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Bunnies, Banock and Shorts

By: plapman, 10:04 AM GMT on July 31, 2011


Today will start sunny then becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. The high will be 28C(82F). Tonight will see clearing and an overnight low of 17C(63F).
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I wisj I'd of had my camera with me yesterday on my walk with Abbey. I saw a cute little bunny on the side of the road. Luckily Abbey was hunting in the ditch on the oppisite side and missed the action.
I'm going to have to move to a different time zone I think. This goung to bed at 9 and getting up at 4am is silly. It's a good thing I have an afternoon nap.
It loks like another day for shorts and a Tee today on the prairie. I have this t Shirt that makes everyone chuckle. It's black with bold white lettering saying Bannock beats Steroids. THat banock sure fills you quickly and sticks to your ribs.



Updated: 9:23 AM GMT on August 01, 2011

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A New Friend for Abbey and A Great Evening With The Queen

By: plapman, 9:21 AM GMT on July 30, 2011

Today will see showers ending in the morning then clearing. Before the cloud disapate there is the risk of a thunderstorm early in the morning. Amount 15 mm(0.6 in) in thunderstorms. THE Wind becoming northwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) early in the afternoon. Todays high will be 27C(81F).
Tonight will be clear with the northwest wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light late in the evening as the overnight low drops to 12C(54F).
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The Queen and me had a really enjoyable evening last night. We watched a movie on TV with the Queen's new fireplace going. Having the Queen home in the evening is great!
Abbey and me met a new friend for Abbey yesterday on our walk. The new friend looked like a little Corgi and the lady walking it was happy that I crossed the road with Abbey for a sniff and a vist for the dogs. She's trying to socialize her dog, which is also a recue dog, and the visit with Abbey is just what she needs.
The visit with the GI doctor went well yesterday went good. He gave me a clean bill of health in that area and never looked for his flashlight and video cam. I guess there are some parts of me working as designed and I'm not all junk parts salvaged from the trash heap.
The Queen is wobbling on her resignation again. She says my problems are an ongoing thing and can't expect McCain's to continue to bend over backwards for her. She says " They need someone more reliable to do her work'
sHE'S arraged a meeting with her bosses today and I think she'll be staying home with me. I like that idea but we'll have to change our lifestyle a bit to accomadate the drop in family income but we lived on 1 income for 30 years while I was working and she raised our daughters into the talented girls they are.
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Updated: 10:03 AM GMT on July 31, 2011

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Another Walk With Abbey

By: plapman, 11:17 AM GMT on July 29, 2011

Today will be sunny. the wind becoming northwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) this morning. The high will be 29C(84F).
Tonight will start clear then see increasing cloudiness overnight with a 70% chance of showers or thunderstorms. The overnight low will be 16C(61F).
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I'm pretty much back into my routine with Abbey. We got out for our morning walk yesterday but it was me who wimped out and went to bed at 9:00. I woke up at 2 this morning and had a quick glance at the clock. I thought it read 5:00 and was almost out of bed when the Queen asked where I was going and corrected me time wise. I sure would like sleeping till 7 but i think my aftrnoon naps are stopping me from doing that.
I have a follow up appointment with my GI doctor today. If I see a video camera and flashlight in his office I'm running before he comes into his office. lol
I think Abbey made her first praire dog kill yesterday. She made a quick run and it ended with a shake of her head. Those gophers don't last long after the shakeing. I had my camera with me but the action was so quick I missed it but did get a couple of shots of her on her hunt.



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Updated: 11:55 AM GMT on July 29, 2011

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Warm on the Prairie Today

By: plapman, 10:07 AM GMT on July 28, 2011

Today will be sunny with the wind becoming west at 20 km/h (12 mph) late this afternoon. The high wil be 27C(81F). UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight will remain clear with the west wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light early this evening. The overnight low will be 15C(59F).
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I finally got jold of my old workmate last night. He says it was his wifes idea to put the message about being 4956th in line on thier answering machine. it surprized me he was still working. I met him on my first out of town job after the Portage Diversion was completed in 1970. He worked on a survey crew and laid out the bridge I was working on in Arburg, mb. That sure seems like a long time ago. What really stands out in my mind was him going to get a box of beer and having an off duty RCMP member follow him home. Ny friend drove a 340cu.inch. Dodge Duster and floored it coming home from the beer vendor. he said he was doing over 100 mph when he passed the RCMP officers home. The things we did when we were young and lived to tell the tales!

