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Warmer on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:52 PM GMT on February 28, 2010

Today will be sunny with fog patches dissipating this morning. The high is forecast to be -3C(26F).
Tonight will remain clear with a low of -15C(5F)
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The Queen gave me some more independence but I turned it down. She was going to let me walk up the street to the end of the block with Abbey. The neighbors dog was loose and they weren't home. I didn't want to get involved in a pulling contest on the slippery road. Today I'm going to try again.
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Today's History
from BrainyHistory.com

1997 Smokers must prove they are over 18 to purchase cigarettes in US
1995 Denver International Airport opens
1994 Brady Law, imposing a wait-period to buy a hand-gun, went into effect
1935 Nylon discovered by Dr. Wallace H. Carothers
1861 Territories of Nevada and Colorado created

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Updated: 3:08 PM GMT on March 01, 2010

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Clouds and Warmer on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:46 PM GMT on February 27, 2010

Today will start cloudy then becoming sunny with cloudy periods this morning. Fog patches dissipating this morning. A high of -4C(24F) is expected.
Tonight will start cloudy again then clearing after midnight as the overnight low drops to -12C(10F).
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Updated: 12:51 PM GMT on February 28, 2010

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Flurries and a Warming Trend on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:38 PM GMT on February 26, 2010

day will be cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries this morning and early this afternoon. The high is expected to be near -7C(19F).
Tonight will remain cloudy with a low near -14C(6F).


The neighbor took Abbey for a walk yesterday. She's dog sitting for a friend and had 3 dogs in tow but said it went well without too much tangling of leashes.


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The Queen took me shopping yesterday. I've learn t that if I stay close to the cart she can't loose me. We used to go and I'd spend most of my time looking for her. I swear she can go into invisible mode.
My project yesterday as to install a new toilet seat. What used to take 5 minutes took me an hour but I got it done. The bolts holding the old one were corroded and gave me problems. The Queen won't let me use power tools for fear I'll cut myself. I had to loosen them by hand.
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Today's History From Brainy History.Com

1998 Oprah Winfrey beats Texas cattlemen in beef trial
1980 Egypt and Israel exchange ambassadors for 1st time
1952 Prime Minister Winston Churchill announces Britain has its own atomic bomb
1929 President Calvin Coolidge establishes Grand Teton National Park
1907 U.S. Congress raised their own salaries to $7,500
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Updated: 2:45 PM GMT on February 27, 2010

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Warming on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:36 PM GMT on February 25, 2010

Today will bring a mix of sun and cloud with a south wind at 30 km/h (19 mph). A high of -7C(19F) is forecast for today with a wind chill of -25 this morning.
Tonight will start with cloudy periods them becoming cloudy as the south wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becomes light this evening. An overnight low of -13C(8F) is expected.
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The Queen is still cleaning in the basement where my workstation lives. Just as I was about to post this she pulled the plug on my internet connection. She says there should be no wires. lol
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oday's History from BrainyHistory.com
1987 Michael Jordan, scores Chicago Bulls record 58 points in a game
1987 U.S. Supreme Court upholds affirmative action, 5-4
1919 League of Nations set up by Paris Treaty
1879 Congress passed 1st Timberland Protection Act
1862 Paper currency introduced in U.S. by President Abraham Lincoln

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Updated: 2:31 PM GMT on February 26, 2010

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A Cold Morning on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:44 PM GMT on February 24, 2010

Today will be sunny with the wind becoming south at 20 km/h (12 mph) near noon. A high of -10C(14F) is forecast.
Tonight will bring increasing cloudiness with the southerly flow continuing at 30 km/h (19 mph). The overnight low is expected to be near -15C(5F) with the wind causing a wind chill of-26.
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Today's History from Brainy History.com
1989 150-million-year-old fossil egg found
1987 Los Angeles Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores his 36,000th NBA point
1977 President Carter announces U.S. foreign aid will consider human rights
1938 Du Pont begins commercial production of nylon toothbrush bristles
1903 U.S. signs agreement acquiring a naval station at Guantanamo
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Updated: 2:33 PM GMT on February 25, 2010

