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A Project Gone Awry and One That Worked

By: plapman, 12:24 PM GMT on October 31, 2011

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Today will start cloudy but there will be clearing late this morning. The wind becoming south at 20 km/h (12 mph) early this morning. Today's high will be 12C(54F).
Tonight will be clear with a low of -1C(30F).
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It was a bad day project wise yesterday. A small job of installing a metal strip between the rec room carpet and the new washroom flooring , which should have taken 10 minutes was put off until today after 2hours of things going badly.
My first problem was drilling holes in the concrete floor in the wrong place even after putting in the first anchor and drilling Thur the strip. I still can't figure out how that happened. Next the holes, after being re-drilled,were too large for the anchors. The Queen saw that I was getting frustrated and told me to quit and try again today. Today it's off to the hardware store to get larger anchors.
The vision problems and loss of concentration from the stokes sure extend project time but like the Queen says " You can do it tomorrow as you have all day to yourself". You got to love retirement! I did get photos of my bathroom utensil holders though.
On my walk with Abbey we met up with the neighbor's dog Rocko. He's a little dog who thinks he's a big dog. :) and barked and growled at Abbey. Abbey went into protective mode and I had to hold her back with an abrupt "No Stay" command. When the neighbor came to get his dog I told him I've seen Abbey catch and shake rabbits bigger than his dog. When we left Rocko wanted to follow us and I had to bring him back home. I don't think he gets the daily walks that Abbey enjoys so much. Poor little Rocko.
Today besides the joining strip I'll put some rubber silemcers on my washroom door so that it doesn't close with a bang. I have a whole box of rubber gourmets left over from the days I played with electronics. I think my greatest feat in the electronic days was to make a digital counter to keep track of the score on a shuffle board I had. That old shuffle board sure consumed a lot of beer when friends dropped over for a few friendly games in the evening. :)
After a while no one wanted to play any more as I always whipped their butts due to many hours of practise and knowing the curves in the board I gave it to my BIL. He too passed it on saying it was too expensive to operate due to all the beer it consumed. :)
Back to the project of utility holders in my washroom and lamp holders.

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The Desk lamp stand. I'm sure I can lift the desk with it. Oops I didn't clean up the desk

BTW it's not made of gold just an old can of spray paint I had in storage makes it look that way.
Shaving utensils and toothbrush holder.

They appear to be floating, an anti gravity machine.
A small screw

The secret to the anti gravity machine is a small screw added to the handles which is attracted to the rare earth magnet both recovered from old hard drives.

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Repairs to Past Projects and Recycling

By: plapman, 12:26 PM GMT on October 30, 2011

Today will be cloudy with a 30% chance of showers this morning. The high will be 8C(46F).
Tonight will start cloudy but becoming partly cloudy late this evening. The overnight low will be -4C(24F).
A fairly quiet day on the prairie. The Queen was really impressed with the fix to the toilet. She says it's like new.
I had to fix my desk lamp holder again yesterday as the repairs to the plastic one let go. This one will outlast me. I made it from a 1/2 inch cast flange and a short peice of 1/2 inch steel pipe with a piece of nylon tubing filling the gap between the lamp base and the 1/2 inch pipe. I'm sure I could lift the desk with it. I'll get a photo when I clean off my desk a bit and post it later. While I'm in the photo mood I'll also show the details of the magnetic toothbrush, razor and shaving brush holders. My brain may be broken but the ideas just keep popping up.I guess the creative ideas are a necessity or I'll be in a leash and harness attached to the kitchen sink. :)
So far most of the materials used to make the projects have come from my stockpile of I can't throw that away stuff because I might need it someday I have hidden away from the Queen who refers to it as junk.
The Queen was home last night and roasted a chicken which was accompanied by stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravey and a salad. I can't let her quit work as in no time I'll won't fit through the doors.

