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Wednesday August 1st 2018
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Today Today Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers this morning and risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing later this morning. Hazy. Wind becoming south 20 km/h this morning. High 33. Humidex 36. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers this evening and after midnight with risk of a thunderstorm. Hazy. Low 14.

July is gone. 

I have a lot of organising to do and a few online tasks that are necessary, but time-consuming and I can do them here as well as anywhere, so that took up part of the day. Visiting with Mom took the rest, along with a drive out to New Sudbury to buy groceries and a new tablet for Mom.

Mom broke the one I gave her originally, and a neighbour had found a replacement for her.  That one lasted a few months and now the display is flakey. 

It's a Lenovo and when I finally chased down the warranty after calling three numbers it seems we have to mail it in at our own expense and wait for it to come back, a process that can take weeks. 

Moral: don't buy Lenovo at Best Buy.  Buy something somewhere with over the counter repair or exchange.  Come to think of it, My Lenovo laptop did not last long either and sits in a drawer, forgotten.

After supper, I spent the evening making the new tablet look like to one she is accustomed to.

I went to bed at midnight.

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 Your mind will give back to you exactly what you put into it.
James Joyce

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Thursday August 2nd 2018

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If you never decide on a vision for your life, you'll often find yourself living someone else's dream.

Today I slept until eleven, having slept poorly for the first few hours, due most likely to having pizza for supper and a snack later and to drinking several Canadians. 

I have always avoided Molsons' Canadian due to poor experience with it in the past and also a dislike for Molsons' exploitation of symbols of nationalism.  However having decided to stick to beer mostly lately, and reading up on types since I really do not like many craft beers and finding I prefer lagers, I figured to give it a shot.  Actually pilsners to be preferred, but what the heck?

About the time I got up, Mom returned from her hair dresser and had been worried since I had not been up when she left.  I reminded her I had just come from the left coast when it's eleven here is only eight there.

I spent some considerable time trying to figure out which door latch to order for Cassiopeia, then made supper and did the dishes.

I see a system developing down near La Paz.  It is still along way out and headed west of the peninsula but bears watching.

I didn't seemed to accomplish much today, but I was busy all day.

I went to bed at eleven and ran the Spanish lessons for fifteen minutes twice but did not fall asleep. I finally took Benadryl and went to sleep.

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Friday August 3rd 2018
 

Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High 26. Humidex 28. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Cloudy. A few showers beginning this evening. Risk of a thunderstorm late this evening and overnight. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Wind becoming northwest 20 overnight. Low 14.

I'm groggy this morning and maybe it is from the Benadryl, but more likely the two Canadians I drank in the evening.  I recall that is why I have avoided Canadian and craft beers generally.  I find they make me groggy later. Not so, Ranier, Bud, Pil, Kokanee etc.

I decided to take a walk seeing as I have been inactive since my arrival and inactivity contributes to lethargy.  I walked down to the end of the street and back, hardly an ambitious hike, but enough to get  the blood flowing. As I walked, I looked at the trees along the way and noted the concentration of oaks in the back woods at 1207 compared to the poplar, birch, and maple further east. 

Mom says they all come from the one oak we had at the end of the driveway some sixty-five years ago.  Squirrels gathered the acorns and stashed them around the property. The ones that did  not get eaten grew into trees.

I see several weather systems are starting up in the northeast Pacific.  They are heading north and west, but bear watching. Hector is getting going, but is a long way west.

The weather here in Sudbury is predicted to be alternately hot and then rainy. Smoke is in the air is from Parry Sound 33 and several other forest fires burning within a few hundred miles.

After Mexico and the consistent warm, sunny weather, I am finding Canadian weather odd and challenging.  Up here, we are accustomed to wide fluctuation in temperature and precipitation, not only between seasons, but also hour to hour and day to day. Whereas in the Baja the range over the year is from plus fifteen to plus thirty-seven, with a few excursions higher and lower, here, the range is minus forty to plus thirty-five over the year and from plus thirty-five to ten over a day.

A week today I fly to Victoria. In the meantime, the predictions here are for unstable weather with thunderstorms and rain almost daily. I had planned to launch my boat and go out on Georgian Bay, but lightning is not something to welcome when in a sailboat.

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Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.
Mark Twain

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Saturday August 4th 2018
 

Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High 26. Humidex 28. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Cloudy. A few showers beginning this evening. Risk of a thunderstorm late this evening and overnight. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Wind becoming northwest 20 overnight. Low 14.

