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The Northern Edge is offline today

By: plapman, 5:16 PM GMT on January 31, 2012

Just resting today.
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Working on the Covered Wagon Project and problems With the Queen's Laptop

By: plapman, 12:47 PM GMT on January 30, 2012



Today will be cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries this afternoon. The wind will be southeast at 20 km/h (12 mph). The high -3C(26F).
Tonight will be much the same as it remains cloudy with the 60% chance of flurries continuing this this evening. The overnight low will be -6C(21F).
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I got Abey out on the gopher trails yesterday but cut the walk short due to the cool south wind.
The long afternoon naps are becoming a habit.Yesterday I did another 1 and 1/2 nap. I think I'd rather sleep at night like everyone else.
I did make a couple of trunks and a shovel for the covered wagon project. I'm going to have to redo the shovel today as I split he handle fitting it to the spade head.
The Queen is still having problems with her laptop. It looks like I'll have to hook an external drive to it and do a complete backup before we take it into a shop.

Updated: 1:28 PM GMT on February 01, 2012

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A Downtown Walk and a Long Nap

By: plapman, 1:21 PM GMT on January 29, 2012

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Today will start sunny but see increasing cloudiness this afternoon. The wind becoming southeastat 20 km/h (12 mph) near noon. Today's will be near -8C(17F).
Tonight will bring periods of snow ending before morning then cloudy. Amount 2 to 4 cm(0.8 to 1.6 in). The southeast wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light near midnight as the temperature rises to -4C(24F) by morning.
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Another quiet day on the prairie. After taking Abbey for a downtown walk to pickup some meds I laid down and had a 2 hour nap. The pain from the shingles is keeping me awake at night but it's a good thing I can do catch up naps.
The ladies at the pharmacy sure liked Abbey. She behaved so well with the exception of sniffing at some chocolate bars on a low shelf but quit as soon as I told her no.
I finally got my links straightend out and going to the proper places.
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By: plapman, 12:08 PM GMT on January 28, 2012


Today will be mainly cloudy with a 70% chance of flurries this morning. The wind will be northwest at 20 km/h (12 mph). The high will be -6C(21F).
Tonight will see clearing this evening as the northerly wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becomes light this evening. The overnight low will be -20C(-4F) with a wind chill of -28C(-18F(.
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I had a close look at some of the accessories my uncle had added to his covered wagon. There,s a couple of barrels, trunks, a rifle,sludge hammer and a shovel. he must have spent some time hand carving the latter 3. They sure are tiny. He even stained the handles of the shovel and sludge hammer and painted the working end silver. The rifle has a metal barrel, probably a coat hanger cut to size painted black, and a stained stock. The barrels and trunks even have metal bands around them. It's a wonder he didn't hollow out the barrels and fill them with water or whiskey. :) looking at the small items brought back memories of visiting him in his shop which always had wood chips on the floor and during the winter a small tin heater with fresh bannock cooking on the lid.
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Updated: 1:26 PM GMT on January 29, 2012

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Another Quiet Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:14 PM GMT on January 27, 2012


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Another quiet day on the prairie.
I did get Abbey out for her walk and met a coffee buddy and his wife goung the other way. I think they take the same route as I do but in reverse.It sure would be nice to get the Queen to travel the gopher trails with Abbey and me but she says I walk too fast for her. I guess that after ovwe 10 years of doing a daily dog walk my legs are in pretty good shape.
Last night I opened another package of Jumping Bean coffee. This was their east coast blend. I'm definately goung to have to place an order and get some shipped out. It's another item I can add to the bakery menu. :)
I think today I'll get back to the covered wagon project. With the warm temps we've been experiancing i should be able to get into the garage and cut some wood for a shelf to display the completed project.
Well just about time to see if I can get back to sleep. The acheing from the shingles has kept me awake since 3am.

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Updated: 5:11 PM GMT on January 27, 2012

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A Windy Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:14 PM GMT on January 26, 2012


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Today will see a mix of sun and cloud with the wind northwest at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph). The high will be 2C(36F).
Tonight will bring a few clouds and a west wind at 20 km/h (12 mph). The overnight low -11C(12F).
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A good walk yesterday. it sure is strange to be walking in slush at the end of January where temps are normally well below freezing. I can't remember a winter this mild.
While on my walk I did my usual clean up Portage campain and dropped of a carboard box, beer bottle and can at the recycle depot which is along our route on the gopher trails. It's a shame how people just throw their trash out the car wandow. Hopefully the beer containers, worth 10 cents each, will enhance the Valentines day party for the workers at the recycle depot. :)
BTW today is day 4 on the garbage cycle and my trash is on the curb. I should phone my doctor and tell him I'm still with it.
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Updated: 1:21 PM GMT on January 27, 2012

