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North Winds Will Cause Flooding on the Southern Shores of Lake Manitoba

By: plapman, 11:17 AM GMT on May 31, 2011

Today will bring showers along with the risk of a thunderstorm early this morning. Amount 10 to 15 mm


(0.4 to 0.6 in). The wind northwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) increasing to 50 km/h (31 mph) gusting to 70 km/h (43 mph) this morning. The temperature falling to 7C(45F) this afternoon.
Tonight will see moreshowers ending this evening then clearing. The wind will start strong from the northwest 50 km/h (31 mph) gusting to 70 km/h (43 mph) then becoming light late this evening. Temperature steady near 8C(46F).
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The strong NW winds will raise havoc with cottage owners and farmers on the south side of Lake Manitoba. Both Lake Manitoba and Lake Winipeg are hour glass shaped lakes and with strong northerly winds water gets pushed from the north pool into the southern pool. A strong wind can raise the southern pools as much as 3 feet.Lake Manitoba is already at flood stage and cottage ownwers and farmers are building dykes to protect thier property.
I just heard on the news that some of the communities on Lake Manitoba are under evacuation notice.

Updated: 12:31 PM GMT on June 01, 2011

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A Quiet Day and Great Meal on the Prairie

By: plapman, 11:26 AM GMT on May 30, 2011



Today WILL BE Cloudy again withrain beginning this morning. Thunderstorms late this afternoon. The wind becoming easterly at 30 km/h (19 mph) early this morning. The high 15C(59F).
Tonight will bring showers with thunderstorms. Amount 10 mm(0.4 in). The wind east at 30 km/h (19 mph).Tonights overnight low will be 12C(54F).
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It was a quiet day on the prairie yesterday. All I had to do was get the garbage and recyclling out to the curb.The Queen took me shopping and I had anafternoon nap.We had chicken. mashed potsoes, gravy, bsby carrots and her mothers lemon pie for desert. The Queen and her mother sure are better cooks than me!
I've asked the Queen to park her car further up the driveway as it was blocking the view for my webcam. I sure wish I could get the youngest daughter into the spare bedroom so I could have my computer room back and get a better view with the webcam. The Queen says she's not allowing that untill the room is kept tidy without dirty lcothes and junk all over the floor. I'm afaid to go in there fearing I'll trip and end up on the floor.

Updated: 11:27 AM GMT on May 31, 2011

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A Tornado Warning and Dogs at Play

By: plapman, 12:12 PM GMT on May 29, 2011




Today will be cloudy with a high of 15C(59F).
Tonight will remain cloudy with rain beginning overnight. The low will be 5C(41F).
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Yesterday I had a tornado warning on my cell. I have a plan with the weather network where they text me a message of any weather adviories. I guess the Northern Edge not only has to put up with the cold but also the odd tornado. Nothing developed other than the odd sound of thunder. The last one in this region was at Elie, 24 miles east of Portage. It's a good thing the events are few and far between. The last tornado to strike Portage was in 1929 and ripped the roof off of a church and did other minor damage.
Yesterday I waited till about 3:00 for the grandsons to come and cut the grass. It turned out they had a birthday party to attend so I did it musellf. It looks like I can remain independant on that front.
While I was out the neighbor lady came out and we had a chat. Her husband is off on a bear hunting trip.
Abbey followed me there and met up with her friend Fox, thier dog. The neighbor put them in her back yyard and let them play. From the growling and barking going on you'd think they were the worst enimies but ift was all in play.When I finished the lawn I brought Abbey home panting. She must have had a good workout which took the place of our walk.

Updated: 2:05 PM GMT on May 30, 2011

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Long Grass For Sale and Old People

By: plapman, 11:42 AM GMT on May 28, 2011




Today willstart sunny with cloudy periods the it will bring increasing cloudiness this morning with showers or thunderstorms beginning near noon. Todays high will be16C(61F).
Tonight will be coudy with a 60%chance of showers and an overnight low of 6C(43F).
It looks like another deary weekend on the prairie. I've ad the grandsons lined up to rake the leaves and cut the grass since the snow melted. It seems it rains every eekend and they can't do it. The grass in the back yard has grown through the leaves is i just about ready to cut and bale it. I'll soon be able.
sell the bales to the local cattle farmers.
Yesterday I told the Queen I should quit going over to the friends who's afraid of my condition. She said NO, your not going to barricade yourself in the house. My mother did that after a stroke left her imobile and She wouldn't even let people take for walks in her wheelchair. I have agree with the Queen. That's not the lifestyle I want to live.
I had an uncle drop in for coffee yesterday. He's 81 and in great shape. I saw him last summer outside painting his house. Out of the 10 child family my grandparents had it's only him and a 86 year old aunt left. She's not in as good a condition as him. Macular Degeneration has robbed her of her vision and she suffered a stroke which has slurred her speech. THey both live in thier own homes with thier spouses.
My uncle was amazed at Abbey's understanding of English. She was in her usual place at my feet and he said he didn't come to see me but came to see my dog.Abbey got up aand went to him for a pet. She sure is an intelligent dog.

Updated: 11:40 AM GMT on May 29, 2011

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More Rain on the Prairie and a Jealous Dog

By: plapman, 12:01 PM GMT on May 27, 2011



Today will be coudy with rain beginning early this morning and ending late this afternoon with 5 mm(0.2 in expected. The wind becoming southeast at 30 km/h (19 mph) early this morning then light late this afternoon. Today's high will only be 11C(52F).
Tonight will start cloudy with a 30% chance of rain early this evening then clearing overnight. The low 6C(43F).
I got Abbey out for s short walk yesrerday but today it looks like we're housebound again.She sure ges excited when I put on my blaze orange vest knowing it's walk time.
Kramers been making friends with me. he climbs up on the couch and gets peted while I'm watching tv. He's a strange cat I've never heard him purr This can only happen when Abbey's outside. When he comes close while Abbeys in she shows her hearding instints and herds him away.She sure is a lealous bitch.

