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Sunday April 10th 2016

Today Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud near noon. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this morning. High 10. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Becoming clear this evening. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h overnight. Low minus 7.

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This is promised to be a cooler day, but sunny.  On my pond, I see a pair of geese have taken up residence and the ducks are back.

Tonight Fen and I are going to hear the blues somewhere in south Calgary. The rest of the day will be more tidying and deskwork.

I spent the day organizing and drove to Calgary at four to meet up with Fen.  She and Maddy were loading bricks and soil at Noah's house.  From there, we went to a farewell party for Noah and Annie, then Fen and I went to the Fish Creek Guy Davis concert.

After, we drove back to the country. I dropped Fen off at The Mill and was home by midnight.

Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a worm,
and yet he will be making gods by dozens.
Michel de Montaigne

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Monday April 11th 2016

Today Mainly sunny. Increasing cloudiness this afternoon. Wind southeast 20 km/h becoming light early this morning. High 17. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers this evening. Clearing near midnight. Low minus 3.

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I plan to run over to The Mill today to pick up a file cabinet that Fen is throwing out.  That works for me since it either get another cabinet or throw out old files.  Throwing out old files is difficult.  I don't enjoy shredding and burning more than a few papers is work.

April is a month of change.  Historical low temperature extremes on record rise from minus twenty-five at the beginning of the month to minus ten at the end, a fifteen degree difference in one month.  By mid-May, the record low is minus five.

hen the rate of change slows.  By July, the record shows zero degrees as the record low, a rise record cold of only five more degrees in two months.  So, mid-may to mid-August is the period with lowest risk of cold below minus five, i.e a 'killer frost'.

April has fooled many beekeepers with its occasional days into the the plus thirties, but smart beekeepers remember that things can change quickly and that being overly aggressive in unwrapping and brood manipulation can bring disaster if the temperatures plunge.

And, don't forget the spring winds.  We routinely get winds up to 100KPH in spring.  If a high wind blows on a record cold day, it guarantees bee losses for overly bold beekeepers while cautious beekeepers whose bees are still wrapped and unmolested will escape unscathed.

Day length and sun altitude are critical factors for plant growth and bee activity.  At this time of year, the sun angle at noon and daylight hours increase rapidly, encouraging plant growth, pollen and nectar production, and bee prosperity. 

The most rapid increases are in February, March and April and the most rapid decreases are in September, October and November.

Click the image at left to see greater detail on each of these driving factors behind spring build-up. Substitute your own location and dates if you like.

I spent the day vacuuming and cleaning and I feel much better for it.  I can't stand a messy home and the fallen leaves and dog hair around was really getting to me.

I also organized my email a bit and did other odd jobs, including shoveling ashes for the first time since arriving home.

Fen and Betty came by after lunch for coffee and to drop off the file cabinet.

In the forum, we discuss how to reduce a four or five storey hive down to two or three boxes easily and quickly without much disturbance and confusion, and without having bees all over the place.

The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him
Henry Stimson

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Tuesday April 12th 2016

Today Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud near noon. High 19. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight A few clouds. Increasing cloudiness before morning. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low zero.

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I slept eight hours and weigh 214.8 this morning.  That is a new low.

I've dropped from 235 back on December 8th to 215 today.  That is a drop of 20 pounds over 4 months,  18 weeks, or 125 days. That's about a pound a week or 0.16 pounds a day.

Lately, I have not been counting calories or getting a lot of exercise, beyond the exercise implicit in housework. When home, I have, however, been restricting my diet to my stews, eggs, and salad wraps.  When away from home, and eating out, discipline is more difficult and the foods on offer are less suited to my preferences.

Additionally, it seems very clear that my weight progress depends on avoiding alcohol and it seems that even small amounts have an effect.  I imagine if I had entirely eschewed alcohol, I would be five pounds lighter right now.

My house cleaning yesterday took me off-task a bit, but the results makes a big difference in how I feel about my environment.

Today I am working with quotes on boat transport and hope to get some filing done.  The weather continues to be beautiful and I really should get outdoors, a bit at least.

I should mention, also that my blood sugar is reading 5.8 this morning before breakfast.  That is low for me.  Morning glucose has been 6.1/6.2 for a decade. 

