The Northern Edge

Success in Finding a Product to Protect the Medals From Tarnish.

By: plapman, 11:46 AM GMT on September 30, 2012

Today will be partly cloudy with a high of 22C(72F). The wind will be from the NW at 16-24Kmp(10 to 15 mph).
tonight will be overcast in the evening, then mostly cloudy with a low of8C(46F). Winds from the NW at 5 to 15 mph.
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Yesterday i contacted a person in Winnipeg who has a business mounting medals and asked what he used to protect the medals from tarnish. He suggested using a clear acrylic spray. The product will not yellow and can be removed with acetone,nail polish remover. if ever needed. today I'll have the Queen help me locate some.
Yesterday with the temps near 28C(82F) I shortened Abbey's walk so that she could relieve her self. it's funny, if Abbey can help it she won't mess in her own yard. I guess to her it would be like me messing in my pants.:).

Medal Project Almost complete

By: plapman, 12:03 PM GMT on September 29, 2012

Today will be Partly cloudy with a high of28C(82F). The winds will be the South at 8-24kmp(5 to 15 mph).
Tonight will be mostly cloudy in the evening, then clear. The low ill be13c( 55F). the southerly flow will continue at 16to 24kmp(10 to 15 mph).
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Yesterday after my walk with Abbey I stripped the final medal gently washed the ribbons. today I'll remount them.
Yesterday , after doing research on the web, I found that a simple glue stick is non acidic, water soluble and safe for archiving. I tested it on a piece of plastic, using paper, and found that the bond is stronger than the paper. I can use the glue stick to remount the medals and if I have to re polish them they'll be easy to get at. Once remounted I'll place them in an airtight container, to slow the tarnishing process, and put the back in the shadow box.
When the medal project is done I'll get back to the downsized grandfather clock I had planned.

The Medal Project Almost Complete

By: plapman, 11:40 AM GMT on September 28, 2012

Today will be overcast with a high of 23C(73F) with winds less than 8 kmp(5 mph).
Tonight wil be overcast in the evening, then partly cloudy. The low temp will be 9c(48F). The wind will remain light from the SE at 8kmp to 16kmp(5 to 10 mph).
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Yesterday while on my walk with Abbey I decided it was time to clean up the recyclables along the road beside the gopher trails. I brought 4 beer cans, 5 #1 plastic plastic pop bottles and a few empty cigarette packages to the recycle depot. People sure leave a mess behind them.
After the walk I removed the remaining 2 silver medals from their mount. Today I'll remove the urethane and polish them.
I called the a museum in Winnipeg to get advice on how to store them so that they won't tarnish. Once mounted the are very hard to get at. The lady in charge of restoring the museum's silver pieces suggested I store them in and air tight container with a small amount of activated charcoal in a cloth bag.
Today I'll remove the coating and polish the medals.
The 2 bronze stars my father earned for serving in the Italy campaign and for service from 1939 until the wars end in 1945 will remain as is as the yellowing does not show on the dark metal. Soon I'll be ready to remount the artifacts and display them again in the shadow box I've made.

Still Working On the Medals

By: plapman, 12:03 PM GMT on September 27, 2012

Today will be mostly cloudy in the morning, then overcast. The high will be 23C(73F). The winds from the SE at 8kmph-16kmp(5 to 10 mph0.
Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low of 8C( 46F). The wnds less than 8kmp(5 mph).
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yesterday I got another medal to be polished off of the board they were mounted on. Years ago my BIL had had them Court mounted. What a task it was removing them. Luckily the glue I had used to attach them in the shadow box was water soluble and the residue came off easily with cool water and dish soap. :) Today I'll remove the yellowed urethane and re polish the medal.

More on the Changing Season

By: plapman, 12:06 PM GMT on September 26, 2012

Today will start clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. The daytime high will be 17C(63f). There will be light winds less than 5 km/h(3mph).
tonight will be partly cloudy with an overnight low of 5C(41f). The wind will be from the south at 10 to 15 km/h.
Yesterday was a quiet day on the prairie. I took Abbey for a 2.5 mile walk then had a nap. After my evening mealI baked a cake and debated on cleaning up the 2 other medals, I had sprayed with wrethane, of my fathers. I ended up just watching some TV and going to bed early.
Today I'll do some measuring on the grandmother clock and do some calculations on the scale I need for the mini clock I'm planning or get back to cleaning the urethane from the remaining medals that belonged to my father.
I see that my webcam is starting to show the the autumn colors on my neighbors trees. We don't get the bright reds here on the Northern Edge that they do in the east. I guess it's because our native trees are all a softwood variety with the poplar(Trembling Aspen) being the most common native tree. I have three huge trees in my backyard that keep their leaves until mid November. It's a rush then to get the leaves raked before the snow flies and covers them.

