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Thursday February 20th 2014

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Minus fifteen this morning.

I'm up early and full of ambition.  I killed the usual two hours reading and writing, but am going down to the gym and plan to do a little exercise.  In winter I don't get out and moving as much and as a result I get weak and lose flexibility.

My shoulders are not bothering me as much as they were a while ago, but I read that one cure for some sorts of shoulder pain is to build muscle.  I also find it is helpful to stretch and move it through the full range of motion regularly.  I find that pull-ups help.  I am too heavy and weak to do real pull-ups, but just doing them on my toes makes a big difference.  Everything I read says that for maximum benefit, to take it easy and avoid pain when doing these motions.

The above pages offer some ideas.  My shoulders are really not all that bad, and I have not had surgery, but they have affected my sleep and some activities in recent weeks. 

My shoulders had heavy use carrying supers and windsurfing during my younger days.  A crash while skiing did not help, and I had a frozen shoulder at one point.  That may be the root of the problem.

I used to have large biceps, but they have reduced in size over the past decade of retirement.  It seems that the change in musculature may have altered the position of the joints a bit.  The pain doesn't seem to be in the joints, however, but several inches down the arm. I think my sleep position has been a large factor and have been working to change that.   Frozen shoulder is my best guess and the solution is careful exercise.

It seems that the problem began this winter with the heavy snowfalls and muscling the snowthrower through drifts.  Pulling on my arms seems to be beneficial, but pushing, as I did many times over months seems to exacerbate the problem.

The best-laid plans...  I got an email about Mom's house and I am still at the desk.  What a tarbaby this project has been.  Suggested flooring and cupboard doors are at right. They are nice, but, no, they will not work in that house.  Too dark and gloomy in that small kitchen.

Hi Bill,

This whole discussion is difficult since I am in Alberta, Mom is in Victoria, you are in Sudbury., and Tony is in the BVIs. Mom is three hours behind you in time and I am two.

Add to that the fact that some communications seem to get lost and that Mom has no access to images sent unless she has a visitor with a phone or iPad.

Moreover, I won't be in Victoria again for a week or two.

I sent the pictures to Mom's residence in Victoria where hopefully she can see them.  I can't decide for her.

I also have been billing my web clients.  I am terrible at that and have let it slip.  Not only that, my previous billings did not always make it clear exactly what time span was covered and when a client asked for clarification, I discovered that I had under-billed by a whole year.

All that kept me busy for a while, then I was captured by the Women's Olympic Hockey broadcast. 

I normally do not follow hockey and detest the NHL and its culture, but have respect for the women and I have been surprised at how interested I have been -- superficially -- in the Olympic results this year.  Maybe it is because Canada has done so well.

When this final game came on the radio, shortly after the women's curling, with its favourable result for Canada, I was interested to see how it went. 

By the third period, I figured that Canada was a goner.  They were so far behind, with so little time left, it would take a miracle, and was tempted to go out and do something physical.  I had a feeling, however, that I should wait until the end and put off going out.  That hunch was good, as our team came from behind and won in a very exciting and clean game.  After that Zip and I went for a short stroll to enjoy the bright sunlight and calm weather.

There are things I need to do before I go away again, so I returned reluctantly to my desk and dealt with Air Canada.  I needed to know if they can load Mom onto the little planes that fly from Toronto to Sudbury as I have my van in Toronto and wonder if I should drive her up or if we could fly.  They do have facilities it seems, so I can liberate my van anytime I like and don't have to wait for Mom to return.  Maybe I'll fly east in the next month or two.

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity;
an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
 Sir Winston Churchill

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Friday February 21st 2014

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I have to drive Zip to town this morning to have two teeth extracted.

When I awoke, I smelled a faint smell of coal smoke and checked the furnace.  Seems that the ashes had piled up above the grate.  How that happened, I am not sure.  Not good.  Anyhow, I shoveled the ashes and then drove Zip to town.

I saved the shoveling for Elijah, and he has been unavailable lately.  Checking back, he has not been here for a week and the ashes need shoveling at least weekly.

I noticed the level was getting up, but I guess I got distracted with other things and a few days passed unnoticed.  I kept assuming he was coming and he kept putting it off.  I should look into the furnace daily, but have missed doing that the past few days, even though I walked right past it several times.