Updated: 11:39 AM GMT on May 28, 2011

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A Throughily P'd off Queen Another Siezure and Old Memories

By: plapman, 11:55 AM GMT on May 26, 2011

Click for Portage Southport, Manitoba Forecast
Today will be sunny with a high of 17C(63F).
Tonight will start clear then see increasing cloudiness overnight with a low 4C(39F).
Yesterday I found a way to get quickly moved to the head of the line at the ER.
I was hesring a tickicking sound like water dripping only it slow down and speed up.I woke at 3am and thiught it was the youngest daguhter playing with her Xbox gamee based on the beatles. I got up to quiet her down but when I opened her door she was sound asleeep. I went back to bed and when I got up the sound was still there. Noone else could hear it. I went outside to see if it was something in the house but it contiued. The Queen took me to the ER and as she was giving the nursee at the desk my details my arm started twitching in my old chicken dance. I gotup and told the Queen I needed a place to lie down. She got me on the floor right in front of the ER. Soon my whole body became involved in the siezure.It wasn't long before 2 nurses helped me into a wheelchair and rolled me to a bed. The doctor on duty came looked at me and sid it's not a siezure he's still consious and can talk, closed the curtain and left. The not a siezure lasted about 20 minutes then starteed to subside.The doctor then sent me home.The Queen is realy P'd off and is going to contact my family doctor today and ask him when he think's it's appropriate to bring me in. She would like to have a doctor see what I do and document it in a professional point of view and not be thought of as an overreacting and overprotective wife. The siezures have now been labeled pseudo siezures and it's sticking. I hope my nuerologist can find the cause and correct the problem but I don't see the siezure speacalist till November. It's strange I never had the usual uara before this one. There's no ticking sound today thank goodness as it went on till I went to bed last night.
On the lighter side if we ever decide to throw a block party and the nieghbors invite out of town relatives I;m in big trouble.Yesterday when I was coming home with Abbey I saw a lady watering her newly planted shrubs. She lives about 4 houses down from me and had moved in late last fall. I hadn't had a chance to introduce myself so I took the opertunity. When I told her my name she said I remember you, you used to date my sister. AS we were chating the lady next door came to join in whomI've known them for years and used to date her husbands sister. If they block party comes about I'll be surrounded by old girlfriends and the Queen.LOL it's a good thing there's been no secrets between me and the Queen and she knows about those old flames.

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Updated: 11:59 AM GMT on May 26, 2011

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Flood Compensation,Doctors. confusion and banock

By: plapman, 11:06 AM GMT on May 25, 2011



Todaywill be sunny with thw wind becoming north at 20 km/h (12 mph) this morning. The high will be14C(57F).
Tonight will remain clea with the north wind at20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light early this evening. The overnight low will be -2C(28F) with frost.

The provincial goverment has annouced 100% compensation for those affected by the controlled breach of the Assiniboine R dykes at the Hoop and Hollar bend.
I've included the story copied from Portage Online.com
The breach at the Hoop and Holler corner



Premier Greg Selinger announced this morning a $175 million plan aimed at dealing with the aftermath of the 2011 flood season.



The Flood 2011 Building and Recovery Action Plan is a three-part strategy to build for the future, strengthen communities, and help families, and producers. "Our priority is helping families, businesses and communities deal with the flood and come out of this stronger," said Selinger. "The Building and Recovery Action Plan is focused on flood mitigation, economic recovery, infrastructure renewal and compensation."

Here are the details of the plan according to a news release from the Government of Manitoba:

BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE
The Building and Recovery Action Plan will strengthen the province and the ability of local communities to cope with future floods by expanding mitigation and flood control projects, said Selinger.

The projects will include:
· Modernization of the Shellmouth Dam control structure and the addition of spillway gates to improve flood-protection capacities.
· Construction of flood protection, in consultation with the City of Brandon, up to a 1-in-300-year level.
· Major rehabilitation and modernization of the Portage Diversion river-control structure.
· Repair of and making permanent the Assiniboine River dikes built over the winter between Portage and Baie St. Paul.
· Assessment of alternatives to enhance the capacity of the Assiniboine River, Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin flood-control systems including options to increase outflow from Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin.
· Extension of the community diking program for an additional two years to build more dikes including in the Assiniboine basin.
· Expansion and extension of the province’s Individual Flood Mitigation Program to help more families and businesses protect their homes and property.

With water levels continuing to rise on Lake Manitoba, municipalities, and home and cottage owners around Lake Manitoba will have access to significant financial support to hire engineers to identify effective flood proofing measures, said the premier.

Financial support of up to 90 per cent of the cost of raising or moving homes and cottages on Lake Manitoba to protect against damage from flooding and storms will also be available (to a maximum of $20,000).

HELPING FAMILIES AND PRODUCERS
To cope with this year’s unprecedented flooding, extraordinary steps were taken to protect homes and property in the Assiniboine River basin including the controlled release of water at the Hoop and Holler Bend and the diversion of water above and beyond normal capacity to Lake Manitoba. As a result, the Building and Recovery Action Plan will provide special assistance in these unique circumstances, said Selinger.

Hoop and Holler Compensation Program
· 100 per cent support for families, businesses and producers in the controlled release area and area of the Portage Diversion to restore their homes and property to pre-flood conditions.
· Compensation for expenses including lost wages incurred as a result of protecting and restoring property from flood damage.
· Compensation for employment and business income loss. Compensation may be extended for expected business-income losses in future years.
· Families, businesses and producers in the controlled release area and area of the Portage Diversion will be contacted by provincial officials to provide program details and assist with completing compensation applications.
Lake Manitoba Financial Assistance Program
· Financial assistance for families with rented or owned year-round homes will be covered for actual expenses incurred to protect property to a maximum of $10,000 as well as reasonable expenses for restoring property to its original condition. Support will be available with a reduced copayment of 10 per cent, down from 20 per cent, to a maximum of $200,000. Financial assistance will be provided to families with cottages that are not a primary residence for repairs to structural damage. A 10 per cent copayment will be applied up to a total provincial contribution of $90,000.
· Copayments may be waived if permanent flood protection is put in place.

STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES
In recognition of the immense scale and scope of this year’s flood, with vast overland flooding affecting areas from The Pas to the U.S. border and from Saskatchewan to eastern Manitoba, the Building and Recovery Action Plan will provide new supports to communities to rebuild infrastructure and stimulate economic activity including:

· Advances of up to 60 per cent or $100,000, whichever is greater, of repair costs will be made to municipalities against disaster financial assistance claims. These advances, along with the improvement of a $5 per-capita cap on municipal cost sharing introduced in 2009, will allow municipalities to more quickly restore roads and other infrastructure.
· Economic Recovery Grants of up to $100,000 will help municipalities and qualifying organizations in the Assiniboine Basin, around Lake Manitoba and the Interlake restore economic activity, encourage community engagement and support economic diversification strategies.

The premier also noted Tuesday the Government of Canada has been an important partner in the fight against this flood, providing strong support through the Canadian military and the national Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements.

The prime minister has committed to cost-share critical permanent pre-flood mitigation costs and to work with all provinces and territories to develop a new long-term national disaster mitigation program, said Selinger. He added that, further to his recent discussions with the prime minister concerning the need for a special compensation program this year, details of the Flood 2011 Building and Recovery Action Plan are being shared with the federal government for review and consideration of possible federal participation.