I spent the day doing everything except filing.  I did some book entries and after lunch worked on a spreadsheet examining a potential boat purchase, then did the one-mile walk and did some more figuring.

The University of California Beekeeping Newsletter came today by email and I noticed this:

COLONY LOSSES 2015-2016

While I don’t have any official numbers or averages for California I can tell you that I’ve been receiving phone calls and emails from many beekeepers who all say they had losses much higher than usual or higher than what they were expecting to see. In fact, some have reported losses double or greater of what they’ve been seeing in the past. Joe Traynor mentions that “There were spot shortages of almond bees with isolated reports of growers paying $200 per colony for 3 and 4-frame colonies.” That wasn’t an easy thing to read or think about. As many growers and beekeepers depend...

<snip>

I kept hearing that the colonies were doing well earlier in the season and varroa mites were seemingly low. And then all of a sudden August came along and the mite numbers were out of control and the colonies started dwindling...

That sounds like what I experienced last year.

 “Tools for Varroa Management” is a mentioned in the newsletter and looks like a good little handbook.

People seem to enjoy things more when they know a lot of other people have been left out of the pleasure.
Russell Baker

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Wednesday April 13th 2016

Today Cloudy. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this morning. High 16. UV index 3 or moderate.
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I still have the filing work and other housekeeping tasks ahead of me. 

Besides the bookkeeping entries, web work and researching boat transport are taking up my time.  I do intend to take a walk again today.

I did not walk, but I did a bit more accounting.  I have just done the minimum in the past few years and decided to clean up the files and that is a big job.

In the process of sorting papers, I came across my historical blood tests and the info from my heart event back in August last summer and spent an hour or two poring over them. 

Reading and studying these items can take up days and at the end I still know nothing, but I did learn that my event was an NSTEMI, my LVEDP was 25mmHg.  Jeopardy and Duke jeopardy scores were both zero and that is a good thing.  I have pictures of restrictions in several heart arteries, none of which are at the point of needing stents, or so I am told.

Apparently a jeopardy score of 2 is associated with a five-year survival rate of 97%, which is in line more or less with the general population at age 70, dropping as the jeopardy score increases -- and zero is a better score than five, so, as the doctors say, I am at little more risk -- if any -- than the general population.

I am not sure if studying this stuff is of any real value since the conclusions are the same whether I become and expert on my condition or not.  Lose weight, exercise, don't worry, eat right, don't drink too much.  That is it.  What else is there to know?

I make it sound simple, but the devil is in the details.  Not everyone can lose weight and be sure the weight lost is the right kind of weight, namely fat instead of muscle. Moreover, eating right means different things to different people -- and well it should. What is eating right for you may not be eating right for me.  Different body types, genders, genetics, environment, states of health, ages and activity levels all require different diets.

I have an existential map. It has 'You are here' written all over it.
Steven Wright

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Thursday April 14th 2016

Today Becoming cloudy this morning with 60 percent chance of showers. High 12.
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Today is the phone auction for the boat I looked at in Annapolis on the fifteenth of last month.  The first call came in at 0900 and I missed it.  My phone was on charge.  Also, the ringer is not very loud.  I got an email to call in, so the auction is on. 

I've been stressing about this for days, weeks maybe, and perhaps a month.

I built a spreadsheet, worried about what the boat is worth in its current condition, and when repaired, wrote emails of enquiry, and researched how to get a boat that is fourteen feet wide and weights 24,000 pounds to Vancouver in the coming week or two, rearranged my funds and generally made sure that I know what I am doing.

This is a big investment and a bit of a gamble. The boat is salvage at this point, but it is quite new, well-equipped, clean, and I have a good repair facility run by people I trust ready to do the job, plus truckers ready to haul it across the entire continent from ocean to ocean.

The recent jump in  the value of the Canadian dollar to seventy-eight cents helps since the auction is in US dollars and the Canadian dollar has been as low as sixty-nine cents.

I am invited to The Mill for supper, so that is where I will be at six this evening.  Between now and then, I don't know.  I have more work to do here, tidying the accounting file and filing papers -- and throwing out a lot of ancient paper --  but it is time to go to town for a few things.  I have to be available for the auction until it ends, but as long as I have my phone, I am in touch and the auction apparently waits on the bidders when they don't respond. The auction could be over today, but it could go on for days.  The last one did.  Meantime, I am in suspense.

