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Aproject nearing completion, A playful Son in Law and a Smart Cat

By: plapman, 9:00 AM GMT on August 31, 2011


Today will be mainly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers in the morning. The high will be 30C(86F). Tonight start partly cloudy but becoming cloudy after midnight wuth a 60% chance of showers before morning. There is also a risk of a thunderstorm before morning. The wind becoming south at 20 km/h (12 mph) after midnight. Tonight's low will be 17C(63F).
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I think I overdid it yesterday in the morning. I cut the front grass then started the back lawn when my mower quit. I tried for a 1/2 to get it started but it wouldn't go. I then took Abbey for her walk. While walking I knew my route but couldn't place myself on it. When a gentleman ask for directions I sent him 3 building too far and to the wrong side. He returned a couple of minutes later and I stopped him and sent him the right way. I Was only 1 building past his destination by then.
Abbey must have sensed my condition. Where she usually runs in a field gopher hunting she stayed by me in the heal position. When we approached the spot where I leash her again she ran ahead and waited. On the way home she stayed in the heal position instead of going to the end of her 16 foot leash and turned at the right corners. It sure was scary not knowing my exact location but I still knew the route. When I got home I had an hours nap and felt better. I'm going to have to learn to pace myself better.
The SIL got the first coat of mud on the walls and will be back today to apply a second coat. I got him to check my mower and when he did he said get dynamite for it. :) A valve had broken and was hitting the spark plug. It's a better deal to buy a new mower than to replace the motor.
When I got the new mower home the 2 grandsons assembled it and finished the grass. What great boys.
While the SIL was mu dding he got the boys to help him and explained why it was done the way he said. Those boys are sure getting a good upbringing.
It's not only kids who play with markers. When the SIL was finished mudding and laying the flooring he was playing with a marker and drew whiskers and eyebrows on the youngest grandson's face. He now resembles one of Alley's cats. lol
Mom didn't think it was funny as she's taking him to Newfoundland with us and will have to travel with a kitty child as the marker won't be off by then. it's a good thing those 2 were made for each other. I guess I'll be traveling with a daughter and a kitty tomorrow. lol
Kramer has learned a new trick. He jumped up on one of the Queen's filing cabinets and opened a door with his paw. I was amazed at what I saw. he then went into the room and jumped onto a bed and went to sleep. I sure wish I'd of had my camcorder handy!
Tomorrow Night I sleep in Newfoundland.

Updated: 7:35 AM GMT on September 07, 2011

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Projects on the Prairie and the Countdown Continues

By: plapman, 9:29 AM GMT on August 30, 2011

Today will will be mainly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers and risk of a thunderstorm. The wind becoming south 20 km/h (12 mph) in the morning. Todays high will be 28C(82F).
Tonight will be partly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers early in the evening. The overnight low will be 14C(57F).
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Yesterday I completed the garage project. I now have a hole in the back corner to exit my garden hose. Today I have to install some baamboo curtains she bought for her new home office.
The Queen now has 1 fearure wall covered in wallpaper and 3 painted walls.
She applied a coat of primer to the remaining unpapered walls, which the marker bleed through then she tried a test area whith good paint over the primer and much to her delight the was no bleeding. The primer must have sealed the walls.:)
I'm glad I stayed away from the job or I would have learned some new 4 letter words.:)
Today the SIL is scheduled to apply the frist layer of mud to the gyprock in my wash room.
Only 2 more sleeps till I fly!

Updated: 8:58 AM GMT on August 31, 2011

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Another Project Completed and a Wimp On The Prairie

By: plapman, 9:13 AM GMT on August 29, 2011


Today will be mainly sunny with a high of 25C(77F). Tonight will bring a few clouds. Low and a low of 12C(54F).
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Yesterday I got my cart for the compressor done. It took me all afternoon because I kept losing parts. I'd work on something put it down and start the next part then forget where I had left the previous part. What a pain in the butt this short term memory loose is. I should have had the whole project completed in under an hour.
The Queen is reying to paint the youngest girl's room.At one time the Queen gave her permission to write the lyrics of a song on her walls. She used black permanet marker. When I saw the mess I said it would come throught the layers of paint but no one listened to me. My words have come true.:) The Queen is going to have to wallpaper the room. Does anybody here know a solution? I have a friend whose a journeyman painter and he suggested using a layer of aluminum paint. then paint over that. He said that works with ink and should work with black marker. I'm staying out of the problem using my disability as an excuse. What a wimp eh! I have managed not to say"I told you so" for fear of a beating by the Queen. lol
Todays project is to make a hole in the garage wall for my sprinkler hose to exit instead of under the overhead door. I'll have to carefully chip the stucco away in a small area out of sight,cut a hole in the wall then insert a pipe bigger than the hose and regrout the area with cement.
Only 2 more sleeps till I fly!


