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We return to Edmonton today.
Jon drove us to LAX around eleven and we were on the ground in Edmonton shortly after 1800. The shuttle took us to Jean's car and we were at Birch meadows around 2100.
I had considered returning to Swalwell, but everything looked okay on the surveillance cameras and the temperatures were rising, so I stayed the night.
There cannot be a crisis next week.
My schedule is already full.
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After breakfast, I started the van, chipped off the ice and snow and drove to Sylvan, where I bought a trailer battery for the garbage haul and groceries at Wal-Mart. I found I was relaxed enough to enjoy poking around the stores and without a dog in the car to worry about I took my time.
From Sylvan. I drove to Red Deer, fuelled up at the SuperStore, then stopped at Costco to renew my membership and get a replacement card for the one I had misplaced some time ago.
Where a calculator on the ENIAC is
equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the
future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhaps weigh 1.5 tons.
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I weigh in at 234 today, so I am gaining weight again. That is normal for me at this time of year and also may be due to travelling and eating away from home. We'll see what my weight settles to after a few days home.
I've been sleeping eight hours a night lately, so it seems that simply deciding to do so has changed my sleep pattern. Although I slept eight hours last night, my sleep could have been better.
Well, I am home again with nothing pressing and have promised myself to get the gas in and working before Christmas. Between now and then, I also have to deliver my boat to Vancouver and at some point really should go to see my Mom. I also have some things to do outside and the next week promises to be mild, with temperatures above freezing during the days and only occasional excursions below freezing at night.
I really must get out to the ski slopes, too. I have a season's pass for Nakiska.
The gas project should be simple once I settle on the plan and move things out of the way. There are some heavy windows to move and a collection of parts and electronics.
Of course, I must finish my procrastination before all. There is skiing, the beehives still need moving and today I received an email tipping me to this book. The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science. I checked it out and the book has nothing but rave reviews. A magic bullet?
So I bought the book and installed it on my phone. That will keep me distracted for a while. Now what about Nakiska? Do we have enough snow to make it worth the drive?
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This (below) came today.
George Imrie was very firm in his opinions and an interesting writer. He had high expectations of beekeepers and never minced words. I met him a number of times, years ago at various US meetings and always found him cordial. We corresponded a bit. He was in a wheelchair by then, after a stroke, but still very active. As I recall, he had been a scientist, possibly nuclear -- can't recall. His articles relate to Maryland, but are worth reading.
Here's a sample. Did I mention GEORGE liked capital letters?
I did some bookkeeping, did some research and set the table for supper.
Tonight, there were just three of us. I don't know if it is the time of year or the fact we are all aging, but the dinner group is shrinking.
We had my chili and a salad, broccoli, green beans and multi-grain bread.
Influenced by Jon's practice in Aliso Viejo, I bought coffee beans the other day, then found my grinder and started grinding coffee beans again. I had left some ground coffee in a canister on the counter when I went south and when I tried it just now, it comes nowhere near the quality of the fresh ground coffee. I think the cans are fresh when opened, but quickly go rancid. I notice the butter I left out is quite rancid, too.
After supper, we resumed work on the puzzle that was begun last week. I've decided that doing puzzles and playing board or card games may be a better way to pass the evening than simply sitting at the table, talking.
I plan to go to the coast to deliver my boat to Vancouver and am thinking that I should do it this coming week, while the weather is mild.
I find that a great part of the
information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding
something else on the way.
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My weight is not going down. In fact, it is going up. I'm going to have to get serious, I guess.
Today looks like another nice, mild December day. The days are above freezing and we have very little snow, but we have a strong breeze that can be tiring.
I started reading The Mind Illuminated. I have it on my phone and on my tablet. Oddly, I am finding reading on the phone easier due to shorter line lengths and smaller pages.
I have just begun and so far the reading is just reminding me of things I already know. Knowing is not the same as doing, however, and being reminded is very helpful.
At this point in reading The Mind Illuminated, the main message I have gotten out of my reading is a better explanation of mindfulness and a suggestion to do 'walking meditation'.
We are under Chinook cloud, and I decided to wait a while for sunshine before going out, so I started emptying the dishwasher and putting dishes away. 'q' was on the radio and I listened to a panel criticizing how Mark Zuckerberg is giving away his fortune.
Then Gloria Steinem came on and talked with Shad about her new book and her life. I would not have wanted to miss that and I was glad I did not turn them off. Interestingly, she mentioned mindfulness and the importance of home, two questions I am contemplating at present.
I almost caught up on my bookkeeping this afternoon, then walked over to the quonset yard. I tried the mindful walking, but soon arrived at the bee hives and found things to do.
