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Background Image: Jean, Nathan and Daisy at the seashore.

Friday November 20th 2015

Today Clearing this morning. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light this morning. Wind becoming west 20 gusting to 40 this afternoon. High minus 2.
Tonight A few clouds. Increasing cloudiness after midnight. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low minus 11.

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The days are now growing more November-like.   We are now a month from the first day of winter and temperatures are closer to freezing.

Wondering about current honey prices, considering the US dollar is climbing, I posted in the forum and got some responses, but pretty much what I already have, so I remembered the Mid US Honey Producers Market Hotline number I posted in the diary a while back.

A quick honeybeeworld.com search at brought up  the number -- 1-763-658-4193 -- I had posted back on September 11, 2002.

I called and the number is still active.  They report prices for white mostly around $1.85 with one over $2.  Again, they give no dates and the last update was a month ago.

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I think it is official, although I'm cheerful and busy, I am either depressed or getting senile.  There may be other explanations, but I just do not seem to be getting much accomplished.  I remember my aunt sitting reading the same pages in the same book over and over.  Is that me?

Look back a year and not much has changed. I'm pathetic.  I got over losing my cat, but I am just now finally (maybe) getting over losing Ellen.

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I have been feeling uninspired today and decided the solution is to take a walk, so Zip and I did the one-mile walk down the property and back.

On getting back, I feel much better.  Carolyn, my neighbour,  says walking changed her life.  Maybe it is true. The secret of life is simple: keep moving.

I may whine, but while I 'suffer', I am plotting a trip to the Wet Coast to take Cassiopeia over the Granville Island for her annual.  I'm also off to LA for Thanksgiving and thinking of spending Christmas with Mom.  Some depression, huh? 

At any rate I am making supper.  It is simple tonight: soup and salad. (Plus cake and ice cream).

My friends showed up and we had a good visit.  I had not seen Joe and Oene for a while and it was great to get back together and catch up on things.

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Saturday November 21st 2015

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Wind becoming west 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High plus 5.
Tonight Clearing this evening. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low minus 7.

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In spite of better intentions, I drank too much last night and am paying for it today.  I'm tired and loafing around.  I don't have a headache, but am uninspired and a bit foggy-minded.  I really should quit drinking entirely as once in a while I don't seem to know when to stop.

The old temperance saying applies here. "The man takes a drink, the drink takes a drink, the the drink takes the man".

The first drink is pleasant, but starts wearing off, so I have another.  It starts wearing off, too after a while... After that point, my judgment is impaired and I am inclined to have another, then  another...

It is a quandary.  Generally people drink to relax a bit and loosen inhibitions.  The problem is that at some point, judgment is impaired and because judgment is impaired, another drink does not seem like a bad idea.

I've watched myself progress through those stages and as far as I can see, the only reliable way to prevent overdrinking is either to be somewhere where I have to drive and where I stop at one or two over a meal or simply not drink at all.

When it comes right down to it, I really should not be drinking at all as my prescriptions recommend avoiding or limiting alcohol.  As I age, my tolerance has dropped, too, so the effects are less predictable.

Sometimes I go without a drink for weeks and don't even think of it, but then have a few drinks and get back into the habit and I have not been able to convince myself to quit entirely.

The furnace is now running reliably (touch wood) and I am feeling a bit less worried about being away. 

I have people lined up to back me up and am watching the weather.  If we can believe the forecast, the coldest days and nights are predicted to be Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, then  the weather moderates back to seasonal normals of minus one to minus eleven, which is not too worrisome.

As suggested in the forum, I considered draining the water pipes as a precaution and realise that the service shut-off is inside the building.  There is a shut-off across the tracks, but is it a hydrant that would drain the line?  I don't know. 

I wonder how the water service would stand up to a hard freeze, say if the building was not heated over winter.  Can water meters stand freezing?  What about the plastic pipe to the meter?  Emptying traps and toilets is simple with a wet-or-dry vacuum cleaner and most of the pipes drain easily, but the service is a question.  Of course, that area would probably freeze last since it is below grade and the ground holds heat.

