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Background Image: Aaron applying Oxalic Acid by Vapourization

Tuesday September 20th 2016

Today Showers. High 13.
Tonight Showers. Low plus 3.

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Today, our plan was to go to Hedley to tube down the Sacandaga rapids, so we got ready to go, then called the info line and learned that the flow would be only 350 cubic feet per minute until four PM, when the gates would open and we would have four thousand.  At three hundred and fifty, the riverbed is bare and the rocks are prominent in the reduced flow. So, we waited.

In the meantime, we went to look at some hives.  Since Aaron had bought two oxalic acid evaporators, but never yet used them, we took them along  so he could try them out.

We arrived at midday and the bees were flying freely, and that is not the best time to use the evaporators, but for a test run, it had to do.

Aaron has mouse guards in all his hive entrances and that slowed him down, but he did have booster cables along to allow powering the evaporators from the truck battery.  The evaporators have long leads with clamps, and the hookup was easy.

For a two-storey hive, the evaporators uses two grams of oxalic acid dihydrate  per hive -- the same material which is sold as wood bleach at paint stores. 

In spite of dire warnings on labels and literature, OA is quite safe to handle with dry hands and utensils as long as contact is minimal and no moisture is involved. Rinsing hands after is wise, especially if the powder has touched the skin.

As when handling any corrosive acid or base, fresh water should be kept at hand.  With OA, having baking soda handy to neutralize any acid spill or contact is a wise precaution.  Baking soda is harmless on skin and quickly neutralizes acid.

Care must be taken not to get OA powder anywhere where prolonged skin contact could occur, such as dropping it into boots or into clothing, and contact with mouth, nose, eyes, or other damp sensitive body region must be avoided.

The fumes from fumigation are visible and likewise not a worry as long as one is careful not to breath them.  Most beeyards are sufficiently well ventilated that it is not likely to get anything more than an occasional whiff, and any slight whiff of the smoke will convince anyone to be more careful to stay upwind, but such exposure is likely harmless unless the exposure is prolonged and/or repeated.

So, most of us using dry OA don't use gloves or masks, but do advise others to use them.   We are careful, though and keep safety supplies at hand.

Disclaimer: This is what I do, and not a recommendation.  Know and follow whatever precautions, laws and regulations that apply where you are.

The powder is placed into the cup of the evaporator and the evaporator is shoved into the hive entrance after smoking the bees up a bit.  The entrance is then blocked with pieces of foam and electricity is applied for as long as it takes to empty the cup.  The evaporator is ready to remove in three to five minutes, but the entrance remains blocked a bit longer.

There is much more about OA in my diary.  Do a search.

Aaron did about ten hives, then it was time to go.  We drove both vehicles up to the rapids since we had to have some way to get back to the origin after the ride to recover the vehicle.  We left one at the bottom and drove the other to the top.

The ride was a s good as ever.

We drove back to Round Lake, then north to a buffet for supper.

Life is a zoo in a jungle.
Peter De Vries

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Wednesday September 21st 2016
Last Day of Summer

Today Sunny near noon then a mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers. High 16. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Low plus 2 with risk of frost.

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I was hoping to drive north today, but Aaron had some wiring problems with his boiler and wanted me to advise, so I stuck around.  We wound up driving to Clifton Park to find parts, but by the end of the day, his boiler was working fine.

Don't wait. The time will never be just right.
Napoleon Hill

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Thursday September 22nd 2016
 

Today Sunny near noon then a mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers. High 16. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Low plus 2 with risk of frost.

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Again, I was planning to leave, but the wax melter cords were short and Aaron needed advice, so again I stayed until he had it working the way he wanted.

Something that became clear as we talked about this was that people do not know how to run a wax melter and Kelley, the manufacturer, provides no instructions.  When I first bought a Kelley Jumbo, I had to ask around until a fellow commercial beekeeper filled me in.  The proper method is not at all intuitive.  If I want to write more articles for Bee Culture or ABJ, I can see three or four I could easily write about handling wax and honey.  Maybe I will -- someday.  Writing is laborious if done well and does not pay that much.  I have several other writing chores that are more pressing, but have added it to my list.

