspanther Collection which debuted on Primetime Petz last year. I left a comment and was ecstatic when Kate contacted me asking if I would like to review one of the Primetime Petz pet gates.

Kate had me measure the opening in our hallway where I wanted the gate to be. Unfortunately, the original gate that I had my eye on wouldn't work, but Kate mentioned that the Primetime Petz new Auto-close Pet Gate would more than likely be perfect for our hallway.



Our hallway is wider than the above gate, but thankfully the Auto-close Pet Gate comes with 2 frame extensions that only are used if needed.

From Primetime Petz: The Auto-close Pet Gate, our own version of a swing-gate, is a functional and attractive tension-mount gate that easily attaches to doorways and hallways. Keep your pet safely contained to their designated area while providing you easy access to any space. It features a walk-through door which automatically swings shut and safely locks into place every time. Simply lift up on the door to disengage the lock and walk through. The gate takes care of the rest. The dual action locking mechanism provides superior security when not in use.

It is made with beautiful hardwood construction and their signature Walnut finish compliments any decor!

FEATURES:

  • Tension- mount design keeps gate securely in place
  • Fits openings from 29-42 inches wide
  • Optional 3 inch frame extensions (2) included
  • Closes and locks automatically for worry-free use


(image)(Post was originally on Dakota's blog hence the logo)

  • Rubber stoppers protect walls and frames
  • Recommended for dogs of all sizes(image)(Post was originally on Dakota's blog hence the logo)

I also think it allows nosy Dakota to better see what is taking place in "Cat Land" where cat poop, cat litter and tiny toys reside. A mysterious place that he is not permitted to enter!

INSTALLATION:

Now this is where we experienced a SLIGHT (and I mean SLIGHT hiccup). I am not the person who installed the gate, nor was my husband. Neither of us are handy, so I enlisted the help of a dear friend who IS handy. I will NOT lie. When she first attempted to put the gate together she couldn't figure it out. I called Primetime Petz to tell them about our confusion.  I am actually ecstatic that this happened because the help I received was SUPERB! The person I spoke to, went above and beyond. She emailed me step-by-step instructions that were crystal clear. (I did suggest that they have a video on their website that would better show how to install the gate because the directions included with the gate upon delivery ARE confusing, and she said they are working on that!). My friend was able to put the gate up and have it working in a half hour or so.

(image)(Post was originally on Dakota's blog hence the logo)

I could NOT be happier with this gate!!! Doing laundry is a BREEZE.....I am ecstatic that I can open the door of the gate and step right through without worrying that I am going to fall. It is attractive and well-made. It is slightly taller than our previous gate.  I was a little bit worried that Cody wouldn't be able to jump over it easily. I worried for nothing. Cody hesitated one or two times, then the same day, I heard/saw him jumping over the gate like a champ (and he is almost 10 years old).

Did I mention that it is also darned attractive to look at? I am in love with the color and construction. When guests come over, the gate no longer has to be taken down, they can walk right through!!!

(image)(Post was originally on Dakota's blog hence the logo)

 PRIMETIME PETZ is the premiere designer and manufacturer of unique furniture-quality, all-wooden pet gates, kennels, and steps. Their products are made of 100% rich, beautifully finished, chew-resistant, hard wood that will compliment any decor. Their goal is to provide superior quality pet furniture that pets will enjoy and pet owners will feel proud to display in their home. Their collection features a variety of gates that offer solutions to almost any containment challenge. Their commitment to quality is unparalleled in the pet industry and they have made it their mission to provide you with cutting-edge designs that combine elegance and function for both you and your pet.

And...their CUSTOMER SERVICE IS SUPERB!!

If you are looking for a pet gate, The Auto-close Pet Gate from Primetime Petz should definitely be on your list!

Dakota's plans to visit "Cat Land" have been attractively thwarted!


(image)(Post was originally on Dakota's blog hence the logo)



WHERE TO PURCHASE:

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FOLLOW PRIMETIME PETZ!!


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In full disclosure: I received no compensation for this review. I was sent an Auto-close Pet Gate from Primetime Petz in exchange for my always honest review.