It was great having the Queen home with me last night even f she played out at 9:30 last night. I'm goung to have to talk her into having an afternoon nap with me. I was full of energy last night and haven't felt that good in a long time but followed her to bed even after 2 naps yesterday.
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Updated: 9:20 AM GMT on July 30, 2011

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Another Summer Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 10:48 AM GMT on July 27, 2011


Today will start cloudy then becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. The wind becoming west at 30 km/h (19 mph) this morning. Todays high eill be 25C(77F).
Tonight will see a few clouds and the west wind at 30 km/h (19 mph) becoming light early this evening while the low falls to16C(61F).
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I got Abbey out again yesterday and under the Queen's supervision cut my front lawn.
The Queen has changed her mind about resigning but is taking a 2 month leave of absense to keep an eye on me. She fears if I had abother siezure like the 1 2 weeks ago Friday she'd come come to find me dead. I guess during that event I couldn't swallow and was choking on my saliva. The nurses used suction to keep my airways clear. I can't remember the choking but only the sound of the suctioning. if I improve she'll go back to work. her bosses are really being good and one of them gave her a hug, told her to call him if she wanted someone to talk with and assured her her job would be waiting for her when she was ready to come back. It isn't often a large company would be so thoughtful.
The granddaughter came over and made pork chops in mushroom gravey, beef flavored rice and veggies for supper last night. It sure was good. When I'm home alone I usally just snack or heat up a TV Dinner for myself.
I just read that work has started on the second channel to drain Lake manitobs into Lake Winnipeg and that the Portage Diversion will be shut down soon. That will sure be a relief for those affected by the high water levels on Lake Manitoba which isn't expected to crest till mid August.
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Updated: 10:05 AM GMT on July 28, 2011

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Some Clouds and Showers on the Prairie

By: plapman, 9:50 AM GMT on July 26, 2011

Today will bring increasing cloudiness. Showers beginning early in the afternoon. Risk of thunderstorms late in the afternoon. Amount 5 to 10 mm(0.2 to 0.4 in). Wind becoming southeast 30 km/h (19 mph) late in the afternoon. High 21C(70F).tonightt a few showers ending after midnight then partly cloudy. Risk of thunderstorms in the evening and after midnight. Wind southeast 30 km/h (19 mph) becoming light late in the evening. Low 16C(61F).
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I got Abbey out for a walk again yesterday in the morning while it was still cool. it sure was a beautiful morning.
I later went to get my ears lowered. It sure feels better without the hair hanging over my ears. It seems that after a stay in the hospital my hair and fingernails grow faster. It must be the nutricious but tasteless meals they serve.
The Queen is back to work today on 1/2 shifts and may hand in her resignation. She loves her job and I think it's a good getaway for her but she wants to be home if I need her.
I had 2 naps yesterday. I'm sure makeing up for my early rising by sleeping during the day.
I tried to call an old workmate for the second time last night but can never catch him home. He has a super answering machine mesage. It says" All are lines are busy now and will be answered in the order hey are recieved. You are 4594th in line if you hang up you will loose your place in line please leave a message at the tone"
I'll have to try again tonight and maybe get closer to the front of the lineup lol.

Updated: 10:47 AM GMT on July 27, 2011

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The Back Lawn is Cut and the Warm Summer weather Remains on the Prairie

By: plapman, 10:16 AM GMT on July 25, 2011

Today will be sunny with a high of 24C(75F).
Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of 15C(59F).
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The BIL never made it over to do the lawn yesterday. he had to euthanize hisdog. I think the dogs been suffering from cancer. He's said it had lumps all over it. I can understand his feelingings and not wanting to make the trip. The granddaughter showed up and did the back lawn. It was the worst as it had little trees shooting up everywhere.
I never got Abbey out yesterday but had 2 naps instead. My mp3 player reading back a Tom Clancy novel is better than a sleeping pill.
I've often wondered where a world map purchased in New Zealand is centered. My hit counter is centered in the Atlantic as are maps bought here. It would be nice if the person who lurks my blog on almost a daily basis from Wellington NZ could answer this question. It would be strange if the maps were centered in the same place with thier home country almost off of the map.



