Monday July 10th 2017
My neck was not too bad, but I had several sore spots and we speculated exactly where I fell and what I may have hit.
Once back on Mistral, we agreed to go to Thetis Island for the night to anchor and maybe go ashore there. Maybe not.
We went to Newcastle and tied up for a few hours and then went through Dodds at slack and arrived at Thetis Island mid-afternoon. We motored as far in as we could go and dropped the hook.
I went to bed early, with a sore neck.
Tuesday July 11th 2017
We woke up with the sun, raised anchor and left Thetis Island and headed back towards home. Bob had decided he wanted to go to Brentwood Bay and get off a day early, but I did not want to go a few hours out of my way and talked him into Sidney, seeing as I had to go there eventually anyhow. That was okay with him and he got off at Van Isle Marina when I stopped for fuel so we did not have to go into Port Sidney.
It was then he said he would not be going on the Friday delivery. That was going to be a problem for Dawn in short notice.
I proceeded over to The Spit and anchored in my favourite spot. I checked the water and it was too cold for swimming. I spent some time studying and then watched video in the flybridge until dark.
Wednesday July 12th 2017
Having delivered Mistral back to Sidney, I moved onto Last Tango, my home (right) until Friday.
My neck was bothering me badly enough that I decided to go to emergency so I walked uptown and caught a bus to the local hospital.
I signed in and sat two hours. Northing seemed to be happening, so I cut off the bracelets and left, headed for the drug store. I bought ibuprofen and took a few, then went to The Diner nearby for lunch. The bus took me back to Sidney and my neck was beginning to feel better .
Seeing as I had a day pass for the bus, I had thought I'd ride the buses all day and see the area, but decided to have supper and take it easy for the rest of the day instead.
Thursday July 13th 2017
I had intended to study today, and maybe write an exam, but was uninspired.
I walked uptown for lunch at the Chinese restaurant and generally lounged around.
At suppertime, I went to the street market. There was food available, but nothing too appealing, and long line-ups, so I went back to the Chinese restaurant.
Friday July 14th 2017
I had just gotten up and had coffee when Dawn showed up with clients who wanted to see Last Tango, my temporary home.
They had returned early on Mariners Compass and were thinking of something bigger and fancier next time. My stuff was laid out and scattered about as I was packing, but they ignored me. Curious.
Anyhow, Mariners Compass was back and we were cleared to leave early for a rush trip, so I called Bob. He showed up and we boarded Mariners Compass, a Westcoast 46 trawler, and a very nice boat, indeed.
We left around noon and made Porlier around slack after two. The seas were generally calm and the ride was smooth. We motored inside the Gabriola Reef and straight to Pender Harbour.
We tried anchoring a few times of Hospital Bay, but could not get a set we liked, so we motored in and tied to the dock at the Garden Bay Pub and went up for beers and a burger. This time, I did not overdo it, much anyhow.
Saturday July 15th 2017
We woke up at four and waited for first light so we could get underway. While we waited, we moved the boat to the end of the dock by hand and turned it around. We did not want to disturb the people sleeping anchored in boats nearby with revving engine and noisy thrusters.
As soon as we could see well enough, we got underway and motored to Westview. The sea was rough at first, but smoothed out. An hour out, I turned over the helm to Bob and went back to bed.
We arrived at the fuel dock shortly after seven and Bob ran for the ferry. I fueled up and then docked at the North Harbour. Larry took over and I walked to where my Jeanneau 35, Just Do It! was tied and went aboard.
I hadn't seen the boat for a year. That boat still looks as good as ever. I did a photo shoot while there, then went to the ferry and killed two hours waiting.
When the ferry arrived in Little River, five of us were waiting for the bus, due in about an hour, so I said, "Who wants to share a taxi?" Three of us were game and shortly we were at the airport. I went through security and waited another two hours, then boarded my flight.
I had a window seat and the flight was amazing. We were in a Q-400 and at times I think we were hardly above the highest peaks. Smoke from the forest fires created a haze and the billowing clouds put on a show. At one point we flew over Princess Louisa Inlet. I had not realized it is northeast of Powell River and Comox.
We landed at YYC around eight and I claimed my car, then drove to Airdrie to shop for groceries and then drove home and went right to bed.