Like Crocs? You'll love Floafers
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Editor's note: Crocs are the ultimate oxymoron. They're ugly and they make my feet sweat. But they clean up easy and they're indestructible. I don't wear mine anymore, but my camping friends and relatives wear them constantly around the campsite. For them and Croc-lovers everywhere, here's some info about Floafers, a new product from a startup company. (Although, I have to admit, the white ones have a sort of Cousin Eddie look about them.)


Floafers, Lightweight, Waterproof Shoes that Combine the Elegant Look of a Loafer with the Versatility of a Croc, Launch on Kickstarter

Floafers, versatile shoes that feature the style of driving loafers with the utility of true, slip-resistant water shoes that can literally be worn anywhere, today launched on Kickstarter.

For Floafers co-creator Hayes Brumbeloe, the idea for the unique shoes has been three years in the making.

“My wife and I were planning a trip to the Bahamas and I really wanted a pair of loafers I could wear to the beach, in the water or on a boat… a pair of shoes also stylish enough to fit right in, even when worn at a restaurant or an office,” Brumbeloe said. “What we eventually came up with was stylish loafers combined with the utility of crocs.”

Developed as a stylish lifestyle shoe brand, Floafers are made of Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) foam – an environmentally-friendly material that is lightweight and waterproof. The soles of the shoes are made with scruff-proof and slip-resistant Thermoplastic Copolyester (TPC) rubber – which makes them ideal for wearing on boats or any kind of wet surface.

“When it comes to vacationing, especially on short weekend outings, with Floafers, you only need one pair of shoes,” Brumbeloe said. “They even have a utility hole in each pair that allows you attach your Floafers to your backpack, your bike, your golf bag – or even to a tube as you float down a river. Floafers even float.”

While Floafers have the versatility to be worn at the office, they are ideal for many outdoor activities including: 
  • Boating: sailing, yachting, power-boating, windsurfing, kayaking & canoeing
  • Fishing: recreational, competitive, deep-sea & weekend warriors
  • Leisure: Biking and walking, tubing & paddle-boarding
  • Outdoors: hiking, backpacking & camping
  • Travel and cruises: resorts, beaches, water parks & pool parties
  • Golfing:19th hole approved!
Since they have the stylish look of loafers, and with their slip-resistant soles and comfort, Floafers can also be worn in doctors’ offices by nurses, X-ray/lab technicians, etc.; at restaurants by chefs, line cooks, wait staff, dishwashers; or at any job, like retail, where employees are on their feet for long hours.

They are breathable, designed with strategic vent holes and side gills to allow for fast drying, and are also anti-microbial and odor-resistant.

Brumbeloe also notes that Floafers were made to be very affordable compared to crocs and other similar shoes on the market today.

For more information, visit the Floafers Kickstarter campaign page.

About Floafers 
Floafers is a startup shoe company based in Dallas founded in 2014 by Hayes Brumbeloe and Daniel Rubertone with a mission to produce attractive, stylish and functional shoes for both men and women, with plans to offer a line of children’s shoes. The company’s first line of Floafers have a patented design that includes strategic vent holes and side gills for breathability and fast drying, and are offered in several stylish designs which make Floafers a “lifestyle shoe brand, perfect for any occasion.” For more information, visit floafers.com.
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Inspire Your Heart With Art Day

Art has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.  Having a cartoonist/artist father, art was a normal and constant part of my daily existence.

When I was five I began drawing and coloring voraciously.  My biggest thrill was when my father would bring home old newsprint, that the paper didn't need, and grease crayons. (For those who aren't familiar, you would "sharpen" grease crayons by unraveling the paper around the crayon by pulling a string and the paper would come off in "curls" which would sharpen the crayon.)

At age five I was also insanely in love with Mickey Mouse. I used to ask my Dad to draw Mickey for me and he would happily oblige. I remember being appalled when I went to a friend's house and asked her Dad to draw me "Mickey" and he told me he didn't know how. I was incredulous. I remember thinking, "You don't know HOW to draw Mickey Mouse? Don't ALL Dads draw?" Apparently not.