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A Record Breaking Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:16 PM GMT on January 25, 2012

Today will bring increasing cloudiness and a 60% chance of flurries or rain showers early this afternoon. The wind becoming south at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph) early this morning. today high 5C(41F). If this high is reached it will break the existing record of 3C(37.4.4F) set in 2006. It's a good thing I found my metric conversion calculator for visitors from the USA.
Tonight will be mainly cloudy but clearing before morning. The wind will shift to the west at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph). The overnight low will be -2C(28F).
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A quiet day on the prairie yesterday.
I did get Abbey out for a short walk though.
I had a visit from my oldest uncle. The guy is 81 and in better shape than me. last year I walked Abbey past his home and he was up on a ladder painting the house but has developed a hip problem since. I guess the old joint is just wearing out.
I had a close look at the covered wagon another uncle built and the front double tree is missing. I guess he never completed the project before he passed away. I'm going to leave it as is and remove a lamp from another wagon I found at a garage sale and hitch my horses to it.
With the record breaking temps we're expecting today I'll have to get off my butt and take Abbey out along the gopher trails.
The nagging ache still rated as a 3 on a scale of 1-10 sure is annoying. I'm definitely going to ask my family doctor of the relevance of that question on my next visit on Feb. 1.

Updated: 1:06 PM GMT on January 26, 2012

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Problems With the Queen's Laptop and Curling News in Portage

By: plapman, 12:35 PM GMT on January 24, 2012

Today wil start mainly cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries this morning then clearing this afternoon. Todaays hgh -2C(28F).
Tonight will be clear with a low of -9C(15F).
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The last cjocolate cake is gone. The great grandaughters wanted a bedtime snack but no cake. Poor girls. :) Grandpa had to promise to make another one today before they'd go to bed for mom. I think the stay at grandpa's bakery will spoil them.:) Mom will have to start baking chocolate cakes.
I guess with my case of shingles I'll be able to add a roofing business to my enterprizes.
Abbey and me stayed home yesterday due to the windchills but it sounds like we'll be able to get out along the gopher trails today while the Queen goes back o work.
The Queen sure is having problems with her laptop on her geneaology project. The mouse keeps freezing. I think she's gathered too much information and needs more memory as the app works fine on my computer. I'll have to do a complete backup to and external drive before we take to the shop for an upgrade.
Portage is currently gearing up for the Scotties Tournement of Hearts which is the Canadian ladies curling championships. It will sure boost the tourism industry here.

Updated: 12:52 PM GMT on January 25, 2012

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Silly Questions in the ER

By: plapman, 1:53 PM GMT on January 23, 2012

Darn I closed the wrong tab again. :)
It turns out the pain I had before Friday's event turns out to be a case of shingles.
The Queen did a search on the web for the symptoms I was experiencing and did a self diagnosis before taking me to the ER as the Walk-in clinic is closed here on Sundays.
It turns out she was right. I'll have to get her a MD certificate. :)
The silly questions they ask in the ER continues to grow. This time they asked compared to the worst pain you've experience how do you rate this on a scale of 1-10. It's like asking a man to rate the
pain compared to childbirth. My worst pain was when i had the bypass surgery where the cut the ribs and spead them then wire them back together. My highest pain level is much higher than someone whose worst pain experience from was stubbing a toe.
The day of the week they often ask is irrelevant to a retired person. You can eat when hungry, sleep when tired. I lost interest in weekends when I retired as today rolls into tomorrow. The only thing have to schedule for is when to put the trash on the curb. I get that info while listening to the radio while I do my blog. According to the radio today is day 1 on the cycle and my trash goes out on day 4. No trash on the curb today. :)
I guess thats why I can't keep track of the Queen's schedule at work.
Gotta go the Queen just got up, time for the morning chat and coffee

Updated: 12:37 PM GMT on January 24, 2012

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An Uneventfull Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:08 PM GMT on January 22, 2012


