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Saturday May 20th 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today A mix of sun and cloud. High 21. UV index 6 or high. Tonight Partly cloudy. Becoming clear this evening. Low 6

I woke up, had breakfast and coffee, spent time writing again, then, at noon decided to check out and go sailing.  Nothing much seemed to be happening at the rendezvous and I thought I'd go and explore over in Plumper Sound -- and check out the spinnaker to be sure it is all good.

The day turned hot, and as I left Bedwell Harbour I was soon down to shorts and a tee. A light breeze sprang up, ideal for spinnaker flying, so up she went.  However, when I  tried to pull the sock up to release the sail, nothing happened.  The sail was twisted and jammed inside the sock.  After some wrestling on the foredeck, the sail billowed out and we raced along to the southern mouth of the Sound on that sail alone, pulled along by a freshening breeze.

Once in the Sound, I snuffed the chute and raised the working sails to beat up towards Port Browning.  At the entry to the bay, the wind died. I snuffed the sails and motored in.

I like Port Browning. It's a bit of a backwater compared to Poets Cove, and mere two miles away through the cut, but the cut is not passable by sailboat due to a bridge, and the route I took was more like ten miles. 

The pub deck is set back in a field near the bay and overlooks the anchorage.  The ambience is pleasantly low key, frequented by an assortment of local characters, plus yachties and the occasional tourist.

I arrived and got properly anchored on the third try.  Holding is not great in that part of the bay and the anchor dragged enough that by the time the hook finally grabbed the bottom on the first tries I found myself closer to other boats than I like.

Once settled, I dinghied to shore and had a beer, then another and ordered the hamburger and a beer special.  I had ordered the snapper and salad first, but it as too early for that menu item, I was told, and I did not want to wait.

At one time, I used to say that a hamburger is nature's perfect food, with bread, meat, lettuce, tomato, and onion, but my thoughts on that have changed on the first two items. The excellent French fried potatoes that came with it are also on my list of foods to avoid, but after the fast, I'm on a rebound.

It was about six by then and I returned to Cassiopeia for a nap.

I find that in spite of the positive aspects of my recent fast, I'm a bit traumatized.  In retrospect, the change of mental state was a shock that I only realized afterwards.  It was a good experience, but there are effects beyond mere hunger.

I was just dozing off when my phone rang.  It was Dawn. 
"Where are you?"
"Port Browning."
"How far are you from Montague"?
"About two hours, I think"

So began an adventure.  One of the Cooper fleet boats, Wanderer, was having throttle issues. This was the clients' first day out on charter and they were traveling with a group, so they needed to have control to keep up.  I raised anchor and motored full tilt towards Montague, arriving in a bit under the two hours.

I found Wanderer, anchored in the south corner of the bay, in an area where cell coverage is marginal, and went aboard.  We soon confirmed that the throttle cable was broken inside and not repairable without new parts and agreed to swap boats the next morning.

I moved away to anchor and heard a call on the VHF.  I answered, but no one came back.  Then I saw someone waving on a boat across the bay a short distance.  I was not sure that I was the target, so I finished what I was doing.  Then another call came and, guess what? It was my friend Franck who traveled with me from Tofino to Victoria last July.  He invited me to visit, so I did.  He had a crew of six or so on board.  We sat on the foredeck and watched the light fade in the northern sky, then I went back to Cassiopeia and called it a day.

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Sunday May 21st 2017

I woke up at four, packed and at eight, exchanged boats with Wanderer's crew.  I watched Cassiopeia leave, then  and I idled out of Montague Harbour on Wanderer, bound for Sidney and making less than three knots. 

The trip would take five or six hours at that rate, so once in open water, I haywired the throttle and made a bit over six knots, arriving at Sidney exactly at noon.

Wanderer is a Beneteau 33 with a Yanmar engine, which is a good engine, but not my favourite.  Yanmars tend to be a bit rough and noisy. 

The boat has new Raymarine plotter and I was quite impressed by it although at one point it decided to tell the autopilot to do donuts in the middle of the channel until I killed the power and re-started it.

