Tabata Lesson One

1-7-2014 Finally today, I got around to trying the Tabata class out. We worked with a 25 kg (55 lbs) power medical ball the entire session. We swung it, did push ups with it, jumped with it, twisted with it, even held it between our knees while doing sit-ups. You name it, we did it. It was a good workout, and I liked it. Holding that ball steady with hand(s), feet, or knees is challenging in itself. Too bad Adventurer … Continue reading >>

Apocalypse Survival Guide

Last week, Adventurer Jr. suggested we should write a disaster survival guide specific to us. First, we’ll need a fire source for cooking and boiling water. The easiest source is a fire pit in the back yard. Trees are abundant outside, so fuel isn’t a problem. To start a fire, we can use collected lint from the dryer. You can buy it in stores as well, but I’d rather use my own. Next on the agenda is food. This spring … Continue reading >>

Solar Panel

Everything will degrade overtime, and solar panels are no exception. A good quality and well-maintained solar panel can last around 40 years with good output, and most manufacturers will offer a warranty of 25 years. Solar panels are delicate systems that are designed to be installed in a safe location. The only semi-safe place for us is on the roof. Even then, that raises the challenge of cleaning them regularly. Also, it might get hit by lightning (this is how … Continue reading >>

Hot Chocolate

Ingredients: 2 cups of nonfat dry milk powder 3/4 cup of powdered sugar 1/2 cup of Dutch cocoa powder 1/2 cup of mini semisweet chocolate chips 1/8 teaspoon of salt 1 pinch of cayenne pepper powder to taste 1 pinch of cinnamon powder to taste 1 pinch of ginger powder to taste Directions: Measure all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk them until they are evenly blended. Store the mix in an airtight container at room temperature … Continue reading >>

Cold Winter

This winter is very cold and snowy. I recall when we traveled to an orchard in the fall, and the apples were huge and tasty. There was an old saying that a nice harvest of apples means that nature somehow knows the winter will be cold. That’s nature’s way of providing extra food for the cold winter. I didn’t wish for a cold winter and was skeptical at that time. What about global warming? I guess the old folk’s rule … Continue reading >>

Alaska Trip Prep

This spring, we are traveling to Alaska! It’s still months away, I know. But I can’t hide my excitement. In order to make it a trip of a life time, proper planning is a must, especially since it’s still pretty cold in Alaska. So the utmost priority is to keep us warm so we are still in the mood to explore. We’ll keep our body dry to prevent heat loss and wear 3 layers of clothes for warmth. We’ll have … Continue reading >>