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A Butterfly Theft on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:10 PM GMT on June 30, 2011



There was no work done on the basement washroom as the son-in-law enjoyed a day with his family. However he did come and pick up the trailer to take the scrape to the dump.
The grandson picked one of my many bicycles and asked if he could have it. I gladly gave it to him as as Ive been looking to clear my garage of them. Before my stroke I'd walk past the scap metal yard in town and find frames, wheels and other parts then scavage them. I'd then repair them with parts from other parts savaged. it was a good pastime straighting wheels, and makeing adjustments to brakes and derailuers. Any parts I had left over went back to the scap metal yard. So far I've given 4 working bicyles away but still have 15 repaired bicycles left in my garage. 1 I've claimed 1 as mine and will try it when the Quen gives me permission.
The Queen came home from work last night and was really upset. Someone had stolden the buterfly from one of her solar powerd buterflies and all thats left is the light and rod in the ground. Abbey, the automatic doorbell, went off last night and we went out to check. After dark Abbey looks to the front yard through the gate and does a tour of the backyard then comes back if it's all clear. So far it's been clear, except for one time when a salesman knocked at the door, but if an intruder was there I'm sure the barking and growling would drive them away as it did the salesman until I brought her in.I'm sure if they stayed the most harm she'd do is hit them on the leg with her wagging tail. The butterfly must have been a grab and run situation as no one was seen on Abbey's check. When I was a member of Citizens on Patrol yard ornaments were a popular target for bored kids and we must have stopped many thefts just by showing a presents in the area.just as a police car on the highway slows traffic to the speed limit.
My webcam seems to have gone down at 2:49. I guess the next project is to find out why. Bill did an update last night that requiered an automatic restart and probably shut it down in the prrocess.

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Good Drying Weather on the Prairie and a Report on Lske Manitoba From the Winnipeg Fr

By: plapman, 10:24 AM GMT on June 29, 2011

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Today will be sunny with cloudy periods. The wind will be southerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) increasing to 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) this morning. The high will be 28C(82F).
Tonight will bring cloud cover before morning as the wind remains southerly at 30 km/h (19 mph). The overnight low will be 21C(70F).
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The son-in-law was on days off from his full time job and back to work in the basement yesterday. We had an old Franklin fireplace that I hadn't used in years down there and I got him to take it out for scrap. When I was talking to the Queen last night she said she wants it back in but upstairs to use as an ornament I guess. I never asked her what her plan for it was but I'm going to try to talk her out of it. That's a heavy piece of cast iron to be moving around.
I'll have to get Abbey out early today. Her winter coat and extra weight sure play her out and she hasn't got the sense to stop the eternal gopher hunt in the fields. We met the neighbor's wife and Abbey's friend Fox on our walk yesterday. She said Fox had caught his first gopher yesterday. I think that makes Fox 1 up on Abbey this year. Those 2 dogs sure enjoy their free runs in the long grass.It's nice that we live close to the edge of own and they can be set free on their walks.
The hot windy weather, for the northern edge, the next couple of days will sure help dry fields for the farm community but the water from the dakotas has yet to reach us.
I met the youngest daughters boyfriends father last night when he came to pick up the lad. The mans a certified welder and is currently working in Fort McMurray at the Alberta Tar Sands. He has his own business and is gone 7 days then home for 7 days. I remember the days, while I was construction inspector for the government, that you lived out of a suitcase. Occasionally I miss the traveling but the thought of staying in motels and eating in restaurants every day quickly changes my mind.
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To avoid another disaster in 2012

By: Scott Forbes

Posted: 06/29/2011 1:00 AM |


MIKE DEAL / winnipeg free press archives

Manitoba must find a way to divert flood waters out of existing channels � and find it quickly.

With rivers, lakes and reservoirs overflowing all across the Prairies this year, it seems almost certain that high water is in our future next year, as well.

It means we will likely need to use the Portage Diversion again next spring to protect people and property on the lower Assiniboine from Portage la Prairie to Headingley. This is very bad news for Lake Manitoba.

The lake will almost certainly reach a level of 818 feet later this summer, about four feet above flood level, and five feet above its highest desirable level.

In the best-case scenario, with a dry summer and fall over the rest of this year, water levels might drop three feet from the peak to perhaps 815 feet. In the worst case, the lake will remain above, perhaps well above, 816 feet next spring when high river levels arrive again.

With the lake already at flood level going into next spring, additional inflow from the Portage Diversion would be a death sentence for the farmers, ranchers and communities around Lake Manitoba.

A second full year of flooding becomes unavoidable and with it another year of damage from windstorms to whatever structures are still standing, another year of flooded roads, ranchlands, pastures and farms.

Why is this important? Seasonal residents provide the bulk of school and municipal taxes in lakeside communities. In St. Laurent, the figure is 70 per cent.

I am no expert, but my guess is that property sitting under two feet of water for more than two years is worth less than property normally high and dry. With the Lake Manitoba flood persisting for a second year, many -- perhaps most -- cottagers and permanent residents along the lake will choose to leave. The result will be collapse of the tax base of rural municipalities along the lake.

Support of the schools and infrastructure will necessarily fall to the province. Local economies will wither: Restaurants, grocery, convenience and liquor stores, golf courses, building centres, boat launches, campgrounds and gas stations are all supported primarily by seasonal residents and visitors.

The current dollar value of flood damage around Lake Manitoba will exceed $250 million when it is finally tallied. It is probably considerably more. But that already enormous cost will soar even higher if you add to that the collapse of communities, farms and ranches around Lake Manitoba. All necessary steps need to be taken to avert this unthinkable outcome.