Art remained a huge part of my life. I was always drawing and had plans to major in Art which fell through because I was advised to choose a major that was more "practical." I would hardly call a major of Rhetoric and a minor in Philosophy practical, but I digress...

Art was my solace, my refuge, my escape. I drew constantly. My  focus in high school college prep was Art. To escape from the sadness I felt at the snobby High School I attended, I used to do my artwork in the hallway, ON THE FLOOR. Classes would change and there I would sit, cross-legged on the floor, drawing away, never looking up, just immersed in my craft.
(image)My latest coloring page
from Coloring Cute Cats and Pretty Kitties
I am so happy with how
it turned out!


When I graduated from college and entered the "real world" my artwork fell by the wayside. It wasn't until this past year, with adult coloring books becoming popular, that I had the desire to create anything that involved coloring or drawing. I am so happy I began to color again! Next on my agenda will be to resume drawing.

With today being "Inspire Your Heart With Art Day", I encourage you to do something with art that will inspire YOU.  Draw, color, do something  take a photo and edit it, "crafty". There are NO RULES. Add a cat to your creation, a dog, or whatever other animal you love, add something from nature, Just create and ENJOY!! " Go to a gallery, theatre, cinema, or music venue, and soak up the art. Remember the instruction, though: Inspire Your Heart."

What are you going to do to "inspire your heart with art" today?






Rollin' on TV: A Closer Look at Livin' Lite RV & a Vintage RV Resort
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On this week's program (#2017-02), Rollin' On TV's Bob Zagami visits with Robbie McClure of Livin-Lite and learns all about the companies line of all aluminum trailers. Then Jeff Johnston takes us to the Vintages RV Resort in Dayton, Oregon, where you can spend a night or week staying in a vintage RV. Also, we visit KR-RV, the new owners of Livin' Lite RV trailers.

About Rollin' On TV
In production since 2010, Rollin' On TV has become one of the leading RV lifestyle television programs on the air today, reaching over 30 million homes on both cable and satellite TV. The weekly program is also available online. For more information, visit www.rollinontv.com.
Want to learn more about RVing? Check out the RV Education 101 ebooks. There's 13 different titles, all available for immediate download. Just click on the "RV Marketplace" tab at the top of this page.
Happy Birthday, Mr. President!

#FlashbackFridays Originally published on January 23, 2013 For the past 15 years, it has been virtually impossible to go and visit my grandma without seeing “Grandma Jennie”. Not only was she often outside or in the lobby when we arrived, she would often strategically need to open her door for something just as we hit […](image)

#TBT Guest Post: Cats And Dental Disease, "Mario Da Cat's" Story
FROM CAT CAT WITH CAREN AND CODY:February is National Pet Dental Health Month and because many of our readers weren't following us when this published in 2010, we decided to repeat it. Even Mario doesn't know!! We are pretty certain he won't mind.


 I hate going to the dentist (do any of us actually like it? Well frankly my husband does but that is another story!) I have periodontal issues that necessitate that I see a dentist every three months. While sitting in the chair I remembered how my former cat Bobo suffered from periodontal issues. Leaving periodontal disease untreated in humans and in animals can cause a myriad of problems, one glaring problem is heart disease.

It is ironic that after one of my own visits to have my gums deep scaled I met Mary on Twitter (the Mom of @Mariodacat) who was telling me about the dental problems that Mario had experienced. I asked her if she would share Marios' story with the rest of us, she graciously agreed and I am honored to share it with all of you:

Mario's Story
as told by "M"

I was thrilled when Caren asked me to do a guest blog post regarding my cat’s (@Mariodacat – on Twitter) dental problems and how he became toothless at the age of 4. Hopefully it will bring awareness to the importance of having your animals teeth cleaned when your veterinarian recommends such. If your vet recommends brushing, it can be done with proper training.


We adopted Mario from our local shelter in October 2008. A week later we were in having his teeth cleaned, and one had to be pulled as it could not be saved. He kept having recurring infections after that. Finally, after 4 changes in antibiotics (which clearly were not helping) our veterinarian said Mario might be one of those rare cats that are allergic to his own bacteria in the mouth. She recommended seeing an animal dentist in another city.

