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Tuesday April 1st 2014
I'm up at 0400 and having a coffee, then heading out. I was a few minutes late picking up Mom at The Berwick and, of course she had her cell turned off. We made it to the airport right on time and I turned in the rental car.
Six hours later, in Toronto, we were shuttled to my van. The battery still had enough charge to unlock the door, but not to start. The driver gave us a boost with a portable booster and we were on the 401, then the 400, Sudbury bound.
We arrived at 1207 around dusk and entered the new improved kitchen. Quite a change -- and not necessarily for better. The contractors had done things the way they thought better than original and had not restored the old look. The changes will take some getting used to. Also, although they had filled the cupboards and drawers, nothing was where it belonged and boxes of things remain stacked in the sunroom.
We called it a day at 2100. It was only 1800 Victoria time, but I have leaned when travelling to change my time zone as soon as I step on to the plane and start living and thinking in the time at destination.
If you can't get rid of the skeleton
in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance.
Wednesday April 2nd 2014
We are back at 1207 and trying to find the toaster, the knives and forks... The contractor had claimed to have put everything back where it was, but everything is in the wrong place and there are still boxes of things in the sunroom. I suspect the can opener and the toaster and the cutlery are there
Half an hour of searching has still not turned up the toaster. Toast is all Mom eats for breakfast, so we had to use the oven. We have days of reorganizing ahead. Good thing I did not just plan to turn around and head home. I'll be needed here.
We began the organizing and after an hour found the toaster and toaster oven and the cutlery in a stack of boxes and restored them to their places. We also found the can opener and I had some salmon. Earlier, I had only toast and coffee and I know from experience that for me that is a deadly combination. I am very uncomfortable within a few hours and need something more substantial.
I went shopping in the afternoon and got groceries and a roast chicken for supper, plus odds and ends.
After, I met Bill at Harri's shack to look at Harri's radios. Harri died recently and his brother needs to deal with all the items left behind. We dug around and found pretty well everything and Bill took it home to clean and test and appraise for sale. I followed him and we went back to his place for a visit.
Old things are always in good repute,
present things in disfavor.
Thursday April 3rd 2014
Mom gets her hair done this morning and I'll drive her over, and then we'll go for lunch.
Back home, I see that we are expecting some warm weather, with the warmest day being the day before I return on the ninth. I wonder how long it will take for the snow to melt and how full the pond will be.
Looking at my surveillance cameras, one of the latest additions seems to have quit working. I wonder what the cause might be. Could it be that the setting sun was in its field of view and did it harm? It did work fine for a few days after I set it up.
I drove Mom to the hairdresser, then we had coffee and visited a friend. While they visited, I had a nap.
We did that and had coffee at her favourite gourmet shop, then stopped to visit a friend of hers. While they chatted, I caught forty winks. I am tired today. It has been a hectic three months since Mom's house froze.
We then drove back to 1207 and had a rest, then sorted things in the kitchen.
After supper, I went over to Bill's and we played with one of the radios (more) from Harri's shack that I am thinking I might buy. I don't do much hamming anymore, but have had an advanced license since May 26, 1976. If I had a station set up, I just might use it. I used to enjoy operating mobile. This particular radio would work fine for both ham and for marine HF use as well as a home station.
Bega's Beekeepers on the Move
Political correctness is tyranny
Friday April 4th 2014
We are expecting snow today. A spring storm has closed schools north and west of us. Bill and I plan to hike out to his camp at Teepee 2300 tomorrow. I wonder if this weather will affect our plans.
Mom and I spent the morning again finding and sorting kitchen items that were in various odd cupboards and boxes.
All in all, I'd say that in most ways the new kitchen is an improvement over the old one, but we are used to the old kitchen and the old cupboards. Mom complains, but I suspect though that if a fairy waved a magic wand and the old kitchen came back, we would be disappointed.
Mom used to bake and entertain, but that is in the past. It takes time to realise and accept that fact, so she has a lot of pans and things that are no longer needed. Finding and handling everything while finding space to store things is proving to be an opportunity to throw things out.
I find this is true of myself at home, too. I have a lot to find a new home for or throw out. My interests and activities change and things accumulate.
Disposing of things is not always as easy as just throwing them into the trash, either, although I know that is what many people do. I have a conservative nature and to me some things still have value and should be given away or taken to Value Village. Other things are useful, and although I may not have not touched them for ten years, I still remember when they were new and think they may come in handy. Other items yet are not properly put into trash and must go to recyclers. Recently I found it cost me roughly as much to pay Elijah to sort out the used drink containers I accumulated as I got for them at the bottle depot.