Updated: 9:22 AM GMT on August 30, 2011

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anxiously Waiting to Fly and Projects To Do On The Prairie

By: plapman, 10:39 AM GMT on August 28, 2011

Today will bring a mix of sun and cloud with a 30% chance of showers and the risk of a thunderstorm. The hHigh will be 27C(81F).
Tonight will be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers early this evening and risk of a thunderstorm. It will be clearing this evening. The low will be13C(55F).
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I never got Abbey out for her walk yesterday as I got busy with other projects. I guess she'll have to get used to staying at home as the Queen dosen't enjoy walking and she couldn't control Abbey like I do. Abbey is a one person dog, she's really bonded to me.
I called the daughter in Newfoundland and asked her if I had to bring winter clothing. Their warm days are in the 20's(mid 70's, annd it will be a shock to my system after we've been experiencing a lot warmer temps.
It will be really nice to see the daughter again after she left Manitoba almost 2 years ago. I'll keep my computer up and running so that I can keep track of the Queen's comings and goings while I'm away :) but try and keep the blog updated from thr daughters computer..
I've got to print up my medical information on a 4x6 card which I'll wear around my neck. The way things have been feeling lately I won't need it but better safe than sorry.
I got the daughters shelving up yesterday with the help of her boyfriend and the webcam light working. There isn't too much to see besides the Queen's car though. Today's project is too build a base for my compressor and put it on wheels. I keep it in the house during the winter as the oil gets too thick for it too start when in the garage but have enough hose to reach the Queen's car if I need to fill a tire with air.


Updated: 9:11 AM GMT on August 29, 2011

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Keeping Busy on the Prairie and Lost in a Parking Lot

By: plapman, 10:51 AM GMT on August 27, 2011

Today will be a mix of sun and cloud with a 30% chance of showers early this morning. The high will be 26C(79F).

Tonightwill be partly cloudy with a low of 13C(55F).
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Another quiet day on the prairie.
Yesterday the Queen took me shopping. While waiting for her to go through the checkout I went and sat at a bench with another gentleman. He noticed my white ID cane and commented on it. I told him how I had come to need it and he asked if I still drove. A friend of his came to the bench and the felow I was siting with asked the newcommer if he still saddle broke horses. He said no and explainded that he couldn't kift his arm past shoulder height but suggested he hitch the horses to a stone boat till they tired and then try to ride them. I guess that bench is reserved for us older disabled men to use while the wives shop.
When the Queen was done we went to the parking lot and couldn't remember where she had parked our car. It's funny that when I'm not driving I don't pay attention to where we are. A lady noticed us and asked if we were lost. When we told her our situation she suggested the Queen press the buton for the alarm to blow the horn which worked. I suggested to the Queen that I'll start carring my GPS to locate the car.The golden years sure are fun.:)
I've completed my webcam light project and will try it out tonight.
Today's roject is to install some helving in the daughters room. Keeping myself busy sure shortens the day.
Only 3 more sleeps till till I land on the Rock. Hopefully Irene will have past by then.




Updated: 10:37 AM GMT on August 28, 2011

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More Bragging About Abbey and Danger in the Potato Fields

By: plapman, 9:57 AM GMT on August 26, 2011


Today will be sunny with the wind becoming northwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) in the morning. To days high will be 26C(79F).
Tonight will remain clear with the northwest wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light early in the evening. The overnight low will be 11C(52F).
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A quiet day yesterday. The SIL took the day off of the washroom renos and spent the day with his family.He did drop off a trailer for the Queen to discard some of her accumulated treasures. I'll be keeping a close eye on what she discards. It seems that if it's mine and she doesn't know what it's used for it's junk. lol
I got Abbey out for and early walk yesterday and she went through her usual gopher hunt routine. I don't think she caught any but she sure enjoys the romp but never gets far enough away from me that she can't be called back with a whistle.She sure is a loyal dog.I think I've saaid it before that whoever lost her to the pound missed out on one of the best dogs I've owned. her understanding of English is amazing. I can make her wimper by asking her while I scratch under her chin if she'll miss me when I go on my trip. When she comes to me with an "I want to go outside look in her eye I say" Go to the door" and off she goes.
I hope this winters cold doesn't match the heat we've beeb experiencing this summer. This has been the warmest summer that I can remember.
I heard on the news yesterday that the gernade found was in a potato field. If it had somehow made it through the harvesting process and into one of the fry plants here I'm sure the peeling machine would have pulled the pin. It's good it was found before someone lost their life either in the field harvesting or in the processing at the fry factory.

