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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================================================= Today will start sunny then change to a mix of sun and cloud this morning. The high will be 3C(37F).
Tonight will bring a few clouds and an overnight low of -10C(14F).
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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3. Alleyoops
3:01 PM GMT on February 18, 2012
Good morning everyone. I can go one up on ya Ylee, my dad would take us on a treasure hunt Sunday drive and we would visit the large landfills in the area. You really would be surprised what people throw away. Many a repaired bike was given away to kids, lawnmowers etc. Dad was a Mr Fix It. I doubt there wasn't anything that he could not fix. Of course on the farm we had plenty of room to store those treasures and he had a large workshop with all the necessary tools to work on his projects. Now instead of fixing things, people just toss it away. It really is a "throw away society" now and that is not just material things.
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2. unclemush
1:26 PM GMT on February 18, 2012
Arg Ylee beat me to first.LOL Interesting story!:)
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1. Ylee
12:38 PM GMT on February 18, 2012
Sounds like my great uncle, who used to arrive at his home with all types of "treasures", much to the dismay of his wife! :)

Have a good day!
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