Named the Scamp camper

I’ve talked to my wife since acquiring the scamp that we needed to name it.  We’ve been to a few locations already and nothing seem to ‘fit’ when I would just throw out a name or two.

"Miss Bliss" 2011 Scamp trailer
“Miss Bliss” 2011 Scamp trailer

This post is more about making sure there is a recording as to the date we decided to call our little camper “Miss Bliss”.  The name for her seems to fit just right.  I now feel a small sense of relief naming the trailer finally, I know it seems silly, but it’s now got a name. 🙂

We’re looking for some end of summer relief this coming week with a local outing, just haven’t decided where yet, more on that later.  Fall is just around the corner and I’m anxious to see that weather come sooner than later.

DIY was not in my vocabulary.

It’s funny how once you reach certain milestones in your life (like hitting 40) you start seeing things differently.  Maybe because of age or maybe because so much has changed in our world since I was in my teens and twenties.

Anyway, I’ve changed careers a few times and I’ve got some new skills since then. A more recent skill is with the use of power tools. I was always the not DIY projects kinda guy, a computer guy with no use for power tools or building things that required them.  So being a noob now with power tools I’ve educated myself with the safety of using them, because I don’t want to lose any body parts while I play. 🙂

As per my last post, we currently use a 5×8 cargo trailer to camp in.  I am not one to modify anything because of the lack of tools, so my options were to look for local services that may be able to.  I found out quickly that having someone installing something, such as a vent on the roof of the trailer, can be very expensive after completed.  That didn’t include possible other installations I wanted such as a window or 2, electric, rv style door w/screen. etc…etc..  It would cost me a fortune to take my trailer somewhere to get this done.  Mind you, I’m in NJ, not too many options in terms of cheap quality work around here in regards to trailers.  I can’t justify spending thousands for that, so I skipped on the rest of the upgrades for now.  I will share tomorrow what I did to make the trailer a little more usable for summer camping.

I’ve been looking at DIY projects now for at least a year and feeling like I can do that.  My wife (Renee`) and I have been wanting to go with a rustic looking coffee table for our living room.  Lots of expensive tables out there!  So I set out to build one, but I had no tools at the time so I got some.

My first attempt at the table (some before and after staining)

Pre stain
Pre stain
Another Pre-staining
Another Pre-staining


I’ve learned a few things during my first build, one of which was to make sure my boards are straight before purchasing them.

But it turns out, character really shines with it the way it is.





It took me about 2 full days to get it completed.  And it was completed just in time for our anniversary!  My wife is very happy with the results. 🙂

Just stained
Just stained
And finally done!
And finally done!


I was a little discouraged when I finally completed it because of the wood not lining up “just right” and the cuts I made were a little off.  Once it was stained though, I have to say that’s when the character of the table really started to shine.  That rustic table I wanted to build was there, exactly how I wanted it.

So ladies and gents, introducing my first DIY coffee table (or anything ever) build at age 43.  I’m proud of these results. 🙂  The actual build (minus the tools) cost a little less than $50 with the wood and stain.  The experience I got from this is priceless, and now with more projects on the horizon!

I am not a hands on guy, so this project was a challenge for me, luckily I had followed some great instructions and didn’t have to go back to buy more wood ;-).  When I purchased the tools I needed I went for the low cost and not the bigger name brands.  I’m a beginner at this, not an everyday user of this stuff so I didn’t need to buy these tools based on a professional level.  The reviews were good so I selected the tools that worked for my budget.

Tools I used included:

  •  Ryobi Circular Saw (I bought new) –
  • Ryobi ZRJS651L 6.1 Amp Variable-Speed Orbital Jigsaw –
  • Ryobi ZRRS290G 2.6 Amp 5 in. Random Orbit Sander –
  • Dewalt DWD112 8.0 Amp 3/8-Inch VSR Pistol-Grip Drill with Keyless All-Metal Chuck (the only power tool I already had)-
  • Square layout tool (so useful! yah, I’m a noob) –
  • A couple of cheap sawhorses from Home Depot
  • 2 boxes of 2.5 inch wood screws. (got extra)
  • A small amount of stain in my wife’s choice of color.

Here’s a great resource of that I followed when I built this table.  If I did this you can too!


GSD puppy – New family member.

A new family member in my life, say hello to Dante.
At 16 weeks he’s a handful and I love him.  For those that want a little more detail, I feed him Solid Gold Wolf cub dog food and he loves it. It rates as a 4 star premium dog food, and after reading about the horrendous crap dog food they sell in most supermarkets (this and this), I decided to feed him based on quality and not price.

Anyhow, Dante already knows sit, lay down, paw, come, stay, walks on a leash and a bunch of other tricks I’ve taught him so far.  He’s smart and is really eager to learn each time I bring out the clicker.  Looking forward to getting out of the “Landshark” phase!

Below we have 15 weeks, 12  weeks, and 8 weeks.