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Cookies That Dissapear and More Tiny Stuff

By: plapman, 1:25 PM GMT on February 29, 2012

Today will start mainly sunny but see increasing cloudiness this afternoon. The high will be -1C(30F).
Tonight will be overcast with a low of -7C(19F).
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Yesterday I made a batch of chocolate-cherry oatmeal cookies. They are a hit and 1/2 of the first container I left out are gone. I got Abby out for her romp on the bunny trails ,where she managed to scare up a bunny, and raked up leave that were covering my tulip bed. I hope with the warm weather we've had they don't get confused and pop up before we get a hard frost.
I think today I'll get back to the settler project and make leather harness for the horses. The other day I found I could make tiny buckles from paper clips. Those things sure come in handy.
I also experimented and found I could use straight pins for nails for the heirloom clock. I guess I keep doing the tiny stuff as a challenge to my vision problems.

Updated: 6:00 PM GMT on March 01, 2012

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Moving Snow and a Missed Walk

By: plapman, 1:39 PM GMT on February 28, 2012



Today will be sunny with a high of -4C(24F).
Tonight will bring increasing cloudiness after midnight and am overnight low of -10C(14F).
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Yesterday I cleared the driveway of snow. The snow had a different texture than normal. It wasn't sticky enough to be snowman type snow but it was a bit tacky. Must have been the near thawing temps. I usually make a path for the mailman across my front lawn for him to deliver bills and save him a few steps, I have to quit that and maybe he'll quit with the bills. When i got across my lawn to the neighbors driveway I continued and did that too. It only took about 10 minutes and saved his back. The snow blower is great as it leaves no piles along side the driveway. After moving the snow I heeded the Queen's warning not to overdo it and never took Abbey out for her walk but she did get a car ride when the daughter took me to city-hall to get the property tax bill for my income tax. I think I shredded the original while going through my stack of paid bills.
It will be back to cookie baking today and get started on the miniature clock. I think if I make it smaller that the original I'll be able to use it with the settlers project and give them a family heirloom.:)
Must be time to go, I hear the Queen rising.

Updated: 1:23 PM GMT on February 29, 2012

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A Kity Indentified and a Recipe for Cookies

By: plapman, 1:32 PM GMT on February 27, 2012


Today will be mainly sunny with a high of -10C(14F).
Tonight will remain clear as the temp drops to a normal of -19C(-2F).
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Yesterday I made a small batch of brownies. I guess today I'll have to make cookies again as the last batch has disappeared as have the brownies. Today I'm going to change the cookie recipe and make chocolate oatmeal cookies with small pieces of dried cherry. It will be a miniature black forest cake. :)but first I have to move snow. We never had much snow but with the wind it seems to collect n the driveway beside my house.
For Alley, yep that was Kramer in yesterdays blog. Since his 3 month excursion a few years back he's learned where to fill his tummy and never strays far from home but has become an outside cat and likes to go outdoors and look around. it's funny that he chooses to go out in the evening and we usually don't see him until morning when I let Abbey out for her morning chore. It's like a changing of shifts where Kramer comes in and Abey goes out.
For Shore I'll even post the recipe today for my butterscotch oatmeal cookies.
JELLO PUDDING OATMEAL COOKIE

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1 1/4 c. flour
1 tsp. soda
1 c. butter, soft
1/4 c. sugar
3 1/2 c. oatmeal
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 sm. pkg. , 4 serving, instant pudding (vanilla or any kind)
2 eggs
1 c. raisins (opt.)

Mix flour with baking soda. Combine butter, sugars and pudding in large bowl. Beat until smooth. Beat in eggs. Gradually add flour mix. Then stir in oats. (Batter will be stiff.) Drop by rounded teaspoons on ungreased sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.
I used butterscotch pudding. MMMM
I had to leave out the raisins, none on hand.
My next batch will be with chocolate pudding mix and I'll substitute the raisin's with dried cherry chunks. I also used a tablespoon of dough, rolled onto balls and flattened between the palms. I thought a teaspoon would be too tiny but still ended up with 3 dozen cookies which are all gone.I also substituted and olive oil based margarine for the butter. I guess it's now a healthy snack with no cholesterol and fiber from the oatmeal
LOL I stole a page from Alley's book and posted a recipe.