For those who have just become aware of this lingering depression we are experiencing and don't know the history or the mechanics, here is a good primer. Bill Gross: The US Economy Needs a Steeper Yield Curve

Those of us who have been watching longer term can recall warnings as the fed lowered rates of becoming stuck at the zero bound with no room to move.

We have also been watching the declining positive effects on GDP of each additional unit of incremental debt as we approached "Peak Debt".  Today, societies and individuals have borrowed against the foreseeable future and beyond to the point where in aggregate no one can borrow and no one wants to lend, nor should they.  The future is fully sold out and there is too much of everything: too many stores, too many cars, too many roads, too many houses and too many clothes.

Our economy depends on making more and more to keep people busy since when people are not busy, they turn to mischief.  Our leaders have zigged and they have zagged, over-revved the engines and thrown out ballast, but we are rapidly running out of runway for takeoff.  A crash is immanent.

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Something I have not mentioned, but is interesting is that I sold out of the stock markets on the morning of the day I later had my heart event last summer.  Were these things related?  Was I overly stressed? I don't think so, since I did that then went out and worked for two hours and came back inside feeling fine before, after an hour for lunch and a rest, I found I was experiencing acute indigestion and decided to go to the hospital.  Nevertheless, it was quite a coincidence. 

I had just read the signs of a soft market and decided that I had been here before and did not need the Snakes and Ladders trip I took last time the bottom dropped out of the markets.   I rode it out and came out ahead, but could have bailed  earlier.

In 2007, I recall that exactly when the markets topped, a little voice inside told me to sell everything, but I didn't.  It happened again at another top after that.  This time I sold, but it was not a top.  I recognized the recent top back in January or so, too, but did not act at that time.  On August 24, I definitely saw signs of weakness and a future collapse and calmly bailed.  Quit while you are ahead is the rule.

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Matt dropped by this afternoon to look over some jobs I have been looking at but not getting around to, the two sheds being the main items.

I mentioned that I am thinking I'll move in the next five years and suggested he buy the place.  He is the one person who could just move in the way it is +/- (I think).  He did not say no.

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I decided that the suggestion to drain the water system was a good one and spent some time sizing up the job.  I've drained the cottage pipes many times, but never this building, that I can recall anyhow.  The cottage was simple.  No washing machines and only one toilet.

If I drained these pipes before, it was back before I had a dishwasher or a clothes washer.  These appliances add a degree of complexity I think. Googling seems to indicate they have to be purged or filled with anti-freeze or both.  The RO filter also adds a degree of complexity.  Of course, I could just leave those items un-drained on the assumption that nothing will go wrong and with the knowledge that repairing or replacing them would not be nearly as difficult, messy and expensive as dealing the pipes in the walls or hot water tank.

Looking the job over, I see I would either have to pull a hose at the meter or install a valve for such purposes.  Also, if I am going to do this job once, I may want to do it again, so I should make any alterations necessary to make the job a simple matter of opening valves, vacuuming traps, blowing air, and pouring plumbing anti-freeze.  I have a big air compressor with a 40-gallon tank, so I can blow air without any problem as long as I have an appropriate point to attach to.

Of course, I'll need to have a drum of water handy for plant watering while I am gone, and when I get home I'd like to just close a few drains and open a valve and be back in business.

All this is just thinking.  Doing is different.  Will I actually get around to spending the hour or two to get this done for this trip?  I doubt it, but I did take a look.  For one thing, I will have to install several valves and change the way the incoming line runs.  Not big jobs, but jobs just the same.

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Sunday November 22nd 2015

Today Mainly sunny. High plus 5.
Tonight A few clouds. Increasing cloudiness after midnight then periods of snow. Low minus 10.

