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Use bicycle water bottle racks for rattle-free holders by Greg Illes
I've been using bike bottle racks for a variety of purposes for several years now. They're cheap, solid, rattle-free, easy to install, and they fit a surprising number of different objects that you typically find in and around an RV. Also, once installed, they look tidy and neat whether empty or full.
Currently, I have a wasp spray can, a fire extinguisher, some bear spray, and yes, even a few water bottles, happily parked in these handy little racks.
For stuff that's taller than a standard water bottle, like the big wasp spray products and the small-size fire extinguishers, you'll need to cut off the top strut of the bottle rack. Since this projection is just to keep the bottle from bouncing out while riding the bike, it can usually be dispensed with.
Find a handy place to mount the rack, make sure you have room to insert and extract its contents, and then just use two short screws to fasten it to the wall or cabinet. (If you change your mind later on, those two small screw holes are easy to fill and make disappear.)
Once you start using this trick, you'll probably think of a surprising number of ideas. Why have a nighttime glass of water to knock over in the dark when you can have a secure bedside water bottle instead? Run out of cup holders up front? A couple of bottle racks will extend your ability to "stock" a variety of drinks while underway. Do you like to use solvent in your windshield washer, but hate carrying a giant bottle of the stuff? Put a bottle of concentrate in a behind-the-hood bottle rack, and it will always be there when you top off your reservoir.
Dear Magnolia Family, We have some sad news...we had to put Bo down yesterday. He was sick and just kept getting sicker and there was nothing the Vet could do for him. We will miss him as well as some of you. Bo traveled with us for 9 1/2 years. We went to the west coast twice. Once when he was 4 months old, to the Black Hills several time and spent time on the beach at Magnolia Beach. He was a great traveler.
Susan and Myron
Now he and Art can once again be together...
Bo will be missed very much. Our pets too are a part of the Magnolia family
Richard L. Hannewald "Together Again" Richard L. Hannewald, our dad and grandpa, joined Jesus and the love of his life, Dorothy Ellen, on May 31, 2013. He was born August 6, 1921, in Stockbridge, the son of George and Nellie (Moorman) Hannewald. Richard graduated from Benzonia High School in 1939. He then joined the Army Air Corps where he became a pilot and flight instructor during World War II. On October 21, 1944, Richard married Dorothy Ellen Johnson. He worked for General Motors in Lansing for 30 years. Richard and Dorothy retired to the Betsie River, in Thompsonville, for the summers and to Magnolia Park in Donna, Texas during the winters. They had many friends in both places that they dearly loved. Richard is survived by: his daughter, Judy (Dave) Mathews of Norton, Ohio; his son, Richard Hannewald II of Thompsonville; 5 grandchildren, Monique (Tony) Trevino, Michael Mataya, Matthew Mataya, David (Deanna) Mathews and Daniel (Kitti) Hannewald; 7 great-grandchildren, Danielle (Clinton) Taylor, Stormy Mataya, Dalanie Mathews, Dayna Mathews, Dallas Mathews, Gavin Hannewald and Cody Hannewald; 1 great-great-granddaughter, Ada Marie Taylor; and 2 sisters, Kathleen Ward and Ginny (Larry) Hale. Richard was preceded in death by: his parents; his wife, Dorothy; his sister, Rose Marie Sarns; and his brother, Robert Hannewald. A memorial service will be held for both Richard and Dorothy at a later date in Lansing. The family would like to thank the staff of the Homesteader Assisted Living Facility for their loving care of our Dad and Grandpa. The Bennett-Barz Funeral Home, in Beulah, is in charge of arrangements. Published in Lansing State Journal on June 5, 2013
Ingredients: 1-1/2 pound bacon, cooked, drained, crumbled, and divided 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup sour cream 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded) or to taste 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or to taste) 1 tablespoons mustard 2 cups chopped seeded tomatoes 1-1/2 cup shredded Iceberg lettuce pepper an salt to taste
Toasted bread rounds, crackers, or pita chips.
Preheat oven to 350˚. Spray a 11⁄2-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Set aside 3/4 cup crumbled bacon.
In a large bowl, combine remaining bacon, cream cheese, shredded cheeses, sour cream, mayonnaise, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and mustard. Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Sprinkle chopped tomatoes, remaining 3/4 cup crumbled bacon, and Iceberg lettuce over hot dip. Serve immediately with toasted bread rounds, crackers, or pita chips.
Joan Ellen (Plummer) Kent, age 87, of Donna, TX formerly of Battle Creek, Michigan passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2013 while spending the summer with her kids and 7 grandchildren. She was born June 1, 1926 in Bluffton, Indiana. She married John B. Kent on November 30, 1946 while working at Percy Jones Hospital in Battle Creek. She is in the Michigan Bowler Hall of Fame, the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and was the only woman voted in. While living in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas, she enjoyed going to different parks for jam sessions. She had been playing Country Music since 1936. She loved sewing, making quilts, and her cat. Joan and John traveled the country with her motor home for many years after retirement.
Mom and dad had a band ‘The Kountry Kousins’ for approximately 30 years that performed all around Michigan and Indiana until they became full-time Texans in 2006. She retired from Eaton’s in Marshall Michigan in the mid 80’s.
She was preceded in death by her husband John B. Kent of 64 years; her parents; brother, Tennis Bud Plummer; and sister, Betty Plummer (Butts). She is survived by 3 children, Michael John (Virginia) Kent, Patrick Allen (Barbara) Kent, Jonette Marie Kent; 7 grandchildren, John (Paula) Kent, Jamie (Valerie) Kent, Kristy Harter, Tom (Michelle) Kent, Duane (Carry) Kent, Danielle (Michael) Kent, Jason (Michelle) Wyceff; 18 grandchildren and her beloved cat “Mandy”.
1. Schedule it. If you treat walking as an automatic "must" on your daily list -- like brushing your teeth or taking your vitamins -- then there's no debate about whether you will or won't do it. Before long, it'll be a rock-solid habit.
2. Get a buddy. Having a friend (human or furry) waiting for you to take a walk gets you out there day after day. Your walking "buddy" doesn't even have to be somebody you see. It can be a pal with whom you check in every day, by phone or online. If your pal doesn't get your daily "I just walked" message, he or she knows to give you a get-going poke. Don't have a buddy? You do now. Talk to other Sharecare walkers.
3. Add some fun. Dying to play Boggle on your smartphone? Head outdoors or hop on the treadmill, and think up words while you walk. Addicted to recorded romance novels? Listen to them only while you stride along (just don't run into anything when it gets steamy!). Whatever makes walking more fun for you, do it!
4. Keep track. A walking log, a pedometer, even a little notation in your calendar -- it's all good. That's because keeping track of your miles and goals increases your odds of sticking to your plan.
5. Reward yourself. We're all for bribery when it comes to exercise. Give yourself a walking goal of, say, 10 miles per week for a month, or 60 minutes a day for a week -- and if you're successful, treat yourself to a massage or a gotta-see-it movie or a new MP3 player for your walking tunes or recorded books.
I have a pair of orioles that are obsessed with my hummingbird feeder. They take out the little yellow center so they can drink. I have never had that happen before. I took these pictures through my kitchen window.