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I was tired this AM and slept until after eight, then got up and started dealing with the raw water pump leak There has been water under the engine after a trip, so I need to deal with that. It took and hour or two to connect with the various people who might help. I won't be here, so the staff has to handle it.
I went up Beacon to the hardware store looking for a lockset for the boat and had no luck. I was also looking for a duffle bag for the items I leave in Sidney and bought two.
I had promised to buy Dawn a beer after work and on returning to the marina I had about an hour to do various tasks before meeting her. We met at four-thirty and wandered up to the nearby bar.
We had one drink, then, as we left, we ran into Rick and Colin. Dawn had to go, but the rest of us went to the Chinese buffet. The food there is definitely food I should not eat often, but it is excellent.
I returned to the boat after and resumed packing. A while later, Colin came by and we chatted until I had to call it a day and get to bed. I had to be up at three to pack to catch my cab at 0445.
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I woke up at 0300, packed, and at 0435 locked up the boat and walked to my cab at the marina entrance. The cab came right on time.
My flight was uneventful and I arrived at YYC around 0820. I found the shuttle and retrieved my car from Park and Jet. Since I had seven hours until my eye appointment, I drove downtown, found parking and walked to the the Calgary Stampede. Calgary traffic, morning and night, is awful and it took me an hour to drive a distance that should have taken ten minutes or so.
I had not been Stampeding for a few years and the Stampede has changed a bit, but not a lot. I walked around, looked at things, found the new Indian Village location, then left a bit after one to drive to the appointment at three. While at the Stampede, I went wild and bought several slices of pizza and an ice cream cone, but did not go for any of the bizarre and more toxic sounding 'food' items on offer. These fast carbs were far enough from my ideal diet.
I arrived at the appointment early and they sent me right in for the visual field test. A pressure test showed my intraocular pressure (IOP) to be 10 and 11, which is lower than any numbers I have heard and certainly not the twenty or so the Red Deer doctor had seen that had caused him to order the surgery I cancelled. I was suspicious of the results and when I saw Dr. Ford after the preliminaries, I suggested a re-test.
A second test came out at 14 and 15 which is more like what I expected and which are good numbers for IOP. Apparently my eyes have not changed significantly over the past year.
After that, I drove home, stopping the see Ken and Wendy and Kevin along the way. It took me an hour just to get out of Calgary. The rush hours there are brutal.
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The weather is beautiful and the day promises to get up to 27°C. I have some paperwork to catch up and then hope to cut some saplings to get more light in here.
I made a vegetable stew this morning so I have something to eat that is ready-made on hand.
Enough philosophizing. I'd better get back to my chores...
I did manage to get a few things done, but did not get to cutting the saplings. I did, however, walk around and assess things. The place is badly overgrown and I may have to hire help -- or just let it be. I suppose can always fell the nuisance trees and leave them lie to dry out, then cut them up over time.
I see by several matted patches of grass that the deer are spending the night right close to my house.
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I got up at 0810, showered, had coffee, and put a wash in the machine.
Fen is driving Bert to YYC as he is flying to Winnipeg for a while and then she and I are going Stampeding and then to the Ironwood afterward for some music.
Today promises to reach 33°C, so the Stampede is going to be hot outdoors, but there are indoor venues, too.
Since Calgary will be 33°C, I got to wondering about the weather in La Paz. I see there are no tropical storms on the horizon and it will reach 37°C there today.
I'm here for a while. I have not booked any flights but do plan to go east soon. I'm also looking at Cassiopeia's and Just Do It!'s schedules and considering the un-booked dates for times I should perhaps go out and check them over and do small repairs. If I don't get on the boats and take them out for a few days now and then, little things don't get discovered and fixed. It's one of the burdens a charter boat owner has to bear.
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Fen called and we decided to leave The Mill for the Stampede at three. That should get us there around four. By then the heat of the day will be past and we will have four hours before the event at the Ironwood begins. Magnolia Buckskin and The Ruminates are the on the bill tonight.