After many blood tests, extensive
 X-rays (Mario did have to be put under anesthesia for that), the dentist called us and said Mario’s teeth would have to be removed. When normal veterinarians remove teeth, they do the best that they can with their skills & equipment. Probably 99% of the time, it’s good enough for most animals. But it was determined that Mario was allergic to his own bacteria in his mouth. The dentist found little tiny bone fragments remaining from what his regular vet had pulled. These could not normally be seen without the specialized equipment that a dentist has.

He pulled all of Mario’s teeth, except the 4 canines, that first visit & cleaned up the hidden fragments left behind from his visit to our local vet. We were sent home with toothpaste for cats, a tiny brush, taught how to brush his teeth, and of course, more antibiotics. The Dentist stressed the importance of brushing daily. Well, even with our faithful brushing the infection still did not clear up. It was then determined that the 4 canines would also have to be removed.

By the time Mario had been with us a year, all his teeth had been pulled, we were missing a few $1,000 dollars, but we gained a very happy, healthy, loveable cat. He is able to eat dry kibble and, of course, canned cat food for a treat.

There wasn’t anything that we could have done to prevent this from happening, as we didn’t discover the problem until we had adopted him. But we are very grateful to our dentist for being aware of the problem and referring us to a specialist.

If you have an animal that has recurring infections in the mouth area, question your vet on whether or not your pet might be allergic to the bacteria in his/her mouth. If your vet hasn’t even heard of it, I would encourage you to contact an animal dentist in your state. It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. Had we not been referred to a dentist for animals, Mario probably wouldn’t be around today. Peridontal disease in animals is very serious and can be deadly. The infection can eventually enter the blood stream and that is when it becomes deadly.

Mario wrote about his ordeal in his blog – Mario's Meowsings. It was written by him (with me, his human) typing for him so it is very lengthy, but informative. If you have an animal that you think might have a similar situation, I would encourage you to read it.





Cat Video that "Voices" My Sentiments EXACTLY!!

While going through my email on Monday I nearly died laughing when I saw this video that was sent to me by my dear friend who writes the blog Tails Around the Ranch.....

The cat not only looks just like Cody, but...since I am off having lithotripsy number-I-lost-count-I-have-had-so-many, it sums up my mood exactly!!!
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Have a great day all!!



For those that wonder, no....I don't get 1 or 2 stones. I have 100s. All day, every day! It's the nature of the condition that I have. No, they will never go away. The purpose of the lithotripsies are to keep the stones a manageable size so that:

1) I can pass them at home myself without going to the hospital
2) So they do not block my kidneys causing them to shut down
3) So I hopefully don't have to wear a stent


 Catch ya after I'm done getting "stoned"!
Rollin' on TV: RVBusiness Magazine RV of the Year Awards
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On this week's program (#2017-xx), Rollin' On TV presents a special episode for the 2017 RVBusiness Magazine RV Of The Year Awards show held at the RVMH Hall Of Fame Museum in Elkhart, Ind.
As you may know, I'm the managing editor of RVBusiness magazine so I make several appearances in this video. Be sure to pay attention at the 11:43 mark, where I expertly itch (not pick) my nose with my knuckles.

About Rollin' On TV
In production since 2010, Rollin' On TV has become one of the leading RV lifestyle television programs on the air today, reaching over 30 million homes on both cable and satellite TV. The weekly program is also available online. For more information, visit www.rollinontv.com.
Want to learn more about RVing? Check out the RV Education 101 ebooks. There's 13 different titles, all available for immediate download. Just click on the "RV Marketplace" tab at the top of this page.
Cat Book Feature and Give-Away:The Eye of Nefertiti by Maria Luisa Lang
Cat lovers around the world know that Ancient Egypt, overall, held cats in high esteem. In order to fully appreciate the fabulous historical/fantasy novel, The Eye Of Nefertiti by Maria Luisa Lang, it is important to have a little history about the cat in Ancient Egypt.

From National Geographic Kids:Ancient Egyptians worshipped many animals for thousands of years. Animals were revered for different reasons. Dogs were valued for their ability to protect and hunt, but cats were thought to be the most special. Egyptians believed cats were magical creatures, capable of bringing good luck to the people who housed them.