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

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A Good Father, Danger on the Prairie and a Prairie Boy May Meet a Hurricane

By: plapman, 9:37 AM GMT on August 25, 2011



Today will be sunny. with the wind becoming south at 20 km/h (12 mph) early in the afternoon. The high will be 33C(91F).
Tonight will remain clear as the southerly wind st 20 km/h (12 mph) becomes light late in the evening. Tonught lo will be 13C(55F).
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The basement drywall is up and ready to mud and the new shower base has been installed.
The youngest daughter, who celebrates her 31st birthday today, has learned not to let grandpa teach the little guy new tricks. Yesterday while she was out shopping the ,15 month old, stuck his tongue out at the clerk at the till. Grandpa thought that was pretty funny but the Queen didn't. I'll have to teach him a new trick to embarrass mom to get even with her for the rotten things she did as a youngster. :)
The SIL sure is a good dad. While he's working on the washroom he has the 2 older boys helping him and explaining what he's doing. Those boys will be great handymen when the go out and start a life of their own. The daughter says he's helped them build a gocart that they can drive. He helped them weld the frame together and install a 20HP motor. The daughter made him put a governor on it as it will reach speeds of almost 100 mph. My job is to teach them to put the tools away.:)
Yesterday I donated an old chainsaw to the cause. It will be interesting to see what they build with it.
Only 7 more sleeps till I land on Incogkneetoe's rock.
Both Alleyoops and Grand Manan have suggested I bring my rainwear and an umbrella as Irene may be visiting the rock at the same time as me.
The day before yesterday while out driving with the Queen the RCMP had the road past the police station blocked and we wondered what the cause was. Yesterday I saw on the newa and read on Portageolnine.com that someone had found a hand grenade and brought into the RCMP office for disposal. The RCMP called the military in Winnipeg who flew in their bomb disposal squd to check it. It turned out to be live and the military took it to dispose of out of harms way. The RCMP issued a warning that if something like that is found to call them and not bring it in yourself. I wonder how it came to be on the farmers land?

Updated: 9:55 AM GMT on August 26, 2011

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An Update on the Basement , Green Grass and the Countdown.

By: plapman, 9:54 AM GMT on August 24, 2011

Today will be sunny with a west wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming northwest 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) near noon. Todays high will be 26C(79F).
Tonight will remain clear with the northwest wind at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) becoming north 20 km/h (12 mph) early this evening then light late this evening. Tonights overnight low will be 12C(54F).
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Thhe SIL was back working on the basement again yesterday and has the drywall up. It won't be long till I have my washroom back again.
I was going to cut my front lawn yesterday but when I went to get the mower it was missing. It seems the granddaughter had borrowed it. By the time it came home it was too warm. so I added more water.
The daughter commented that there are only 3 green lawns on the block. Mine and my neighbors that I installed wells for last year. I'll have to get out right after Abbey's early morning walk today and get my grass cut.
Only 8 more sleeps till I fly. :)

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Updated: 9:35 AM GMT on August 25, 2011

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A sad Job Brings Back Old Memories

By: plapman, 10:00 AM GMT on August 23, 2011

Today will be sunny with the wind becoming west at30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph) late in the afternoon. The high will be 33C(91F). Tonight a will bring a few clouds with the west wind at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph). Tonight's low will be 13C(55F).
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I checked yesterday and I have little grass shoots emerging in the bare spot where my trees were. The ground was stating to dry up so I started the sprinkler again. it looks like I'm going to have to cut the unseeded part today. All that water and the warm temps sure have made it grow.
I was looking for something last night and stumbled across the lights for the webcam I had lost. Today's project will be to get them working before I loose them again, :)
I've also been working on shredding all my mother's papers so that no one will steal her dead identity. That women never threw anything away. I've found old bank statements, energy bills and income tax documents from 1980 in her papers. I've got a large blue recycle bag nearly full of shredded paper. I had power of attorney for the last 5 years before her death and was the executor for her will. It sure made the executor part easier knowing that all her bills were paid and that there were no hidden debts.It's a hard thing sorting through her stuff and finding old obituaries of her friends cut from newspapers, old birthday cards my sisters and I had given her along with pictures of my sisters and me as children as well as pictures of kids I don't recognize.I guess all the pictures and cards were precious to her.I'd all-ready taken out memorabilia of my father who past away in in 1980 and have his WW2 medals, pictures of him from England during the war years and a newspaper clipping listing soldiers who were wounded. His name was among them and the paper is dated dated December 14 1943. he was wounded on the 13th at Ortona Italy. I have a wall dedicated to him with the memorabilia on it.
I guess when it's my time to go the kids will find a lot of what they think is use less junk but to me it's important.
That's enough of me being a suck and get on with Abbey's walks and my projects. For years I've wanted to learn to code apps with Visual Basic but have always put it of. I think now is a good time to master the language like I did with the database app Clipper in the early 90's when I authored programs that are still in use by the government today.

