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Happy New Year!

By: plapman, 2:54 PM GMT on December 31, 2011

Well I lost it again:(.
Must be time to go back to bed.
I wish everyone a Happy and safe New Year's eve and a prosperous 2012.

Updated: 2:57 PM GMT on December 31, 2011

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Finally a Walk On the Gopher Trails and Another Culinary Delight

By: plapman, 12:50 PM GMT on December 30, 2011



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Today will See clearing this morning but then increasing cloudiness this afternoon. There will be sSnow over the southwestern sections of the forecast area early this morning. Today's high will be -3C(26F).
Tonight will be cloudy with snow overnight. There will be the risk of freezing rain overnight. Snowfall amount 2 to 4 cm(0.8 to 1.6 in). The temperature will rise to 0C(32F) by morning.
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I got Abbey out along the gopher trails yesterday and managed to scare up a bunny. When I saw her approachng a busy road I whistled and she did a quick u turn and came running back to me. Whoever left her in the pound to be euthanized sure lost a good dog! Thanks to the Portage Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)she was recued and came to live with me.
Even though the Apple pie is a but tart it's half gone. The Queen enjoys it with a dab of vanilla ice cream which make all complaints of tartness disappear.
Yesterdays culinary masterpiece was candied ginger. I even have a pint of ginger syrup to add to soda water and make some ginger ale.
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An Apple Pie on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:42 PM GMT on December 29, 2011

Today will be mainly cloudy with a high of -4C(24F).
Tonight will start cloudy but clearing after midnight. The overnight low will be -13C(8F).
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It was a good day for me on the prairie. I got Abbey out for her walk. We took the downtown route which is only about 2 miles long but she still enjoyed it. Today I'll get her back to the gopher trails and the free run she enjoys so much.
My project yesterday was an apple pie from scratch. The crust turned out flaky which was a surprise for me. The recipe call for the dough to be chilled before I worked it and I never chilled it until I had rolled t out. I guess it was a very forgiving recipe. I did mess up a bit on the filling. After peeling and slicing 8 Granny Smith apples I missed the first part of the amount of ugar to add. The Queen says its pretty tart.:) I'll have to remember to scan the page next time I do something from scratch. I often miss the first couple of letters in a word due to the periferal vision problem. The pie is still editable and really tastes like apples. lol I'm sure it will be gone in no time when I talk the Queen into getting icecream to go with it. My next cooking project will be candied ginger. It's a treat reserved for me as no one else likes it. I already have the ginger root and will try a small batch today once I get the final coat of paint on the air nail er.
I also installed a service pack on the Queen's laptop and schuled it to do a backup weekly to an external drive. The service pack had been failing on the last 2 attempts but after running CHKDSK, which corrected errors on the drive the install went smoothly.
Geez I need more time. :)

Updated: 12:48 PM GMT on December 30, 2011

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Another Busy Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 6:03 PM GMT on December 28, 2011



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I made it back:)


Today will bring a mix of sun and cloud with a high of -2C(28F).
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I got busy yesterday working on the Queen's laptop. Poor Abbey missed her walk. I got the Queen a 20" LED monitor for Christmas to help her see the scanned documents she find on the web for her genealogy research. I had to add a shelf to her desk to put the laptop on and set the laptop so that when am external monitor is attached the laptop screen goes dead. I alos added a real keyboard to the machine. She's getting as many wires hooked to the laptop as my desktop. I'll have to dig into the hoard and find the USB hub I have in storage so that there's only 1 wire to disconnect for all the USB options I've added.
I have 2 projects to work on today when she leaves for work.
The Nail gun case needs some touching up with another coat of paint and an apple pie is on the agenda. I need to go back to work to have less time to think of projects too pass my time. Gosh I love retirement! It also looks like I have a load of laundry to do too. I can't forget Abbey today. I think her patience is wearing thin.
Tonight

Partly cloudy. Low -12C(10F).

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Updated: 6:06 PM GMT on December 28, 2011

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A late Rising

By: plapman, 2:33 PM GMT on December 28, 2011

I had it all in and lost it. :(
The Queens up so it's its time for a coffee and chat. Be back later.

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A Wonderfull Boxing Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 11:35 AM GMT on December 27, 2011


Today will start sunny then becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. The wind will be northerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) then becoming light early this morning. The high for today will be -10C(14F) but the wind wilmake it feel like -25c or -13f this morning.
Tonight wil bring increasing cloudiness along with a 60% chance of flurries late this evening and after midnight. Becoming a few clouds after midnight. Wind southeast 20 km/h (12 mph). Temperature rising to -7C(19F) by morning.
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Had a great family gathering at the youngest daughter's home yesterday. There was turkey with all the fixings and cheese cake for desert.
Looking around I mentioned to the Queen that we sure had done our part for the population of Manitoba. With only 3 of my 4 girls present there were 13 people there including spouses grandchildren and great grandchildren. It's too bad the daughter from Newfoundland, her 2 kids and a grandson in BC couldn't have made it to bring the count to 17 not including the Queen and myself. We were also missing the youngest, at home daughter's, boyfriend who spent Christmas in Mexico with his parents. His presence was felt though with the girl texting him at the dinner table.
It was great to see the granddaughter, who had caused so much worry earlier, looking really good!
With me enjoying time with my family poor Abbey missed her walk yesterday. I'll have to make it up to her today.