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Strange thing this morning. The radio is giving a different forecast than Envirorment Canada. I had though they used the same source for their weather. The radio says the high will be -6c(21F) while the official forecast calls for a high of -3C(26.6F) but both call for periods of light snow. Either way I should be able to get Abbey out for her walk and maybe move a bit of snow.
Yesterday was a quiet day spent with the Queen. The nagging ache in my ide continues but has moved a bit leaving a nasty looking red spot behind. The Queen says a visit to the walk in clinic is in order for today. Well, enough of the aches and pains of an aging man. I think they call the later years the "Golden Years" is all the gold it takes to keep the old geezers ticking. :)
That Abbey may be a great dog but she sure sheds. Yesterday I vacumed the basement and plugged the vacum with her hair. It looks like I'll have to add vacuming to Dorthy's list of daily chores.
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Another Ride in the Big White Truck and an Ever Loyal Abbey

By: plapman, 10:00 PM GMT on January 20, 2012

Today will be sunny with the wind up to 15 km/h (9 mph). Today's high will be -17C(1F) but the wind will give a wind chill of -32C(-25.6F).
Tonight will start clear but will bring increasing cloudiness before morning. The overnight low will be -26C(-15F).
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I'm late getting on today as i had another ride in the big white truck with the flashing lights. i had a call of nature about 2am and started to feel strange. I woke the Queen and told her something was amiss. She immediately dialed 911 and while talking to the operator I started a siezure. My speech slurred and the right side of my face became numb and I debveloped a pain in my chest. By the time the paramedics got me to the hospital it was all over but they ER doctor kept me in overnight, did some bloodwork and ran an EKG to compare with prvious ones.
I guess the EKG showwd no changes and I was released this morning by my family doctor who said it could have been nerve damaged caused my arthritic spine. All is good today as I return to my Dorthy Domestic duties while the Queen works. I'm still a walking pile of human junk parts but there seems to be no side effects.
Abbey, my ever loyal dog, could not be moved from the side of the bed by either the Queen or my grandaughter.
I told the paramedics that she wouldn't move unless I told her to, she was my dog. I then said "Abbey go and pointed to the other room" so that the paramedics could do their job. Abbey imediately moved but stayed by the doorway. The paramedic said " She sure is your dog."

Updated: 1:11 PM GMT on January 21, 2012

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Extreme Wind Chills and the First Homestead in Western canada

By: plapman, 2:01 PM GMT on January 19, 2012

Today will be sunny with a west wind at 20 km/h. The high will be -22C(-8F). There is an extreme wind chill of -43C(-45.4F).
Tonight will remain clear with a wind up to 15 km/h. The overnight low will be -30C(-22F).The wind chill will be -40 on both the centigrade and fahrenheit scales.
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A quiet day on the prairie yesterday compared to the day before. I did get 1 horse harness made. I cheated and used bicycle tube for the collar, chest and girth straps. I found an old jewelery chain for the tugs. The driver of that team had better be good on the brakes on a downhill run or the poor horses will be run over. I'll have to look for a picture for a solid tug. I may drive some straight pins thrroug the rubber to dress the harnness up a bit and represent buckles.
it looks like Abbey and me will be grounded again today with the wind chill warning in effect. I've yet to know why my ancestors stayed in Manitoba after experiencing thier first winter here. They were either hardy or too poor to move on to warmer climes. When the first settlers arrived on the northern edge the land would have to be cleared of the native aspen trees before and farming could be done.I guess the offer of a free 1/4 section in the homestead act had alot to do with it.
Just north of Portage is a carin making the first homestead in western Canada.
Story from Historic Sites of Manitoba photo by Gordon Goldbsurrough
First Homestead in Western Canada (RM of Portage la Prairie)
Following the new system of survey adopted in 1871 the Canadian government inaugurated its homestead policy which in due time attracted settlers from all parts of the world. One mile west of this cairn, on the north-east quarter of section 35, township 12, range 7 west of the Principal Meridian, in the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie, was the homestead of John Sutherland Sanderson, whose application was filed on 2 July 1872 and numbered “1”. The cairn was erected in 1945 by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

Updated: 9:57 PM GMT on January 20, 2012

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January has Returned to Normal and Domestic Disputes

By: plapman, 5:38 PM GMT on January 18, 2012


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Today will bring light snow ending this afternoon then cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries but only 2 cm(0.8 in) is expected. The wind will be northerly at 30 km/h (19 mph). The high is expected to be -22C(-8F) but the wind will make it feel like -38C(-36.4).
Tonight will bring clearing this evening and the wind becoming westerly at 20 km/h near midnight. The overnight low -30C(-22F) with an extreme wind chill of -42C(-43.6F).
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it looks like January has returned to normal on the prairie temperature wise.
What a busy and crowded home I live in. My granddaughter and the 2 granddaughters have moved back in with all of her furniture due to a domestic dispute. My thoughts on what should be done to men who beat on their mates can't be put online here or I'd be banned!
Manitoba has a zero tolerance policy on domestic affairs and the RCMP and court system will handle the matter.
Yesterday we hired a security guard, as the RCMP told her not to go to the house alone, to retrieve her and the kids clothing as well as the furniture that was hers. The man is huge and there were no problems after the occupants of the home saw him pick up and carry a hide-a-bed to a truck by himself.
Even with all the excitement here my sleep pattern seems to have returned to a more normal. I went to bed at 10pm last night and slept till 8:00am. I haven't slept that long since my stroke in Dec. of 2009. It sure feels good!