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The Queen has noticed that I'm having aura's now and not remembering them. I had a doctor's appointment yesterday and she informed him of the new symptem. He said he's going to inform my nuerologist and has prescribed a new med. I'm also getting alot of confusion lately. If the Queen hadn't been there to guide me out of the doctor's office I'd still be looking for the way out.

The granddaughter made her first pan of bannock yesterday and brought it over for my approval. It's really good. Bannock is a heavy tradional Metis bisciut that can either be baked in the oven, fried in a pan oreven cooked over an open fire on a stick like a hotdog.
I was home alone last night for supper and had a salmon patty in a banock bun. I thought it was really good and it sure is filling.
WWith sunny day forecast I should be able to get Abbey out for a walk today. I've goten her some weight control food as sugested by the vet.I'm not sure if it will work as she really likes it and just gobbles her daily portion down. Her old food used to sit till the next morning before she emptied her bowl. Kramer the cat should go on a diet too. Everyone remarks what a big cat he is and is he heavy.
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Updated: 11:55 AM GMT on May 26, 2011

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A Friend With Fears

By: plapman, 10:16 AM GMT on May 24, 2011



Today will be cloudy with sunny periods but clearing early this afternoon. The high will only be 13C(55F).
Tonight will be clear with an overnight low of0C(32F) with frost. I wish it would warm up on the prairie. I never got abbey out yesterday because along with the cool teemps we had a 30km/ hour wind.
I guess the cool temps aren't bad when you see what happened in Joplin.The devastation there is terible.
I have a friend who's been afraid of something happening to me while I'm at his place. He felt the Queen would blame him. Yesterday I went there for cofffee and explained that I don't just fall over when I have a sierzure but I usally get a warning aura of a tingling in my arms and legs and my face goes numb before the siezure strikes. I told him when I get the aura I lie down be it on the floor or elsewhere. It doesn't matter to me. I told him that when I lying down if my arms start flapping in my chicken dance just leave me there it will be over shortly and that the doctor told me it wasn't harmful but if my whole body is involved to call 911 for an ambulance and that the paramedics pretty well all know me and my condition by now and the ER staff all know me.I also told him the Queen's work number is in my address book on my cell and to let her know if I was taken to the ER. Just after I'd finished explaining what to do I had an aura. I went and layed down on the living room floor and he called the Queen who quickly came and brought me home where I had a 2 hour nap with no siezure. When I wke up I called hom and told him it was a false alarm. It must be scary for people who haven't experienced my siezures before. I hope my explanation of what to do quells his fears. He's a good friend and we used to have coffee together often.



Updated: 11:04 AM GMT on May 25, 2011

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A Tribute to the Military Flood Fighters

By: plapman, 12:20 PM GMT on May 23, 2011

Click for Portage Southport, Manitoba Forecast

Today will start cloudy then becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. The wind becoming north at 30 km/h (19 mph) early this morning. The jigh will only be 13C(55F).
Tonight will be clear with a north wind at 30 km/h (19 mph) becoming light early this evening. Tonights low will be 1C(34F) with risk of frost.
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I've got the new webcam running but have forgotten my password to FTP the picture to WU. I contacted them and asked them to reset it or send it to via email. I keep my passwords in a program on the computer and have never printered them out. I have the database backed up on an external drive but infortunatly the program I used encrypts them and I can't read them.

I've made a habit of stopping any armed forces personal, here on flood duty, and thanking them for the help thier providing. It realy surprizes them but I think thier grateful for the recognition of thier work.
I worked with the Princess Patrica Canadian Light Infintry in Emerson Manitoba in 1979. Those guys go all out when asked to do something. My job was to sit in the command post with the CO on duty and go out and inspect any reports of possible leaks the military men patrolling the dykes the found. At about 3am one morning they reported erosion on one of the the teperary dykes along the highway due to wave acton. I didn't want to call anybody out to work on the wet side of the dyke in the dark but as soon as dawn broke I asked the CO for about 30 men. hey were there in less than 20 minutes wih no breakfast. I had them roll out poly along the eroded area and hold it in place with sandbags both in the water and to the top of the dyke. Those poor soldiers were in the cold water up to thier waist with no protective waders. When my shift was over at 8am I the CO invited me for
From my Basement Window
From My Basement Windowbreakfast at thier cook tent outside a school gym where they were quartered then went to bed. When I got up around 2pm they were still in the water working but had changed personal a couple of times to let the men warm up and get dry uniforms.
Strangely the PPCLI was the same regiment my father derved in in WW2.
Those guys sure know how to party too. When the flood danger had past and they were going back to thier home barracks they flew in ,by helicopter, the regimental band consisting of pipes and drums who gave a great preformance and a twin rotor helicopter loaded with beer. The beer was sold at a no tax rate and you could get 1 bottle or a dozen case. It was a night I'll always remember. I was driven back to my motel room in the colnel's jeep along the railway tracks. lol what a rough ride that was.

Updated: 11:18 PM GMT on May 23, 2011

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A Night Out With the Queen and a Late Spring Declutering

By: plapman, 12:02 PM GMT on May 22, 2011

Click for Portage Southport, Manitoba Forecast

Today will remain cloudy with a 30% chance of showers this afternoon. Fog patches dissipating this morning. The high is expected to be 19C(66F).
Tonight will bring cloudy periods with a 30% chance of showers early this evening. The overnight low will be 11C(52F).
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The Queen gave me a break in my Dorthy Domestic duties last night. When she called to check up on me, which she does several of times a shift, I asked her what she wanted for supper when she got home. She said we were going out for the meal. WE went to a Greek resturant and both had Chicken Slovaki and a Greek salad. It sure beat the meals I make.
The new computer and Windows 7 is getting more and more expensive. I had to replace my scanner with an all in one printer/scanner,buy the latest version of my photo editing software and today I'll have to pick up a new webcam.
I did a cleanup of my old computers, some working some not, yesterday and am taking 4 computers, 2 scanners, 3 webcams,3 monitors and a couple of printers to the electronic recycle place today. I'd make a good candidate for the tv show Hoarders, lol
The cleanup of the old electronics and my plans of disposing of them sure made the Queen happy.