If I had had a chance to try this new Raymarine system out earlier, I might have upgraded Cassiopeia rather than repairing the c80 system.  Maybe not, though.  As much as I liked the bright display and touch screen, I found the menu system cumbersome and was nagged by "Are you sure" messages I could not turn off.

I spent the afternoon on Wanderer at the dock, researching parts and writing email. Then Shongololo returned, the diver came by, and I was able to board at five.  Bob showed up, I went grocery shopping, then we cast off for parts unknown.

We settled on Poets Cove for the first night, but then decided on Port Browning and were anchored there well before dark.

So, here I was, back at Port Browning, exactly where I had been the previous night before the emergency called me to Montague. It felt as if a week had passed.

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Monday May 22nd 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today A mix of sun and cloud. High 21. UV index 6 or high. Tonight Partly cloudy. Becoming clear this evening. Low 6

We were up around eight, went ashore and walked up to the Driftwood Centre for coffee and a few supplies. The coffee was horrible, but we got what we went for.

We returned to Shongololo, raised anchor and headed northeast six miles to Winter Cove, an area I hadn't yet explored.

I ran ahead in the dinghy for the first few miles to test the outboard motor and give it a good run.  Before we left Port Browning, I added a little of the carb cleaner I bought on our hike and maybe that made a difference because the engine ran flawlessly.

There had been complaints about stalling and poor performance earlier, so I had dealt with the problem of contaminated gas and sorted it out, but Callum said he had trouble again when checking out the last charter, so I wanted to make absolutely sure the problem was solved.

We anchored in Winter Cove, and went ashore for a hike out to Winter Point, where we sat a while watching the tidal flow through Boat Passage. When we got back to Shongololo we decided to go to Nanaimo to repair the toilet since the stores are open again tomorrow after the weekend and Nanaimo Boat Basin is a short walk from the Harbour Chandler.

The main wrinkle in getting there was that the next slack tide at Dodd Narrows was scheduled for 2030 and we would have to wait several hours somewhere for the current to become manageable, then arrive late in Nanaimo.

Then I realized we could make the earlier slack at Porlier and we hustled to the pass, arriving just in time to catch the end of the slack.  There was current, though -- enough to momentarily turn us ninety degrees at one point.  We were testing the autopilot, and human hand would have responded more quickly, but the autopilot performed well -- for an autopilot.  The rest of the fifty-mile trip was uneventful, cruising on autopilot.

I enjoyed the sun on the upper deck as we traveled, then napped and made stew while Bob stood watch.

A careful watch is necessary. Bob dodged four logs in our path along the route, any one of which would have done us damage had we hit it.

We arrived at the boat basin at 2000, well before dark.  Once tied up, I went for a shower on shore. This was the best one-dollar shower I have had in a while.

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Tuesday May 23rd 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today Cloudy. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud near noon. Wind southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this morning. Wind becoming southwest 20 gusting to 40 this afternoon. High 29. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 13.

 We came here to be near a source of parts for the toilet and I have a big morning doing repairs. The store opens at nine. Checkout is at noon, so I'm up early to tear down the toilet and assess our needs in time to catch the store opening.

I tore the electric toilet apart and found some fibre in the blades, but nothing that should block it.  Next I pulled out the eleven-foot long hose that connects it to the waste tank, applied water pressure to it and found the real problem. Scale builds up over time and then breaks loose, blocking the flow.  My toilet had developed atherosclerosis that resulted in a heart attack!

Bob and I walked up to the Harbour Chandler and bought hose and a fitting.  I asked about a fridge control for Cassiopeia and they just happened to have one that had been ordered by mistake. I bought it and sent it by same-day courier to Sidney to solve Cassiopeia's problem.

We returned to the boat and I installed the hose, reassembled the toilet and tested the system.  Problem solved.  By then it was checkout time at the marina and we left for Bowen Island.  We were advised by others on the dock that there was a gale warning but Shongololo is a fast and stout boat, and we could see no signs of an approaching storm, so off we went.