The long-term solution is to reduce the lake level and to do that we need increase the outflow capacity of Lake Manitoba through the Fairford Water Control Structure. Such projects on the Fairford and Dauphin rivers are already at the planning stage but will take years to complete and provide no relief in the near term. This solution will come too late for most.

Our best strategy over the short term is to reduce our reliance on the Portage Diversion to keep a very bad problem from growing worse and just maybe give Lake Manitoba enough time to recover.

The diversion was opened on April 6 this year, and with Souris flood waters yet to arrive, will need to remain open through July. By the time it is closed, it will have more than doubled the normal annual water input to Lake Manitoba, causing a massive rise in lake levels. And its use is more or less unavoidable because of a bottleneck of river flow on the Assiniboine.

Upstream of Portage la Prairie, the channel capacity exceeds 50,000 cubic feet per second. Below Headingley, it is 30,000 cfs. The bottleneck lies between Portage and Headingley where the channel capacity is just 18,000 cfs.

This year, the flow upstream of the diversion peaked at 52,000 cfs. The surplus flow that cannot be handled within the lower Assiniboine channel is forced to detour through the Portage Diversion and park in Lake Manitoba. When flows on the Assiniboine at Portage reached 52,000 cfs this year, flow through the Portage Diversion reached 34,000 cfs to keep flows on the lower Assiniboine at 18,000 cfs.

In the 1970s, however, the capacity on the Assiniboine was considerably greater than it is now, roughly 24,000 cfs. An immediate priority must be to raise that channel capacity back to 24,000 cfs.

Had that extra 6,000 cfs capacity had been available this year, it would have reduced flows through the diversion by that same amount, lowering the rise on Lake Manitoba by about 1.25 feet.

We need also to explore -- quickly -- moving flood water from the Assiniboine into the La Salle drainage: creating a La Salle Diversion.

The La Salle is an old channel of the Assiniboine and drains into the Red River upstream of the floodway. That means additional flow can be routed safely around Winnipeg when there is surplus capacity. And this year there was.

The 2011 flood on the Red peaked before the Assiniboine flood waters arrived from the west. Any water that could have been diverted south of Winnipeg through the La Salle River would have been carried safely around Winnipeg in the Red River and floodway.

Why is this important? It again reduces our reliance on the Portage Diversion.

We came very close to the tipping point on the lower Assiniboine this year. With flows on the Assiniboine upstream of Portage reaching 52,000 cfs and with the Portage Diversion straining to carry flows far in excess of its design capacity, we narrowly avoided extensive flooding on the lower Assiniboine between Portage and Winnipeg.

The Hoop and Holler cut was a last-minute improvisation designed to move water overland from the Assiniboine to the La Salle when flood managers had run out of other options.

Now imagine if the flow on the Assiniboine had been not 52,000 cfs but 58,000 cfs. Our flood defences would have been swamped and that trickle of water through the Hoop and Holler cut would have been a deluge.

Why is 58,000 cfs important? It is the level of flow that hydrologists estimate could occur on the Assiniboine if everything breaks wrong. This year has been, and remains, very, very bad. But it could have been worse.

Downstream of Portage la Prairie, the La Salle River sits next to the Assiniboine. There are several locations where a short channel connecting the two could be located. This would allow more water to travel through the combined channels of the Assiniboine and La Salle to the Red River. For such a strategy to work effectively, we need to shore up dikes and add pump capacity to handle local flooding where needed.

In the long run, a La Salle diversion would help protect us against a maximum Assiniboine flood. In the short run, it would help Lake Manitoba by reducing the need to use the Portage Diversion.

If the La Salle could carry somewhere between 5,000 to 10,000 cfs of diverted Assiniboine flow, that would have reduced the level on Lake Manitoba one to two feet this summer. Restore the Assiniboine channel to its 24,000 cfs capacity and Lake Manitoba is another 1.25 feet lower in 2011.

If we could avoid using the diversion next spring and summer that might just give Lake Manitoba the breathing space for its water level to drop back to something approaching normal later next year.

But we need to start now. Such a project poses a significant challenge. In 1997, in the face of advancing Red River flood waters, we built the 42-kilometre Z-dike in just three weeks. Manitobans can rise to a challenge.


This is the second of a two-part analysis of flooding on Lake Manitoba. The first part, Pulling the plug on Lake Manitoba, is available at winnipegfreepress.com. Scott Forbes is a behavioural ecologist at the University of Winnipeg. He has owned lakeside (now lake) property at Twin Beaches for the last dozen years.




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More Flooding Expected on the Prairie

By: plapman, 11:45 AM GMT on June 28, 2011

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Today will be sunny and the wind becoming south 20 km/h (12 mph) early this afternoon. The high ios expected to be 22C(72F).
Tonight will see a few clouds and the wWind remaining southerly at 20 km/h (12 mph). The overnight low will be 15C(59F).
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The strong north winds yesterday created havoc for the people living near Lakr Manitoba yesterday. The village of Lunday and the cottagers were placed under manditory eveacuation orders again. Most of the ottagers haven't been allowed back to thier properties to see the damage caused by the high lake levels and strong northerly winds.
With the water coming from the Dakota's towns and villages on the Souris R. are rushing to raise thier dyking sysMost of that water will eventually be diverted through the Portage Diversion into Lake Manitoba which flows into Lake Winnipeg via the Fairford R. The remainder will also reach Lake Winnipeg, the 14th largest lake in the world, via the Assiniboine R. which flows into the Red R. in the center of the comercial district of Winnipeg.
It's my guess that the only people happy happy with the record breaking flows will be Manitoba Hydro who have numerous hydro electric generating on the nelson R., which drains Lake Winnipeg into Hudsons Bay, and sells excess electricity to Ontario and the US as far south as California.
On the home front the granddaughter broke the glass ttop on on her stove and is coming here for her and the GGranddaughtr's meals. The only appliance repairman in Portage says it will cost $600 for a replacement. When we bought our self cleaning oven stove 15 years ago it was only $650. Ptices sure have jjumped. The Queen will be looking into buying a used stove from the local MCC or a used furniture dealer until the granddaughter can afford to get hers repaired. I guess thats enough of my stories of gloom on the prairie.
OOn the brighter side the youngest daughter came home yesterday from her week of overnighters and was very pleased with the 19" TV connected to her Xbox 360. I probably won't see her except when she's hungery now.
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Clean Eve Troughs and More Moisture