Updated: 1:34 PM GMT on February 28, 2012

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Well it's 5:30am and I Have To Be Quiet So I'll Blog

By: plapman, 12:57 PM GMT on February 26, 2012

I was starting to think people were not interested in my dsy to day ativities. Besides that it's 5:30am and I don't want to wake anyone by turning on the TV so I decided to open the doors of the Northern Edge again. it must be the female hormones the Queen secretly gives me while i'm sleeping that makes me change my mind. :) It also gets me to do dishes, bake cakes and cookies and prepare meals for her. Darn that woman and her devious ways.
Yesterday I helped the grandson with his carving of a car. The car is for a competion at a boys club he attends at the churchhis family attends. They supplied a piece of wood and were given the choice of what to do with it. I guess the club leaders had never done ant wood carving. They gave him a piece of maple, probably cut from and old bed headboard. That wood is really hard to work with as it's so hard. His chunk was 2x3 aand about 9 inches long. I cheated and brought out the jig saw to cut out the basic shape of the car. I showed him how to use scrap wood to buffer the working piece so that it could be held with a vice and not mark the working piece. I then showed him how to cut out the basic shape with the jig saw following the shape he he had drawn on the wood. We then used files starting with a rasp and down to a fine file to trim up the rough cut and smooth it. He's now going to cut out the wheel wells with a dremal tool. The scale is sure a lot bigger than I've been playing with.
When we were done we both sat down and had a glass of milk and some of my cookies. The kid ate a whole container of my cookies. lol I'll bet he didn't eat much supper. :) Strange how a grandpa would let the boy eat the whole container while a mom woudn't.
When mom came to pick him up I gave her a cookie and she agreeed they were good so I gave her my recipe. I think it's pretty funny, a dad giving his daughter a recipe for cookies.
I came up with a new project yesterday. I have a miniture grandfather clock, 10 inches high but made of plastic. The thing is spring driven and accually keeps time and is regulated with a pendulum but doesn't have chimes. :(. My project is to make a wooden case for it from a piece of 1/8th inch thich oak plywood I have in the hoard. That should keep me off the steets for a while.


Updated: 1:28 PM GMT on February 27, 2012

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Thanks to my Loyal Followers, I Will return Come Summer

By: plapman, 1:54 PM GMT on February 24, 2012

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Today will see light sight snow witha northwest wind at 30 km/h (19 mph). The high will be -10C(14F).
Tonight will be partly cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries. as the wind drops to 15 km/h (9 mph). The overnight low will be -23C(-9F) with a wind chill of -25c(-13F).
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I guess the winter duldrums have set in. I have no projects in mind and my daily walk with Abbey is getting to be the high point in my day. I think like Alleyoops I'll tempoarily close the doors. I'll be back come summer but will continue to lurk in the background.

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Updated: 1:58 PM GMT on February 24, 2012

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Waking in Rush Hour

By: plapman, 2:57 PM GMT on February 23, 2012



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Today

Mainly cloudy. A few flurries beginning this morning. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h (12 mph) this morning. High -1C(30F).

Tonight

Flurries. Wind northwest 30 km/h (19 mph). Low -10C(14F).
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Woe I slpet till 8z;15 am and woke up to a major rush. The Queen had to take the grandaughter for a doctors appointment and the 2 ggranddaughters were being kids and dilling. I helped one of the girls find socks as moom thought she was just being slow. lol I guess mom should start putting the little girls cothing in her dresser instead of leaving the in baskets from the laundry room.
I think not having a drivers licence ddoes have somw advantages as I really wasn't involved in the rush.
Well tme to go and wait for the Queen to take me out shopping.
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Another Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:40 PM GMT on February 22, 2012

Today will see flurries ending this morning then cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries. Todays high will be 0C(32F).
Tonight will be mainly cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries. The overnight low will be -10C(14F).
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Yesterday I almost messed up one of Betty's cakes. I was mixing the ingrediants and wondered why it was so thick. I then realized that i had forgotten to add 2 eggs. My egg supply was in 2 boxes with 1 in 1 box and a full carton. I added the 1 egg and forgot to add the other 2 called for. :) I wonder how the cake would have turned out if I hadn't of caught my error. :)
After I had finished the cake I had a 2 hour nap. Poor Abbey never got out on the trails yesterday.
I also added to the pioneer project by making a leather holder for the winchester. Is that leather ever hard to work with in such small pieces. I think I'll leave the tiny stuff for a day or 2 and maybe put a quartz movement in an old clock case I bought at a garage sale in the Quepelle Valley on a trip to visit my daughter while she was going to univercity in Regina, gosh that was a long time ago.
On the medical part of my life I should phone my doctor and tell him it's day 3 pn the garbage cycle and the trash goes on the curb tonight for pickup tomorrow morning.I guess I'm still in the real world even if I don't know the day of the week most days.

