Monday July 20th 2015
I slept in until 0900 and then had breakfast, followed by coffee on the new deck with Mom. At 1000, the day is hot already .
I'm back at 1207, with one more week until I leave. That seems like an incredibly short time to do all the things I'd like to do, so I have to decide how ambitious I want to be.
I had been planning to buy a boat for the North Channel, but I might just be better taking out my little Hunter, being careful about the weather, and enjoying the time I have left instead of chasing boats. Every possession claims a chunk of a person's time and time is precious.
I've stayed in today and worked at the desk. I had dreams of sailing, but have to get the books to the accountant and had a tremendous amount of procrastination to do before getting down to it.
Now, at mid-afternoon, I am about to begin and maybe I can finish today, but am also acutely aware, now that I am using fatsecret.com faithfully that I have not done any exercise today and feeling I should get out for a walk -- at least. The day is a bit cool for a dip in the lake and very windy, although I see neighbourhood kids in swimming.
I worked into the evening and am not encountering any problems other than remembering all the various people who bought bees. It is all a blur.
At 2030, I decided to go out to Wal-Mart and buy sweat pants and a few other items.
I then returned to 1207, watched some Scrubs and called it a day, but did not fall asleep until long after midnight.
All that we see or seem is but a
dream within a dream.
Tuesday July 21st 2015
I slept poorly and was up at 0505. It is a beautiful sunny day.
Today, I have books to get out of the way. With any luck, I may finish by noon. Things were going well last night. The kinks seem to have been ironed out of the file and all that lies ahead is dreary transaction entry and reconciliation. I also need to get some exercise today. Yesterday was sedentary and I feel it. When it comes to fitness, 'Use it or lose it'.
Anyhow, time to get to work...
I worked until my eyes glazed over, then went down and helped Mom rearrange a closet, then made a stew. I'm back at the keyboard again and the end is in sight...
Charlie is right and that rental angle is something I had not considered, but it makes sense.
I'll probably go ahead if I have time on my hands. I have three machines that are eligible and I'll image them first so I can restore them if I am not happy. I have to decide which software to use since I have not done that for a while. The topic came up when my son said he can get me a quality 500GB SS drive for $165US (That's $212 CAD lately).
Many people don't like M$, but frankly, I do. Their operating systems may have been awful (really awful) back in 3.1 days when O/S2 was head and shoulders better, but suffered from poor marketing, but lately M$ O/Ss just work, although they begin to limp as they reach middle age and crawl as they age further.
I've played with various Linux distros and a inevitably wound up with an unrecoverable system after an upgrade. That has never happened with M$, but it did take almost 24 hours for Windows to diagnose and cure itself one time after upgrading to Millenium. Good thing I was patient and did not kill the black screen.
Another time, I had a bad upgrade to Win 8 in a laptop. There was a change in the location of the user files and somehow the new O/S failed to get the news. Mercifully, that machine died of some other malady (disk or BIOS failure it seems) before I had to shoot it to put it out of my misery.
I just received word that I will deliver my boat from Powell River to Sidney at the end of August. It's a 93 nautical mile trip and I have 3 days to make the journey.
Now, back to the accounting...
I finished the job at 1430 and that leaves me free for the rest of the week. Now I have to decide what next.
I began by washing my boat again. The boat had gathered dirt, spruce needles and leaves during my absence.
Then it was time for supper and a nap.
I had intended to launch the boat after supper, but things need doing first and I am too tired. I went in and watched some video and my intent is to go to bed early.
Those who cannot change their minds
cannot change anything.
Wednesday July 22nd 2015
Now that I have become aware of how inactive I have become, I am paying more attention to daily exercise and went for a hike around Minnow Lake in the morning and recorded it on My Tracks.
My Tracks apparently interfaces with Google Fit, but I have resisted allowing Fit to run or update to present. I am now reconsidering. Does anyone like that app?
I did the same hike back in 2011 with an app on my Galaxy tablet at that time. Here is that post from 2011:
I have been pondering my involvement with Pine Hill for some time now and spent the day writing letters, then Mom and I went out for supper.
Be kind whenever possible.
Thursday July 23rd 2015
Counting today, I have four more full days here at 1207.
I had intended to get out to the North Channel and do some sailing and perhaps buy a boat, but other matters have interrupted my plans. Mom also seems to want my company and I feel guilty running off. I used to spend much more time here, but in recent years, I have not been here nearly as much.