By: plapman, 11:45 AM GMT on June 27, 2011


Today will start cloudy with a 30% chance of showers this morning then clearing this afternoon. The wind becoming northerly at 30 km/h (19 mph) this morning. The forecasted high is 19C(66F).
Tonight will remain clear with a north wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light late this evening. The overnight low will be 8C(46F).
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The brother-in -law made it yesterday and got the evetroughs cleaned and also brought the 19" TV. He said we had given it to him a couple of years ago. In return I gave him back a wheel barrow he had given me bbut I hadn't used since. It's strange how things worked out.
His biggest problem was that he couldn't get the wheelbarrow in his trunk so it's still here till he brings his trailer to bring it home. I'd borrowed the nieghbors ladder to reach the eves. What a day of llending and returning. lol
I checked the backup program this morning and it seems to be functioning the way I wanted it too. I guess reading the help section did the trick!

Updated: 11:42 AM GMT on June 28, 2011

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Family Support and Ticks

By: plapman, 10:39 AM GMT on June 26, 2011

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Today will start sunny then vring increasing cloudiness this morning with a 30% chance of showers this afternoon. The wind becoming southerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) late this afternoon and the high will be 21C(70F).
Tonight will be cloudy with a south wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light early this evening. The overnight low will be12C(54F).
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I was out cutting the grass yesterday and the youngest biologicak daughter showed up with her boys. The boys 2 oldest boys jumped out of the van and asked if they could help. I'd already done the front lawn but left them the back. When they were done they put the mower back in the garage, locked it and loaded the rubble from the basement washroom onto a trailer thier dad had left for that purpose. The timing was excellant.
The brother-in-law is coming from Neepawa, 60 miles nw of me for a visit today. He's bringing the youngest daughter a 19" TV for her X-box 360. The daughter is currently useing an old monitor left over from my Vic 20 days.What a time that was when you only needed 20 k of memory. While he was talking to the Queen he asked if there was anything else he could do. She gave him the job of cleaning the eve troughs. The last time it rained I noticed water running over the side. The Queen wouldn't let me climb the ladder and clean them myself. I'm sure getting great support from the family.
I took Abbey out for her daily walk yesterday but shortened it. The extra weight she put ong leaves her panting for a long time after the walks.Yesterday while I was brushing her I found a big ugly tick on her so I put more of the tick stuff I use on her. it lasts about a month and this is only the second tick I've had to remove from her. I've yet to figure out what part of the ecological system they support.
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New Backup Software and Friendly Police on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:41 PM GMT on June 25, 2011

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Today will start sunny then see increasing cloudiness this afternoon with a 60% chance of showers or thunderstorms. The high will be 24C(75F).
Tonight will remain cloudy with a 70% chance of showers or thunderstorms this evening and after midnight. There will be cearing overnight and a low of 14C(57F).
For once I hope we get a good rain. Not only will the water help cure the neihbor's concrete I'll be able to see my slopeing plan in action.
I tried to have a nap yesterday afternoon but my mind was occuoied with a freeware backup aoo I installed. I thought I had set it to run at midnight but it was running every 6 hours and really slowing down my system. When I got up I broke down and read the instruction manual. In the manual i found a way to adjust the schedule settings and I hadn't deleted the default 6 hour setting. Last night it worked the way I wanted it to. I should have read the instructions first. lol
With compression I can back up my main 1tb hard drive as well as a 300gb external drive I use to backup my photos and data on a 1 tb external drive. I guess 3 copies of the photo's and data is overkill but it's data that can never be replaced. The backup app is eEaseus Todo Backup and it's free for home use. It can even clone the main drive which makes it an easy task to upgrade or replace your main drive without having to reinstall everything. it's very generous of people to take the time and effort to author software and offer it to the public for free.
Abbet and me got out for our walk yesterday and met a police patrol car hust about as we going to cross a street. The officer stopped and waved us on. Those guys are really nice as we weren't at an intersection and could have been ticketed for J walking.

Updated: 10:09 AM GMT on June 26, 2011

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A friendly Contractor on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:03 PM GMT on June 24, 2011

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Today will start sunny then see increasing cloudiness this afternoon.The high will be 26C(79F).
Tonight will becloudy with a 30% chance of showers overnight a low of 14C(57F).
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A quiet day on the pririe yesterday. I got Abbey out for her walk and leashed her before she could get into her favorite swimming ditch. I think I'll have to let her have her dip as she came home panting and very thirsty. I just have to dry her off before I let her loose in the house. She enjoys the rub down almost as much as her nightly brushing. She thinks shes getting a tummy rub.
The nieghbor had a concrete drive placed yesterday. His house is almost a foot higher than mine and last year his eve troughs plugged during a heavy rain and flooded my basement.
I talked with the contractor when he started preparing the driveway and asked him if he could slope the driveway to the center and then out to the street. While he was forming it I gave him some 2x4's I've had in my garage for 3 years and now that the Queen won't allow me to use power tools I'll never have a use for them. Wheb he was done the concrete yesterday I saw that he had done as I requested, and excess water from the neighbors house should run to the street and not to my bsement. It sure pays to be friendly with people. I thanked him him while they were packing up thier equipment.

