Wednesday June 10th 2015
We had rain overnight, but that passed and today looks like another sunny day.
I slept well, but still have some indigestion this morning, and some concern about yesterday's chest pains and indigestion. I've concluded that it was just strain from lifting heavy boxes and something I ate, but it really had me wondering and I'm still not entirely comfortable.
I am trying to get the last residual debris out of the pool, with limited success. The water has warmed to plus twenty-two and is quite clear, but still a bit foggy. There are also wispy clumps of something on the pool bottom that is easily stirred up and seems to be hard to filter out, at least with the paper filters that come with these pools. The clarifier I added may have settled it to the bottom.
As I walked around the yard this morning, I looked for signs that the Roundup I sprayed yesterday had killed weeds, but if it had any effect, so far I cannot see it. I wonder if I did not use enough. I did mix it properly, but maybe the mist was too fine or maybe I moved too quickly.
I did not open any hives today. I'd forgotten how much work it is to get boxes ready. It took me two hours to drill and round corners on the forty-one. At one point, I ran down to Ray's to pick up the twelve new lids he has ready. I cut some more grass and the day went by.
Tonight was show time and I joined Fen, Maddy and Lorelee at the school auditorium at 1900 for the big event. I didn't know what to expect but the performance was amazing. Although I dozed a bit at first -- the first fifteen minutes were slow -- I was wide awake and well entertained for the rest.
I have been to quite a few plays and performances, and I found it hard to believe that these kids were amateurs. I've seen professional performances that were not as well executed. Frankly, I enjoyed this five-dollar local amateur production far more than the highly-rated and expensive stage production of The Lion King, that I saw in an ornate theater in upstate New York.
I retuned home and watched video until bedtime. As darkness fell, a thunderstorm passed though, blinking the lights and shaking the house. At one time, Zippy used to panic anytime she heard thunder, but tonight, she just came and looked at me a few times before returning to her mat and going back to sleep.
Never doubt that a small group of
thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world.
Thursday June 11th 2015
We had more rain overnight and today will be another hot one. I was up at five, had breakfast and went back to bed and slept until nine. It was rainy at 0500, but sunny and bright at 0900.
Today, I plan to have friends here for my weekly supper.
I have a lot to do in the next two weeks and am beginning to question my own sanity. Here is is mid-June and I am trapped by the promises I made to sell bees and my ambition in splitting. I could be out sailing somewhere, visiting in Ontario, or travelling. I could be gardening, or even mowing the rest of the lawn.
I also have not been windsurfing for years although that used to be a passion. At one time, I drove to lakes every weekend, and to the Baja and the Columbia River Gorge chasing wind and waves. I have a kitesurfing kite, but have never taken it to the water. Rather, I am here stressing about bees and I have more and more hives. I'm nuts!
At one time, beekeeping was a passion, too, but these days I've turned it into a burden and a chore.
As I was finishing up my procrastination in preparation for starting work -- making a stew, filling the mower with gas, vacuuming the pool, etc. -- I heard a humming and thought I should investigate. Sure enough I found a swarm alighting near the house, high in a poplar.
As it formed, I could see it is a pup -- just a small one -- and given the location high in a tree, I am not going after it. Chances are, with all the queenless hives nearby and empty equipment around, they will find a home.
The time was 1300, approximately solar noon here. That is the most likely time of day for swarms.
I am glad I did not go looking for a ladder. Five minutes later it was gone. Did it abort, or did it find a home? I don't know. (And don't care).
My friends came for supper at 1800. We had wings and burgers, plus lamb sausage that Fen brought. Elijah left at around 2100 to do his homework. The rest stayed stayed until 2200.
True forgiveness is when you can
say, "Thank you for that experience".
Friday June 12th 2015
It appears we did not have much if any rain last night, if the dry deck is any indication. I fasted after supper last night with the intent of going to the lab to have some blood tests done. I got the requisition a month ago, but then went east. After I got back, I just never was in the mood to skip my bedtime snack or my breakfast, and a twelve-hour fast is demanded for accuracy.
I was having some odd visual symptoms and other little things and saw the locum. She gave me the requisition, but had left one test off, so I had to see my physician and that was another excuse. I arrived there at around eleven-thirty figuring the line-ups would have abated by then, and it seemed that others had the same idea. There were five ahead of me, so I settled in for the wait.
Since I was already on the road, I decided to run out to Meijers. I had picked up some boxes, but am short of frames. I also owed them a visit.