To honor these treasured pets, wealthy families dressed them in jewels and fed them treats fit for royalty. When the cats died, they were mummified. As a sign of mourning, the cat owners shaved off their eyebrows, and continued to mourn until their eyebrows grew back. Art from ancient Egypt shows statues and paintings of every type of feline. Cats were so special that those who killed them, even by accident, were sentenced to death.

According to Egyptian mythology, gods and goddesses had the power to transform themselves into different animals. Only one deity, the goddess named Bastet, had the power to become a cat. In the city of Per-Bast, a beautiful temple was built, and people came from all over to experience its splendor.






The Eye of Nefertiti is both a stand-alone novel and a sequel to The Pharaoh’s Cat. The time-traveling ancient Egyptian feline with human powers returns together with his beloved Pharaoh and his close friends, the High Priest of Amun-Ra and Elena, an Egyptologist’s daughter.

The cat is quick-witted, wise-cracking narrator as well as free-spirited, ever-curious protagonist, and the story he tells is an exotic, imaginative, spell-binding tragicomedy. The cat travels from present-day New York City to England, both ancient and modern, then to ancient Egypt, where he confronts a horrible demon and experiences a sublime emotion. Once back in England, he descends into a psychological abyss so deep only the Pharaoh can save him.

The Eye of Nefertiti interweaves feline and human, past and present, natural and supernatural. It contains numerous surprises, twists and turns, intriguing characters, both human and animal, fascinating revelations about ancient Egyptian history and culture, and an ingenious application of the Tarot and an Italian opera.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Maria Luisa Lang was born in Rome, Italy, and lives in New York City. She has a degree in art history and is an amateur Egyptologist. The Eye of Nefertiti is her second novel. Her first novel, The Pharaoh’s Cat, is also available on Amazon in paperback and in a Kindle edition.

FROM CAT CHAT WITH CAREN AND CODY: The Eye of Nefertiti, as did A Pharaoh's Cat,  taught me much about "Egyptology" and the cat had me in stitches through much of the book. The cat is full of sass and swagger, but trust me, there are MANY sensitive moments as well.  The incorporation of the Tarot is brilliant and is an integral part of the plot. Character development was superb, a wonderful blend of fantasy and history. The "time-travel" component was incredibly clever. You will LOVE escaping to Ancient Egypt, learning, laughing and wiping a tear or two along the way! The Eye of Nefertitias well as The Pharaoh's Catby Maria Luisa Lang should definitely be on your "must-read" list! 202 Pages of excitement, humor and love await you!!! (I was not compensated for this book feature and give-away, I was sent a complimentary copy of the book.)

ENTER TO WIN!!! Maria Luisa Lang is generously offering SIX of our readers who are 18 an over and who reside in any of the following locations,  (U.S.A, THE U.K. AND CANADA) a copy of The Eye of Nefertiti! Entering is super easy, just enter on the rafflecopter below, good luck!!!
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Hilarious Cat Book: "Stop Meowing and Go the F*ck to Sleep" By Rosa Silva Illustrated by Diana Necsulescu (With Give-Away!!!)
Finally a cat book that pokes fun
 at the "darker" side of living with cats!!! 

I knew the second I first read that one of my favorite cat-people, Rosa Silva, was publishing a book, and the second that I read the title,   Stop Meowing and Go the F*ck to Sleep, that this book would be right up my alley! I was right, it TOTALLY is!


While I am insanely in love with cats, I would be lying if I said that every single moment was all sunshine and roses. Cats rule our homes, they rule our lives. While cuddly and endearing, they can be annoying little "SOBs"!! If you are saying that your cat(s) are perfect, I am calling you out on a BIG. FAT. LIE. 