When Zip and I got to town, she would not go into the vet clinic and I had to carry her.  She is frightened and I guess I am a bit, too.  They plan to extract two abscessed teeth under a general.  The procedure should be routine, but she is getting old and they have to check kidney function, etc. first.  There is always risk.

I did a little hardware shopping and drove home.  There is a strong wind blowing the snow across the roads.  I considered kiting, but I'm guessing that the wind is too strong for me.  It is also minus eleven and overcast, so it is cold out there.  I like sun and temperatures warmer than minus ten.

The Men's Olympic hockey game is on the radio right now, and the Canadians and the US team are up in the semi-final, but somehow I just don't care.  Men's hockey is just too nasty for me and I have little interest.  The women's game is honest hockey IMO.  The advice I heard given to the Canadian men if they want to win is this: "Play like girls". <G>. 

Elijah came to work today and sorted the recycle heap.  I just take the recycle can and dump it in the gym until there is enough to justify sorting.

I took the bottles, cans and various containers to town when I picked up Zippy at the vet's at 1500 hours.  I think I paid Elijah $50 in wages to sort and got $81.36 at the bottle depot.  Hmmm.

Zip is back home and a bit dopey, but otherwise fine.   I was wondering what the bill would be.  I found out -- $744.47!  That is more than I hoped, slightly less than I feared and half again what I expected.  I hope this is a one-time expense, and I'm glad I can afford it, but wonder how families or pensioners can handle this. 

Just as with people, the medical possibilities are expanding as are the costs.   Time was, not too long ago, that people and animals just lived, suffered and died and there were no alternatives.  Today, however, there are technologies that can extend life and improve quality, but they impose a financial burden.  At some point, the expense is unbearable.  It is hard to reduce such questions to dollars and cents.

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
 Benjamin Franklin

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Saturday February 22nd 2014

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We're back in the deep freeze today, but the sun is shining and we can expect to get up to minus thirteen this afternoon.

I have been watching the furnace since the ash build-up.  At left is a shot of how the burner is supposed to look.  Compare to the picture I posted yesterday.

I booked a flight to Vancouver for a week from today to deliver boats between Powell River and Vancouver.  The Powell River to Vancouver trip is 70 nautical miles and will take at least 10 hours and likely more depending on whether I use power or sail and depending on weather and tides . The day length lately has expanded to 10 hours and 45 minutes at that latitude, so the trip may be possible in one day.  I'm not sure what boats I will be moving, or if I will have crew-- or be crew.

My tomato plants continue to yield in my living room south window.

     

I spent the afternoon cleaning up, vacuuming, and wrestling with my monstera deliciosa.  This plant has been getting larger and larger in the corner of the hall and draping down to the floor.  It was in a self-watering pot and has been difficult to water.  I wanted to hang it from the ceiling and also change pots.  The job was a lot for one person and a bit messy, but I got it done.  The plant now looks beat -up with the leaves pointing various directions, but I expect it will realign wit the light fairly quickly.

Fen texted that a hat she has been knitting for me is finished, so I invited her for supper.  She was in Calgary and swung by on the way back to The Mill.  I now have a new hand-knotted wool aviator's hat.  I had one before, but the moths found it.

Fen left at around 2100 and I cleaned up the kitchen, sat down to watch some video, though better of it, and went to bed.

Half this game is ninety percent mental.
 Yogi Berra

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Sunday February 23rd 2014

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We're almost at the predicted high of the day at 0659 and the coming week is predicted to continue below normals, too.

I woke up, put on the coffee, and turned on the radio.  Lucky me, the Canada/Sweden men's hockey game is on my favourite morning radio station, CBR. Canada is up 2:1 at the end of the second.  I was not intending to listen, but what the heck.

Now, at 0702, Canada is up 3:1.  As far as I can tell, there have been no fights.  Goes to show these goons can stop fighting long enough to play an honest game of hockey if they have to.  I always wondered. 

It seems clear that if the NHL lowered the boom on violence and fighting, the NHL games could be worth watching.  As it stands, the NHL sets a terrible example for kids and a lot of youngsters get injured because they and their fellows try to imitate the pros with rough play and fighting.

Late in the third, it looks as if this game is over, but who knows?  The Canadian ladies came back from far behind in the final minutes and clinched the gold in overtime.

Today, I'm going for lunch at The Mill, and trying to get caught up before my next trip.

Yup.  It's over.  Three to One for Canada, and another gold for Canada.