Today is sunny and bright with no rain predicted here in Sudbury.  I may launch Carpe Diem on Ramsey for the day.

I see that the tropical depressions forming down off the west coast of Mexico still bear watching.  They usually move north and west and miss Baja California Sur, but occasionally, one turns east and trashes the peninsula.  The last one was Odile in September 2014. 


From Wikipedia...  Most tropical cyclone impacts occurred in the month of September. This coincides with the statistical peak in the eastern north Pacific hurricane season, which occurs in early September or late August.[118] Although hurricane season in the eastern north Pacific officially runs from May 15 to November 30,[119] no known tropical cyclones have impacted the peninsula in May, November, or outside the season.

 


The neighbours usually come for coffee Saturdays but have company so only Marge came by.

I was planning to launch today, but felt un-ambitious and so far have done little. 

I have an HP all in one printer here and it gives me nothing but grief, so I am tossing it and getting a Canon.  Printers are a real pain.  Whereas everything else has gotten better, printers just get worse and worse. This HP is perfectly good except it won't work with the $45 of brand new HP cartridges I bought.  They are locked out by some sort of protection system.  Never buy HP.

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 I attribute my success to this - I never gave or took any excuse.
Florence Nightingale

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Sunday August 5th 2018

I slept poorly again last night, but was up a little after eight today.

I see my weight is creeping up over 220 and that could be the aftereffects of taking doxycycline, eating carelessly, drinking beer or maybe all three, so I am going to cut back on beer until I get back down to 210 and watch what I eat, too although I am fairly careful about diet.

Mom was expecting company this morning, but the friends cancelled as the husband had been coughing all night.  Seeing as she had dressed up and was feeling let down after being cancelled, I decided to take her out to Eddies Sports Bar for lunch.

We had the usual lunch at Eddies, then returned to 1207. She had her nap and I continued sorting my accumulated items in the garage.

I have supplies accumulated over more than a decade from working on the boat, the van and trailer, and from Pine Hill.   It is a big job sorting into what I want on the boat, what I want in the van, what should stay in the garage and what I should discard.

Mich and Sharon came by with some blueberry pie to share and stayed for a visit on the deck. 

The day has been windy and hot.  Thundershowers began around suppertime and continue into the evening.  Rain is badly needed here, but the lightning not so much.

I check the NOAA site daily when I remember and today I see another named storm heading up the Mexican coast with the tip of the Baja almost dead ahead.  This one is called TROPICAL STORM ILEANA.

Here is a visual history of Baja storms going back a half-century or so.  Historically, the Baja has not been heavily settled due to these storms periodically wiping out settlements back before modern weather prediction and improved communication.

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All your base are belong to us
Zero Wing

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Monday August 6th 2018
220.8

Today Sunny this morning then a mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon. High 30. Humidex 31. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers early this evening. Clearing this evening. Low 15.

I had another night of restless sleep.

 I think it was the peaches and nuts I ate at nine.  I know better, but I was hungry and figured I would not sleep.  I do know better.  It was also a hot night and the heat did not help although once I am asleep, I sleep in spite of the heat.

I read my BG and got 6.9, then tried again and got 5.9.  What can I believe? I give up.  I ordered strips on eBay and it turned out they are for my older meter, a Contour, not my newer Contour Next.  They seemed to be on target most fo the time, but once in a while, they give crazy redeings.

When I couldn't sleep, I listened to Pimsleur Spanish lessons on Audible They seem to be the best ones I've found, but I am not sure they are ideal for Mexican Spanish.  I also notice the pronunciation varies quite widely.

Having studied French and Latin helps. The structure is unlike English but has commonalities with these other languages. Spanish is beginning to sound natural to me and I can understand some of what I hear, but there are tendencies to run words together into one, omitting or compressing vowels. 

My vocabulary is also very deficient for many basic daily conversations.  One example: Although I have just learned a word for "thing", I have yet to learn the word for "something".

I only have a few more days before I go west.  I have intended to launch, but have been preoccupied with other things so far.  The weather has been a factor. Yesterday was far too windy and gusty to be much fun sailing and the winds were followed by lightning storms and downpours.  I had seen the forecasts and figured that I'd not want to be on the water under these conditions.

That's alright.  I had things to do.  I came to visit Mom.  Who knows how much longer I will be able to do that?