Updated: 11:52 AM GMT on October 31, 2011

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Abbey Has a New Friend and a Quick Fix For a 30 Year Old Problem

By: plapman, 12:37 PM GMT on October 29, 2011




Today will bring increasing cloudiness while the wind becomes southerly at 30 km/h (19 mph) this morning. The high for today will be 8C(46F).
Tonight will be cloudy with a 30% chance of showers this evening while the wind remains southerly at 30 km/h (19 mph). Tonight's low will be1C(34F).
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I had another good day and much to my surprise slept from 10 to 6 this morning. Things seem to be returning to normal.
On our walk yesterday Abbey and me met up with a couple walking their St. Bernard. As usual I asked if their dog was friendly and took Abbey for a visit when I received a positive reply. That huge dog sure cowerd Abbey. She stood perfectly still while the big dog did the sniffing introductions Then hid behind me. lol I guess it was my turn to be the protector.
I changed my mind about making another wire holder for the shaving brush as I ad thought of a new way to hold the brush. I epoxied a small rare earth magnet to the base of the brush instead. Those magnets are so pwerful that i think I could pull a loaded semi with one just 6 inches square. I get mine from old hard drives that have either crashed or are so small that they are of no use anymore. While repairing my computers or updating one for the neighbors I've accumulated 10 of them. More of what the Queen calls my packrat/hoarder syndrome.
it works so well that I think I'll do the same with the razor and toothbrush by gluing a small piece of metal to them leaving the magnet available for future use when they have outlived their usefulness. Pack-rat/hoarder. :) I also repaired a toilet in the upstairs washroom that has never flushed properly. It looks like a factory flaw had almost closed the fresh water inlet with porcelain. After 30 years of putting up with leftover floating turds it now flushes properly and all it took was a few taps with a hammer to clear the opening.
if the Queen find out that it only took me 10 minutes to repair the toilet and make the brush holder she'll be looking for a large harness and leash today.
After doing my Dorthy domestic chores I got to do what I'd always accused the Queen of when she was a full time mother and housekeeper. I had a muffin, put my feet up and watched TV. :) It's a good thing it was dark or I'd have been on the streets looking for young ladies to chase. :)

Updated: 12:17 PM GMT on October 30, 2011

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I Think The Queen Has Found an Answer to My problems and Rambles On the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:15 PM GMT on October 28, 2011



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Today will be sunny with a west wind at 20 km/h (12 mph). The high will be 8C(46F).
Tonight will remain clear but the northwest wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) will become light early this evening. The 0overnight low will be -8C(17F).
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Yesterdays project was to bring my lawn watering pump in from the garage. I did this, much to the Queen's chagrin while she was at work. I managed to stay steer clear of her wrath by informing her it took me almost 2 hours to carry the heavy pump and water rfilled pressure tanks the 50+ feet horizontally and -6 feet vertically from it's summer spot to it's resting spot in the basement by taking numerous rest stops. I swear that thing is getting heavier every year.
With the -8c below freezing it looks like I did it at the right time.
The Queen thinks she has found the cause of my problems and it's not stress or depression related as the medics say. The Queen, knowing by ability to deal with life's twists and turns like water off of a ducks back, has never believed that. She recently did some research on the web about the drug , Celexa, has side effects similar to the problems I've been having. While at the HSC it was left off of my nedication list due to the fact that doctors never seem to read your medical history and always ask the patient for it every time they have problems. The Queen , who is my personal pharmacist had forgotten to add it to the list of drugs. A side effect of sudden withdrawal can also cause seizure like symptoms like I had at the HSC. After reading the side effects she never started me back on the med when I came home. For the first time in months I never fell asleep while she was driving to the shopping center and was up without feeling tired when she came home from work at 11:45. The Queen says its time to have another long talk with my family doctor and is bring her research to back her diagnosis up. I believe the poor man is in for the beating of his life on my next visit on November 8th. The drug was first prescribed shortly after my first stroke when at the time I was down due to sudden changes and loss of independence in my life. Since then I've learned to deal with the changes. My motto is "Your dealt the cards in life and you had better learn to play them as you can't send some back like draw poker and hope to get better ones."
Gosh I'm rambling on today which is another thing the Queen has noticed since my return home. I chatter constanly with her, like I did before my problems started, and always had a story to tell her about the things I've done while she's at work. I believe the openness and communication is what has made our marriage so enjoyable and long lasting!
Geez I just can't shut up:).
On another topic my project of the day is to create a holder for my shaving brush, modify the razor -toothbrush holder and make a convenient storage spot for my camera cables. I might even find the time to play with the wood carving project. I still don't know how I found the time to work.
When I can't think of any new projects I'll have to get back to the idea of chasing young ladies down the street.:) I hope the Queen doesn't read today's blog or she'll buy a harness and leash for me.

