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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Christmas at the Lake

There was certainly more than a little frost on the pumpkin last night. This got me to thinking that it is time to get up on the roof to begin stringing the lights before it gets too cold.  While dragging the the Christmas decorations from the attic, I got to thinking that since the holidays are spent at the lake, shouldn't the decor reflect it? 

Here is a selection of lake themed tree ornaments that feature kayaks, canoes and other types of "Up North" cabin and cottage themes for the holidays.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Tips for Winterizing Your Boat

boatwrapIf you own a boat you know how important it is to store it properly for the coming winter. Failure to correctly winterize your outboard motor can lead to costly maintenance repairs that most insurance companies do not cover.
Proper care of your motor.
Here are a few simple steps you can take to ensure your outboard motor will work correctly when you decide to take it out in the spring.
  • Top off your gas tank and add enough stabilizing fluid to keep condensation and spoilage from happening in your gas tank during the coming months. One of my favorite motor/gas treatments is Sea Foam. Sea Foam does an excellent job of stabilizing gas and cleaning oil deposits from your motor.
  • “Fog” your carburetors. Connect your “Bunny Ears” (otherwise known as a flushing attachment) to your motors water intakes, turn on the water and start your motor. While the engine is running, remove the fuel line to the carburetor. Have your can of fogging spray ready, and as soon as you disconnect the fuel line, start spraying the oil into the carburetor. When the engine shuts down from lack of fuel you can remove your “Bunny Ears” and turn your water hose off.
  • Change your spark plugs.
  • Check your boats owner manual on how to drain and replace your motors gear case fluids.
  • Store your engine in the down (operating) position. Always make sure to store your boat in a covered garage with your drain plug open!
  • With just these simple steps you can be assured that your motor will happily turn over in Spring.
Cleaning and covering.
After the motor has been winterized, it’s very important to make sure that your boat is prepared to be shrink-wrapped or stored at a facility. The following tips will help with the longevity of the boat, and ensure less work in the spring.
  • Unpack the boat, removing all gear and other items that could potentially rot or freeze during the winter months
  • Remove electronics, including your battery, and store them in a warm, dry place. Clean the battery terminals to remove corrosion, and grease them lightly. Give the battery a full charge using a charger designed specifically for a marine battery and check fluid levels.
  • Clean the boat with a good scrubbing, washing all the dirt off of the seats and decking. Leave interior lockers open for more air circulation.
  • Air it out and let it dry. If it’s damp at all, the potential for mold is greater. You might also want to place mildew control bags throughout the boat, and within compartments so you’re not greeted by a nasty stink next spring.
  • Shrink-wrapping will keep the boat dry and well ventilated, meaning less chance of mildew. Either hire someone who specializes in shrink-wrapping or you can purchase do-it-yourself kits at marine stores for boat 25 feet and under.
  • If you have a large garage, storing it yourself is a cost-saving way to ensure its safety, and it allows the bonus of being able to work on your boat. Otherwise, most lake communities will have affordable, self-storage options which include a secure outdoor facility and a quality boat cover or shrink-wrapping.
From Lake Home and Cabin Show
From The 2014 Lake Home and Cabin Show

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Brown Bear Bird Feeder

One doesn't always want to attract bears into your yard, but since this bear is sure to attract birds, then this one is a must have! Made of sturdy metal and easy to fill.  Priced at just under $35.00, it is an affordable and truly unique gift for a friend's cabin that will surely get you invited back. Offered by Outside Gifts Inside

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Lake House Decor

It was fun checking exploring some of the beautiful new area lake homes and an added excitement to see so much fun lake decor inside. We fell in live with the decor of one of the lake homes, designed by Katherine Elizabeth Designs of North Barrington, Illinois. 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Something Fishy

Holy Mackerel! From the gifts we love for under twenty bucks department!  Create your very own food chain with these four nesting fishies. You can organize your snacks by color, flavor, sequence, or sell-by-date. Your guests will be delighted to see them circling the table! Available HERE

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Iceberg Dead Ahead!

Not quite lake related, but it does involve boats, ships really and cocktails, so I'll make an exception. Too boot, it is off the scales in silly-cool!  Fred and Friends makes all sorts of zany, yet practical things for the home.  While this is probably a bit more zany than practical, we think it is pretty neat and look forward to teeny Titanic and iceberg shaped ice cubes populating our cocktails at our next lake house get together.  Ten bucks of a set of four and surely a sound ROI in the fun department and a great excuse for dusting off the Titanic soundtrack CD.

Available here: https://lakehouselifestyle.com/iceberg-and-ship-ice-cube-tray.html#.UeKZNFOw7us

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Dog On Water Boat and Dock Ramp

Most dogs love the water, but with living on the lake, all dog are likely to wind up in the lake one time or another.  The Dog On Water Ramp, provides easy access in and out for dogs who enjoy taking the occasional dip in the lake to cool off. It also provides a piece of mind for pet owners who worry about their pets accidentally falling in the water and not being able to climb out.

The dog ramp is unique because to it floats on the water and easily attaches to the boat or pier.  It can accommodate the largest of dogs or little pups as well, with no adjustment required.  Switching from the pier and boat is as easy as detaching the pair of mounting lines. 

The ramp floats on pair of inflatable pontoons and has a sturdy rubberized mesh damp that descends 18" below the water, with solid molded deck for easy transitions from the ramp to pier or boat.  The genus of this product is that the ramp mimics the natural shoreline, making the transition from swimming to climbing natural.  The only training required is guiding your dog down and back through the pontoons and couple of times and they quickly discover that this the the easiest way in and out of the lake.  

More information can be found HERE