While I adore my cat, Cody, (and Angel Bobo,  "the one who came before"), there are (and have been) moments that have been beyond exasperating. Moments where I have called my kitties names involving "HBO words". Many of the moments that have been particularly annoying,  have involved trying to sleep when a cat has decided it is time to be AWAKE, because they have other things that they are thinking of. For many cats, and my Angel Bobo, those thoughts usually involve playtime, but Cody's thoughts always involve FOOD. The relentless quest for food. In our case, it is my husband who is the poor "victim" who loses sleep, because he does the morning feedings and because I can pretty much sleep through anything But, even I have my moments where Cody's incessant meowing is on my last nerve, and I will yell at him to "SHUT THE F*CK UP!!"  Not to be deterred, Cody will meow incessantly, jump back and forth across my husband's weary head, cry, knock things over, and more.  He will do anything in his quest to wake my poor husband up.

Stop Meowing and Go the F*ck to Sleep by Rosa Silva, addresses these moments in a nod-your-head-in-recognition accompanied by belly laughs kind of way, in a style reminiscent of children's books, but in this case, the book is definitely for ADULTS ONLY!!  


FROM THE PUBLISHER:

For all the crazy cat lovers out there, sometimes that crazy could be because your feline friend will not let you get any sleep.

Inspired by, and in the tradition of Cortes and Mansbach’s adults-only bedtime story, Go the F*ck to Sleep, Stop Meowing and Go the F*ck to Sleep is a funny take on the frustrations of losing sleep because of a feline friend. The struggle is real.

Anyone who is a cat lover knows that the cat rules the roost, and that certainly doesn’t change at bedtime. You might be ready to sleep, but you can bet that kitty is ready for just about anything but some shut-eye. Release your frustrations with a good laugh as you read along with Rosa and her struggle to get Mr. Cat to Stop Meowing and Go the F*ck to Sleep!

Stop Meowing and Go the F*ck to Sleep is a funny bedtime book for all the desperate cat parents out there. If you have experienced the nightmare of having a kitty who won’t let you have a good night’s sleep, this is the book for you. It’s the perfect gift for crazy cat lovers who appreciate hilarious insights into the feline nature.


What I love about this book:


It is small in size
and length.  . It is just the pick-me-up needed when you need a laugh, (especially when you are tired from being kept up by your cat!)

It would make a great gift for any cat lover!
 Be it a get-well gift, a "newly-adopted-cat" gift (hehehe), a birthday gift, it would be a gift that would be sure to make the recipient smile.

Each page is written as a rhyme
 and is accompanied by vibrant and darling illustrations by Diana Necsulescu


It is FUN!!
 I think many of us can use some fun in our lives right now and Stop Meowing and Go the F*ck to Sleep By Rosa Silva fits the bill purrfectly.

I learned something new
Knowing author Rosa Silva as I THOUGHT (the operative word being "THOUGHT" that I did!), hearing her even utter a frustrated thought about her beloved Mr.Cat, or utter an objectionable word would be something that I would NEVER expect. I LOVE books with unexpected "gifts" and the "gift" for me, (other than the obvious, that this book totally cracked me up!),  was learning something new about Rosa. It endeared her to me even more!

(image)Photo taken from
Cat Lady Confidential on Facebook


More About the author:
Rosa Silva is an author and blogger. When she's not working on her next book, you can find her reading, chilling on the beach, hanging out with her cat, or writing the next post for her blog Cat Lady Confidential. Stop Meowing and Go the F*ck to Sleep is her first book.

I give "Stop Meowing and Go the F*ck to Sleep" By Rosa Silva a resounding 4- PAWS UP!!!

AVAILABLE ON AMAZON

GIVE-AWAY!!
Rosa has generously offered one of our readers who is 18 and over and who RESIDES ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD a chance to win a copy!! (A $9.99 value)  Entering is super easy, just enter on the rafflecopter below, and good luck!!
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In full disclosure, we were not compensated for this review/give-away. We were sent a copy of this book in exchange for our always honest review.

Goodyear launches American-made 'Endurance' trailer tire
Editor's note: This press release from Goodyear is huge news for RVers everywhere. Google "RV Tire" and you'll be bombarded with hits about Chinese-made tires prone to blowouts. Just last summer we had a blowout on our way to a campground in Cooperstown, N.Y. If these Endurance tires from Goodyear are any good at all, they will quickly dominate the market.