The trip to Snug Cove was smooth and calm and we pulled alongside A16, my preferred spot at the Union Steamship Marina, as far into the sheltered bay as a boat can go. As I shifted into reverse to stop I heard a crunch.  My cell phone was next to the shifter and the heel of the lever broke the screen, destroying the phone.

We stopped nicely, stepped off, tied up, paid the fee, and went to Doc Morgan's for a beer and supper.

During the night, the boat rocked a bit and the fenders groaned against the dock at times.

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Wednesday May 24th 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Wed, 24 May Cloudy. Rain beginning in the morning. Risk of a thunderstorm in the afternoon. Amount 5 to 10 mm. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 increasing to 70 gusting to 90 in the afternoon. High 15.  Night Rain. Risk of a thunderstorm in the evening. Amount 15 to 25 mm. Wind northwest 70 km/h gusting to 90 becoming north 50 gusting to 70 near midnight. Low 9.

The morning is bright and clear.  Today we'll cross the eight miles to Granville Island and finish the delivery.

Bob walked the dock before we left and says the big news out in the world is the violent windstorm that swept the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, and inland as far as Kelowna last night, breaking trees and knocking out power all over Southern British Columbia.  We missed it.  Snug Cove was snug and Shongololo is self-contained.

Around eleven, we left for Granville Island.  All was smooth until we rounded Point Atkinson and found ourselves in a confused sea.  Waves came from several directions and the result was sets of waves that were hard to navigate.  The period between waves was irregular and some waves were small and smooth and others were tall and sharp. The tall ones threw us around a bit. We were unprepared and a few items were thrown off counters.  That continued for twenty minutes before we passed through the worst of it.  Trawlers lack the influence of keel and mast that hold sailboats steady.

The rest of the trip was uneventful, but entering False Creek we saw at least nine boats tossed onto the beach or the rocks by last night's storm.

Once we passed under the bridges into calm water, Bob practiced handling the boat by snaking through anchored boats in False Creek for a half hour, then we went to the dock.

Colin and Patrick were there waiting.  We tied up, then I had a nap, did odds and ends, and spent some time in the office talking to Colin.  After that, Bob and I went for a beer and a bowl of seafood chowder at the Vancouver Fish Company, then returned to the boat.

I was busy getting ready to go until ten, then went to bed.  My plan is to get up at four to pack, then meet Colin for breakfast at 0830.

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Thursday May 25th 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today A mix of sun and cloud. 60 percent chance of showers late this afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. Wind north 40 km/h gusting to 60. High 15. UV index 6 or high.  Tonight Partly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers this evening with risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing before morning. Wind north 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light this evening. Low 6.

I rolled out of bed and looked at the clock in the main cabin. It read 4:04.  My mental alarm was set for four and it is working.

I lay down again for a few minutes then got up and made coffee.  I really don't have much to do, but need time to organize my thoughts before I meet Colin for breakfast at 0830.

My plan is to fly home today, but I agreed to deliver a 50-foot sailboat from Shelter Island to Granville Island this morning, just for something different to do, and Bob is coming along.

At nine, I met Colin for breakfast, then returned to the office.

Bob and I borrowed the company car and drove to shelter Island.  Larry met us and we boarded the boat, a big Hanse. 

The day was bright and sunny as we motored down the river against a fresh sea breeze. By then I had realized that my jacket was still back at the office and the breeze was cool. Fortunately Bob had his sweater and he likes to steer, so I was able to stay in the shelter of the spray hood until, after a while, I found an old jacket below and was able to stand at the helm without being chilled.

As we left the river and turned north towards Point Grey, we encountered swells on the beam until we turned east into English Bay.

Our trip took about four hours and I arrived back at Granville Island only two hours before my flight was scheduled to lift off, so said my farewells, grabbed my bags and ran out the office door, planning to walk to Anderson, and take the #50 bus and the Skytrain.  My time was short and everything had to go just right.  At that moment, however, a cab delivered a passenger right there outside the office.  I hailed it, was quoted $25 and twenty-five minutes and after a wild ride I found myself at the airport an hour and half before my flight.

In Calgary, I found my car and drove Crossiron Mall to shop for a new phone, then to Airdrie for groceries.  I was home by midnight.