I spent the past two finishing the year end and in deep thought, writing letters.
At this point I am revising plans and dealing with decisions that I have put off. Several are now out of the way. One big one to go...
I had been up early and after breakfast lay done and fell asleep.
Done. I dealt with the last issue.
Now that is taken care of and I'm free -- again.
I just ordered a 500GB SSD for one of my machines. Transferring an existing Win 7 installation to a new drive can be done.
Last time I did it, there were minor issues because the transfer has to be file by file, not sector by sector as would be the case in using identical drives, but nothing fatal happened, and the job is reasonably quick. On the other hand, reinstalling Windows and all software at this point is a multi-day task.
Here are some good articles.
After supper, I started getting my boat ready to go sailing tomorrow. Tomorrow is the nicest day in the my remaining time here, so I should take advantage of it.
I watched Scrubs again before bed. Scrubs is a quirky, off-the-wall parody of life, but sympathetic, insightful and intellectual -- not stupid or crass like so much of television. I get a lot of outright laughs and feel good after.
Simplicity is prerequisite for
Friday July 24th 2015
It's a sunny day, with promise of a breeze in the North Channel. I'll see if I can be ready in time to go out for a sail from Whitefish Falls, Spanish, or Spragge.
Last night, I stepped on the scale and, surprisingly, it said 225. That is unbelievable. Not too long ago, it always said 240 or sometimes more.
Well, I had better not sit here and let the day pass me by.
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I began boat preparations and found I was getting hot. The day is predicted to hit thirty and maybe sitting out on the water in hot sun with no bimini is not the best plan for mid-day.
I also found I have a few small issues to deal with and that I would be getting away really late, so I went in and made a pot of soup for lunch.
After lunch, I went to town have Mom's walker tuned up and by the time I did that and a bit of shopping, it was suppertime. Mom likes to eat early, at 5:30. I took home a cooked chicken, corn and blueberries and that was supper.
I did not do much in the way of exercise today and feel as if I ate too much, even though I am only at half of my budgeted amount of calories.
I have to wonder if this is healthy, eating so little, but it must be. I am eating good food and all I want. I was hungry this afternoon, though and had an ice cream cone for 230 calories onto the total -- and I am still under budget by almost half.
Maybe it is just because I became conscious of my own weight, but I am seeing more and more morbidly obese people. It is shocking, really. When I looked at the menu at Perkins the other day from the perspective of calorie counting, I could see why half the people around me were seriously obese. Go to an all-you-can-eat buffet and the proportion of elephants is even higher.
Just now, I asked Google: "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Am I Obese?"
(I know I am. I'm just hoping Google will lie to me.)
At the current 225, even after losing fifteen pounds from last winter's weight, I am still obese. Drat! :(
And... to get to normal, I have to get down to 180. i.e. lose another 45 pounds!
Would anyone recognize me?
Maybe I should have asked Siri or Cortana instead.
Speaking of Cortana, If you have reserved Windows 10, the upgrade (we hope it is an upgrade and not another Microsoft Bob) will be coming down the chimney any day now.
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I'm glad I didn't go sailing, today, I am tired tonight and turning in early.
Holding onto anger is like drinking
poison and expecting the other person to die
Saturday July 25th 2015
I was up at 0330 for a half-hour. Contrary to my experience until now, I was hungry, so I had a breakfast of two eggs, but skipped the coffee, then went back to bed and slept until 0800 or so.
I stepped on the scale this morning and it again is up to 226 or 227. Weight fluctuates daily. The trend is what matters.
Today's weather here is overcast with risk of thunderstorms, and hardly a great time to be on the water with a huge aluminum stick poking straight up into the air. I realise that I've been worrying about things and pushing myself and so I'm going to relax and quit trying to do anything much at all for the last two days of this visit.
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Weather in my part of Alberta has been ideal for bees, with warm days, warm nights, dry spells and decent rainfall.
Although I weakened my hives as evenly as I could by splitting, I am expecting they will be building up by the time I return. In spite of my best efforts and selling off strong hives, there may even be some honey to deal with.
I have not observed any diseases of consequence besides several cases of chalkbrood, but it is time to assess the varroa load. I have seen very few varroa so far in drone brood that was exposed when burr comb cells were opened by separating brood boxes.
These bees seem pretty good in regard resisting disease and pests, but after a few years of walk-away spits, I am thinking I should be doing some selection or bringing in breeders.