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Learning a New Skill On TThe Prairie

By: plapman, 11:59 AM GMT on October 27, 2011



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Today will be mainly sunny but there will be Increasing cloudiness this afternoon. The cool morning air has brought some fog patches that will be dissipating this morning. The wind will become southeerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) early this afternoon. Todays high will be 9C(48F).
Tonight will start cloudy with a 30% chance of showers but there will be clearing before morning. The south wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) will become light late this evening. Tonight's overnight low will be -3C(26F).
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It was a quiet day yesterday on the prairie but I did get Abbey out on her hunt along the gopher trails. I also added a 4gig ready booster to the Queen's laptop and hardwired her into the network. The hard-wire should judt about double her internet access over the wireless connection she had. The wireless adapter is still availible if she wants to take the laptop to the local library, hich has wireless access availible, to gather genealogy information for her ongoing projet of searching for peoples roots. I've told her she should become a licensed genealogist and charge people for her research. She's getting really good at finding information on the web and documents to authenticate her work. She says that without the documentation her work can be questioned.
I think my next project will be learning to do wood carving with my Dremel tools. I ad an uncle ho did wood caring. He'd cut out the basic shape with a jig saw then finish the details with a pocket knife and sandpaper. The powered rotary tool will speed up the process. I wish he was still alive to give me advice but with my unlimited time and great patience I hope to master the art! My first work will be a horse to pull the covered wagon I inherited from another uncle who ws a great woodworker and built it from scrap lumber.
I'll practice with some 2x6s left over from the washroom project and when I think I'm getting good enough use up some maple I have in the garage from an old headboard. Hopefully with a few carvings the Queen will quit calling me a pack-rat and hoarder. :) I sure love retirment and can't remember where I found the the time to work.
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Updated: 12:20 PM GMT on October 27, 2011

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My Stay At Winnipeg Health Sciences Center

By: plapman, 11:06 AM GMT on October 26, 2011

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Good Day and thanks for the comments while I had my stay at the Winnipeg Health Sciences center.
If a stay at the hospital can be said to be enjoyable I didn't mind my stay this time. The nurses were great, the food much better than the Portage hospital fare and I got a few answers to questions about my seizure problem.
it seems my seizures are mostly non epileptic in nature but more stress related. The next step is to find the cause of the stress. I guess it's shrink time for me. The Portage hospital does have mental health care workers and I'll be treated as an out patient when I get appointments set up.
I did ave 1 seizure during my stay an was it was saved on video and the EEG results were recorded giving my neurologist a first hand view of my problems. There was also a neurologist on hand during the seizure. The HSC being a teaching hospital always has specialists or under graduate students on duty. I wish I could get a copy of the video and post it, I put sure do alot of flopping around.
I made a new friend , my 2nd roomy, and believe the nurses would welcome me back as they seemed to enjoy my sense of humor but the Queen says I'm to stay away from hospitals in the future.:)
I'm totally conscious during the non epileptic seizures. During my recorded seizure my arms started flapping and hitting my chest which is usual or the in the beginng of my episodes. I commented to the nurse at my side that I call this my chicken dance and she replied and noted with "Sense of humor intact."
The nursing staff thought it was funny that I woke at 3 am and did my daily walk for 1/2 an hour up and down the hallway of the ward. During one of my walks and met my night nurse and as happens we both stepped the same way to get out of each others way. I commented that she shouldn't be dancing with the patients. I later met her at the nursing desk and told her the Queen says I'm faking the vision problems and use the ID Cane like a one way mirror so that I can look at the pretty ladies with out their knowledge. She replied that I must have vision problems but I think she was very pretty!
I captured some of my surroundings with my blackberry and am posting them now.
My Chart from the constantly running EEG. This one caused Alley to do the comment of me ogling the pretty young nurse with the short skirt. If hadn't been busy and caught one of me giving the Queen an hello kiss Alley would have thought the electronics had failed. I'm sure the techs monitoring the EEG must have thought they had a power surge as the spike was so high. :)
My EEG Chart

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I Teased the little girls visiting relatives that my ponytail was prettier than theirs


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I Must Be Interesting She Brought a Friend

It's a Lineup to Peek at Me

Cleaning Up After My Visitors

A room with a view :)

Updated: 2:35 PM GMT on October 26, 2011

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I came Home Today

By: plapman, 1:54 AM GMT on October 26, 2011

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I'll be gone for 5-7 days. :(

By: plapman, 3:33 AM GMT on October 19, 2011

I got a call from the Winnipeg Health Sciences Center today.
They have opening for me and I'll be there 5-7 days.
So I won't be posting but will get back to WU as soon as possible.
For that time I'll be a real Bionic man with wires sprouting from head, plastic teeth, hearing aids and glasses. Isn't getting older fun. :)
I'll post photos tonight instead of tomorrow morning of my recycling instead of sending to the land fill projects.