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High Water Levels Expected Again on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:27 PM GMT on June 23, 2011

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Tonight will remain clear with a l of 13C(55F).
The flooding on the prairieis far from over. It looks like we've jusst had a brief reprieve. Record rains in the dakotas and Saskatchewan will mean higher water levels again. I've copied the story from Portageonline.com.

Written by Jennifer Campbell
Wednesday, 22 June 2011


Delta Beach and Lake Manitoba residents have seen water levels go up and down and many cottage and home owners are left in limbo, wondering what to do next.

RM of Portage Reeve Kam Blight says although many haven't had their properties assessed for damages they need to think about cleaning and protecting their property for any further wind or water.

As Saskatchewan and the Dakota's face record amounts of rain, Southern Manitoba braces for what could be another surge of water. 11,000 residents in Minot, North Dakota fled there homes yesterday as sirens flared, signaling the Souris River had flooded the top of local levees.
Blight explains water from the south and west eventually ends up coming our way, and stresses we all need to be ready for another increase in water levels. He notes although many have started to remove sandbags on their own, a new initiative has been announced by the government to make things a little easier.

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No C offee and Butterflies

By: plapman, 12:30 PM GMT on June 22, 2011

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Today more rain wih 5 to 10 mm(0.2 to 0.4 in)expected. The wind will be northeast at20 km/h (12 mph) and the high will be 16C(61F).
Tonight will see the rain ending early this evening then clearing as the wind swings to the north at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light early this evening. The overnight low will be 13C(55F).
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I am having problems this morning. I usally set up the coffee maker before I go to bed and in the morning I push the button and it's ready when I finish my morning routine. I guess last night I forgot the cofee and had a carafe of hot water. lol
Abbey and me got out for our walk yesterday and stopped in at the friend who is afraid I'll have a siezure at his place and isn't sure what to do with me in that state. Hr just got back from Alberta where he was visiting his kids and said the lifestyle there is to hectic for him. He sys taht if he lived there he'd be run over daily. lol
Just For Alley I took some pictures of the Queen's buterflies.





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The Grass is Cut and the Queen is Happy

By: plapman, 12:14 PM GMT on June 21, 2011

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Today will be start sunny with cloudy periods then icreasing cloudiness this afternoon.
The wind becoming easterly at 20 km/h (12 mph) early this morning.The high is expected to be 24C(75F).
Tonight will be cloudy with the east wind east at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light early this evening. The overnight low will be 15C(59F).
It was a fairly productive day on the prairie yesterday. I got the oil in the lawn mower changed , the lawn cut and finally put the Queen's birthday presents from over a month ago up. She was surprized to see her butterflies up.
Another trip tp the vampires today to check the INR. Those creatures will be like Abbey and getting overweight from all the blood I've been feeding them.
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An Enjoyable Father's Day and a Walk With Abbey

By: plapman, 11:21 AM GMT on June 20, 2011


Today will bring increasing cloudiness early this morning and a high of 22C(72F).
Tonight will be overcast with a low of 14C(57F).
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I had a good Father's Day and got calls from my 3 biological daughters.They all changed thier profile picture on Facebook to one of me.
I'm really proud of those girls and what they've accomplished.
The oldest works with aboriginal women groups dealing with domestic violence. She has a degree in psychology and sets up programs to help the women get out of the situations their in and get on with a better life.
The middle daughter ,with a degree in education, in Newfoundland who recently was laid of from her government job as medical liaison where she taught new Canadian the Canadian health care system, has been interviewed by Memorial University in ST. Johns for a position where she'll be standardizing courses in the faculty of medicine's diagnostic section. It's only a 1 year contract position but she's been told it could be made into a full time job. While working at the university she plans on getting her masters degree in education.
The youngest daughter is busy being a full time mom to her 3 boys.
I got out with Abbey yesterday and stopped and had a chat with a lady who walks 3 dogs daily. Her oldest dog, a 17 year old male, is getting cranky and attacked Abbey. Abbey ,who always wants new dog friends, will not take that and defended herself. We quickly got both of our dogs under control and nothing came of the skirmish. When I got home I asked the Queen why it's only women that walk thier dogs. I seem to be the only male in the nieghborhood who does daily walks and she had no answer for me.
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Updated: 12:10 PM GMT on June 21, 2011

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More Moisture in the forecast and a Walk With Abbey

By: plapman, 10:48 AM GMT on June 19, 2011

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Today will be a mix of sun and cloud with a high of 26C(79F).
Tonight will bring clearing this evening and an overnight low of 13C(55F).
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No work done on the washroom yesterday but I did salvage the tailpiece from thr old sink.
I took Abbey out yesterdat for a 2.3 mile walk and she made a new friend. The other dog was almost a match for Abbey, sme size and almost the same color except the other dog was a more reddish brown almost like a pincher brown.It's a good thing the Queen wasn't there because the owner was an attractive blonde lady.
My sleep pattern is sure messed up. The internal alarm wakes me at 5am and I'm beat by 8:30pm. I'll have to check on that with the doctor on my next scheduled visit.
The long range forecast calls for rain beginning Monday evening and into Tuesday. It sure is a bad year for the local farm community.
I've heard that the 2 fries factories have run out of local potatoes and are hauling them in from the U.S.. With the price of fuel the cost of a bag of fries to go with your meal is sure to rise.
The excess moisture will affect the vegetable growers in the area too. They bring in mexican workers to do the grunt work and are already flying some back to Mexico.

