Saturday September 20th 2014
I slept very well. The air mattress is a good one and my red sleeping bag is thick and comfortable.
It was still raining when I awoke to the sound of dishes clattering. Mom was in the kitchen making her breakfast. She had not noticed me sleeping on the floor, even though she was sitting right beside the window between the two rooms. Fearing I might startle her if I knocked, I phoned.
She said, "Where are you?"
"Look in your sunroom", I said.
After she figured it out, she laughed and opened the door. She said I could have rung the bell when I got there as she was not sleeping well last night, but I know it is difficult for her to get up and wonder if she would have heard the bell, anyhow.
We spent the morning chatting and I did some wash.
My boat broker called and had some news. The seller is being difficult and not giving us complete information and not being any more co-operative than he has to be. I told Dave I am through fooling around and that we need to make a deal or give up. Negotiations have been going on almost two years now. We agreed on a strategy to suggest and I guess I'll see. If it works, I'll be happy, but I don't know if I will be happier if I buy the boat or walk away.
BTW, I don't know if I have shared pictures or not, but here are some from a few years ago, showing off the good points. The boat is now two years older, without much maintenance in the Caribbean sun, and the dinghy has been sold off, but much is still the same.
After my nap, I went out shopping for a few things, including a rotisserie chicken and corn which we had for supper. Now, here I am at the keyboard, catching up, and I have a lot of catching up to do. I am away behind in everything.
Bob Harrison called and was saying that since he quit BEE-L, he thought he'd have more time, but he seems to have less. I said the same.
I have one more day here, then I catch my flight home the next afternoon.
I should be home for supper Monday. It'll be good, if only for two days as I am off to BC Thursday for three days.
I'm actually happy to be back where the weather is cool at night and the sun does not always shine.
Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.
Sunday September 21st 2014
I'm missing some beautiful weather at home. Here, in Sudbury, it is rainy and cool.
I see that one of the tarps on my boat has split, so that is a must-do job for today. Mom also has some tasks. This is a quick visit. I had intended to spend longer this summer and fall, but my time has been pretty full, and the pace won't slacken much until after Thanksgiving.
I organized the boat photos from my trip for the broker and set up a page for easy viewing. You've seen the pictures of how good the boat looked two years ago.
Here is a page of pictures of flaws I found on my recent inspection visits, and here's a list:
As you can see, there is a lot of work and expense to get the boat back looking right.
Then, I went shopping for tarps and cord, to replace the damaged rear tarp on Carpe Diem and returned for lunch.
After that, I had a nap and worked on a customer's website for a while.
Mom had a some outside water taps that needed draining, so I did that and then bent some wire to make hanging hooks for her cordless phones so they hang on her walker. I had jury-rigged a hook for one phone previously and she uses it all the time, but it was ugly and the duct tape I had used did not hold well, plus the tape backing had bled gummy stuff. I improved on the design with a few more bends and used broccoli elastics in the place of tape.
I pulled off the damaged rear tarp and replaced it with a new one and tied everything down. The old tarp was one had had bought fairly recently compared to the surviving tarp which is on the front of the boat (shown above) and still looks OK.
I've had this tarp for five years now. These cheap blue tarps seem to outlast the more expensive and heavier grey ones.
us make a special effort to stop communicating with each other,
Monday September 22nd 2014
I am scheduled to fly west at 1145 and have a shuttle booked for 1000. If all goes well, I should be home by suppertime.
It occurs to me that the WAS conference in Missoula is over by now. I had intended to attend, but other things came up. I wonder how it went.
I took the shuttle to YSB, went through security, and no, they do not have a nexus line, then waited for my flight. The flight to YYZ was uneventful and the cloud cover made sleeping the best option, but I did read more of Champagne and Lemon Drops.
My next flight was delayed a bit over and hour, so I watched Netflix, using the airport wi-fi.
On arrival at Calgary, I flagged a cab and soon I was in my van headed home. I arrived home and walked around. The heavy snowstorm that broke trees in Calgary did little, if any damage here. Amos was glad to see me. I lit the furnace and watched more Netflix, then went to bed. I had one cup of coffee and no alcohol all day. I'm curious if that helps with sleep.
The only way to
keep your health is to eat what you don't want,
Tuesday September 23rd 2014
I slept well. I experienced no congestion and awoke reasonably refreshed and only slightly groggy. Maybe coffee is a problem?