The same nucs are available in the US, but at three times the price from what I have been able to figure out. Of course, the US supplier might be cheaper in container loads.
The Finn company was difficult to deal with, changing the prices several times and ultimately shipping a half-full container in spite of promising to fill it, resulting in wasted freight costs. Additionally the frame rests were not grooved to allow the insertion of the divider (shown above, right) to make two three-frame nucs of each, meaning a lot of extra work for the buyers.
Then Joe showed me some wood frames with foundation purchased from a Saskatchewan supplier. The waxed plastic foundation is paper-like. Joe poked his finger through, then showed how the foundation cracks when bent slightly and then shredded a sheet with his bare hands and hardly any effort.
(Note: The following discussion of frame waxing was resolved here and the conclusion was that the frames were indeed double-waxed. At no point did we think that we were cheated, but we did think there might have been errors.).
The new Acorn frames had arrived and we pulled out a few to look over. Oene commented that although these frames were ordered and marked as double-waxed, they did not appear to have more wax than a previous order of single-waxed frames. Double-waxing adds twenty cents to the cost and that amounts to more than a 10% up-charge.
We scratched the surface and concluded that the new frame and an older frames seemed to have a similar coating. I loaded my boxes and drove home.
I then washed the frame with gasoline several times, pressure washed it and blew it dry twice with compressed air. Then I sprayed it with Fantastik (a strong household degreaser) and pressure washed it again -- twice. By then it was quite free of wax.
Here are the before and after weights (again not zeroed).
342g - 326g = 16g.
I was told that a waxed frame should have 16 grams of wax applied and that a double-waxed frame should have 32 grams. My conclusion? This appears to be a single-waxed frame.
Having reached this point, I got to wondering how accurate my scale is, so I weighed a pound of butter, then another, and then a pound of bacon, all supposed to be 454 grams. They all weighed exactly the same. (The weight of these products included the wrapper, which in the case of the bacon would seem to me to be considerable). I ran calculations and concluded that my scale reads about 8% light and adjusted my numbers.
Adjusted, my 342g reading for the waxed frame is actually 369g and the 326g reading for the wax-free frame is adjusted to 352g, giving ~17g of wax removed by my cleaning. That un-waxed weight of 352 corresponds closely to what Nick reports an un-waxed frame fresh off the line weighs. My waxed weight does not, however correspond to what a double-waxed frame should weigh.
I opened a fresh box marked W2 (double-waxed) and weighed three frames.
337, 345, 345
370g - 350g = 20g, so these frames also seem to be closer to the expected weight for single-waxed frames than double-waxed, assuming the weight of un-waxed frames is consistent.
I've worked this over several times and found mistakes. I think they are all corrected, but don't just assume I am right. My methods are quite approximate and include unproven assumptions.
Better accuracy and larger samples are required to reach any definite conclusions. Maybe un-waxed frames are typically lighter than the samples I used for my calculations. Nick has furnished records proving that the products were double-waxed and we are investigating further.
Ray has finished my lids and floors, and I was going to pick them up today, but this project took up the rest of my day.
Nick is looking into this. He keeps detailed records and sent me a shot of current sheet and will be digging through his records back to the production date. Note that there is some variability in the weight of un-waxed frames and my calculations assumed a constant 352g, which is on the high side since some frames, judging by the sheet he sent weigh only 344.5g, a 7.5g difference.
I recently totally emptied my email inbox, but by the end of my day, it has forty emails and I had to deal with them I'm back down to five.
If you want to change the world,
pick up your pen and write.
Saturday June 13th 2015
I have lots to do today.
On my visit to Meijers yesterday, the topic of record keeping came up. How best to keep accurate written yard notes when anything that goes into a bee yard gets sticky or wet or lost and there are multiple crews spread out over the country?
Disposable day sheets and a master data spreadsheet were the solution
Ellen and I found and used very successfully for years.
There is plenty of room on the field copy for multiple yards, but usually only a few yards were filled in by a crew before the sheets were collected and fresh sheets were issued.
Below is an excerpt from a diary entry from Sunday 20 February 2005.
I lit the furnace this morning for the first time in weeks.
I also worked over yesterday's post (above). I'm still not completely satisfied with it.
* * * * *
At eleven, I got a call from a fellow advertising an ultralight plane for sale in Manitoba. I'm considering buying it. I haven't flown for years, but maybe I should start again.