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Updated: 9:51 AM GMT on August 24, 2011

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Window Cleaning, Lights and the Countdown Begins

By: plapman, 10:39 AM GMT on August 22, 2011

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Today will start with a mix of sun and cloud then there will be the risk of a thunderstorm late this afternoon. The Wind becoming south at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph) early this afternoon. Today's high will be 33C(91F).
Tonight will start partly cloudy but becoming clear this evening. There is the risk of a thunderstorm early this evening. The wind south at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph) will be becoming light after midnight. Tonight's low will be 17C(63F).
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While on my walk with Abbey yesterday a car pulled up along side of us. It was a fellow who we used to live beside more that 30 years ago. I think it's amazing how some people can remember faces for so long. I sure can't and even before my problems couldn't. My face must not be ageing as fast as the rest of the body. I remember posting on here that I've met ladies who knew me from elementary school and recognized me.
Just for YLee I cleaned my basement window and the lens of the webcam. :) I think they both had a layer of fine dust from the SIL's concrete cutting. I'll definately have to get the furnace and duct work cleaned this fall.
I bought some new lights to light up the driveway for my webcab cam and put them away till I got back to that project. Darned if I can find them. I put up a couple of night lights but they don't seem to be bright enough to do the job.
It's only nine fingers till I land on Ingogkneetoe's rock. I have his phone number. I'll have to call him soon and tell him to go fishing for cod so that I can give it a kiss and take a sip of screech so that I can become an honorary Newfoundlander. :) I'll leave the Newfiondland T Shirt the daughter gave me at home so that I don't look like a tourist except for the camera I'll be carrying and wear my Bannock Beats Steroids tee she also gave me. It always draws a chuckle from people.
It's too bad that the Queen will stay home but it will give her a break from me stumbling around the house, bumping into things and knocking stuff off of the shelves.

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Growing Grass and Fun With The Queen

By: plapman, 10:35 AM GMT on August 21, 2011

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Today will bring increasing cloudiness then a 40% chance ofshowers later this morning but will become sunny this afternoon. The high is expected to be 24C(75F).
Tonight will be clear with a low of 11C(52F).
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I had this already to post then lost it switching between tabs trying to add the webcam.
I've got my own pump up and running and am watering the front lawn and the newly seeded area. There's no sign of grass sprouts yet but I'm sure they show soon.
In areas where the grass wasn't disturbed by the tree removal last fall the fine grass is starting to show. It comes up thick and soft. You can see your footprints when you walk through it.
Today I'll start in the backyard with some seed in areas that have died due to Abbey over fertilizing it when I couldn't get her out for her daily walk.
I showed the Queen my blog yesterday and actually got a load of laundry done by her. I'm still assigned the dishes though. It's a good thing I bought the Queen a dishwasher when I retired knowing she'd give me domestic chores to keep me occupied. Before I retired I always told her we didn't need one as I'd married one.:) That statement usually earned me a playful cuff on the side of the head. She now says if I don't behave myself and listen to her I'll get one, not so playful, on the blind side never knowing what hit me and not remembering the event when I woke up. lol She sure is a great partner.

Updated: 10:38 AM GMT on August 22, 2011

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A Bored Queen and Messed up Projects

By: plapman, 9:54 AM GMT on August 20, 2011

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Today will be mainly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers late in the morning and in the afternoon. There is the risk of a thunderstorm then. The wind becoming northwest 20 km/h (12 mph) gusting to 40 km/h (25 mph) early in the afternoon. Today's high will be 22C(72F).
Tonight will see clearing and the northwest wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) gusting to 40 km/h (25 mph) but becoming light early in the evening. The overnight low will be 6C(43F).
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The Queen told me she was getting bored yesterday afternoon and I told her there was a load of laundry to be done, grass to be cut and I also suggested another thing. None of these interested her.lol I told her thaat she's got to learn to enjoy retirement but she said" If it's like this I'm not going to retire." She took 2 months off of work to look after me and I'm doing great and still try projects on a daily basis though most of them end up as trash. Yesterday I was going to put a small light up near the web cam but ended up breaking the eflector by dropping it on the concrete baement floor. I've had the light for 2 months and kept the project ion mind. It sure p'd me off when I broke it.I'll have to find another low voltage light and try again. I never give up!
I'm going to have to restart my map-hit counter. It won't take me to the location and time list. Another project gone bad. lol
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Well I'll be darned. The new one works but I lost my previous hits.Oh Well if you put it up they will come:)


Updated: 10:34 AM GMT on August 21, 2011

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A Report on the Nuerologist Visit and Fun With the Grandson