Updated: 2:55 PM GMT on February 23, 2012

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A New Idea For the Settler Project

By: plapman, 12:33 PM GMT on February 21, 2012

Today will be cloudy with a 60% chance of light snow. Fog patches that developed overnight wil be dissipating early this morning. The wind northwest 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph) becoming light this afternoon. The high for today will be -2C(28F).
Tonight wil remain mainly cloudy with an overnight low of -11C(12F).
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Yesterday I took Abbey on a shopping trip along the downton route. The Queen needed a few things at the store and, not wanting to go out, sent me and Abbey. It sure wasn't Abbey's idea of a good time being ties to a parkink meter outside the store. I could hear her whining from inside the store. The next time I have to I go shopping I'll leave the poor pupp pupy at home. She sure isn't used to being tied.
On the way home we met a gentleman and his small og. He must have been new to dogs. When Abbey and me meet another dog I like to let them have a short visit and introduce themselves and ask the owner if their dog is friendly. If the answer is positive I take Abbey over for a sniff. When i did this the gentleman said he didn't know. so I took a chance and brought Abbey over. They 2 dogs had their introductry sniff and greeted each other. I told the fellow that was a dogs way of shaking hands. He replied is that ever neat and thanked me when we left. He should be watching the Dog Whisper and learn that dogs need to be solialized.
I came up with a new landscape idea for the settler project. While looking for something in the hoard i came across a suspended cieling ligh panel. The 2foot by 4 foot panel will make a nice snowy terain, which will even have sparkly places from the frost. with some white quilting fill I have. I can use the fill for drifts. Those poor settlers will have to brave a prairie winter until I can get to the railway club for grass. Maybe they'll be able to tell my why my ancestors stayed here after experiencing their first winter. :) When I find the grass subsitute I'll be able to give them a change of seasons as well a reason for me to dust off the thing. The Queen is going to shoot me with the winchester for tsaking up a space almost as big as a desktop.Soon I'll have to look for a bigger home just for my toys.

Updated: 1:39 PM GMT on February 22, 2012

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Coffee time

By: plapman, 12:55 PM GMT on February 20, 2012



Today will be mainly cloudy with a high of 6C(43F).
Tonight will bring periods of snow but onle 2 cm(0.8 in). The ovwernight low will be -6C(21F).
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The Queen just arose time for coffee.
Yesterday I did a pitch fork for the settlers. I think today I hitch the horses to the wagon and go for a ride. :)

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Carried Away On the Project

By: plapman, 12:52 PM GMT on February 19, 2012

Today will start sunny but then icreasing cloudiness this afternoon. The high will be near 3C(37F).
Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low of -5C(23F).
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esterday I added a tiny pitch fork to the settlers collection of tools. I'll have to I'll have to think about carving a small horse drawn plow to break the prairie sod. That will be a challenge!
If I can't get any ideas for grass for the dioramam I may change the setting to a desert. That should be easier to replicate with sand glued to plywood along with a few small stones and a cotton ball shredded and painted.
I think I'm getting carried away on the project but at least the young ladies are safe and don't have to worry about an old gezzer chasing them down the street.




Updated: 12:32 PM GMT on February 21, 2012

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An Axe For The pioneers,aMinor Disaster and Hoardiing and a Missed Long Weekend

By: plapman, 12:33 PM GMT on February 18, 2012

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Tonight will bring a few clouds and an overnight low of -10C(14F).
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Yesterday after the Queen was off to work and my walk along the bunny trails was over i did some more work on the pioneer project. I carved out n axe and cut the the place to store the trunk that my settlers have. I sure made a mess while cutting the shelf for the side of the wagon. I had left my prestained urathane on the floor with the lid off and knocked it over. It's a good thing I was working in my hoard area and only left s few stains on the freezer. I think I could have gotten all the mess cleaned up with a dolvent but didn't want to use that close to the furnace. I remember working with a fellow who was cleaning car parts in his basement with gasoline and when the furnace came on there was a small explosion ans he almost burnt the house down. The funny thing about his error in judgement was hat he sold a snowblower to one of the firemen. HE was a funny guy. He once said that when he went to the land fill he usally came home with more than he went with. he snowblower that he sold had come from the dump and and had been repaired. :) The men working at the landfills must come home with all kinds of treasures. A packrat like me would have the available storage area filled in no time.
Darn this retirement. I'm missing another long weekend.Monday is Loui Riel Day in manitoba.