Updated: 11:47 AM GMT on January 03, 2012

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A Quiet Christmas on the Prairie

By: plapman, 3:51 PM GMT on December 26, 2011

Today will start mainly sunny but will bring increasing cloudiness near noon with a few rain showers and flurries. The wind will be southwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) then becoming northwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) this morning then north at 50 km/h (31 mph) gusting to 70 km/h (43 mph) late this afternoon. Today's hifg will be a balmy 6C(43F).

Tonight

A few flurries ending this evening then clearing. Wind north 50 km/h (31 mph) gusting to 70 km/h (43 mph) diminishing to 20 km/h (12 mph) this evening then becoming light overnight. Low -17C(1F).
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It was a quiet day yesterday. having no little kids eagerly awiait sant's visit sure makes a big difference. Te youngest at home sdaughter is nearly 18 and the other girls are out and about with families of their own.
Today we'e off the the youngest daughters for a Boxing Day feast.
I did get Abbey out on the gopher trails and did my litter pickup for the recycling depot which is on our route. It must have ben a hangover Christmas for a few as I found empty 40 oz. and a micky botttles of Vodka.
I never did drink to celelebrate Christmas. The Queen always said it was for the kids not a reason to overindulge. I have to agree with her.









Updated: 11:26 AM GMT on December 27, 2011

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Merry Christmas to All

By: plapman, 12:01 PM GMT on December 25, 2011

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Just Another Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:49 PM GMT on December 24, 2011



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Good morning All and I wish you all aJoy fllied Christmas tomorrow.
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Today will be mainly sunny as the wind becomes west at 30 km/h (19 mph) this morning. today's high will be 0C(32F).
Tonight will start partly cloudy then clearing near midnight. The wind will be northwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) as the overnight low falls to -9C(15F).
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I got Abbey out for the longer walk along the gopher trails yesterday without causing alarm to anyone. I did get into trouble with the neighbor's wife when she saw I never had my safety vest on as I had forgotten it. She'll probably report that back o the Queen and I'll be in for a scolding.:) That woman has spies everywhere, no chasing young ladies down the street for me.
I never had a chance to get back to the nailgun case. I got caught up in my Dorthy Domestic duties and did a load of laundry, washed the kitchen floor, cleaned toilet bowels, washed dishes and baked a cake while the Queen was at work.
I never even got a chance to watch soap operas with my feet up while munching on bon bons like used to jokingly accuse the Queen of doing while I was working.
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A Side of Abbey Not Seen Before and Another Project Nearly Complete

By: plapman, 12:50 PM GMT on December 23, 2011

Today will start mainly cloudy then clearing this afternoon. The wind from the northwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) becoming light this afternoon. Today's high will be -3C(26F).
Tonight will be clear with an overnight low of -7C(19F).
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Yesterday Abbey showed me a side of her I hadn't seen before. While on our walk yesterday there were 2 small lap dogs running down the street. Abbey's ears picked up and her full attention was focused on the as they approached. The lead dog approached and growling. Abbey , still on her 16 foot leash, lunged at it and grabbed the small dog by the neck and started to shake it. If I hadn't of pulled Abbey back and shouted "NO" at her I'm sure she would have killed it by breaking it's neck. Usually when we met another dog Abbey's tail starts wagging and she introduces herself with the doggy handshaking of sniffing each other. I guess she'd not the timid beast I though she was when it come to protecting her pack leader. I'll have to be very careful when kids run up to pet her. I always get her to sit when kids approach and she accepts their touches and will lick their face. After seeing the protective side of her I think anyone trying to rough house with me would be facing a snarling 80 lb dog. With the dogs speed and agility I'm sure a human would come out a looser quickly.
On the better side I had coffee company again yesterday after the Queen was off to work and got the interior of the nail gun case painted. Today I'll do the outside and attach the rubber hold down straps and glue some foam padding in place. When I complete the thing it will be too nice to store tools in. :)
My supply of Screech coffee is running low so it's time to open the East Coast blend made by the same company as the Screech. I guess after the Christmas rush is over for the postal service I'll have to place an order for more screech. I have a coffee buddy who wants me to include a lb for him when I place my next order. I'll have to start selling the Screech coffee as a speciality when I open the bakery. :)


Updated: 12:47 PM GMT on December 24, 2011

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A Scare on the Prairie and Another Project Nearly Complete

By: plapman, 1:03 PM GMT on December 22, 2011

Today will see a few flurries ending this morning then a mix of sun and cloud. The high will be a pleasant -3C(26F).
Tonight will be cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries. Thw wind southerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming northwest 20 km/h (12 mph) overnight. The overnight low will be -8C(17F).
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I guess I caused a scare yesterday for my daughter. She call the house when I was out with Abbey on a downtown walk and when she never got an answer she called my cell which I always have on during the day. When she never got an answer there she contacted my neighbor. The neigbor had seen me leave with Abbey but everyone wondered why I didn't answer the cell. The reason was that in he winter the cell is buried under layers of winter clothing and I can't hear it. Today I'll start wearing my bluetooth device which will conect the cell to the hearing aids.
Yesterday I nearly completed the nail gun case. Today with a couple of coats of paint and the installation of some rubber from old bicycle tubes to hold everyting in place it will be complete.
Then it will be back to the call of nature light then the Lone Ranger diorama.