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I slept my normal six and a half hours, and got up at 0525, had breakfast, did dishes, cleaned up and went back to bed before dawn.  I then slept and dreamed until almost nine. 

I was so tired when I awoke that I wondered if I had carbon monoxide poisoning or another heart attack.  Of course, I don't have either, and the dog was just fine, but I was so tired I wondered if something was wrong.

The One-Mile WalkI got up and found I am just fine.  I think I am just emotionally exhausted.  If you have been following this diary, that might be more obvious to you than it has been to me.  Regardless, that is probably a good thing, a sign of a breakthrough.

Zip and I did the one-mile walk (.kmz file), then I got to work getting ready to go.

I am watching the weather forecast for the time I am away.  Although there will be people here taking care of things. I don 't expect them to be able to manage any of the catastrophes my overactive imagination is able to dream up, so not seeing any minus forty weather coming is reassuring, not that I really believe a ten-day forecast.

I got a notice today regarding one of my credit cards (below). 

Can you believe people are actually paying these ridiculous fees?  How can they do that and survive?

All credit cards are just as bad if the full amount is not paid in full before each and every due date.  Missing a payment by even a day brings penalties and drives up rates.

What many do not know is that even being a few cents short triggers these high fees on all the month's purchases.

• The fee for a Dishonoured payment (charged for a dishonoured payment or convenience cheque) will increase from $25 to $42;
• The Overlimit Changes effective as of your February 2016 credit card statement
• The Cash Advance (Standard) interest rate** will increase from 21.97% to 22.97%
• The Performance interest rate for Purchases will increase from 24.95% to 25.95%
• The Performance interest rate for Cash Advances will increase from 24.95% to 27.95%
• The Default interest rate for Purchases will increase from 24.97% to 25.97%; and
• The Default interest rate for Cash Advances will increase from 24.97% to 27.97%

Changes effective as of February 2, 2016
 • The fee for a Dishonoured payment (charged for a dishonoured payment or convenience cheque) will increase from $25 to $42;
• The Overlimit fee (charged if overlimit on the statement date) will increase from $25 to $29; and
• A NEW inactivity fee will be introduced. The inactivity fee will be charged if on your statement date there is a credit balance on your account and there has been no activity (meaning no debits, credits, interests or fees) on your account for the preceding 12 consecutive months. The fee charged will be a fee equal to the lesser of $10 or the credit balance amount.

I do use this card all the time because it is very handy and also gives me points towards groceries I would not get paying cash. but I always prepay the card and keep a deposit balance on it.  I treat it like a bank account with overdraft privileges and seldom owe them money.

Some people like debit cards, but debit cards are a direct siphon to a bank account and any money in it  -- plus any other bank accounts in that same name!  I would never use a debit card because in case of fraud, the customer (you or me) has to appeal to the bank to get the money back!

While recovering money stolen by fraud against a debit card may not be impossible, with a credit card, any overpayment on the account is the only amount at risk for the cardholder -- assuming the cardholder has no other accounts at that bank.  (In that case, the banking agreement may permit attaching funds from associated accounts).

With credit cards, the bank risks all fraudulent charges and has to chase the cardholder for payment if the bank thinks the cardholder should be held responsible.

Banks have algorithms to detect credit card fraud and nip it in the bud.  Do they monitor debit cards that carefully?  I doubt it.

No matter how they posture and their employees smile, banks are not your friend. 

I went out this afternoon and unloaded the extracted supers that Martin had brought back the other day and tarped the leaking roof over the basement addition.   I also took out the drum and a quarter of ashes that were sitting waiting and shoveled the ashes in the firebox. 

My main concern while gone is that the ashes might get too high.  Last time I shoveled was about this time of day on the 17th and just now I did not get even a half drum That was five days worth, so I should be okay for the time I am gone.  Each load of coal is different.  Some have higher ash content, so it can be hard to predict how many ashes will be produced.