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Louis David Riel

November 1885) was a Canadian politician, a founder of the province of Manitoba, and a political and spiritual leader of the Métis people of the Canadian prairies.[1] He led two resistance movements against the Canadian government and its first post-Confederation Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. Riel sought to preserve Métis rights and culture as their homelands in the Northwest came progressively under the Canadian sphere of influence. He is regarded by many as a Canadian folk hero today.[2]

The first resistance was the Red River Rebellion of 1869–1870.[3] The provisional government established by Riel ultimately negotiated the terms under which the modern province of Manitoba entered the Canadian Confederation.[4] Riel was forced into exile in the United States as a result of the controversial execution of Thomas Scott during the rebellion.[5] Despite this, he is frequently referred to as the "Father of Manitoba".[6] While a fugitive, he was elected three times to the Canadian House of Commons, although he never assumed his seat. During these years, he was frustrated by having to remain in exile despite his growing belief that he was a divinely chosen leader and prophet, a belief which would later resurface and influence his actions. He married in 1881 while in exile in Montana, and fathered three children.

Riel returned to what is now the province of Saskatchewan to represent Métis grievances to the Canadian government. This resistance escalated into a military confrontation known as the North-West Rebellion of 1885. It ended in his arrest, trial, and execution on a charge of high treason. Riel was viewed sympathetically in Francophone regions of Canada, and his execution had a lasting influence on relations between the province of Quebec and English-speaking Canada.[7] Whether seen as a Father of Confederation or a traitor, he remains one of the most complex, controversial, and ultimately tragic figures in the history of Canada.[8]


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Updated: 1:13 PM GMT on February 18, 2012

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Back to the Projects and What not to Tell the Cook.

By: plapman, 1:27 PM GMT on February 17, 2012

Today willstart be mainly cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries then clearing this afternoon. The high will be -3C(26F).
Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low of -11C(12F).
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Yesterday I returned to the covered wagon project. I sliced a couple of pieces from a 2x4, stained them and today I'll ue the to hold the trunk I made the other dat on the side of the wagon. I also washed the cabvas top for the wagon whuch was covered in concrete dust from the bathroom project. Yoday I think I'l see if I can make a sleeve to attach the winchester to the wagon. I may even get started on the windmill project to light a small 12 volt light so that I can gauge wind speed bt the amount of light it produces.
I got Abbey out on the bunny trails but no bunnies. Poor Abbey. :) for sure with the warm temps forecast I'll have to see if she can catch me fresh meat for supper. :)
When my uncle, the one whose covered wagon I now own, used to go bunny hunting. They are god eating but the Queen refused to cook them after I brought home one skinned and ready to cook and told her that i had got a dog. No more bunny meals for me after that. :)



Updated: 12:26 PM GMT on February 18, 2012

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A Late Start on the Prairie

By: plapman, 8:06 PM GMT on February 16, 2012


I'm late today. This lazy old geezer stayed in bed until 7;30 and by then the Queen was ready for the morning coffee and chat which was followed bt a shopping trip themy walk with Abbey.
The hearing aid is till on the missing list I guess it's goner. :( But on the good side I have another reason to tell the Queen I didn't hear her when assignes extra duties to Dorthy Domestic.
We had a bit of snow last night but i think I'll let the Queen pack it down, sure am getting lazy.

Updated: 1:26 PM GMT on February 17, 2012

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A Lost hearing Aid on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:32 PM GMT on February 15, 2012



Today will be cloudy with periods of snow beginning this morning. The high will be -1C(30F).
Tonight wiill see the periods of snow ending this evening then mainly cloudy with an overnight low of -13C(8F).
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I've added more bad luck to my situation. Yesterday I lost a hesring aid. I remember checking them in the morning but in the evning I was goung out for coffee and notived 1 was missing. That tiny thing could be anywhere in the house of along the road on my 2.5 mile walk with Abbey along the gopher trails. I'll have to get out along our route early today before the snow starts. But I don't think theirs much chance of finding the tiny thing. The things are like glasses once you get used to having them in your ear you never notice them. My hearing deficency is mostly at the upper end of the sound range. I guess at over $3500 an ear I'll have another excuse not to listen to the Queen for atleast another 4 years until my next pair, supplied by workman's Compensation, is due.
The Queen just got up Time to go for coffee.

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More About Abbey and A New Artist On The Prairie

By: plapman, 12:43 PM GMT on February 14, 2012

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Toht will be cloudy withan overnight low of -8C(17F).
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I took a rest from the projects yesterday but did get Abbey out on the bunny trails where she managed to rroust out a bunny a. The only time she gets more than a couple of hundred feet from me on our treks is when she find a bunny but all it takes is 1 whistle and she breaks off the chase and comes back to me. I've never had such a loyal dog.
I think today I'll start a tiny axe for the settlers to cut trees for their proposed log cabin and coral.
A good thing has come of my playing with the dremal. My grandson has taken interest in wood carving and is working on a car made from a 2x4. It will be good for his imagination and keep him from sitting in front of the television or playing video games. yesterday. Starting at a young age he may become an accomplished artist some day.
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I Finally Finished the Winchester

By: plapman, 1:46 AM GMT on February 13, 2012

Today will be sunny with a high of 0C(32F).
Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of -14C(6F).
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I finally finished the Winchester.
My 4 inch long Winchester.