First day home. I'm tired today and spent the day at the desk catching up on the diary. It's interesting to look back and see how much I've done in the last month and how much has happened. I can hardly remember it all.
I did some laundry and that was about it for the day.
I slept in until 9 today. BP is good, but BG was 6.6 and my weight is 215. It seems my digestion is out of sorts and that's hardly a surprise considering what I've eaten and what I drank this last week.
I started off the day doing a little bit of catch-up at the desk and then I wandered out to look at the swimming pool. Surprisingly it is still full of water, looking clean and it seems fairly warm so that is going to be something to enjoy it in the coming days. I still have to skim it and adjust the chemicals.
I walked by the three hives south of the Hedge and I see some activity but they don't seem really as huge and active as I would have expected by this time of year. I'll get out and look at them a little more later today I hope.
The day promises to be reasonably warm but not as hot as it has been in the recent weeks while I was away. Smoke from the fires in BC is causing a haze and inspiring public health warnings.
The lawn looks quite passable it's a little long and shaggy, but that doesn't bother me. When Ellen was alive I kept it well trimmed and worried about having it look even, but now I've let the garden grow wild and my main intent in mowing is to protect from fire and to keep down the rodents. That's not to mention keep the weed inspectors from bothering me.
I had expected the pool would have leaked down seeing as there were some small leaks when I left however I see they sealed themselves. I also thought the water would be cold but right now it feels to be ideal swimming temperature and when I check the chemicals I was surprised to find out that the pool is almost perfectly balanced. Maybe the chlorine is a bit high, I closed the holes off in the dispenser, and that will adjust.
As mentioned earlier, I'm not feeling great today and not particularly inspired, but in the afternoon I decided to go out and mow some grass, seeing as I figure it's good to have the front lawn looking neat, especially while I'm away, and mowing does not take much effort or inspiration.
So, I got on the mower and got to work. It's windy out and when it is, chaff gets blown all over me so I took an antihistamine before I went out. I figured being proactive might help.
I guess I couldn't help myself. I went out to cut the front lawn and wound up cutting pretty well all of them.
I'm working on catching up the diary and frankly, without pictures and the dates on them, I cannot remember all the places I've been and when. I've been in Sudbury multiple times, Vancouver multiple times, Powell River multiple times, Vancouver multiple times...
Fast times... Live large.
I slept until 1030 and am feeling more refreshed today. BG is 6.3 and BP is okay. Weight is up though: 216. Mostly water I assume. I was up until; midnight, drinking wine and eating popcorn. Shame on me.
I still have the canker sore on my tongue that has been there for three days now, but it is almost better now. I assume it is a sign of some bug I picked up and which has kept me down.
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The day is sunny and the haze is not as bad. There is a breeze and all in all it looks like a nice day to be outside. The neighbour is here to bale the hay he cut last week.
I have to go over to get Zippy sometime today and I should do something about the bees. My big black truck is holding up a lot of things. I really need to fix it. I've tried several times and even drove it to Acme and back a few weeks ago, but yesterday it would not even start. That's my Job One for today. Faint hope, though. I've tried twice before. Intermittent faults are the hardest to troubleshoot.
I went out and pulled off the connector to the brains (ECU). I still cannot see the problem.
It was time then to go and get Zippy, so I drove to town in the Cranberry Marquis and got gas for the mower and propane, then drove to Ruth's.
I've been working on back pages in this diary to catch up to present and am finding it to be hard work.
I pulled the ECU out of the truck again and pulled it apart. Again. Still no obvious burn or break or bad solder joint. Frustrating. I put it back together.
Today Mainly sunny.
Hazy. High 30. UV index 7 or high.
Today is promised to be hot, but has started off cool and hazy from the smoke of fires in BC. The furnace is on and running.
I spent the morning catching up on the books and writing email. I have more bookkeeping to do, but not a lot.
I put the ECU back in and the truck still acted up. I fiddled and then all was good. For how long, though? Until I am halfway to the dump with a loaded trailer? I thought of going to Meijers for my empty supers, but am not alt all ambitious. Is it this bug or drinking wine? Regardless, i mowed grass and admired the yard. My how the trees have grown. Ellen would be amazed. When we moved here, it was so hot and dry and barren, Nothing would grow, but in recent years, the climate is wetter and now I need to trim the growth.
I took my first dip in the pool. It is chilly. We need hotter weather before it is warm.
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