December 2011

Anyone who visits my shop knows I support the Vancouver Canucks with a flag on the roof and a sign which says “Canucks Fans Parking Only.” The Canucks are playing the Leafs tonight and at the end of the 2nd period they have a 1 goal lead at 3-2. If they keep playing as they did in the first 2 periods they should win this game. The West is Best!

I was given the opportunity to acquire over 50,000lbs of decorative paving stones for free if I removed them from their location. How could I turn down that offer. So with some help from a couple of friends for some beer I did and now the stones are at my place ready for next Spring’s project.

It took 4 separate trip with the truck. Each load weighed about 13,000 lbs.

I also was able to receive a beautiful large aluminum Gazebo with railings, tempered glass, skylight in the roof. Next Spring’s project is to lay down a cool stone path from our back deck through the trees to the Gazebo. Sounds like a wonderful place to have a cool beer.


The concrete steps at the farm house were applying constant pressure on the deck of the house which was ever increasing due to rain and frost. This was pushing the deck down an the eventual result if enough time were give would have been collapsing of the deck.


Using chain wrapped around the two big Blue Spruce trees and a come-along the stairs were pulled away from the deck and levelled and straightened as much as possible this fall.


Next Spring I will use jacks and chain/cable to set steps correctly with a concrete footing under them. I will be building a decorative stone path from the deck/steps out to a gazebo I will be setting up in Spring. The brick/stone project is another one to be documented shortly.


I was married on Dec 6. 1992. Even though it was the same day, it was 3 years after 14 women were murdered at Polytechnique. However, it was a day which stuck with me for the feeling of those who lost their lives and for the fact that I grew up in a violent home. I chose to never allow myself or my home to be something so terrible. When I decided to end this marriage in 1999 I wrote this poem. As I wrote I heard in the background on the radio 5 more women were gunned down in Baltimore.


This Day

On this day which is so special to me
there is a dark cloud above raining on a river which flows to the sea
It was on this day when I said, “I do,”
I believed I would learn about love and spend the rest of my life with you
So, why on this day which was special to me, did fourteen women need to die, fourteen of the best?

There is not a lot I can do or a lot I can say
I cannot bring back those fourteen lives
I can only know the poison and walk my own way
It does not seem like much and it haunts me to wonder why
So many dreams were crushed, so many tears were cried.

When I try to practice what I have written here, some comes easy and some comes filled with fear
I do not let this stop me from striving each day, to let my heart speak what it really needs to say
Here are fourteen reasons but, there are many more
Each one is special, each one opens a door
Each one is different and leads to a sacred place
Each one is full of love and leads to more open space

Look into her eyes when you want to come clean
Look into her eyes and feel what she means
Make a contribution to her endeavours without any strings
Trust her, never lie to her, and listen until her heart sings

Be interested in her beliefs even if they are different than yours.
Back off when she is angry and looking for more.
Do not use your physical advantage to dominate a fight.
Do not be stubborn even if you feel you are right.

Stop for a moment when you just want to shout.
Stop for a moment and think of what it is all about.
Laugh and cry with her and dedicate a safe place.
For it is the gateway to intimacy, the gateway to grace.

So, why on this day which was so special to me
do I just want you gone, do I just want you free
Why do I hear on the radio low in the background while I write
today in Baltimore, five more women were gunned down?
And, it’s raining… (Ken Bateman, December 6, 2000)

The kitchen cabinets on the one wall were ok but they didn’t have any handles. So, I decided to correct that…


and they look and work great. Next entry will be about moving the concrete steps at the front of the house to take the heavy pressure it places on the desk. The step were constantly causing the deck to sink affect it’s roof.