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A Bitter Wind on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:50 PM GMT on February 23, 2010

Today will be sunny with a 15 km/h(9 mph) wind. The high is expeccted to be near-15C(5F) with a wind chill -33 this morning.
Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of -26C(-15F).
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I'm running late this morning, the Queen had to drop of the youngest daughter at school and is in the middle of clearing clutter. I could never understand why my stuff is clutter and her's is all keepable. lol
My daughter in Newfoundland sent me her first published editorial from the St. John's Telegram. It's good read but she may have the energy sector on her doorstep.
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Updated: 1:41 PM GMT on February 24, 2010

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A Cool Night Expected on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:27 PM GMT on February 22, 2010

Today will bring increasing cloudiness with a 30% chance of flurries this morning that will continue into the afternoon. A hugh of -7C(19F) is expected.
Tonight will bring more flurries ending this evening then clearing. T he wind will be northerly at 20 km/h (12 mph). Low -23C(-9F) causing a wind chill of -33c.
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I'm feeling good this morning. The flu systems have all but disappeared. The leg is almost normal with just a bit of heaviness left. Hopefully that will recover. By summer I still may be able to get out with Abbey on gopher hunts if the vision improves abit.
The Queen is watching me like a hawk.If she has to leave me alone for a short time I'm on orders not to leave the chair she left me in. I hope I don't have to go to the washroom whiles she's gone.
That is one great woman I have!
Thanks to all my supporters here and to Unclemush for keeping my day in history up to date
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Updated: 2:49 PM GMT on February 23, 2010

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I won't Give Up

By: plapman, 10:00 PM GMT on February 21, 2010

Today
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. High -5C(23F).
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Tonight
Cloudy periods. Becoming cloudy overnight. Low -17C(1F).
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I woke up this morning with difficulty moving my left leg and more vision loss. A trip to emergency confirmed another stroke. I'm sure getting to be a pain in the butt for the Queen. Luckily I can still read my screen and am still mobile. The emergency room doctor is fast tracking my next appointment with my own doctor and a trip to Winnipeg in the near future for another ultra sound of the clot living in my heart that is causing all the problems. This thing is not going to beat me!

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Updated: 2:20 PM GMT on February 22, 2010

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More Flurries on the Prairie

By: plapman, 3:36 PM GMT on February 20, 2010

Today
Flurries. High -7C(19F).
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Tonight
Flurries. Low -12C(10F)
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I seem to have caught the same bug as Alleyoops. I think I'm off for a nap too.

Updated: 9:35 PM GMT on February 21, 2010

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Mild With Snow Flurries on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:57 PM GMT on February 19, 2010

Today will be cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries. Fog dissipating this morning.The high is expected to be near -5C(23F).
Tonight will remain cloudy with the 60% chance of flurries continuing. There will be fog patches developing this evening with an overnight low of -10C(14F) expected.
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Abby and me never got out yesterday but I found a streetview picture of us on GoogleEarth. I remember seeing a van with something mounted on the roof last summer while on one of our walks. The next day's news said GoogleEarth had been photographing Portage. Earlier this week the photos were put online. After searching near the location where I saw the van I found Abby on her gopher hunt and me walking along the tracks.
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Still Mild on the prairie

By: plapman, 2:44 PM GMT on February 18, 2010

Today will be cloudy with sunny periods and a 30% chance of flurries this morning. Fog patches this morning. The high is expected to be near -5C(23F).
Tonight will be overcast with a low of -10C(14F).
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The Queen and my sisters have finished clearing the clutter from the house. There should be a law passed that no one can live in the same house for 60 years.
The Queen says she's going to try and get Abby and me out for a walk today. That will be a welcome break.
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Almost Melting on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:40 PM GMT on February 17, 2010

Today will be sunny with a high near -4C(24F).
Tonight will bring a few clouds and an overnight low of -14C(6F).
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The Queen and my sisters are still working all day at my mothers house so me and Abby are still stuck at home. The Queen hasn't given me the OK to venture on a walk with just Abby as a guide.
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Today's History from BrAINYhISTORY.COM

