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

Low-German Night of fun.

What can I say about the Low-German play that would do it justice? Fun, fantastic, an evening of wholesome laughter and a real treat. To be honest I did miss some of the jokes since my Low-German is still very poor, but I'm am practising a bit more now and I'm slowly getting better.

For those of you who missed Friday evenings presentation, I've got a little clip of the opening act.

I hope you'll come out and join us for the next event. We'll be sure to post the events here.