I like working outdoors on days like this. The temperature is warm enough to be comfortable and cool enough that I don't overheat. I moved things around and contemplated the various jobs that need doing. If there were just a few tasks, I'd look forward to doing them, but looking around, I can see no end to things that need attention.
The bees were mostly settled down nicely, but a few hives were active. Normally bees are not aggressive at this time of year, but look at my glove (right) after I disturbed a hive and moving it slightly .
My clusters are bit on the small side after the hives were drastically split this summer. The nice thing about the EPS hives is that they need no winter preparation. I'll leave the entrances and the front auger holes open until spring but I do need to plug holes in the backs of then hives. I see a few are open. I don't want wind blowing through.
The lid and pillow at left are propped up to show details of the bees, the pillow and the lid.
The snow in the yard shows the visits of many animals and it is hard to guess what animals were there due to melting, but deer, some sort of canine, birds, and possibly a skunk left trails through the yard.
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I started recording my food consumption into Fatsecret again today and see that I am eating right around the amount that would maintain or add weight, not reduce my mass. I see I'm at 93% of the RDI that would give me a slight reduction. I'll have to start exercising more discipline again.
I had chili for supper and watched an episode of of Grey's Anatomy and one of Death in Paradise and a pilot episode of Scandal. That is a lot of video watching and I wonder why I do it. I suppose that one benefit is that I get to see what people attitudes are being shown as 'normal' so I don't get too far out of touch with current social norms. Nonetheless, it is all highly imaginative and bizarre if I step back and think about what I am watching.
I am having trouble arranging the timing for delivering the boat. Although Cooper Boating has been good in the past, they seem to be understaffed lately. It appears I won't be going to the coast Monday.
anything worth dying for ... is
certainly worth living for.
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I'm up at 0320 after being awake for a while. I am quite sure it must be the chili. Drat! I had breakfast and coffee and am going back to bed.
I went back to bed around 0500 and slept soundly until 0845, rousing only once briefly at 0610. Seeing as I should have been at breakfast at the Mill, twenty minutes away at 0830, I can see am not going to make it. No sense even trying.
This morning, I weigh 232.4. That is better. My weight is settling down after my travels. I see I ate 117% of my RDI yesterday when everything was figured in, however, so I'll have to watch my appetite.
Today is beginning with a beautiful sunny morning. I must get outside and do a few things before the opportunity vanishes.
We are expecting to be well above normals this coming week. Our days are currently down to 8 hours. Days will get shorter by the winter solstice, but not by much. Our sun rises to only 17° above the horizon at noon these days and 16° at the solstice.
I spent some time crafting an email to my family offering them my interest in Pine Hill. Neither I or my kids intend to go there and don't need the responsibility. I'll be interested in the response. Sharing ownership is not a good idea IMO.
I decided to get back to meditation. I have not done much if any for a long time and I don't really have any training. The book is full of words, but understanding has to com e from me. I set a timer for ten minutes and found it passed in a flash.
I have been waiting to go outside, but although it is plus four, the wind is up and we are under Chinook cloud.
I did not go out. I lay down and slept two hours, then made a vegetable soup.
I hope to sleep better tonight.
Life belongs to the living, and he
who lives must be prepared for changes
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In spite of being tired and uninspired, I didn't go to bed until after midnight and I slept until 0920.
I weigh 231.0 today, so I am readjusting to being home. According to my scrupulous entries into Fatsecret yesterday, I ate 93% of the 2300 calorie RDI designed to lower my weight.
To maintain my current weight, the RDI would be 2900, so at 2300, the theoretical daily weight loss would be 3500/(2900-2300)=0.17 lbs or 1.2 lbs a week.
I got to looking around to see how the 3500 calorie rule holds up over time and found this article that led me to the calculator shown at right which suggests 1765 calories a day for 180 days to drop 42 pounds, a number I picked out of the air and would mean losing a quarter pound a day or 1.6 pounds a week. Hmmm.
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Pet Peeve Department: We see a lot about 'Islamaphobia' in the media lately and the ignorance demonstrated on all sides annoys and saddens me greatly.
To begin with, the term is a total misnomer, since a phobia is "a type of anxiety disorder, usually defined as a persistent fear of an object or situation" (Ref), and the term is being used to mean stereotyping and stigmatizing of anyone who might be a Muslim.
The ignorance demonstrated by people who really should know better amazes me and he actions of a Muslim fringe is being generalized over a whole larger group. The topic is not that difficult to comprehend. Anyone can learn the basics in fifteen minutes (Starting now).