LOL the picture's bigger than the rifle.
After nearly a week working on the rifle for the settlers to have fresh meat and 3 attempts that were discarded I'm finally happy with the way it looks. I showed the Queen my handiwork and told her I was going to take it to my doctor and tell him to write the letter that would get my driver's licence back. She said he'd never believe I did it. My vision problem is peripheral where I can't see my left hand until it's directly in front of me. The carving of the little gun was all done by holding the thing on my right side and whittling away with the dermal. I think my next project will be a small sledge hammer made from a piece of aluminum rod have in the hoard and after that a tiny pick to go with the spade I've already made. I will not let this visual thing beat me and will continue to challenge it.
Yesterday I got Abbey out for a walk on the gopher trails but again she found nothing to chase.
On our way home we met a lady walking her Jack Russel Terrier and stop for a chat and a and sniff for the dogs. She said Abbey must really enjoy her walks and that she sees us nearly every day. I told her our route ,long the gopher trails, and said that I unleash Abbey and let her run free for about a mile and a half. She asked if she came back when called as her little dog would be gone. On that note I had to show off by favorite trick with Abbey where I take her leash off, hold open a loop in the choker and tell her to put her head in which she does. The lady said "What a smart dog". Whoever left Abbey in the pound to be euthanized sure lost a great dog! Gosh I brag about Abbey alot. Her and me are bonded with epoxy. :)

Updated: 12:34 PM GMT on February 14, 2012

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The Winchester Is Almost Complete and the West Is Still Wild.

By: plapman, 2:13 PM GMT on February 12, 2012

Today will be sunny with a high of -3C(26F).
Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of
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I took Abbey out for a short walk yesterday. goodness the wind was cool. I also worked on the Winchester and finished it but I think I'll redo the lever as it looks a bit too big for the 5 inch long rifle. When I'm happy with it I'll go to macro mode on the camera and post a photo here. The next item on my agenda will be the covered wagon I picked up at a garage sale, I wouldn't touch the one I inherited from my uncle. It will remain unfinished as he left it when he passed away.
I'm also going to keep my eye open for another horse the proper scale to pull the red river cart, which I'm going to transform into a gun carriage, and cannon. I also have to find a small man to ride with the lady I have for the covered wagon. The silly thing a retired man does to pass the time! Once the rolling stock is complete it will be the log cabin Alley suggested. I may even make a log Coral to keep the tiny pigs I used to have in my office. People used to laugh at my collection of tiny toy animals I used to decorate my office with. I also have to pay a visit to the local model railway club to find out what the use for grass in their railways. It should work fine in my diorama of the settling if the west. I already have small plastic figurines of Tonto and the Lone Ranger to keep the peace.
on another note it looks like the prairies are still wild. I saw an ad for an episode of National Geographic on outlaw bikers. It sounds like it was filmed in Winnipeg. What a good tourist attraction that will be for the Manitoba capital city.Come to Winnipeg and watch the Hells Angels shoot the Los Brravos. Be sure to bring your body armor to protect you from drive by shootings.

Updated: 1:09 PM GMT on February 13, 2012

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Being Lazy on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:44 PM GMT on February 11, 2012

Today will be sunny with a light wind of 15 km/h (9 mph). The high will be -10C(14F) but even with the light wind it will feel like -33c(-27.4f) this morning.
Tonight will remain clear with a low of ow -17C(1F).
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This old guy s getting soft. I didn't take Abbey out for her walk yesterday due to cold.
I checked the wirelss keyboard again and I guess it's new homw will be the e-recycle depot.
Today I'll be back at the Winchester which I was too lazy to work on yesterday. I even gave Dorthy a day off and never did any baking. I think this is what weekend s were like. maybe I never lost them ehen I retired.:)
The view from my window tells me it's time the Queen washed her coach. Is it ever dirty.


Updated: 2:11 PM GMT on February 12, 2012

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Things Are Going Good on the Prairie.