I had forgotten that I even have the CPAP machine. I didn't take it with me due to weight and convenience issues. I wanted to just have a carry-on. I'll have to try it again.
Today I began by dealing with the upcoming rendezvous I am organizing and next I have to finish my BCHPA presentation.
This morning, I made a point of having just one cup of coffee and did not find myself cleaning my throat constantly. Maybe there is something to the coffee question. I think I'll have a second now, though, at 1038.
I spent the day working on the Thanksgiving Rendezvous promotion. By mid-afternoon, I was done and went out to look at the bees and the the swimming pool, etc.
The bees are working and the pool is far too cool to swim in. It collected a lot of bees and leaves, so I am straining them out. I think I'll set the small pool up in the basement and use the water.
Meijers say they finished the extracting and have yet to analyze the Acorn and Pierco combs. They left the extracting job to the Mexican staff, so the results will be blind as they did not know there is anything special about the combs.
The boat broker phoned and assured me the deal is still in play. He sounded hassled and overworked. I think he is afraid I'll walk away since I told him I don't know if I'll be happier if I get the boat or if I do not.
The current owner is hard to deal with and the broker would like to get this done. He has been working on this guy for two years and he does not get paid for another six months, even if he can put the deal together. Being a broker is not a job that suits people who expect a regular pay cheque.
Do I really want a boat in the BVIs? Good question. I find it too hot down there, but only some of the time and I know I get used to heat. The diving is excellent and cheap a tank fill is only ten or $20 and a two-dive trip only $113 SD with gear supplied. I assume no wetsuit is required as the water is close to body temperature.
I called Fen and Bert is cooking a roast, so I am going over for supper.
We ate supper on Bert's deck. By 2030, Fen left because she is coming down with a cold. I left shortly after, pleading exhaustion. I drove home and went right to bed.
It's good to have
money and the things that money can buy,
Wednesday September 24th 2014
I woke up at 0503 after a decent night's sleep. Yesterday I had only two cups of coffee, and only in the morning, and no wine at supper in hopes that reducing or eliminating these beverages might improve sleep.
Sleep was not too bad, but I did wake up once, and did have slight congestion. I started the night with the CPAP machine, but woke up after three hours, finding it bothersome, so took it off.
In my observations over time, the CPAP machine increases pressure when my breathing is reduced for whatever reason, and then the pressure leaks wake me up -- or maybe the breathing disruption that triggers the increased pressure wakes me up? I don't know.
I do know that I was mouth breathing some of the time and sometimes that happens with the CPAP machine. There is so much I just do not know.
At 0656, dawn is just breaking. The days are rapidly growing shorter.
Today, I need to concentrate on my BCHPA presentation. I have an outline and need to flesh it out.
* * * *
I caught up on my correspondence this morning and now have to get on with my work.
* * * *
I finished the promotional page and then wrote the presentation for the beekeepers. By then, it was 2000 and I watched some video and went to bed.
I don't necessarily
agree with everything I say.
September 25th 2014
I slept a little over six hours, then dozed another half-hour, getting up at about 0530. The sun won't be up for another two hours. What a change from the summer's early dawns!
Despite what I read as 'normal', a little over six hours seems to be my normal nightly sleep quota. That is unless I have been drinking, in which case sleep time is considerably longer. I suppose that is a reason in itself to reduce or eliminate alcohol. I experienced no congestion at all, and wonder if that is due to much less coffee and no booze.
With any change in diet and habits, the effects take a while to settle out. For one thing, foods linger in the digestive system for days and the body requires days, maybe weeks, to fully burn up and eliminate the various compounds that are absorbed from food and drink and the byproducts.
I used a different CPAP mask last night and that reduced the leak problem. I see an AHI of 0.99, which is not bad, but I did have a few hypopneas and apneas.
* * * *
Today, I plan to see the lawyer to sign papers around noon, then fly out to Vancouver for a few days at 1500. In order to be on time, I have to leave here by about 1000.
In the meantime, I have to pack and put the final touches on the presentation. I don't want to be working on it at the last minute in my hotel room, the way a well-known friend of mine often does.
Here is an interesting article from a site I read often:
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I drove to the city, arrived for my appointment on time, signed the papers finalizing probate and drove to the airport. The budget lot was closed, so I wound up at Park and Jet. The shuttle was reasonably prompt and before long, I was waiting for the hotel shuttle at YVR.