I'm watching the weather and see that the predictions now are for a minus five degree average and that is not too challenging.

Nancy emailed that my boat cushions are ready and in place, and she sent a picture (right).  They look okay.  A bit lumpy, but okay.  The original job that was on the boat when I bought her lasted three years and was getting pretty sad.  Whoever did that job cut corners.  One cushion was made up of eight different foam pieces, so I think she did well to get things looking this good.

Dawn was a bit concerned to see that I chose naugahyde, but that is what Nancy and I decided.  Fabric was always getting dirty and this stuff is  bulletproof -- I hope.  It may not be quite as cozy to sit on as fabric, but spilling wine and sitting in bathing suits won't leave a mark, and condensation drips from the ceiling portlights won't show.  On a charter boat, IMO, appearances matter.

Many charter boats are run down and poorly maintained, but I make a point of keeping everything first class.  I want people to keep coming back.  (Well, maybe not the people who broke the backstay, tattered the genoa sheet and the genoa roach, lost the battens from the main, and bent the outboard prop, but everyone else).

I watched some video again after supper, then went to bed early and was asleep by ten.  I figure I'll be awake early, so the best plan is to sleep when I am tired.

I awoke at midnight and got up, had breakfast.

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Monday November 23rd 2015

Today Cloudy. Periods of snow beginning this morning. Amount 2 to 4 cm. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h late this morning. High plus 2.
Tonight Periods of snow. Amount 2 to 4 cm. Wind becoming north 20 km/h before morning. Low minus 5.

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I was up at midnight but after breakfast and coffee, I decided to go back to bed.

I managed to sleep until three and am now up for the day. I have things to do before I go but most of it is worry and fiddle.  I am pretty wound up it seems.

I have a stress test at 1345 in Red Deer, so I don 't have to leave until eleven or eleven-thirty, then will spend the night at Jean's.  I still have to pack and water plants.  That is about it, really, and I have eight hours to do it.

I slept a bit, rested a bit and got ready to go. I also realised that i do have a backup that can keep a chill off the place if someone notices a problem.  I have a 75,000 to 200,000 BTU space heater that runs off a BBQ bottle.  A 20-lb bottle holds 430,000 BTU, so  at the lowest setting, one bottle is good for almost 6 hour.  75,000 BTU is plenty.  Too much, actually, in the weather we expect.  The heater is not vented, so it cannot be used in a confined space, but my old school is draughty enough to be safe for emergency use.

The forecast is for snow. So far, at 0900, nothing.

I managed to be ready to leave around a quarter to twelve.  Snow was beginning to fall as I left.  I dropped Zip at the Mill and arrived at the Red Deer Hospital in time for my appointment, then spent fifteen minutes at admitting watching two very inefficient receptionists checking in an old man while a line of us waited.  I went to the cardio unit and it seems I had not needed to go to the front to check in there after all.

I did the stress test and was told to come back in a year.  Apparently I don't need any rehab special diet, etc.  I do have a little heart muscle weakening, but nothing worrisome.

I then had the transmission shop check the fluids and drove to Jean's.  By then the snow was getting serious and highways were being closed.  I drove carefully and arrived by dark. 

We had supper and I went to bed early and slept.

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Tuesday November 24th 2015

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I woke up at 0400 and worried a bit since I cannot see the needle on the thermometer at home on the surveillance camera.  I had moved the thermometer to improve things, but now the LEDs are causing glare at night.  I can see fine during daylight, though.

After a bit of worry, I decided to be a fatalist, set the alarm for 0600 and went to sleep.

At 0609, Jean knocked on my door. My alarm had not gone off.  Apparently Alarm Clock Extreme does not work reliably on Marshmallow.

We were a little later than planned leaving and the roads were covered with a foot of fresh snow.  We passed cars in the ditches on the #2 but we parked, took the shuttle, and arrived at the airport two hours early, as planned.  There were no security or customs lineups, so were were in the lounge an hour and a half before flight time.  Better early than late, especially on a day like this.