It rained on and off all day. Although this had not been my intent, I found I spent my afternoon and evening researching and doing Spanish lessons.  I also spent at least an hour figuring out how to get the mic on my laptop working when I found I needed it. 

Windows 10 is an evolving system and is constantly presenting challenges. New, often unneeded and unwanted features are added and sometimes old and necessary ones removed with no warning or obvious explanation. Various toggles scattered through the settings conflict and/or interact, and changing any one in one window can have unintended effects elsewhere in the system.  Any descriptions offered tend to be incomplete and searches on the web may not assist since the sites at the top are often commercial 'solutions' to problems that actually have a simple, free solution, and newly introduced issues that are just being discovered tend to be lost in listings of old and irrelevant items about similar earlier Windows issues. Grrr.

I had noticed that Skype, which had previously worked well had lost mic access after one of their endless and unwanted 'updates' and I had made a cursory attempt to find out why at the time, with no success and I had concluded it was just a Skype issue.  What's new?

However, when I began Rocket Spanish and found again that the mic was unresponsive, I began to dig. After an hour or two, I discovered my mic was turned off for apps in my privacy settings.  That should be obvious, but nowhere was that shown in the various 'troubleshooters' and sound setting windows I wasted time with.

There are far more Spanish courses and resources out there than one might imagine, and they range from free to quite costly. It is quite confusing, really.

In reading reviews online, I came across Rocket Spanish.  The name seems peculiar, but I found myself quite intrigued and drawn in.  The website offers generous free samples of the various levels and the courses sync between a phone or tablet and laptop/desktop versions the way that Netflix does, so where you leave off on one is where the next device knows to begin when you log in. The courses are both aural and visual and that was lacking in my Audible courses. To be fluent in modern languages one must be able to hear, speak, read, and write, with importance ranked in that order.

Simply understanding the spoken word is basic.  Being able to express ideas in words is very handy.  To be able to read signs and documents is a luxury bordering on necessity and being able to record thoughts in symbols is very useful as well.

Rocket Spanish works on all four levels, and, rather than being focused on grammar simulates common verbal interactions.  We overhear conversations and then break them down into words and phrases which we see written, repeat, using the mic on the device and then hear our own pronunciation and receive a rating from the program.  Then we see flash cards and have an opportunity to write out what we have gone through.

RS is very thorough and as challenging as one cares to make it by setting difficulty levels as we go.  I find it quite impressive and was quite drawn in.  Moreover, the company is in  California, so I'm hoping the Spanish being taught is close to Mexican.  The material is less formal than Pinsleur.

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 Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.
William Butler Yeats

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Tuesday August 7th 2018
220.8

Today Mainly sunny. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light this morning. High 32. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Clear. Low 14.

I slept better, but was up for an hour around three.  I did not snack after supper or drink any beer yesterday.  I want to to get back down to 210. I'm doing very little walking and that is not good.

Susan was here this morning and the time passed quickly as she did Mom's weekly cooking.

I decided to get the air-conditioner on track. Ron had a fancy unit installed several years ago, but Mom has never mastered the controls. She blasted herself with cold air a few times, decided it is too harsh, then then has been leaving it off.  So it is unused while she swelters and suffers from  humidity.

After watching her complain about being too hot last night I finally decided to take over, set it on auto at 76 degrees F and put the control out of reach.  I'll monitor her comfort for the next few days and instruct Roseanne on  its use. She is quite technical-minded.  Mom prides herself on resisting technology.

Off and on is not good since the initial action on starting up is to go full-on to get to the set temperature. That can last a while, and those initial cold drafts feel too cold. 

Temperatures need to stabilize before the unit slows and goes to quiet operation and it takes a while to extract the humidly from a room and achieve a comfortable balance. 

Mom tends to be impatient, judge the device as being too harsh, push random buttons on the control or turn it off.  There are also buttons that deflect the air down and if pushed by mistake, they can cause a cold draft right where she sits. 

Thus my decision to find a comfortable setting, leave the unit on all the time,  then put the control aside.  It will run when needed and rest when not.

With many things, when it comes to knowing what is really going on anywhere is no substitute for being there a while.  I have to spend time on my boats to see what is really happening ot they fall apart.  A quick visit can lead to false complacency since problems often are not apparent for a few days and  conditions change.  The same is true here at 1207. I've been here a week and am just realizing about the A/C.

At above left, Ileana fizzled but John is now a hurricane looking, so far, to  miss Baja Sur.