By: plapman, 11:20 AM GMT on August 19, 2011

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Tonight will bring clearing and a low of 10C(50F).
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The trip to the neurologist was kind of a flop. Their computer system was in need of maintenance and none of thier printers would work. He didn't have the notes from my doctor or his own to reference. It's a good thing the Queen has documented my episodes. he did say that there are 2 different=ent things going on in my head. The chicken dance seizures aren't epiletic but the grand mall type are. My last EEG showed no epileptic activity but did show abnormalities from my stroke.When he tested my reflexes and the the right side is almost nil. When the computers are working again he'll go over the data and send a letter to my doctor as well as a copy to us. He did give me the OK for my flight to Newfondland to visit the daughter. When he asked the Queen, who attends all my doctor appointments, if I showed any signs of depression she said no but she has them. My problems are really getting her down but I've accepted the cards life has dealt me and unlike draw poker I can't try for better ones.
When we left his office he told the Queen" No More Crying".
I'm starting to think I have even the specialists baffled!
On the way into the city my 15 month old grandson and I rode in the back seat and we both had a nap. lol I woke up before him in the city and didn't have a clue as to where we were and he woke up later in the indoor parking lot. You could see the look of surprise on his face as we looked for a parking spot in the almost dark parking lot. He must have been as lost as I was going to sleep in the bright sunlight and waking in the dark.Before our nap I tried to teach him to stick out his tongue much to his mother's chagrin. I told her it's grandpa's right to teach the kids bad things. I taught her 2 older boys how to take pots out of the cupboard and bang them together like cymbals. I sure enjoy the grandchildren as I can spoil them then send them home. lol
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A trip to Winnipeg and an Update on the Basement Washroom

By: plapman, 10:30 AM GMT on August 18, 2011


Today will be mainly sunny with the wind becoming southwest 20 at km/h (12 mph) early this afternoon. To days high will be 30C(86F). UV index 7 or high.
Tonight will bring a few clouds with the wind from the northwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) becoming light late this evening. The overnight low will be 9C(48F).
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The SIL was back at work on the basement washroom and is ready to install drywall. I've chosen a tan color for paint. it won't be long till I can have my morning SS&S in my own bathroom.
The grandsons came with him and I got them to find my missing tools. The SIL agreed that it's a good idea teach them to put the tools away after use as his go missing his when they work on bicycle projects at home and dive into dad's expensive professional tool set. The SIL is a Journeyman diesel mechanic and has a list of client's that get him to work on thier personal vehicals which he does in the evenings. he's a busy man. the daughter sure chose a good one when she married him.
i got a call from my neurologist yesterday and someone must have cancelled an appointment and I took the time slot over for 11:30 this morning. It's a big relief for the Queen that I go see him before my trip to Newfoundland on Sept. 1. My doctor has given me the OK to go as long as I'm not flying the plane. :)

Updated: 11:18 AM GMT on August 19, 2011

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Irrigation Wells on the Prairie

By: plapman, 10:35 AM GMT on August 17, 2011




Today will be sunny with a west wind at30 km/h (19 mph). The high will be 26C(79F).
Tonight will remain clear with the wind northwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) but becoming light late this evening. The overnight low will be 11C(52F).
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Yesterday I was going to get my pump up and running tp water the newly planted grass but when I went out the neighbor had already started his pump and was watering it. it's a good thing that I helped him put in the well last year. We're lucky here in Portage, the water table is only 12 feet down in a layer of sand. I use city water pressure and a pipe to make the hole, it's a trick I learned while working in the Geo technical section of our department. The process is called wash boring.We then pound a sand point, a screened pipe about 2 feet long that is perforated, into the sand layer with galvanized pipe coming to the surface. Using that method I can have the well working in less than an hour. it sure saves a lot of manpower and is quicker than a hand auger. We usually install them in an unused portion of the yard but have to disconnect them in the fall to keep the pump from freezing. The wells are only used for irrigation purposes. The city doesn't allow them for household use as the water could be contaminated easily being so close to the surface. The only problem is that the sand point has to be pulled every 3-4 years and the fine screen cleaned with acid to remove accumulated mineral deposits and then repounded into the sand.I have a 2" a steel pipe about 3 feet long to pound in the point. Th esteel pipe has about 6 inches of lead at the top and weighs close to 60 pounds.

Updated: 10:27 AM GMT on August 18, 2011

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More About Good Neighbors on the Prairie and the Queen's Comments on Yesterday's Blog

By: plapman, 10:13 AM GMT on August 16, 2011


Today eill be mainly cloudy with a 60% chance of showers this morning and early this afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. The wind will become westerly at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph) early this afternoon. Todays high will be 24C(75F.
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I had a great day yesterday. The neighbor's wife was out cutting the grass and I stopped her for a chat. I asked if she was sent to the same obediance school as the neighbor on the other side who also cuts grass. :)
While chatting she mentioned that her husband was going to get rid of some patio blocks. I told her I could use one and would take the one leaning against my house since the driveway project.She said she'd talk to hubby when he got home from golfing.What a great life he lives, he goes golfing and fishing while she cuts grass!
I met him later outside and he moved the block to block where I wanted it under my front step to keep the grass from growing there. He later spread my grass seed where the trees were and moved his spinkler to water it. I guess I'll have to get my pump hooked up to the well and keep the area moist till the grass takes root. it sure is nice to have good neighbors but i never did find out which school to send the Queen to. :).
When I showed the Queen yesterdays blog and comments she agreed that if I hadn't of taken her from the nest at such a young age she too may be making treats for desserts. I guess it's my fault that she doesn't bake. lol
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Clearing this evening. Wind west 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph). Low 11C(52F).