By: plapman, 2:03 PM GMT on February 10, 2012

Today will be sunny with a northwest wind at 20 km/h (12 mph). The high will be -15C(5F) but the wind will cause wind chill of -39C(-38.3f) this morning and -28c(-18.4f) this afternoon.
Tonight will remain clear with the wind up to 15 km/h (9 mph). The overnight low will be -23C(-9F) with a wind chill of -32c(-25.6f).
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A good day yesterday. The keyboard is back together but doesnt work. The light for the wireless connection comes on but none of the keys work. I'll have to check the connections today. While reassembling it I could see a factory in China, where it was made, assembling all the tiny parts all day. It doesn't sound like a fun job.
The clock is ticking again but still running fast. I may have to cheat and lengthen the pendulum rod a bit. I used to take the works apart clean and re-oil them but I don't want it to quit permanently.
The Winchester is shaped as good as I can get it and a small shim under the front of the barrel will get it pointing horizontally. I may even bend some paperclips to make a lever and trigger guard. I think I'm going overboard for a rifle that will never be aimed at a bunny or deer.
I'll have all afternoon to play with the tiny parts as the Queen is on evening shift and the granddaughter and her 2 little ones won't be home until 3.
The youngest daughter sent me a recipe for brownies. I'll have to get the Queen to take me shopping to pick up some ingredients I don't have and add brownies to the bakery menu.
I hear the Queen stirring just about time to go for the morning coffee and chat.


Updated: 12:41 PM GMT on February 11, 2012

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Keeping Busy on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:34 PM GMT on February 09, 2012

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Today will bring clearing to the prairie this morning as the wind becomes northerly at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) this morning and the temperature falls to -19C(-2F) this afternoon. The strong winds will make it feel like
-31C(-23.8F) this afternoon.
Tonight will remain Clear with the northerly wind at 30 km/h (19 mph) becoming light late this evening. The overnight low will be -28C(-18F) with a wind chill of -39C(-38.2F).
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I cut Abbey's stroll short yesterday. Was it ever slippery. I'll have to check my boots and see if the studs I installed are still in place. With today's forecasted strong northerly wind I think we'll stay home today and maybe get back to work on the windchester.
Yesterday I disassembled the wireless keyboard and cleand the sticky cola out of it. Today will be a task to see if I can remember where all the tiny pieces go and reassemble it. The thin plastic circuit board has a scorch mark on it all my work may have been in vain. I'll never know if I made a mistake assembling it or if the electronics are fried. it probably would have been easier to buy a new one but it filled part of my day. I also installed a new end on the Queen's block heater but so far this year we've had little use for it.
It seems overheating was the main problem. I've always told her to shut the thing off when she wasn't using it but no one listens to an old man. :) Those laptops aren't meant to be run full time and are hard to clean out accumulated dust. Desktops are easy to clean, just pop the cover off and use canned air to blow out the heat sinks and fans. On that note I think it's time I cleaned out my computer as it runs 24/7 to keep the window cam up to date.
I also worked on the grandmother clock which had quit working. I must need a cleaning too but I have it running again but the swing of the pendulum is very weak and because of the short swing it runs fast.
The concrete dust from the basement Reno's seems to have gotten into everything.

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Dorthy Domestic is Back at Work

By: plapman, 1:09 PM GMT on February 08, 2012

Today will be mainly sunny with the wind becoming westerly at 30 km/h (19 mph) near noon. The high is expected to be near -3C(26F).
Tonight will start clear but thwew will be increasing cloudiness overnight. The westerly flow will become light near midnight. The overnight low will be -12C(10F).
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I opened the bake shop yesterday and whipped up 4 dozen peanut butter chocolet cookies after taking Abbey for her downtown walk. I chose the downtown route due to biting wind. We still get 2 miles in but she sure misses her bunny hunt. Dorthy Domestic ,for fear of being fired, started her household duties agin while the Queen worked. Besides the cookies she washed the kitchen and living room floors then played technician and recovered all of the Queen's documents. It's a good thing I did the backup before buying her the new computer. I'll have to check the shop today and see if her laptop is repairable. I've had an offer from the yougest daughter to buy it for one of her boys to use at school. I guess it won't be part of the hoard if it will work.
The Queen just got up it's time for the morning coffee and chat.

