Sunday, 19 June 2011

It's About Blooming TIme

The lilacs and the peonies have finally decided to get to work.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

My First Attempts at Bohemia

I found a recipe for home made deodorant.
I'm always trying to reduce the amount of chemicals I apply to myself and this seemed pretty natural.
Here is the recipe, should this link disappear.

1/4 cup baking soda ($1.19 for a box)
1/4 cup arrowroot powder ($5.99 for 20 oz.)
4 tablespoons coconut oil ($6.00 for 15 oz.)
10 drops/shakes grapefruit essential oil ($9.99 for 0.5 oz.)
A tin or jar with lid
n a bowl, stir together dry ingredients, then add oils gradually until you like the consistency, mixing with a fork. Store in a closed container at room temp. (If the mixture seems too soft, try refrigerating it for a bit to firm it up.)
To apply, scoop up a bit with your finger, hold it against your skin for a couple seconds so it melts a little, then rub around.

I whipped up a batch, and we'll see how it goes.
Perhaps shampoo is next.

Monday, 13 June 2011

It's a Wet Year

The maple trees are loaded with seeds,
And there are bullrushes sprouting in the garden.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Still Getting Higher

The levels on Lake Manitoba contine to rise.

The Little Island, a family landmark, is living up to its name.
McRae Lake is up to, and even on the other side of the road. At least the drain has now been closed so it cannot fill any more from that way.
Down the road a couple of miles the lake, normally over a kilometer away, is right up against the newly constructed dike. In the background you can see a back hoe and caterpiller building the dikes higher.
In Vogar as well, Lake Manitoba, usually a kilometer away, is right up to the road.
The Dog Lake Drain on the left, and Lake Manitoba on the right.
Stockpiled sandbags by the fish shed in Vogar.
I still hope it is as high as it is going to get!

Monday, 6 June 2011

Rollin' in the Clover

The clover we seeded in the front yard has sprouted, tho' at the moment it doesn't look much like clover.
And the very first tomato blossom. Hooray!

Saturday, 4 June 2011

the Winnipeg Jets or...

Since we are once again an NHL city, there has been much debate about what the 'new' team should be called.

A letter to the editor in today's Free Press had be giggling. I wonder if you will enjoy it as much as I?
"The name "Threshers" has been suggested for our new NHL team. What a great idea! A fine prairie name for a fine prairie province.

Maybe we could get Atlanta's old jerseys; think of the money we'd save, having to change only one letter. We Winnipeggers are known for our thrift.

Of course, if we are going to redo the jersey artwork, what could be more intimidating than having a big combine on our player's chests? Or perhaps artwork of a grizzled farmer would strike fear into their opponents. Enthusiastic fans could throw hay onto the ice. The possibility are endless!



Friday, 3 June 2011

Third Times A Charm

OK. Hopefully this once lasts a little longer.
It has no recycled material whatsoever.
Pressure treated lumber and concrete deck supports.
Fingers crossed!