Updated: 10:30 AM GMT on August 17, 2011

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A Visit With the Queen Mother

By: plapman, 9:43 AM GMT on August 15, 2011


I'm up before the weatherman. The weather hasn't been updated since 5pm last night.
Today will be start sunny early in the morning then a mix of sun and cloud with a 40% chance of showers. There is also the risk of a thunderstorm. The wind becoming southeast at 20 km/h (12 mph) early in the afternoon. with a high 28C(82F). UV index 7 or high.
Tonight will be partly cloudy. There will be a 30% chance of showers early in the evening and the risk of a thunderstorm will continue. The wind will be southeast at 20 km/h (12 mph) then becoming light early in the evening.The overnight low will drop to 18C(64F).
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it was a pretty quite Sunday here. Abbey and me got out on our usual walk then the Queen and I went to visit her mother. The ladies 86 and I wish I was in as good as condition as her. She still mows her own lawn and moves her own snow in the winter.She always has baking goods for us. Yesterday it was a pan of matrimonial cake. The stuff with the date filling and oatmeal top and bottom. She always has the best oatmeal cookies I've tasted on hand as well. It's a speacial treat when she has a spare lemon pie to give us. Sometimes I wish I hadn't taken over care and control of the Queen at 17. If she'd have stayed home with mom longer she may have learned to bake those delious treats.




Updated: 10:12 AM GMT on August 16, 2011

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Learning to Live With a Disability

By: plapman, 10:38 AM GMT on August 14, 2011


Today will be sunny with a high of 29C(84F).
Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of 17C(63F).
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I got Abbey out for her walk yesterday. The farmer who owns her favorite hunting grounds has cut the long grass for hay. It sure makes it easier for her to spot those gophers. Last year when the field was cut she'd flush mice out from under the swathes. They give her quite a time as they run back under the cover when she come close and she sniffs and digs for them. I walk 2 1/2 miles but she must almost double that on her predatory hunts.
my white ID cane seems to attract people. Yesterday on a shopping trip with the Queen I passed a man on my blind side and he stepped back into me. He stepped back into me and I told him I was sorry thinking I had run into him. He said it was his fault we collided and said I didn't see you. I chuckled and said " I didn't see you either" when I noticed he was looking at my white and red stick. The other shoppers must feel bad when I run into their parked carts and apologise to them. I've learned to live with my vision problems and take minor collisions in stride. The Queen still laughs at me when I start looking for her and she's sitting in plain sight but on my left side. it's a good thing I don't have a drivers licence anymore.

Updated: 9:41 AM GMT on August 15, 2011

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Us Poor Men are Shot Down by the Ladies

By: plapman, 11:58 AM GMT on August 13, 2011


Today will be sunny. High with a high of26C(79F).
Tonight will remain clear with a low of 12C(54F).
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My computer shut down overnight if it was a power outage it must have been over 10 minutes for my UPS to drop out. The only thing that seems to be affected is my web cam. I'll have to get it going later.
After a quick check I found out my app for the webcam had shut down. It seems to be up and running again.
I got my grass cut yesterday but poor Abbey missed out on her walk. I'll get her out this morning before the temps go up.
I told the Queen the subject of yesterdays blog and she said "Oh NO". When I showed her the comments she thought it was funny. It seems like most of the ladies were on her side.Those women sure stick together and back ach other up. lol

Updated: 10:37 AM GMT on August 14, 2011

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Learning to Live Together on the Prairie

By: plapman, 11:49 AM GMT on August 12, 2011

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Today will bring increasing cloudiness with a 60% chance of showers and the risk of a thunderstorm. The high will be near 23C(73F).
Tonight will start cloudy with a 60% chance of showers early this evening and risk of a thunderstorm. The sky will be cearing late this evening as the low drops tow 13C(55F).
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One nice thing about the warmer weather we've had is that it cools nicly at night and the AC shuts down on its own.
The Queen and me are having a hard time adjusting to living together 24/7. I'm a very organized person and learnt long ago that it takes less time to put things away than it does to have to look for them afterwards. The Queen just drops things where she last used it and has to search for it when she needs it again. lol
I have my stuff in small containers around the house with different catagories of things in each one and I know where they are. The Queenputs everything in 1 big container and searches through it to find what she wants. Last night I was looking for some things in the kitchen and had to keep asking her where they were but she wasn't sure where she had left them. I told her she's going to have to get used to living in an organized world and she said "No I'm going back to work!" It's funny how 2 people can be happily married for over 40 years and be so different. We must be like magnets where opposites attract:).
I read ion Portage ONline.com yesterday that the Portage Diversion has been closed. That will be good news for the home and cottage owners on the shore but the lake will remain at high levels for the rest of the season. For ther sake I hope they have the new channel to Lake Winnipeg completed for next years spring runoff.