Updated: 1:31 PM GMT on February 09, 2012

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Keeping Busy on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:28 PM GMT on February 07, 2012

Today will be sunny with a high of -8C(17F).
Tonight will remain clear with a west wind at 20 km/h (12 mph). The low will be -10C(14F).
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The Queen is going to fire Dorthy Domestic. After waiting 2 Dorthy to bake a cake she baked one herself. When I told her how I applied the icing the Queen said she's baked cakes longer than me. :)
I think I took a weekend off. :)
Today I have to put a new end on the cord for the Queen's block heater. When plugging in her car last night I noticed one of the wires was broken. For those in warmer climes a block heater keeps the engine warm by heating the antifreeze in the motor. It's a good thing it's been so warm and haven't needed the extra heat in the morning. I usually plug in the car when the fore casted low is below -18C(0F). I beleive I have an new cord end in the hoard. :)
I got Abbey out for a walk along the bunny trails but cut it short due to the strong north wind. I have a section about a 1/2 mile long along a n/s road. The trip south would have been good but the return trip would have been too cold for this guy. I'm turning into a wimp. :)
Today while the Queens at work I'll have to transfer the rest of her data onto her hard drive and see if I can get a wireless keyboard the daughter spilled a drink on working again. With the Queen and grandaughter both working I'll have access to the kitchen table witch is brightly lit by the sun.
My next project will be to create a wire loom to untangel the mess of wires behind my computer. If it works out well I'll build one for the Queen's new computer. When I set up the Queen's computer I came up with a good idea, I labeled the usb and cord ends. I'll have to do that with mine too.It sure beats following a wire from the device to the outlet when you want to disconnect it.



Updated: 1:08 PM GMT on February 08, 2012

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The Queen is Happy,Which Makes Life Good for Me

By: plapman, 1:19 PM GMT on February 06, 2012

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Today will see clearing this morning as the fog patches which showed up last night dissipate this morning. The high will be 4C(39F). I still can't believe how warm this winter has been.
Tonight will be clear with an overnight low of -3C(26F).
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Today will be cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries. The wind will be northerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) increasing to 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) this afternoon causing the temperature to fall to -12C(10F) this afternoon.
Tonight will see clearing this evening with the northerly flow at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) diminishing to 20 km/h (12 mph) this evening then becoming light overnight. The overnight low will be -20C(-4F). Wind chill -28.
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The Queen is happy with her new computer and says Windows 7 sure beats Vista.
I recovered her geneaolgy data ,all 2245 names, but today I have to recover her documents and pictures.
While she was working on the geneaology app she made 1 error and turned her family tree into a tangled bush. :) It's a good thing I set aside the backup drive, I can restore her data back to testerday morning and she'll only loose 1 day's research. That project sure keeps her from chasing young men down the street. If the young men knew what a great companion and caring wife she was they'd be chasing her.
I got Abbey out on the bunny trails yesterday but no bunnies were found. It sure was a nice day for a walk and Abbey had to be dried off before the Queen would let her into the house. I wonder why a wet dog smells so bad.
BTW the radio just told me that today is day 1 on the garbage cycle. No trash on the curb today. I guess this day will be the same as yesterday for us retired people. Gosh I miss weekends. :)


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A Late Post and a new Computer for the Queen

By: plapman, 5:08 PM GMT on February 05, 2012





Today will be sunny with a west wind at 20 km/h (12 mph). The high today will be 5C(41F).
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I gave up on the Queen's laptop yesterday. It's in the shop waiting for repairs She was lost on her geneaolgy reasearch. Those thing are just about a throw away item now. Repairs in a shop cost almost as much as a new machine. I bought her a new one. Luckily i had did a complete backup of the laptop befroe taking it into the shop. luckily the thing ran long enough to do a complete backup. This morning I restored the project she was working on from and external hard drive. If the cost to repair the laptop is under $100 I'll have a laptop to add to the hoard. It will come in handy if the Queen and I venture back to her birthplace at Gand manan or visit the daughter in Newfoundland.
It's funny while hooking up the new computer I found an external drive I had bought her under her desk. The thing still had backups up to Jan 1 of this year. The Queen hadn't told me the thing was missing. lol
I'll have to schedule the EaseUS free backuo app I use to back the new comp on a regular basis.
At one time I would have backed up the laptop and reinstalled the OS. The confusion caused by damage to the cocentration area of the brain sure makes things harder.








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A Walk, Blasters and Housing Problems on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:00 PM GMT on February 04, 2012

