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Today was overcast and windy, so I didn't get outside until later in the day. I cut a bit more grass and went back in.
Here is an interesting guy with interesting ideas. Of course he is ridiculed by many establishment scientists, but not all. Banned TED Talk: The Science Delusion.
He asks some interesting questions. Are constants constant? What about before and during the Big Bang -- and afterwards? Why do we believe that? All science is necessarily based on assumptions. Are those assumptions sound? What if they are not?
n science, you don’t just get to
cherry-pick the parts that justify what you were going to do anyway.
I had to take Benadryl to overcome my allergy to the dust from mowing in order to get to sleep, then slept fairly well. I weigh 221 this morning. I haven't been particularly watching my intake and am holding more or less steady. I think I'll get back to work on reducing.
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It's not that I don't want to listen
I slept in again and spent the morning tidying and doing deskwork. My weight is coming back in line.
This is Cruise Weekend in Three Hills, and I went to the website to find out details. There are almost none. That is Three Hills for you. The assumption is that everyone who needs to know knows, so why explain anything in detail? We sometimes get flyers in the mail that don't even mention the town, but assume that we would know the location is Three Hills. Where I live, it could be any of four nearby towns.
Persevering, and thanks to Google, I found more info about the cruise event, not much, but it was buried on a back page on one of the sites, with no links from the front page! Oh, and the cruise has a site on Facebook, too. No one place has what I need and between the three I still have to guess.
The day went by, doing books. I cannot get myself interested in bees.
I decided to drive up to the cruise. Information was scarce, but I understood the the "Meet and Greet" was at Anderson Park and that the cruise went from there, so I found Anderson Park and followed traffic to the entrance -- and was waved on past. I asked what was happening and they said that they were only parking the hot rods there, not classic cars (I guess they counted mine as classic) with no explanation of where to go. Behind me I saw old, non-hot rods being waved in. Go figure.
Wondering, and felling a bit rejected, seeing as I did not get any explanation or instructions, I drove downtown and bought groceries, then met up with Fen and Maddy at the hotel. From there, we went to The Bell 720 restaurant for supper.
I had not liked the place under previous management, but figured the patio would be okay. Walking in, to the entrance, past the patio, I saw a perfect table, but at the door we were told the patio was full. I mentioned that I saw an empty table as I walked by and we were led to the patio where we had supper. I still don't like this place.
By then, it was approaching 8 PM and we had learned the cruise around town and up to Trochu was to start then, so we drove to the Park to see what was up. As we approached, a parade of old cars and novelty cars and hot rods approached, so we pulled over and watched them pass, then joined in at the end.
The parade went around town once, out onto the highway and up to Trochu. Police directed traffic at intersections, but the group straggled out somewhat since some stopped at stop signs and some did not and some let other traffic, unaware of the event, in to the stream.
We circled through Trochu and waved at the turnout, which was much larger than the curbside turnout in Three Hills, then returned to Three Hills. I dropped Fen and Maddy at the restaurant as we passed so they could recover their car.
The flier said that the cruise would continue around Three Hills until midnight, but after one circle, there were few left cruising. A cabaret was planned for 2100, so I guess that trumped driving around. I left and drove home.
Speaking of cars and driving around, the video at right is a blast.
I would go without shirt or shoe
sooner than lose for a minute the two separate sides of my head.
I slept in and then had breakfast. After, Zippy and I drove to Three Hills to see the Show and Shine.
The main Street was full of cars and people. I wandered around for a few minutes. At one time, I would have known many of the people, but have not kept up with the changes in population. People come and people go. Kids grow up. People die.
After a bit of that, I decided to head home and drove back to Swalwell. there were drag and stock car races at the airport, but they really don't interest me.
I did odds and ends for the rest of the day. I was tired.
I still can't get interested in bees. I got a a call, however, from a woman who bought bees from me last year and she needs supplies, so she came over. Hard to say no.
When we chatted, it was clear that she could benefit from some instruction, but she had four youngsters along, so we agreed she would come back tomorrow with a bee suit and no kids and we'd look at some hives. That is a good thing and will break me out of my aversion to working on them. Maybe once I start I'll get enthused again.
Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant
water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen,
I'm energetic today and have to be ready for my hive work at 1300.
I washed the kitchen floor this morning. It has been a long time, and I did not realise how dirty it had become. The floor really needs another coat of paint.
Sera came over and we worked through all the hives and found that I have 16 alive, not the 12 that I had previously estimated, and that I have had a swarm.
The hives are about a month behind, and they are all plugged with honey because we pulled supers early last year to treat for varroa, so I reversed the best of them and found some empty comb for the worst cases. The hives are all in two or more boxes, with some in four. My intention is to split the best hives before I go away.
I did not see a lot of varroa in drone brood, but there were a few in the drone opened when separating boxes. We did one alcohol wash and found 2 mites in 150 bees.
I treated all the hives with oxalic acid drizzle and inserted Apistan in some.
The article includes links to the Alberta label and one thing of note is the instruction to smoke the bees down.
Why smoke? Smoking causes the bees to gorge and IMO therefore to be less likely to ingest the OA syrup, or they will have honey to dilute it in the gut if they do. Smoking could be especially important at times of dearth when the bees are not full of nectar the way they are during a flow, so be sure to do it. In fact, I am thinking one should smoke the whole hive at least a minute or two in advance of drizzling.
Here are a few articles on oxalic acid drizzling. As always, people read things differently and some are overly cautious while others are cavalier, so use your common sense. The product requires the same consideration as strong bleach, gasoline, and other common chemicals.
Whatever women do they must do twice
as well as men to be thought half as good.
I slept well and am planning to get outside, but the wind is already blowing at 13 MPH and the day is predicted to reach 31 degrees C.
It was a hot, windy day and I stayed in for most of the day.
I spent the day doing odd jobs at the desk and went for the one-mile walk at the end of the day.
If I look confused, it's because I'm
Today promises to be less windy, but hot, so I plan to get out early. First tasks are 1.) change the van spark plugs, then 2.) work on the pool.
I began by ordering two 128 MB SD cards ( 1 ) ( 2 ) to expand the computer memory on one of laptops and an old netbook. Yesterday, I ordered a 128GB high speed mini USB thumb drive. Between them all, one or two should do the job.
I plan to go to town at some point to buy groceries and drop files at the accountant's.
In all, the job took two hours, or more if we count the time researching how to do it. The plugs cost almost seventy dollars, too, up for the twelve or so per set I recall from years ago. Back then, though, the plugs had to be changed every 20,000 miles. These ones should have been changed quite a while ago from the look of them and may explain the 'cylinder six misfire' code I saw on the reader the other day.
I hoped the van would start right up with no roughness or codes, and it did start right away and run smoothly, but the CEL (Check Engine Light) came on, so I found my OBDII dongle (right) and pushed it into the socket and called up Torque on my phone to see what the issue is.
Apparently the input air sensor is reading high voltage (low temperature -- screenshots below). I had had problems connecting and disconnecting some plugs on the electrical harness, and the sensor plug was one of them, so I'll have to check.
We'll see. This error will not affect performance in any way.
Back to the salt mine.
I went back out and wiggled the plug a few times and the temperature reading changed to plus 33°, so I guess it was just a bad connection. The CEL is still on, but the app shows no codes, so I imagine the light will go out in a while.
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While working on the van, I remembered that I have not claimed for the rabbit damage to my van that happened back on Feb 13th in Idaho. I did not initially think there was much damage and figured that I would be able to fix it myself -- until I looked more closely.
Today, on closer inspection I could see that the damage might well be quite a bit more than the deductible, and not something I could repair convincingly, so I looked up my policy to find that I have comprehensive coverage that covers animal collisions, and called the insurance company. Not only is the bumper shattered at the bottom, but the air dam is, too.
Eventually, I told my story, and my claim was approved. Animal hits don't affect my claims record. Apparently such events are always the animal's fault, and apparently I had a whole year in which to claim.
After the claim was approved, I drove to the body shop in Linden that the insurance company recommended and was told the cost would probably be $1,100 to $1,500. I'm glad I bought comprehensive coverage with a $250 deductible and made the claim!