Bill is still wiring his sister-in-law's house and I expect we will play with the radios some more later today.
I cleaned the sunroom and now Mom can sit in her favourite chair and read.
We are having the promised snow, so I suspect that Bill and I will not be driving to Manitoulin tomorrow to meet with the hams and to snowshoe out to Teepee 2300. Bill worked all day and I doubt I'll go over tonight.
I'd like to watch some video, but I think I have had my fill for now. I'll try anyhow for something to do this evening.
Once you replace negative thoughts
with positive ones,
Saturday April 5th 2014
I did not go out last night and I did not watch video. I did some reading on the web and went to bed around 2230 hours. I slept poorly at first, but then slept in until Bill awakened me with a call at 0830. We were supposed to go hiking today, but the snow has changed that plan. I spent until 1000 unpacking more boxes with Mom.
The sun is coming out here in Sudbury and the day promises to be a beautiful one.At home, the sun is shining, too and I see the pond came up a bit yesterday. Although yesterday was not a hot day in Swalwell, at 1700 MST last evening the room temperature at home had risen five degrees C above the thermostat setting. That rise all came from solar gain as the furnace was not running at the time.
At this time of year the sun angle has increased just enough to shine in the large south windows most of the day. By summer, the sun is further overhead for the hottest part of the day and the gain is actually less.
The fifth camera is still offline. It was a new one out of the box and must have been defective.
Although the exterior was still tarry after two cleanings, the insides were surprisingly clean. There was some dust and tar between the front panel and the radio itself, but we were satisfied that the device is in good shape. We looked online and found some comparable sales, estimated a fair price, and I made Harri's brother an offer, so now I have an HF ham rig again. I'm trusting the strong tobacco smell will diminish with time.
There are some good questions in the forum today.
After supper, I returned to Bill's and played with the radio some more. His place is more suitable than 1207 since he has antennas set up and I do not. I think I am figuring out the menus, bit by bit, and it seems to work fine.
I have learned throughout my
life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes
Sunday April 6th 2014
This will be another warm today at home. I did not check the cameras last night at sundown, but did notice the water has risen earlier during the day. This early, although we have full light here in Sudbury, it is still dark at home. Sudbury is two time zones ahead, so sunrise is earlier here.
The sun finally came up at home and I see that the pond is not as high as I had feared. For some reason the surveillance software distorts the picture and stretches it horizontally. After correction, I can see that the level is still down six feet from overflowing.
The weather here in Northern Ontario is gorgeous today and I must go for a walk. It is minus six, with bright sun. Perfect.
Mom went to church with her friends at 0930 and I went shopping a while later. I was in Wal-Mart when she phoned and found she could not get into the house, so I headed back. By then she had figured it out and was in.
I had a nap, then went to Bill's and we went for a 1.6-mile walk around the neighbourhood with the GoPro mounted on his hat, then had supper. Brenda was over, too. After, we played with the Apple TV, trying to get the iPad to mirror. No luck.
I bought the GoPro for use in examining the bottom of boats, but the charter employees did not seem to catch on, so I have this camera that I don't really need. Maybe I can convince Colin of its usefulness when I go out again.
I'll be home in three days and hope the problems can wait until then.
It takes but one positive
thought when given a chance to survive and thrive
Monday April 7th 2014
Ooooeee. Tuesday is predicted to be plus twenty degrees C. That is going to melt a lot of snow, but Wednesday will be cooler again. Let's hope the runoff waits until I get home.
I have two and a half more days here in Sudbury with lots to do. I am still settling Mom in and Bill and I have yet to go to camp. Maybe today. We'll see. He is waiting for an electrical inspector and should know this morning when he is free.
I have mixed emotions about heading home on Wednesday. It will be good to be there, but this jetting around is giving me whiplash. I just settle somewhere and I'm off to somewhere else.
I'll be home for a week, then a week later I am tentatively scheduled to be on the Left Coast again for an Easter flotilla. After that, I have work at home and then should probably come down to see Mom again to finish settling her in.
May 10th, I have to be home to remove Apivar and start splits. By the label, to be exactly 42 days, I could begin on the 7th however, a day or two +/- will not matter for the strips, but can make a huge difference to the bees. Splitting should not take place until the hives are strong enough to maintain heat as the nights can still be freezing.