Updated: 11:25 PM GMT on May 23, 2011

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More Rain on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:21 PM GMT on May 21, 2011


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Today will bring periods of rain with 10 to 15 mm(0.4 to 0.6 in) expected. The wind will be from the east at 30 km/h (19 mph).The temperature will remain steady near 16C(61F).
Tonight
The periods of rain will continue with another 5 mm(0.2 in) expected. The wind will remain easterly at 30 km/h (19 mph) but bcoming light early this evening. Tonights low will be 13C(55F).
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Thanks to YLee I can now post the local weather in Metric as well as English.
They've closed the breach in the Assiniboine river dyke but warned that it could only be temperary. The rain expected this weekend will cause river levels to rise and it may have to be opeden again. I called the old workmates at the Portage Diversion control structure and the diversion is still running at 2000 cu ft per second over capacity.
Cottage owners on Lake Manitoba are busy sandbagging thier cottages due to the high lake level which is caused by the extra input from the diversion. Shortly after the last iceage the river ran naturly into Lake MManitoba. Over time its cut a new channel and empties into the Red River in Winnipeg. Then goes to Lake Winnipeg.You can still see parts of the old channel on Google Earth.
The Queen is working mid shift this weekend and is home at 7:30 She always says she wants something simple for supper so I usaualing make burgers and fries or something like that. Last night I heated up a can of Ckicken ala King soup and served it to her over toast. She said it was delisious and had 2 servings.
I still haven't found my webcam software so the camera is running but not uploading the pictures. I'll have to find that software and get the camera transmitting again.
Yesterday I got the trial software that comes with a new computer and installed my antivirus,Microsoft Office and my Paint Shop Pro photo editor.. If the computer companys are going to give you extras they shouldgive the full version.

Updated: 12:26 PM GMT on May 22, 2011

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Another Trip to Feed the Vampires

By: plapman, 11:52 AM GMT on May 20, 2011


Today will be mostly Cloudy with a high of 23 °C. The wind will be ESE aat 16 km/h.
Tonight there is rhe chance of Rain and a low of14 °C. The wind will be ENE at 13 - 24 km/h.There is a 70% chance of precipitation (water equivalent of 2.0 mm).
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I went in to see my family doctor yesterday and he was happy I went for another EEG and have seen a siezure specialist. He never referred me to him but another dr I saw in the ER did. The spealist was upset that he never recieved any information on my case from my doctor but he'll be getting a full report now from my family doctor.
I'm off to feed the vampires again today as my INR levels have been on the low side the last 2 tests and my doctor wanted to check them again.
He's going to wean me off the meds that cause the drowiness as they don't seem to be working to stop the siezures. It will be nice to ba able to stay awake past 9pm and not need a morning plus afternoon nap. He's also going to check with a cardioligist to see if a new med for a blood thinner will work for me. It dosen't need constant monitoring like coumadine but is very expensive. Hopefully my BlueCross will cover it.
They had some problems at the Diversion yesterday. There was seepage between the old dykes and the temperary dyke they put in place. With the help of the army and heavy equipment they quickly solved the problem.
I lost my link to the original WU site in the computer change. If anyone has it can you send me a message with it so that I can get the US version of the temps and wind speeds. It would really be appreciated.

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A Lost Family History on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:29 PM GMT on May 19, 2011


Today will be mostly cloudy with a high: of 25 °C. The wind will be East at13 - 24 km/h.
Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low of 12 °C. The wind will be ENE at 10 - 18 km/h.
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I had a good trip into the city yesterday. The EEG techs were happy with the results as they got a tremble out of me with the flashing light. Today I have a trip to my family doctor. I hope he has the results from the nuerologist.
I guess I scared my daughter while we were having lunch. The Queen was waiting for the order and the daughter and I found a table in the hospital cafeteria. While we were waiting for the Queen I had an aura of a siezure coming on. I guess besides the tingleing sensation in my arms and legs I have a blank stare. The daughter had never seen this before and asked if I was ok. I told her what was happening but it still really scared her as she's never seen it before. Luckily it was a false alarm and nothing happened. it's a good thing she wasn't around Monday when my whole body was involved and nearly boucing off the bed. I was thinking latter what better place to have a siezure than in a place filled with doctors and nurses.
The cemetery trip proved fruitless. My uncle is in the miliary section, being a veteran of WW2, and that part of the cemetery was closed due to redurbishing of the area. My aunt buried in 1920 dosent have a headstone and we couldn't be sure where she lies. My grandparents didn't have much money abd I guess they couldn't afford one. The Queen found the ships passenger list in her reseach and my paternal grandfather came to Canada alone with $25 in his pocket in 1913. His occupation was listed as farmhand. My paternal grandmother followed a year later with 4 children. My father was born in Kipling Saskachan in 1915. I remember him searching for a birth certificate when he applied for his old age security pension and never finding one. All he had to prove his age was a baptismal certificate from the luthern church in Kipling and that's all in German. It states that my grandparents came from Russland which is Russia today.I still have that document safely stored away. The Queen has searched census records that have been released and they can't be found. THey probably didn't understand the process and never were counted. The Queen has contacted the Luthern church headquarters in Saskechewan and they have no futher information on my family.
I guess the work for my grandfather didn't work out in Kipling because they were in Winnipeg by 1920 when my aunt died. My father died in 1980. I've talked with a cousin on my grandmother's side ,living in North Dakota, and she said that all the old records were burn't when Comunisim took over Russia. I guess they Queen will never be able to trace my paternal side of the family.
I once visited Kipling and the old Luthern church is now a museum.

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By: plapman, 1:00 PM GMT on May 18, 2011



br Today will be clear with a high of 20 °C. The wind SE 13 - 24 km/h.
Tonight will be partly cloudy with an overnight low of 9 °C. The wind will be easterly at 6 - 13 km/h
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I had numerous aura's yeserday. I'm starting to think there caused by heavy concentration. I was setting up thingss on the new computer and adding an printer/scanner combination to the system as well as networking my old laserjet 4plus so the Queen has access to it. I still haven't found all of my software. It's stored in a home made filing cabinet on numbered discs but the catalog is on the old computer. Hopefully they'll all work on Windows 7
I'm off to Winnipeg today for another EEG and a visit with the nuerologist. This will be the third EEG since the siezures started in August.
WE'll be making a side trip after the doctors done with meto Brookside Cemetery so the Queen can get some headstone photo's of headstones for an uncle thst died in 1986 and an aunt who died in 1929 at the age of 17. She uses the headstone pictures in her geneology project.

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A Devastaing Fire at Slave Lake Alberta and Another Trip to the ER

By: plapman, 11:36 AM GMT on May 17, 2011

Today will bepartly cCloudy with a high: 21 °C. The wind will be southerly at 26 km/h.
Tonight will remainpartly cloudy with a low of low: 8 °C. The wind will be from the SE at 11 - 22 km/h.
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I was watching the newa last night and they had footage of the Slave Lake fire. What a diaster for the people living there. It sure is worse than our Assiniboine R flooding which is still going as planned.
Portage Online.Com reported that seed potatoes are going into the ground in the Carbeerry and Winler areas but they will probably be affected by blight from the late planting.
I had another ambulance ride yesterday morning. Just after the Queen got up I had an aura of a siezure coming on. My arms and legs get all tinggly and my face feels numb. THe Queen got me to lie down on the spare bed when I told her. Soon after my siezure started. Normally it's just my arms flap around in what I call my chicken dance but this time my whole body was involved. Think back it reminds me of the girl in the movie The Exorcist. The Queen had called for an ambulance. The paramedics had been here before and remembered me. One remarked on how different this was from the previous ones.
In the ER they did blood work and let me lie and rest. When the bloodwork came back good and I hadn't had another siezure for 3 hours the doctor released me. It's a good thing I already have an appointment with my nuerologist and an EEG scheduled in Winnipeg for tomorrow. THis episode really scared the Queen.

