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Old 09-02-2011, 09:04 AM   #5446
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Great Blues are fairly common around here but I have never seen one in a tree. Didn't even know they did that stuff. Amazing creatures!

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Old 09-02-2011, 10:27 AM   #5447
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Keith, I am sure you get to see many beautiful sunsets but down this way they are kinda rare or either I am at the wrong place at the right time. That sunset is so comforting to me, it says crank up a camp fire and kick back with a good cup of mud.

I hope that earth quake above you don't cause and waves down your way while going over to get your foam. By the way are you going to suggest that they reimburse you for the trouble and gas for the unnecessary trip over? The wall eyed bean heads. (bettern cussin I guess)
I didn't know anything about the earthquake Jim. Anyway, this morning it's blowing about 30-35 so it's bumpy out there. The wind is still building, so I have to wait until later to go over.
Here's a link to some information about the 'quakes out this way. There are several every day off the coast of Vancouver Island, but they are so small that we cannot feel them. I think we have only felt two since we have been here over the last 14 years.

http://earthquakescanada.nrcan.gc.ca...estcan-eng.php

Yes, when the foamie suggested that he wanted $50 to pay the freight, I suggested that I would be charging him $50 an hour for 4 hours for my time, plus the cost of fuel for the boat and van. That ended his quest for another $50 profit. It was the store owner himself who contacted me last night, so perhaps I will get to meet him in person today. Sounds like a decent guy.
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Great Blues are fairly common around here but I have never seen one in a tree. Didn't even know they did that stuff. Amazing creatures!
Hi Bud...the herons here quite often go into the big fir trees which surround the bay. But they are always on a lower branch, it's the first time I have seen the big guy right up top. I needed the tele lens to get close to him. And this tree is nowhere near the bay either.

The eagles routinely sit on the very top branches. They use this as perches while they are looking out over the water for dinner. Sometimes they will take off from a treetop and make a beeline for a spot in the water perhaps a mile or more away. They reach down and grab a fish and come right back to their perch for supper. We have always been taught that eagles have great eyesight, but when you see it in person, it's really mind boggling.
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Keith, they said the earth quake was a 7.1 in Alaska. here is a link telling about it.
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Hi Jim, sorry to be so late in replying, I only got back from town a little over an hour ago...in the dark!
Yeah, I saw the info, and I doubt we would feel something that far away. Probably well over 2,000 miles as the crow flies. That is quite far out in the archipelago up in Alaska.

Chat more tomorrow, I'm pretty bushed right now.
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Hi Jim, sorry to be so late in replying, I only got back from town a little over an hour ago...in the dark!
Yeah, I saw the info, and I doubt we would feel something that far away. Probably well over 2,000 miles as the crow flies. That is quite far out in the archipelago up in Alaska.

Chat more tomorrow, I'm pretty bushed right now.
I hope you got some good rest last night Keith.

I had no idea Alaska was that far from you, I was thinking maybe 400-500 miles or so.
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It's big country up here Jim!
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Spotted this guy wandering by a few minutes ago.

I think it's a boat by the name of China Cloud.

Originally built by Alan Farrell almost completely by hand. There is an excellent book written about this boat. He and his wife Sharie lived on China Cloud for many years locally. After his wife died, Alan gave the boat away to a good friend and went to Mexico.

I believe Alan was well into his 90's before he passed away.

He and Ted Long - our local guru on everything nautical - used to be pals, and Alan visited Ted here on a number of occasions. They are both gone now, leaving us kids to preserve their memory.
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Trip to town yesterday got underway very late (wind) and it was late and dark when I got back.

But the visit to the foam store went well. I met both the owner and his wife, and they are good people. The package had indeed arrived from Vancouver, and it just remained to cut the piece of latex. This was supposed to have been done first thing in the morning, but wasn't.

No problem, I helped the owner's wife cut the latex and she was asking me what happened that I would need this. After my explanation, she went out to the front of the store and returned with two pillows. She gave them to me for the extra trouble I had been put to.

I thanked both her and her hubby, who I also was able to have a chat with, and went on my way quite happy.

Hopefully, I will be able to have a complete mattress by this evening.

While I was in town I picked up a new set of bedding as well.

I made an attempt to get another can of the Helmsman Urethane, but as with many things these days, it seems that particular product is no longer being made - sort of.

It looks like we will no longer be able to buy oil based anything pretty soon, as that was the reason given for the original Helmsman no longer being available. However, they are producing a water based version now, and I somewhat reluctantly bought a can ($65 thank you very much!) to see how it is. Nobody at the House of Pot paint department had any experience with this, nor had they heard any feedback from any customers. For all I know I may have been the first one to buy some from there.

And you all know I will tell you what i think of it as soon as I check it out...
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This afternoon I took the plunge and stuck all the foam together. I think this is a two person job, or one person if you have four hands.

The pieces they gave me all fit OK and here is the first end piece lined up and being glued.
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I had to make sure that everything was covered with plastic - except what was to be glued of course.

Did you know there were two different kinds of 2" thick latex - even in Nanaimo? Me neither.

The original is 2 1/8" thick and has big holes. The new strip is 1 7/8" thick and has little holes. Why that is I don't have a clue.

But it's easy to stick together anyway. Just spray a moderate amount of glue on both surfaces to be glued together (much like contact cement) wait about 30 seconds and push it together carefully. What I did with the latex was to set the strip on top of the full size piece and line the edges up as well as I could. Give it a good spray, especially where the two edges at the top were going to go together.

Then as carefully as possible, I just rolled the top piece down and the top edges stayed together very well. That enabled the two pieces to more or less end up at the same thickness.

The main warning on the spray glue can is to tip it upside down and spray for two seconds after each use. Of course I didn't do that the first time. Didn't take long for me to catch on I can tell you.
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And here it is with the Emperor's new clothes in all it's glory!

If you have not tried to put a stretchy mattress cover on a big foam mattress, it's about akin to trying to push a 20' long slinky up a 40 foot flight of stairs with both hands tied behind your back.

I swear I lost at least two pounds getting that sucker on. No wonder they have so many people working in the foam store! Now I know why.
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Keith, the bed turned out beautifully and the cover complements it quite nicely. The picture of it looks like something out of a magazine! Nice job!!!
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Keith, that is a beautiful craft from what can be seen of it. Building a beauty like that is very appealing to me, I would have loved to have done something like that and especially the idea of living on one. I am sure it has it's limitations and draw backs, as has most things do but the adventure in me loves the idea.

I got a chuckle out of visualizing you putting the mattress cover on, they can be tough and frustrating sometimes. When you were telling about spraying the adhesive I could feel the hair on my arm getting sticky, I hate spraying that stuff.LOL You got a beautiful comfortable looking bed now though, you deserve a comfortable resting place after putting that mattress cover on.

When you came home in the dark, were you running on your GPS? That would be a little scary knowing of all the rocks ya'll have there.
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I forgot to show you what I found online yesterday, it is the neatest saw I have seen in a good while. It would really come in good when running trim and flooring. I know I would have bought one like it if it back when I was in business especially if it were a compound slide. What do you think of it?
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