Back in Time with Vinyl LPs

Thanks to cleaning out some of my mother’s house we now have a working turntable and a bunch of old vinyl.

Over the last few months the teenager of the house has stared to collect new vinyl. Mostly singles from current bands, plus some older stuff. Over the last few days we’ve been listening to almost nothing but vinyl. I am somewhat stumped as to the appeal. Most of what has been played we also have in digital format which is easier to use and doesn’t sound dusty and scratched.

Now, we do have some old albums, mostly folk and blues, that will never be re-issued. I will get around to digitizing soon I hope. Also it has been fun to nostalgically recall hunting for used LPs through the bins at the Incredible Record Store on Yonge St., or haunting the Vinyl Museum on Bloor. I can remember the exact feeling of finding some odd import or some unknown collaboration between favourite artists.

Maybe the best part of 12″ LPs was the album art.

Or text as the case may be.

Glebe Report Archives

I’ve shared items from Library and Archives Canada and many from the City of Ottawa Archives. I’ve recently discovered that the Glebe Report, the community newspaper, has put their archives online at

The archive is not searchable or indexed, but the PDF files high-quality and  are easily browsable. Every issue I looked at has something of interest from the ongoing debate over Lansdowne Park to the controversy over enclosing the Fifth Ave. Court. It turns out that renovating/closing/reviewing Glebe area schools has been going on a long time.

This is a fanstastic resource for local history and heritage.

The school news sections are great, trying to imagine what the grade six students with their science projects are up to 30+ years later. I have copied some examples below.

Glebe Report Feb 1980

Glebe Report, January 1980

How Much Does it Cost to Make Bread with a Breadmaker?

UPDATE: These prices sure have changed since 2011. Maybe time to update this post.

Bread machines are great. I’ve been using ours to make bread a few times a week for a couple of years now. I have assumed that it is cheaper to make bread at home than it is to buy it. I finally tried to figure out if this is true.

The prices of the key ingredients vary quite a bit. For this calculation I used the current prices from my local Metro store. Most of the ingredients are sold by weight but are used by volume. Converting kilos to cups or grams to teaspoons is not exact. I used the calculator found on the Gourmet Sleuth website for the conversions.

I have not considered the cost of electricity. When I get the voltmeter back I will add it in.

IngredientAmountCost (in dollars)
Salt1.75 tsp.01
Flour4 cups.60
Butter2 tbs.17
Sugar2 tbs.02
Powdered Milk 2 tbs.14
Yeast 2 tsp.36
Total Cost per Loaf$1.29

So, cheaper than than store bought, and usually tastier. The other factor to consider is that I often have leftover bread because it goes stale before we can finish the loaf. Homemade bread goes stale much faster than store bought.