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Mother Nature Raising Havoc on the Prairie and Elsewhere.

By: plapman, 12:21 PM GMT on May 16, 2011


Today will be clear with a high of 21 °C. The wind will be SSE 24 - 34 km/h
Tonight will remain clear with a low of 9 °C. The wind will remain southerly at 18 - 37 km/h.
Manitoba and louisiana aren't the only ones mother nature is playing havoc with. A wildfire in northern Alberta has destroyed about 30% of the small town of Slave Lake. THe school, library, town hall and 30 homes burnt when the fire entered to town.
This will certainly be a spring many people will remember.
The controled breach of the Assiniboine river dykes is still going as planed with water slowly creeping across the farms. It's filling in the land in a waffle pattern cause by the municipal roads which run in a n-s and e-w direction every mile.
THe Queen woke me at about 4 am by pushing on my back and calling my name. I was sleeping on my stomach which is unusal for me and she said she was checking to see if I was still alive. My health problems must really be putting her under alot of stress.
I have the new computer up and running but don't have any of my old apps installed yet. That's the worst part of a new computer.
I like Windows seven but it doesn't like my scanner. I'll have to contact HP and see if they have any suggestions as the don't have a driver on thier site.
The Queen makes the most use of the scanner for her geneology project. She's putting it all into book form and scans birth and death certificates she's ordered from provibcial archive as well as old obituarys and photos she managed to find and inserting them into the book to verify that her information is correct. The book has been an ongoing project for about 3 years now. I havean external 1 terabyte bite drive which backs up on a nightly basis. She'd be in tears if her laptop crashed and she lost all that work.

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Flooding;a Great Meal and a New Ccomputer on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:38 PM GMT on May 15, 2011

Today will be clear with a high:of 19 °C. The wind will be from the east at 8 km/h.
Tonight will remain clear. Low with an overnight of 5 °C. The wind will be SSE at 6 - 11 km/h.
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I changed the power suppy in my computer astill no joy. I guess it's the mother board that gone bad. It was getting old (5 years) and obselete anyway.I.ve been thinking about it anyway but it still dout for supper last niht id all I do on the computer now so I've been telling myself no. I checked with the Queen and she gave me permission to buy a new box. The one thing I hae about a new computer is einstalling the apps. Now I have to wory about them working on Windows 7 as I was still runnng XP old the old one.
It's funny the Queen gets butterflys for her birthday and I get a new computer. I haven't had a chance to get the new one up and running as we were invted out for supper by friends in honor of the Queen's birthday. It was a super good meal with ribs,chicken and my favorite dessert cheesecake. I came away comfotably full.
The controlled breach of the Assiboine R dykes appears to be going as planned. They plan on starting with 500 cu. ft. per scond and graduley increasing to 3500cu ft per second over the next week. This will be done by widening he cut and increasing the river flow by lowering the river control gates at the Portage Diversion.
I saw photos on television last night showing cottages on Lake Manitoba being flooded.The wind shift to the south will help. Some of the cottages at Delta Beach are bigger and nicer than my house. Some are big 2 story places that people live in year round.

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Assiniboine dyke breach started at 6am

By: plapman, 12:25 PM GMT on May 14, 2011

Today will be partly Cloudy with a high of 16 °C. The wind will be from the at NE 22 - 27 km/h.
Tonight will bbe partly cloudy. The low: will be 3 °C. Wind The wind will be from the NNE at 14 km/h.
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The cut of the Assiniboine River dyke started at 6am this morning. To protectect the cut in the dyke from from eroding they've filled the cut with riprap ,large rocks,leting the water run through them.
My computer crashed last night. It's been giving me problems for a while. It started with the mouse and keyboard not bringing it back from sleep mode. Now it won't actvate the mouse or the monitor. The drive light just stays lit with no flashing. I'm going to try changing the power supply today and see if that will bring it back. I'm using the Queen's laptopthis morning. It sure is hard using the small keyboard and monitor.

Updated: 12:35 PM GMT on May 14, 2011

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More on Assiniboine R Flooding

By: plapman, 11:45 AM GMT on May 13, 2011

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Today will bring periods of rain or drizzle. The wind will be from the north at 30 km/h (19 mph). Todays high will be 7C(45F).
Tonight will remain cloudy with a 60% chance of rain or drizzle. The wind comtinue to be northerly at 30 km/h (19 mph) but becoming light early this evening then becoming north 20 km/h (12 mph) after midnight. The overnight low will be 2C(36F).
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The government has postponed the dyke breaching till Saturday now. I feel sorry for the 150 families in the flood zone., not only will there be flood damage but being in a volutary evacuation area and waiting to be told they have to evacute. The waiting and continual delays must be really affecting them.
The youngest daughter returned home from sabdbagging yesterday. After 2 days of lugging 20 to 30 lb sandbags she's pretty tired and was in bed at 9:30.
The north wind that we've been getting must be oushing Lake Manitoba even higher. The farmers in the MacDonald area, just nW of Portage, are preparing for a worst case senerio, a breach on the Portage Diversion, fby building dykes with thier own equipment or sandbagging around thier home.
They are still pushing the diversion beyond its capacity with temporary dykes containimg the flow and plan to increase the flow even more to keep from having to cut the Assiniboine R dyke.
I've included a link to show the difference between the flooding from an uncontroled breach the the planned controlled breach.



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Updated: 12:13 PM GMT on May 13, 2011

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Delaying the dyke breach as long as possible.