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Updated: 5:43 PM GMT on January 18, 2012

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January has Retuned to Normal Temps and Cabin Fever

By: plapman, 1:37 PM GMT on January 17, 2012


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Today will see a mix of sun and cloud with a wind up to 15 km/h (9 mph). The high will be a chilly -20C(-4F). The wind chill this morning is -36C(-32.8F) this morning.
Tonight will bring increasing cloudiness with periods of snow beginning overnight. The overnight low will be -25C(-13F).
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It looks like it's back to normal january weather here on the prairie. It sure makes outdoor acivities uncomfortable. i never took Abbey out for her walk am I ever getting lazy. All I did yesterday was to paint a patch that had to be made due to that bad Kramer. He had chosen a spot near the bottom of the basement stairs as a place to sharpen his claws and had scratched right through the paper layer of the drywall. now that he's decided to be and outside cat he leaves the walls and furniture alone. By spring I'll have to start brushing him to keep the shedding down.
Today for sure I'll have to get back to the harness and maybe bake a capachino cake while the Queen and grandaughter are working. I've also got to clean up my computer desk. It's getting so crowded that I have to move things when I use a printer.
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Updated: 1:39 PM GMT on January 17, 2012

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Little Girls Are Full of Energy

By: plapman, 3:38 PM GMT on January 16, 2012

Today will bring mix of sun and cloud with a northwest wind at 30 km/h (19 mph). Today's high will be -15C(5F) with a wind chill of -27C (-17F).
Tonight will start partly cloudy but clearing overnight. Tonight's low will be -27C(-17F).
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It's prey hectic in my home today. The granddaughter and 2 granddaughters have moved back in. I'd forgotten how much energy 2 little girls have. They sure keep mom on her toes.
The storm I predicted never came to pass. We had a couple of hours of wet snow and drizzle instead. That kept the loose fluffy stuff from the previous day in place. Luckily i got Abbey out for her walk before the witness started but with the other activities going on I never got a chance to work on the harness set for the horses or any other planned projects. Today, when i get my Dorthy Domestic duties done I'll see if I can manufacture a harness set from old leather straps in the hoard and get Abbey out on the gopher trails.

Updated: 1:36 PM GMT on January 17, 2012

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Another Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:49 PM GMT on January 15, 2012


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Today will bring periods of light snow ending this morning then clearing. The wind southeast 30 km/h (19 mph). Today's high 2C(36F).
Tonight it will become cloudy this evening with a 30% chance of flurries late this evening and overnight. The wind northwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph). The overnight low will be -15C(5F).
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Well I got my snow moved yesterday morning so that the Queen could do he morning shopping. We had to hurry yesterday as the granddaughter was having some problems that needed attention.
The light fluffy snow we received could cause some problems on the roads and highways tonight. Hopefully the above freezing high will create a crust to hold he snow in place.
The Queen is home today so I'll have company and if it does turn into a winter storm she'll be safe not having to drive home in the dark.
Yesterdays project was another batch of granola bars. I think this batch will disappear quickly, their better than the first batch.
The RCMP have based a canine unit here in Portage. The dog, Timber will make getting away from a crime scene on foot next to impossible. Prior to the unit being based in Portage the dog was brought in from Selkirk, an hours drive, and the dog had a hard time following the dissapating odor.
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Updated: 1:11 PM GMT on January 15, 2012

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Gotta go

By: plapman, 3:11 PM GMT on January 14, 2012

Good Morning all.
Busy start to the morning be back later.

