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Water, water, everywhere!

Well it's been a while since anything was posted at this site. No, we haven't forgotten about it, it's just that with all the rain, we've been busy with our new pool. Busy trying to get rid of it that is.

Our basement was only a coal chute and cistern, with a dirt floor when it was built, but later someone put in a nice concrete floor. They never did bother to make it very level, and drainage was never a priority. A few years ago, a hole was cut into the floor and a sump pump was put in, but it only gets the water that seeps into the hole.

With the floor being very VERY wavy, we wound up with 3 inches of water in one area and a dry spot six feet away. The wet/dry vacuum was turned on and 20+ gallons were sucked up and drained into the sump pit, but we could see it seeping in at the edge of the wall. after a few mornings like that we decided to make a second sump hole.

Cutting through the concrete was made easier by the puddle that cooled the blade and kept the dust down, but after cutting around the hole, a sledge was needed. It took another day to find a sledge to borrow while the water now came into the basement at a much faster rate. Two hits broke it up and several buckets of mud were dug out with a new sump pump installed.

This seemed to solve most of the problems, however the basement is still quite damp, and a few things got wet through this whole process. Some of my wife's favourite books were in a box on the floor that got soaked. Two weeks or more later we're still trying to salvage them. It turns out that they can be saved. Even a bit of mold isn't the end of the world.

So, we're getting closer to a usable basement again. This fall I'll have to improve both sump pits to go a little deeper and maybe try to drive some pipes into the soil to help the water drain.

Mission Supper on Friday

We went to the Mission Supper this past Friday. This was the first Mission supper I have gone to. My wife has gone to several and told me what we could expect as far as food, and she was pretty close on the menu.


   As you can see, the centre piece looked great

The meats included sweet and sour farmer sausage and chicken with a cornmeal breading. The chicken was good, nice flavour and not too dry either. Clearly the people making the chicken know what they're doing. The sausage was also good. I never grew up with sweet ans sour sausage and until a couple of years ago, I only had it one or two times. It's still a little strange for me, but I really like it. One of these days I'm going to have to try making it myself.

You'll notice the recipe section of our web site. It's not there by accident. I am quite fond of cooking and baking and have kicked my wife out of what was her kitchen, and am making it mine. She's just as happy to let me do that, although she did make supper the other day. It is up to me to make most of the meals, so I look for things that can be made ahead and pre-portioned into lunches or easily reheated if we are short on time. The challenge to all this is to find something other than chili, stew, or sandwiches.

So when we go to a supper like this I keep my eyes open for different flavours that I'm not used to, and flavours that I've forgotten about. I think the farmer sausage will be on our menu this spring.


   Your friends and neighbours enjoying a great meal.

So if you have a really good recipe for sweet and sour farmer sausage, or anything else for that matter, post a recipe on our site.

How do you lose a hood?

I was driving into Reinland the other day when I spotted a strange sight. Someone lost the hood of their truck. Well I assume it was a truck, looked like a nice dark blue truck. Probably a few years old.

The hood was leaning up against the sign for the village and it looked like it was in good shape too.

At first I thought, "someone was using it as a sled and lost it" but it didn't look scratched up or really even dented. Now it didn't look like it was in that great a shape, after all the car or truck that it was supposed to be attached to seemed to be missing. You would think that someone would notice if their hood was missing and try to duct tape it back on, or maybe some bungee cords to hold it down. Sadly though the hood was left at the side of the road, lonely and missing its home.

I didn't have my camera with me, so I came back later and took a picture. It was getting late, so it's partly lit by the headlights.


(click for bigger picture)

Hey, there is more info...
turns out someone removed the hood from the sign, so it may have found its way home.