Looking in the mirror, I see I am a bit wind and sunburned from the delivery in an open cockpit.

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Friday May 26th 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today A mix of sun and cloud. 60 percent chance of showers late this afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. Wind north 40 km/h gusting to 60. High 15. UV index 6 or high.  Tonight Partly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers this evening with risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing before morning. Wind north 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light this evening. Low 6.

I slept until eight.  The scale says 212.6 and that is pretty good for the day after a flight.

I spent the morning at the desk writing and catching up.

> I need advice
> I have a couple of hives, fool of brood.
> 2 Boxes full of larva can I introduce box #3 and move all my brood into
> 3rd box and field the > bottom two with empty and drown comes frames.
> I don't want to split my hives.

It would help if you say how many frames with brood, how big the brood patches are and how much honey is in the hives since what one person considers a lot another might not agree. However, assuming your description means that bees are occupying combs down to the floor on most frames in the bottom box, you should do something soon.

Just for an idea of how to judge, researchers and top beekeepers actually measure or estimate the total square inches of brood, and distinguish between open and sealed brood.

Estimating the number of bees is also helpful. That is done by stating how many frames are totally covered with bees at noon on a shirtsleeve day. On a cool day, or early in the morning, a big hive will look much smaller, especially if there is no honeyflow on, and at the end of a hot day with a flow, a small hive will look twice its real size.

Estimating the sealed brood is important because that brood will soon emerge and a full frame of brood will produce more than a frame of bees, and suddenly the hive will be crowded. Open brood is weeks from emerging.

Personally, to judge I just tip a double back on its floor so I can see the bottom of the frames in the bottom box on a nice day. If more than half have a lot of bees standing on them, the hive definitely needs reversing and supering, or splitting soon.

As for checkerboarding, I see Walt has changed the method somewhat and from the link referenced, and checkerboarding is done above the brood boxes. So in your case, since I understand you do not have supers or honey above the brood, that trick will not work at this time. Also, it is invasive and a lot of work. Reversing is easy.

If your bees are in a double, probably the simplest thing is to place a floor directly in front and touching the present one, then lift the second box down onto it and then place the bottom box on top. (Called reversing). This is what the professionals often do when faced with your problem. It is very quick and easy and almost foolproof. Reversing also ensures that the bees will soon occupy the super added at this time, especially if you use an excluder. Excluders sometimes cause problems for new beekeepers (and some that are not so new).

Assuming most of the top bars are well covered with bees after the reverse, this is the time to put on an excluder and a super. Do this early in the day or when the night will be warm since it takes the bees a while to adjust to the change.

Be careful to use a little smoke while you work and try not to crush to many bees. Crushing bees is one of the main reasons so many have nosema problems. The only way the bees can clean up the gut material from the crushed ones is to suck it up, and that is not healthy. Also, scrape off any wax on top and bottom bars now so the boxes will not be stuck later.

I hope this helps. If you have problems with my description, or any questions, just ask.

I didn't get much done today.  Just writing and some tidying and I made a stew.

Since I broke my phone, I have been a bit crippled since a cell is my only phone and the fallback phone I am using does not ring or have a working mic.  It works in every other way, but I cannot answer the phone without first connecting to a hands free mic.

I had decided to buy a Pixel XL and after supper, I drove to Crossiron to make the deal.  Halfway there, I realized that I have misplaced my drivers license and would need it.  I phoned ahead to see and was told they cannot do the deal without it, so I returned home.

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Saturday May 27th 2017

I woke up at four, ate breakfast and went back to bed and slept until 0830.  When I got up, I stepped onto the scale and weighed in at 211.

I spent the morning catching up.  I had planned to go to Jean's, but they are pretty busy today and I decided to stay home and get some things done here.

The afternoon passed, too, with little accomplished.  It always takes me a few days to adjust to being home.

I looked further into a cell phone replacement.  I'm a bit reluctant to spend money on a phone unless it is insured. The offer I have seems too good to be true. Additionally, word is that a new Pixel phone will be coming out soon and be water-resistant. Water and dust resistance is a big plus in my lifestyle.