Updated: 9:50 AM GMT on July 26, 2011

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A Walk with Abbey and More Family Support

By: plapman, 11:06 AM GMT on July 24, 2011

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Today will see afew showers ending this morning then clearing. Fog patches dissipating this morning. The high will be 26C(79F).
Tonight will be clear with a low of 14C(57F).
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I got Abbey out for a short 1 1/2 mile walk yesterday. AS son as she saw me put on my safety vest her tail started going and. She sure enjoys that brief gopher hunt. When we startd out we met a neighbors dog, a yappy poddle cross. I told it to go away or Abbey would eat it. The neighbors son, not knowing Abbey, came to rescue the family dog. I told him Abbey wouldn't hurt the smaller dog and Abbey, true to from, had a few sniffs then ignored the little yapper. The neighbor commented on what a nice dog I had and said she was pretty laid back to put up with his noisy little dog.
I wanted to cut my lawn yesterday but the Queen wouldn't let me and called her brother instead. He said that he'd be here today to do the job. I sure got a great deal when I married the Queen! I'm sure I could cut my grass but will respect the Queen's wishes.
I felt a small clot in my hand yesterday and told the Queen but today there's just a bruise there. It's a good thing I go in to the vampire's next week to get the INR checked.
I've started carrying a note pad and pen with me to note events. The memory is shot. I checked on the net and 1 of the side effects of my new med is memory loss. I still think i'm a walking pile of human junk parts. :)


Updated: 10:14 AM GMT on July 25, 2011

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The Best Hospital Stay Yet

By: plapman, 10:29 AM GMT on July 23, 2011

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Today will be cloudy with periods of rain beginning early in the morning. Amount 5 to 10 mm(0.2 to 0.4 in). Wind northeast 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph) becoming light early in the morning. High 16C(61F). Saturday night rain ending late in the evening then clearing. Amount 5 to 10 mm. Low 12C(54F).
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Darn I had this all just about done then clicked the wrong tab and lost it all.
I'm not sure whether I had another stroke or a siezure this time. They did a CTScan but found no evidence of new brain damage. I've had CTScans before that showed nothing but an MRI revealed new brain damage. The local hospital only has a CTScanner. I have an appointment with my neurologist soon and the Queen is going to insist on an MRI.
I hacd a good stay in the hospital this time but sure was glad to be home with the Queen last night.
The nurses there are great and I'm getting to know them all on a first name basis. One of the nurses said she's going to get me a bell. Once I get back on my feet during my stays I walk the hallway for at least a 1/2 hour in the morning and evening. I almost knocked over 2 nurses, doing my walks, who came from a room on my left side, where I have no periferal vision.
My room mate was an elderly gentleman((83) who has been staying there for 4 monthes with a vertebrae problem and needed a walker to get around. His mind is as sharp as a tack and he told me some really interesting stories. He's been confined to the hospital for 4 monthes while waiting for a spot in a personal care home. Before the back injury he was living on the farm, 3000 acres, where he was born which is now managed by his son and grandson.
My uncle had once told me that my grandfather had dug the well at the school in Oakville by hand, a small village 13 miles east of Portage. My roomate came from the same village and whwn I told him this. My roomy said he remembers my grandfather doing this and was 15 at the time. He told me the well is 80 feet deep and 4 feet in diameter lined with brick and is still in use today.He said my grandfather would shovel earth into a pail and hoist it to the top where a person there would empty it. My grandfather used the same pulley system to work his way down at the begining and back up at the end of the day. The opening at the top must have looked small from the bottom of the well. The pioneers were certainly a hardy breed.
There was an old workmate who had retired about 10 years before me in a room down the hall from me. He has pnemonia. I tried to visit with him often but he spent most of the time asleep.
The Queen would bring me real coffee every morning before my 7:30 breakfast then leave for a while and come back to have lunch with me and take me outside for some freash air. She'd then return on her evening meal break to eat a burger or sub which she'd pick up on the way.I don't know how I'd manage without that woman.