Updated: 12:47 PM GMT on December 23, 2011

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A Nice Surprise on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:38 PM GMT on December 21, 2011



Today will be mainly cloudy with the wind becoming northerly at 30 km/h (19 mph) near noon. The high will be near -4C(24F).
Tonight will remain mainly cloudy but the north wind at 30 km/h (19 mph) will become light this evening. Low The overnight low will be-14C(6F).
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I had a really nice surprise yesterday. Just as I was about to take Abbey out for the daily walk 2 x-coworkers showed up at the door. I Invited them in, made a fresh pot of Screech coffee got my cookies out of the freezer.It was nice to catch up on the happenings around the Portage Diversion. What had started as a short coffee break for them turned into an hour and a half chat. I wonder what the neighbors though seeing the company 4x4 complete with emergency lights and emblem on the door parked in my drive way that long. Just like the days when I was working. I guess the whole thing seems to be working well without me. I used to say when I left it would be like pulling your hand out a pail of water, the void would quickly fill in. I was right. :)
Poor Abbey only had a short walk to the local mailbox after they left. Today I'll make it up to her even if the northerly wind is cold.

Updated: 1:01 PM GMT on December 22, 2011

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Back to the Projects and Near Record Temps On The Prairie

By: plapman, 12:57 PM GMT on December 20, 2011



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Today will bring a mix of sun and cloud with a west wind at 30 km/h (19 mph). The high will be 5C(41F).
Tonight will be partly cloudy with the west wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light near midnight. The overnight low will be -4C(24F).
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It was back to the projects yesterday after a walk to thr jewelers for a part for the hearing aid retainer. I tried the ball chain but found the bright stainless chain too heavy and visible. I switched to thin back fishing line with a rated strength of 45 lbs. I still use the chain as a necklace with the retainer attached to a bead which slides easily over the chain. I decided against attaching to the shirt collar as I may forget the thing and rip hearing aids out taking off my shirt.
I also cut some plywood for the air nail er case. Today I'll assemble the case , give it a coat of paint and label it.
When that project is complete I'll have start looking into the prairie diorama.
With the high approaching the record of 6C(43f) I'll have to get Abbey out on the gopher trails again.
The sleep pattern seems to be returning to normal. I was up till after the Queen retired and slept till 5. It was a good 7 hours sleep without an afternoon nap needed yesterday.
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A slippery Walk with ASbbey

By: plapman, 1:36 PM GMT on December 19, 2011



Today will start cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries this morning but then clearing this afternoon. The high will be -5C(23F).
Tonight will bring increasing cloudiness near midnight and a southwest wind at 30 km/h (19 mph). The overnight low will be near -8C(17F).
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I had a good downtown walk with Abbey yesterday but was itever slippery. It's a good thing I installed the sheet metal screws in my boots as they saved me from landing on my butt a couple of times. What amazed me is that there were people out on bicycles. They must have had studded tires. :)
The Quen sounds like shes rising it must be time to go andf have a morning coffee with her.

Updated: 12:56 PM GMT on December 20, 2011

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A New Culinary Project and Windows for Windowless Offices

By: plapman, 1:48 PM GMT on December 18, 2011



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Today will start with a mix of sun and cloud then Becoming cloudy this afternoon as we get a mix of rain mixed with light snow. The wind becoming northwest at20 km/h (12 mph) near noon. The high will be 4C(39F).
Tonight will see flurries ending before morning then cloudy with the wind at northwest 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming north 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) this evening. The overnight low will be -8C(17F).
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None of the neighbors I've stopped and chatted with can believe the warm temps we're getting for mid- December on the prairie. This time of year usually see's prairie people bundled up for -20 to -30 temps with the ground covered in snow. Now the lawns are mostly brown and with the warmer temps predicted for the next week the remnants of the snow will be gone. I may have to fly someone from the north pole here to enjoy our usual white Christmas.
I spent most of yesterday thinking of an idea to hold my hearing aids, similar to the ones for glasses, to keep them from ending up on the floor if dislodged. I did find some ball chain, used to hold sink stoppers, in the hoard. Now to come up with an idea to easily attach it to the wires on the aids. I may have to make a visit to the jewelers and buy a couple of necklace clasps. I'll then put a small clip on the chain to attach it to my shirt collar.
The call of nature light and air nail er case remain on hold until I find time to get back to get back to them.
Yesterday I looked for and found a recipe for candied ginger. It looks really easy to make. I think that will be my next culinary project. If it turns out good I'll be able to sell it in my muffin shop. :)
I'll also have to pay a visit to the local model railway club to check on what to use for grass for the prairie diorama. I'll have to contact some old workmates that are still tied to their desks to see if I can still get access to a plotter to print a background of clear blue sky.
The plotters are great tools. While working I got stuck in an office with no windows. I solved the problem by taking a photo of the window and replaced the view with one of a tropical beach with bikini clad ladies on the beach and a yacht anchored off shore. I then enlarged the result and printed a 3foot by 4 foot window. While everyone else looked out their window and saw snow coved roofs i looked out mine and enjoyed a tropical view. Best seat in the house. :) All of the photo work was done at home, except for the printing, so no reprimands from bosses for wasting my time were received.
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Treasures Found in the Hoard.

