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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Home and Garden Show

For our date night we went to the Dayton Home and Garden show. We ended up have a great time and spending way too much money! The weather was terrible driving there, but was fine coming home.
Our first stop was the Ohio Bird Sanctuary. Travis held a few of the birds. They are open to the pubic to come and see the birds they have rescued.

The vendors are there to help you improve your home and garden. What made the evening relaxing was being able walk past each booth saying, "Sorry, we live in military housing!" We did see some impressive set ups with garden areas and outside patios/kitchens.

Here is where our future sleeping unfolded before us. We tried the bed and decided to finish the show before making a decision.
We walked past one booth that did catch our attention. The company is called Insulspan. They manufacture Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). What are SIPs? They "are high performance building panels used in floors, walls, and roofs for residential and light commercial buildings. The panels are typically made by sandwiching a core of rigid foam plastic insulation between two structural skins of oriented strand board (OSB). The result is a building system that is extremely strong, energy efficient and cost effective. Building with SIPs will save you time, money and labor." After dealing with three different type of insulation while remolding and adding on to our house in Minot, we were very impressed with this building material. It make a house completely air tight saving on energy, of course you have to have a way to cycle air through your house. It is basically wall to wall insulation with no gaps. This company is working on putting together simple house kits that can be shipped to Haiti and put up in a days time. He told us that whole houses can be constructed in three days, once the foundation is set. If you have ever consider building your own home, we would recommend using this. Google it, it will be worth your time.
We did stop to have our rings cleaned and try out an electric massage. Its like a tens (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) unit, but for home use. Travis loved it (he actually hinted about a great birthday present it would make). I hated it! I was hooked up to one for physical therapy. I would've lied to the therapist and got one for free, but I'm not a very good liar!

We found our way to the display tables. The theme was "Game on!" I don't know what the rules were the displays, but they were pretty neat!

Game of Life:
Badminton (The Winner):

Ohio State Football:
Shoots and Ladders:
Playing cards (Bridge, maybe?):
At the end of the evening we walked back over the Sleep Number salesman and put our sleep comfort in the hands a man we met only a short hour ago.
This certainly was the most expensive Home and Garden show we've ever been too! Hopefully, well worth it...we shall see...


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