Looks like I'm gpoing to have to move that garbage can!

Updated: 10:54 AM GMT on July 24, 2011

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Home Again

By: plapman, 1:11 AM GMT on July 23, 2011

I was released from the hospital tonight. There were no beds availeable in the nuerology area for 5 to 6 days so my doctor relealsed me to wait at home. I have an appointment with my nuerologist in the next week and they'll do another eeg. The Queen is goung to ask for a MRI to be done also. Hopefully they can get the meds in the proper doseage to fix my proble.
I'll add a new blog tomorrow.
Thanks for the support and well wishes.

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A Hot Day on the Prairie and my Conditiion Dianosed

By: plapman, 12:15 PM GMT on July 17, 2011

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Fellow UW bloggers you'll have to forgive errors on this blog as I'm having a hard time concentrating this morning
Today will be sunny. with a hgh of 34C(93F). Tonight will remain clear with a low of 16C(61F).
Yesterday was a quite day. There litle activity around the house. the Queen told me no walks with Abbey after Fridays events. She stayed home from work yesterday to care for me. but she's going in today for a short time. Friday the doctors dianosed my condition as Jacksonian seizures. Information on this type of siezure can be found at this webpage.Jacksonion siezre.

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Updated: 12:23 PM GMT on July 17, 2011

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A Lost Day on the Praiirie

By: plapman, 9:07 AM GMT on July 16, 2011

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. I'm not sure if the above makes sennse. I haD areally bad day yesterday. I can remember going for my walk with Abbey and having 2 Auras. An aura is the feeling I get leading up to a seizure. I knelt beside the road on the grass untill they passed. I remember a lady stopping and asking if I was OK to which I answered yes. I then got up and made my way home. with Abbey at my side. When I got home I lied down on the couch and tried to get the Queens at-tension but she didn't hear me. so I pressed 2 on my cell which is set to speed dial home. I got the Queen and she came from the basement to attend to me. She called the nieghbor, a ohycriatic nurse at the Manitoba developementcenter, which deals with mentally handicapped people and in his words is the siezure capital of manitoba.,, with his help the Queen got me out to the carand he followed her to the ER to explain to the er doctor what he had seen.The Queen later told me that while in the ER I had a grandMall siezure I remember nothing else of the day until I woke in my own bed at 3:30am this morning.Before going on my walk with Abbey I was working on a medical directive giving the Queen powers to make medical decisions for me if I was unable to. I've told her that if I'm on life support systems with no hope of recouvery to pull the plug. I don't want to end it not knowing who I am or not knowing the Queen and being kept alive artificially.
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Updated: 9:13 AM GMT on July 16, 2011

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Progress in the Washroom

By: plapman, 10:51 AM GMT on July 15, 2011



Today will be cloudy witha few showers and thunderstorms beginning early this morning then ending this afternoon. The wind will be southeast at 20 km/h (12 mph). The high will be near 25C(77F).
Tonight will bring clearing and an overbight low of 17C(63F).
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The son-in-law was over uesterday in the afternoon. He worked on new walls and ran a temperary line from the washer to the floor drain. I guess my break from laundry man is over.
I showed him a photo of the Queen which was taken 6 months after we were married. His comment was " She was young once eh, I can see where my daughter, his wife, gets her good looks from. The Queen was 19 when the photo was taken.
I put the son in-laws name and the date on an exterior wall stud. If anyone tears down the wall in the future they'll find the builders name and when the wall was constructed. I should add a small time capsule too. I got the idea from a piece of wood found in a wall, during renovations, on Grand Manan Island. It has the Queen's grandfathers name and a date on it. She aquired it from a friend on the island who mailed it to her. Im going to have to build a glasss fronted case for her to display it in.