Abbey's Mess and a Trip to the Barbers

By: plapman, 10:36 AM GMT on September 25, 2012

Today will be clear with a high of 13C(55f). the winds will be light at 5 km/h.
Tonight will be partly cloudy with fog overnight. The low will be 1C(34f). The wind will remain light at less than 5 km/h.
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Yesterday on my walk with Abbey she made a mess in the middle of some one's paved driveway. She must have been stealing Kramer's food as it was not the nice well formed texture the stuff is when she eats only her vitals. What a mess to clean up with my little plastic bag.:(
After the walk I had a 2 hour nap then a much needed haircut. The leftover hair almost covered the barber's floor. I'm going to have to make a point of getting the ears lowered more often.
It looks like we're going to get Indian Summer later this week. The forecast high for Thursday is 23C(73.4f).
Yesterday's headline was that we here on the prairie are going to experience another mild winter according to the Farmer's Almanac. I can take that with ease.

More on Electronic Toys and Fall Yard Work

By: plapman, 11:47 AM GMT on September 24, 2012

Today will be overcast in the morning, then changing to mostly cloudy later in th day. The high will be 15C(59f) with winds from the NNW at 15 to 20 km/h(9-12.4 mph).
Tonight will be partly cloudy as the temp drops to 1C(34f. The wind will remain light from the North at 5 to 15 km/h.
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I got some yardwork done yesterday. A peony plant was cut back and leaves raked from under the stems.
The Queen played with her new toy, the tablet, after I installed a couple of games on it. It may be that I've created more work for myself with the Queen playing games and the granddaughter texting.:)
I also dug out an old e book reader the Queen had bought and tried to remember how to make it work. Besides being an E book reader it will also play MP3s and movies in AVI format. I can download audio books in MP3 format from the CNIB library or watch movies on it at my next hospital stay. With the electronic toys on hand I won't have time to chase young nurses up and down the hallways with my IV cart dragging behind me. :)

Mastering Technology and Dining Out With the Queen

By: plapman, 11:36 AM GMT on September 23, 2012

Today will be partly cloudy. High of 17C(62.6f) with winds from the SW at 5 to 15 km/h.
Tonight will be overcast in the evening, then partly cloudy. with a low of 8C(46f). there will be light winds from the WSW at 15 to 20 km/h (9-12mph.
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I now have wireless Internet on the Queen's tablet. I worked at it for 1/2 hour and was almost ready to give up. I was going to change my routers encryption mode and it needed resetting to do so. I changed it and still no luck so I changed back to my original setting, resetting the router again and POOF like magic the tablet picked up the network. Now I can download apps and install them from the GETJAR site for Androids. They have a lot of free games and apps that will keep her busy once she gets the hang of which buttons to push. The Queen does have a hard time with buttons. The TV remote gives her a hard time when she tries to use all of it's features.:)
I even managed to attach a 16 GB flash drive to the thing. By simply changing the flash drive I now have unlimited storage. Unlike the Queen I love the new technology. Gadgets fascinate me.
Yesterday the Queen worked untill 6 pm but told me not to bother making an evening meal for her. When she came home she took the youngest daughter and me out to dine. it sure was a better meal than I would have made.

More Technology to Play With

By: plapman, 10:37 AM GMT on September 22, 2012

Today will start mostly cloudy in the morning, then clear. The high will be near 12C(50f) with winds from the NNW at 10 to 15 km/h.
Tonight will be partly cloudy with the low the same as today's high. There will be a gentle breeze with winds less than 5 km/h3 mph).
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The other day the Queen bought a low priced tablet for entertainment during her breaks. My project yesterday was to get the wireless connection working. On my first try I had live Internet but lost the connection to my router. I could not get thing to connect again. I'll give it another try today. The thing is a cool toy and I'm going to see if I can connect a flash drive to the USB port, load it with movies I've ripped from the Queen's collection and use it for entertainment my next hospital stay if I'm forced to go there again.