The grate stopped turning again this morning and I can see that this morning will be spent in the shop, working on the furnace.  The ash overflow seems to have disturbed the grate.  It is time to clean the grate and check the system anyhow, but I usually choose a warmer day to do this sort of work.

When the grate stops turning, the clinkers don't fall off the way they should.  I notice that one of the reasons the ashes got ahead of me recently was that I come across a streak in the coal that had  a lot of shale sand in it.  Shale looks like coal, but does not burn.  Shale goes through without burning or providing much heat, and ends up in the  ash compartment undiminished in volume.  Coal, when it burns reduces to 1/10th or less of the original volume, depending on quality.

Well, I take it back.  A pox on the whole bunch.  Dean sent me this YouTube URL

> I don't think they erupted into brawl in the Olympics, as
> predicted would happen.

>I haven't been able to watch much due to the time difference,
> but it's one of the few sporting stages that features sporting
> skill with little brutality (men's and women's)  -- D.

Seems the ladies are not a whole lot better than the men when it comes to fighting.  You can tell I don't watch hockey, if you watched this video, you just saw why.

At left is the burner grate.  Coal is pushed  by the auger up the hole in the centre and tumbles out onto the conical grate surface.  Air is forced up through the slits .  As the ash and clinkers are pushed out to the edge by fresh coal emerging from the auger, they are scraped off by the ring which slowly rotates on the periphery and fall into the lower ash collection space under the burner.

The red is high temperature silicone which forms a gasket to prevent air from escaping where the grate sits on the support.  Dirt has to be removed from under the grate periodically and the silicone gasket must be replaced.

By noon, I had the furnace grate out and was finishing reassembly.  I got a text that lunch is at 1230.  I rushed to finish up and left, only to notice that the fuel in the grey van was too low to make it to The Mill and back.  I returned, changed vans and drove to The Mill, arriving a half-hour late.  We had lunch, did the dishes and I returned home. 

The outdoor temperature was around minus twenty, but the day is still and sunny.  The furnace had been off for over four hours by the time I returned home, but the indoor temperature had only dropped about 2 degrees Celsius.  The warmth from the sun counts for a lot.  At night, the temperature would have dropped much more.

By 1600, I found I was too tired to do anything, probably from eating a high-carb lunch, and had a nap.  When I awoke, it was 1745. 

I had supper, then went down and did some cleanup in the shop.

We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time.
 Vince Lombardi

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Monday February 24th 2014

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Another cold morning.  We reached minus thirty-two last night and are running far below the normal range of zero to minus twelve.  This is the coldest, snowiest winter I can recall in the 45 years I have lived here in Swalwell.

The coal is down far enough in the bin that it is getting easier to work on the bin buddy, and the existing augers are not supplying coal reliably, encouraging me to get on that project.

Taking a day off yesterday makes me realize that I have been stressed this past week.  I was dealing with several issues that I have been putting off.  I've also set myself a deadline by deciding to go to the Wet Coast this Saturday.

Today, thankfully, I feel rested and energetic.

I got my landline phone bill today and cancelled the service.  It is a waste of money.  All I get is nuisance calls on it. 

Doing that is a big step and a hard decision I have been putting off.  The phone company has been siphoning off over $400 a year.  I complained and they cut the price, but then they sneaked it back up.  I hate phone companies.  Almost without exception, they are sneaky and nasty.

I have had that phone number for over 40 years and I wonder if I will lose contacts by cancelling it.  I would have deep-sixed it long ago if not for that worry.  In the last year, though, I can't say I have received many calls from people who would not have found me otherwise.  Sometimes we have to cut the cord.

Now I will probably find that some things like credit cards are tied to it and have to keep using it as an identifier for those purposes.  For example, credit cards insist that we phone from home when activating cards and use the home phone when making online purchases.  I don't think they ever call it, however.

Now I have to deal with a few other recurring expenses that dribble away money, like Mozy -- $US9.99 US/mo -- which I had to backup Ellen's computer and some of mine that I no longer use.  Audible -- $US14.99/mo -- goes next.  I have some credits I have not used and have to use them up before I cancel or lose them.  I can keep the books I have purchased after I cancel the monthly, but will lose any unused credits.

Ellen was the person who used Audible most.  She used talking books to keep her conscious mind occupied while doing art work.  I only use them while doing shop work or on long drives.  I find them useful as otherwise, sometimes I find myself obsessing about something.