From there I went to Three Hills and bought groceries and gasoline for the mower and returned home.
As I sit here at 1845, I hear loud thunder. I think I'll go outside anyhow. I have cleanup to do, and the pool. With 32° temperatures, I could have used the pool today.
I went out and unloaded the gasoline, looked at the pool and assembled the items I'll need to clean and fill the pool tomorrow. It is getting late for that tonight.
This evening, since I have capitulated and bought the new Win 10 machine, and have decided that since Google has full access to private data through Android and Chrome and searches and DNS, Microsoft is probably no worse, I logged onto the netbook again and signed in with my MS credentials. After the machine updated, I found it runs a bit slow, but acceptably well.
I then tried to activate Windows, but none of my keys worked and because the original OS was Vista, the machine does not qualify for a free update to 10.
Remembering that keys are often sold online, I searched and found lots of cheap keys for Win 10 Pro (Interesting!), but none for 10 Home. I figure 10 Pro is too much for this limited device and kept looking.
Eventually, I found the offer (below and right) and ordered. I figured at around $20 CAD it is cheap enough compared to $119 for a key from MS. The way the deal works is to use the valid and eligible Win 7 key from a dead scrapped machine for a free upgrade to 10. We'll see if it works.
I played around with computers and watched some video, then went to bed very late, at 0100.
I have learned to use the word
'impossible' with the greatest caution.
I slept well. Seven hours. My weight is dropping again, but slowly. It took two weeks to gain, but I did not lose that gain in the next two weeks. I weighed 218 when I went west and am now still two pounds above that, two weeks after returning.
Today promises to be a good day for outdoor work. It'll be a hot after lunch, but I need to split hives and tidy before I go away.
The Windows 7 key arrived by email and I spent the morning trying to get the key to work on Windows 10 on the netbook. It did not, so I asked for a refund.
The seller asked me to try another, then several more keys, so I did -- and finally got one to work so now the netbook has an activated version of Win 10 running.
Was it worth the hassle? I don't know. I now have four working laptop computers. Why?
I had intended to work on the bees and had promised Sera a frame with young larvae seeing as her hive seems to be queenless and has no brood, If this is the case, trying to introduce a $40 purchased queen is likely to be problematic, especially for a beginner.
Putting in a frame of young larvae will soon tell if the hive is queenless. If it is, the cell will provide a laying queen in about three to four weeks with 80% probability and if there is a queen of some sort, adding a purchased queen would result in wasted money.
I did not much feel like it and the bees were cranky due to the wind and lack of flowers, but I went out and split four hives. I hope there is enough of a flow that this will work out. The bees are not robbing, and there is nectar around the brood, so I guess there is something coming in. Ideally walkaway splits should be made when the bees are feeling prosperous.
After supper, Sera came and got the frame and will put it into her hive tonight.
I was up late playing wit5h computers and watched a bit of video. Did not get to sleep until after 0200.
Where there is no hope, it is
incumbent on us to invent it.
I slept well, but only five hours. When I sleep less at night, I have an afternoon nap and that seems to work.
Today promises to be a good day for outdoor work. I have plants to water and maybe company for supper. We'll see...
Yes! I'm having a barbecue, so have to get hustling.
Mid-afternoon, I drove to town and bought groceries. For a barbecue, I needed hamburger and beef chunks for shish kabobs and a few other items. I don't eat much meat these days, and a barbecue is mostly meat. At the checkout, I discovered that meat is really expensive compared to the things I usually eat. I guess I knew that, but just the same...
Before supper, a thundershower came through and dropped a fair bit of rain, which was much needed as things were getting dry, but by supper, the sun was out and the grass had dried out. We could have sat outside, but everyone liked it indoors, so I cooked outside and we sat inside at the table.
No one had though to bring wine, and I had nothing, so it was a dry meal, which was actually a pleasant change. I'm not sure wine adds much to a gathering.
Everyone left by 2100 and I cleaned up, did some computer work, watched video, then went to bed around midnight. For whatever reason, I seem to sleep better if I go to bed late.
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