For years, hobbyists who tow boats, jet skis and snowmobiles to recreational destinations have asked for an American-manufactured trailer tire to help carry their cargo with confidence. Millions of workers who haul equipment from job to job have echoed that desire.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has answered that call with the new Endurance trailer tire, which was unveiled this week during Goodyear’s 2017 Customer Conference in Orlando, Fla.

“Goodyear is proud and excited to introduce the Endurance, the only radial special trailer tire built in the United States,” said Ryan Patterson, president of Goodyear’s North American consumer tire business.

A tire capable of transporting the heaviest and most crucial cargo, The Goodyear Endurance features Goodyear Durawall Technology, which helps resist sidewall cuts and punctures.

Available in Load Ranges D and E to accommodate larger trailer load capacities, the entire Endurance trailer line carries the N speed rating allowing consumers to travel at highway speeds. The Endurance also contains a wide range of features, including:
  • An optimized tread depth and decoupling groove, which help it remain cool while towing heavy loads;
  • Rugged fabric-steel construction, which offers improved durability and carrying capacity while remaining compatible with tire pressure monitoring systems and typical tire inflation stations;
  • A specialized inner liner, which minimizes air loss in trailer applications; and
  • A scuff guard, which helps protect sidewalls.

In addition to introducing the new Endurance, Goodyear has unveiled a brand new, special trailer size: ST 255/85R16. The Endurance is the only tire on the market available in that size.

“The launch of the Goodyear Endurance is an exciting development for consumers who want a durable, domestically manufactured tire that they can trust to carry their important cargo,” said Patterson. “Goodyear is proud to meet this need with the new Endurance.”

Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs about 66,000 people and manufactures its products in 48 facilities in 21 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio, and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. 
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Book Cover Reveal! "Plan Cee" by Hilary Grossman and Give-Away!!!

Yes, yes this is a cat blog, but today we are taking a break from cats (for a hot minute)  to share this  super exciting day for our dear friend, "bestselling author",  Hilary Grossman!! I had the distinct honor/pleasure of reviewing both of Hilary's previous books, (the most recent of which was Plan Bea. if you haven't read either of Hilary's previous books,  you MUST!!)  Hilary's writing is like chatting with a dear friend, or being nosy and peeking into their life!

Today, I am BEYOND EXCITED because  today Hilary is revealing the cover of her soon-to-be-published THIRD book!

ON TO THE
COVER REVEAL!!!

  DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!!!


ABOUT "PLAN CEE"

Would you abandon your present for a second chance at your past?

Cecelia Reynolds has spent most of her life trying to forget the commitment-phobic man who broke her heart. It wasn’t easy, but eventually she did it, or so she thought…

As Cecelia and her husband gather for a friend’s wedding, her perfect world is thrown into complete turmoil. Even though it’s been twenty years since she last laid eyes on Keith Emerson, all it takes is one glance for her to feel emotions she thought were long gone. When Keith ends up officiating the ceremony, she quickly realizes his message of love is directed at her, not the happy couple. But can she believe him?

We live our entire lives thinking we know ourselves. But do we ever really?

As secrets and lies cause Cecelia’s world to spin completely out of control, she is forced to seek advice from the most unlikely ally. In the process, she must confront the demons of her past and the events that shaped her into the woman she is now. Will she finally learn the real meaning of love, friendship, and family?

While this book is a sequel to Plan Bea, it also reads as a standalone.


PRE-ORDER "PLAN CEE" BY HILARY GROSSMAN HERE


About Hilary:

By day, Hilary Grossman works in the booze biz. By night she hangs out with her "characters." She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She's been known to walk into walls and fall up stairs. She only eats spicy foods and is obsessed with her cat, Lucy. She loves to find humor in everyday life. She likens life to a game of dodge ball - she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. She lives on Long Island. 