There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
 Flannery O'Connor

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Tuesday February 25th 2014

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The cold continues without end.

I hardly accomplished anything today.  I wrote a few emails and that was about it. Elijah came over and we did some cleanup it the gym.  That was about it.

In the afternoon, the wind came up almost enough to go kiting, but dropped off again.

Allen,

I too agree that this winter has been the worst one I can remember and I've lived in Calgary just over 50 years. But I'm wondering a couple of things what do you think the bee mortality is going to be because of this cold? I'm also wondering what affect this could have on the Varroa mite issue.

I've been unable to find a reliable source for the Varroa mite lifecycle at these temperatures. What I'm wondering is could this extended cold spell have a positive side effect by breaking the Varroa mite lifecycle because the bees in our area have probably not had any brood in four months?

Thanks,

Charlie

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Good question.  We have discussed this on the bee lists some time back and we all agree that winter is hard on varroa, and that broodless periods are even harder on them.  However, those of us who have pulled brood frames at all times of year also know that the broodless period is very short and sometimes does not occur in all hives, regardless of temperatures. 

This is one reason that fall oxalic treatments are so iffy.  Most hives keep a little patch of brood after the fall and it increases as the days lengthen and the humidity increases.

Mel Disselkoen wrote somewhere that after the winter broodless period that all the varroa enter the first few brood cells and that the large number of mites in there kills the developing bee and also kills the varroa.  We discussed this and Randy looked into it.  He said, as I recall, that he could not verify this and there was no indication this happens. I saw no evidence of this either, although I did not really look.

Mel has a lot of good ideas, but apparently this was more theory than observation.  Beekeeping literature is replete with unverified hypotheses presented as fact.

So, the answer is that I do not know, but maybe someone has come up with an answer.  This is a perfect question for the HoneyBeeWorld List.  Lets put it out there and see what we learn.

I've been watching The Guardian on Netflix in the evening.  Other shows I watch sometimes are are Republic of Doyle, The Glades, and Numb3rs, and Lie to Me.  I like light and fluffy stuff.   I watch a few heavier shows from time to time, but not lately. I tell myself that I should be doing something constructive in the evenings like working in the shop, but typically I am too tired or bored.  Not sure which.  Maybe a bit depressed.  The lengthening days are encouraging me to be more active, though.

I have a nice, warm, well-equipped shop downstairs with lots of cool tools and jobs that need doing.  The crossbow (16' sloop is sitting in there on a trailer and it needs a wheel bearing changed, plus the boat needs some minor work.  The snowmobile needs an hour or two of attention and would probably be back in commission.  Both vans have small jobs that should attended to.  The bin buddy parts are laid out ready for assembly...

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
 Will Durant

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Wednesday February 26th 2014

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Today is warmer but predictions are for a return of the cold weather in the next few days.

I am feeling more energetic today.  I don't know what was the matter with me yesterday.  I do know I had an amazing amount of gas.  I had soaked some dried kidney beans overnight and simmered them into a soup and eaten a few bowls.  I doubt that is the reason for the malaise, but could be.

I bought some dried beans a while back since I liked the canned beans I had tried and could see many more verities available in the dried packages. 

People had been telling me how much better the dried beans are, so I tried them and was not impressed.  The dried beans came with a lot of hulls and split beans and did not cook up as firm or consistent as the canned beans.  Who knows?  Maybe it was the brand and maybe it was old stock.  Anyhow, I went back to canned beans. 

Canned beans are not all equal and some of the more expensive brands are not as good as the Wal-Mart beans and cost double.

Anyhow, I decided to cook up the rest of the dried beans and make soup.  Bean is  soup do not have to be firm or consistent.  The same applies to bean in chili, but beans in bean salads should be firm and consistent in size, shape and condition.

I did manage to finish installing FrontPage, an obsolete, but handy web management software program, on the new laptop.  I had wasted about six hours the day before trying to get Garmin's MapSource to recognize my charts on the same machine.  Garmin's software and protection schemes are a nightmare, but I use MapSource to plan my routes for boating and navigation on my laptop and would not go sailing without it if given the choice.. 

Not having these two programs installed and working has kept me from using the new Lenovo with SSD as my main machine and I am working to get it fully set up before I go away this weekend.  It is lighter, faster and has better battery life than the Samsung that is my main computer these days.  The Samsung is a good computer, too, however, just a bit slower and with less memory, but far more hard drive space.