By: plapman, 11:56 AM GMT on May 12, 2011

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Today will be cloudy with a 30% chance of drizzle. The wind will be northerly at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph). Todays high will be 8C
Tonight will be overvast with a north wind at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph). The overnight low will be 1C(34F).
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A fridnd took me on a shopping trip to pick up a gift for the Queen. I called tthe contrl tower to se if was alright to come out to snoop. They said I probably couldn't get past the security. The army has taken over security and no one passes unless they have official business there. I wouldn't want to try and talk my way passed armed security with orders not to let anyone pass. They tower guys told me they were sealing all possible ways for the water to enter the tower. From the noise in the background they there were alot of workers there welding steel openings shut and carpenters sealing windows. The electical system is on the lower level and they certainly want to keep that dry.
The government is delaying the breaching of the dyke as long as possible. It was supposed to happen yesterday at noon and now they;ve pushed it back to today at noon.
When I talked to the tower people they were already push the diversion over capacity with the added dyking that was done and plan to increase to flows even more.
It's best to stay away from there and not hinder thier work.
The uoungest daughter was out sandbagging again yesyerday. I'll bet she's getting very tired by now. Yesterday she was at her boyfriends uncle's home preparing it for the breach.
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More news on the Assiniboine R Flooding

By: plapman, 12:31 PM GMT on May 11, 2011

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Today will be cloudy with a 40% chance of showers early this morning. Fog patches dissipating early this morning. The wind becoming northwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) early this morning. A high of 9C(48F) is forecast.
Tonight will be overcast with the wind north at 20 km/h (12 mph). The overnight low will be 2C(36F).
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The yougest daughter took the day off from school yesterday to go sandbagging. She was working at Elie which is on the Lasalle River. The Lasalle R watershed will pick up extra water if the breach is made.
The Assiniboine r is expected to crest today or tomorrow. The RM of portage has issued a voluntary exvavacucuation order for the 150 residances that will be affected if the controlled breach is done. Once the dyke is cut it will be a mandatory evacution. The cutting of the dyke will be made on the south dyke and wil not affect the city of Portage la Prairie.
Lake Manitoba has reached the upper level to the point where it will ause overland flooding if a strong north wind pushes tthe southern end of the lake higher. The high levels of the lake are caused by the input of water from the Portage Diversion.
A picture from Portage Online showing the area that could be flodded if Lake Manitoba rises.


My daughter took me for a road trip to the diversion where it crosses the Trans-canada highway. The diversion is still within the original dykes and hasn't reached the reinforced dykes. I called the old workmates at the control structure and they told me the the diversion was taking 24000 cu. ft. per second. This is a 1000 cu. ft. below its design capacity but they expect to push more water to the lake than it was designed to handle with the reinforced dyking in place.

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Updated: 12:57 PM GMT on May 11, 2011

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AAssiniboine River Flooding

By: plapman, 12:10 PM GMT on May 10, 2011

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Today will be cloudy with a 40% chance of showers this morning. Rain beginning early this afternoon. Fog patches dissipating this morning. The wind becoming northeast at 30 km/h (19 mph) early this afternoon.The high is exxpected to be 17C(63F).
Tonight will see theshowers ending after midnight then clearing. There is the rsk of a thunderstorm this evening and after midnight. The rain is expected toAmount tp 10 mm(0.4 in). Thewind from the northeast at 30 km/h (19 mph) becoming light overnight. The overnight low will be 9C(48F).
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The Rural municipality of Portage(similiar to a county( has declared a state of emergency. This gives them the power to enter private land without permision, and to use private equipment without the owners consent. It also enables them to block access to public land to stop sightseers from hindering the ongoing work. The goverment p;ans to do a controled breach of the Assiniboine River dykes(levees) downstream of Portage.I've copied the story on that from Portage Online.com


The Manitoba government has declared a provincial state of emergency to deal with the imminent threat of flooding along the Assiniboine River in the city of Portage la Prairie and the rural municipalities of Portage la Prairie, Woodlands, Rosser, St. Francois Xavier, Headingley, Cartier, Macdonald and Grey.



* There is a significant risk that uncontrolled dike breaches could occur along the Assiniboine River between Portage la Prairie and Winnipeg. An uncontrolled breach could affect the communities of St. Eustache, Elie, St. François Xavier, Poplar Point, High Bluff, Bernard, Fortier, Starbuck, Sanford and La Salle, as well as the surrounding areas. An uncontrolled breach would be at an unpredictable location and could contain flows of upwards of 15,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). An uncontrolled breach of the Assiniboine dikes could potentially affect an area of 500 square kilometres.

* To address high flows and reduce the high possibility of an uncontrolled breach that would affect multiple communities and rural settlement areas, a controlled release of water along the Assiniboine dikes will be undertaken.

* To help prevent the possibility of an uncontrolled breach, a controlled release of 2,000 to 6,000 cfs is necessary. The release will be through the south side of the Assiniboine dikes and will flood lands within the La Salle watershed adjacent to the Elm River, the Elm River Channel, the Elm River Relief Channel, the Scott Coulee, the Scott Drain and the La Salle River downstream of the Elie dam and reservoir. This controlled release is necessary to reduce the risk and severity of an uncontrolled breach of the dikes.

* Fewer than 150 residences will be affected by a controlled release, while 850 homes would be at risk in an uncontrolled breach.

* The controlled release is necessary to reduce the risk and severity of an uncontrolled breach of the dikes and will be initiated as early as Wednesday, May 11. The controlled release will affect a total area of 225 sq. km in the La Salle watershed east of Portage la Prairie and south of the Canadian National Railway main line in the RMs of Portage la Prairie and Cartier. The level of the La Salle River in the RM of MacDonald, including the communities of Starbuck, Sanford and La Salle, will also significantly rise.

* Assistance will be available to help residents who may be affected by flooding caused by this controlled release.

* Overtopping of the east and west dikes of the Portage Diversion Channel in the reach north of the Trans-Canada Highway could occur. Dikes are being fortified between the diversion gates and the railway bridge located 1.6 km north of the Trans-Canada Highway. Crews are also working on the embankments to increase the channel capacity to 31,000 cfs from 25,000 cfs.

* Residents in the at-risk areas in the RMs of Portage la Prairie, Cartier, St. François Xavier and Headingley are on an evacuation notice and should prepare their final evacuation plans. The city of Portage la Prairie is not included in this evacuation notice at this time.

* Residents in the area expected to be flooded by overtopping of the Portage Diversion dikes have been put on evacuation alert and are to remain vigilant.

Assiniboine River Flood Response Plan

* Unstable weather bringing significant rain to most of southern Manitoba and increasing flows on the Assiniboine River are presenting significant issues.

* The Assiniboine River dikes between Portage la Prairie and Baie St. Paul will be vulnerable to high flows for the next two weeks. Due to this vulnerability, uncontrolled breaches along Assiniboine River dikes may occur in the RMs of Portage la Prairie, Cartier, and St. Francois Xavier and may require evacuation.

* The flows coming into the Portage reservoir are very high. After reviewing five flood-risk scenarios, the current flood-management plan was selected as it will impact the least number of homes, cottages, businesses, infrastructure and agricultural lands.

