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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2. unclemush
9:46 PM GMT on February 04, 2012
Hi Tony.Second.:) If I was trying to make your little stuff I'd use the dynamite on it.I'm not good with working on that kind of thing.Give me a dozer and backhoe and I'm happy.:)
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1. Alleyoops
5:49 PM GMT on February 04, 2012
Tony, good afternoon. Sorry to hear about the housing shortage in Portage. It is tough for young families to get a start. Time for someone to start building some affordable housing there. Don't you just hate it when landlords use a disaster to gouge folks..I have seen too much of that BS. There really should be a law set aside for these kind of people.

Sunny with cloudy periods today, temps up around 40F. No complaints today. Gotta love this green grass in Feb.

Have a great afternoon dear one. Enjoy your jaunts out chasing bunnies with Abbey...
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