About mid-May, slabs of brood from eggs laid three weeks before, back when the natural pollen began, should begin hatching and bee populations should begin to mushroom.
Hives can double in population in a matter of days, and when they do that they appear to be more than twice as large. That is because they can then generate much more heat, while losing less since the surface to volume ratio decreases with larger clusters. (You'll get a lot more skin area skinning a ton of mice than a ton of elephant).
I like to split hives in half, so I prefer to wait until they double in size. That makes splitting easy. I also let them raise their own queens, so I want to make sure the drones have been hatching for a while and had a chance to mature. This method of splitting achieves a certain amount of selection, since only the best hives will have mature drones at this time. (If we don't consider drones from drone layer hives, but in spring few of them are likely to have survived).
Some hives are always ahead of others, so I do one round of splits, then a week later go around again and split the laggards and deal with the duds.
I always do the work myself, but maybe I should recruit the Calgary bee club to assist?
By the 19th of May, it is time for seconds for those who installed packages in early April. Things heat up fast once May rolls around. Of course, Southern Alberta has a history (more) of late spring snow storms so nothing is assured. Snow or no snow, in May the bees begin to explode in numbers and frames of brood.
Tony, the contractor came by at 1000 for a meeting about any little items remaining on the house reconstruction.
There is little
difference in people, but that little difference makes a big
difference. That little difference is attitude. The big difference
is whether it is positive or negative.
Tuesday April 8th 2014
Bill and I have planning to hike out to camp before I go, but today is the last opportunity. The weather here promises wind and rain, so I wonder what we will decide.
At home in Swalwell:
Looking at the video this morning, I can see the water is rising. I called Joe, and he says water is running at his place. Today will be warm, but tomorrow will be cooler again.
Everything was in order and the camp was warm and comfortable with the sun streaming in the south windows. We had a rest and a snack, dried off, then made the return trip and across terrain to avoid the water. The walk was only two miles, total, but gave us a real workout due to the slush and deep snow.
On returning to town we drove over to pay Harri's mom for some ham gear we decided to buy and after, I treated Bill and Faye to supper at the Holiday Inn. From there, I returned home and will turn in early. After today's workout, I should sleep well.
Looking at the surveillance video from home this evening just before dusk, I see that a lot more snow has melted, but the pond still seems down quite a distance from the brim, and that is a good thing. I'll be home tomorrow before midnight with any luck at all and be able to watch it from close up.
I always wanted to be somebody,
but now I realize I should have been more specific.
Wednesday April 9th 2014
I went to bed at 2200 last night and woke up at 0256 this morning. I got up, ready for the day, thinking it was 0600. I usually wake up early on travel days and for morning flights, 0300 is my habit. Today, however, I fly in the afternoon. I'll go back to bed as soon as I wake up enough to fall back asleep quickly.
I awoke at 0625 the second time. Today I leave YSB at 1530 , connect at YYZ, and should be home by midnight. In the meantime, on my schedule I have a meeting with the contractor and packing, plus small jobs for Mom.
Swalwell weather continues to experience well below the seasonal normals and runoff is very late. In recent years the end of snow melt and the final runoff has been getting later and later and I'm guessing it may still be a week before we see the end of it. This is later than I can ever recall.
Last night was warm and the nightly refreezing will have been be much less than previous nights. Consequently, the melt and ensuing runoff may have continued well after dark, so I am waiting to see if the pond has come up since sundown. Now, at 0726 EST, I cannot see the pond on the camera yet as it is beyond the range of the infra red flood from the camera, and sunrise at home is still an hour away.
The contractors came this morning and Mom is having some oversights managed and some changes made.
I called Shirley to see if she had been over to The Old Schoolhouse lately and she said she would check for me. A while later she said that the pond water is a foot down from the top of the berm, that there is no water running from the field anymore, and that the snow is mostly gone from the field. I guess I can stop worrying.
Bill drove me to YSB and I was there in plenty of time. The flights went well and Mike was waiting at YYC at the scheduled time.
While flying over Manitoulin Island, I noticed that the North Channel (top of picture) is still almost completely ice-bound.
My baggage took almost forty minutes to arrive on the carousel due to construction at the airport.
I drove to the Real Canadian Superstore and bought wine for tomorrow night's party and groceries as well. An hour later, at 2330, I was home. The pond is down a foot from the panic level and all is well. It's good to be home.
Amos is glad to see me.
All human actions have one or
more of these seven causes:
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