By: plapman, 1:02 PM GMT on December 17, 2011

Today will be sunny with a high of -2C(28F).
Tonight will see increasing cloudiness early this evening. The overnight low will be -6C(21F) but the temps will rise to -2C(28F) by morning.
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I had a great day yesterday.
After the sending the Queen off to work I took Abbey on her romp along the gopher trails. The poor little beast just doesn't understand the idea of hibernation. She still runs with nose to the ground. I think the free run for almost 2 miles is her main interest now. When the Queen leaves for work Abbey knows it's walk time and follows me with her sad looking brown eyes till I start dressing for the outdoors. When I put on my safety vest she knows it's her time to spend running free on the prairie. I guess her run and nightly brushing are he highlights of her day. at those times she has the full attention of her pack leader.
After my walk my time was spent hanging a cabinet purchased 2 years ago at a garage sale. it's a beautiful piece of wood work with shelves and a glass font. I quickly filled the shelves with some of my prizes. There's a couple of old travel alarm clocks, my Gillette razor collection and 2 plastic figurines, from a garage sale, of The Lone Ranger and Tonto, guns drawn, aiming at a bronze buffalo, the symbol of Manitoba, I received when I retired.
I should make a diorama of the famous cowboy and Indian hunting buffalo with the covered wagon and a red River Cart, which can be modified to pull a bronze canon, across the prairie.
I could then display the feather box, medicine bag and twigs of sweet grass I was given by the shaman at my son-in- laws wake in the cabinet. At that time the shaman also made me an honorary member of the Bear clan. The Bear Clan, according to native traditions, are the protectors and police of the tribe. My job the shaman said was to protect and ensure the safety of my daughter now that the son in law's spirit has crossed to the other side.

Updated: 1:45 PM GMT on December 18, 2011

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Cleaning the Hoard

By: plapman, 2:07 PM GMT on December 16, 2011

Today will see light snow ending this morning then clearing. The high will be -8C(17F).
Tonight will bring increasing cloudiness along with a 70%t chance of flurries overnight. The wWind will start southerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) swinging to the west at 20 km/h (12 mph) The overnight low will be -9C(15F).
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/>Abbey mised her hike along the gopher trails as I decided it was time to tidy up the hoard. A bad dream come true. :)
I decided it's time to send some of the stuff from my early computer days to the electronic recycling site. An old monitor from my Comodore Vic 20 days will find itself in China be torn apart for oarts. I hope they do it gently. That old monitor has served on the Vic 20, a Comodore 64 a monitor for a VCR and DVD players and it's final use was as a monitor on an XBox 360. It sure has seen a big change in technology. The thing still works great, it was sure built to last.Another thiong going is an old mb running a Duron 800mhz chip. It was my introduction to the USB port.
I just didn't have the heart to part with the Panasonic Exec Partner. It was the forerunner to todays laptop and even has a built in thermal printer. It still boots up on DOS 2 and I even have the original manual and DOS 2 disk hat came with it. Maybe someday I'll be able to donate it to a computer miseum. :)
While cleaning up the accumulated stuff I lost a hearing aid. Instant panic attack! I dumped a garbage bag full of seeepings and sorted throuh it with no luck. I put on the miner type light I use for working with small parts and did a step bt step search of where I'd been. Luckily for me it turned up on the basement carpet in good shape with no footprints on it.
When the Queen returned from work I asked to look in the "Junk Room" as it was christened years ago. When she came out she said "That's not your junk room". Today with a bit of tidying and putting the finnal rements of my past in order I'll have a room where I can't find anything. lol
The rat poison seems to be doing it's job. While cleaning I hooked a finger on a nail protruding from a wall from the recent renovations. I had blood all over a paper towel, the sink and the pad on the bandage was filled. Today after the final sweep of the hoarde I'll look for other nails and pound them flush with the wall.

Updated: 1:03 PM GMT on December 17, 2011

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Windy on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:53 PM GMT on December 15, 2011

Today will bring light snow ending early this morning then clearing. There will be blowing snow in open areas this morning caused by a north wind at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) The drifting should end near noon as the wind shifts to the northwest at 20 km/h (12 mph). The high will be near -8C(17F).

Tonight will be clear with a low of -20C(-4F).

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/>I put aside the projects again yesterday but did get Abbey out for her hile along the gopher trails.
I have some Christmas lights I should get up on the outside of the house. My home looks bleak as its dark while some of the neighbors homes are all lit up for Christmas. I have 3 new sets of the energy saving led lights sitting in their boxes. I bought them on sale just before my stroke and the Queen won't let me climb a ladder to reach the 20 foot+ peak. maybe today after she's off to work and the wind dies down I'll put some lower ones up.
It looks like this year I'll have to recind my offer to bring a suitcase full of snow to warmer climes in exchange for a flight south. We have very little snow thus far. It is hard to get into the Christmas spirit with brown grass showing and no brightly colored lights.