* Flows in the Portage Diversion will be increased to above design capacity to provide as much possible protection on the river downstream of Portage la Prairie. Overtopping is expected on the east and west side of the Portage Diversion dikes north of Portage la Prairie. Dikes are being fortified adjacent to Portage la Prairie to prevent flood waters from affecting the city.

* Downstream of the diversion on the Assiniboine River, a controlled release is planned near the Hoop and Holler Bend (between Southport and Newton) which will flood lands within the La Salle River Watershed in the following areas:
­ Elm River,
­ Elm River relief channel,
­ Scott Coulee,
­ Scott Drain, and
­ the La Salle River downstream of the Elie dam and reservoir.

* It is anticipated the above areas will be affected with floodwaters and residents are advised to make preparations for evacuation.

* Controlled releases prevent potentially more catastrophic breaches of dikes that would result in significant flooding of much larger populated areas.

* Based on rainfall projections, it is anticipated that flows at the Portage reservoir will reach:
­ 43,000 cfs on May 9,
­ 47,000 cfs on May 10, and
­ 51,000 cfs on May 11.

* It is anticipated that dike releases will occur around May 11 or May 12 if flows cannot be managed on the Portage Diversion and on the Assiniboine River.

* Areas that are expected to be flooded and that have a significant risk of flooding from a possible uncontrolled break are identified on maps prepared by Manitoba Water Stewardship and can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/waterstewardship/floodinfo/flood_201 1.html

* Residents of the municipalities of Portage la Prairie, Cartier, St. Francois Xavier and Headingley should move key assets out of their homes or to higher levels of their homes. Arrangements should be made for alternative accommodations. Evacuation plans should include family identification, important legal documents, contact information for family and friends, essential medicines and personal-health items, supplies for babies and toddlers, mobile devices and chargers, extra clothing, waterproof outerwear and shoes, flashlights and a battery-powered radio. Manitobans who evacuate should register at a reception centre identified by the municipality they live in or register by phone by calling the Red Cross number at 1-888-662-3211.

* At the request of the Manitoba government, Canadian Forces from Joint Task Force West under Canada Command are arriving to assist the government in its operation to manage flood-fighting efforts along the Assiniboine River. Seven companies will be working to assist flood-fighting efforts along the Assiniboine River.

* Residents along the Assiniboine River in the RMs of Cartier, St. François Xavier and Headingley are raising dikes by an additional two feet to accommodate high flows on the Assiniboine River caused by rain.

* The Manitoba government has declared a provincial state of emergency to deal with the imminent threat of flooding along the Assiniboine River in the city of Portage la Prairie and the rural municipalities of Portage la Prairie, Woodlands, Rosser, St. François Xavier, Headingley, Cartier, Macdonald and Grey. A state of emergency allows the province to take action to prevent harm or damage to the safety, health or welfare of Manitobans and to property and the environment.




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Brandon Declares State of Emergency and aBirthday Parties on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:30 PM GMT on May 09, 2011

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Today will se the rain ending this morning then cloudy. Fog patches dissipating this morning. The high will be near 17C(63F).
Tonight will remain cloudy with a 60% chance of showers late this evening and overnight. The wind east at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light late this evening. Wind becoming east 30 km/h (19 mph) Thw overnight Low will be 11C(52F).
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Brandon is having problems with flooding. Thier shoring up existing dykes(levees) with a new invention that just came into being just before I retired. It's a long plastic tube about 2 feet in diameter that they fill with water. You can build an 18 inch dyke about 200feet long in less than 1/2 qn hour which is a lot quicker than sandbagging.
On the lighter side of te prairie.
The Queen and me went to a birthday party yesterday. The youngest grandson was celebrating his first birthday. He sure is a big boy. He was 10lbs when born and is growing quickly. He wears 18 month clothes.
It was funny when my daughter gave him some of his birthday cake. Instead of grabing a piece with his hands he stuck his face into the cake and took a bite.His face came out covered in frosting.


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Updated: 7:27 PM GMT on May 09, 2011

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More Rain on the Prairie won't help the Farm Community

By: plapman, 11:08 AM GMT on May 08, 2011

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Today will be cloudy with a40% chance of showers this morning. The wind becoming southeast at 20 km/h (12 mph) this morning. The high will be 21C(70F).
Tonight will remain cloudy with pPeriods of rain beginning early this evening. There is the risk of thunderstorms this evening. Rainfal amounts are expected to be 15 to 25 mm(0.6 to 1.0 in). The wind southeast 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light after midnight. Tonights overnight low will be 11C(52F).
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Abbet and me are back to our regular routine of a 2.5 mile walk a day. She loves her free run hunting gophers. I haven't seen her catch any yet but the young ones should be out soon. They make easy pickings for her.
The Queen didn't get much sleep last night. The 2 ggranddaughters are here for a sleepover and didn't want to go to bed then about 3am they woke and started crying.The Queen had to get up and tend to them.

Updated: 11:08 AM GMT on May 08, 2011

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Assiniboine River Crest to be Higher than Expected

By: plapman, 1:06 PM GMT on May 07, 2011

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Today will be cloudy with sunny periods and a 30% chance of showers early this morning and late this afternoon. There is a risk of a thunderstorm late this afternoon. The wind becoming southeast 20 km/h (12 mph) this morning. Todays high will be 21C(70F). UV
Tonight will see cloudy periods and the 30% chance of showers early this evening with risk of a thunderstorm. The overnight low will be 10C(50F).
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I just heard on the radio that the crest of the Assiniboine River will be up to a foot and a half higher than forecast.It appears a guage on the Qupelle R in Saskechwan was faulty and was under estimating the flows by 2500 cu. ft. /sec.
The village of St. Francis Xaviour down stream of Portage is calling for volunteers to help shore up thier sndbag protection. They must of caught the error with manual metering of the Qupelle. I've done the manual metering on occasion and its an unpleasant job. Your standing on a bridge with the wind always seems to be blowing in your face and cars spashing slush all over you. Ionce got caught on a railway bridge once as a freight train speed past. Do those trains ever look like thier moving when your only 2 feet away from them with no place to back away.

Updated: 2:35 PM GMT on May 07, 2011

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I Should Have Known Better

By: plapman, 12:05 PM GMT on May 06, 2011

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Today will be cloudy with sunny periods. There's a 30% chance of showers this morning. The wind becoming southeast 20 km/h (12 mph) early this afternoon. Today's high will be 19C(66F).
Tonight will be cloudy with an overnight low of 9C(48F).
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Abbey and me got out for a walk yesterday and were asked to leave a construction site. The workers were driving piling for a new building . I couldn't make out the name of the pile driving company and wanted to see if I knew them. We were nicely asked to go to the outside of the fence by the job supervisor because I didn't have a hard hat or safety boots.I should have known better as I've done the same thing to many sidewalk supervisers for the same reason in my 25 years as a construction inspector for the government. A construction site can be a dangerous place. Outside the fence I was talking to one of the workers and it turned out that I'd never worked with the company driving piles. I guess after nearly 20 years a lot of new companys spring up and the old one's I used to work with are either sold and renamed or just quit the bussiness when the owner retires.
At last bridge I I inspected I told the owner of the company that this will be the last construction site I'll be able to walk freely about without interferance. I guess that hold's true. I think even if I was to dig out my hard hat and work boots I'd stii be asked to leave as the construction companys insurance wouldn't cover me as I had no reason to be on the site.