At left is a shot of the security lineup at YYC when I arrived. On the left is the regular lineup. On the right, the Nexus sign is visible at the very far end. For Nexus, there is no lineup. I walked right in through that door and up to the screeners. Several minutes later, I was finished and off to my gate and soon I was flying to Vancouver.
We landed and walked outside to wait for the shuttle. A short ride later, I checked into the Airport Delta Hotel. I registered for the conference, then went for supper with Dave, the broker who is trying to arrange the boat purchase. We drove to the Beaver Restaurant at the seaplane base.
After supper, Dave dropped me off and I visited with beekeepers in the lobby, then returned to my room and went to bed early.
It's a poor sort of
memory that only works backward.
Friday September 26th 2014
I slept well, and was up for breakfast at 0600. Wayne was in the restaurant when I arrived shortly after it opened and we had breakfast together. Wayne had organized this conference pretty well single-handed and was up at the crack of dawn to make sure things were on track. I was still living in some eastern time zone -- AT, ET or MT, or somewhere in between.
The meeting began and I sat in on some of the talks and spent quite a bit of time in the display area, talking to vendors.
I had thought I would have supper with my brother and his family, but discovered that the banquet was tonight, so had to cancel the family get-together.
The banquet was typical of banquets at such conferences, with a the Minister of Agriculture speaking, some awards, some fund raising and an auction. The entertainment was a hypnotist.
This hypnotist was passable but I have seen far better. Frankly, I am sure I could have done a better job, myself, than he was doing.
This guy was loud and amateurish, more like a would-be standup comic than a polished professional hypnotist. His phrasing and word selection was very poor and unfocused -- and his tone was not at all hypnotic. Nonetheless, he managed to put half of the twelve "volunteers" under to various degrees and perform the usual stunts.
He had to dismiss the other half, though as some (Paul especially) were just sitting there trying to look as if they were going under, but grinning and winking at the audience from time to time.
Hindsight is always
Saturday September 27th 2014
I was up at 0530 again and ate breakfast alone, then waited for 0830. I was billed as the first speaker of the day, the first in an illustrious lineup including Marla, Dewey, Eric Mussen, Medhat, Shelly Hoover, Jean-Marc and Judy Campbell.
My time came and I got about about one third into it and realised that I had misjudged the audience. I always poll my audience periodically with questions as to who does what with a show of hands. That helps me know if they are following me and also keeps everyone involved.
The feedback I was getting showed that most of this group were not commercial or sideliners and, in spite of grey hair or mature appearance, not long-time beekeepers. Most were fairly new beekeepers and most had fewer than ten hives and many just one.
It was obviously time to shift gears, so I said:
I flipped quickly through the rest of the slides, turned off the show and took questions.
That went pretty well, as far as I could tell, and my final comment was that perhaps the clubs that make up the organization should work on a cost estimator so those with only a few hives could figure their real costs and price their products fairly -- and figure out if they are making money or actually paying to work at their little business.
After, outside, one of the other presenters said she never shoots pictures of slides during presentations but she loved the slides above so much that she made an exception. I was flattered, and reassured. I knew that some in the audience were really impressed, but concerned that some might have been disappointed. I knew that many were left wanting more, and that is a good thing.
Nonetheless, I am awaiting a summary of the review sheets. I was planning to present this at the SABA in March 2015 and if I do, I need to know how it was received. I know it needs work, so maybe I'll have to ditch it or break it up into pieces.
A number of people complimented me on the talk, and one lady complimented me on my hair! My hair is getting long and it is blonde white, fine and curly, so it can look pretty good, but tends to be hard to control. It makes me pretty conspicuous, though. Many men are now becoming skinheads and the rest are close-cropped We always go full circle, so either I am 'way out of date or ahead of my time. These days the only longhairs I see are bikers.
I have mixed feelings about standing out like this. It is fun, but also a little odd. It has taken me a year to grow it this far and it is almost long enough to trim. My mother does not like it and I sometimes think I should cut it, but I'm having fun.
Other presenters gave interesting talks. Marla is working on propolis (right) and Medhat is working on varroa controls (left). here are two slides of interest. I'm afraid my phone does not shoot slides well. This is the only shortcoming, other than night shots.
In times like
these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these.
Sunday September 28th 2014
I slept with the CPAP machine and put in my usual six hours.
I want to get Zippy today, and perhaps see Meijers. I'll probably go to Drum and get a few things seeing as it is along the way.
The broker called and says the deal is going to work. The owner is looking into splashing the boat and is getting the missing pieces together.