1959 1st weather satellite launched, Vanguard 2, 9.8 kg
1947 Voice of America begins broadcasting to U.S.S.R.
1933 1st issue of Newsweek magazine published
1867 1st ship passes through Suez Canal
1801 House breaks electoral college tie, chooses Jefferson President over Burr
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Updated: 1:43 PM GMT on February 17, 2010

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Sunny and Warming on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:17 PM GMT on February 16, 2010

Today will be sunny wih a southwest wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light this morning. A high of -7C(19F) is expected.
Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of -20C(-4F).
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I found my history link today and put the facts in. Thank you Uncle Mush for keeping it up to date.
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Today's History from BrainyHistory.Com
1997 At age 25, Jeff Gordon is youngest winner in Daytona 500 history
1988 1st documented combat action by U.S. military advisors in El Salvador
1932 1st patent issued for a tree, to James Markham for a peach tree
1887 1st newspaper convention in Rochester, New York
1878 Silver dollar became U.S. legal tender

Updated: 1:39 PM GMT on February 17, 2010

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Sunshine on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:19 PM GMT on February 15, 2010

Today will be sunny with a norh wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light this morning. A high of -8C(17F) with a wind chill of -27 this morning is expected.
Tonight wil remain clear with an overnight low of -17C(1F).
The Queen made an interesting discovery at my mothers yesterday. She came across an old newspaper clippng of a marriage of one of jer high school friend whom she hasn't seen in over 40 years. The marriage took place in England. She googled the name and found a son on Facebook. She contacted the son and the 2 friends should be able to contact each other.
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Updated: 2:13 PM GMT on February 16, 2010

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Clear and Cold on the Northern EDge

By: plapman, 2:03 PM GMT on February 14, 2010

Today will be sunny with a northwest wind at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph). The high will be near -9C(15F) with a wind chill of -27 this morning.
Tonight will remain clear with a north wind at 30 km/h (19 mph). The overnight low will be near-16C(3F) and the wind will make it feel like -26.
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Today the Queen and my 2 sisters are challenging the daunting task of sorting out my mothers possessions. The Queen says that being a packrat must be hereditary.
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I haven't been able to get away without the Queen for something for Valentines Day. I guess I'll have to wrap a red ribbon around myself and lay in wait for her to find me.
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Updated: 1:14 PM GMT on February 15, 2010

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Clearing on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:18 PM GMT on February 13, 2010

Today will see the snow ending near noon then clearing with 2 cm(0.8 in) accumulating. The wind will become northerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) this afternoon with a high near -8C(17F).
Tonight will see a few clouds lingering with a north wnd at 20 km/h (12 mph) overnight. The overnight low will be near -18C(0F) with a Wind chill of -27.
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I 'd like to thank those that visited this site and offered condolences. my mother is now resting between my father and her father.
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Updated: 2:02 PM GMT on February 14, 2010

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A Funeral Today on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:29 PM GMT on February 12, 2010

Today
Cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries this afternoon. High -6C(21F).
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Tonight
Light snow. Low -14C(6F)
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It's going to be a rough day today as we lay my mother to rest. She'll be happy though to be beside my father again after 30 years without him.
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Updated: 2:18 PM GMT on February 13, 2010

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Clouds and Cool on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:04 PM GMT on February 11, 2010

Today will be cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries. The wind up to 15 km/h (9 mph). High -11C(12F) causing a wind chill of -30 this morning.
Tonight will remain cloudy with an overnight low of -17C(1F).
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A busy day yesteday getting funeral arrangements in order.
Today I get prisms installed on my glasses to help with peripheral vision.
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Updated: 2:26 PM GMT on February 12, 2010

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Cold on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:44 PM GMT on February 10, 2010

Today will be sunny with fog patches dissipating this morning. The wind will be up to 15 km/h (9 mph).A high of -11C(12F) with a wind chillnear -29 this morning is expected.
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Tonight will start clear then increasing cloudiness after midnight. The wind will be southeast at 20 km/h (12 mph) then becoming light this evening with a low near -16C(3F).
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My mother passed away yesterday morning. She would have been 83 on March 28. She went very peacefully surrounded by family.
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Updated: 2:01 PM GMT on February 11, 2010