I have been thinking of trimming my beard for a while now and decided that today is the day. It is a bit of a bother and I am always of two minds about it, but got down to it. I'm told the short beard makes me look younger, not that I care, having worked hard to get this old, but I think it does tend to make me less noticeable and less like a biker, that is probably a good thing.
We arrived in Calgary around four-thirty. Traffic was slow on the #2 highway and not too bad in town. The temperature in town was 35°C, but the hottest part was over by four and it was pleasant.
We parked close to the Victoria Park entrance and wandered around then walked through the ag building first, then went to the Dog Bowl show.
From there we went through the exhibits in the Central Hall, had supper in the Palm Bay Hideaway and walked over to the Big Four to see what that was happening there. That turned out to be a huge beer hall with a live band playing at one end.
Next we went back to the ag building and found the Bee Exhibit put on by the Calgary and District Beekeepers. Liz was there and we had a good visit.
Then we had to leave for the Ironwood. It was calm and hot outside when went into the building, but we walked out into wind and blowing dust. Later reports said the winds were up to 100KPH.
We made it back to the car, drove to the Ironwood, and found our reserved table right near the stage. Fen is a regular and knows the women in Marigold Buckskin, so we found ourselves visiting with them at our table after their set.
Both bands were excellent.
We left after eleven with an hour's drive ahead of us. I dropped Fen off at The Mill and returned to the Old Schoolhouse, arriving home just after midnight.
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I got up around seven-thirty. I see I am up in weight again and glucose is high. I wonder why. I walked a lot yesterday, but did have two beers and a snack at the Ironwood last evening.
Today is cooler and windy.
I'm still digging through a mound of paper on my desk, and fighting with Windows 10 on my computers, but did get out this afternoon to do some yard work.
I decided I simply must get more active and invited friends for a barbecue tomorrow and went outside, so went out and played with the truck a bit, then tried grading the driveway seeing as weeds are growing due to disuse. That did not work well, so I mowed the driveway a bit as an experiment.
Dawn phoned and said they have a rigger inspecting the sailboats and should he do Cassiopeia. I spoke to the rigger and he seemed a bit flakey, but told him to spend and hour and call me. I need to keep a finger on what is happening to my boat and get a written report if I am paying for the work.
Next, I went to town for supplies for tomorrow. They stay open until nine, but I like to be there before they reduce staff and put produce away.
I returned home, put the groceries away, and went out to mow grass.
I quit at nine and sat down to watch Stranger.
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Today Mainly sunny. High 28. UV index 8 or very high.
I woke up at five. I figured I'd only slept five hours, but was wide awake so I got up. I slept reasonably well, but maybe the mowing affected my sleep. I'll have breakfast and coffee and if I'm tired, maybe go back to bed. That works sometimes and if it does I sometimes have several hours of excellent sleep. We'll see.
I went back to bed and dozed. At 0800, I'm up again and find I am a bit chilled and more tired than I was earlier. It is 7°C degrees outside and 68°F in here.
Jean and family are coming down, so I called Ken and Wendy just in case they can come. They have something on, but may show. We'll see. I'm up to fifteen people so far if everyone comes.
The vacuuming begins.
The rigger called this morning and he sounds much more competent and co-operative today. I guess he was in the office, speaking on someone else's phone, and therefore uncomfortable talking yesterday. Today he was much more expansive. He says he found the rigging to be sound, but is going to do a few adjustments and will give me a full written report when finished.
I went through the house vacuuming and it makes a huge difference in the look of the place and my opinion of it.
It's four and I am ready for company. Jean says she will be here at half past and the others should come around five-thirty.
I went out and finished mowing the front and as I was on the last pass Jean and family pulled up. Jean and I went in and I began the last-minute items. Chris offered to mow and off he went. Kenzie found a bike and went riding. Soon Chris came in and said the mower won't go into gear and we discovered the drive belt is shot, so we pushed he mower out of the way.
Soon the others came, thirteen in all. The weather was perfect and there were no flies. We sat outside and ate corn, then burgers and smokies, followed by cake and ice cream.
Everyone left by nine and I loaded the dishwasher, cleaned up the rest, and then sat down for an episode of Stranger, the second last one of the series.