The auction works this way: the auctioneer calls and says what the current bid is and you can either pass or bid.  If you pass, I assume you can ask for a call before the auctioneers figurative gavel goes down, but I do not know.

I am finding that I am mired in quicksand.  I thrive on action and  have been here since April first, accomplishing virtually nothing interesting or meaningful.

The seven-week trip was packed with action, starting with the amazing drive to Mammoth beginning mid-morning of  Feb 13, with a stop in Milk River and arriving in Mammoth Lakes on the Monday. 

Five days at the slopes followed, and then a drive to Aliso Viejo on the 19th, a stopover there for three days, then a 20-hour drive to Vancouver on February 23rd.

In Vancouver, I found myself waiting on other people to get papers done, but distracted myself with a three-day trip, driving to Powell River on the 28th and delivering a boat coming back on February 29th and March 1st.

The next week was largely spent waiting around for paperwork on Just Do It! (right) and maintenance on Cassiopeia.  I did some repairs myself, installing shower pump switches, repairing a shower pump,  and having USB outlets installed in the cockpit.

On the 3rd, I did an overnight to Snug Cove, then on March 9th, I flew to Sudbury on the spur of the moment to check out the boat in today's auction and have a quick visit since I had not been there since last July.

I spent Mom's birthday in Sudbury, then drove to New York, spent a day there, drove to Annapolis and back in one day, then spent more time in New York and returned to Sudbury where I spent a few more days and flew back to Vancouver on March 23rd.

In Vancouver, I joined the Easter Flotilla for three days, then split off from the group and headed for Sidney.  I anchored in Selby Cove the night of March 28th and arrived in Sidney the next day. 

That night, I stayed over, then sailed and motored to Cadboro Bay for an overnight. From there, I sailed and motored on to Sooke and back to Sidney in one day.  I stayed the night at the dock, then packed and took the ferry to Tsawwassen, met with Colin, and drove home.

I've been here two weeks, and what have I accomplished?  Vacuumed, watered plants, worked on the books and filing, had  supper out once, and been to a Guy Davis concert.  No wonder I am bored here.

Everything I own owns me, and this place is the worst that way. The cottage is another weight.  I could easily be a rolling stone.  Seven weeks away did not make me homesick.  I just came back because I had to do this drudgery and feel some responsibility to the place.

The Old Schoolhouse was Ellen's dream and when we retired, I thought we agreed to look into downsizing and moving, but she had other ideas and dug in her heels, so we kept the place in spite of the fact that it is a lot of space for two people and far from medical services and other conveniences.  Ambulances get lost looking for the place and the long drive gets snowed in some winters. The heating system is obsolete, but works.

I go stir-crazy here with nothing to do except cut grass and watch the hands go around the clock and tearing pages off the calendar, so I started up with bees again.  She had her studio and preferred to spend entire days there undisturbed.  Not much for company.

We compromised.  I travelled a lot and she had her time alone.  Then she got cancer and I spent the next year and a half being here for her. After she died, I am stuck with the place and found myself with a quandary -- too much stuff and I have  realistic idea how to get rid of it.

Dumpster?  Potlatch?  Auction?  All those seem like a lot of work without a clear outcome.  So I am still here.

I did the one-mile walk again with Zippy.

I have been trying out Google Fit and I don't think I like it much.  I've had other apps I liked better.  I can't figure Fit out.  It seems to lag in time by minutes and update at odd times, plus the GUI is typically wasteful of space and meaningless.  It is always asking to allow high accuracy mode.  I thought it was supposed to be automatic.  If it is, it is, it isn't.  It is pretty barebones.

*   *   *    *    *

Well, the auction continues, but I'm afraid I have been outbid.  I bid my max number and said to call me when the last bid is in and sharpened my pencil.  We'll see if it is worth a stretch.  The working day is over and I suppose it will go again tomorrow.

*   *   *    *    *

I got very little more done except the auction, figuring angles, the walk and more reading about the heart.

I'd like to know if there is any really reliable and proven method of reducing atherosclerosis.  There are plenty of evangelists hawking cures and making claims for everything from Vegan diets to statins, but scant proof that I can find.

