I woke up at 0530, congested again, but after a good night's sleep. I had not taken any medication. My mistake.
I had breakfast and coffee, and went back to bed for an hour, then got up, finished cleaning the kitchen and read a bit. I have gotten into the habit of reading news on my phone. Little of it is of any importance, but I do.
The diary lies in shambles after almost two weeks of my being ill, uninspired, distracted, and busy. Reconstruction is underway and gaps may or may not be filled. Much of my trivial daily details and musings are forever lost in the fog, however.
I spent a lazy day, reading and poking around. Had a nap in the afternoon. Lay down for a few minutes and woke up an hour and a half later.
Mid-afternoon, the temperature rose to minus twenty, a veritable heat wave and I walked down to Carolyn's to get some coffee. I had run out. The tractor would not quite start. I can see I'll have to use the magnetic block heater.
I'm realizing that installing my home heat will not be hard now. Somehow, I had imagined that running the vent stacks would be the hard part, but now see I can likely go through the roof. I had thought to go out the walls as that seemed closer, but the rules about distances from doors and windows adds complication. For the roof, the main constraint is height above nearby peaks, necessary to avoid downdrafts. I'll have to find the code again and study up.
I've noticed extreme reluctance to get going on that project and am becoming aware how attached I ma to my faithful old furnace. It's a pet and hard to give up. What would a day be without several trips downstairs to look at the fire and the augers to give meaning to life?
The dry air has been causing me sinus bleeding, so on my way home from Orams' the other day, I picked up a room humidifier. I already have one, but it had been dropped and the reservoir cracked, making it useless. On arriving home, I immediately filled it an turned it on high.
In the coldest, weather this week, running full time, the furnace was barely able to keep the rooms warm, so I had increased the input to high gear to allow some spare capacity to deal with the extreme cold, but now I shifted back into second to lower the stack temp, decrease fly ash, and increase efficiency.
I went to bed early and found congestion woke me up. I decided to haul out the CPAP machine on the chance that the pressure might assist breathing trough the plugging. It did, but I find the mask keeps waking me and after a few hours, gave up on it.
I made coffee and am cooking oatmeal porridge. I did not bother weighing or checking signs today, seeing as the time of day is wrong to fit into the series.
The outdoor temperature is up to minus nine at three AM, and I heard more trains than usual last night. I suppose that the holidays caused staffing problems and the extreme cold may have discouraged moving trains. Steel gets brittle at minus thirty-five and breakage goes away up when the temperatures plunge, so maybe the railways waited out the cold.
At 0450, I went back to bed and slept until 0703. I again used the CPAP machine out of curiosity.
When I got up again, I put the card into the computer and read it with Sleepyhead, free analysis software.
The long and short is that I don't seem to have shown any obstructive sleep apnea when using CPAP and probably don't need CPAP. The machine did seem to help push air through my congestion, though, and the built-in humidifier was helpful.
The warming weather has made a difference, too, since with warmer weather outdoors, indoor humidity increases.
My jade trees are in full bloom. During the cold weather, my houseplants used twice the water they usually do.
Tomorrow, I meet Orams in Canmore. We have reserved rooms for two nights at the Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn and plan on three days in the mountains. Thursday, we plan to spend an afternoon skiing at Nakiska. We check out Friday morning.
Saturday morning, I have to be at YYC at 5AM for my 6AM flight to Jan Jose del Cabo. So, I have to pack for the mountains and for Mexico today and tomorrow morning, and I need to decide if I am going to Victoria and the Vancouver Boat Show on the way back from La Paz. If so, I may need to pack more than if I am only going to Mexico. I'll need some warm clothes for Vancouver.
Seeing as today will be warm, I'll haul out the ashes today as well, to clear the decks for later.
I began by starting the tractor, installing the snow blade, then plowing the drive. That turned out to be a bit of a job since I have not yet figured out a pattern and the end of the drive is a large area. I've come to the conclusion I'm not very efficient at this. A plow also tends to be messier than a blower, leaving snowbanks and bits of snow that escape the blade.