Cleaning a Medal and Remembering My Father

By: plapman, 1:16 PM GMT on September 21, 2012

Today will be clear in the morning, then partly cloudy with a chance of rain. The high will be 11C(5f). It will be with winds from the WNW at 20 to 35 km/h(12-22mph) shifting to the NNW in the afternoon. There will be a 40% chance of rain with rainfall amounts near 0.5 mm possible. That's hardly enough to wet the streets.
Tonight will be mostly cloudy in the evening, then clear. The low will be -1C(30f). it will remain breezy with winds from the NNW at 10 to 25 km/h.6 to 15.5 mph)
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Yesterday's project was to clean one of my father's WW2 medals. Years ago I had done a stupid thing and sprayed it with urethane . The protective coating was beginning to yellow. I didn't want to use a chemical stripper on the precious artifact without advice so I went to a local paint dealer who I have known since high school. He suggested I don't use the stripper but soak it in water until the coating lifted. The impatinent person I am I still wanted to try the stripper after checking it out on the web. I tried soaking and old 1950's silver dollar in the stuff and it showed no harmful effects after 1/2 an hour so I did it. The urethane came off beautifully and left the medal intact. A quick polish with Silvio returned the medal to a like new condition. Further research on the web said WD-40 would keep it from tarnishing. I'll give it a try. The WD40 will be easy to remove and I can polish the medal again. The medal isn't for acts of valor but shows that he volunteered to give his life if necessary to keep freedom for future generations. That is a brave act in itself!
My father was wounded in Italy, near Ortona, on December 13th 1943 and spent the remainder of the war in a hospital in Scotland recovering from a gunshot wound to the stomach. He was honorably discharged in 1945 being unfit, physically, for further service.

Almost Ready For Snow

By: plapman, 12:01 PM GMT on September 20, 2012

Today will be mostly cloudy with a high of 15C(59f). The winds will be from the NW at 10 to 20 km/h.
Tonight will bePartly cloudy with a chance of rain. TYhe low of 0C(32f) will cause gardenders to cover the plants they have outside. Winds from the WNW at 10 to 15 km/h. There is a 40% chance of rain.
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I did most of the tasks I set out to do yesterday done. The pump is safely inside for the winter, the snowblower will leave 3/4 of an inch untill I get a good base packed and the driveway has been cleared of 4x4s I had there. Let it snow.:(

Preparing For Winter on the Prairie

By: plapman, 11:39 AM GMT on September 19, 2012

Today will be overcast with a chance of rain. The high will be 15C. it will be windy on the prairie with wnds from the NW at 35 to 40 km/h. There is a 40%Chance of rain with rainfall amounts near 0.5 mm possible.
Tonight will be mostly cloudy with and overnight low of 8C with winds Winds from the NW at 10 to 20 km/h.
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Today I'll have to dissconnect the irrigation pump, bring it in for the winter, adjust the skids on the snowblower to leave a thin layer of snow for the first couple of times I need it or I'll be blowing gravel on the neighbors yard. That will keep me out of trouble while the Queen works.

A Walk and Disappearing Geese

By: plapman, 12:08 PM GMT on September 18, 2012

Today will be overcast with a high of 19C. It will be breezy with southerly winds at 10 to 20 km/h.
Tonight will start overcast in the evening, then mostly cloudy. The low will be 11C with winds from the SW at 15 to 25 km/h.
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I did as I said yesterday and got Abbey out for her walk and even brought her to the friends on the way home. The always have 2 treats for her but only give her the first one. When Abbey has finished her milk bone she now sits and looks for the second. She sure is a spoiled dog. :)
The geese must have taken a day off, I didn't see or hear any while outside yesterday. I'll see if the Queen will drive by the lake today and see if they've abandoned the prairie yet. A few have been known to overwinter here and are feed once the little oxbow, our Crescent Lake, freezes over.

A New Dogtag and the usual Walk With Abbey.

By: plapman, 5:05 PM GMT on September 17, 2012

Overcast with a chance of rain. High of 20C. Breezy. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 20 km/h. Chance of rain 50%.
Monday Night
Partly cloudy with a chance of rain after midnight. Low of 5C. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 15 km/h shifting to the South after midnight.
Off to a late start today. I had to install updates on the Queen computer and make a new dogtag listing my medical conditions and meds. I had to create a new size as the standard size did't fit anymore. Next I'll have to carry a notebook around my neck.:) The paramedics and nurses sure think it's a good idea that I have a card listing all of my problems and it saves mr answering the same questions over and over again. They have it all on my computer file but say it's quicker to get a new list from me.
I felt really great yesterday and got my front lawn cut, hopefully the last time this year, and took Abbey out for her walk.
Today, with the rain, Abbey will miss her walk but I think I'll sneak away from her and go to a friends for coffee.