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Slacking Off on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:50 PM GMT on January 13, 2012


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Today will start sunny then see increasing cloudiness early this afternoon. The wind will become southerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) near noon. A high of -9C(15F) is expected.
Tonight will be overcast as the temperature rises to -7C(19F) by morning.
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I am getting slack. I never took Abbey out testeday due to the wind chills and never worked on any projects. I did manage to put a bunch of cds in their proper place though.
It seems having treats around he house is getting passe as my chocolate cake is going slowly. When I started my adventures in baking the goodies were gone in no time but as the family is getting used to having cakes, cookies, granola bars and pies in the house their not a novelty anymore. It's time to make some more granola bars though as mine my first batch have gone. Today I'll have to get off my lazy butt and do something, maybe work on the harness set for the horses and shelf to display the Queen's scale model fishing boat and put it in her home office to bring back memeories of her birthplace, Grand Manan Island.
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A Normal Winter Day on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:57 PM GMT on January 12, 2012

Today will see clearing early this morning. The wind northwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph) will become light this afternoon. The high will be -17C(1F) with a wind chill of -31C(-24F).
Tonight will be clear with the wind up to 15 km/h (9 mph). The overnight low will be -25C(-13F) with a wind chill of -29 C(-20F).
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After the warm weather we had over the weekend the temps today seem cold but there just normal for mid January on the prairie.
It looks like I'll have to get the snow-blower out of hibernation I've got about 4 inches of the white stuff on the driveway. The good thing about the blower is that it leaves no banks beside the driveway to catch snow if we do return to a normal winter where drifts up to 4 feet high have been found in my driveway.
Yesterday after a short walk with Abbey I made a chocolate cake for the Queen and cleaned up a spot of dirty floor Abbey had left where she had lain after our walk on one of the warmer days. All in all a quiet day on the prairie.
The Queen never got a chance to have a talk with her bosses about her safety concerns but did talk with a fellow worker who had waited a 1/2 hour at her workstation before someone had found her accidentally while coming to check for fires. The plant doesn't seem to have an adequate safety program for a large plant. I think there should be an emergency backup lighting system. In the building I last worked in battery powered lights were hung in the hallways and came on as soon as the power for the main lights went out. being left in a 200000 sq.foot building with no windows must be scary. It would be total darkness and you wouldn't be able to see your hand held in front of your face.

Updated: 12:49 PM GMT on January 13, 2012

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A Quiet Day on the Prairie and the Queen's Safety.

By: plapman, 1:16 PM GMT on January 11, 2012

Today will be cloudy with periods of light snow beginning early this afternoon. The wind will be northwest 50 km/h (31 mph) gusting to 70 km/h (43 mph). Todays high wil be -12C(10F) but the wind will give a wind chill of -30 (-22f).
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Another quiet day on the prairie. A downtown walk with Abbey was the highlight of my day as the Queen was off to work and I am running out of projects. The young ladies on the street had better start strapping on the runners. :)
It looks like our tase of spring on the prairie is over for a while with the wind making it feel a lot colder than it is. WE, here on the northern prairie, can't complain though as this is normal January temps.
The Queen is having concerns about her safety at work. She's not part of a group and moving from place to place cleaning offices and locker areas in different parts of the large factory. No one knows where she is in the building. When the major breakdown occured last week and the building was evacuated in toal darkness her name wasn't called on the role call as the group she signs in with leaves about the same time as she starts and the group wasn't included in the role call as they had gone home. It's almost as if she's invisible while at work. The Queen has added a flashlight to her kit and is going to ask for a radio and regular radio checks to inform others of her location in the plant.
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Periods of light snow ending overnight then clearing. Wind north 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph). Low -24C(-11F). Wind chill -36.

Updated: 12:48 PM GMT on January 15, 2012

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A Trip to the Old Office, Joking With Engineers and a New Menu Item for the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:01 PM GMT on January 10, 2012


Today will be a mix of sun and cloud with a westerly wind at 20 km/h (12 mph).The high wil be a blistering 6C(43F).
Tonight will be cloudy with snow and blowing snow beginning late this evening with only 2 cm(0.8 in) accumulating. The wind becoming northwest at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) near midnight. Tonights low will be -14C(6F).
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I had a great day yesteday. After taking Abbey for hwe 21/2 mile walk I thought I hould go and see what the what the people in the government building were up to. I had to abandon Abbey as I'm not sure what securety would have thoughr of my furry companion. I should fins her a service dog harness then she'll be welcomed everywhere. Being such a nice day all of the field staff were out and about but I had a good chat with the clerk whose always there to redirect calls to the natural resource officers. I was shifted to a game warden office when I threanted to retire at age 55. I was driving to our field office 55 miles from homewhich wasted 2 hours of my day as well as many gallons of fuel. When asked what it would take to keep me from retireing I said " Base me in the Government building in Portage". It only took a month for my boss to find me office space with the NRO's and with the government network I had access to the head office computers, printers and plotter. An occasional phone call or email from the boss kept me up to date on the new projects I was to work on. When I had completed the project I'd plot the design of the new drain to head office for the engineer to approve and stamp. As a joke I scanned a stamped drawing, cut tthe stamp and and at times would add the stamp before approval. Professional engineers covet their stamp as once it's on a drawing they become responceble for the projects design. That joke never got many laughs from the engineers but it sure sure suprized them to see the first copy of a project design already stamped. :) I always cut the stamp from the drawing before submitting the final drawing to be used for the contract.
Last night hile the Queen worked on her geneaology project I made a batch of granola bars. The recipe calling for oatmeal, raison bran, honey and butter which I substututed for a low fat olive oil margerine, looked away to healthy so i added a 1/2 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips. They turned out great. Now I have another menu item for the bakery and coffee shop. :) When it opens I'll put the local Tim Hortons, Canada's Starbuck, into receivership. :)