I'd like to see real data on people who were found by angiogram to have clogged arteries and after doing something for a while was shown to have improved measurably, again by angiogram or equivalent observation.

Is there such a study?  If there is, I have not found it.

Oh, maybe there is:.  From here...

Reversing Heart Disease

One of the most important recent innovations in heart disease was published in the July 21, 1990, edition of The Lancet. Research findings of Dean Ornish, M.D., demonstrated that heart disease can actually be reversed without surgery or medicines.4

Dr. Ornish studied 47 patients, all of whom had atherosclerotic plaques that were clearly visible on angiograms. He assigned half the research subjects to a control group in which they received the standard care that doctors prescribe (e.g., a diet centered on “lean” meat, poultry, and fish, along with various medications and advice not to smoke).

The remaining patients were assigned to an experimental group that followed a very different regimen, including the following four steps:

  1. Low-fat, vegetarian diet
  2. Brisk walking for one-half hour per day or one hour three times per week
  3. Avoidance of tobacco
  4. Stress management exercises

The prescribed diet excluded red meat, poultry, and fish, virtually eliminating cholesterol and animal fat. It also minimized vegetable oils, because all oils contain at least some traces of saturated fats.

One year later, all patients had a second angiogram to measure the blockages in their coronary arteries. The results showed that the control group patients, who had been following the more traditional medical routine, had not improved. In fact, the blockages in their coronary arteries were worse, on average, than at the beginning of the study. They still had chest pain and still needed medications.

For the patients in the special intervention group, however, chest pain diminished within weeks. Their cholesterol levels dropped dramatically without cholesterol-lowering drugs. At the end of one year, 82 percent of the patients showed measurable reversal of their coronary artery blockages.

I wonder what 'measurable' reversal means.  Must look further.  I also wonder what part of that diet accounts for the results.  And what about the 18% with no "reversal"?

I have been getting plenty of signals that red meat, in fact any mammal meat contains compounds which turn into heart-damaging compounds.

*   *   *    *    *

Ooops.  I was wrong.  Mike the auctioneer is still calling people.  I may get another call tonight.  Hope not. He sounded tired. The bidding has slowed to penny ante.  I gave him a bid, out of kindness.

I'm off to The Mill for supper.

We had a good supper and I was home a bit after nine.

I am determined that my children shall be brought up in their father's religion,
if they can find out what it is.
Charles Lamb

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Friday April 15th 2016

Today Clearing this morning. High 13. UV index 4 or moderate.
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The auction continues.  Mike emailed before I was awake and I made another bid.  The more I pay, the less the potential for profit on the deal.

I slept well from around eleven until three and decided to take out the APAP machine.  I suspected I might be having some apneas and maybe I was right.  Between then and 0700, I noted an AHI of 1.82, BUT the apneas were mostly centrals so maybe APAP was not the answer and maybe the max pressure is set too high?

I had a four small glasses of white wine at supper and that can affect sleep.  The results are always unpredictable.  Sometime I sleep better, sometimes worse, and sometime much worse.

At any rate, I had problems with mouth leakage using the machine, something I noticed the last time I used the machine, too, months ago.  I don't recall that from earlier, and I have other masks and maybe that is the answer.

Anyhow, I am relaxing and accepting being here and that maybe I won't get to the East Coast to join Frank for the offshore.  Getting this auction over, win or lose, will be a relief.  Winning, though would mean more action on the edge of my comfort zone.  Losing means I can get back to my 'real' world.

Further to my mention of reversing atherosclerosis yesterday, here is another reference.  Seems the trick with Googling is to find the right search terms...

Updating a 12-Year Experience With Arrest and Reversal Therapy for Coronary Heart Disease

...a 5-year experience has shown excellent results in patients with severe coronary artery disease who followed a plant-based diet containing <10% fat and who took cholesterol-lowering medication. 14 During this arrest and reversal therapy their lipid levels fell significantly, they experienced no new coronary events, and angiography showed that their disease had stabilized and in some cases selectively reversed...

...Adherent patients have experienced no extension of clinical disease, no coronary events, and no interventions. This finding is all the more compelling when we consider that the original compliant 18 participants experienced 49 coronary events in the 8 years before the study...

The prescription seems a bit overly limiting and the rationale behind some of the restrictions is not apparent, but the results seem intriguing.