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I notice we are getting more activity in the forum, and today there is interesting post in "Off Topic" by a regular contributor who always has something interesting to say.
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By 1000, It was raining heavily and I decided I should really drive to Pine Hill and retrieve my boat cushions before someone threw them out or some animal ate them, so I drove south and picked up my remaining items from the boathouse and cottage.
I was surprised to see Cloud 9 sitting in the slip looking like new. I'm guessing my brother had the boat restored. Nobody told me.
I called John H to see if he would welcome a visitor. He has company, but said come for supper, so I continued south to visit Gord and John on Goucester Pool.
First I drove to Gord's Marina and visited a bit, then John showed up and we rode across to the island, visited, and had supper. Faced with a full meal, I broke the calorie budget, as much to see what it was like as anything. Hardly worth it, really.
I had two glasses of malbec/merlot to be sociable, but know that I really have to watch myself. For one thing, red wine now makes my gums sore after, but I also tend to forget to stop drinking. The prospect of driving is usually a constraint, but as I age, it takes less to put me over the line.
The wine does loosen my tongue and where I normally listen, I get to telling stories. I generally don't like to get into story-telling because it is so easy to bore people, and I have been soooo bored at times by others who just could not see that I was dying while sitting through their long and unremarkable tales. I watch my audience for any loss of interest, but that did not seem to be an issue tonight.
At 2030, John ran me back to the marina dn I headed up the highway. Google Now spoke to me and said I was on the fastest route and should arrive at 1055 PM.
I arrived at 0230 the next day.
Apparently no one told Google that the highway was closed at Point au Baril and had been for some time. Two people had been killed in a crash at a narrow point in the highway where no detours are possible and the police were taking their time scratching their heads and getting around to clearing the road.
The police had set up roadblocks -- but they were unmanned with absolutely no explanation of what was going on. I was, however, able to move up a long way by taking back roads.
Alas, there is no back road past Point au Baril, so I sat in line and watched some video, which is what I would have been doing at 1207 anyhow, most likely. After an hour of that, I napped a bit, but had to be on my toes since the line moved a mile or two every so often.
Finally, we were allowed through, and the traffic flowed well all the way to Sudbury.
Everyone thinks of changing the
world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
Sunday July 26th 2015
I got up for breakfast, but I'm going back to bed.
That did not work and I got up again. I've had all of three and a half hours of sleep.
I spent the morning chatting with Mom. I leave tomorrow morning and don't see the point in running around chasing my tail. This trip has been a strange one with me trying to get my priorities straight.
I did that, repaired a table, made a run to the lumber store, put the leg back onto a garden table, and had a swim. That used up the day.
Nirvana is where you are, provided
you donít object to it.
Monday July 27th 2015
I fly at ten and should easily be home by supper. First, I have to pack and tidy the upstairs before leaving by shuttle at 0830.
The above query was answered beautifully in the forum by our regular contributors. I'll add a bit more at some point. Right now, I am pretty busy.
The flights went as scheduled and I was in Calgary shortly after 1400.
Attie picked me up and I was on the road in my van by 1430. I bought groceries and drove home.
The day was dull and rainy and as a drove up, I noted that the lawn was overgrown. When I got out, my white van was coated with brown mud from the gravel road, my feet got wet in the un-mowed grass. When I walked in, my home seemed dull and depressing and smelled dank with a strong hint of animal.
I lit the furnace and turned up the heat. Drying things out should help, but I will air the place out and have to address the problem with a steam cleaner, or maybe just Febreze. I have visitors, beginning Wednesday.
I was exhausted as it turned out, so I had a nap, then supper, watched video waiting for bedtime, and went to bed early. I awoke around midnight and had breakfast, stayed up a while, then went back to sleep.
Man is so made that he can only find
relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.
Tuesday July 28th 2015
I'm home and rested up. The sun is rising and I go to pick up Zippy this morning.
I spent my usual hour or two catching up on my diary and emails and it is time now to get out and look at the bees.
I intend to check all hives as soon as I have time, but the coming days will be busy.
I drove to Drum and met Ruth and Zippy at Valley Vet. Zip was happy to see me. The vet gave Zippy a going over and pronounced her sound. From there, I went for a burger and returned home.
At the A&W, I saw a beautiful dark red Grand Marquis that looked like new (you could say the car is cherry) and gave the driver a thumbs up. He rolled down the window and I raved about how beautiful and perfect the car is. He said it will be for sale since it belonged to his father who had just died.