Updated: 2:05 PM GMT on December 16, 2011

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A Short Blog on the Prairie

By: plapman, 3:05 PM GMT on December 14, 2011

Today will be cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries and the risk of freezing drizzle as the high climbs above freezing to 1C(34F).
Tonight will remaim cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries. The wind becoming northwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) this evening then north 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) overnight. Tonights low will be -11C(12F).
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Yesterday the project which cameto the top of the lisr was the oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies. They turned out great but are they ever big. I used an icecream scoop ful for each cookie. I wonder how my mother made cookies when all she had was a hand driven mixer. My little hald held powered moxer had ahard time mixing and my wrist was sore from thje torque. It was funny as I had chocolate chips flying all over the kitchen but had my mess cleaned up by the time the Queen came home from work.
Today while it's nice I'll have to cut some plywood for planned projects and set it aside till I get the time to work on the.
The Queen is iching to go shopping so I'll have to leave now and maybe return later.




Updated: 12:37 PM GMT on December 15, 2011

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A Good Trip to the City

By: plapman, 11:28 AM GMT on December 13, 2011



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Today will be cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries. Fog patches that developed overnight will dissipate this morning. The wind will become southerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) this morning. The daytime high is expected to be -6C(21F).
Tonight will remain cloudy with a 30%t chance of flurries. The overnight low will be -10C(14F).
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The trip to the big city went well. There are advantages to not having a driver's license. About 5 miles on the road I told the Queen it was time for a nap and set the seat back to a reclining position. I woke just as we were turning into the truck stop parking lot where the Queen was to meet her sister who was going to take us to the clinic as the Queen will not drive in the city. It sure was a short trip for me. :)
The echo cardiogram went well but the technician wouldn't tell if there were still clots present. He said that the cardiologist would determine that. Whwen I jokingly asked if it was going to be a boy or girl he said he all could tell me it wasn't a puppy. :) He must know I spend a lot of time alone with the dog, maybe he reads my blog.
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An Enjoyable Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:44 PM GMT on December 12, 2011



Today will bring clearing with a high of -6C(21F).
Tonight will remain clear as the temps drop to -14C(6F).
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I had a great day yesterday. I took Abbey out on her walk along the gopher trails and when I returned my friend from the city was there. We had a good visit at times reminiscing about the quantities of beer that had been consumed in in my basement and at the kitchen table. The funny thing is that either one of us drink anymore due to the meds were on. The golden years sure change how a person entertains. The closest we came to a cool one was a cup of Screech flavored coffee. :)
The Queen and me are off to the city for an echo cardiogram for me. I wonder if they'll let me know if it will be a boy or girl. :)

Updated: 3:04 PM GMT on December 14, 2011

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The Hardships of Aging and How Lucky I Am

By: plapman, 12:58 PM GMT on December 11, 2011

Today will be mainly sunny with a high of -2C(28F).

Tonight will bring a few clouds and an overnight low of -12C(10F).
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yesterday I found a new project. Yesterday while shopping with the Queen I came across a USB-IDE case. I thought that would be an execlant wat to recover data from my old hard drive so I bought myself a Chtistmas present. :)
What used to be a 15 minute job took me nearly 2 hours. Gosh I hate working with flat black. I told the Queen that one of these days I'm going to learn the words" I can't do it and her reply was "I don't think you ever will".
When paying for it I told the salesperson/technician that a leagaly blind man working on the internal parts of a computer was a scary thought. His reply was " Watching some of his technicians in the back can be pretty scarry too but I had an excuse".
I got Abbey out on the gopher trails yesterday and all she nanaged todo was scare up a bunny. That short chase sure made up for the exercise shhe's missed the last couple of days.
Today I have company coming. the friend , ex-workmate, who always finds time to visit when I'm in a Winnipeg hospital, and his wife are coming in from the city. He recently underwent back surgery and like me depends on the wife for transport.
Another friend who had lknee surgery has also been prohibited from driving until his knee heals. Unluckily for him he's been divorced and is grounded at home, being unable to walk due to his knee. The "Golden Years" sure are a joy but the good thing is that we're still able to complain about the hardships aging brings. When I see other people confined to their home due to lack of mobility I think of how lucky I am to still be able to walk anywhere I want in town and complete projects that people with no vision couldn't tackle.
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Updated: 12:42 PM GMT on December 12, 2011

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How Does a Retiree Find More Time to Complete Projects?

By: plapman, 1:54 PM GMT on December 10, 2011

Today will bring clearing early this morning as the wind south at 20 km/h (12 mph) becomes light . The high will be -2C(28F).
Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of -7C(19F).
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Abbey misses another day of walking but today I'll get her out.
Yesterday I worked on the air nail er box almost completed. The part that took the longest is digging into the hoard and getting a large peanut butter container full of tiny screws and bolts left over from the clock repair days. the container is mostly screws but I knew there were a few 3/8 th long bolts in the mix and I needed the bolts. While sorting through the hundreds of screws I wondered what it would be like to work in a factory where tiny screws like that were manufactured. I can just imagine a problem occurring on the line and hundreds of tiny sheet metal screws covering the floor. I wonder what their original use was? I'll have to snap a picture of one and post it.
Today the Queen is off so I get to enjoy her company today so the projects will probably put aside.
Today if I feel it's warm enough not to freeze my fingers I'll get some scrap plywood cut for the skill saw and sewing machine cases and set the pieces together till I get time to build the boxes. I still have to get back to the call of nature light which is sitting in pieces at my feet. I also need to improve my plastic bending brake as working with the heat gun or iron gets awfully warm on the fingers. I need more time, maybe I should retire my job as Dorthy Domestic and shift the laundry, dishes and vacuuming back to the Queen. She seems to have more time to catch her favorite TV shows than I do even though she works 8 hours a day.