Updated: 11:20 AM GMT on June 20, 2011

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More Rain on the Soaked Prairie

By: plapman, 11:24 AM GMT on June 18, 2011

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Today will start sunny this morning then a mix of sun and cloud with a30% chance of showers this afternoon along with the risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. The high will be 25C(77F).
Tonight Will will bring cloudy periods and a 30% chance of showers this evening with risk of a thunderstorm.There will be clearing overnight and a low 1of 3C(55F)
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The son-in-law never made it over yesterday as he's back at work till Sunday. On Sunday him and the family attend church and it's his day of rest. I guess I won't get any work done on the basement till next week. I never realized how much I depended on the downstairs washroom till now that IdOn't have it.
I was proud of myself yesterday. I took the 3 year old taps off of the old sink for reuse and found I was missing a washer that holds them down.
I got and piece of aluminum and cut a new one. It's about an inch and half in diameter an has a notch cut in it for the pipe. When I had done the manufacturing process it actually fit. I thought it pretty good for s legally blind man.When the Queen came home and I showed her she scolded me for using power tools which I'm not supposed to use by orders from my neurologist due to the vision problems and rat poison I'm taking. She says if I cut myself badly while I'm home alone she'll find me on the floor in a pool of blood.
I added a Maploco visitor map to the blog yesterday as the revolver map doesn't seem to be picking up any hits. The maploco seems to be working.
I got a call from my doctor yesterday saying my INR levels were too high now and to skip a couple of days and visit the vampires again on Tueday. They sure are having a hard time getting it regulated since the vitamin K shot on the Easter hospital visit. The Queen is having concerns about the labs reliability. They messed up a while ago and were giving INR results that were too high and it took 6 weeks before the error was caught.
It makes you wonder how many people suffered strokes from the error.
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More Moisture on the Prairie and Slowly Progressing in the Basement

By: plapman, 4:48 PM GMT on June 17, 2011

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Today will be cloudy with a southeast wind at 30 km/h (19 mph) and a high of 24C(75F).
Tonight will remain cloudy with showers beginning this evening and the risk of a thunderstorm late this evening and overnight. Amount 5 to 10 mm(0.2 to 0.4 in).
The wind will be southeast t 30 km/h (19 mph) becoming light early this evening. Low 14C(57F).

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I had my blog all ready to post and suddenly it disappeared. I must have hit the wrong key I guess.
The basement washroom renovations are proceeding slowly. The son-in-law is doing it in his spare time. He works as a diesel mechanic full time and has a home business repairing cars for regular customers.
He's currently rebuilding a motor for a customer and can only work on it on dry days as he has no shop. The basement he's doing on wetter days and he won't let me help much for fear I'll overdo it.The man sure has a full plate when you consider he has 3 sons to help with too.
The daughter picked a winner when she married him.
Abbey and me just got back from our walk this morning while it was cool. Even with temps around 70 and her daily dip in the ditch she comes home panting.
The Queen works mid shift, 11-7) and when asked what she wanted to eat when she gets home she said just soup and a sandwich.That makes it pretty easy for me.
Strangely all my keys seem to be working today. I don't know what the glitch was

Updated: 11:20 AM GMT on June 18, 2011

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A New Washroom and a Lot of Grunt Work

By: plapman, 10:49 AM GMT on June 16, 2011


Today wil see fog dissipating early this morning then sunny with cloudy periodsand ahigh of 26C(79F).
Tonightwill see a few clouds and a low of14C(57F).

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Thw Queen decided my basement bathroom needed a refurbishing. We have tthe son in law replaceing a leakey toilet and a rusted out shower. It's turning out to be alot more work than she thought.
I replaced the keyboard yesterdat with a new on I got when I bought my new computer and am still having problems. There is a long delay when using the arrow keyes and delete key.


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Updated: 11:47 AM GMT on June 17, 2011

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More moisture on the Prairie in the Forecast.

By: plapman, 11:40 AM GMT on June 15, 2011

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Today will be cloudy. Showers beginning this morning. Amount 5 to 10 mm(0.2 to 0.4 in). The high will behigh 18C(64F).
Tonight will see the showers ending early this evening then cloudy with a40 chance of showers overnight and a low of 14C(57F).

From My Basement Window

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The procedure went realy well yesterday.
I can remember them ibserting an IV then assuming the position on the bed. The next thing was laying on my back , passing gas, and the nurse asking me if I wanted a cookie. I asked her when it was going to start and she said it was all over. Amazing drugs they have now!
she said they did do 1 biopsy, which they had told the queen they weren't going to do do, due to the rat poison I'm taking.
The Queen had left the building to call her mother an update her and the nurse went looking for her to take me home. I don't know if putting me under is standard practice or it was because I had a small siezure in the preop area. I'll have to talk to some friends who've also had the procedure done.
I think I'm going to have to put a new keyboard on the computer. I left the new one they gave me the new system in the box abd used my old one because it has black letters on a white background for better contrast./ The new one was black. I keep skipping letters and find the cursur keys don't work anymore. It must be wearing out. This is the third computer it's been on.
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More Moisture, a Purging and Showing Abbey Off.

By: plapman, 11:24 AM GMT on June 13, 2011


Today will bring showers with risk of a thunderstorm. Amount 5 to 10 mm(0.2 to 0.4 in). The wind will be from the southeast at 20 km/h (12 mph) increasing to 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) early this morning then becoming light late this afternoon. High 22C(72F).
Tonight will start cloudy with a40% chance of showers this evening and risk of a thunderstorm then clearing late this evening with an overnight low of 16C(61F).
The hideabed move went unexpectedly well for both my nieghbor and me. He brought his 20 year old son over to help him and my granddaughter had her boyfriend over for a visit. the 2 young fellows carried the thing up the stairs and out to the curb while me and the nieghbor directed them on the best way to do it. When it was safely on the curb for garbage pickup I commented "Thats what young fellows are made for."