Paradise is exactly like where you are right now...only much, much better
Laurie Anderson

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Friday September 23rd 2016

Today Sunny near noon then a mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers. High 16. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Low plus 2 with risk of frost.

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I left Round Lake around 0900 and drove back the same way I came, arriving at Don's farm around suppertime, so I stopped in Uxbridge and picked up some salads and corn.

Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition,
be disqualified from ever doing so.
Gore Vidal

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Saturday September 24th 2016
 

Today Sunny near noon then a mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers. High 16. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Low plus 2 with risk of frost.

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I left Don's farm before noon and drove to Sudbury, arriving around 1430.  Mom was just going out to visit a sick friend.  I was tired and rested up.

The test of courage comes when we are in the minority.
The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.
Ralph W. Sockman

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Sunday September 25th 2016

Today Sunny near noon then a mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers. High 16. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Low plus 2 with risk of frost.

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I have been planning to launch my Hunter 23.5 and hoped to do so in the North Channel and spend several days there, but the weather forecasts are predicting rain Monday through Wednesday, so today is my one chance and only if I launch in Ramsey.  I plan to leave for home late on Wednesday. 

I've been east since the Friday the 9th, or almost three weeks as of Wednesday.

When I came, I had planned to launch the boat during the first week, but fixing the van took me a week and then I went south.  I spent more time in New York than intended, too and visited on the way down and back as well.

I want to launch nearby initially because it has been two years since the boat was in the water and I need to know the outboard works and all the parts are present.  Driving sixty miles to find I have a problem is not a good plan. In spite of being cleaned on a previous visit, the boat is dirty and has some mildew inside, but is otherwise okay as far as I can tell. I sorted items inside the boat, then, a bit after noon I hooked the boat to the van and drove to Bell Park to launch.

It takes me an hour to set up before splashing and I was on the water by 1430.  I sailed to 1207 and anchored, then swam ashore.  I was quite thirsty and  a bit hungry.  I had skipped lunch. The water was twenty degrees Celsius and quite pleasant, even this late in the season.

I returned to the boat and sailed back to the launch ramp.  By then the day had cooled, as predicted, and the wind had turned gusty.  I jockeyed for position at the ramp, loaded, and then parked to drop the mast and tie things down.  That process can take an hour and a half overall, and it did.

I returned to 1207 in time for supper.

Don't wait. The time will never be just right.
Napoleon Hill

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Monday September 26th 2016
 

Today Mainly sunny. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High 24. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight A few clouds. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 9.

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I weigh 219 this morning.

Today is rainy and my excuse to waste a morning at the desk, and it did take all morning to catch the diary up to date.

Actually, it took pretty well all day although I did take time to chat with Mom, and we did go grocery shopping in the afternoon.  We went to The SuperStore.  Mom likes to ride around on the electric scooters that the larger stores keep near the doors.  The store was very cold inside.  I don't know why keep the temperatures so low in summer when people are lightly dressed, then in winter keep them too warm.

The diary is now up to date. Now, I have to write letters to Alberta Government officials and politicians to protest the oppressive actions of the Alberta beekeepers Commission in betraying the trust of the smaller beekeepers in the province as outlined in my comments back on September 2nd.

Only fools are positive.
Moe Howard

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Tuesday September 27th 2016
 

Today Increasing cloudiness early this morning. 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h early this morning then north 30 gusting to 50 near noon. High 18. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this evening. Low plus 4.

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It looks as if I'll be returning to Alberta just in time for a rainy spell.

Today was a good chance to catch up on things around here.  I have yet to pack away my boat and that comes tomorrow.  At 1430, I took Mom's car for service at the dealer's. It needs a full inspection.  They drove me home.