Updated: 1:24 PM GMT on December 11, 2011

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Cold on the Prairie, Back to the Projects and a Good Visit With My Doctor

By: plapman, 1:27 PM GMT on December 09, 2011

Today will be sunny with a wind up to 15 km/h (9 mph). The high will be -14C(6F). with the wind it will feel like -30 this morning.
Tonight will bring a few clouds and a low of-18C(0F).
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I must be getting old. :(. With the wind and cool temps yesterday I decided Abbey and me should skip the daily walk. At one time a little bit of cold never bothered me. I used to walk to work about a mile or take the current dog out for a 2 mile walk in temps as low as -40 but now with a wind chill temp at -30c (-22f) it feels really cold.
I got back to the air nail er box yesterday. The lid now fits squarely with the bottom, with hinges installed and and a hasp to hold it closed. Today I'll install a divide to keep the supplies and accessories separated from the tool. I'm also in the process of making a large mouse pad for the Queen. I should get back to work on the call of nature light as well which I just noticed sitting at my feet.
The visit to the doctor went well yesterday. After hearing the results of the Queen's research on the side effects of celexa he admitted he had never seen these side effects before he would verify her results and change the diagnosis from Psycho-semantic seizures to a reaction from the drug. He also apologized for not catching the the side effects himself. I guess when I'm asked if I have allergies I'll have something to tell the medics other than none that I know of. I'll bet isn't often doctors hear " I feel great" when they ask why your there for an appointment.
I think it's just about time to see if I can sneak back into bed and catch a nap.



Updated: 2:36 PM GMT on December 10, 2011

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Another Day of Sleeping on the Prairie

By: plapman, 3:06 PM GMT on December 08, 2011



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Today will be sunny with a west wind at 30 km/h (19 mph). The wind chill is -26 this morning but the high will be -11C(12F).
Tonight will start partly cloudy then clearing near midnight. The wind will be westerly at 20 km/h (12 mph). Low -20C(-4F) making it feel like chill -29.
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Am I ever late getting my blog online. I was up at the usual 3 am had a shower and went back to bed. I never woke till 8:00. Yesterday after the Queen was off to work I had a 2 hour nap. I really seem to be catching up on missed sleep.
The projects were once again put aside while I slept most of the afternoon then started the evening meal. I made hamburger patties with gravy and used small breakfast potato patties and a small serving of veggies. It was pretty tasty.
The chocolate cake with peanut butter icing is a hit. There's only a quarter of the cake left. After my lazy afternoon I never got Abey out till 5:30 in the dark. I had my reflective safety vest on but left Abbey unseen. As she was on the leash during the walk I didn't think I needed her glowing in the dark. It would have been a good night to have the red and blue lights adorning her. :)
yesterday I found a way to put neat sharp 90 degree bends in the plastic I have on hand using a heat gun and a chunk of angle iron. That new knowledge should provide some interesting projects in the future once I get the one's I have on the go completed.
Today I have a visit with my family doctor. It will be interesting to see his response to the Queen research on the side effects of Celexa. I should talk the Queen into moving to Newfoundland where she could work with the middle daughter in the diagnostic unit of the faculty of medicine at Memorial University. :)

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Poor Abandoned Abbey, A New Cake and Another Side Effect of Celxa

By: plapman, 12:03 PM GMT on December 07, 2011


Today will be sunny with a northwest wind at 20 km/h (12 mph). The high will be -7C(19F).
Tonight will remain clear with the wind remaining northwesterly at 20 km/h (12 mph). The overnight low will be -17C(1F).
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I put aside the projects and basement organizing again yesterday and once again donned the chef's hat.
I made the chocolate cake with Alley's peanut butter icing. This time I used the proper sized pan and the cake didn't turn into an oversizes muffin. :)
The icing, which stuck to my tongue while making it, seemed awfully sweet but once on the cake it may not be as sweet. What seemed like a lot of icing, a large peanut butter container full, turned out to just right for the 9x12 chocolate cake. I noticed the Queen sampled after her shift was over and will get a critique this morning.
Abbey accompanied me to pick up the ingredients I was missing for the icing. The poor dog, not used to being tied could be heard whining from inside the store. I must have taken too long find my supplies. She sure was happy to see me again after our 5 minute separation.
Yesterday I got a call from a surgical clinic in Winnipeg I was on the throne when the call came and check the call display which said it was from a Surgical clinic. As I was calling them back thoughts of sharp knives and saws hacking at my brain were going through my head. It turned out that all they want is to do an echo cardiogram to check on the status of the clot previously found in my heart. it sure is a relief to know that they'll be no knives and saws attacking me while I sleep.
Yesterday I made a trip to feed the vampires again. The drug, which I'm no longer taking, seems to have been interacting with the rat poison as well as causing seizures. While on the drug the techs had a hard time drawing a sample and after they got enough to feed the Hungary vampires the band aid they covered the needle wound with only showed a small drop of blood. This time the whole swab was covered with blood and it was a 1 poke affair to get the sample. I guess it's time to stay away from sharp objects.
To my academic daughter who reads my blog daily thanks for the copliment. It's really something that someone with a degree in education, majoring in English, finds my daily ramblings of interest.