My toothbrush and razor holder made from old paper clips.

Bit holder made from left over plastic from the shower.

The motor units are held in place by an old bicycle tube with a hole too big to patch. More shower plastic holds the cords neatly and old cabinet catches hold the hand extension.
A lot of work and thinking in this project but like the Queen says" What else have I got to do". If I was tough enough to take a swat on the blind side I'd tell her I could chase young ladies down the street. The Queen has threatened me with that punishment before when I tease her. lol
BTW Mush I sure beat you with this post
Well here i am am again up at 5:00am. I'll surely have to tell the nurses of my strange sleep pattern. I thought with 2 sleeps till after 6 I had it beat but I guess not.
To all who follow the Northern Edge have a good week while I play bionic man. A week with nothing to do but admire the nurses will give me time to think of new projects when I return home.
The Queen won't be bringing e my morning coffee but I'll call an old workmate in the city who has always found time to visit with me while I've been in one of the hospitals there.

Updated: 10:07 AM GMT on October 19, 2011

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An Interesting Chat, Sleeping in, and Another Project Ccomplete.

By: plapman, 1:46 PM GMT on October 18, 2011



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Today will start sunny but will bring increasing cloudiness late this afternoon. The wind will be northwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) and the high will be 6C(43F).
Tonight will be cloudy with the northwest wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light early this evening. The over night low will be -3C(26F).
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Abbey and me did our usual walk yesterday but took tthe downtown route. While walking I stopped and had a brief chat with a gentleman cleaning windows on one of the oldest buildings in Portage, the old Land Titles Building. He complained about how the painters had splattered the window and went to look for a scraper. On our way back he was finishing up the window and I stopped to chat again. I asked him what the new owner was going to do with the old building which is designated as a historic site. I had passed there before and workers were cleaning the old brick with a power washer and had asked who had bought the building as I had seen a for sale sign on it.
When I asked the man cleaning the windows if he knew the new use for the building he said he didn't know what he was going to use the 100+ year old buiolding for and that he was the new owner. The man is a local historian who writes columns in a publication for the Save the CPR Station project which I subscribe to. I'm sure he will put it to good use.
We haad a very interesting chat about the local history and what we thought the future for the city might hold.
I can't beleive I slept so late. It was 7:10 when I opened my eyes for the second time. I was up and at thw keyboard at my usual 3:00am but for some reason I was faced with a black screen with just the mouse pointer moving. I rebooted which solved that problem but the web cam wasn't working. I unplugged it and replugged it and that solved that problem. When I had my computer glitches fixed I was feeling tired and went back to bed. I haven't felt this good in months! if I don't quit this nasty habit of sleeping till after 7 Mush will have the fire department hammering my door down.:)
Yesterday I completed the overkill rotary tool box. I'll have to get some photos and brag aboit my handy work meanwhile I'll have to think up a new project.
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Updated: 1:46 PM GMT on October 18, 2011

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Awaking an Old Ghost on the Prairie

By: plapman, 9:09 AM GMT on October 17, 2011



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Tonight will remain cloudy with the 30% chance of continueing early in the evening. The northwest wind at 30 km/h (19 mph) will become light late in the evening. Te overnight low will be 1C(34F).
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I got Abbety out for her hunt on the gopher trails yesterday. The westerly wind was so strong I thought I'd get blown back to Newfoundland. Walking into the wind was like walking uphill.
I also did some work on the overkill rotary tool holder and have the motor unit fastened to my satisfaction.
I also investigated the bubble problem. Years ago we used to have to get a plumber to come and use a roto-rooter to clean the soil pipe leading out to the city's sewer mains. We haven't had to do that in a long time but with the increased flow from the washer it seems an old problem has come back to haunt us. Owning a home is a never ending expense that renters don't have to worry about but he freedom to do what you want in your home makes up for it I think.
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Keeping Busy OnTthe Prairie