1.) The Wahibi sect and ISIL no more represent all Muslims than the IRA, the KKK or anti-abortion terrorists represent all Christians.
2.) In spite of the hysteria, more Americans have been killed and continue to be killed and maimed on American soil by the 'Christian' terrorist fringe that by all actions attributed to 'Muslims', and that includes 9-11.
3.) Muslims are the main victims of terror attacks worldwide, not to mention attacks from the air by Western forces.
4.) Terrorists have come from all social and religious groups throughout history and suicide bombers are nothing new.
One thing that is seldom mentioned and one of those things people seem to know and not discuss openly that -- as I understand it -- some fundamentalist Christian sects and some fundamentalist Muslims share a common belief in an epic battle in the Levant between invading Christians and the defending Muslims which will mark the beginning of the end of the world -- variously referred to as Apocalypse, Armageddon, Dabiq -- and a desire to bring it on.
Perhaps fundamentalist Christians and fundamentalist Muslims have a lot in common.
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I'm off to Meijers' for a birthday party this afternoon and plan to stop in Drum to pick up a few items along the way.
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I arrived on time and we had a good visit and supper, then I headed home, arriving around 2045. Supper was sausage, bacon, potatoes and kale and pastries, rum and coffee. I did not even try to count calories.
I am the literary equivalent of a
Big Mac and Fries.
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I slept maybe four hours. At sometime shortly after four, I awoke to hear a train approaching. It was followed shortly after by another from the other direction. Then the front door motion detection light came on.
I dozed a bit, but woke again and decided that sleep was not likely, so got up at 0530 and had breakfast and coffee. Maybe I'll go back to bed in a while and see if I can meet my sleep quota. My minimum target is six hours, with the ideal being eight.
At 0530 this morning, I weigh 235.0, up three pounds from yesterday. That is partly due to less sleep.
It was a great meal, but not a meal I could/should eat every day. 1,894 calories is 129 calories more than what I should consume in an entire day according to the calculator I mentioned yesterday (right) and this meal put my fat calories for the day over 53% of my total calories. I avoided the bacon grease and yet two thirds of the calories I consumed that evening were from fat.
The meal put me at 136% of my Fatsecret RDI for weight loss, and 177% of the number given by the calculator at right but surprisingly only put me about 200 calories over my Fatsecret RDI for weight maintenance.
I went back to bed at 0700 and slept until 0910. Stepping onto the scale at 0910, I weigh 233.4. That is how my weight fluctuates. Two hours of additional sleep dropped my weight by 1.6 lbs. Obviously that is all water.
Interestingly, the Mayo Clinic has a different number for weight maintenance -- 2150 calories (left). Fatsecret says 2900 calories. Big difference!
Dr. Gabe Mirkin on Health, Fitness and Nutrition. -
Waylon Jennings’ Years of Pain
On Sept 3, after a week in hospital, I weighed 223.4, but I weighed 230.6 a week later on Sept 11th. I have wondered how I lost about seven pounds while in hospital -- and how I gained it back fairly shortly after leaving.
I noticed they restricted salt while I was there and found it curious. I have read that only ten percent of people need to restrict salt and my blood pressure has not been high, so I wonder... I have not thought I eat much salt, but maybe I should reconsider, so today I decided to Google (well, Bing actually) whether salt restriction leads to weight loss. If so, would assume any loss would be due to fluid loss.
Here is what I found...
Fact is that I weigh roughly twice as much as many women, so I assume that the 3 lbs mentioned for a woman could be 6 lbs in my case, and that would explain the hospital weight loss! Okay! I'm going to cut back on salt and see what happens.
At 1422, it is blowing 12-20 MPH from the west, so I have a chance to take out a kite for a while. Good exercise!
By the time I got out there, the wind was dying, but I did get a good twenty minutes in before rolling up the kite and quitting.
I dropped to look at the North Yard and see the bees are cleaning floors on some hives. I also see that the plugs were out of auger holes on the back, so I replaced them. I don't know why they are out. Could it be an animal working at the hives? I see fairly fresh-looking skunk droppings near one hive, but it could be from some time ago.
I dragged out my kites to give them a looking over and after supper I watched a kiting video to refresh my memory. It's time to get out the skis, too. Nakiska is open and the snow looks good.
I watched another episode of Grey's Anatomy and the show just gets more and more ridiculous, so I watched an episode of River and it was similarly preposterous. Last night , I watched an episode of Columbo from 1971. Maybe I'm dated, but I found it much more acceptable.
To achieve the impossible dream, try
going to sleep.
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I went to bed late again last night and awoke at 0520. I weigh 234.6 today.
