Saturday, 31 January 2009

A View of A Wind Warning

and this was one of the better parts of the trip.

Sculptured Snow

I can't recall snow ever flowing over things like this. I have seen paintings of snow billowing over the eaves of houses and thought those painters were just using artistic license, but the house across the street has partially obscured Christmas lights because of that very phenomenom.I wonder if the very first snow we had this year, heavy and wet, has anything to do with it?

Sunday, 25 January 2009

The Cabinets and More Trim Installed

Almost Trapped

I am glad I was holding that... somewhere other than just there!

Behind Closed Doors

In order to install the trim around the bathroom door, The Geek had to first re-hang the door. Which meant she had to fix, patch, prime and paint the the frame. Then re-install the hinges. Which had to be cleaned and polished.
The door install kept her busy all day, especially since at some point, we had to run out for some more wood filler.Yay!! Fewer drafty showers!!

Saturday, 24 January 2009

Skirting the Issue

The skirting frame is attached.More insulation is added.

Monday, 19 January 2009

Looks Good so Far

No obvious holes, no glue splotches....
I guess there is room for hope.
( The weights are on a piece of the cut off to keep that edge from curling. )

Sunday, 18 January 2009

No Skeletons in this Closet

Between cutting the tub in two in order to remove it from the house, and grinding out the mosaic floor, a huge amount of dust made its way into my closet.Today everything was taken outside to blow off the dust. Anything that wouldn't release the dust went downstairs to be washed. Which was just about everything in the closet.
At least I now know what was in there and I suspect much of it won't be returning.

Installation of the Bathroom Floor-Take ll

The new roll of linoleum has arrived and it is supposed to be installed tomorrow.
This roll tho', comes with alot more 'accessories' to fix the damage caused by the first installation attempt.
I am waiting with bated breath.

Saturday, 17 January 2009

This is Why We Don't Watch TV

Friends mentioned they have been watching The Good Life and enjoying the series very much.
So tonight I checked on Youtube to see what they have; we watched six shows. We are doomed! The bathroom may never get finished....

This Version=Less Cursing

Last weekend when The Geek considered mounting the trim for around the medicine cabinets, the trim was too small. (I was at the farm so I missed the cursing.)
She patched them back together and they seem to be satisfactory this time.

Wide Open (and Chilly) Spaces

I was going to rehang the door the other morning so it wouldn't be so chilly in the bathroom after my shower.
And even tho' I had see The Geek priming the doorframe, I didn't fully realize the receiving hinges were missing. She has since mentioned finding all new hinges for the bathroom so I guess the door will be staying off awhile longer.
Any guests we have will have to be as 'open' to the concept as we have become.

Friday, 16 January 2009

'Sticky' Manitoba Snow

As previously mentioned, there is not alot of gravity in the backyard.
When one combines this with a lack of wind, you have some interesting sights. These 'snow sculptures' are standing perfectly still.
Does this mean the snow has adhesive or cohesive properties?

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

A Week of Huge Contrasts

I can't believe the way the weather for the week will change-if the forecasters are correct, that is.

Monday, 12 January 2009

Showering in the Partially Renovated Bathroom

It is part cleanliness, part agility training.

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Ah, Young Love!

German lovers – aged six and five – try to elope to Africa

(Kate Connolly in Berlin, Monday 5 January 2009 17.40 GMT )

It is a dream that has been shared by lovers across the centuries – the chance to elope to exotic lands. But few would have been as bold and spontaneous as six-year-old Mika and his five-year-old sweetheart Anna-Bell who, after mulling over their options in secret, packed their suitcases on New Year's Eve and set off from the German city of Hanover to tie the knot under the heat of the African sun.
The children left their homes at dawn while their unwitting parents were apparently sleeping, and took along Mika's seven-year-old sister, Anna-Lena, as a witness to the wedding.
Donning sunglasses, swimming armbands and dragging a pink blow-up lilo and suitcases on wheels packed with summer clothes, cuddly toys and a few provisions, they walked a kilometre up the road, boarded a tram to Hanover train station and got as far as the express train that would take them to the airport before a suspicious station guard alerted police.
"What struck us was that the little ones were completely on their own and that they had lots of swimming gear with them," said Holger Jureczko, a police spokesman. He described Mika and Anna-Bell as "sweethearts" who had "decided to get married in Africa where it is warm, taking with them as a witness Mika's sister".
Anna-Bell told the German television station RTL: "We wanted to get married and so we just thought: 'Let's go there.' "
Mika said: "We wanted to take the train to the airport, then we wanted to get on a plane and when we arrived we wanted to unpack the summer things and then we wanted to go for a bit of a stroll in the sun."
Mika and Anna-Lena's mother, who was not identified, said she had known nothing of her children's plan. "I'm still in a state of shock. I thought 'I'm playing a part in a bad movie.' When we realised the kids were missing we went looking for them." But only when the police called did they realise what had happened.
Asked why they failed to let their parents know, the children said they thought they would not be gone for long.
Mika told police he instigated the plan having been inspired by a winter holiday with his family in Italy. "Based on this the children began to make plans for the future," Jureczko said.
To allay their disappointment at being caught, Hanover police gave them a tour of the police headquarters. Jureczko said: "They'll have the chance to put their plan into action at a later date".