By: plapman, 12:49 PM GMT on October 16, 2011


Today will see a mix of sun and cloud with a 70% chance of showers early this morning. The wind becoming northwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) then increasing to 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) this morning. To-days high will only be 8C(46F).
Tonight will see clearing this evening as the northwest wind subsides to30 km/h (19 mph). The overnight low will be 2C(36F).
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Am I ever posting late this morning, I was up at the usual 3:0am but went back to bed till now.
Yesterday was a quiet day on the prairie as I mostly enjoyed the Queen's company.
I took Abbey out for her daily hunt on the gopher trails and
I did a bit of work on the overkill rotary tool box but am not satisfied with it and will redo yesterdays work making a few modifications. The next time killer on my list is to make a holder for my shaving brush out of an old car antenna.
I also have to think of a solution to a problem I rediscovered in my new washroom while doing my dorthy Domestic duties while the Queen was at work. The water from the washer on the main floor drains so quickly now that suds bubble up through the floor drain unto my washroom floor. I think adding an extension to the down pipe to bring it below the water level in the water in the floor drain will solve that problem. The washer drain pipe now has a foot drop to reach the main soil pipe water level and must make quite a splash. I think I should put the drain at the top of the list or the Queen won't let me do laundry any more. Hmmm That's a thought.:)
People used to ask me "What are you going to do when you retire." I seem to be able to find myself a never ending list of projects to work on and keep myself busy and out of trouble.

Updated: 9:07 AM GMT on October 17, 2011

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my Grand Daughter Was Found and She's Safely at Home!

By: plapman, 9:23 AM GMT on October 15, 2011


Today will bring a mix of sun and cloud and a northwest wind at 30 km/h (19 mph). The afternoon high will be 11C(52F).
Tonight will see a few clouds and the northwest wind at 30 km/h (19 mph) continuing as the temp drops to 2C(36F).
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Quoting my son in law from a message on FB.
Shawn Vanwalleghem
"Good morning,I am Lauren Chopek's stepdad,we found her at at approx 130am this morning.She is ok and at home with us now.Although words can't express how grateful we are for the help and compassion from everyone this past week,we want to say thank you,Miigwetch to all.Thanks for the prayers and thanks to Creator for bringing her home safe"
I thank the Lord my granddaughter is safe and Pray her problems cnn be found and rsolved. Thank you UW friends for the prayers.
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Updated: 12:48 PM GMT on October 16, 2011

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My Granddaughter Missing Again

By: plapman, 10:13 AM GMT on October 14, 2011

Today will be mainly sunny with a northwest wind at 20 km/h (12 mph). The high will be 11C(52F).
Tonight will bring a few clouds and increasing cloudiness overnight. The northwest wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light late in the evening. The overnight low will drop to 2C(36F).
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My granddaughter is on the missing list again and has been gone for a week. Yesterday the CBC local evening news interviewed my daughter and showed pictures of the granddaughter, Lauren Chopeck. The Winnipeg police are actively searching for the 14 year old girl, saying they are concerned for her safety, and not treating her disappearance as a simple runaway.
Yesterday around noon I said goodbye, till Christmas, to my sister when she returned to "The Hat" as the local Albertans call it. She sure is a brave lady making the 700+ mile journey by herself.The Queen told me that she had called around midnight telling us she had made the trip home safely.


Updated: 9:21 AM GMT on October 15, 2011

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A Vest for Abbey

By: plapman, 8:32 AM GMT on October 13, 2011



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My sister is a better shopper than me. She went out visiting friends and did some shopping. Knowing I was going to make a saftey vest for Abbey she checked a local pet store which I don't normally dfrequent and found one. Abbey now has a vest, which is made of a mesh material so she won't get to warm, which matches mine. The two of us dressed in dayglow orange with reflective stripes will be the talk of the town for a while.

Abbey even looks happy wearing her new vest.
The Queen wants me to dicard the old jeans with a hole in the knee, made by begging her for meals, but I say their in style and make me feel young.:)
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An Imaginary House, a Nice surprise and Another Project to Keep me out of Mischief