I also searched for my drivers license.  No luck.  I can't imagine where it went.

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Over the past year, I have been researching obesity and metabolic syndrome, listening my way though a number of books, and ending up concluding that the problem is eating too much, too often, and not just the type of foods offered everywhere we go.

Granted, too many fast carbs, too much meat, too many chemical additives like preservatives and emulsifiers, and too much salt are a big problem, too, but it seems that simply making sure that there is a long period every day without snacking can give our systems a rest and make a huge difference.

I came across Jason Fung's books and articles and although he makes things sound simpler and easier than I suspect they truly are, I think he is on the right track. He claims that fasting, even for twelve hours overnight can be very helpful, but that longer fasts may be required to reverse harm already done.

This latest article, Towards a Cure – T2D35 is quite enlightening and, I think, very important.  In it. he presents the thesis that type II diabetes is natural response to our food habits, and reversible. 

Here is a teaser: 

"Over 50% of American adults are estimated to have prediabetes or diabetes. The twin cycles (hepatic and pancreatic) are not simply rare metabolic mistakes leading to disease. These responses are almost universal because they serve as protective mechanisms.

"Protective? I can almost hear you gasp. Insulin resistance and beta cell dysfunction are protective? Yes. Absolutely. What do they protect us from? The very name gives use the vital clue. Insulin resistance protects the liver from too much insulin. Our body is resisting the excessive insulin, which is harmful.

<snip>

When insulin levels stay elevated for a prolonged period, the liver fills up with sugar and fat, like an over-inflated balloon. The pressure inside the liver goes up and up, making it increasingly difficult to move sugar into this overfilled liver. This is insulin resistance. The liver simply cannot store any, so rejects the incoming sugars, becoming resistant to insulin’s normal signal. Glucose piles up outside the cell in the blood.

<snip>

To protect itself, the body needs to rid itself of this excessive toxic glucose load. By forcing the glucose out into the blood, it will spill out in the urine. This causes many of the symptoms of excessive urination and weight loss, but at least the toxic glucose load is being excreted.

This new understanding carries several important implications. First, type 2 diabetes results from a single underlying, unified mechanism. It does not result from two entirely separate pathophysiologic mechanisms, one for insulin resistance and another for beta cell dysfunction. The natural history and all of the manifestations of type 2 diabetes can be explained from excessive fatty organ infiltration.

<snip>

I have not tried fasting for a day or more again after my recent 36-hour fast since I want to be assured of a settled environment to attempt it. Travelling is demanding and sometimes disorienting; and fasting could be a distraction.

Fasting may affect my judgment. I'm not sure of that but it does alter my mental state.  I found fasting was not hard to do, and considered going longer than 36 hours at the end, but I'm glad I didn't. Fasting had more profound effects than I imagined going in and I was not very aware of them at the time.

Also, I found that coming off the fast had a greater effect on me than the fasting itself.  I did, however, notice changes during the fast itself.  While fasting, I was drinking tea.  Me?  Drink tea?  Never, but I did, and I liked it.  Fasting had an effect on me that could be likened to a mild intoxication, and maybe, in fact fasting is intoxicating, or the opposite -- detoxifying, and the changes in body chemistry could have a similar effect.

Here is a video lecture worth your time. Insulin Toxicity and How to Cure Type II Diabetes  At right is a chart from the video, just one of many fascinating charts in that talk.

I am now realizing that my mother practices what is now called intermittent fasting, but was normal and common sense when she grew up.  She eats supper at five-thirty and does not eat again until around seven-thirty in the morning and that has been her habit for as long as I can remember.  Of course she does not consider that fasting, but that is actually a daily fourteen-hour fast.

For years, I've been in the habit of eating before bed, a banana at minimum, but I have stopped eating after supper lately.  It's a relatively easy habit to break.

Wow. Apparently, anything over twelve hours without food counts as intermittent fasting!  The chart at left is a generalization, I am sure, but illustrates that the benefits begin fairly early on.  The idea is to allow the blood sugar and liver glucose reserves from last meal to be entirely consumed before eating again, the exact opposite of what we have been taught about keeping our blood sugar from dropping.