We introduced ourselves. His name? Allen (Allan, Alan?). I said to give me a call when he sets a price and he took my number. They are from Edmonton, and I hardly need another car, but...
I got home and went out to do some work. I was thinking bees, but started on the lawn beginning with the north yards and then the pool and barbecue area, seeing as I would like the clippings to have time to settle into the turf before the kids are running in and out and in the pool. I vacuumed the pool as well.
A warning light had alerted me that one van tire is down a bit on the way home, I adjusted the pressures. The job is not quite as simple as the job used to be before tire pressure sensors on each wheel became common.
That used up the afternoon. I came in for supper and find I have lots of energy left, so I'll lift a few lids and work a few hives after a break.
I went out and did the North Yard, finishing by 2000. Of the nineteen stands, seventeen were queenright, but some queens had only been laying for a few days. There is not much for me to do.
I saw varroa on a larva that was exposed when shifting boxes. This is the first varroa I have seen in a while and a reminder to do some monitoring. I can treat anytime on the hives that will not be producing honey for extraction. Click on the thumbnail. The larger picture is much better.
Although there was another good hour left for bee work, I quit for the day.
I had not finished watching Margin Call when my flight landed yesterday, so I checked Netflix and was pleased to find it, and finished the last twenty minutes or so. Margin Call was an excellent movie on many levels, I thought. I'd love to find more like it.
Somehow, Take Me Home Tonight started up right after Margin Call, so I watched it, too, and it turned out to be one of the better flicks of its genre -- predictable in many ways, but gentle and lacking the unbelievable stupidity and crassness of so many such films -- and, bonus! -- the characters and story were almost (almost) believable. The soundtrack music choices were excellent, too. Another winner, for me anyhow.
Oh, yeah, I watched Scrubs, too. Movie night for Allen.
Let us not look back in anger, nor
forward in fear, but around in awareness.
Wednesday July 29th 2015
I have to remember to take back the Galaxy Tab I bought at Costco some time back. In spite of its good features, the memory is full and machine cannot use the SD card I bought for apps. As a result, unless I erase downloaded data (which also cannot be moved onto he card), I cannot update the software and fifteen apps have been trying to update for weeks now.
I have to do some tidying and general cleanup. I'd like to work through the rest of the hives, but from what I saw yesterday, there is no rush.
We have had bad Augusts, and 'nothing' Septembers, but lately they have both been very good.
There is action today in the forum.
I went out and vacuumed the pool, adjusted the chlorine, and pulled out my driveway leveler. I tried pulling it behind the garden tractor, but decided that it would be too big a load to do that for long. The 4X4 was a natural, but the turning radius is too long, so I ended up using my white van.
The driveway was getting ingrown with weeds and grass, so this made quite a difference. I'll have to repeat the process again in a few weeks.
At 1730, Zippy and I drove to YYC and picked up Jon and the kids. We stopped for burgers on the way home and then watched Back to the Future before calling it a day. Watching BTTF is a family tradition. We all prefer the original flick. The sequels are OK, but not as tight.
Iíve missed more than 9000 shots in
my career. Iíve lost almost 300 games.
Thursday July 30th 2015
I woke up at dawn, had breakfast, then skimmed and vacuumed the pool.
As the month end and approaches, I took a look at my fatsecret.com records. I've entered my foods and exercise faithfully for twenty-five days now and have enough history to see how well it works.
According to Fatsecret's calculations, I have eaten 48,889 calories. Of course that number should be rounded to 49,000 calories and even that number is suspect, so let's call it 50,000+/-?. According to the metabolism and exercise calculations, I have burned 87,741 calories. Again, even rounded to 90,000+/-?, the accuracy is suspect. Both numbers are just best guesses.
Weight loss seems to go in fits and starts due to metabolic cycles, and scale measurements tend to be approximate due to body water content fluctuations and so I will have to wait and see over a longer time span, but so far, it seems that Fatsecret's estimate is overly optimistic by fifty percent. Many of the calorie and metabolic numbers have been entered by users and I suspect some of them are off by quite a bit.
Nonetheless, for me, fatsecret.com is a very useful tool and turns weight loss into a game instead of guessing and self-torture. I can see, too, that although being selective and disciplined when eating (and drinking) is the major steering factor, activity level counts for a lot. My greatest loss was when I was most active.
Jon and the kids went to the River for the day.
After reading Charlie's comments in the forum, I cancelled the Windows 10 upgrades on my two main computers.