I later fried up the BBQ and did some steaks for the granddaughter, boyfriend and the Queen and me.
Today I start purging my body for the flashlite and camera thing tommorrow. I hope thier camera is smaller than my old Sony video camera. I guess I won't make the blog tomorrow as the prcedure is supposed to start at 8am.
The surgeon recommended I stay very close to a washroom after taking the laxitives so I guess me and Abbey will be grounded today.
Yesterday I stopped, with Abbey, at a nieghbor's a few doors down from me and showed off her talents. HHis wife has one of those small yappy dogs and won't put a coller or choke chain on it saying it might hurt it's neck. The neighbor commented that Abbey had both on her. I use the choke chain because its easy to take off and put on. I took the coker off and Abbey stayed at my side. The nieghbor said if he did that the little dog of his would be off and running. When it was time to leave I held up the choker and told Abbey to put her head in it. Like I've trained her to do she puts her nose in the loop and I pull the rest around her neck. He was amazed at how smart and obediant she is.
Abbey and me have spent alot of time together training her and she picks up new orders quickly.
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Updated: 11:16 AM GMT on June 15, 2011

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A tiring Day and More Rain on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:07 PM GMT on June 12, 2011

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Today will bring increasing cloudiness with a 60% chance of showers this afternoon with the wind becoming southeast 30 km/h (19 mph) this morning. the high is expected to be 21C(70F).Tonight will be cloudy with a 60% chance of showers and the risk of a thunderstorm overnight. The wind will be southeast at 30 km/h (19 mph) but becoming light after midnight. The overnight low will be 13C(55F).
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I had a busy day yesterday. The Queen put me to work cleaning my basement. You can't imagine the amount of dog hair I sucked up with the vacum. I got 2 ofice type gatbage containers full. I didn't think Abbey shed that much. I brush her every night and get a brush full. It's funny how that little bit of work played me out. I was in bed by 9:00, after 3 naps during the day, and never even heard the Queen when she tucked herself in. This morning I have to do the back lawn because showers are in the forecast this afternoon and give a nieghbor a hand taking an old hide a bed out of my basement. Those things are sure heavy.I made a big mistake when I claimed the basement when we moved here.

Updated: 10:42 AM GMT on June 13, 2011

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A Busy Day and Nasty Bugs on the Prairie

By: plapman, 11:24 AM GMT on June 11, 2011

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Today will be sunny with a high of 23C(73F).
Tonight will remain clear with a low of Low 11C(52F).
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I had a busy day yesterday besides getting Abbey out for her walk I cut the front lawn and raked up the chips left behind by the tree removal. I got 2 garbage cans full of chips from an area of about 80 sq. feet. Today I'll tackel the back lawn which for some reason grows faster than the front.It looks like the neighbor is going to reneg on his promise to place some topsoil and seed the area. I'll do the seeding the next time we get a rainy forecast but will ask him to take the chips to the local composting site.
I even managed to stay up till the Queen came home at 11:45.
We seem to have beeen invaded by black flies. There usually only in the northern part of the province but thier thick when I take Abbey out. I think thier worst than the mosquitoes that are hatching in big numbers now.
The Queen says im faking the vision problems. Yesterday she took me shopping and while going to the till I noticed a lady with large breasts and a low cut tshirt on showing a lot of clevage in the next lane. The Queen noticed me looking that way and asked what I was looking at. I told her and she looked that way and said I was faking the vision problem. lol
I guess it's in the genes of men to look.

Updated: 11:50 AM GMT on June 12, 2011

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The Flooding in Manitoba Continues

By: plapman, 12:11 PM GMT on June 10, 2011



Today will see a mix of sun and cloud and a highof 20C(68F).
Tonight will bring clearing this evening and a low pf8C(46F).
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From Portageonline.com written bySasha Kalis
The flood of 2011 refuses to be relegated to the history books just yet.
Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton says it's already been a long and very difficult time for those folks who have been affected by high water, noting recent storms have further complicated an already challenging situation.
He says four major storms have had a very significant impact on their flood forecast and now a fifth storm is likely on the way.

Ashton notes this has pushed our flood defences to the limit, adding they could hit upwards of 53 thousand CFS again on the Assiniboine River---a very similar crest to what we faced several weeks ago.

Ashton says this will continue to put pressure on the Portage Diversion, which is currently running at 30 thousand CFS and is rising.

He notes as a result of the anticipated situation they have teamed with the rm of portage to re-issue an evacuation notice for the 45 homes closest to the channel.

Ashton adds at this point it's a precautionary move but people should be aware that flood season isn't over yet.

He says he wants to be very frank with Manitobans about the challenges we face and will continue to face over the summer with elevated levels in our lakes.

Updated: 11:02 AM GMT on June 11, 2011

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Delta Beach Flooding

By: plapman, 12:52 PM GMT on June 09, 2011

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Today will be sunny with a high of 19C(66F).
Tonight will bring a few clouds and an overnight low of 8C(46F).