Updated: 3:02 PM GMT on December 08, 2011

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Collecting On The Prairie

By: plapman, 1:04 PM GMT on December 06, 2011


Today will se increasing cloudiness and a 60% chance of flurries late this afternoon. The wind will be southerly at 30 km/h (19 mph). Today's high will climb above freezing to 3C(37F).
Tonight will bring flurries and see the southerly flow swing to the northwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph). The overnight low will be -11C(12F).
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It looks like today will be a good day to let Abbey explore the gopher trails. The southerly wind will only affect us for about a 1/4 of the hike but with the forcasted high it should be a good walk.
I gave the Queen my shopping list for ingredients I need for Alley's peanut butter icing. I'm going to have to construct a lockable vault to store my treats in as they disappear so fast.
I put the projects aside again yesterday and continued with the basement cleanup. It's mainly a matter of rearranging my collectibles and dusting them. The pack rat that I am I have a collection of beer steins, old Gillette razors, Portage la Prairie memorabilia and 2 Lava lamps s as well as my clocks. I even wound and started a mantel clock with Westminster chimes.
The razors date back to the 1950s and were dated from a site on the net which dates Gillette razors from a number on the back.
The Portage memorabilia includes a china cup and plaate which was issued in 1980 to celebrate the cities centennialas well as 2 coffee cups with the cities crest and name imprinted on them.
The prize in my beer stein collection is a stein issued by the Gladstone RCMP detachment. It has the RCMP crest as well as Gladstone 1999 imprinted on it. When moving it I found Abbey's first license dated 2009. I've always rold her she's the #1dog but the license places her as #27 on the list. I hope she never learns to read and finds that I've lied to her all this time. :)
also included in the collection is an old Coca Cola botle with straight sides. When I acquired the bottle while excavating a sewer line at Grand beach I remember contacting the Coca Cola company and asking them if it was date able. They told me that the straight sided bottles were last used in 1904 and 2 Lava lamps probably from the 1960's
My most cherished item in the collections is a scale model covered wagon hand made from scrap wood by a now deceased uncle, . All the pieces are pinned together with wooden pegs like the original wagons with no glue, nails or screws used. When moving it I found that the pegs have dried and shrunk and had a hard time reassembiling it.
My poor girls are going to have a heck of a time sorting through my stuff when it's my time to watch the grass grow from a bottom view.
Then there's the hoard which is almost indescribable.
Gosh instead of renovating the washroom I should have bought a bigger house.


Updated: 11:57 AM GMT on December 07, 2011

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Company for Supper, The Queen's Geneaology and a Cool Walk With Abbey

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


Today will be sunny with a high of -15C(5F).
Tonight will remain clear and the overnight low will be -17C(1F).
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It was a quiet day yesterday as I took a day off from the projects.
The granddaughter, the 2 great granddaughters and her male friend were over to enjoy the Queen's culinary skills. Although it was a simple meal of hamburger mixed with macaroni and tomato soup it was good eating as usual when the Queen cooks. My giant muffin had disappeared by that time so it must be time to get the chef back from vacation and order a chocolate cake with Alley's peanut butter icing.
The Queen's research on my family tree turned up 2 photos of my great great grandfather, 1 as a young man and 1 as an elderly gentleman. With the help of Paint Shop Pro I made 5/7's of the prints to add to her collection of of pictures. When doing her genealogy research she not only collects names and dates she also looks for photos of the ancestors and their siblings as well as info on what they did for a living and any marks they may have made in history. She also searches for and purchases documentation, where availible, or prints the document found on the web to authenticate her research. I've told her to become a licensed genealogist , quit her regular work, and make genealogy a home business. She sure does a through investigation.
The northerly wind along with the cool temp's brought the thought of long johns while on my walk with Abbey. The cold wind didn't seem to bnother her as she continued her search for the now sleeping gophers. I should find a trapper and a seamstress to make me a warm fur coat like hers.

Updated: 1:02 PM GMT on December 06, 2011

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Shopping With Abbey and Repairs to a Door

By: plapman, 10:53 AM GMT on December 04, 2011

Today will be cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries. The wind becoming northerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) in the morning. The high will be -11C(12F).
Tonight will see clearing in the evening while the northerly wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becomes light in the evening. The overnight low will be a chilly -23C(-9F) with a wind chill of -28.
------------------------------------------------- Abbeby and me took the downtown route yesterday to pick up filters for the vacuum. If I don't keep on top of it she'll plug the vacuum in no time. That dog sure sheds alot even with her nightly brushing.
The projects were put aside yesterday as I had to repair the doorstop on my washroom door. The door has always closed itself, it must be the way the hinges are installed so I installed a kick down doorstop to allow more heat into my room. Being a hollow core door the screws soon were ripped out by people, forgetting the device was there.
My solution to the problem was to drill holes though the door and hold the doorstop in place with 3- 1/8 x 2 inch bolts, retrieved from the hoard, with washers on the inside. If they wait to long and have to rush to the washroom I'll be replacing the door. :) The hardest part of the fix was to find the small hole on the opposite side of the door while on my hands and knees almost standing on my head. It's a position I know well from begging to the Queen when I'm hungry. :)


