25 Apr 2018

Posted by under Dave's Thoughts,Photos

What a Winter

We seem to have had more snow since Christmas than I can remember for quite a few years.  Lots of snow storms and lots of snow each time. 

Mark had been hired be the neighbours beside us (the corner lot!) to shovel their walks for the winter.  Back in October it seemed like a good idea.  As  January turned to February and then to March and it just kept snowing, he began to feel like he should have asked for more money.

Finally, as May is just around the corner, it seems like spring is here.

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08 Jan 2018

Posted by under Dave's Thoughts,Mr. FixIt

First MG Repair of 2018

Not a very auspicious start to wrenching season – about 4 months before expected! As we were heading out the last Saturday, when we got into the garage, there was a pretty overwhelming smell of gasoline. A quick look under each car revealed the culprit – the MG had decided to mark it’s territory with a substantial puddle of gas. Not really something that can be ignored…

A quick trip to Canadian Tire yielded a few feet of new gas line and some new clamps. Fortunately it was a fairly warm day with a high of about 9°C, but the concrete floor of the garage was nowhere near that warm. I got the MG jacked up and crawled under – it was pretty obvious where the problem was. There is a short section of hose between the metal gas line that runs along the body and the metal line that is connected to a bracket on the engine and eventually to the carb. The hose is there to absorb the differential vibration between engine and body. Or it would do so if 40 years time hadn’t hardened the rubber to the point were there was no give.

The leak was clearly indicated by frozen hydrate crystals where the hose had cracked. That was kind of interesting to see. I managed to replace the hose fairly quickly and also another section that between the metal line and the carb. It took less than and hour and once I was done I fired up the engine and made sure all was good.

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31 Dec 2017

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Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas!!

As 2017 winds down and frigid weather has us hunkered down for the holidays, we would like to wish each of you the very best this Christmas season and for the coming new year.  Reflecting on the year as the last day of the year slips away, we are very grateful for all that we have, for friends and family and for each other.  Last Christmas, we were just getting back on our feet after a long spell of unemployment as Calgary struggled with low oil prices and the ripple effect through the entire economy.  A year later, we have undone most of the “robbing Peter to pay Paul” but it will be another year yet before we get back to where we were in 2015.  Yet, we are thankful for all we have, as we know many who are still looking to fully get back to work. Continue Reading »

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17 Dec 2017

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After losing Chloe so suddenly in September, we thought it would be a while before we would be ready for another dog in the family. However, life doesn’t always unfold the way you think it might. We all really felt the absence of Chloe, whether her greetings in the morning as we came down to the kitchen or when it was family movie night and she wasn’t there to snuffle up the dropped popcorn. The gap left by Chloe was felt quite strongly by Brenda and, knowing how finding the right puppy and the right breeder can take quite a while, she started to keep and eye out for French Bulldogs.

The dog breeding landscape is filled with traps for the unwary. At one end of the spectrum are dubious on-line ads for inexpensive puppies – but if you use a wide geographic area in your search, the same litter is advertised as being from Kelowna, Red Deer, Prince George and Saskatoon and the phone number is from Ontario. On the other end of the spectrum are legitimate, but overly intense show dog breeders asking for huge sums of money as non-refundable “expressions of interest” – and a multi-page application more probing than any needed for a mortgage or a job. In between, if you are lucky, you can find breeders who just genuinely are interested in the their breed and have a balanced approach to finding good homes for good dogs.

Even though Brenda was “just looking” when the right dog showed up, well, events just took on a life of their own! The litter was well cared for and well socialized, the asking price reasonable and the timing just right to allow the pup to adjust to our routines before the Christmas holiday. So, last Friday (8 Dec) we picked up Ruby – a black/brindle Frenchie about 11 weeks old. The brindle in her fur is a reddish ginger colour, so that’s how she got her name. She is very cute – full of energy and always looking for something to chew on. At this point it seems that her ears are full grown but her head is not!

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