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Today will see clearing this morning as the fog patches which showed up last night dissipate this morning. The high will be 4C(39F). I still can't believe how warm this winter has been.
Tonight will be clear with an overnight low of -3C(26F).
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I got Abbey out on the gopher(bunny) trails yesterday. She sure enjoys her free run. I'll have to bring a video cam and catch her running in the snow with her nose to the ground still not aware that the gophers are sleeping. They sure are missing some great weather.
I took Alley's advice yesterday and laid low on the tiny rifle project. All I did was to sand off the old finish on the piece of mahogany I had shaved off the day before. Today I'll give it another try and with the nice weather take my tiny explosives box outdoors and use some red spray paint on it and have it ready for the next time I foul up. :) If I do get the stock made to my satisfaction I'm sure the settlers could use a box of dyamite to break down the boulders found in some parts of the prairie.
We used to use dynamite while building bridges in the winter to loosen the frozen ground so that a timber pile could be driven into the ground. We had one blaster who said he could uproot a tree with a 1/4 stick of dynamite prperly placed. It wold sure beat cutting the tree down then trying to pull the stump out.
An experienced blaster can do amazing things with the tool of their trade.
Off on another topic. Afffordable housing sure is hard to come by in Portage. The granddaughter still has her bed in our living room. The Queen checked witha local landlord and he said he has nothing and even he has a neice bunking in his home. With high water levels persisting on Lake Manitoba many residents along the shoreline are still evacuated and rental homes are really hard to come by. Some landlords are taking advantage of the situation with some charging as much as $400 for a single room. Tough times for young people trying to fly away from the nest.

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Plan C on the Pioneer Project and a Bunny Chase for Abbey

By: plapman, 1:20 PM GMT on February 03, 2012

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Tonight will be clear but will see fog patches developing this evening. The overnight low will be
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I blew the rifle stock project again yesterday. After staining the stock and hollowing out a small grove for the barrel then gluing the barrel in place I realized that I had the barrel on the wrong side. I guess I'm into plan c today and carve out another one. This time I;ll slice a piece of mahogany moulding left over from the bathroom project. It should come out a nice color for the stock. I think I;ll make a small box, label it explosives, and blow the whole thing up. :) But as the Queen says" It fills your day".
I checked the Link Alley left me yesterday, that guy sure makes realistic looking cabins. I wonder if he uses mud and grass clippings tp chink the spaces between logs. I could start building log cabins and add them to my growing list of enterprises of a bakery, screech coffee shop and roofing business. :) On that note it's time for me to create some more goodies as all the treats have dissappeared.
I got Abbey out on the gopher trails yesterday and I'm going to have to change the name of our route. Yesterday she flushed out a bunny and when she finally gave up the chase she came back to me oanting. That walk sure is good exercise for her. The vet won't want her on a diet again as Abbey now has hips again.
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Redoing aProject and a SOSO Visit with the Doctor

By: plapman, 3:58 PM GMT on February 02, 2012

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Tonight will be cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries late this evening and overnight. The low tonight will be -3C(26F).
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After a trek along the gopher trails with Abbey and the visit to the MD's I made my first attempt at a tiny riffle stock. While at the doctor's I scrounged a couple of tongue depressor hopeing to use them as raw material for the stock. Bad idea, I glued 2 together to get the thickness I needed and started carving with the dremel. My first problem was that I wasn't satisfied with the shape and later found that that the wood was too hard to take a stain properly. The stain also dissolved the carpenter's glue I had used. I guess the glue isn't made for such tiny projects.
Last night I shaved a couple of thin pieces from a 2X4 and will try to match a picture I found on the web of the Winchester lever action rifle that won the west. I'll never say " I can't do it". Just too stubborn I guess. I think my mother passed on some good things like my determination and never give up attitude as well as as the bad things like my susceptibilities to blood clotting and strokes.

The visit to the doctor's was a so-so thing. The MRI showed no new damage and the echo-gram didn't find the clot in the heart. The doctor said to stay on the rat poison anyway. He did say that the pumper is only pumping 50-60% of what it should and the probable cause of that is the dead meat the heart surgeon removed while doing the by-pass. I guess I'll always be a walking pile of human junk parts. There's not much to give if I decided to be an organ donor. lol So far only the kidneys seem to be functioning well.
I see my daughter's visits to my blog are showing up on my new visitor map. I wonder why the other map never showed them.
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More on the Prairie Project and a Trip to the MD

By: plapman, 1:30 PM GMT on February 01, 2012

I'm back online today.
I was awake yesterday at 1am and couldn't get back to sleep. I feel sorry for roofers who always work with shingles, it must be a tough life.
I got Abbey out for a downtown walk yesterday.
I made a thin board from a 2x4 to place the the trunk on the covered wagon.yesterday. The Queen says I'm faking my vision problems when I slice an 1/8th inch thick piece from a 2x4 by hand. What a silly time to get into miniaturization. I'll have to have a closer look at the rifle my uncle carved and see if I can replicate it. I can't leave those settlers with out a means to get fresh meat. I guess the next item will be a small 1 furrow plow to break the prairie grass and make a garden. :) I'll have to find another horse though.
With the high abbove freezing today I'll get Abbey out sfter my visit with the doctor. By now he should have the results from the echo cardiogram and the MRI.

Updated: 3:41 PM GMT on February 02, 2012

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