Updated: 9:07 AM GMT on July 16, 2011

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A Plumbing Nightmare Comeing True. :)

By: plapman, 11:08 AM GMT on July 14, 2011


Today will bring increasing cloudiness with a 30% chance of showers this afternoon. The wind becoming southeast at 20 km/h (12 mph) this morning. The high will be 25C(77F).
Tonight will be cloudy with a 30% chance of showers early this evening.The wind southeast at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light early this evening. The overnight low will be 19C(66F).
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There was no work done on the basement again yesterday. It was like YLee said yesterday. The plumber called while I was at the doctor. When the Queen called them back he had gone to the next job on his list and never showed up yesterday.
The son-in-law came and picked up the lumber he had brought to return it to the store. It had all twisted while laying here acclimatizing to the basement humidity level. He looked at the plumbing problem and said he had to break concrete for the shower drain and would just reroute the laundry drain to the same pipe. I'll have to call the plumber first thing this morning and cancel his services.
The Queen says no more renovating for a while due to the time it's taking to do the bathroom. lol I was happy with the old one but it was her idea to do the renovations. I sure miss my washroom and have walked to use it numerous times before remembering its down. Hopefully I'll be able to do laundry by tonight while the Queen is at work. I can see why people only live in a house for a few years then sell it before the problems start. I've been here 24 years.
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Updated: 10:49 AM GMT on July 15, 2011

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No plumbing done on the prairie

By: plapman, 10:59 AM GMT on July 13, 2011


Today will be sunny with thw wind becoming southerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) this morning. The high is expected to reach 27C(81F).
Tonight will start clear but will bring increasing cloudiness after midnight. The south wind at20 km/h (12 mph) will beccome lght early this evening. The overnight low will be 15C(59F).
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It was quiet here yesterday, Neigther the plumber or the son-in-law showed up. I can just see them showing up at the same time and getting in each others way. I'll have tosend the son-in-law home if that happens.
One good thing about the clogged drain is that it takes away one of the domestic chores the Queen has assigned to me. :) but the laundry is building up and I'm going to have to do a couple of loads to get gaught up when the drains work again.
I have my regularly svheduled doctors appointment again today. My doctor is on vacation and my visit will be with a dr I've never seen before. I've printed up a card with all my meds and medical history on it. I guess the doctors don't have the time to read my records because new doctors always ask for the meds ans history. The hospital is the same way and always ask the same questions.



Updated: 11:06 AM GMT on July 14, 2011

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Plumbing Problems on the Prairie

By: plapman, 9:27 AM GMT on July 12, 2011


Today will be sunny with a high of 25C(77F).
Tonight will be clear zndd the overnight low will be 11C(52F).
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Yesterday I tried to repair a clogged drain from the main floor laundry room to the main sewer line. It's been giving us poblems for a while now and finally refused to drain the tub the washer drains into. I located the problem to a section of cast pipe that runs under the basement floor to the floor drain. After taking the pipes apart I couldn't even get the snake through that section of pipe. I think it rusted sshut. After 2 hours of trying to clear it I got furustrated and quit after breakibg the trap in the line above where I was working. The Queen made me lie down and have a rest. While I did this she called a plumber. I think he's going to have to cut the concrete floor and install a new pipe.
It's a real mess there with the son-in-law half finished the bathroom project and a storage room that's full of my unused stuff. The plumber has his work cut out for him. It's a good thing I have a bank account set aside for just such problems.

Updated: 10:52 AM GMT on July 13, 2011

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A Walk With the Neighbor and a Redneck Move

By: plapman, 10:48 AM GMT on July 11, 2011

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Today will start with a mix of sun and cloud along with a 30% chance of showers this morning. Clearing this afternoon. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h (12 mph) early this morning. The high will be 22C(72F) which is a lot more comfortable than yesterdays 29c.
Tonight will be clear with a northwest wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light early this evening. The overnight low will be 11C(52F).
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I met the neighbor's wife walking Abbey's friend Fox on our way home. She asked where Abbey was and I looked around cut couldn't see her. I don't keep track of her on her free run because I know 1 whistle will bring her back to me. Sure enough I whistled and waited about 30 seconds and she came running from the long grass to my side. She must have been distracted on the gopher hunt and lost track of me.
It was nice having a walking companion to talk with besides Abbey. I can't get the Queen to come on our excursions as she says I walk too fast for her.
The brother-in-law showed up for coffee yesterday afternoon. I gave him Lee's suggestion that he take his wheelbarrow home redneck style by tying it to the roof of his car. I got an old piece of carpet and some rope from the garage and helped him lift it up. I hope the ropes we tied through the doors didn't come loose on his 60 mile trip home.

