How things are progressing around here

Wow, when we started this web site I knew that I would be working on a lot of interesting features, and that it would lead to bigger things, but I didn't realize what that REALLY meant. Originally I thought it would be cool to get Carl's stuff on this site since it is the type of content tat I think of when I think of Reinland. Plautdietch and Southern MB seem to automatically go together in my head and while I don't understand as much as I'd like to, I thought it would be fitting to have important locally produced content here.

Well maybe it was God planting an idea in my head at the right time since Carl was open to having his work hosted here, and even said that he was looking for something like this when I asked. God really does put things together like that. Of course that doesn't mean that it worked perfectly the first time (or third either). There were a few things that didn't work and I had to find a solution, and there are a few things that broke when I did an upgrade on the site which meant I had to fix them again. This sounds like it would be easy, but if you throw a few weeks in between, it's not always easy to remember what you did the first time.

This has led to some interesting places. I was talking to the South Central Regional Library about their web site and they were having difficulty posting updates to their site. I suggested a new content management system similar to what I put in place here on and they thought it would be a good idea. So after a bit of work was created and after checking their hosting a decision was made that I would become the web host for their site.

I wasn't quite finished with getting everything in place for the Library when my father-in-law mentions that a few other people from church were talking about putting together a web site for our church. We had discussed this as an idea last year, but because I had just gotten married and hadn't joined the church yet, I didn't push things. Now however, there were others that had the same idea so in a rapid flurry of mouse clicking we set up a domain and started trying to figure out what we wanted there.

"Where," you ask?

Well you can find us at I must warn you that while I write this it still has the default page up and doesn't look at all like it will in a couple of weeks.

So here I am, host and admin for multiple domains, admin for a few more for my previous boss (there was a layoff, and I occasionally do some work for him, but that's another story) How did I manage to get myself into this mess, and why do I have such a huge grin on my face?

I'm still not making any money off this site, but it didn't cost much to begin with. At last count, about 200 more clicks on the ads on the right will get us to the point where we break even. And that will subsidise the church web site too. The library's web site paid enough to cover my time while teaching me that I spent way more time on creating the site than I first estimated, but I'm very impressed with how it turned out, and it seems they are too. So for now I can supplement my E.I. income with a bit of work, and I get to spend more time with my wife which is good. I really do have an amazing life even if it doesn't include a big screen TV or a new house. And the big grin... I don't think it's leaving anytime soon.

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.

Mission Supper this Friday

The Community Centre at Reinland hosts

Mission Supper

this Friday.

When: April 16, 5 - 7:30 pm

Get there early