Updated: 11:54 AM GMT on August 13, 2011

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Back at Work in the Basement

By: plapman, 10:53 AM GMT on August 11, 2011


Today will start sunny but increasing cloudiness this morning witha 60% chance of showers late this afternoon. There is a risk of a thunderstorm late this afternoon. Today's high will be 29C(84F).
Tonight will be partly cloudy with a60% chance of showers this evening with risk of a thunderstorm. The low will be15C(59F).
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The SIL was back wotking on the basement washroom again yesterday. He has the plumbing done and refilled the floor with fresh concrete. To day I guess the new drywall will go up and maybe the new flooring installed.It won't be long till I can have my morning SS&S in my basement washrooom again. :)
The grandsons were busy with thier own wood working project making cat scratching posts and step dtool from scrap lumber. I had to ask them to taake the miter sae outside as they were filling the basement with sawdust. They also started cleaning up the basement and I asked them not to move my stuff. I can find things I put away years ago but if they move stuff I'll be lost. :)It's strange how my short term memory was affected by the stokes and siezures but the long term is as clear as a bell. I can remember events from twenty years ago but have a hard time remembering what I did yesterday. I carry a note pad and pen to jot down notes on the important events of the day just in case I forget them.
The daughter got a preview of what she'll have to put up with on our trip to Newfoundland. She took me shoping yesterday and I follow behing so that I don't loose sight of her. She stopped short a couple of times and I ran into her like I do with the Queen on our shopping trips. then when leaving a store there was a slight incline to the parking lot and I lost my balance and almost went down. When I told the Queen she assured me I'd be ok and the daughters could cope with me.
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Updated: 11:48 AM GMT on August 12, 2011

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A Lighthouse on the Prairie

By: plapman, 11:50 AM GMT on August 10, 2011


Today will start sunny this morning and early this afternoon then a mix of sun and cloud with a 60% percent chance of showers late this afternoon. The high will be 28C(82F).
Tonight will start cloudy with a 60% chance of showers this evening and after midnight then clearing overnight. Low 15C(59F).
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A quiet day on the prairie yesterday. I did manage to do a project though. The granddaughter , who lives here in Portage, has a pup. The thing is a Shepard Husky cross and is full of energy. He keeps knocking over the Queen's solar porwerd butterflies so I attachthen to her light house I made for her about 3 years ago. I have a solar light in it to ward off the ships at night. It's been working good as I haven't had a ship run into my house since I put it up. :)
A Photo of the Light before the butterflies came and the Solar light was installed
The Queen's Lighthouse

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Updated: 10:51 AM GMT on August 11, 2011

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A Good Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 10:19 AM GMT on August 09, 2011


Today will be sunny early this morning then a mix of sun and cloud with a 30% chance of showers late this morning and this afternoon. The high temp is exected to be 22C(72F).
Tonight will start with partial cloud cover witha 30% chance of showers early this evening then clearing late this evening with a low 11C(52F).
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All was good on the prairie yesterday.The grandaughter is safely in her parents care and will be getting help with her problems.
On the way home from our walk Abbey and me stopped to talk to a neighbor down the street for a good morning chat. Thier little dog , whose a runner, got out of their fence and sstarted following us. I went back to tell the neighbor and luckily the little dog followed us to his home. it happens quite often that a dog will follow me and Abbey but I always try to find his home and return it to the owner.it must be the pack instinct that makes them want to follow us.

Updated: 11:49 AM GMT on August 10, 2011

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An Interupted Evening and A Second KIll for Abbey

By: plapman, 11:11 AM GMT on August 06, 2011


Today will start cloudy with a 30% chance of rain this morning then clearing late this afternoon. The wind becoming northeastat 20 km/h (12 mph) late this afternoon.Todays high will be 24C(75F).
Tonight will be clear with a northeast wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light early this evening. overnight low will be 13C(55F).
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The Queen abd me had settled in to watch the last episide of Pirates with the new fireplace going when there was a knock at the door..:( A friend of mine had dropped over for a chat so we went to the basement and left the Queen watching the movie. She came down shortly after having shut it off. I guess we'll try again tonight.
Abbey made her second kill of the season yesterday. I Wewere walking along the road when I heard a squek. I looked in Abbey's direction and sje came out of the long grass with her trophy in her mouth to show me. The furry little critter din't last long. She dropped it, gave it a sniff and continued on her hunt.