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Updated: 9:27 AM GMT on July 12, 2011

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Getting Lazy on the Prairie

By: plapman, 11:29 AM GMT on July 10, 2011

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Today will see a mix of sun and cloud and the risk of a thunderstorm late this afternoon. The wind becoming southwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) late this afternoon. Todays high will be 29C(84F).
Tonight will be partly cloudy with the risk of a thunderstorm early this evening. The wind will be southwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) but becoming light early this evening. Tonights low will be 14C(57F).
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I've talked the Queen out of bringing the old cast iron fire place back into the house. It would have needed a new chimney installed to make it work plus firewood would have to be purchaced as I can't drive to harvest it. In it's place the Queen purchased an artificial one. The artificial fire sure looks realistic compared to the old artificial ones which had a colored wheel turning to simulate a fire. I took a photo of the new one last night, I'll post it when I download my camera.
I'm getting lazy. I had a nap yesterday instead of taking Abbey out for her gopher hunt. I'm going to have to get her out early today before it warms up and I have my nap.
She won't let me forget the nightly brushing though. At about 7pm she comes and looks at me and starts pacing the room I'm in. I don't know how that dog can tell time. The Queen says I've set too much of a routine for her.

Updated: 9:49 AM GMT on July 11, 2011

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The Trip East and a Dragonfly

By: plapman, 10:54 AM GMT on July 09, 2011

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Today will sstart mainly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers early this morning then clearing this morning. The wind becoming westerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) this morning. Todays high will be 26C(79F).
Tonight will be clear with a west wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light early this evening. The overnight low will be 13C(55F).
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I gave my old camera, a Canon SX3 IS. The Queen bought me the newer Canon sx20IS for Christmas in 2009 and the old ones been sitting collecting dust since. The daughter asked to buy the old one so I gave it to her. She's making good use of it. Here's a photo of a dragonfly she took.


You can't beat a big lense camera!
She's really excited aboit our trip to Newfoundland but the Queen says she'll have to give her a course on preparing my meds for the day.
The last trip me and the Queen took to Grand Manan I brought my handheld GPS and tracked our flight. It was great knowing where we were and how fast we were moving. I recently heard of a man who brought his and was asked to put it away as it scared the passenger behind him. She didn't know what it was and complained to the stewardess. He refused and was removed from the plane at the next stop. Hopefully I'll be able to use mine this trip. The 911 disaster
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Starting My Bucket List With a Trip to Newfoundland

By: plapman, 11:19 AM GMT on July 08, 2011


Today will start sunny but then increasing cloudiness late this afternoon. The thigh will be 29C(84F).
Tonight will be cloudy with rain at times heavy beginning late this evening. There is also the risk of a thunderstorm overnigh with 10 to 20 mm(0.4 to 0.8 in) accumulating. The wind will be southeast at 20 km/h (12 mph) but becoming light late this evening. The overnight low will be 16C(61F).
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yesterday we found out the youngest daughter was going to newfoundland to visit the middle daughter. The Queen asked me to come with her and accompany the youngest on the trip. I hummed and hawed and finally said no. Last night the middle daughter called while the Queen was at work and asked me to come. I can't say NO to those girls. She had checked before calling and there was only 1 seat availible on the return flight.She asked if I wanted her to book the last seat by computer while we were talking. I gave her my Xisa info over the phone and now am the proud onwner of the last seat. When the Queen came home from work I told her I was going and she said " Go for it" and that she was going to pursade me into going any way. It's part of my Bucket list to travel completely across Canada. When I was young I went to vancouver Island with my parents. My father liked to drive and drove the family there just because. The trip to St. Johns will fulfill thst part of the list. it's too bad I couldn't take the Queen but she has no hard feelings and is happy for me.
I'll have arrange to meet Incogkneetoe while I'm there.I recently found him on facebook.
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Updated: 10:54 AM GMT on July 09, 2011