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Thin ice anglers thinking of launching the kayaks

Warm weather, loss of snow along with some open water on inland lakes have made kayak anglers 4think about launch time.
From discussions about what clothing to wear for a winter yak outing to what baits might attract a bass, many have opinions of these subjects.
There have been lots of posts on Ice Book from "newbies" wondering what a good beginners boat might be that is stable but not too hard on the wallet.
New boats are followed closely by what rods, reels and lures most takers use. In that mix, pfd's are mentioned as to comfort, storage pockets and which type will keep you afloat should you find yourself in the water.
Over the past few days, beginners are wondering where they can fish locally for a variety of species.
One thing that sets kayak anglers apart from other fishermen is their willingness to share information. That includes the bait they use, how they present it, where they fish (although not necessarily the exact holes!), and general tips that include tackle organization and securing things you may normally not think of to the boat if not in use.
The posting of tournament trails for the year are appearing on most kayak trails. It looks as though this year will have trails suited for anyone insofar as travel and expense goes.
So, if you are looking for great information and friendly folks willing to help answer practically any question you have check out the following sites on Face Book:
-Michigan Kayak Trail (MKT) is primarily devoted to tournaments and standings. However, they do welcome questions.
-Michigan Kayak Fishing (MKF) is the page that talks about kayak fishing itself, lots of how to's and mods.
Other trails include KBF or Kayak Bass Fishing, KATS and several that are out-of-state. KATS originated in Texas and was brought here in large part thanks to the efforts of Jeff Sherwood, Joe Colgrove and Summit Sports.
You will soon learn that fishing championships requires a certain number of points. These point can be gotten on the Michigan trails and others.
New to tournament fishing? We all were. It's fun, lots of camaraderie, and not a do die event similar to others. After all, it's first and foremost supposed to fun, a family event, and finally, a learning experience.
Don't be afraid to ask questions. Happy paddling

(image)Roger Beukema taking a break on one of Michigan's northern lakes. By Beukema
y information and if more family orientated. Before you invest money on a rod and reel, boat or anything associated with kayak fishing, check this page out. You'll find pro and con replies for everything from anchor rope to Zarra Spook topwater bates.
Emerald Mountain Outfitters Introduces Premium Quality Double Size Hammock
Source: Emerald Mountain Outfitters LLC

Emerald Mountain Outfitters LLC has announced the market introduction of its newest product, the Mountaineer II® Double Size Camping Hammock which is now available for sale on the Amazon Marketplace.

The Emerald Mountain Outfitters Mountaineer II hammock is an essential camping accessory for all campers and is also great for the beach and home.

This innovative camping hammock offers significant improvements over the typical hammock. It is ultra light, compact and weighs only slightly more than one pound, yet is a double sized hammock. Some features not found in typical hammock offerings include the material, which is 70D Ripstop Parachute Nylon utilizing Diamondweave Fabric Reinforcement Technology and Triple-Stitching.

In addition, the Mountaineer II comes with Snag-Proof Wiregate Carabiners, Gear Loops, and 9 foot Nautical Grade Ropes.

The Mountaineer II Hammock – just launched on major online shopping platforms today – is available in two 3-color models: Burgundy/Navy/Silver and Purple/Teal/Yellow.

Founder & CEO, Nathan DePuy, stated “The Emerald Mountain Outfitters® Mountaineer II Hammock is the result of hours of research into this deceptively simple camping accessory. As outdoors enthusiasts, we wanted to improve upon the typical hammocks offered by other companies by improving the quality of the material and stitching, add 6 gear loops… 3 per side, and include snag-proof Wiregate Carabiners. When you get set up for the night in your hammock, you need loops to hang all of your gear, not some of it… and there is nothing more frustrating than snagging your hammock or other gear with the carabiners.”

The Emerald Mountain Outfitters Mountaineer II Hammock is now available for purchase on Amazon.com and for a limited time is being offered at an introductory price. Included with the purchase is the Mountaineer II Hammock, attached storage pouch, two Wiregate carabiners, 9-foot nautical grade ropes, care & use guide, bonus “The Ultimate Knot Tying Guide” and bonus eBook “How To Live Off The Land”.

Based in Steamboat Springs, CO, Emerald Mountain Outfitters sources or creates the very best camping and outdoor products for people who want to experience the great outdoors. The company was started when founder Nathan DePuy realized that it was hard to find purposefully made outdoor products that were of the highest quality and designed with smart functionality in mind. While available in the marketplace, no one had brought them together into one place, which was the impetus for the creation of the company.
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