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Sunshine on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:11 PM GMT on February 09, 2010

Today will be sunny with a high near -11C(12F).
Tonight will remain clear with a low of -23C(-9F).
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It was another quiet day on the prairie yesterday. The Queen and me went to thr hospital to visit my mother but she was sleeping so we left.
I made a big mistake yesterday. I mentioned to the Queen that I was getting bored. She says she'd help with that by letting me attempt the laundry. THat wasn't the time filler I was looking for. lol
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Updated: 1:43 PM GMT on February 10, 2010

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Clearing on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:09 PM GMT on February 08, 2010

oday wll be cloudy with sunny periods and a 30% chance of flurries this morning. Clearing this afternoon with a high near -9C(15F).
Tonight will start clear then increasing cloudiness late this evening. An overnight low of -14C(6F) is forecast.
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We had a quiet day on the prairie yesterday. The Queen's snow removal crew did thier job around noon but will be back today. We only got out once for a milk run and to top off the gas in the car.
The school buses aren't running today in the school division so the rural kids get a day off. The youngest daughter dosen't feel that it's fair that she has to walk to school and was not impressed with my offer of snowshoes.
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Updated: 2:10 PM GMT on February 09, 2010

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Snow and Blowing Snow on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:23 PM GMT on February 07, 2010

Today will bring periods of snow and local blowing snow. Amount 2 to 4 cm(0.8 to 1.6 in). The wind will be northwest at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph). A high near High -14C(6F) is forecast but the wind will cause a wind chill of -29.
Tonight will see the snow ending after midnight then cloudy with another 2 to 4 cm(0.8 to 1.6 in) expected. Local blowing snow early this evening with the wind from the northwest at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) then becoming north at 20 km/h (12 mph) this evening. The temperature will rise to -8C(17F) by morning but the wind chillwill make it feel like -25.
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Lucky Abbey got 2 walks yesterday. The Queen to her and me for a short trip around the block in the morning then one of the granddaughters friends took Abbey out again in the late afternoon. It was good news for Abbey both the walks and a glowing report of her handling ease from the friend. She said Abbey was the best behaved dog she's ever walked.
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Winter Weather Statement

Special Weather Statement issued for regions of southern Manitoba by
Environment Canada at 4:19 am CST Sunday 7 February 2010.

Special Weather Statement issued for..
City of Winnipeg
Steinbach - St. Adolphe - Dominion City - Vita - Richer
Selkirk - Gimli - Stonewall - Woodlands - Eriksdale
Dugald - Beausejour - Grand Beach
Portage la Prairie - Headingley - Brunkild - Carman
Morden - Winkler - Altona - Emerson - Morris
Bissett - Nopiming Provincial Park - Pine Falls
Whiteshell - Lac Du Bonnet - Pinawa
Sprague - Northwest Angle Provincial Forest
Brandon - Carberry - Treherne
Minnedosa - Neepawa - Russell - Riding Mountain National Park
Ste. Rose - Mccreary - Alonsa - Gladstone.

...Snow easing over southern Manitoba. Local blowing snow today
into this evening over Red River valley and western Manitoba..

Snow is starting to ease up over southern Manitoba early this morning
as a trough of low pressure slowly pushes east of the Red River
valley. About 7 cm of snow has fallen in Winnipeg overnight with 4
to 5 cm in Brandon. Radar indicates 10 to 15 cm likely fell over the
ste rose and minnedosa regions. Additional snow is likely today into
this evening over much of southern Manitoba but additional
accumulations should be around 5 cm or so. As a result the Winter
Storm Warning is ended. North winds gusting to 50 or 60 km/h are
possible today over the Red River valley and western Manitoba which
will cause locally reduced visibilities at times in blowing snow
along with falling temperatures. Even though the Winter Storm
Warning is ended motorists should take extra care on area roadways
today into this evening due to this latest snowfall along with
locally reduced visibilities in blowing snow.

Conditions are expected to improve across southern Manitoba tonight
as this system pulls into North Dakota.