Updated: 1:15 PM GMT on January 11, 2012

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A Quiet Day Spent With the Queen and a Story of Long Outdated Technology

By: plapman, 12:57 PM GMT on January 09, 2012

Today will be sunny with a northwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) that will become light this afternoon The high will be 5C(41F).
Tonight will bring increasing cloudiness early this evening as the wind shifts to the west at 20 km/h (12 mph) overnight. Tonight's low will be -3C(26F).
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Another quiet day spent with the Queen yesterday. I did get Abbey out for a walk and spent the evening watching a movie with the Queen. The Queen is back to work this evening. I'll entertain myself by making the granola bars and maybe head out to a friends for coffee.
I may even start a new project. I'll have to find some photos on the net of a harness sett for the plastic clydesdale horses I and see if I can make a miniture set for the horses I have to pull my covered wagon inherited from my uncle. I also have the windmill on the back burner that I'll use to turn a small motor which should act as a generator. If I can co relate the voltage output to wind speed I'll be able to attach it to a multimeter and get the wind speed. With that I'll be halfway into making my own weather station.
I remember in my working days where we calculated the flow of a stream by lowering a weight equipped with small cups which turned with the river currents. Each revolution produced a click and we counted the clicks over a timed period. Then by measuring the depth and width of the opening we could obtain the flows in cubic feet per second. Gosh that was a long time ago. All the calculations were done by hand. At that time there were no calculators or computers and it took all evening to calculate the results of the days metering. With today's technology I'm sure everything is feed into a laptop, a few variables added and the results are instant.

Updated: 1:01 PM GMT on January 10, 2012

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Another Lost Blog :(

By: plapman, 1:16 PM GMT on January 08, 2012


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Well I lost the post again today and have no one to blame but me. I closed the wrong tab and I hadn't posted so all was lost. Time to be more careful as I don't have time to do a full entry before the Queen rises and invites me for coffee and a chat.
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A Good Road Trip For the MRI

By: plapman, 1:53 PM GMT on January 07, 2012

Today will start cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries this morning then a mix of sun and cloud. The high will be -2C(28F).
Tonight it will clearing in the evening as the temp drops to -12C(10F).
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A good trip to the MRI yesterday. I woun't get any results untill I see my family doctor on the 2nd of Feb. It seems taht none of the techs have a sense of humor. When I asked if there was anything there, brain or empty space he said "That would be up to the doctor to decide" It was the same responce I got fom the tech doing the echgram on the heart wheb asked if it was a boy or girl. It must be part of their code of ethics not to tell the paitient anything.
The drive there was good with some light snow falling but melting as it hit the highway. On the way back it had started to freeze and there were spots of ice. The Queen had no problems though, she's a cautious driver and even the big boys were passing her.
I'm still having problems with the webcam. For some reason the internal FTP server quits working. I;ll have to check into that today.



Updated: 12:39 PM GMT on January 08, 2012

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The First Glimpse of My New Grandchild and Major Problems At the Queen's Workplace

