Sunday, June 30, 2019

Building a better picnic table

There are a few things you want to keep in mind when building picnic tables.

Like who's going to sit at the table? Do they have health issues that could make it hard to get on and off the bench?

Where is the table going to be located? Is it going to see a lot of rain? Is it in direct sunlight? Is it on your lawn? Is someone going to have to move this table every week to cut the grass?

One problem with picnic tables, is they are heavy. If someone has to move it every week, and they do not do it properly, it could destroy your table. It's like taking a pry bar to a crate to open it. It doesn't take much to destroy a table when you have leverage. Grabbing that table from the wrong side and heaving it back and forth to move it around by yourself is like taking a pry bar to a crate. In time, it's going to come apart. Maybe not right now, it'll take a few tries, but things are going to get looser and looser and looser every time you start manhandling that table to move it around the yard. So use two people to move your table, or build it a better way.

Do you build with pressure treated, yellow pine, or both, again, where is the table sitting?

You may not want the table and bench tops to be pressure treated lumber, but if the table legs and supports are going to see a lot of rain, they should be made with treated lumber.

Look at the photos below, do you see the 2x4 supports under the table and bench tops, moisture can build up on top of these supports when it rains. It would be a good idea to use pressure treated lumber for the support braces and the legs that touch wet ground.

To make it easier for people to sit down, and to allow leg room for a wheel chair or bench on the ends, keep the legs away from the edge. That alone will make this table a lot more accessible.

Are you eating messy foods, like corn on the cob? The gap between the 2x6's for both the benches and the table top needs to be wide enough for an ear of corn to fall all the way through. This gap will also help keep water from puddling.

My table design shown above is designed to allow the table to rest on its side when not in use. For the safety of yourself and your table, you should still use two or more people to move your table.

I hope this little bit of information has helped you design your own table.

If you're a woodworker you'll have no problems just looking at the photos of my table to build your own using what you've learned both from me and other sites. The angle on the leg cuts is 22 degrees.

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

My version of a Boiled Egg Breakfast

I was skimming my Google news feed a few weeks ago and saw an article for a Boiled Egg Diet.

Being curious I took a look, it was interesting, but not something I would do forever. My viewpoint on diets is, if I can't do it forever, I don't do it.

The article even said people don't normally stick with it, because it becomes too boring over time, it does not contain enough daily calories, and lacks other essential nutrients.

I agree, in my experience that matches everything I've read and heard about diets like these, things look good at first, but because it's not a good long term life style, first you cheat, then you quit, and then you gain back more weight than you lost.

But on the brighter side, I was thinking about the Egg Salad Breakfast that I've been making and eating for the past several weeks, added a second egg, and dropped the pickle relish.

My sunflower seed mix includes 5 items, raw & roasted pumpkin seeds, raw & roasted sunflower seeds, and almonds.

The only other difference between this breakfast and the one I was eating a few weeks ago is now in addition to eating 2 hard boiled eggs, I'm also eating 2 breakfast sausages.

I believe it's important to constantly re-evaluate what you are doing. Think about what is working for you, and what is not, and make changes as you learn.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Peanut butter and jelly pudwich

This is a yummy and healthy option to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

The health problem is not the peanut butter and jelly, it's the extra 40 carbs and the processed flour in the bread.

If you compare a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and my peanut butter and jelly pudding, you will notice the pudding has 40 less carbs, more fiber, more healthy fats, and more protein.

The pudding tastes like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Read the labels and pick the brands you like wherever you shop.

I used a small travel cup, added about 2 tablespoons (32 grams) of peanut butter.

Then I added about half as much jelly (16 grams) , and half a tablespoon (8 grams) of chia seeds.

I steered the mixture till it was creamy, and then mixed in 2 tablespoons of my seed mix.

That's it. Eat it now, or save it for later.

My seed mix today is 5 items that I find in the produce section of my grocery store.
I dump all five containers into a 1 gallon container, mix it up, and store it in the frig.

1. raw sunflower seeds
2. roasted sunflower seeds
3. raw pumpkin seeds
4. roasted pumpkin seeds
5. slivered almonds

Be careful not to eat too many seeds each day, 2 tablespoons of my seed mix is about 183 calories.

I keep the chia seeds in a separate container.