I then spoke with Joe and will go over this afternoon. I am eager to see how the Acorn frames compare to Pierco after extraction. I'll get Zippy on the way home.
I drove over to Meijers, picking Zippy along the way.
I always wonder if she is going to want to go with me after weeks with Ruth, Dave, and the dogs, but she is always eager to get into the truck and content to be home.
I arrived at the shop and we loaded the boxes. I can see that there is quite a it of weight, still and that the new combs are uncapped deeply, but I wanted to get some of them them flat and to get the honey out of the new comb.
We went back to Joe and Oene's house and had coffee with their relatives who are over from Friesland and I left before supper since I did not want to drive after dark with the loaded truck. I like to be able to watch it in the mirrors.
I went to Drum and bought groceries, then drove home, arriving just as darkness fell.
Politics is perhaps
the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.
Monday September 29th 2014
Today is cool and breezy. Fall is definitely here.
I slept with the CPAP machine again and see my AHI is 0.75. I had no congestion. I think the machine does some good, but from my experience over the past months can see I don't really need it.
Using Auto CPAP is instructive, though, since I can watch the graphs on Sleepyhead (right) and apparently the effects level out over time with constant usage. I was seeing 0.0 AHIs at times last summer. Currently, I am seeing some events and note that the pressure ramps up to 12 several times a night, indicating that my breathing has stopped or is shallow or restricted.
I've been updating entries form the past few days and adding pictures.
I received Randy's most recent newsletter and a topic of interest is Amitraz: Red Flags Or Red Herrings?
The day warmed and the wind dropped, so I went out and unloaded the truck, stacking the boxes for maximum bee access. I want them cleaned out.
As for what I learned, I did not learn much except that the Acorn and Pierco are indistinguishable from one another after extraction, and that my friends uncapper does not centre fresh frames very well. I am showing examples of a green Acorn (left) and a black one (right) after extraction.
As far as I am concerned , both brands have proven to be just fine. This year, neither Pierco or Acorn had the new comb entirely torn off the foundation in chunks, but both were scalped to the foundation near the centre on one side (right) due to, I assume, slack in the uncapper guides.
I'm tired today. I should really go out and play, but unloading the truck was enough work for me. I'm getting out of shape.
I have a skunk. Probably there is just one. I noticed some signs earlier, but as food gets more scarce at the end of the season, skunks get more desperate and bother hives more. Time to get out the trap.
I worked all day catching up with paperwork and unloaded the truck and realised that I am bored. I am also tired.
Around 1930, I sat down to watch some video and decided to have some wine. Shirley had given me a bottle of her dandelion wine and I decided to open it. It is probably a good thing. I discovered that she had bottled it before the sugar was all consumed and it is very fizzy. That can present a danger when handling the bottles, so I warned her to check them before they explode.
A celebrity is one
who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know.
Tuesday September 30th 2014
I slept eight hours and had an AHI of 0.35. I always sleep longer when I have been drinking. That is a good argument to abstain or be very moderate. The two extra hours of sleep are not necessarily a sign of anything except that sleep is less refreshing after drinking, and just lost time.
Today, I drive to Drum to take down the art show.
Then I return home to unload and then I am off to Sylvan Lake to look at a ski boat I am considering buying seeing as Jean and Chris live at a lake and have kids who will enjoy waterskiing and boarding.
I arrived on time, met up with Chris and Mckenzie and drove to Halfmoon Bay, where the seller was waiting. The day was windy and the boat was in the water, washing against the beach in the wind and waves coming off the lake.
Apparently, the engine would not start: dead battery. The owner was charging the battery with his truck alternator, and in the meantime the boat was rubbing on the gravelly shore.
That concerned me and as we got close, we could see sun damage on the upholstery. Then Chris noticed cracks in the Fiberglas protecting a stringer in the battery compartment since the battery was out being charged and the hatch was open. That is never a good sign. We went for a ride anyhow and noted there were engine stalling and transmission shifting problems, and that the boat handled badly in the chop.
We returned to shore and helped get the boat onto the trailer. On the trailer, we could see that the bottom was caved in by the pressure of sitting on the bunks, a definite indication that the stringers had rotted and that the back of this boat is broken. Repairing this common problem would cost more than the boat is worth.
We told the owner that we had decided against buying and drove to Jean and Chris' for supper.
After supper, I was tired and turned in early.
Never go to bed
mad. Stay up and fight.
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