Home Again and Huge Flocks of Geese.

By: plapman, 1:29 PM GMT on September 16, 2012

Today will be overcast with a chance of rain. The high will be 14 14C. It will be breezy with winds from the NNW at 15 to 20 km/h.
Tonight will be overcast in the evening, then partly cloudy as the overnight low falls to 3C. The wind will be northerly at at 5 to 15 km/h.
After getting home yesterday I took Abbey for a short walk yesterday. Did she ever like that. When I'm not home the poor dog doesn't get her daily walk.
While at the hosputal the Queen came to visit as often as possible and usally took me outside. It sure was a nice break from sitting on the bed or chair in the room. I had a TV but the gentleman sharing my room was partially deaf with no hearing aids and his TV drwoned out mine. It sure makes for a long day.
The first couple of days saw me on a saline soultion diet through an IV then a couple of days of clear fluids. The first real meal caused great gas pain as the trapped air in the emptied tubes started to be pushed away. Once the air was all pushed out the pain is gone.:)
While outside with the Queen the geese were constantly flying overhead. I guess they spend days on our Creasent lake and gathering there for the trip south. Portage is located on a large flyway and millions of the noisy birds fly over the city spring and fall. You can always tell when the seasons are changing from the flocks of geese flying overhead. I'll try and point my webcam upward and see if some can be caught from my window view.

Another Week away from the Queen as I Enjoyed the Nurses at PDGH.

By: plapman, 1:13 AM GMT on September 16, 2012

What a place to spend your 64th birthday. The cook didn't even bake me a cake at the hospital. Just got out this morning after a weeks stay with a new illness to add to my list.
Pancreatitis. The pain has gone now but the voice has changed.
Thanks to all those who wished me a happy birthday.

Too Many Ladies and Stupid People

By: plapman, 12:14 PM GMT on September 08, 2012

Today will be partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. The high will be 19C. It will be windy with wind s from the NNW at 25 to 30 km/h.
Tonight will be clear with a low of 6C. Winds will be from the north at 5 to 20 km/h shifting to the SE after midnight.
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I started on my picture frame yesterday and realized I have to many ladies in my life. The 5 daughters and the Queen just won't fit into the 20 inch wide frame I have if I leave them in the 5x7 format that the photos are in. I'll have to think of a new idea to display them while I get back to the mini grandfather clock project.
Yesterday's headline on Portage Online .com was a photo of a man walking out of The Source(Radio Shack in the US) with a computer tower tucked under his coat. The photo was from a surveillance camera. A person should know better than to try and steal from a store that sells surveillance equipment. They live amongst us and even have the right to vote.
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Giveaway of the Day

Autumn Coming to the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:26 PM GMT on September 07, 2012

Today will be clear in the morning, then partly cloudy with a high of 19C. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 km/h.
Tonight will be partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. The overnight low will be 12C. Winds from the West at 10 to 15 km/h.
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You can feel, see and hear autumn coming to the prairie. The mornings are cool, some of the hardwood trees are loosing their dark green color and yesterday while sitting on the back steep with the Queen you could hear geese flying overhead.
With nature telling me to take heed I decided it was time to repair my snow blower which had broken a belt late last winter. The instructions said it was a 2 person job but I did it myself using ropes to take the place of the second person. I am not going to let my health stop me from doing what I used to do!
The snow blower project took me longer than expected and Abby never got her walk yesterday, today Ill make it up to her after I clean up the mess she leaves when we don't get out. Luckily she has her favorite spot on the back lawn and clean up is easy. Today I'll finish up the snow blower and work on making a picture frame to display pictures of the ladies in my life.

Back to the Old Format for a While

By: plapman, 12:40 PM GMT on September 06, 2012

Today will be overcast with a chance of rain the high weill be 20C. Breezy. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 20 km/h.
Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low of 8C. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 15 km/h.
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I thought I'd go back to the old format untill I think of new subject matter for the blog.

Time for a new blog.

By: plapman, 11:16 AM GMT on September 04, 2012

Time to work on a new blog, even the regulars aren't showing up.
Abbey aand me are still doing our daily trek along the gopher trails.
My current project is a miniature grandfather clock made from and old sewing box and a chiming quartz movement.
Before I can do that I have a garage door to repair.

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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. :)Ah

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