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Warm on the Prairie But Better than Moving Snow

By: plapman, 9:49 AM GMT on July 07, 2011

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Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of 14C(57F).
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The son-in-law was over yesterday and started the the new washroom with the framing complete. His next job is to cut the concrete and install a new drainage suystem for the shower. The old shower drained in the middle while the new on drains in one corner. The new shower can't be moved over the old drain due to the furnace and floor drain. I never got Abbey out yesteday as I had a vampire visit and a shopping trip with the Queen. I had just laid down for my afternoon nap when the son-in-law showed up and never did get the nap. poor Abbey was pestering me all afternoon for the walk but I thought it would be to warm for her. With today's forecast in the mid 80's I;ll have to get her out early today.

Updated: 11:18 AM GMT on July 08, 2011

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Update on Delta Beach and Cleaning My Garage

By: plapman, 11:00 AM GMT on July 06, 2011


Today will bring increasing cloudiness with a 60% chance of showers late this morning. The high will be 25C(77F).
Tonight will see clearing this evening with an overnight low of 14C(57F).
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I just found this picture of my girls on FB. The Queen sure makes great looking women!




The son-in-law picked up the shower for the basement washroom and layed the base in place to be sure it would fit and it did. It's in a crowded area with the furnace right behind it and the floor drain on the right side. He also picked up a trailer load of stuff from my garage to dispose of.
When cleaning out the garage I found an old monitor I had forgotten about. I've been looking for one to hook up to an pld computer I save wnen I took all my old stuff to be recycled. I have files for my password database on the drive and hope to be able to recover them as the app won't run on my new 64 bit system.
I was talking to a former co-worker yesterday and jokingly blamed him for the flooding at Delta Beach and asked him where I could go swimming this year.
Portageonline.com published an update on the situation there and the goverments plans to remedy it.

Relief, Mixed With Frustration
Written by Rae Hathaway
Tuesday, 05 July 2011

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The Selinger government's announced its plans to deal with the extraordinary high water in Lake Manitoba.
They've commissioned a study, looking into building a secondary channel to carry water to Lake Winnipeg, as well as increasing compensation to property owners along the lake's shore.
Doug Connery, president of the Delta Homeowners Association, feels if the government moves on creating a secondary channel soon, there can be a positive impact this year.
Connery says there are still areas of concern, such as the amount of compensation for homeowners, adding much of the announcement is vague.
He's still frustrated, but also feels some relief, because it appears the government's mind is still open.





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Updated: 9:47 AM GMT on July 07, 2011

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It's Still Hot on the Prairie

By: plapman, 10:17 AM GMT on July 05, 2011



Today will be sunny with a high of 27C(81F). UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of 13C(55F).
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The Queen got home from work yesterday just beat. I guess the warm weathter plus the heat and humidity from the french fry plant is something else.
I got my grass cut yesterday. The youngest daughter told me she'd bring the boys in again but with my urge for independance I got out brfore she had a chance to bring them in.
Abbey and me got out for our walk at 10am and I brought a water bottle with me for her. I'm going to have to bring a small bowl with me as she hasn't got the knack of drinking from my cupped hand. Buck, my previous dog, would lap it right from the bottle.On our old route along the railway tracks there was a carwash and Abbey would drink from a hose.
The Queen says I have to much of a rutine with Abbey. I wish that dog couldn't tell time. If we're not out by 1pm she's pestering me for a walk and again at 7pm she knows it's time for her brushing and dental treat.
Yesterday I recieved a sever thunderstorm warning on my cell but luckily nothing came of it. This warm humid weather are the right conditions for tstorms and possibly tornadoes. I'd like to see a good downpour to test my sloping plan on the nieghbors driveway now that my eve troughs are clear.


Updated: 11:09 AM GMT on July 06, 2011

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Big Trees, Hot Dogs and the Casey Anthony trial.