It's a 2003 Saturn Ion and is still in good shape at 60,000 km, but Sudbury is hard on cars, with rough roads and lots of road salt in winter.  I don't know of anyplace that corrodes cars like Sudbury or works the suspension parts as hard either.

After a while the dealer called and said that the gas lines are seeping and need replacing.  Using factory parts, which they must, repairs would come to over $800.  They frankly were concerned that although the job needs doing for safety, that if they do it, the cost will be too high. 

I took that as a hint to call Speedy, the garage that did my van, and Steve said they could do the job for time and materials, using stock line and fittings, not custom parts. I don't suppose there is a real hazard in the short run, since there is only pressure on the line when the engine is running, but it could get serious without warning.

The shuttle came for me and I picked up the car, paid $140 for the inspection and service, and we go to Speedy tomorrow at 1PM. I expect that they should be able to do the repairs for around $200.  We'll see.

The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.
Peter Drucker

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Wednesday September 28th 2016
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I spent the morning sorting and tidying, had lunch, then drove Mom's car to the shop.  We raised it on the hoist and looked at it from below to decide on what needed doing.

 The quote to change the lines and filter came to $600+ since they are all one piece. The gas line is corroded, but not to the point where it is likely to fail, but there is a little seepage at the filter. Our decision was that the seepage is so slight that it is not a hazard and that we will just watch it for the next year.

I drove back to Mom's and put away the boat, packed and tidied the garage.  At seven, a cab picked me up and I flew out of YSB at 2030.

At YYZ, I had an hour between flights, then boarded my Calgary flight at 2255.

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.
Isaac Newto

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Thursday September 29th 2016
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We landed at 0108 and I took a cab to Airdrie to recover my van.  It started fine, but when it started, I smelled a little oil and wonder if it is beginning to burn oil.

I pulled out of the lot and began the one-hour drive home.  No sooner had I pulled out and gotten up to speed than red and blue lights flashed behind me.   I pulled over, wondering if I had been speeding since I was daydreaming a bit and pondering my route.

The officer appeared at my passenger window and said he noticed that the van is missing a headlight and a taillight.

"Both on the same side?", I asked, about to get out and look. 

"Stay in the car", he said, "This is the most dangerous time to be standing on a road". 

It was two AM and I realised he was right.  0200 is when the drunks head home and also the time of day when people are least alert. I gathered that was why he came to the passenger window and not the drivers side as I would have expected.

I said it was peculiar to have two lights out at the same time in a fairly new vehicle and he agreed.  I also said that the van had been parked three weeks and maybe they were just corroded.  I'd thump on them and see if they came on. He said to pull off the road first, worrying still about traffic although nobody was in sight.

He left and I proceeded home and went to bed.

I got up at 0830, still a bit tired and began my day.  I made a stew and cleaned up, then had lunch.

In the afternoon, I drove to Drum in the Grand Marquis to get groceries and bulbs for the van.  It staggered a bit on acceleration at first but then ran normally.

I got home at five and began supper.  I had put a chicken in the crock pot before leaving and now I pressure-cooked some ribs, shucked cobs of corn, and cooked rice, using broth instead of water.  I cut up the strawberries and then company arrived.  Ruth called to say she had lost Dave, but would be along whenever he showed up.

Nobody was in a hurry to eat, so we ate when they came, and hour or so later.  Supper went well, and everyone stayed until almost ten, which the longest dinner we have had in a while.  I take that as a good sign. 

I left the dishes for tomorrow.

I take my children everywhere, but they always find their way back home.
Robert Orben

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Friday September 30th 2016

Today Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Fog patches dissipating near noon. High 22. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this evening with risk of a thunderstorm. Low 9.

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I slept in and weighed myself.  I'm still at 219 pounds.  I suppose I'll have to watch what I eat a bit more if I want to drop another ten pounds.  I don't really care since I am comfortable at 219, but understand losing more would have health benefits.

The day is cool and dull.  I spent the morning cleaning up after last night and reading. 

Dealing with network executives is like being nibbled to death by ducks.
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