Here is an interesting idea: Longevity & Why I now eat One Meal a Day

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In the afternoon, I mowed grass for an hour and a half.  The breeze blew dust over me at times and I know I'll suffer from allergy tonight. Mowing sometimes affects my sleep unless I take an antihistamine.

I ate supper at five -- a salmon steak, carrots, and broccoli, then spent the evening watching Jason Fung videos and went to bed around eleven.   I did not eat after supper, but drank water to blunt hunger.  We'll see how long I go before breakfast in the morning.

Breakfast is literally break-fast.

I notice that for fasting glucose and triglyceride blood tests, the labs now specify twelve hours after the last food.  It used to be eight. The extra few hours make a difference, it seems, so it also seems that the longer the time between supper and breakfast, the better.

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Sunday May 28th 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers early this morning. Clearing this morning. Wind becoming north 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High 23. UV index 7 or high.  Tonight Clear. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 7.

I slept fairly well, but was a bit stuffed up from allergy and was up four times due to the water I drank in the evening.

I had taken one 25mg diphenhydramine before bed, but maybe should have made that two. I really should have taken 5mg desloratadine before mowing.

I weigh 210.4 today, so my weight is dropping.  I look thinner, too, and my clothes are falling off me.  I checked my blood sugar and got 6.4, then immediately after, 5.4.  Either these strips are flaky or my meter is done. I'll have to look into replacing the meter.  It is ten years old.

I've gotten over the shock of coming home and I plan to stay home today unless I decide to chase a new phone.  I'm of two minds on that question. 

I really like my old Nexus five, now that I am using it again.  The smaller size and lighter weight after the Nexus 6P is a pleasant surprise and the screen is less garish, but this phone is broken. It does not ring. The speaker and mic don't work and I have to use a hands-free to speak into it, so I need to do something.

I had decided to get a Pixel phone, but that means signing a contract and upping my monthly commitment.  Is it worth it?  I can get another 6P on Kijiji for $380 and continue as I have -- assuming the Kijiji phone does not prove to be stolen or blacklisted by the previous owner's phone company, and blacklisting can can happen a month or more after the purchase when the telco discovers the person refused to pay an outstanding bill.  A blacklisted phone cannot be activated anywhere.

I expect Ruth to drop Zippy off this morning.  I'll have to meet them at the highway junction.

I held out until 0800, then after the rest of last night's supper and cooked up some slow-cooking steel-cut oats with cranberries and ate some at 0930.

*    *    *    *    *

It's a nice day and I had a door open.  A swallow flew in and then flew back and forth intermittently for an hour looking for the exit, repeatedly flying by the open door, first to one window, then another.

I was not paying attention, thinking she would figure it out soon enough. Finally I thought, maybe I should just tell her how to get out, so when she got near the door and perched on it, looking around, I said, "It's right in front of you.  Go down and out." The bird immediately flew down and out.  How about that?

*    *    *    *    *

Then Ruth called and said she and Dave were leaving for Red Deer and I agreed to met them at the junction of 21 and 27. I drove up there, and I now have Zippy with me again.

I have been agonizing over how best to replace my Nexus 6P which is now defunct and using my old Nexus 5 to get by. I love the phone it, but the mic and the speaker are not working. The charge port also does not like every USB cable and only charges with a few select ones, so I can't rely on it long-term.  I was on my way to buy a new Pixel XL the other day, but realized halfway that I had no ID with me and turned around.

After returning home that day, I was reconsidering, but  I decided to go in , and so Zippy and I drove to Airdrie. I stopped at Costco first to buy toilet paper. (Costco's is the best and the best priced). Then I parked at Crossiron Mall and walked into the Rogers store. 

They were not too busy on this bright, sunny Sunday afternoon and were expecting me since I phoned ahead.  The manager got right to work.  By the time we were done, I had a new phone and a new Samsung tablet plus some goodies -- a  charger, a phone skin and screen protectors, plus a Bluetooth keyboard.