* * * * *
(Note: The following discussion of frame waxing was resolved here and the conclusion was that the frames were indeed double-waxed. At no point did we think that we were cheated, but we did think there might have been errors.).
Then Joe called. He had opened boxes from four pallets and three seemed to have around 30 grams of wax per frame, but one pallet had box of frames with no wax, but was marked 2W. He is going to open boxes on more pallets. It's a big job. They bought 31,000 frames and that means there are 596 boxes to check!
Joe then called back to say that only two boxes on that pallet were without wax. He is not too worried now.
* * * * *
Then a hobby beekeeper called. He and his wife bought hives from us few years back and now report their hives are dead. I asked for a picture of comb. He texted me one (right) and, sure enough, they died of terminal AFB.
I said to sort all their combs into feed combs with honey, infected combs and combs with no sign of AFB, count them, then call again for advice. That advice will depend on how much scaled up comb they have and how much clean comb.
* * * * *
I'm not getting much outdoor work done. It is now 1232, 13.5 degrees, and overcast with a 10 MPH wind.
* * * * *
The grinder (left) was clean, but there was debris on the pump intake screen, but nothing like on past occasions. They were big chunks, however and must have restricted the flow. The piece of glass alone covered over half the intake.
I'm getting good at disassembling and reassembling the machine. This was the fourth time in the ten or fifteen years we have owned it.
* * * * *
Mid-afternoon I went out to work on the bees. Thank goodness the flow has ended for now and there is some light robbing. I was concerned that the hives would plug to the point where it stopped the build-up.
My first stop was the hive that showed two cells of AFB several days ago. I carefully examined every frame and there is no sign of AFB. These are good bees. I am looking even more carefully as I go now, though.
Some hives now are readying to swarm, thank goodness. It's about time. The best time to split hives is when they want to split. One hive had nice cells, so I shared them around. I see one virgin had emerged and others were coming out soon, but the hive had not swarmed - yet.
I felt a bit odd using the cells since the hive that had them was the one hive in many years that had shown two AFB cells, but I pardoned myself by rationalizing that they must have good genetics because they cleaned it right up. Of course I also ask myself if they are that good howcum I saw two AFB cells in the first place?
I have to run down to Ray's again to get the rest of the equipment.
I feel as if I have accomplished nothing today, but, of course, I have done a lot.
I picked up the rst of the equipment and rove home. By then we were having a shower, so I had supper: a cob of corn, some kale salad, and a strip steak that had been in the fridge since the last time I had steak.
It's only 1930 and I feel as if this day has gone on for a week. Of course, I was up at 0400 today, so maybe I should be tired by now, but I am going out. I am, I tell myself..
Okay. I'm going out. I may be tired sitting here, but once I open a hive, I am wide awake.
I went out but it was too cool and too late in the day. I could work the bees, but they would not settle in time for the night, so went inside and began tidying. After an hour, I had made a small dent. Most of the place is pretty presentable and most people would not notice, but there are corners where things accumulate, and I also need to do a really good vacuuming. Lately I have just been doing the areas where it shows.
I'm going to bed early tonight: 2218.
Good night, world.
Gratitude is not only the greatest
of virtues, but the parent of all others.
Sunday June 14th 2015
I woke up at five, rolled over and slept until six. Maybe going to bed was a good idea. I'm inspired today.
I started the day with an omelet. I haven't made one for a while. I used to make one every day.
Today promises to be cooler, and that, for me, is a good thing. I may get more done. We'll see. Although I love hot weather, I find the heat saps my energy and makes mid-day work uncomfortable at times.
* * * * *
Now that I have plenty of matching floors and lids, working the hives will be much easier. Also, I have now begun to put slats on the the floors for feet to make lifting easier and make moving the hives with a hand truck more practical.
Without slats, picking up and depositing hives with fingers or a hand truck without being pinched underneath is difficult or impossible. Slats provide a space for easy access and also lift the hive off the ground or pallet. If the hives sit on the damp earth, they also function as a 'rot strip' that can be replaced when required.
I felt so ambitious today that I went back to bed and slept another two hours. First things first, I always say.
I went out and cut the grass around the hives South of the Hedge. The day is cool and breezy. I plan to work on hives, but also don't want to overdo it, so am doing some puttering first. I unloaded the boxes of Acorn frames from the van and washed it off.
I began washing it the other day with my little portable pressure washer, which is good for light work, but soon decided this was a job for a serious washer and today got out the Honda-powered high pressure/high volume machine.