By: plapman, 1:07 PM GMT on January 06, 2012

Today wil bring a few rain showers changing to snow this morning and ending late this afternoon then cloudy. The wind west 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light this morning. Wind becoming northwest 30 km/h (19 mph) near noon as the temperature fals to -4C(24F) this afternoon.
Tonight will be cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries overnight. The overnight low will be -9C(15F).
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Today I'm off to the Morden-Winkler area for an MRI. My doctor feels it's time to check if I've been experencing mini strokes. At time I get a tingling sensation in my arms and legs. It's strange that Portage doesn't have the equipment and techs to do the test while the smaller communities of Winkler and Morden do. It must be due to the regional health care system we have and the Boundry Trails Hospital 60 miles south of Portage was chosen to have the more advanced MRI equipment. In Portage we only have a ctScanner which in the past hasn't pickedup small areas affected bt TIA's.
I took Abbey out along the gopher trails yesterday. It was more like March than January. There's virtually no snow left in the fields. it will be another hard year for the farms if this unusally warm dry conditions presist.
Just As I was coming home from the walk I saw thw the Queen pull into the driveway. My first thought was that she had tried to jerk my leash, the cell phone, and I didn't answer so she came home to check on me, the second thought was that she had turned in her resignation like she's been talking about but the problem was the work location. When me and Abbey left we saw a fire truck rushing in the direction of the plant she works at. The Queen said they had a major equipment malfunction which took out the power to the entire plant and left everyone in darkness and everyone was sent home.
The daughter sent me a picture of my newest grandchild taken when she had her ultra sound done. The new baby will be the ninth grandchild.
The New GrandChild.

Technology sure is great!

Updated: 1:52 PM GMT on January 07, 2012

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A Project to be Redone and Lack of Snow on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:50 PM GMT on January 05, 2012

Today will bring a mix of sun and cloud with the wind becoming westerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) this morning then increasing to 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) this afternoon. Todays high will be 8C(46F).
Tonight will bring increasing cloudiness and rain mixed with snow beginning near midnight then changing to a few flurries overnight. The wind westerly at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph). Tonights low will be -2C(28F).
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An uneventful day on on the prairie yesterday. I took Abby out along the gopher trails,completed a proto type of the call of nature light and did a load of laundry. I don't like the look of the call of nature light so will change the light fixture today. I originally had planned to use a diferent fixture but piece got musplaced but have been found now. It's back to plan A. :)
While walking Abbey yesterday I saw that there is no snow left. The lack of snow will cause problems for the local farms. Last year they were flooded out and this year it looks like it will be too dry. The weather patterns sure are unpredicable.

Updated: 1:04 PM GMT on January 06, 2012

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Missing girl located in Brandon, mb

By: plapman, 1:24 AM GMT on January 05, 2012

After three weeks, 14-year-old Roberta Grace Daniels has been safely located in Brandon, Manitoba.

Portage la Prairie RCMP would like to thank the public and the media for there help with this matter.

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Missing Girl in Portage and Web Cam Problems Resolved, I Hope

By: plapman, 2:28 PM GMT on January 04, 2012

Today will bring clearing and a high of 0C(32F).
Tonight will see increasing cloudiness late this evening as the wind shifts to the west at 20 km/h (12 mph) overnight. The overnight low will be -6C(21F) but will rise to 3C(37F) by morning.
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A quiet day on the prairie yesterday. Withe balmy temps I got Abbey out for her free run along the gopher trails. I caan't beleive the temps we here on the prairie have been experiencing. Usally January brings -40 temps and not the above freezing temps we've had.
I was goung to do more work on the air nailer case and the call of nature light but spent the afterrnoon working on the webcam which has been giving me problems the last couple of days. It seems that when the sun rises the display goes white. I was hoping that the cam hadn't died but downloaded the free version of Advanced system care, checked the reviews on it and ran it. When it was completed rearranging the registry, correcting errors there and checking for errors on the hard drive the cam came back to life. I then tried the app on the Queen's laptop hpopeing it would fix a registry error which doesn't allow a default printer to be set but no luck there. It looks like I'll have to back up there registry and manually edit it hopeing the answer to the problem I found on the web will fix it for the Queen. At At present she can't print a PDF document without an error saying no printer installed. To print it for her I have to transfer the document, via my home network, and print it from my comp. A real pain in the butt as he usally wants something printed when I'm busy doing something else. I wish I could teach her how to use the network but she won't touch my computer for fear of messing it up.
Reading the local news web page I saw there's a 14 year old girl missing.
I'll copy the story from Portageonline.com and include it now.
RCMP ask for public's help locating 14-year-old girl missing for more than 2 weeks
Portage la Prairie RCMP said Roberta Daniels was last seen on Dec. 14, 2011 in Winnipeg.
Updated: Tue Jan. 03 2012 18:24:46
ctvwinnipeg.ca
Officers in Portage la Prairie are seeking help locating a missing teenager last seen more than two weeks ago.
RCMP said Roberta Grace Daniels was last seen in Winnipeg on Dec. 14, 2011. She also goes by the name Grace Daniels.
She was last seen wearing a white jacket with a fur collar, dark blue jeans and a pink purse.
RCMP said Daniels is considered at "at risk" youth.
Anyone with information on her location is asked to call Portage la Prairie RCMP at (204) 857-4445, or you local police agency.
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Updated: 1:47 PM GMT on January 05, 2012