I hate to get a new computer and usually buy a top-end machine because the price of a new computer is nothing in comparison to the value of the countless hours I spend updating and customizing it to my needs.

I finally called Garmin's support line and got the charts working.  This was one of the things that was worrying me and high on my list.  Another was dealing with some estate issues, and I managed to get a bit of that done today, too.  The next big item is the books, and then the furnace.

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My mouse wheel has been acting up and I figured it was die for replacing.  Scrolling the wheel could as easily move the page up as down.  In desperation, I shot the thing with WD-40 and after being a bit weird for a day, it now works perfectly.

As they say,

If it moves and should not, use Duct Tape
If it does not move and should, use WD-40

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I think I will do some of the furnace work next, to get a bit of exercise.

I got to the stairs and the dog made it clear that she thought we should go for a walk in the bright outdoors, not go down into the dark, gloomy basement.  I walked around the drive, then got ambitious, strapped my boots into my snowshoes and, we went out to look at the hives.

I snow-shoed a bit when younger, but never really got into it.  I skied cross country instead. The wooden snowshoes I had were laced with rawhide and I had to wear moccasins.  I like moccasins and wore them in summer when I was not barefoot, but did not have a good pair of mukluks.  I did have skis, though.

At right, we can see that the sun is eating into the accumulated snow.

I did not have a great deal of hope for colony survival after the brutal weather, and figured I'd just lift lids until I found the first dead-out, then quit.  I went down the north yard checking and all looked quite good, but the second to last hive seemed dead. 

I had found a hungry hive several hives back and figured I'd take some honey to feed it.  I lifted the top box of the suspected dead-out and heard a buzz.  I guess they are fine and still far down in the hive.  No dead-outs in that row.

Below are the hives, in order I looked into them.

The second last picture is a dead-out.  The pillow was rock-hard.  Somehow it picked up some water and froze.

You can see also some ice on top of the frames in the last picture.  The other hives are dry, with just a few drops of condensation under the pillow.  A little water is useful for the bees since they need to liquefy the solid honey.

At right is what I use on top of the hives -- a thin pillow and a standard telescoping lid.  The standard lid stands up above the pillow and seals the edges nicely.  You can see the lid on edge behind the hive, It has been taken off to show the pillow.

Normally, I use several pillows on each hive for extra insulation, but have been slow to put them on this year.  Until now, it has not been important, but in the coming spring , top insulation becomes important when brood rearing ramps up, the bees are older and heat conservation becomes important.

The sun is getting higher in the sky, day by day, but the length of my shadow shows that the zenith is still very low in the south, even at midday.

When I opened one of the hives, bees spilled out the side.  I did not want to strand them, so left the lids off until they go in.  I have to go back to put the outer lid on before dark.

I did go back out and I pulled three good honey frames from the dead-out.  They looked clean enough that I did not worry.  If they had been streaked, I would have been reluctant to use them, but they were fine.  I would have liked to have warmed the frames up, but figured I'd slip them beside the cluster in the light hive.  The cluster looked cover only four or five frames, so there should be lots of room beside the cluster. 

The bees fooled me, though, and were covering nine frames when I came back.  The earlier intrusion had disturbed them and they had broken cluster.

I managed to pull an empty outside frame and slipped this frame into the cluster, off to one side of centre.  I don't want it to split any brood there might be.  I'm assuming this hive is strong and healthy enough that they will conquer the new frame and it will not split the cluster.  There is no time to fiddle around and ponder when the temperature is minus ten and the sun is setting.

Weather on Vancouver Island looks lovely.  They have had snow, but as usual it was all gone in a day.  I look forward to being out there again soon.  This webcam shot is from Sidney, near where my boat is docked.

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.
Mahatma Gandhi

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Thursday February 27th 2014

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Yesterday was a good day.  I should spend more time outdoors and less at the desk. 

Today I have company for supper and have not yet planned the meal. There will be six of us.

Wow!  This is a short month.  Tomorrow is the last day.  I really have to get the books to the accountant to file sales tax before the end of tomorrow.

At noon, the weather is perfect for kiting - minus seven and 9.9 MPH NW wind in bright sun -- but I am behind the eight ball getting things done before I leave.  Drat!  I still have to go to town today and get the books to the accountant, plus more...