It took a while to get the engine running as I have not run this washer for at least three and maybe five or six years, and I had to dump out the old gas before I could get it to keep running.
I washed the van and the walk while I was at it.
While washing the van, I noticed a slight -- almost imperceptible -- dent in the tailgate, and a crack in the bumper I had seen before, but somehow was more obvious now.
When removing the boxes, I also came to the realization that a white interior is probably not the best choice for a farmer's main vehicle.
I am also aware that sometimes I really really want something, research it, then buy it, but shortly after completely lose interest in it. The Spot GEN3 is an example, as are the ham radios I bought but seldom use.
I went out to the bees around 1400 and worked until 1900. with a short break in late afternoon for a snack and a rest.
I moved the hives I worked on onto the new floors, checked for queens and added boxes or pulled honey as required. I'm finding that the mated queens we got were not as well accepted as I originally thought. I'm thinking g now that I had maybe 50+% success, but it may have been 75%. I tend to notice the duds.
At any rate I did a lot of work, but was mostly just re-working hives that were done recently, so am not further through the round, even if I did make a few additional splits.
I took all the hives off the pallets, though, and placed them on new floors with runners so they can be moved easily allowing me to padgen them with a hand truck or load them onto a trailer. I have a lot of hives ready to go, but the buyers don't seem to have what they need. One guy called today and he did not have boxes, a smoker, a beesuit, a veil, a hive tool...
At any rate, I am pleased with myself and feel I accomplished a lot today.
It's 2151 and I'm going to go to bed early again tonight. Maybe I am still running on Ontario (Eastern) time and that is two hours earlier than local time.
Success is almost totally dependent
upon drive and persistence.
Monday June 15th 2015
Going to bed earlier seems to work. I slept well and clocked a little over six hours. More would be better, but when I awoke at 0430, my mind was active, so I dozed a bit until I was sure that I would not sleep, then got up.
I woke up today thinking a.) I should be less focused on myself, more grateful, and more positive; and also b.) that the women in TV and movies do not seem to have menstrual cycles. (I've been watching Grey's Anatomy in the evening).
We got down to plus one point four degrees overnight with the lowest point being right about now, at 0638. It is minus two at Three Hills.
The weather today looks ideal for my planned bee work and I am feeling like doing it. Some days, I discover that I am -- physically or mentally -- just not up to doing much, if any, bee work.
I am discovering, too, that getting the new floors and being able to get off pallets or rows sets me free to work the hives with fewer constraints.
I got out early and did the rest of the Quonset West Yard. Basically, I just yard-trashed them over the past month, splitting anything that had enough bees. Many plugged up just the same. I'm finding now that I do have some empty brood frames and am using them up.
Fortunately the flow has tapered off and the bees are now consuming honey and making room for the queens.
How many hives do I have now? I don't know. I hope that all my buyers come through or I'll be well over one hundred. Regardless, I have now figured out the management and it is just a matter of doing the work.
I count 45 hives of various configurations from singles to triples in the Quonset West Yard. Some have queens, some are making queens.
I spent the heat of the day cutting grass in the south yards. Although I can work in trampled grass, it is much more pleasant to have a mowed area to work in.
I'm expecting Maddy to come over to help in a while.
A tiny change today brings a
dramatically different tomorrow.
Tuesday June 16th 2015
Today, I have twenty hives to prepare for pickup. My plan is to find twenty suitable queenright doubles, inspect them, transfer them to floors with runners, remove excess honey and be ready to weigh and load them.
* * * * *
This is a summary of what we learned in our investigation. At no point did we think that we were deliberately cheated, but we did think there might have been errors. Our conclusion was that the frames were indeed double-waxed and that any errors are minor.
I received an email last night from Nick at Acorn. He had finally located the quality control records for the lots shipped to Meijers. The records confirm that the frames shipped to Meijers had indeed received the specified 32 grams of wax.
What had confused the issue initially was that Nick sent me a record sheet from his production on the line on the day I wrote him, not the dates that Meijers' frames were made -- and it later turned out that there was a thirteen gram difference in naked frame weights between the lots.
When Nick finally sent me the records from the day that Meijers' product was made the mystery cleared up.
It is now apparent that the naked (un-waxed) frames were as much as 13 grams lighter when Meijers frames were made than on the day that Nick and I first corresponded and that explains why they seemed lighter by almost the amount of a single waxing.