Updated: 12:02 PM GMT on December 05, 2011

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The Bake a Cake Project Successful and a Project to be Redone

By: plapman, 12:00 PM GMT on December 03, 2011


Today will start with cloudy with 60% chance of flurries early this morning then a mix of sun and cloud. The wind will start northwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) then becoming light near noon as the temperature falls to -8C(17F) this afternoon.
Tonight will be mainly cloudy with a low near -15C(5F).
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The oversize muffin cake is a success with 3/4 of it gone already. The youngest daughter, herself a great treat maker, even took some home for the SIL to try. It won't be long before the Plapman Bakery springs up on the prairie. :)
The nail gin case project never went as well. After struggling for over 2 hours, in the low light basement,to get hinges for the lid in place the lid is now crooked.
Lighting conditions are a problem with me. Low light causes the stroke effects to kick in while too bright a light causes flaring from the ' as yet too thin to operate on, contacts. What a walking pile of human junk parts. I'm even missing the words " I can't do it" from my vocabulary. :). Today I'll use the what am I going to do with it now light, aimed at the ceiling, and redo the hinges using the super bright light from the 500 watt halogen bulb that will be reflected.
I've also got to pull out the sewing machine and hem a new pair if jeans so that they fit my stubby legs. The Queen discarded my comfy hole in the knee jeans after seeing that I was telling people the holes were caused by begging her. I should look for them in the trash and sell them to young people who would find them right in style or wear them while she's at work. :)
Enough complaining about the cards life has dealt me I think I'm learning to play them to turn out a winner!

Updated: 10:54 AM GMT on December 04, 2011

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A Peanut Butter Cake

By: plapman, 11:56 AM GMT on December 02, 2011

Today will be cloudy with a 30%t chance of flurries then changing to 40%t chance of rain showers near noon. The wind will be southwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph). Today's high will climb to 4C(39F).
Tonight will be partly cloudy with the wind westerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) gusting to 40 km/h (25 mph) but becoming light this evening then swings to the northwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) overnight. The overnight low will be -9C(15F).
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After my frustrating evening with the printer the night before I took a day off from the projects. I think today I'll get back to the call of nature light
I did bake the peanut butter cake using Alley's recipe and wow did it rise. When the youngest daughter at home saw it she asked if was a cake on steroids. The Queen says I may have put in in too small a baking pan but it was the same one I used for my first baking attempt. It may be the 1/2 cup of peanut butter blended into the batter that made it try to reach the top of the oven. I did cheat though and used a preprapared chocolate icing instead of Alley's peanut butter icing. I'll save that recipe for a chocolate cake.
My peanut butter cake.

Tonight I have to get back to the ait nailer case and maybe start a new project to make a case for the Skill saw or change the light in an old desk lamp from the incandescent to a low wattage halogen under counter light that I have in the hoarde .
Light i a problem with me. My optomitrist told me that the part of the brain that controls the lost periferal vision is also reponsible for the night vision. Darn I still haven't gotten back to the solar powered fan problem. If I'd have known I was going to be short of time in retirement I'd have stayed at work. :) NO


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

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A Frustrating Evening on the Prairie

By: plapman, 11:56 AM GMT on December 01, 2011

Today will be sunny with a wind at west 20 km/h (12 mph) near noon. The high will only be -5C(23F). Tonight will start clear then bring increasing cloudiness after midnight. The wind will swing southwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) while the temperature remains steady near -6C(21F).
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Yesterday started great, a walk with Abbey when the Queen was off to work, then turned sour. My all in one printer, after warning me that it was time to add a new color cartridge for weeks finally lost the cyan color. I searched the horde for a new one which I had purchased shortly after the warning appeared. After installing it. It immediately asked to be realigned and printed an alignment page. The page it printed was foreign to me as I was expecting to see a group of lines with numbers and a question on the screen asking be to choose the best ones. I got a group of blocks in various colors and a request to place the printed page on the scanner. This is the first time I've had to replace a cartridge since I bought the new comp when my old scanner wasn't compatible with a 64 bit Windows 7 installation. After printing out a few alignment pages and getting the response from the printer that the alignment was not found and that the alignment had failed I realized that when installing the new cartridge that I had knocked the black out of place. I reset the black scanned a newly printed page and finally the printer said " Alignment successful. Things would have gone smoother if my desk wasn't cluttered with paper and I didn't have to reach across the desk to get at the printer. I've since discarded a bunch of papers that I had no further use for. After the frustrating fight with the printer I never did get a cake bake for the Queen. Tonight I'll have a treat for her when she comes home from work for sure.
It will never be a paperless society with computers, as promised, when the can spew out long documents in minutes which are proofread the corrections made and printed again. It seems that most people have to have a hard copy to proofread.








Updated: 11:56 AM GMT on December 02, 2011

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Retired and loving it. If I'd have known about retirement befor I started my 40 year career with the government of Manitoba I'd have retired first. :)

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