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A friend of mine has a friend who has a small private plane. He overflew Delta Beach and took some pictures and passed them on.I'll post a couple of them.
Abbey and me added a bit to our walk yesterday. I'll have to bring the GPS along today and get the total distance.
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The East Beach

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The West Beach

Updated: 1:01 PM GMT on June 09, 2011

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A Longer Walk on the Prairie Needed and Meeting Old Childhood Griend

By: plapman, 11:56 AM GMT on June 08, 2011

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Today Rain ending early this morning then clearing. Wind north 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light late this afternoon. High 16C(61F). UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Clear. Low 6C(43F).
================================================= Yesterday I charged up my small handheld GPS and found out my 2.5 mile walk was just ovwe 2 miles. I.m going to have to add a bit to it to ge the full 2.5 miles i guess. I think I've commented on this before but I'll do it again. It amazes me.
Yesterday while me and Abbey were out a car pulled up beside me and the fellow in it called out my name. I went over to the car and used my excuse that I Can't see that well and asked him his name. It turns out my cousin and me used to play together when we were kids and I'd go out to my Uncle's farm for weekend sleepovers. Either I haven't changed the way I look or somepeople can automaticly guess what a person will look like after 50 years. I used to have a hard time putting a name to a face after a couple of years and with the vision problems the time period is even shorter now.
I managed to stay up till 11 last night but was still awake early this morning. I guess a good afternoon nap will fix the short sleep. I guess it must be the warmer weather that's making me drowsy. I hope I can get acusomted tto it before the 80's and 90's get to us in July and August.
The grass is getting long again and the grandson offered to cut it again. It seems it always rains when he's out of school so I'll do it myself the first dry day if he can't make it.
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Updated: 12:07 PM GMT on June 08, 2011

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A Cool Wet Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 11:06 AM GMT on June 07, 2011

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Today will bring increasing cloudiness with a 60% chance of showers this morning then rain beginning late this afternoon along with the risk of thunderstorms late this afternoon. The wind becoming northeast at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) early this afternoon. The high will be16C(61F).
Tonight will see the rain or thunderstorms ending overnight then cloudy. Amount 15 to 25 mm(0.6 to 1.0 in). The will still northeast at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) becoming light overnight. The overnight low will be 8C(46F).
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The Queen is back to evening shift today. I guess with the cooler temps I'll see if it's the new meds or the temps putting me to bed at 8:30. I'll try and stay up till she comes home at 11:30.
Me and Abbet did our 2 mile walk yesterday. She found a gopher hole in a gravel parking lot and was digging for the gopher. The owner won't be happy with the hole but it will shorten her claws so that the Queen won't complain about the ticking when she, Abbey, follows me around the house.

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Updated: 12:29 PM GMT on June 09, 2011

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Tired men, fat Dogs and Portage Landmarks

By: plapman, 10:52 AM GMT on June 06, 2011


Today will be sunny with a high of 23C(73F).
Tonight will start clear the increasing cloudiness after midnight with an overnight low of 12C(54F).
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I don't know if it's the new meds on top of the old meds or the warmer tempsbut I've been really tired lately. I had a morning nap at about 10am and then an afternoon nap at 3 then went to ded at 8:30. Both meds have an make you drowsy warning. Its a good thing I'm being weaned off the old meds. The new ones seem to be working as theres been no auras or siezures since I started them.
Abbey, who got up with me this morning, wanted to go back to her bed after I had finished my morning routine.
I guess the vet was right when she said Abbey needs a low calorie diet. The warmer weather hasher panting a lot.She starting to look more like a Rottie than a Sheperd.
We got out for a short 2 mile hike yesterday and Abbey found herfavorite ditch full of water to cool off in. She sure enjoys her towel drying when we get home.
I downloaded the new version of Google Earth yesterday and found that Abbey and me are not only visible on streetview but aso on the satelite view. They must have done a high resolution pass at the same time as the streetview pictures were being taken.
We can be located at 48d-59m-9,23secN and 98d-16m-29.33secW
I guess we've become a landmark in Portage until they update the pictures again.lol



Updated: 11:05 AM GMT on June 07, 2011

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Tired men, fat Dogs and Portage Landmarks

By: plapman, 10:52 AM GMT on June 06, 2011

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Today will be sunny with a high of 23C(73F).
Tonight will start clear the increasing cloudiness after midnight with an overnight low of 12C(54F).
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I don't know if it's the new meds on top of the old meds or the warmer tempsbut I've been really tired lately. I had a morning nap at about 10am and then an afternoon nap at 3 then went to ded at 8:30. Both meds have an make you drowsy warning. Its a good thing I'm being weaned off the old meds. The new ones seem to be working as theres been no auras or siezures since I started them.
Abbey, who got up with me this morning, wanted to go back to her bed after I had finished my morning routine.
I guess the vet was right when she said Abbey needs a low calorie diet. The warmer weather hasher panting a lot.She starting to look more like a Rottie than a Sheperd.
We got out for a short 2 mile hike yesterday and Abbey found herfavorite ditch full of water to cool off in. She sure enjoys her towel drying when we get home.
I downloaded the new version of Google Earth yesterday and found that Abbey and me are not only visible on streetview but aso on the satelite view. They must have done a high resolution pass at the same time as the streetview pictures were being taken.
We can be located at 48d-59m-9,23secN and 98d-16m-29.33secW
I guess we've become a landmark in Portage until they update the pictures again.lol



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From My Basement Window

Updated: 11:00 AM GMT on June 06, 2011

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A Welcome Visitor on the Prairie

By: plapman, 10:07 AM GMT on June 05, 2011

Today will start with a few showers ending near noon then clearing. The high will be 25C(77F).
Tonight will be clear with a low of 13C(55F).
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Last night about 9:30 Abbey the automatic doorbell started barking then there was a knock at the door. It was one of the kids we used to foster who left here when he was ten and his mother had straighten out her act. We had him for 4 years. The boy who left here is now a man. The Queen has ben in contact with him through facebook on occasion. He's working his way to be a chef. With no formal chef education he's doing it by working with other chefs. He's worked in Texas, Halifax, korea and Vancouver. Now he'snow on his way to montreal from Vancouver by bus. He's always been a smart kid who got straight A's in school. He has an oveernight stopover here and Portgage and came for a visit and looking for a place for him and his girlfriend to spend the night. They sure looked tired and are now occuping the spare bedroom. I'll get him up in time for his 8:30 bus. It sure is nice to see a kid youve helped raise doing so well and thinking enough of you to stop in.
During the 10 years we were foster parents for Child and Family Services we had 24 kids pass through here.