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Can You Say "Irony"?

The Geek figured we should enter the Healthy Living Marathon. 42 kilometers in two weeks seemed easy enough to do.
She went to the website to register and the list of prizes started scrolling by.
1st prize is $300 in grocery coupons, 3rd prize is $100 in department store coupons.

And second prize?

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Out of the Mouths of Babes Part 2

The last time the nephews came to visit, N2 couldn't figure out how to flush the toilet, so N1 went to show him.
When N2 emerged from the bathroom he told The Geek "I thought you had forgotten to buy a flusher!"

Sunday, 4 January 2009

Its Always Calm in the Back Yard

Hanging on the clothes line is my clothes pin bucket with a hat of snow.

Friday, 2 January 2009

I've Been Duped!

It just took me a really long time to notice.

I thought that any type of oil that called itself Puroliva would be olive oil.

I was wrong.

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Toronto is About to Take More Ribbing

This is a piece of news Tina happened upon this morning.

"Toronto under extreme cold weather alert
680News staff Wednesday, December 31st, 2008 9:54 pm

If you are brave enough to venture outside, the city of toronto has issued an extreme cold weather alert.
Outreach teams will be on the street Wednesday night to urge the homeless to go inside.
Cold weather alerts go into effect when Environment Canada predicts a temperature of minus 15 degrees without the windchill.
680's meterologist Brian Hill warns that contrary to what some may think, alcohol makes you more susceptable to the cold, not less.
So having too much to drink means you may not feel the pain of frostnip until it is too late and becomes frost bite, which can lead to amputation

I find it amazing that some consider -15 extremely cold. Here in Winterpeg that is considered downright balmy!

This may contribute even more to Toronto's image as a bunch of sissies. I am sure we all well remember this event.

"Toronto considering military option for storm cleanup
Last Updated: Friday, November 10, 2000 11:54 PM ET
CBC News
Mayor Mel Lastman says the snow emergency is so severe in Toronto that the military might have to be called in.
A spokesperson in the office of Defence Minister Art Eggleton, says the military could be ready to make a decision before the end of the day whether they will be able to help out. A survey team has been in the city, but it now appears any decision will be put off until Thursday.
Another snowstorm hit southern Ontario Tuesday night, snarling traffic in Toronto. More is expected before the weekend.
Lastman declared a snow emergency, the second of the new year. The first was on January 4 after a storm dumped 40 centimetres of snow on the city. A snow emergency means cars are banned from parking on designated snow routes.
At a news conference, the mayor said snow-removal is so bogged down in many residential areas that the military may be needed to help.
The Toronto Transit Commission had to temporarily shut down its main north-south subway line. Movement on all lines remains spotty and slow, with many sections still blocked by snow.
The Ontario Provincial Police reported two deaths. A person was killed around 4 a.m. in a crash between a car and a tractor-trailer on Highway 401, east of Ottawa. In St. Catharines, a 42-year-old city worker died of a heart attack while shovelling snow.
The regional commuter Go Train has cancelled all lakeshore routes from Hamilton to Oshawa, due to switching problems. Highways from the Niagara area to Toronto are treacherous, but running.
Pearson International Airport, which experienced hundreds of flight cancellations following a snow storm earlier this month, is once again facing long delays. Officials say two runways are still open -- one for departures, one for arrivals -- but there have been some cancellations.
The heavy snow has forced hundreds of schools across southern Ontario to close.
Forecasters are predicting another 10 to 20 centimetres of snow will fall on parts of southern and central Ontario sometime on Thursday or Friday.

Happy New Year!

'Tis a snowy day in Winnipeg.Happy New Year One and All!