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Updated: 10:33 AM GMT on August 08, 2011

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A conspiacy on the Prairie and an Update on the Flood Scene

By: plapman, 11:06 AM GMT on August 05, 2011




Today will be sunny with a high of 27C(81F).
Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of 13C(55F).
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The SIL spent the day here yesterday working on the basement washroom. He got all the concrete cut out. What a mess as he sawed through the stuff to make a nice sraigt edge. I'll have to check to see if my computer swallowed dust and pluged the cooling finns on the heat sink for the cpu.I'll wait til he's done the drywall and get myself a can of the air spray to clean it out.
It was a beautiful evening last night and the Queen and me went to sit outside on the front steps. It wasn't long before 2 nieghbor ladies showed up and I went inside to let them work out a conspiracy on how to keep the hubbies in control. I should have left a recorder out with them and warned the men of thier sheme.:)
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Portage Diversion Update From PortageOnline.Com
Portage Diversion To Cease Operation
Written by Jennifer Campbell
Thursday, 04 August 2011

he Province will see a huge turning point in the flood fight, with the Portage Diversion being shut down.

Provincial Water Stewardship officials say as early as this weekend the Diversion, which has been running since the spring, will cease operating.

At its peak the diversion was pushing 34,000 cfs, and it's now closer to 1,300 cfs.
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Updated: 11:09 AM GMT on August 06, 2011

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Another warm Day and Learning to Live With a Queen

By: plapman, 10:28 AM GMT on August 04, 2011

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Today will start clear early this morning then a mix of sun and cloud with a 40% chance of showers later this morning.The wind becoming west at 20 km/h (12 mph) gusting to 40 km/h (25 mph) this afternoon. The H\high will be 30C(86F).
Tonight will be clear with the west wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) gusting to 40 km/h (25 mph) becoming light this evening. The overnight low will be 14C(57F).
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Abbey I met up with the neighbor 2 doors down. He asked " don't you need her on a leash?" I gave a whistle and she came running to me and put her head in the chocker loop when told too. He said his little poodle type dog would be running away and probably get hit by the first car that passed by without a leash.
I guess all the time I spend with Abbey training her pays off.
The Queen and me are finding out living together 24/7 is going to take some getting used to. We are finding out that we both do things in a different way. Yesterday I was hooking up an out of use DVD player to the TV and needed help moving the TV stand so that I could get behind it. She wanted to install sliders but I used brute force to move the thing which she scolded me for. I won that argument but am installing sliders on a dresser that blocks the way for the paramedics when they take me out.If we continue the give and take it will work out fine.:)

Updated: 11:04 AM GMT on August 05, 2011

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No Surprizes on the Prairie This Morning

By: plapman, 10:31 AM GMT on August 03, 2011


Today will start sunny but becoming s mix of sun and cloud later this morning. The wind becoming southwest 20at km/h (12 mph) this afternoon. Todays high is expected to be 31C(88F).
Tonight will be partly cloudy with the risk of a thunderstorm this evening. The southwest wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light early this evening as the overnight low drops to 16C(61F).
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The carpet is dry this morning. When the Queen got up I pulled out the shop vac and only got about 3 gallons of water from it. With the windows open and a fan circulating the air the old indor-outdoor carpet drys quickly.
I'll have to get Abbey out early today or she'll overheat while on her prairie dog hunt.
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The Queen met with her supervisors yesterday and for now is on a 2 month leave of absense.Talking to her after the meeting We decided that my health will be the factor on her decision to go back or not.
It's going to take some adjusting to live together. Shortly after we got married I started working out of town and was home only weekends. When I was shifted to an office job she started working and was away most evenings. We've always joked that the seperation is what has kept us together.

Updated: 10:26 AM GMT on August 04, 2011

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A Wet Basement on the Prairie

By: plapman, 10:08 AM GMT on August 02, 2011


Today will start with a mix of sun and cloud then becoming sunny this morning The wind becoming northwest 20 km/h (12 mph) gusting to 40 km/h (25 mph) early this morning then light late this afternoon. Todays high will be28C(82F). UV index 8 or very high.
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What a terrible surprize I had this morning.
I gor up at 2:30 to the call of nature and on the way to the washroom I stepped in something cold and wet. I turned on the basement lights and found water in the carpet. When I woke the Queen to tell her she said we had a real downpour last night. I never heard a thing. It looks like I have a cleanup todo when she gets up.

Updated: 10:30 AM GMT on August 03, 2011

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A Family BBQ on the Prairie

By: plapman, 9:24 AM GMT on August 01, 2011

Today will be mainly cloudy with an 30% chance of showers early in the morning folowed by a 60% chance of showers late in the afternoon. There is the risk of a thunderstorm. The wind will be south at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light early in the afternoon. The high will be 31C(88F).
To night will be partly cloudy with a 60% chance of showers in chance of showers in the evening and the risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing late in the evening. The wind will become northwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) overnight. The low will be17C(63F).
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I had a really enjoyable day yesterday. The daughter, 3 grandsons,grandaughter and the 2 GGranddaughters came over for a BBQ. I cooked up burgers for the kids and NY stip steaks for us older people. The steaks turned out tender and tasty and I heard no complaits from the boys about htier burgers.
It's 2 bad the fathers couldn't make it but they had to work.

Updated: 9:55 AM GMT on August 02, 2011

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