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Well, that is over.  I dropped out of the auction and don't have to worry about the boat purchase.  That was quite a run, but it is over. 

Back to my regularly scheduled programming.

In late afternoon, I drove to Calgary for the Foothills Association of Cruiser Sailors meeting.  Now that my calendar is somewhat clear, I am thinking I will go on the ten-day Spring Thaw with the group from May 13 to May 24.

I left before the ending and was home by eleven, having stopped for groceries along the way.

Faith is a cop-out. If the only way you can accept an assertion is by faith,
then you are conceding that it can’t be taken on its own merits.
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Saturday April 16th 2016

Today Sunny. High 19. UV index 4 or moderate.
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I am relaxed now, except I am trying to figure out when and where to meet Frank on the US east coast. I think I have missed the chance to join him in Nassau. 

He is still there, and hoping to leave Tuesday for the US east coast, but I have at least three days procrastinating and chores to do before I can go. Right now, it looks like Charleston on the 23rd. 

From there, we'll sail or motor to Sandy Hook.

I spent the day at the desk and filing.  At the end of the day, Google Fit said I had walked a mile and exceeded my previous days.  That is understandable.  Although this is the best phone I have ever had, the Nexus 5 has a battery that will not last all day with the kind of heavy use I put it to, and I normally place it on the charger when at the desk, but today decided to keep it in my pocket.

In the afternoon, I made more stew, this time vegetarian version. 

I have discovered a bagged dry soup mix that is available in most stores.  It contains barley, lentils, beans and rice and maybe more. Just add water, broth, onion, and diced tomatoes, plus whatever vegetables are in my fridge and simmer for an hour or so.

I will have owned the white van for a year on the 24th and have put 25,000 km on it.

I'm mostly finished my paper sorting and could conceivably get out of here Monday to the Bahamas for the sail back, but if I do that the bees my be on their own.  That is if any are left.  I'm not seeing any buzzing around the house.

Since man cannot live without miracles, he will provide himself with miracles of his own making.
He will believe in witchcraft and sorcery, even though he may otherwise be a heretic, an atheist, and a rebel.
–Fyodor Dostoyevsky
 

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Sunday April 17th 2016

Today Sunny. Wind becoming south 20 km/h this afternoon. High 22. UV index 5 or moderate.
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Today, I have to finish sorting paper and the end is in sight.  Then I plan to look at the hives and tidy the yard a bit. As for when I'll be ready to leave, I don't know. I'll take it as it comes.

My weight loss seems to have slowed, but the trend is intact.  I have not been adhering to any specific diet, merely being careful what I eat and how much.  I had eggs for breakfast and oranges and bananas for snacks vegetarian stew for lunch and a salmon steak last night for supper.

I finished the paper sorting by noon almost exactly.

I have the hives to check and I really should rake up and shovel the ashes and junk left over after burning the boxes and pallets, but probably won't get around to it before I have to go.  I may be able to put off leaving a few days, but need to get down to give Frank a hand by the 25th.

I was in touch with Frank.  My flight options to Freeport are limited and the flights are eighteen to twenty-two hours with two stops, so I could not see how to get to Freeport in time.  Now they have decided to go straight to Charleston without a stop, but Frank needs me for the hop to New York, so I guess I will go to Charleston and meet him there.  From there is only 750 miles and will take five days unless weather is a problem, so I am flying there and back for a short voyage.

He offered the trip up the Hudson and the canals, but Frank's pal I met last March is on that leg and I don't see why I should suffer through another trip with him aboard.  My comments at the time?

"Our third man has turned out to be, at times, especially when drinking, a noisy, loud-talking, ego-centric, potty mouthed misogynist, and when he starts up I just go away if I can, and put in ear plugs, just to keep sane... Even with earplugs in, I can still hear him drone on, but am spared making out the words. Even a forty-five foot boat seems pretty small when he gets talking. Otherwise he seems to be good crew, well-mannered and friendly, and a willing and capable sailor.

The first time was no one's fault, but if I go again knowing he will be aboard, am I crazy?

Besides, by then it will be May 1st and the trip up the River and across the canals takes a week.  From there, Frank needs crew to do Port Colborne to Penetang, but I have been planning to go on the FACS Spring Thaw flotilla from May 13th through 24th on the west coast.

