Troy’s House

We planted 50 Lilac bushes today, it was rough work. The planting wasn’t bad, but finding the old bushes planted last year was time consuming. The old bushes look like a stick with a few leaves on the bottom and the grass and weeds are so tall you can’t find them. It didn’t take too long to plant them though.

After planting we went to Troy’s house for a barbeque, he made some excellent burgers. It was our first time in Troy’s new house, one of the things that impressed me about it’s design is that everything is low maintenance. Troy’s backyard is all sidewalk blocks, deck, and pea gravel, it looks very appealing and has no grass to cut. The inside of the house has easy to clean floors which are mostly hardwood, ceramic, and linoleum.  He also has a screen room attached to the upper level on the back of the house, it overlooks the backyard and neighborhood.

Canadian Shield

The plan for today was to plant trees, the problem was that it is going to rain all day. The solution: go fishing instead.

We went to Caddy Lake in the Whiteshell Provincial park with our friend Tammy. It was very cold 5C, raining non stop, with a strong wind. We were all wearing winter gloves, and were freezing. We went to a local store where we bought some rain suits, they worked excellent. We looked as thought we were fishing on the ocean. We ended up not catching any fish, but we had a great time.

A spark plug makes a great fishing weight, it seldom gets snagged in rocks.

The land in the Whiteshell is very different from the parries it is part of the Precambrian Shield or Canadian shield, it is very hilly, has more pine trees, lots of moss, deer everywhere, and large rocks all over the place.

Storms

I watched the news tonight and saw that it had snowed in Thompson Manitoba and Saskatchewan (not northern Saskatchewan, regular Saskatchewan). There is a frost warning, thunderstorms and rain tonight. This is not normal, frost and thunderstorms are not supposed to happen on the same day. There was hail in Portage la Prairie and tornadoes yesterday.

I have noticed that there have been more thunderstorms, and better thunderstorms then there have been in the past. When I was younger I would enjoy a good thunderstorm, and I only remember there being three or four a year. Two years ago there was a week with storms every night, and they were good ones with non stop lightning. A week or so ago I was worried that we hadn’t got the entire garden in, tonight there is frost.

Is it global warming, it may be. It seems that there is usually a good storm after a hot humid day, if it is hotter than average I would expect better storms than average. We’ll have to wait and see what is yet to come. As for now it’s chicken wing night and I’m on my way.

Best soup ever, really.

Wanda made the best soup ever tonight. She put ground beef, stewed tomatoes, carrots, celery, sambal oleck hot sauce, and spaghetti noodles in it. I ate four bowls, then Sabrina and Chuck invited us for dinner at Boston Pizza. I had an appetizer for second dinner. It was a good evening with excellent company.

Odometer

Greyhound sucks.

The plan for today is to take Wanda’s sister and niece back to Saskatchewan. They were here visiting us over the long weekend. They took the greyhound bus here, then greyhound went on strike and they have no way home. I hope greyhound loses business this weekend.

Have you ever waited for the numbers on the odometer to line up a certain way, I do and I don’t know why. This week I get 123456 in the work van, and 88888.8 in Wanda’s car on the way west today.

Cell phone M500

My phone has big problems! I have a Samsung M500, I’ve had it for four months. I have had multiple problems with it. My friend Calvin has had the same phone and has exchanged it under warranty multiple times. I have ignored it’s problems, and I keep having more.

This is what it has done so far:

  1. At times during use, it will freeze. You could push any button and it will not respond, opening and closing the flap does not fix it either.  The fix is to wait one minute for it to reboot, or remove and reinsert the battery.

  2. The buttons on the keypad have scratched the screen, this does not bother me at all as I only really use it as a phone.

  3. Twice a month on average, it will disconnect it’s self from the network. You can not tell that it has done this, it shows full signal strength, and all is good. But while it is doing this you will not receive any text messages or phone calls. You usually find out it’s done this when you try to send a text message, you get a message of “can not send text message.”  And when you try to make an outgoing call you get the message “call not completed, out of range.” The fix, try to turn the phone off, it will reboot then enter service area and you will find that people have left you messages and text while the phone was offline.

  4. Today at superstore I attempted to take a picture and everything was upside down on the screen, by this I mean the regular (just opened the phone) was fine, but the camera (see what your taking a picture of) screen was upside down, and as I found out later mirror imaged.  (note: this one was my fault, if the volume is pressed while in camera mode it does this.)

I still like the phone, it doesn’t compare to my old Samsung a680; but it does take a good picture if you hold it upside down and don’t mind everything being mirror imaged.

Water main break

I saw this water main break today, there was blackish water coming from the manholes around Logan and route 90, this one wasn’t too bad, the manholes farther down Logan had 10″ of water coming from them.

Gas is at a premium price, today I saw $1.214/Liter. We may as well start saying the price in dollars and cents rather than cents alone, it’s not going down under a dollar anytime soon, but I don’t feel it will stay this high for much after the long weekend.

On the plus side I got a good price for topsoil, I can get 11 yards of sandy loam for $160 and 15 yards of horse manure for $75.  Sandy loam will make the perfect mix with the clay soil that we have. Perfect soil has equal parts of sand clay and loam, ours has too much clay. The horse manure will supply the organic matter and nutrients to help the garden grow. We just have to wait until the road restrictions are removed, then our soil will be on the way.

I ordered another 900 trees from the P.F.R.A. shelterbelt program, this will compliment the 1300 trees that we planted last year. I will use the trees to fill in the places where last year’s trees have died, then plant a few more in the low spots that were skipped last year. I can plant 150 trees a night if I know where to put them, but this time it will not be as easy as last year. I will have to find the previous trees (hard to find in tall grass), assess if they are alive, and plant the trees where they are needed. So far we have six rows of trees that are 1/2 mile long each, with an estimated %90 survival rate. The trees look like a 12″ long stick with one or two leaves on it, we got three types or trees, Manitoba Maple, Green Ash, and Lilac.