All this is promised to cost me less monthly than the 6P did and is insured against breakage or drowning and even theft or dropping overboard with a small deductible! Not only that, international roaming is easy and affordable and my data follows me around the world!

In all, I paid $425 up front for a $1000 phone, tablet and all, but that $425 will be returned as a credit on my third bill, making my cost beyond the monthly, zero.  I am roped in for two years and a lot can happen in that time, but the buyout option looks fair enough to me.

From there, I went to No Frills for gas and a few groceries, then Walmart to get a new glucose meter.  As I have mentioned before, the One Touch is just too flakey, giving me widely disparate readings within seconds of each other, using the same blood drop.  I bought the Contour Next EZ having read good things about its accuracy online. I took a reading just now and it said 5.7, so I like it already.

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Monday May 29th 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today Sunny. High 25. UV index 7 or high. Tonight Clear. Low 8.

I slept fairly well and weigh 210 this morning. I lasted until 0800 before eating and would have lasted longer if I had not had coffee.  Coffee makes me hungry.

That amounted to a 15-hour evening an overnight fast without any effort. We seldom think of the overnight as a fast, but it is and not eating in the evening is something I can do every day with no effort -- if it proves useful.

Simple logic would suggest that not eating after supper could by itself cut a few hundred calories from my daily diet, and it seems natural.  I have been snacking and eating in the evening simply because we are told constantly that we must eat.

In that regard, I think evening TV watching is a major culprit in the obesity epidemic.  Watchers are subjected to a constant parade of ads for food and drink and the power of suggestion is strong.  When we see people eating and drinking, we tend to do the same.

Will my overnight fasting do any good?  It might help my weight, but as for blood glucose, my new meter said 6.4 and 6.2 on rising, then 7.0 five minutes after eating a cup of cooked steel-cut oats with cranberries -- and 10.4 a half-hour after eating, and 9.7 one hour later. It is down to 6.1 two hours after and that is analogous to a good result in a glucose challenge but I don't like to see a number higher than 9.

Eating oats, the slow-cooking kind is recommended as healthy, but if I eat eggs, the BG remains low.  The portion counts, too, and I did not eat a large portion today.  A few dried cranberries were the only addition. In contrast, three eggs for breakfast gave me a BG of 5.6 a half-hour later one time and 7.0 an hour after eating another time.

BTW, here is a good article on meter accuracy: A Craftsman Blames His Tools: Blood Glucose Meter Accuracy & Long-Term Diabetes Control.  It is an eye-opener, as are the videos I mentioned recently which question adjusting HbA1c using some of the accepted drugs. Here is the follow-up article: Measure Seventy-Five Times, Cut Once: Further Blood Glucose Meter Testing.

"...home blood glucose meters are terribly inaccurate and show systematic bias when compared to each other. Here, ten meters are tested in a real-world setting to better understand these biases. The results show average differences exceeding 30% for some meter pairs,..."

A graphic from the article is shown at right. My new meter is in the middle of the pack.  That does not mean it is right, just that it is in the middle. For me, accuracy is not crucial as I am not diagnosed as diabetic or taking medication.

Here's another set of test results: Choose Your Blood Glucose Meter Wisely!

And another: Accuracy Evaluation of Five Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems: The North American Comparator Trial

The EZ comes out at or near the top in all.

My plan for today? Setting up the new devices will take some time.  Android installs the programs from the old phone, but not all the sign in and user data, so I can expect to be halted by password prompts for a while until I have used all the apps. The morning went by playing with the devices and getting them set up. 

I looked for the contract and receipt in the pile of boxes and bags, but see I left without either. JD had promised to send me an email with the details, but it was closing time and we were in a rush. I'm concerned because I have been promised the $425 rebate on the third bill, but have nothing other than his word. I called this morning and he will not be in until later today, so I left a message.