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Trains in Portage and My Dorthy Domestic Duties

By: plapman, 11:49 AM GMT on January 03, 2012



From My Basement Window

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Today will be a mix of sun and cloud with the south wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming northwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) near noon. Today's high will be 5C(41F).
Tonight will start clear the see increasing cloudiness overnight. The wind northwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light overnight as the low drops to -4C(24F).
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I was busy yesterday. Nearly completed the air nail er box, made a white cake from scratch, did a load of laundry, and got Abbey out on the downtown walk. I chose the downtown route to stay out of the wind. The only place where we got caught in the wind was crossing the tracks. Portage is rated in the top 10 places for train enthusiasts as both main lines of the trans Canada railway systems are less that 200 feet apart and actually cross at the west end of portage. With both lines running through the center of the city we seldom get to get to the downtown area without waiting for a train or 2. The container freights, some nearly 2 miles long, seem to take foreever as they slow down for the city. We have only 1 overpass in the city, but crossing the tracks using it would add another mile to my trek and gosh it's cold up there. The wind seems to funnel along the open area of the tracks and really creates a wind chill.
As a teenager in high school I used to walk over that overpass in the morning, again for for lunch, another time back to school and finally the last trip home after school. That sounds like the old story my parents used to tell me where they walked 4 miles to and from school uphill both ways. :)
The darned vision problem kind of messed up my cake. I missed the 1 in front of the 1 3/4 teaspoons of baking powder and ended up with a low level heavy cake but I'm sure it will be gone soon as 1/4 of the 8X8 cake has disappeared already. The Queen says I'll have to start reading with the paper held to the right so that I don't miss the first couple of letters in directions.
It was funny going into the local Walmart last night with the Queen. She was talking about her day at work and I was thinking of ingredients I need to make another batch of oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies. It sure is a role reversal from the 40 years I worked and she stayed home to look after our girls and tend to the house keeping.
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Updated: 11:51 AM GMT on January 03, 2012

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A Quiet New Years Day and a Loss of Self Esteem

By: plapman, 1:23 PM GMT on January 02, 2012



From My Basement Window

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Today will start partly cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries early this morning but then clearing latter this morning. The wind will be northwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) gusting to 40 km/h (25 mph) then becoming light this morning. The high for today will be -10C(14F).
Tonight will be clear with the wind becoming southerly ay 30 km/h (19 mph) near midnight. The overnight low will be -15C(5F) but the wind will make it feel like -26c(-15f).
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I spent a quiet new Years day. One good thing about my meds is that there were no after effects from over indulgence.
The granddaughter, her man and the 2 great granddaughters were over for the evening meal. Once again the Queen bypassed the turkey aand made delicious peper steak, baked potatoes and corn.Yahoo there's just enough left over for my meal tonight as the Queen returns o work. I was going to bake a cake but all the grocery stores were closed so I couldn't get Betty's raw ingredients. It's strange, most stores were open Christmas day on weekend hours. I guess store owners didn't want emplyee's with self inflicted illness greeting customers.
I'm ashamed of my self. I never took Abbey on her hike due to the wind chills. I recently saw a comercial where it said that no self respecting Canadian would put some off due to cold weather. Today I'll bundle up and get her out on the gopher trails to regain my self esteem and prove that I'm truly Canadian.:)
The Queen just rose, it's time for the morning chat and coffee with her. I shall return to say hello to my fellow bloggers.
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New Years Memories From Long Ago

By: plapman, 12:18 PM GMT on January 01, 2012



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Today will be cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries. The wind will be northwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph) increasing to 50 km/h (31 mph) gusting to 70 km/h (43 mph) this morning. The temperature falling to -8C(17F) this afternoon.
Tonight will start cloudy then becoming partly cloudy near midnight. The wind northwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) becoming light near midnight. The overnight low will be -14C(6F).
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While I was growing up new Years day was always a big thing. As many as my aunts and uncles who could make it gathered at my grandparents 2 room log home and enjoyed seeing each other again. Gifts were exchanged on a draw basis so that everyone received something. With my grandparents haveing 10 children and the grandchildren there to it sure filled that little house. It was quite the home my grand father had built. The interior walls were lined with painted cardboard and heat came from a wood fired cook stove. one room was the kitchen and living room and the second a bedroom. I still can't figure out how my grandparents managed to have so many kids with everyone sleeping in the same room.:)
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Updated: 1:00 PM GMT on January 01, 2012

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