The flight was uneventful and Jon picked us up immediately.  An hour later we were at Songbird Lane.  The kids were at school and school was ending, so Jean, Jon, Nathan and Kenzie went to get them.  I stayed back and troubleshot my RoamMobility plan.  I had phone and text, but the data was sporadic.  I fiddled and tried various things and finally stepped down from LTE to 3G and back and it worked.

I had thought Jon had an extra car, but apparently not, so I reserved one nearby.  I was surprised to find they are dirt cheap for some reason.  I would have expected high prices at the last minute on a holiday.

We had supper, the Jean and I are off to get the car.

We got the car, a Sentra, Graham showed up.  We partied a while and that was our day.

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Wednesday November 25th 2015

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It is minus eighteen at home and plus eighteen here.

The kids slept outside last night, but the tent had to be moved at 0200 due to rain and a puddle forming under their original spot on the patio.

We had breakfast an all loaded into vehicles to go to the Sawdust Festival.  When we arrived we knew there was something wrong.  There were plenty of nearby parking spots.  There never are.  I went in and asked and they don't open until weekends.

From there, we went to Aliso Creek Beach.  The surf was up so the kids did not play in  the waves.  Too dangerous.  The playground was enough to keep them entertained for an hour.  I flew my trainer kite, then we went to the Jack in the Box in Dana Point for lunch and then down to the marina to look at boats.

I had arranged to charter a boat for Friday and we had to decide  which boat of two possibilities to take.  One is 36 feet and the other 43.  With the eleven of us, the 43 turned out to be the obvious choice. The whole bunch of us, kids and adults traipsed around the docks and boarded both boats.

I paid the fee, got the keys and we returned to Songbird Lane.  Steph's kids went to their dad's for thanksgiving, reducing our numbers to nine.

Supper was pizza.  I went to bed early.

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Thursday November 26th 2015
US Thanksgiving

 

Today Sunny. High minus 4.
Tonight Clear. Low minus 9.

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Today, we eat turkey in the early afternoon and then some of us will be sleeping overnight on the boat at the marina.

I'm watching the temperatures at home and they are cooler than anticipated, but the heating seems to be working alright.  I worry about the furnace, though. The auger is a bit out of place, but it seems to be working okay.

I see we received a few inches of snow at home.  The weather here is mild.  Nothing much happened in the morning other than walking around the block.  We ate turkey in the afternoon and it turned out that nobody but me wanted to sleep on the boat, even though we had the option to sleep there two nights.  I wanted to go early to have time to get acquainted with the boat.

I drove down and boarded, then found the power was showing reverse polarity, meaning that I was running on  battery.  It was dark already, but I found the lights and soon was quite at home.

KeRu is a 1992 Hunter Moorings 433, two cabin model.  In California, a furnace on a boat, even a big one like this, is the exception, not the rule, and this boat was without any heat at all, so it was cool on board. 

The boat was a bit smelly from being closed up with no heat, but I was comfortable enough.  I read the manuals, watched some video on my tablet, and went to bed in the spacious rear cabin.  Nice boat.

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Friday November 27th 2015

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Today, we sail.

Around two AM the rain started.  Off and on, it pounded on the coachroof until dawn and I wondered how the day would turn out.  I had not planned on rain.  This boat has an open cockpit, with just a big dodger and a bimini for shelter up top.

I was up with the dawn, and when I went up top I found the rain had stopped and the sun was out.  The others arrived soon with coffee and a picnic lunch.  We were nine in total as Steph's kids were with their dad.

We all boarded and pulled out of the harbour at 0830 and bright sun and a fresh breeze.  Once we got out onto the ocean, though, the  wind became light with a two-foot swell at thirteen seconds.  We sat there rocking and moving slowly.  These are not bad conditions for the sailors on board, but a bit challenging for Steph who had a history of motion sickness and was trying out a new preventative medicine.  She soldiered through, though and the medicine seemed to work.