The temperature rose to freezing, so I shoveled the furnace and took out four drums of ashes, then put the van in the basement to warm and dry out. I want to vacuum and clean the van before I go to the mountains tomorrow.
Needless to say, I am feeling much better, but my sinuses are still raw and when I blow my nose, the mucous is red.
I went to bed early, at 2030.
I slept an hour or two at a time, got up to blow my nose and drink water, then slept some more. I tried the CPAP at first, then gave up on it and around midnight, took an Allegra-D. That allowed better sleep, but did not completely eliminate periodic waking due to congestion.
I have a busy morning and hope to be out of here by around one. At eight, I lay down for a few minutes to rest and woke up an hour later, refreshed.
Today is a beautiful sunny winter day, slightly below freezing at minus seven and predicted to warm to minus two here. In Canmore, where we will be the next two nights, the weather is expected to be similar.
I have to be home Friday to pack for La Paz, where the weather is plus twenty-four.
Maybe I should have headed straight out to the mountains to take full advantage of the trip, but I had the van inside to vacuum and I also was still not feeling 100%. I cleaned out the van, loaded all my ski gear, packed everything I might need -- 3 pairs of skis, snowboard, boots, snowshoes, parkas... and finally left at about 1300. By then Jean and family were already in Canmore getting skis for Kenzie.
The drive is about two hours and I took the back road through Cochrane and Morely. I arrived just in time to check in and got a room near theirs. We went downtown for groceries, had supper in the room and went to bed early.
We are early risers and I met Chris and Nathan in the breakfast room at 0630 when it opened. There was a good selection and the cost was included in the room charges.
At nine, I called CRA and straightened things out, then wrote emails and left for home at ten.
I had stopped for a few item along the way, including a nasal spray. In spite of the risk of nose bleeds, I was ready to take that chance for a good eight hours of good sleep.
As I drove, I noticed my neck was sore and I had time to go to the chiropractor so I called, found he had time, and drove up to Three Hills. The adjustment took a few minutes and we went over my x-rays from before. They showed some aging, but nothing bad. I had worried since I had wrenched my neck twice in the past year.
I had headed home with plenty of time to do chores and pack, then, on arriving, I found I have little to do.
I watered the plants and took Jean's advice to rinse my sinuses with brine and applied the Dristan. Yay! No nose bleed. I went to bed at 4 PM.
I woke up briefly a few times, but slept undisturbed.
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At midnight, my alarm roused me from deep sleep. I snoozed the alarm and lay there for fifteen minutes, then got up and made coffee. I had made it through the night without being disturbed by congestion. I had a little build-up, but not enough to be stuffy and interfere with sleep. The flushing and Dristan worked!
Weight is 215.2, BG is 5.6, and BP is 119/76 Pulse is 63.
I rinsed my sinuses again, ate my oatmeal, fired up the computers, then went for a shower. I have still to pack. I don't need to take much.
It's one-twenty-nine now and I need to be on the road by three-thirty to meet my taxi in Airdrie at four-thirty.
I left ten minutes late and made it up enroute, arriving one minute after the agreed four-thirty. The cab was waiting.
The cab dropped me off at my terminal and before long I was at the gate. I have lounge passes, but was happy to sit with the reg'lar folk.
The flight took a bit over four hours and I slept through the first hour. Then I played majong on my tablet. Now I am sitting on the patio at SJD waiting for my shuttle to leave. I might waiting be three hours unless someone does not show for an earlier one.
I had thought to ride downtown here in San Jose del Cabos and shop locally, but right now, I am happy to just sit here. I've arrived. I'll worry about shopping when I get to La Paz.
Speaking of La Paz, we flew over Isla del Espiritu Santo fifteen minutes before we arrived. It will be five hours from that moment until I finally get back there by ground transport.
It's just as well I waited nearby. There was space on an earlier shuttle and I arrived in La Paz two hours earlier than planned.