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A Busy Morning on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:08 PM GMT on May 05, 2011

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Today will stsrt sunny the become a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. The wind becoming northwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) late this afternoon. The high is expected to be 18C(64F).
Tonight will bring a few clouds as the wind from the northwest 20 km/h (12 mph) becomes light early this evening. The overnight low is expected to be 5C(41F).
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I got Abbey out on our 2.5 mile route yesterday and gave her her free run. I lost sight of her once in long grass but all it took was 1 whistle to bring her running back to me.
The doctors visit went well yesterday. He weighed me and I've lost 20 lbs. since last August. I feel like Buck, my previous dog, who had bowel problems and went from 105 lbs to 80 lbs when we had to put him out of his misery.
What a busy place this morning. The youngest daughter got a wake up call from a friend she walks to school with and the grand daughter and her 2 little ones just showed up. The Queen will be up soon after all the disturbance. She never got much sleep after going in late again yesterday after my 4pm doctors appointment abd working till 1:30am to get her work done. While she has a nap this afternoon before work I'll get Abbey out and leave the house quiet for her.

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Doctors and More Doctors

By: plapman, 12:27 PM GMT on May 04, 2011

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Today will be cloudy with a 60% chance of showers this morning and early this afternoon. The wind will be southerly at 30 km/h (19 mph). Todays high will be 17C(63F).
Tonight will bring cloudy periods with a 30% chance of showers before morning. The wind will remain southerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) then becoming light early this evening. An overnight low of 6C(43F) is forecast.
The snow from the weekend has all but dissapeared thanks to the warm southerly flows.
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The visit to the surgeon went well yesterday. He was upset with the hospital when he learned they had the GI scoping set for Thursday. He said hats a way too soon as all the imflamation needs to be gone. he said to wait at least 4 months with no problems.
Today I have a followup appointment with my family doctor as well as a trip to the vampires. They've found a new spot to get thier sample that isn't all scarr tissue and works well.
he next appointment is with the nuerologist on the 13th. It's a good thing Canada's health care system pays for all this or I'd be remorgaging the house.
The Queen has made arrangements at work to come in late after my doctors appointments but has to work later to make up the time and get her work done. It must be hard on her. The best thing I ever did in my life was to marry that woman. Even the nurses have told me how lucky I am to have such a devoted wife.
I got Abbey out for a short walk yesterday which she really enjoyed. It seems that no matter how long the walk it makes her happy.
Kramer has become my friend now and is always coming looking for a petting. THis upsets Abbey and she shows Kramer who's human I am and who's the alpha animal in this house with a growl or bark.

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The Snow Should be Gone Today

By: plapman, 11:58 AM GMT on May 03, 2011

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Today will be sunny with the wind becoming southerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) early this morning. The high is forecast to be 16C(61F).
Tonight will start clear then see icreasing cloudiness after midnight. The wind will continue south at 20 km/h (12 mph). The overnight low will be 5C(41F).
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A quiet day on the prairie yesterday. I had an afternoon nap instead of taking Abbey out. While I was sleeping the Queen moved enough snow to get the car out. She wouldn't let me do it. I guess her snowman had put all his equipment away for the winter.
We took Abbey in for her annual distemper shots. She got rabies shots last year and is good for another year. WE also had her tested for heartworm. The vet was really pleased with her behavior. She got a face lick when she got down to Abbey's level to give her the injection.The vet gave her a clean bill of health except for being overweight and recommended a low calorie diet. She's up to 80 lbs now and was 70 at the last visit. I guess most of her weight problems are due to my health problems and not being able to get her out for her daily run.
Alot of the snow melted yesterday and with todays high the remainer should dissapear.
I should be able to get Abbey out for a walk today if I can keep my lazy body awake.
I have doctor's follow up appointment today with the surgeon who will do the GI scoping. I'm not looking forward to that procedure. I don't think that area was meant to have a camera and flashlight inserted.

Updated: 12:16 PM GMT on May 03, 2011

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WArmer temps, Hockey and Photos of the Portage Diversion

By: plapman, 12:54 PM GMT on May 02, 2011

Today will be sunny with the wind becoming southwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) early this afternoon. A high of 10C(50F) is forecast.
Tonight will remain clear with the wind remaining southerly at 20 km/h (12 mph). The overnight low will be near 1C(34F).
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With the warmer temps forecast this weekends snow won't last long.
I had a good nights sleep last night with no stomach problems. It sure feels good today.
The Portage Terriers Junior A hockey team won thier first game of the best of 7 in the national championships. They beat the Pembroke Lumber Kings 5-2 last night.
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I finally got my Portage Diversion pictures download yesterday.
The first is a shot over the railing of the bridge showing the turbulance d/s of the control structure gates.



The second is out the window on the lower level which overlooks the control gates.

Updated: 11:57 AM GMT on May 03, 2011

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A White May 1st on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:57 PM GMT on May 01, 2011

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Today will bring snow and blowing snow. Amount 5 cm(2.0 in). The wind will be northwest 50 km/h (31 mph) gusting to 70 km/h (43 mph). Todays high will be -2C(28F).
Tonight will bring clearing and a northwest wind at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) becoming north 20 km/h (12 mph) early this evening then light overnight. The overnight low will be -7C(19F).
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After not including Portage in the winter storm watch yesterday they up graded it to a blizzard warning. THis mornimg the weather people have downgraded it to a winter storm warning as the system moves into NW Ontario.
I had a flareup of the diverticulitus, which put me in the hospital over the Easter weekend, at about 3am today. Luckily the doctor had prescribed Tylonol 3 with codine when I left the hospital Tuesday. I think I was back asleep within 15 minutes.That stuff is almost as good as the morphine I got in the hospital.
It looks like Abbey and me are housebound again today with the strong winds and blowing snow.

Updated: 12:54 PM GMT on May 02, 2011

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Portage La Prairie, MANITOBA
Elevation: 863 ft
Temperature: 72.3 °F
Dew Point: 49.2 °F
Humidity: 44%
Wind: 5.4 mph from the NW
Wind Gust: 8.7 mph
Updated: 1:08 PM CDT on July 15, 2014

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