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I woke up at 0645, feeling fresh and energetic. I took two Benadryl last night, knowing that having mowed grass yesterday, I would otherwise sleep poorly.
The day promises to be hot, almost like a typical La Paz winter day.
The house and yard are tidied up. The dishwasher needs emptying and that is about it.
I have more mowing to do, but my mower needs repair. I am now hampered by machinery breakdown. My truck, my mower, my snowblower and my forklift are all out of commission. Moreover, I cannot find my ramps to change oil on my vehicles. I lent them to someone and did not write down who.
I've been planning to go up to Jean & Chris' today and wondered, seeing as they were just here yesterday and if this might be overkill, but they seem anxious to have me go up to appraise the cover on the pontoon boat and I do owe them a visit. I realise now that my last visit there was March. I'm a busy guy.
I do want to fix the mower right away, though, and if I am going up that way, I pass through Red Deer, so I figured I should appraise the issues in case I need parts that could be obtained there. So, I dropped the mower deck and removed it to evaluate the belt problem. That took me an hour.
One belt is shot and the other is showing some wear. I have replacements on hand. The bearings seem okay.
Although one belt is simple to change now that the deck is off, the other looks to be a bit more work and the job will take at least two hours more, and I know what I need to know, so I headed north.
I had already been considering changing the windshield as it has several other chips and a crack, but now I am glad I hadn't gotten round to it.
I met Orams at the Birch Bay landing. They had been out and came back to pick me up. We went offshore a ways to get away from the water stirred up by boats near shore and anchored. We had a swim, then returned and tied up at the space on Al's dock he had set up for them. We fiddled with the ties and I removed a pipe that was sticking up from the lake bottom, threatening the prop. Then when the cover was on we went up to the house for supper.
Everyone went to bed early. Before I went to sleep, I watched the last episode of Stranger.
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It'll be another hot day according to the forecast. I'm in Birch Bay today and expect to be driving home later.
I called around and made an appointment to install a new windshield tomorrow, so I'll be here another day. It makes no sense to drive home past the windshield shop, then drive back seventy-five miles tomorrow. Besides, I like it here.
Jean, the kids and I went out on the boat for a while around noon while Chris had a nap. Later he called and we returned to shore to pick him up.
We spent the afternoon on the lake, then returned to the house for supper. Kenzie had a volleyball game in Sylvan so I rode along and got out at the north end of the beach so I could walk the strip where we spent so many summer weekends in the past.
The area has changed completely. Back in the nineties, we parked on the gravel shoulder along the edge of the road as long as we wanted to. Now there is a concrete boardwalk where the shoulder was and no parking allowed anywhere along that long strip. Parking further down in a lot far from the water costs $2/hour. Things have changed and not necessarily for better.
Whereas this roadside would have been parked solid with vehicles at this time of year and the area between he road and beach filled with people, this section is now almost abandoned.
I stopped for a beer at a bar on the strip, wander up main street and then sat for a while at the pier and listened to my Spanish lessons on Audible while I watched the world go by At eight-thirty, I met up with Chris and Kenzie for the drive back home.
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I woke up after eight and got up. I must have slept at least nine hours.
I drove to Red Deer and had the windshield installed, then stopped at Walmart for some groceries and drove home. I chatted with Liz about the UBA along the way and that passed the time.
I arrived home mid-afternoon and did housework and deskwork and intended to go outside to work on the mower, but the weather changed to wind and rain and I spent the rest of the day inside.
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I woke up at 0843. This the second day in a row I slept ten hours or so.
I spent another day at the desk. I spent several hours trying to install a forum on www.albertabeekeepers.com. I installed phpBB several times, but could never get administrative access.
I intended to go outside, but got a phone call first from from Colin regarding a boat trading deal and second from Tracey regarding the UBAc.
Colin's call was about an opportunity to sell and buy boats and caused me to do a lot of analysis and introspection. I was not reassured by what I discovered.
I have been too inactive and decided to make the one-mile bike ride out to Elliotts' and back. I stopped in to visit briefly and returned home. I really should be doing more exercise.
I went to bed again at one and will do more figuring tomorrow.
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