A five-dollar cab ride later I was at the boat. As I boarded, I passed the power pedestal on the dock and noticed it was falling apart. Once I was aboard and connected the batteries I found I had no shore power to charge them.
So, the batteries were down and things were not working right. There was not enough to run the inverter and the low voltage alarm squealed in protest. I turned on the solar panels which are normally off at the dock to avoid over-charging and went to the marina office.
They sent two fellows over to work on it and they eventually decided the problem was my power cable, not their pedestal.
I plugged into another pedestal nearby and my charger started right up, The problem was the pedestal, so they fiddled some more until I suggested the wires that were being connected we possibly the wrong ones and maybe to switch them. They did and it works.
With batteries charging, the only remaining issue was that the electric toilet did nothing. No flush. No sound. It seemed to be disconnected electrically and after troubleshooting I found that it was. When I had connected the battery grounds on my return, I had not noticed the small connection terminal for the toilet and it had been missed. Once that was connected, no problem.
I had planned to shop for groceries, but all I really needed was water, coffee, refried beans and tacos. I have oatmeal and raisins on board. The nearby tienda had what I needed and I did not even look at price, but the total was less than it would have been with taxi rides to Soriana and back.
That done, I, did some writing, settled in, and plan on sleeping well again tonight. The weather is cooler than the last time when nights were sweltering, so that will help.
My sinuses are still plugging a bit and the mucous is pink, but the flush works well and I have Dristan for the night. When will this end?
It's now seven-thirty and i should go out and stroll the malecon, but I have been up since midnight, so maybe it is time for bed soon.
Imagine. I was at home this morning and I have been here since three this afternoon, plus I went on the two and a half hour drive across the desert. Marvelous.
I flushed my sinuses, applied Dristan, and went to bed at 2045.
I slept well, only waking once. I had no congestion, but was a bit chilly, not cold, but I am used to sleeping with lots of covers and this boat has no heat and I have only a thin blanket. I put on socks and used the mattress pad for a quilt. That worked well.
I awoke at 0405 and got up, made coffee and oatmeal and began my day.
Yolanda, the paralegal, promised to be here at ten-thirty to discuss some legal things I need to do for proper documentation, then my day is clear. Are the stores open on Sunday here? Sunday is still observed as a day off in Mexico.
I'll have to see about taking the free marina shuttle downtown and ask if the bus to Costa Baja stops here. Otherwise if is a taxi for 60 pesos each way or walk two miles -- and back.
At 10;30, I was expecting Yolanda. At 10:51, so far, there is no sign of her. I called yesterday and received no reply and am beginning to wonder if this the standard here. Hugo said he would do the job and then went AWOL and incommunicado for three weeks. Yolanda agreed, then set up an appointment and did not show. What gives?
Anyhow, I would like to go downtown, but wonder if she will show after all. What is an hour =/- anyhow? I have things to do here, so maybe I'll start doing them and see. Here's the early morning view looking aft from the cockpit.
Well, I finally got a message from her. She was in her office here at the marina all along. She had said to meet at the marina, but not where, so I assumed the boat.
I did not know she has an office here, and in fact it is new since |i was here last, and unmarked. How could I know?
Anyhow, her phone had died but she did receive my email on her office computer when I gave up on the phone and emailed. So it was good that I wrote as well as called.
We had a good meeting and she suggested I sail to Cabo and check out, then check back in here in La Paz. That means a 140 sea mile trip, half on open ocean in a boat that I have hardly sailed and have yet to get to know completely. Also I may have to go solo, so that would mean careful planning for rest stops and refuges along the way.
I caught a ride to the mall with her and spent an hour or two at Soriana, Sears, and the mall shops, buying nothing since I have no car to put things in and had to carry anything I might buy until my return to the boat and I had yet to find everything I needed. One main item was a warm duvet for nighttime. Walmart was the likely place and that was four klicks away.
Yolanda had recommended Uber, saying Uber has just arrived in town, so I took out my Uber app and sure enough it worked and I had a ride to Walmart for 50 pesos (~three dollars).