By: plapman, 10:29 AM GMT on July 04, 2011



Today becoming cloudy this morning with a 60% chance of showers. There is a risk of severe thunderstorms late this morning and this afternoon. The wind becoming west at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph) this morning then light late this afternoon. The high will be 26C(79F).
Tonight will bring clearing this evening and an overnight low of 14C(57F).
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It was a quiet day on the prairie yesterday. We made one shopping trip to pick up food for Abbey and Kramer and a new butterfly for the Queen. I've put all the butterflies in the back yard now to be safe from vandals but they don't get as much sun there. When we moved in in 1987 I planted a Silver Maple. It's not really a maple but a part of the Aspen family I believe and send runners all over the yard. What a mistake that was. I let 2 of the runners grow and now thier about 50 feet tall and block a lot of sun from the back yard.
Abbey is starting to loose some weight and now has a waist and hips again. She still comes home from our walk pannting for about 15 minutes until she cools down. If she'd stay beside e and forget her gopher hunt I don't think shed heat up as much.
The Queen spent most of her day iff watching the Casey Anthony trial. What a zoo that is with the lawyers almost coming to blows and the judge threating to expel them from the case. The commentaters on HLN, some ex lawyers, have never seen anything like that before.
The Queen is stRTING TO sway to the defence side thinking it may have been a accident that snowballed out of control. I pity the jury who have to sort out all theyve's heard and make a life or death decision.

Updated: 10:15 AM GMT on July 05, 2011

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Another Warm Humid Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:48 PM GMT on July 03, 2011

Today will see a few showers or thunderstorms ending this morning then a mix of sun and cloud and the risk of of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Thw wind will be becoming southeast at 20 km/h (12 mph) late this afternoon and the high will be 28C(82F). UV index 9 or very high.
Tonight will bring clearing as the southeast wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becomes light late this evening. The Overnight low will be 18C(64F).
Thanks to the man who ivented central air.
I got Abbey out at 10 yesterday morning while it was still cool for her and stopped by a friends on the way home. We didn't have time for coffee as he was ready to visit a friend in Winnipeg Beach who just had a triple bypass. I told him the friend would be hurting and he said the friend told him it was OK to visit but set a time limit on the visit. I can see the man's point having had a quad bypass in 2005 myself. It doesn't matter the number of extra tubes they put in it's the spreading the chest that hurts.

Updated: 10:27 AM GMT on July 04, 2011

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A Dark Tan on the Prairie

By: plapman, 11:20 AM GMT on July 02, 2011

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Today will be sunny with the wind becoming westerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) this morning. The high is expected to be 25C(77F). It's time to get out the sun screen as the will be UV index 9 or very high.
Tonight will remain clear with the westerly wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light early this evening. The overnight low will bew 12C(54F).
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It looks like it's time for me to dig out the sunscreen. With my Metis hertiage I don't burn easliy but turn really brown. A long time ago, mid 70's, I worked on Lake Winnipeg. The work clothes consisted of a pair of cut off jeans and canvas runners. We were in the boat or into wadeing to shore to start a new survey every 1/2 hour for 12 hours a day. Did I ever tan those 5 years I worked on that lake.
I've started to bring a water bottle for Abbey. She still has her daily dip in the ditch water and a few laps of it. Dogs sure have an amazing imune system. I think a human drinking from a ditch would be dead in no time but it dosen't seem to bother dogs.

Updated: 12:47 PM GMT on July 03, 2011

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Hot and Humid on the Prairie

By: plapman, 11:25 AM GMT on July 01, 2011

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Tonight will be clear with a west wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light after midnight. The overnight low will be 13C(55F).
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It sure was warm on the prairie yesterday. The humidex msde it feel like 42C while the temp on my thermometer said 32. I shortened Abbey's walk to about a mile and a half in the morning. Last year we came home from a walk on a hot day and she had a heat stroke. Luckily no permanent damage was done. That was the first time I'd seen a dog suffer a heat stroke , it was pretty scary. She had no control over her legs and fell to the floor kicking and slobbering.
Luckily the central air is working great and kept the house at a comfortable and dry 22C.
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Retired and loving it. If I'd have known about retirement befor I started my 40 year career with the government of Manitoba I'd have retired first. :)