By: plapman, 10:23 AM GMT on October 12, 2011


Today will bring a few showers ending this morning then mainly cloudy with a 60% chance of showers and the risk of a thunderstorm. The wind will become northwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) late this afternoon. Todays high will be 17C(63F).
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I had unexpected company last night. Mt sister from Medicine Hat Alberta showed up on my doorstep. It sure was nice to see her. Sitting and chatting I broke a record for my bedtime. I'm usually in bed by 9:00pm but last night I was up when the Queen arrived home near midnight. After a goodnight kiss I went to bed but the ladies stayed up and chatted till 2:oo am the Queen told me this morning.
I got the rotary tool box completed yesterday and looking at it I think I went into overkill mode. :) There's allot more places for bits and other accessories than I have but it made good use of an empty toolbox and will be handier than the cardboard box I had stored everything stored in before.
I also got out to the front step and snapped a photo of the girl's playhouse and got Abbey out for her daily walk on the gopher trails. I'd say I had a busy day.
BTW with all that I had going on I never did get a chance to chase young ladies on the street, maybe today!
The next project on my list is to make a combination toothbrush razor holder for my new washroom. I could go and buy one ready made but that would take the fun out of it and I couldn't say I did it.
One of these days I'll tackle an old clock movement I have just to see if I can get it running.
Never give up!
The Playhouse Next Door

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Updated: 8:30 AM GMT on October 13, 2011

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A Day of Rest From the Projects

By: plapman, 8:24 AM GMT on October 11, 2011

Today will start mainly sunny but see increasing cloudiness late in the afternoon. The wind becoming southerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) in the morning. Todays high will be 19C(66F).
Tonight will be cloudy with a 30% chance of showers overnight. The ovwenight low will be 9C(48F).
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With the daughter coming into visit I never got Abey out for her walk or did any work on projects. The Queen assigned me to cleaning up "my" basement. Ever since we moved in over 30 years ago the basement has been my domain while the Queen manages the main floor. It seems that since I retired she is now assining me tasks on the main floor aswell. She's started calling me Dorthty Domestic. :) Oh well it, keeps me from chasing young ladies down the street. Today while shes at work I'll get back to projects or maybe even look for some young ladies to chase.



Updated: 10:11 AM GMT on October 12, 2011

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Another Project in the Works, Dog Poop and a Thanksgiving Meal Fit for a King

By: plapman, 10:12 AM GMT on October 10, 2011

I've finally got some color in my radar instead of the dingy grey it usually shows.
Today will be cloudy with a 60% chance of showers. The wind will become easterly at 20 km/h (12 mph) early in the afternoon. Today's high will be 16C(61F).
Tonight will remain c cloudy with a 40%t chance of showers in the evening but the showers will end overnight. Wind The wind will will swing to the south at 30 km/h (19 mph). Tonight low is forecast to be 10C(50F).
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Yesterdays project of modifying the toolbox for the rotary tool didn't go well but perseverance won out. I was cutting thin plastic for a second level in the top and for some reason I cut it 2 inches to short. I guess the saying measure twice cut once held true. it's a good thing I have lots of the material on hand.
My second stroke affected the concentration area of my brain and measuring and cutting things for a perfect fit really tires me but will power won't let me quit and say "I can't do it".
The second cut fit perfectly>:). Today I have to drill holes on a 1/2 inch grid to hold the various bits.
With the measuring and cutting I never did get a photo of the kid's next door imaginary house but I did get Abbey out for a walk. It sure is hard to see dog poop in the leaves, I had to stop a passing walker and ask him for help finding the poop. He must have thought I was insane bent over looking for the mess but was willing to help. I'll have to start carrying my white ID cane with me on my walks.
The Queen made turkey breasts in the slow cooker for a Thanksgiving meal which was shared by the granddaughter,her boyfriend and as the 2 great granddaughters.
I'm not a fan of white turkey meat as I find it too dry so the Queen did a rib-eye steak for me. That woman sure does her best to accommodate me. :) I say again " the best decision I ever made in my life was to marry her."
Today we're having a second Thanksgiving meal when the oldest daughter from Winnipeg comes for a visit.

Updated: 8:23 AM GMT on October 11, 2011

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A botched Repair and Kid's Using Their Imagination

By: plapman, 10:28 AM GMT on October 09, 2011



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Tonight will be cloudy with rain beginning after midnight. It is expected to be 5 mm(0.2 in) of moisture. The overnight low will be 8C(46F).
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Yesterdays project was to move the paper towel holder the Queen had bought me as I had installed it to close to the hand towel bar. What should have been an 1 hours job ended up taking me all day. Once I patched the holes for the mounting screws I found a can of paint and applied a coat. It didn't look right but never does while wet. When it dried it was noticeably darker.:( I guess I should label the leftover cans if I ever need to make a patch in the future. I found the right can and had to put 2 coats on to cover the darker mess I had made. The bathroom can is now labeled but I still don't know which room the first can is from.
Abbey and me did the downtown route again yesterday. I'm sure she prefers the gopher trails and the free run she gets along them.
Last night when the Queen came home from work we finished off the cabbage borscht. I'm waiting patiently for the beet borscht the daughter said she's making next.
The neighbor girls were out rebuilding their leaf house yesterday after the wind destroyed the one one they had built. The leaves from the first house are now all in my yard. I'll get a photo of the new house today before another wind destroys it too or their father finishes the raking and bagging of the leaves.
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Updated: 10:41 AM GMT on October 09, 2011