I made up my mind to do the Spring Thaw on Just Do It! and contacted the crew who have been waiting on my decision.  I'd rather sail as captain on the Sunshine Coast for ten days with FACS than motor day and night across lake Erie, up the Detroit River and the Saint Claire Lake and River into Georgian Bay and across to Penetang.

In the afternoon, I shoveled the remaining coal of the bin and closed it up.  The added burden overloaded the auger and I spent an hour or two repairing it. 

I never learn.  I've broken gear boxes and stripped gears overloading augers.  I enjoyed the action, though, and Google Fit decide I had more exercise than I do on the one-mile walk.  Hmmm.

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived, and dishonest,
 but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.
John F Kennedy

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Monday April 18th 2016

Today Sunny. Wind south 20 km/h gusting to 40 increasing to 40 gusting to 60 this afternoon. High 21. UV index 5 or moderate.
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I'm glad I am not on a 22-hour flight to The Bahamas, and I am actually happy to be here at home.  I wasn't at first, but I have settled in. At the end of the week, I'll meet Frank in Charleston and sail offshore for a week or two.  That is less demanding than jumping right away.

Each time I make a jump from one world to another, I land with a jolt. Sometimes I pick up right where I left off, sometimes I don't.  When travelling, where and when I land is usually by choice, but coming home is a decision driven by duty. 

Jumping to Freeport would have been a lurch after the time concentrating on preparing for the auction and possible responsibilities after if I was successful. 

Getting the books up to date was good, too, although doing so kept reminding me of Ellen as I was sorting old papers.  She has been dead and gone for not quite three years and I don't miss her much, but once in a while, I do.   After 45 years of marriage, it is not surprising.

Although I complain, frankly being here in Swalwell is not all that bad.  After all, I lived here for almost 48 years, and it is a good place to rest up.  (Did I say that?  Every place I look, I can see something that needs doing.)

I see I have four geese and as many ducks on the pond today.  It is windy out, so I am not tempted to work hives.  I have kites and wetsuits, but I think I'll wait for warmer water.  The ice is barely out.

I've been windsurfing before the ice was completely out a time or two and it was just fine, even with the chunks clinking around me, but with kites, I lack experience and I am a lot older, too.

This morning I spent time planning for the FACS trip and generally killing time. Chilling, it is called.

All my toys and sailing clothing are in Sidney on Cassiopeia, so I have to think.

This afternoon, I take Zippy to the vet and drop papers at the accountant's.

I drove Zip to the vet's and she got her shots and an exam.  She has a small growth on an eyelid and something lodged in the paw that she licks constantly but is otherwise okay.  I have to decide whether to take her in for minor surgery or not.  She does not like staying at the vet's, and the operations would mean she would be there all day.  It also means two half-hour drives for me. Neither condition is urgent, so we'll see how she is when  I get home next time.

I bought a few items and returned home.

There are worse things in life than death. Have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman?
Woody Allen

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Tuesday April 19th 2016

Today Mainly sunny. Wind south 20 km/h. High 27. UV index 5 or moderate.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Wind becoming north 20 km/h gusting to 40 near midnight. Low plus 2.

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We are expecting a hot day, as high as 27 degrees C

I don't think Apivar worked for me last year.  My mite count last August and my winter loss has been far greater than expected.

 A friend enquired of an expert:

> Eight days ago I put strips in the hives

> Today I did the mite shake and found average 10 mites per 300 bees even one with 30

> I think those strips don t work

> At home less mites but gonna check better

> Hope you have an answer

> For the rest everything fine nucs look good

The expert replied:

It does work. The first week is always low drop. The wind and third week more mite drop.

Well, my guess is that either we have supermites or we have a bad batch of Apivar, or both.  Apivar clearly is not working.

I see my tulips are blooming. I wonder how long until the deer nip them off.

Tonight, at seven, I drive to Airdrie to I meet with the crew for the FACS Spring Thaw.  We'll see how we get along.

I spent the morning figuring  out flights and schedules.   I now have a flight to Charleston booked, but nothing on the homeward leg since the dates are unclear.

I drove to Airdrie and met the guys.  I think this should go well.

Half of the modern drugs could well be thrown out of the window, except that the birds might eat them.
Dr. Martin Henry Fischer

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