Nakiska is now fully open, I have a season's pass, the roads are bare and dry, and I'm thinking of going to the mountains to ski today.
I see that Fatsecret thinks that four hours of skiing burns 3542 calories! That means a pound of weight loss? Hard to believe. I notice that the same time on a snowboard is only expected to burn 2/3 as much energy. Interesting.
If I skied four hours every day for a week, and ate no more or less, would I lose 7 pounds?
I went back to bed at 0700 and slept until 0920, then checked the weather for Nakiska on Environment Canada's site:
That does not sound too pleasant or something to drive four hours and 199 km each way to experience. Rain on a ski hill tends to dampen enthusiasm and wind can make the chair ride miserable. It is always hard, though, to tell from a forecast what it would actually be like to be there. For one thing, the weather will be different at different altitudes. While it may be windy and snowing at the summit, it may be calmer and raining below.
I decided against and think Thursday is more promising.
I did various things that did not amount to much, then took out my kites and went out with the 8.5 Concept Air Smart II and flew it for an hour. Winds, as is so often the case here were gusty and inconsistent, but I got a workout.
I then went in and dragged out my 13.5 Best Kahoona LEI kite (which I have never yet flown), looked it over and watched a snowkiting instruction movie.
I followed that with a literally brain-dead episode of Grey's Anatomy and then decided to make a vegetable stew.
I'm watching what I eat seriously now and recording everything as carefully as I can on Fatsecret. The problem I find, however, is that nutritional profiles for many foods, including even some commercial products are not listed on the site and I have to either look them up or guess.
Guessing can be a bit subjective and introduces the potential for cheating, but wouldn't that be like cheating at solitaire? In fact, I know many do cheat at solitaire and other things as well, and I wonder what doing so -- or not doing so -- says about a person.
Wed, 9 Dec Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of flurries early in the morning. Snow at times heavy beginning in the morning and ending late in the afternoon. Amount 10 to 15 cm. Wind becoming west 20 km/h late in the morning. High 6. Night Clearing early in the evening. Wind west 20 km/h becoming light after midnight. Low minus 3.
Tomorrow could be a good day on the slopes. I don't mind a bit of snow falling and 15cm (6") would make for great boarding. With a high of plus six, though, the falling snow might be more like rain and melting temperatures could also mean that snow on the ground will be wet and heavy, so-called Sierra Cement that can sometimes stop you dead in your tracks.
I don't know about the roads, either. The trip could take ten gallons of gas and a gallon of washer fluid.
There is no disappointment so numbing...as someone no
better than you achieving more.
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I am up at 0600 and checking the Nakiska weather. Gale force winds are predicted for this afternoon on the hill. Tomorrow looks like the better day.
Here at home, wind is not even mentioned in the local EC forecast now that I have taken out my four traction kites: a 3.5 Rush trainer, a 5.5 m2 no-name, and the Best Kahoona 13.5m2.
I put some pinto beans to soak last night and cooked them today. I cooked the minimum time on the bag and they did not mush. I'm paying more attention now and note that the bag has a BB date -- 2017 AU 06. There were a few split and dark beans, but I saw some in a can I opened yesterday, too, so maybe the quality difference is not that great.
It is starting to snow here now. The temperature is right at freezing and the wind is light. I'm playing around, cooking, reading and thinking about waxing my skis and boards for a trip to the hill tomorrow.
I cooked some rice and onions and am adding them to the beans along with some mild curry powder I bought the other day. I am leaving out the salt and I miss it when I taste the result. Maybe I will cave?
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I need to adjust my headlights. They are too low. At night on the highway, I can hardly see on low beam.
The adjustment is easy to do and although there are specifications, I just adjust them so I can see and nobody flashes me. (Well, maybe the odd driver. Some people flash everybody).
I could not see the end of the adjuster, so I reached in and 'click', I have a close-up view. That hex head is 4 mm or maybe 4.5. The special tools sold for $20 have both. I ordered a socket for both sizes. At $3 each, why not?
Have you discovered how useful a phone is as a magnifying glass and a way to look into dark, small places where your head will not fit, but your hand will? At left is a shot of a headlight adjuster screw, hidden down inside the front of my car. I can reach them easily, but can't really see them.
The specs for some cars say to aim the low beams down four inches from centre line for each twenty-five feet of forward distance and that is the law in some states for all cars, but for other cars, the spec is for dead level or down a fraction of an inch at the same distance.
My energy has returned today. I got out my skis and am ready to go tomorrow, assuming the conditions look good.
looking at my medications, I started thinking about medications, food, beverages, spices, salt and other things we casually put into our mouths.
It was a big on e -- 146 MB.
There is no love without
forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love.