Although I am concerned, I am not too worried. Rogers is a reputable outfit and I would be amazed if they do not honour his promises. Nonetheless, I had an occasion with Bell where I went into a Bell store and was told things that proved not to be true, resulting in unexpected billing.  When I complained, was told by the Bell phone contact that the store employees word does not stand.  Nonetheless, JD is the store manger in this case, and this is Rogers, not Bell. Either telco can be stupid and difficult, but I have always ended up satisfied with Rogers in the past.

I sorted bills, cut grass, and tidied a bit.

The manager sent me a copy of the bill and the contract by email, so that is all good.

I ate lightly all day and thought I might skip supper to get a head start on the nightly fast, but by eight I was hungry and cooked a salmon steak, cauliflower and brussels sprouts.

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Tuesday May 30th 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today A mix of sun and cloud. Becoming sunny this afternoon. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 this morning. High 27. UV index 7 or high. Tonight Clear. Wind southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 11.
 

I woke at five and dozed until after eight..  I'm groggy.  Weight is 208.4, but BG is 6.8 and BP is 137/78. 

Wonder why?  I took desloratadine yesterday for allergy, especially since I was mowing. Mowing always disturbs my sleep and desloratadine probably has an effect, too.

It's now one week until I go east and it seems i get nothing done in spite of working at things.  The phone issue consumed days.  It always does, more or less annually.  Finding, getting, and breaking in a new device, be it a computer or phone, is always time-consuming.

I started work on the books again and found I have a lot of sorting to do.  I also started throwing things out.  I have accumulated a lot of stuff simply because I did not how to get rid of it. 

Simply throwing good items away seems a shame when so many are in need.  I have bedding and clothes that are usable and which I do not need, but how do I get them to those who need them without some opportunist getting in the middle and ripping off the end user? As always in our modern society, efficient distribution is the big problem.  That is why big box stores exist. 

The stuff they sell costs almost nothing to make, but moving it around, storing it and displaying it, then getting it to someone who wants or needs it and not someone who would waste or exploit it is the major expense. Their main function is warehousing, displaying and rationing supplies of all sorts.

The penny dropped and I realised a friend collects and redistributes old clothes to the needy and I called her today.  She says they'll take anything and find a home for it.  I should have thought of her years ago. I began piling things up.

Blood sugar is staying high today -- 7.6, 7.7, 6.9...  I haven't been eating much.  Oats for breakfast and several handfuls of nuts.  I guess I need to get out and walk.

I ran jv16 Powertools on my computers yesterday and found that it fouled up my web editor.  I did a restore from jv16's backup and that did not help.  I had to do a system restore. 

Thankfully, I have activated system restore on my Windows 10 machines.  That Windows 7 feature is turned off in 10, but can be turned on by searching for "Create a Restore Point".

As much as Windows 10 is superior under the hood, the surface and setup offered stock is for dummies and consumers, not people doing real work.  II find I have to activate essential features and turn off a lot of junk on a new Win10 installation.  One crucial addition IMO is Classic Shell.  That free program makes Win10 look familiar to Win7 and Linux users.

I ate a big supper again: salmon steak, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower.  Then I had some frozen fruit a while later.

I got a bit done today, but did not get outside.  It was windy, and not a good day for mowing or bees.

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Wednesday May 31st 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today A mix of sun and cloud. Becoming cloudy this afternoon. Wind southeast 30 km/h gusting to 50. High 29. UV index 7 or high.  Tonight Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers this evening and after midnight and risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing before morning. Wind southeast 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light this evening. Low 14.

Here's another day of bookkeeping.  It's windy out, so I am not tempted to try to do bee or yard work.

I ate late last evening, went to bed and snacked at two AM when I woke up for a while, then slept until 0845. My BG is 5.9, BP is 111/76 and I weigh 208.4, so I really don't know what to think about fasting.  I did, however, hold off until eleven this morning before eating a small bowl of oats.

Zippy is coughing more and more, so I think we will have to go to the vet soon.

I got to thinking that maybe desloratadine might help, so I Googled dogs and antihistamines.  It seemed safe enough, so I gave her a 5mg pill. 

After, though, I got to thinking: she weighs forty pounds and I should maybe have given her one half or one quarter of a pill since the 5mg is an adult human dose.  No matter, though; she seems fine.

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