I bought groceries and a duvet there and caught another Uber to Marina Palmira for eighty pesos (~5.50) . Much cheaper than cab and no need to discuss price or pay in cash.
I had supper on board, had a rest, then went to the poolside movie night at seven. The opening item was a ventriloquist video which everyone seemed to enjoy and showed a huge audience in the theatre where it was filmed, but I found boring and incredibly stupid. It made me wonder about people. Really wonder.
The feature was The Big Year, a flick about bird watching and that I estimated to be a huge bore, too, but it was preceded by a chat by the guy who puts on the movie night and apparently he is an avid birder and about to go on a world tour to spot birds. His life total in over 1,000, which apparently is big. The prospect for the film looked better, but still not good.
The movie, actually, was pretty good for a Hollywood film. Although centred around birding, it had a typical, predicable, enjoyable plot about the competition between birders. I quite enjoyed it in spite of myself.
I returned to the boat, had a snack and went to bed around ten, snuggled under my new red duvet that was heavy enough to be a futon and slept soundly.
I had the best sleep in a long time. I slept like the dead, waking only once in eight hours. At seven I woke, but dozed until eight, dreaming Ellen was here. Very pleasant.
Anyhow, I have decided to step back and take my time deciding how to proceed with the boat papers. I'm happy here.
Colin wrote this morning and that reminded me of the CRA (tax) issue. I'd forgotten. Last Friday seems years away in the past. I have to submit some documents. I'll do that shortly. I have them here on disk.
I fully intend to become fluent in Spanish and have been listening to Collins Spanish on Audible (pretty good) at home and while driving, and using a phone teaching app to learn some basics. However, one of the best tools I have found is the Google Translate app on my phone. I can speak English to my phone and it shows me the Spanish and says it aloud. That way I can learn what interests me at the moment, not what some app thinks I should learn.
It's 1400 and all I have done is read, write, and wash dishes. So far today, Fit says I've made 183 steps. Maybe the secret to my good health is how big my home is in Swalwell. I do 100 steps just going to the washroom and back.
Here are some recent step counts starting yesterday
and going back to Christmas:
I see I broke 10,000 once. Hmmm. That was cooking and cleaning. Never left the house that day.
I wandered up the dock to the supply shop, looked around and returned. I had supper and pulled out the boat manuals. Among them I found some charts the previous owner had been wondering about.
Then I played with the ham radio a bit and then watched several episodes of Orphan Black. It's good enough to entertain.
I'm off to bed at 2145. I hope I sleep as well as I did last night.
At 0455, I got up for the day, having slept well, but not like the night before. I had come awake several times during the seven hours, but had only limited congestion and no problem falling asleep again.
BG: 5.6. BP: 102/57(low)
I have nothing scheduled today other than maybe going uptown to buy tools and reviewing the various manuals.
I don't think the ham radio antenna is working, so maybe I can fix that. I hear a little activity on 3.935 now, before dawn, but not much else. I have not checked the propagation reports. I'll have to listen on the Sonrisa net frequency and see what happens. Right now, I hear some US nets on 80 meters, but they are weak.
Later, I pulled the panels apart and traced the wiring. As far as I can tell, the ham radio and tuner are working as designed. Maybe propagation is lousy or maybe the marina is a bad radio location. I'm not noticing obvious local interference though. The static seems to be general background noise.
I chased paper problems all morning, launched the dinghy and mounted the motor, then read manuals, had a nap, wandered over to the local supply shop and the nearby convenience store and returned. I then added more air to the pontoons and went for a short cruise around the marina. By then it was dusk, so I raised the dinghy onto the davits and changed for the evening.
By then the radio was showing a bit more life, but the bands are pretty flat. Sunspots have been scarce lately I hear.
I keep flushing my sinuses and tell myself they are getting better. I'm not having nosebleeds and the mucous is less pink, but there is still some plugging.
I was going to watch video, but have been tired all day and see it is after nine.
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