After a while the wind picked up and we headed for Newport Beach and Balboa Island, tacking against a shifting breeze. Jon wanted to look at the coast, so we tacked in and out and made it as far as Laguna Beach by 1400. 

About the time we arrived at South Laguna, clouds appeared over the hills to the east promising rain.  We figured we would just have a brief shower, but more clouds appeared and soon we were sailing through wind shifts and squalls and a downpour that did not end as quickly as we had hoped.

While the others stayed below or huddled under the large dodger, I started the engine and motored for the harbour, only partly sheltered by the bimini. 

Soon  the breeze freshened, though, and we sailed fully powered at hull speed on a close reach.  Even with no previous experience, McKenzie turned out to be an excellent helmsman holding a course better than many sailors much older.

We reached  at the entrance to the boat basin, made our way though a maze of boats coming and going, snuffed the sails and arrived at the pump-out around 1520.  By then the rain had stopped and the sun was coming out.  We had several hours of charter left, but I know when people have had enough.  We pumped the waste tanks and returned to our slip. 

This timing was about perfect.  Everyone had a good time, but if we had been out another hour, the feelings might have been different.  As it was, everyone got to go home while it was still daylight and sunny.

We didn't really have supper, but just raided the fridge.  There was no shortage of turkey, potatoes, gravy...

After, we watched Pixels, a rather lame and predictable, but mostly harmless movie and the first one with Adam Sandler I have not hated, then played Apples to Apples until 2100.

Then I watched an episode of Death in Paradise and went to bed.

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Saturday November 28th 2015

Today Sunny. High plus 4.
Tonight Clear. Low minus 18.

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Around ten, we all drove to the Sawdust Art Festival’s 25th Annual Winter Fantasy, stayed two hours, then returned home.

I had asked Maddy to check my heating system today, and around 1330 she was at my place.  I was able to advise, watching her on the surveillance cameras. 

When she left, I asked her to leave lights on so I can see better at night.  The cameras' infra red lighting is good enough for security purposes, but leaves a bit to be desired for furnace monitoring.

 Around 1400, Jon took the gang to Top of the World to hike and play and I took Daisy, the dog, to Crescent Beach.

We returned for supper and I made turkey quesadillas.

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Sunday November 29th 2015

Today Sunny. High zero.
Tonight Clear. Low minus 17.

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Today, nothing has been planned in advance.

Around 1000, Jean, the kids and I decided to go to Zoomars, the petting zoo in San Juan Capistrano, so we packed a picnic lunch and off we went.

We spent an hour and a bit at the zoo, then went to Los Rios Park and had our lunch, and drove up the Coast Highway to Active Culture for dessert.

From there we went to Moulton Meadows playground, then back to Songbird Lane, arriving around 1530.

I have some time now and am getting back to designing the heating system.  I simply cannot go on the way I have and must get at least a basic installation.  The ideal, though is to make the original installation expandable without restrictions due to oversights or having to tear pieces out.

I have been through all this before down to what units to install and where and how to run the vents.  Gas pipes can go almost anywhere, but vents are limited in terms of bends, slope, distances and proximity to windows and other building features.  They are also larger and harder to run through concrete walls and other obstacles.  I have to get back up to speed, and since then, specifications and recommendations have changed.

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Monday November 30th 2015

Today Sunny. High minus 1.
Tonight Clear. Low minus 17.

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Today, Jean and the kids are off to Legoland.   Tonight we return the car and tomorrow, fly back to Edmonton.

They left at 0845 and were gone all day.  Surprisingly, Nathan lasted the entire time and only slept on the way home.

I stayed at Songbird Lane, watched sailing videos on YouTube and took daisy for a walk.

Jon made chili and Steph made turkey soup.  The Legoland crew returned around six and we ate, then Jean and I took the car back to the airport.

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