Next, I'll look at some more hives.
Nope. More leveling. ...And I pulled the motorhome I bought twelve years ago and hardly used out of the way. Ellen and I bought it on the understanding we would travel. As it turned out, Ellen really wanted to stay home.
I had a swim in the pool and decided to take a break. I've accomplished a lot today. Why I did not do this cleanup years ago is a subject for a book.
Then I disassembled two overhead fuel tank stands. I was intending to sell them, but nobody used overhead tanks anymore., Too much evaporation loss. That was one of those five-minute jobs that took two hours in the hot sun.
I had a salmon steak and cob of corn for supper. The salmon had to be eaten and was excellent. The corn turned out to be the first old-tasting cob I have had for a long time. I had two big packages of chicken and decided to bake the drumsticks. With two kids around they will go fast.
After supper, I took a chance on allergies and mowed grass. I also trimmed the apple trees so I could get under with the riding mower. I guess it has been twenty or thirty years since I got around to doing that and the trees really needed it.
Then I showered, washed my hair and flushed my sinuses. We'll see if I sleep tonight.
We watched the second episode of Back to the Future.
Yup. The drumsticks won't last long. Five disappeared at bedtime.
If you want others to be happy,
practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
Friday July 31st 2015
I woke up at 0444 and decided I was not going to sleep any longer, so I got up. I slept well, but only five hours, so maybe the mowing did affect me. Wakefulness at night can be sign of allergy, but I hardly notice any congestion.
Yesterday, I was sitting at the computer without a shirt after swimming and I felt a stab in my right back, about halfway up. A welt formed and realised I had been stung or bitten. I did not know by what. A few minutes later, a wasp or hornet came by, glanced off me, and stung me on the front at about the same level. I did not swell beyond welts, but both stings are painful, even today.
At any rate, these stings happen to be right in that painful area and seem to be curing it. Maybe the pain has been my rib all along, and not internal organs at all? Odd?
I don't understand myself. For years, stuff has accumulated out the north door and weeds have grown on the gravel pad. My only weed control has been mowing. I have not pruned the crabapple trees for a decade or more. Somehow, I got inspired yesterday and in one day made major inroads on a job that I had put off for years and which had appeared to me to be too onerous to even begin.
In one day, I did what had seemed almost impossible. I don't understand myself.
As for the bees, I sat and watched them a while. I figure they are okay without any attention for a few more days, although I should make sure none of the hives are getting crowded. If any are, it will only be a very few at most.
I had thought I'd see a 20% attrition by now, due to queenlessness, but my North Yard sample came up with only two duds out of the nineteen. I may have more hives this fall than expected.
After years of being on pallets or stands, my hives sit right on the ground these days. It is very handy for moving them with a hand truck, but I am not sure I like it, and will want to raise them up for winter.
I ran my hives sitting on the ground like this for years, but then I palletized. Pallets get the colonies up off the damp earth to where they are not blocked as badly by grass and weeds. Floors last much longer since they are not in contact with the earth.
After breakfast, I went back to bed and dozed for two hours. I think I must have had a bit of an allergic reaction to the mowing as I was half awake much of the time. Yesterday I was mowing tall grass that had not been cut this year and had dead grass standing from last year, so the mower raised dust. Mowing the lawn does not seem to have as much effect on me since all the lawn grass is fresh and green.
I went out and checked the pool and it is looking good. The water is cool, though, at 18 degrees after the cooler weather lately.
Then I decided to continue trimming the apple trees. They are really old -- seventy years or more -- and have a lot of deadwood. I need to get under these trees to mow properly, so the time has come.
This is a beautiful example of a nest. People say nasty things about hornets, but they are gentle giants. I worked around these guys this afternoon, pruning trees including the one they are on and did not notice them until this evening. I have wasps around, too and never get stung -- except for the two stings, sitting in my house yesterday. I still can't figure what that was all about.
I am not sure I could be this close in front of my beehives for long without getting a sting or two. That is not to say they are nasty. I was mowing the other day and returning bees were bouncing off me without stinging. The flow was on.
The pool was a welcome escape from the heat at times during the day and warmed up to twenty-two degrees by late afternoon.
After supper, Shirley came by with a gallon of wine she had made. It turned out to be excellent. She stayed a while, then Sean came by with a computer for Jon to tune up. Sean's mother came along later as well. I made popcorn and the kids watched the third part of the Back to the Future series.
It is better to travel well than to arrive.
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