Here is a clip from the original slip
Here is a clip from the actual slip
from the day that our frames were made.
The upshot is that apparently the frames that Meijers received were indeed double waxed and they are very happy with Acorn. So am I.
As for whether to buy plastic or wood frames, I think the plastic one-piece frames are much longer lasting. Whenever the comb gets too old or distorted, the comb can be scraped off. When the frames are put back into hives, they will be drawn out again like new.
All in all, the conclusion drawn here is that Nick has pretty good production controls and records and produces a good product, one that I recommend over alternatives.
Pierco and Acorn both continue to have some bowing on the foundation area. Nick has worked hard to eliminate it, but the samples I examined are still slightly bowed and I find it pays to orient all the frames the same way, using the brand on one end as a guide. (See below. Later examination showed no bowing on these latest Acorn frames. Does the bowing come and go?)
Meijers opinion is that the Acorn frames are superior to the Pierco frames at present. I agree, but I think both could be improved.
* * * * *
This morning, I went out and screwed runners onto a pile of floors. That took and hour or two and when I was done, I was hot.
I found enough hives, but I was too hot by then and it was noon, so I went in for a while, then went out to have a dip in the pool.
I went in for a dip, but the water is sixteen degrees today, so I was not tempted to stay long.
* * * * *
It's 1430 now and past the hottest part of the day, but still very hot. We have very little breeze. I'm still cool from my dip. We'll see if I can stand the heat.
I went out and did two hives. When I went out it was windy and overcast and comfortable to work. By the time I was done, the sun had come out and I got hot.
I decided to go in and check to see what I had promised buyers and make sure that I am in the ballpark. Here it is:
Seems I am close. A frame of honey weighs about six pounds, so I am promising 3-1/3 full frames per box. I am a bit over that.
I am promising four or five frames with brood and I found seven in the first and 12 in the second, so I am in the ballpark. It is still earlier in the season than I was promising, and the brood will continue to expand, so I am over in that regard, too.
In the second hive I saw something that really bothers me about plastic one-piece frames, something that no one else except Murray McGregor and I ever made much of a deal about.
The example below is from a Mann Lake PF-100 that was next to another PF-100, but the problem is present in all one-piece frames I have seen.
Placing two frames of brood that are slightly cupped rather than flat so that the bulges are towards one another kills the brood in both frames, as shown below. If the frames all bow in the same direction, no problem.
I really do not know how some beekeepers can shave frames to put eleven in a ten-frame box.
Nick has said he eliminated the bowing, but I saw a 1/16th or so when we checked at Meijers'. The frames had just come out of the box on a cool day.
Looking at three Acorn frames I have had sitting here in my living room at 24 degrees C., it appears these Acorn standards are now perfectly flat. That surprised me. I wonder what affects the material. Does the shape vary with temperature? Anyhow, if Nick has got them to be flat and stay flat, that is a major plus for Acorn.
This was sort of a crappy day. I did not get much done at all.
I have decided to stick with love.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Wednesday June 17th 2015
I did not get much done yesterday. I felt tired all day, and this morning I woke up groggy.
I went to bed early last night and slept well for over eight hours, but only after I took antihistamines. I had thought that the heat was tiring me, but now I suspect that I am affected by subtle allergies from lawn mowing.
Today is cool and overcast, so I may get some bee work done, but for now I am weary and will stick to desk work. I have some bills to pay and accounts to reconcile.
I have one customer coming tonight for a hive of bees.
I took a Benadryl, but continue to be tired.
At my desk, I got around to opening the registration package from Alberta Agriculture. The package is reasonably concise, well written and direct. It includes a very nice note from the Commission as well. There is no stamp or indicia on the reply envelope, though, so many of us may not get around mailing it.
I won't even try to fill in the survey since the questions do not fit my operation and I don't have the numbers they want anyhow. In the past, like many, I just made something up, but I don't see the point of guessing. I'll have enough trouble making up numbers for the registration form itself.
An enclosed info sheet states that Tylosin is now approved and not just for resistant ABF, but only for hives showing active AFB. IMO that is a good thing, and how it should be.
The enclosure goes on, however, to include a lot of mumbo-jumbo about washing and disinfecting equipment. Recommendations to wash or scorch equipment IMO, simply confuse most people.
In many or most cases such efforts serve no useful purpose. Even suggesting such time-wasters encourages those who believe that such rituals can somehow banish all AFB and encourages the belief that AFB is some sort of insidious demon, rather than the commonplace and easily manageable disease it is.