Updated: 10:10 AM GMT on June 06, 2011

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A Flicker in the Power raised Havoc With My System

By: plapman, 11:33 AM GMT on June 04, 2011


Today will start cloudy them becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. The wind starting northwest 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light late this afternoon. Today's high 17C(63F).
Tonight will bring cloudy periods with a 40% chance of showers before morning. The overnight low will be 6C(43F).
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We Had a brief power outage last night that raised havoc with my computer and TV. My ISP provider also provides TV service. After resetting the box that is the first part of the setup I got an initialization error on the TV and no internet. After trying to get thing running again for 1/2 hour I called their service department.The technician came in online and solved the problem. I had to reset the 2 digital control boxes they provide and the TV started working. Then I had to reset the wireless router so that the Queen could it on the net with her laptop. I then had to reconfigure my computer for internet access. The whole process took me over an2 hours. The Queen, fearing the concentration would cause a seizure, sent me to bed after I had everything working again. What a pain a brief flicker in the power caused even with all the electronics protected by surge suppressors and my computer and router, which never shut off, on a UPS.
Abbey and me goy out for a long walk yesterday. A lady stopped her car and commented on what a nice dog Abbey is. She opened the door and gave her a pat on the head and Abbey thanked her by licking her hand.That Abbey sure is a gentle beast and as the vet said pretty laid back.

Updated: 10:04 AM GMT on June 05, 2011

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Millions of $ Damage at Delta Beach

By: plapman, 11:47 AM GMT on June 03, 2011



Today will start cloudy with a 30% chance of showers early this morning then clearing this morning. The wind becoming southwest 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) this morning. Todays high will be 24C(75F).
Tonight will bring cloudy periods and a 30%t chance of showers late this evening and after midnight. The wind will be southwest at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) then becoming west 20 km/h (12 mph) late this evening then light overnight. The overnight low will be 12C(54F).
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Tuesdays highwinds and the high lake levels of Lake Manitoba caused millions of dollars of damage at Delta Beach just 12 miles north of me. I've copied the story from Portgageonline.com.

Tuesday nights storm and high water on Lake Manitoba created a recipe for disaster at Delta Beach.
Doug Connery, President of the Delta Beach Home Owners Association, says an estimated 12 million dollars damage was done, something Delta hasn't seen since the 1950's.
He adds 95% of shoreline protection has been compromised or destroyed, meaning the next big storm that comes along has the potential to risk or damage the remaining cottages.
Connery notes cottages along Hackberry East, West and central locations have all been compromised, noting one properties North wall was blown out, and water was being thrown through the cabin.He explains, unless there is a number of years where the water is down and the sand is able to build up, Delta will never be the same again. He adds the 100 year old trees that are gone will take years to come back and only with the right environment, at this point it doesn't look very promising.

Updated: 11:39 AM GMT on June 04, 2011

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I'm an Old Man

By: plapman, 11:45 AM GMT on June 02, 2011

Today
Today will start sunny then becoming a mix of sun and cloud near noon. The wind becoming southeast 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) this morning. Todays high will be 22C(72F).

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Tonight will be cloudy with a . 30% chance of showers with risk of a thunderstorm. The wind will remain southeast at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) becoming light after midnight.The overnight low will be 14C(57F).
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Abbey and me got out for our walk yesterday. The nieghbors across the street have 2 small kids about 4 years old. They moved in last fall and have'nt been ibtroduced to Abbey so I stopped and let them pet her. When I left they started following me so I took them home . Thier grandmother babysits them while mom works. I introduced myself and told her what the kids were up to. She told them not to follow the old man and ent them to thier fenced backyard. When I told the Queen the story she said "I gues your getting that way but your still try to acy young it's the health problems causing it"
I never think of myself as old but the hair is starting to grey at the temples.

Updated: 11:40 AM GMT on June 03, 2011

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Evacuations on Lake Manitoba and Coons on a Pole

By: plapman, 12:33 PM GMT on June 01, 2011

Today will bring clearing with a high of 17C(63F).
Tonight will be clear. with a low of 7C(45F).
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The high levels of Lake Manitoba and strong northerly winds caused a mandetory evacuation of the cottages at Delta Beach and Twin lake Beaches. The wave action caused the water to cross over the beach dunes and over the sccess roads A few people use the cottages as prmanent homes.
On the lighter side the youngest natural daughter had an experence with coons who had climbed thier electrical pole. her and her family live about 6 miles east of me in the village of High Bluff. She called Manitoba Hyddro and the Conservation Officers( Game Wardens)to get them down. Hydro came with a bucket truck and scared them down where the CO's tried to catch them with no luck. Hopefully they'll find a safer place to climb. The daughter got a picture of the critters on the pole dangerously close to the transformer.

Updated: 11:45 AM GMT on June 02, 2011

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Temperature: 28.9 °F
Dew Point: 11.2 °F
Humidity: 47%
Wind: 5.8 mph from the North
Wind Gust: 11.0 mph
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