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Strong Winds Knock Out Electricity, TV and Internet Service on the Prairie

By: plapman, 3:03 PM GMT on October 08, 2011

Today will see a mix of sun and cloud. The wind will be west at 20 km/h (12 mph) gusting to 40 km/h (25 mph) this morning. Today's high will be 16C(61F).
Tonight will bring clearing in the evening with the wind westerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) gusting to 40 km/h (25 mph) becoming light early this evening. The overnight low will be 4C(39F).
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I guess just as was speaking with Alley on the phone my ISP got me back online.
We had a ferocious wind last night. The power went out twice for short periods. My TV and Internet service , which are both provided by the same company, went down. I guess just as I was talking with Alley they got both services back up and running. I Think we had steady winds of 90 kph(45 mph) and gusts up to 110 mph (70mph). I had to go out and put my garbage cans in the fenced back yard as they were being blown into the neighbour's yard. It was funny to see the neighborhood kids going down the street on bikes without peddling but they sure had to work to get back to their starting place. I can't imagine living through a hurricane with even stronger winds and rain thown in.
I was lazy again yesterday and started no new [projects but I did get Abbey out early on the gopher trails.
The Queens off to work early today but will be home early tonight and told me not to prepare the evening meal for her. Speaking of evening meals the daughter brought me over some cabbage borscht last night for mine. Like the stew she prepared a few days ago it was delicious. If she keeps the great meals coming I will reclaim her and let her hubby fend for himself. :)

Updated: 10:14 AM GMT on October 09, 2011

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Project of the Day

By: plapman, 10:03 AM GMT on October 07, 2011

Today will be mainly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers early in the morning then again late in the afternoon. The wind will start southeast at 30 km/h (19 mph) then becoming south 60 km/h (37 mph) gusting to 80 km/h (50 mph) early in the afternoon. The high will be 22C(72F).
Tonight will see sowers ending late in the evening then partly cloudy. The wind will start southerly at 60 km/h (37 mph) gusting to 80 km/h (50 mph) then becoming southwest at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) after midnight. The overnight low will be10C(50F).
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My project yesterday was to move the paper towel holder the Quen had gotten me so that I had paper towels to keep my washroom clean. That lady thinks of everything. :)
It was a small job that required patching a few holes where the mounting screws were I've already sanded and applied a coat of paint to where patch is this morning.Once the paint drys you will never know the small area was patched.

My first project of the day is to think of a project for today. I think I'll work on modifying an old toolbox to hold my rotary tool and various bits that I have for it.
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Updated: 2:50 PM GMT on October 08, 2011

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A friendly Meeting on the Prairie

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


Today will be sunny with the wind becoming southerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) this morning then southeast 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) early this afternoon The high will be 27C(81F).
Tonight will star clear but see increasing cloudiness overnight. The wind southeast at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) but diminishing to 20 km/h (12 mph) early this evening while the low drops to 15C(59F).
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My visit with the doctor went well yesterday.
He's scheduling an MRI as requested by the Queen and consulting a hematologist regarding my clotting problems.
The Queen can be as persuasive with the medical profesion as she can be with me.
Abey went foe 2 walks yesterday. The first along the gopher trails and again in the evening when we walked to the corner store to pick up milk for the morning.
On the way home from the corner store I stopped and chatted with a gentleman who was sitting on his front step enjoying the beautiful evening. The chat turned into a general meeting when a friend of mine joined in then a lady who knew the gentleman also joined the conversation after petting Abbey. Living beside the corner store makes his home busy place in the evening.
The gentleman said he was going in when everybody left for a taste of dulse, a seaweed prized by many as a health food, and is part of the economy of zgrand Manan Island where the Queen was born. When I told him the Queen was born on Grand Manan Island, the dulse capital of the world, he said he had acquired the taste for the weed at his birthplace, Touro, Nova Scotia.
It sure is nice to see that people on the prairie can be as friendly as those in Newfoundland when given the chance.