There was also a pamphlet about premises identification included. This is a new initiative to tie all livestock to a location. Like all government initiatives, it has obvious benefits, but also less obvious implications and is just another part of the noose slowly tightening around all our necks. Of course I'll register a location, but wonder where this will eventually lead. The road to hell is paved with good intentions (and travelled by people with smiling faces talking happy talk).
Anyways, less is more, and I give this mailing a 9 out of 10 vs. the 5 out of 10 for previous annual mailings. There were still too many words, and the superfluous mention of disinfection rituals, but it is on the mark IMO.
I was not accomplishing much and craving fruit, so I drove to Three Hills for groceries. On the way, I talked to Bert about an airplane I am considering buying, On the way home, I stopped at the airport to look into hanger space, but I found no one there.
I think I'll take the rest of the day off.
Another possible source of guidance
for teenagers is television, but television's message has always been
that the need for truth, wisdom and world peace pales by comparison with
the need for a toothpaste that offers whiter teeth and fresher breath.
Thursday June 18th 2015
I'm not doing much today. It is overcast, rainy and windy outside.
The day continued overcast until late afternoon, and then it turned bright and warm. Today is my dinner night and I had planned a barbeque, but given the weather, I decided to cook a sit-down meal. By the time the weather changed, I had already thawed the meat so we ate inside.
We had 2/3" of rain today if my weather station can be believed.
Happiness is an imaginary condition,
formerly attributed by the living to the dead,
Friday June 19th 2015
The day is starting off bright and sunny, with little hint that we can expect cloud and rain later.
I spent all morning cleaning out my inbox and doing household chores. The place needs a good cleaning again. How does it get that way? Must be the dog.
It's noon now, and still nice out. I have five hives to get ready for small orders and twenty doubles for a larger purchase, so I guess I'd better get out there.
I went out and got started, but a thunderstorm came along. I got inside just before it hit. We received 0.510 inches of rain over the next half-hour or so and I stayed in waiting for it to clear.
I have been thinking of doing some kitesurfing, so I tried on my wetsuit and my dry suit. The dry suit might fit, but if I ever got the wetsuit on, I might never get it off again. I think I'm a little bigger around the middle than I was ten or fifteen years ago.
By 1630, the day had warmed again and I am expecting a customer tonight, so went back out to get to work on the bees. I tried the lawn mower to see if it would start since I ride it to the bees and back. It often will not start after a rain, but it did, so I cut a round just to warm it up. After a rain, there is no dust from cutting.
As I came back to the house I saw a little black and white something out of the corner of my eye and glanced just in time to see the back end of a little skunk dart under my step . Meijers said they saw several small skunks last night. I guess I am surrounded.
I went back out, worked a few hives and made up a hive for the customer. I notice that my emergency queens are now coming online and laying well, but it will be a few more days until the first bunch are all at work.
For tonight's order, I found a good single hive and transferred the frames to a wooden box as per the customer's request, removing some honey and adding extra brood and bees.
While I was working in the Quonset yard, I spotted two nice swarms on the honeysuckle, right at eye level, and as soon as I was done I went to the house to get cardboard boxes.
I'm always happy to catch a swarm and don't regard them as a bad thing as long as they stay around. These were perfect.
I caught both swarms and then returned to the house for a supper of steak, baked potato and carrots.
After supper, I drove over to the Quonset to bring back the customer's hive. The hive is a single and I figured I could carry it to my tailgate, but found that with the brick on top and the heavy floor, plus all the honey, I was not going to make the fifty feet to the truck and had to back up closer. These singles are heavy. All my hives are heavy, too heavy.
My customer arrived, with his family and we visited a while. The kids were fascinated by the bees. I remembered the skunks, so we went looking and found a little one working in front of a hive. These skunks are pretty tame.
I went in and the thunder, lightening and rain began again. By bedtime, we had accumulated an inch since midnight last. That amounts to more than three inches in the past few days.
Before bed, I watched Suits on Netflix. I thought I had used up the series, but there are new episodes. After that, I came across Grace and Frankie, a Netflix production with Jane Fonda and Lili Tomlin. The series has mixed reviews, but I found the pilot hilarious. I hope it turns out to be good for a while. For me, Grey's Anatomy was good for a while but is now growing old fast.
The folly of mistaking a paradox for
a discovery, a metaphor for a proof,
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