It is just as well I did not go kiting,.  The wind picked up to 20 MPH and snow began drifting across the roads.  I drove to town and did my shopping, took Zip over to the vet's to have the vet look into her mouth, then returned home to make supper.

Friends came by  and we barbequed steak.  Oene was coming over, but turned back because of the drifting snow and I heard that Dave and Ruth found themselves in a ditch and then had additional problems and had to be towed home.

I criticize by creation not by finding fault.
 Cicero

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Friday February 28th 2014

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We are back in the deep freeze again today., with no respite promised for four days.  I plan to leave tomorrow morning for a week or so, leaving my home and my pets in the capable hands of my friends.

Yesterday, I got the books off to the accountant and today I have inspect the furnace, tidy up, and pack.

I'll have to drive to Drum this afternoon to deliver Zippy to Ruth.

I did that and gave their truck a boost.  The wind was howling from the north, making travel hazardous.

Pray, v.: To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled on behalf
of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.
 Ambrose Bierce

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Saturday March 1st 2014

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I rolled over and looked at the clock.  4:00.  My plan was to awaken a 4 am and my internal alarm is working, it seems.  I had breakfast and packed and I'm off to the airport.  It is minus Thirty-five!

My plane was late and that was a good thing since the baggage lineup would have made me miss it.   I landed at YVR at 0900 and Syd picked me up.  We bought provisions and drove to shelter Island Marina to meet Colin. 

By noon, Syd and I were underway in a Beneteau 435. "Simply Irresistible" on our way to Powell River.  Our plan was to overnight at Gibsons and we arrived there around 1630, riding in on the rising tide.

After we tied up, we walked over to Gramma's Pub for supper and a pint.

Tomorrow, we plan to leave at first light.  The remainder of the trip will take ten hours -- or more.

To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle.
George Orwell

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Sunday March 2nd 2014

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I was up at 0400, had breakfast, studied day's planned course, and checked the weather.  I tried to check my home, but the cameras would not report back.  One of my cameras' remote watch site had sent an email at 2300 hrs that it had lost touch with the camera.  That probably mean a power outage, an Internet outage or that my cat had knocked something over. It is minus thirty at home and a power failure could cool the house off quickly.

At first light, we left our slip and motored out over the shoal and into the Strait.  It was snowing lightly and a gale warning was posted.  We sailed a bit, but the wind was shifty and we decided to motor to make Powell River mid-afternoon.

I waited until Shirley was up and gave her a call.  She said she would go over to my place and check on things.  I also got a brainwave and called Carolyn.  She looked out the window and reported that smoke was coming out of my chimney -- a good sign.  She also checked and found that our Internet service was down.  Whew!

We had an interesting morning.  Syd went below and saw water sloshing over the floorboards, so he called me down.  I tasted it and it was fresh water.  It was also warm.  I told Syd, "Don't worry, we are not sinking.".  Somehow he found that hilarious.  Anyhow, as it turns out, our hot water tank leaks.  We knew there was a pressure system leak, because the pump kept running, but had not guessed it would be that bad. One of our water tanks is now empty.  If we were days from shore on the ocean, a leak like that could be deadly if we did not have reserves.

The bilge pumps did not work, either, so I checked the filters.  Both were clogged and I had to clean them both many times before the bilge was dry since the bilge was full of lint.

So, we're east of Texada Island in six-foot sees, motoring north with an ETA of 1530.  Syd is at the wheel.  I'm below, having just made lunch and catching up on email.

We arrived at Powell River, changed boats and had supper.  I checked my bin camera and decided the fuel would not last the night.  It was minus thirty with a 20 KPH wind.  Even though it was 2130 MST, I called Shirley and texted Elijah and they took care of the problem.  More later.

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 Ernest Hemingway

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Monday March 3rd 2014

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I'm up before dawn, aboard Genna II at Boat Harbour, planning the day.

Syd was not awake at our planned departure time, so I decided to set our departure back to 0900.  I like to check out a boat well before leaving and we did not last night as we were tired after the day and after moving from Simply Irresistible to Gena II.  We had gone up to the Three Frog for supper and gone to bed early.  I don't even know if we have fuel, or how much.

At dawn it was raining steadily and chilly.

If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you.
What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down.
Mary Pickford

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Tuesday March 4th 2014

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Today, we run over to Shelter Island and finish our deliveries.

He would make a lovely corpse.
 Charles Dickens

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