Updated: 11:19 AM GMT on October 07, 2011

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Unseasonably Warm on the Prairie

By: plapman, 9:03 AM GMT on October 05, 2011

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Today will be sunny with a south wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) increasing to 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) in the morning. The high will be 28C(82F).
Tonight will remain clear with the southerly flow at km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) diminishing to 20 km/h (12 mph) early in the evening. The overnight low will be 12C(54F).
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It was another retirement day as I decided to do nothing but have a nap after the Queen went to work. I did get Abbey out along the gopher trails after I had some home made stew my daughter had brought over. That girl sure can cook, it was delicious! She offered me more, as her family doesn't like stew, they don't know what their missing.
When coming home with Abbey I stopped in at a neighbors about 4 houses down from me who were siting outside enjoying the bug free summer like evening. I guess I'm missed if the neighbors don't see me out with Abbey. Ron remarked that his wife had said to him that she hadn't seen me out with Abbey for a couple of days and was wondering if I was back visiting my nurse friends. He told her her I was OK as he had seen me a couple of times when I took the downtown route. I'd better stick to the gopher trails to keep from worrying the neighbors. :)
I'm off to feed the vampires again today. My neuroligist ordered enough blood work to almost drain me dry. I think I have him stumped s to the cause of my problems.
I'll have to get Abbey out early today or the unseanonable heat we're experiencing will have her panting. It's more like July or early August than October here on the prairie. I hope we don't have to pay for the heat in January.
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More Like August Than October on the Prairie

By: plapman, 8:15 AM GMT on October 04, 2011

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Tonight will remain clear. The overnight low will be 13C(55F).
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Abbey and me got out for our regular 2.5 mile walk esterday along the gopher trails.
While walking we came to a gentleman sitting in his truck while eating his lunch and had a short chat. He worked for Manitoba Housing which provides low rental houseing for low income families.He complained that when a tenant moves out they spend thousands of dollars in repairs and renovations only to have to redo the same type of work when new the new tenants move too. It's sad that when the government provides low rental housing to those who Need it that they don't look after it like it was their own.
I snaped a photo of my washroom yesterday but couldn't get the Queen to sit on the throne when I did it. Though the washroom is small it serves it's purpose very well.
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Updated: 8:27 AM GMT on October 04, 2011

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An Unpleasant Surprise, Payback and an Unwilling Queen.

By: plapman, 9:45 AM GMT on October 03, 2011

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Tonight will see clearing in the evening while the southeas wind becomes light early in the evening. The overnight low will be 11C(52F).
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I got Abbey out for a short walk when the Queen sent me to the corner store for a cola. On the way home Abbey did her business on a lawn, while the owner was just backing out of his driveway. I reached into my back pocket and pulled out the ever present plastic shopping bag and he waved to me with a smile on his face. When I picked up the mess I found I had a hole in the bag. Yuk what an unpleasant surprise and a sticky finger!
She got her payback this morning when I swung my legs out of bed and they landed right on top of her. It sure is hard to see a dog with a black back in the dark. I guess I should put a night light on.
My project of the day was to install some shelving in the new washroom and successfully did it.
I wanted the Queen to take a photo of me on the throne but couldn't get her to do it after I told her I was going to post it here.



Updated: 8:21 AM GMT on October 04, 2011

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A useable Washroom in the Basement

By: plapman, 9:14 AM GMT on October 02, 2011

Yesterday I installed a towel rod and a grab bar in the wew washroom. It's complete now except for the suspended ceiling I requested. It used to have 12x12 stapled tiles which made access to the electrical panel impossible without tearing the ceiling down. The grab bar was requested by the Queen for my safety. I use it as a towel rod as it's close to the shower. The Queen says my washroom is the nicest room in the house.

Updated: 9:43 AM GMT on October 03, 2011

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A do Little Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 11:08 AM GMT on October 01, 2011

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Today will be sunny with a south wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) increasing to 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) this morning. Todays high will be 23C(73F). UV
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It was a quiet do nothing much on the prairie day yesterday. I did get my desk light repaired though and also got Abbey out for her daily walk.
The Queen is off for the weekend, I'm sure she'll keep me busy.

Updated: 9:08 AM GMT on October 02, 2011

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