Please refer to the latest public forecasts for further details.

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Updated: 2:04 PM GMT on February 08, 2010

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More Snow on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:50 PM GMT on February 06, 2010

Today will be cloudy with periods of snow beginning early this morning. Amount 2 to 4 cm(0.8 to 1.6 in). the high will be near -3C(26F).
Tonight will bring more snow. Amount 5 cm(2.0 in). The wind becoming north at 20 km/h (12 mph) near midnight. The overnight low is expected to be near -16C(3F).
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The optometrist will be leaving me with my current glasses but making some adjustments and will be adding 2 prism devices to help with the peripheral vision. The prisms won't make driving safe but with some practice I should be able to go for walks with only Abbey as an escort. He's also referring me to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind CNIB(. They should be able to give me help on how to function better.
I suggested I should get Abbey a service dog collar but the Queen says the first bunny or gopher that came into Abbey's view would have me half way across a field. You never know, after a year or so with Abbey training me, I might be able to run fast enough to catch my own bunnies.
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Updated: 2:19 PM GMT on February 07, 2010

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Flurries for the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:12 PM GMT on February 05, 2010

oday Will be cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries late this afternoon and a high near -6C(21F).
Tonight will remain cloudy with the 30% chance of flurries continuing. The temperature will remain steady near -6C(21F).
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I've an appointment with the optometrist today. I'm not sure if he can help but the physio lady said to give it a try. The glasses I have now defiantly make a difference so there must be something working in the focus area of my head.
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Updated: 2:43 PM GMT on February 06, 2010

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Warming on the Prairie

By: plapman, 3:09 PM GMT on February 04, 2010

Today will see a few clouds becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High -10C(14F).
Tonight will bring cloudy periods with a low near -15C(5F).
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I waited up for the Queen last night till 12:30. That's the latest I've been up in a while. This morning I slept in till 8:30. I think that's a better schedule.
I had company yesterday. A friend I used to work with dropped in and took me out for coffee in the morning and another friend dropped in in the afternoon after the Queen went to work. It sure made the day go past quicker.
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Updated: 2:10 PM GMT on February 05, 2010

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More Flurries For THe Northern Edge

By: plapman, 1:49 PM GMT on February 03, 2010

Today will br cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries early this morning then a mix of sun and cloud. The wind will be from the south at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light near noon. A high of -9C(15F) is expected. The wind chill factor is -27 this morning.
Tonight will start clear then becoming cloudy periods this evening with an overnight low of -15C(5F).
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I spent another evening without the queen last night and am settling into domestic duties. last nights chores included getting the garbage outside into a can and the never ending dishes. I also printed up some of her genealogy documents for her. Though not big jobs but they do pass the time. Boredom is getting to be my biggest enemy now.
The Queen handed in her resignation last night but was offered a 6 month leave of absence starting in March. We've been discussing her retirement for some time and thought this was a good time. She'll make her final decision in August before she is scheduled to return.
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Updated: 3:08 PM GMT on February 04, 2010

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Snow Flurries on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:31 PM GMT on February 02, 2010

Today will bring periods of light snow ending this morning then a mix of sun and cloud but a 60% chance of flurries late this afternoon will continue. The hgh today will be near -13C(8F).
Tonight will be cloudy with 60% chance of flurries and a low of -18C(0F).
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I managed to make it through the evening without the Queen. She came home around 1am and is still snoring.
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Updated: 1:33 PM GMT on February 02, 2010

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A Bit More Snow on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:45 PM GMT on February 01, 2010

Today will start sunny then increasing cloudiness late this morning with a high near -16C(3F).
Tonight will be cloudy with periods of light snow beginning late this evening. The temperature will remain steady near -18C(0F).
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The Queen gave me a new job yesterday. I'm now incharge of loading and unloading the dishwasher. I surprized her this morning when I made the bed after getting up.
She goes back to work this afternoon, leaving me incharge of the granddaughter. I guess I've been too independent and will be losing the best home care lady till near midnight.
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I also remembered to move the garbage can yesterday


Updated: 1:30 PM GMT on February 02, 2010

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