Thelma Phillips Fixes Her Range

Thelma Phillips writes about getting the controller in her propane range rebuilt; in part:

Then I found, who repair mechanical and digital controls for ranges, washers, dryers and dishwashers. In addition to having an informative website, their testimonial section is helpfully organized by US state and Canadian province. There was only one testimonial from PEI at that time, and it was, of course, from someone I knew (I had taught her Sunday School a looooong time ago before I became a heathen), so I could easily confirm that weren’t going to take my money and run.

Thelma’s revivified blog is one of the many dividends that Crafting {:} a Life continues to pay.

I registered my bicycle in Bike Index

There was a reference to Bike Index in this video about securing your bicycle:

Cofounded by Seth Herr and Bryan Hance in 2013, Bike Index is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

It is the most widely used and successful bicycle registration service in the world with over 272,000 cataloged bikes, 810 community partners and tens of thousands of daily searches.

Seth built Bike Index when he was a bike mechanic because he wanted to be able to register bikes for his customers. Bryan developed and ran a community driven bicycle recovery service ( that recovered bikes from the first week it was created in 2004.

Merging the two services Seth and Bryan created the universal bike registration service they both dreamed of — a database used and searched by individuals, bike shops, police departments and other apps. A bike registry that gives everyone the ability to register and recover bicycles.

Simple. Efficient. Effective.

I followed through and registered my own bicycle (and in the process learned that my bicycle, like many, has a serial number stamped on the bottom bracket. Who knew!

How much can I carry on my bicycle?

Remember the Bateman-Atkinson Bicycle Trailer Conversion? Well it’s been serving me well for over a year now, never more so than today.

Today was a complex cycling day that involved a cycle up to the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market with Oliver, and then a trip to the University of PEI for Oliver’s New Student Orientation activities (he left his bike there, and I’ll pick him up later tonight for the cycle home).

Once Oliver was in the capable hands of Blue Team, Squad Two, I dashed down University Avenue to Charlottetown Vet Clinic to get dog food, then over to MacQueen’s to pick up a kick stand for my bicycle and a water bottle holder for Oliver’s. I made a final stop at Leezen to get some soap before cycling home.

The result of all this was a full tub on top of the bike trailer, that held all of this:

A photo showing all of the things I stuffed into my bicycle cargo trailer.

Here’s what’s in the photo, from left to right, top to bottom:

My old excuse for taking the car to the Farmers’ Market on Saturday was “well, how am I going to get everything home – I need the car for that!”

But this turns out not to be true (and we didn’t even begin to fill the basket on the back of Oliver’s bike!).

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I need to get better at knolling. But I’m pretty happy with the photo, which I took on my Moto G7 Play while standing on a kitchen stepladder over the contents of the bike tub spread out on our driveway. This being Charlottetown, who should cycle by than the selfsame Erin Bateman, she of the ancestral bicycle trailer.

Behind the Scenes photo of my feet on the kitchen stepladder taking the photo

Proud UPEI Parent

Today is the start of New Student Orientation week at the University of PEI and Oliver is diving in with all feet.

As I write he is off on a campus tour while I chill in the parent lounge and drink coffee from my parent mug.

Thirty-five years ago this week I was in Oliver’s shoes; I told him, as we were cycling up to campus this morning, that I felt nervous, to which his response was “what have you got to be nervous about?!”

I am, indeed, a proud UPEI parent.

You buy my Almanac, I will buy your radishes…

It’s not every day your primary client is on the front of the local newspaper, so today’s a day to celebrate: the cover of The Guardian this morning was graced by a story, Chilling forecast, about the 2020 edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Cover of The Guardian, August 29, 2019

My work with The Old Farmer’s Almanac started many years ago when first went online; this is the 23rd year I’ve helped launch the digital companion to the printed book. The team I work with in Dublin, New Hampshire has evolved over the years, but they’ve always been fun to work with, and the work has always been challenging.

Here on Prince Edward Island you can buy your copy of the 2020 edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac at:

  • The Bookmark
  • Indigo
  • Atlantic Superstore
  • Home Depot Canada
  • Home Hardware
  • Lawton Drugs
  • Michael’s
  • Princess Auto
  • Shopper’s Drug Mart
  • Sobey’s
  • Walmart

When you buy a copy you’re not only getting a venerable yearly companion, but you’re also supporting my little business.

And I will buy your radishes. Thank you.

Overflow Parking for Chocolate Milk

Catherine, who heretofore I’d never seen drink a glass of chocolate milk even once in 28 years, has suddenly gone gangbusters for it. Cancer meds work in mysterious ways.

Fortunately Purity Dairy is but a hop, skip, and jump away. I’ll need more storage on the bicycle if this keeps up though.