I found that I'm missing a fender bolt on my boat trailer and also have a broken taillight, so went shopping.  I got some of what I needed at Lowes and continued to Canadian Tire.  There, I found a number of items and continued to the cash.  The cash is accessed through a narrow alley like a cattle chute and at in that chute I saw a line of customers waiting for two cashiers. 

I had only a few items and went to the customer service and asked if they could cash me out.  At most Canadian Tires stores, Customer Service will act as cash if things are busy.  Not her, apparently. She was busy doing basically nothing and another cashier was putting away items that had been left at the cash.  I pointed out that they were not serving customers and more people were needed on cash. The girl was young and clueless and said I had to go and wait in the long line.  In her mind I had to.

I placed my would-be purchases on the counter and walked out.  Her eyes went wide. I guess she had never considered that alternative.  Of course, I lost out and had wasted my time, but maybe they will learn.  The most important job in any store is taking the customers money as quickly and painlessly as possible.  All other jobs are secondary.  I am strapped for time, but if I have time, maybe I'll write them a bad review to Corporate.

I don't seem to have any time to spare, though.  Various tasks are keeping me busy.

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What's so touching is the way we fight the war right until the moment our business is taken
care of and then we turn on a dime and we immediately start taking care of people.
It's like a shock and aw shucks campaign.
 Dennis Miller

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Wednesday August 8th 2018
220.2    5.9

Today Mainly sunny. Widespread smoke. High 34. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Clear. Widespread smoke. Low 16.

I woke early. I'm up before six, even though I went to bed around midnight.

Mom seems happy with the air conditioner setting even though she said she was a bit cool last night.  The A/C was set at 74 seeing as she was finding 76 too hot during the day.  74 is warmer than the house usually is.  We'll see how this works over the next few days.  As I said before, there is no substitute for actually being on-site and observing.

First thing, I have to try to find a replacement registration form for Cassiopeia.  It seems it has been lost and now needed so a client can go to the US.  Then I hope to launch the boat, but first, I have some web work to do for the UBA.

I found that the soonest I can get a replacement document is two weeks.  That is too late for our needs, so decided to put it off. 

Mom wanted to go for lunch, so went to Solute, a trendy coffee shop out of town a bit.  Food was good, bit the place is a bit industrial and noisy.  I picked up a taillight for the trailer on the way home. and spent several hours replacing it and repairing the guide post.

Then I did some web work on www.albertabeekeepers.com.

That took time, then, while I was making supper, Liz called. I said I'd call back.  Then Rick called about a boat problem he is having and worried whether I'll have a place to sleep tomorrow night.  I said dawn had promised me something somewhere and not to worry.

I called Liz back and we discussed the website and what to write about the intent of the first meeting. 

Several of us understand the concepts and strategies necessary for success, but we are older and retired and don't want to lead, but the people we have so far found seem to lack the vision or a generous spirit required to make this fly. 

We're still working on the ideal structure to recommend at the AGM.  At the AGM, time will be limited and the meeting will have to be run on rails without stifling input.  This will take a special kind of chairperson. I could do it, bit really don't want to.

I went out to the boat later and sat in the cabin until dark. The interior is nice and bright and cheerful.  I'm happy just to sit there sometimes and wonder why I need a bigger boat.  I know the answer, though.  Although this boat is fine for one person on inland waters and for day cruising or an occasional overnight, it is not the boat for more serious or long-term occupation.  No head (bathroom), no galley (kitchen), no headroom to stand up, little storage space, and a small outboard gasoline engine.

I went to bed around ten-thirty.

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 Make yourself sheep and the wolves will eat you.
Benjamin Franklin

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Thursday August 9th 2018
220.2    5.9


Today Sunny. Widespread smoke. High 35. UV index 9 or very high.
Tonight Clear. Widespread smoke. Low 18.

I slept well and got up at seven.  Mom slept well last night. She seems to be managing to live with air conditioning but we will see.

I decided drinking beer was affecting my sleep and putting on weight.  I was drinking several beers a day. so haven't had any for the last two days and that seems to help.

Today would have been Ellen's 74th birthday.

Will I launch today?  I don't know if I have the ambition.  I leave tomorrow just after noon and have a lot to do before then.  Tomorrow night, I'll be in Sidney.

I didn't launch.  I spent the day tuning the UBAC website and corresponding with UBAC folks and cleaning the boat.  After supper, I went to Bills for two hours and was home in bed a little after ten.

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Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't,
and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.
Robert Frost

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