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I'm losing interest in bees lately and bee-related posts are infrequent these days but at one time I was very involved in beekeeping. Just about every topic has been covered somewhere on this site some time or another. Your best bets for finding ideas are:

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Note: I have been doing a bit of bee writing lately and there is some mention here and on recent previous pages, but it is mixed in with my daily life.



Friday May 10th 2019

Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers early this morning. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. High 20. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Clearing late this evening. Wind north 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light this evening. Low plus 1.

I slept well and woke up at six, then slept until seven.  My eyes are clear, I'm not groggy and my weight is down a few pounds.  I have to assume my bad sleep on several previous nights was due to food sensitivity -- tomato sauce and pepper -- and allergies. The lingering cold contributed.

My oximeter reports don't vary much day to day (right) and, surprisingly, did not reveal whatever was disturbing my sleep.  I cannot see any measurable difference between my worst night and last night in the reports.  Interesting.

I contacted Colin about some accounting discrepancies and we've been working on them.  The charter company's books have caused me a lot of grief over the past two years, but maybe this time it will be straightened out for good.

A beautiful Alberta May day

C wants me to help her troubleshoot her fridge.  Her ice maker auger does not run, so that is next on the agenda...

I wandered down there around eleven and took the inside panel off the door in question.  That revealed a few things, but not the problem.  After a while, I returned home to study the diagrams.


I'm a bit weary today. Sneezing and nose runs. It is very windy outside. Seasonal allergies, I wonder?

I went back down to C's and did more troubleshooting.  We confirmed the problem did not seem to be in the door.  I also found some discrepancies between the diagrams and what I saw in front of me.

I knew there had to be an open circuit somewhere and naturally, suspected the switches and connectors. If the switches checked out, then  the open circuit would most likely be due to a bad connector -- somewhere.

The first and most obvious weak point in wiring is the area where the wires flex when opening and closing the door, (left), but we eliminated that possibility and unscrewed the inside back panel.

Once the wiring behind the panel was exposed, the problem was immediately obvious (right). Wires have arced inside the connector, melting a hole in the plastic and breaking the connection.

The solution is to simply solder them and tape the connection. The other connector in the picture does not look too good either.

I'm tired.  I came home at five-thirty for supplies, tools, and to have supper and after supper I fell asleep in my chair at the computer just now.  I called C and we agreed to finish tomorrow.

I'll just veg out until bedtime.  It's 78 degrees in here, so that could be making me tired, too.

My RO is definitely leaking now, so ordering a new one is top of list.

I watched what turned out to be the last two episodes of Tijuana. This was its first season finale and, sadly, I doubt there will be a second season.

IMO, Tijuana is probably the best thing I have seen on Netflix so far, but I see it only rated three stars. That is possibly due to the fact that it was not made to an American stock formula and is in Spanish with subtitles. The people were just plain nice almost without exception and the ending is not at all what Hollywood would present. Although there is violence, there is no gratuitous and grisly dwelling on it, No melodrama, and no posing and making faces pretending to be acting either.  I am going to miss that show.

Well, we'll see. IMDb gave it a 7.6. Rotten Tomatoes only a 60% audience rating.

I was in bed around midnight.

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Saturday May 11th 2019

Today Sunny. High 25. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Clear. Becoming partly cloudy after midnight. Low 7.

I'm up at 0530 because I am groggy and figure I need to wake up before I can sleep well. I'm definitely suffering allergy, so I dropped a Benadryl. I had eaten before bedtime last night and I think the stew had salsa in it. Eating can cause issues and maybe the salsa added to the effect.  I usually have a banana, but I was out of bananas.

Eating after supper is not a good idea and drinking in the evening is probably a bad idea, too.  I haven't been drinking the past few days and had almost forgotten about the idea until I mentioned it here.

At 0730 I went back to bed and slept until 0850.  Getting up a while helps a lot.

At 1130 I went down to C's and worked on the fridge.  It took until 1355, but I had it all back together without too many extra parts left over and the issues were solved. C watches my house when I away, waters the plants,  and does the furnace when needed, so I figure I owe her some help now and then.

I returned home and found a message that a gentleman is coming out to get some floors and lids.

From the Calgary Beekeepers List:

I've just been out cleaning/assessing my 4 hives. The good news is that they all survived, including one from a swarm in late July! Two of these hives are good with two brood boxes with room to expand but two hives appear to have the 2 brood boxes pretty much full with good laying queens. What is the best thing to do? I think the options are:

I can add another brood chamber with 9 empty frames on top of both of these hives to give them more room. In this case, would I then add a honey super on top of the third brood chamber in June or would the 3rd box become a brood chamber/honey super combo?

I can try to do a split (which I have never done before) to get another hive. I've no extra queen. Assuming that I wouldn't harvest from a new hive this year, would it be okay to just split off some bees and hope they raise a queen on their own before they die? Or should I wait for queen cells to appear and then move that frame into a new hive with 4-5 frames of brood and honey while removing the rest of the swarm cells from the old hive? Should I find a queen and introduce her to 3 frames from each full hive? I'm not sure I'm ready for or even want 6 hives.

Is there another option I'm not considering? An added complication is that until June 1, these bees are visited only on weekends so daily monitoring until then is impossible. Any suggestions welcome!

Here is what I would do.

1. Tip the double back off the floor, look under, and see if there are bees on the bottom bars of the bottom box.

2. If there are bees on the bottom of more than five or six frames, I would slide the hive sideways a foot and put another bottom board fairly tight beside the hive so it shares the original footprint.

3. Next, place a brood chamber or box of foundation on the new floor, and lift the top box from the double onto it.

4. Quickly check to make sure there is at least a little brood in all stages in that box and then similarly check for brood in the other half the original hive. Pulling one frame should tell the tale. You need young brood or eggs to raise a queen and to keep the bees from abandoning. You don't know where the queen is now and there is no need to look. Do not destroy any queen cells if you see some.

5. If there is brood in all stages in both boxes, the split can proceed. Go to #6.

If there is no brood in one or the other box, then then it is too soon. Do as follows.

Put the original give back together, but with the boxes reversed (bottom on top, top on bottom)

If the hive is very heavy and/or crowded, add a light (weight, not colour) brood box on top. No excluder. .

The new box added now can will used later under one of the two spits the next time you try.

Go away for a week or ten days (max) and repeat the process starting at #1.  The hive should be ready by then.

6. If there is brood in all stages, put a lid on the split you just made and

7. Put a brood or foundation box under the box of bees remaining on the original stand, and put on a lid.

8. Finally, check to make sure returning bees are going into both of the new double hives.

If not, place a branch or some slight visual obstacle in front of the hive that is getting more than its share and fiddle until the split is about 50/50. (It's not critical)

9. In three weeks, there should be a fine new queen laying and by August both halves will be equal.

Note: I'm assuming no one uses wax foundation anymore. If so, there is some risk that foundation placed below the brood could be chewed if the bees are not on a flow or fed.

Note 2: If you don't want that many hives, then in a nice day in in August or September when there is a slight flow on and bees are not robbing, just stack the brood chambers up after the supers are off and the resulting hive will adjust and be a hive that winters extremely well.
There is no need to check queens or do any thing special when combining. The bees will figure things out.

For that matter, the hives can be stacked with or without an excluder between to make a two-queen colony any time after the second queen is mated.

A beekeeper drove out from Calgary this after noon to get some of my floors and lids. I sent four extra sets back with him in case others want some.  It happens he a ham radio operator, too. VE6ATA.

While he was here we walked by an equipment stack and the stack where I had noticed bees before was very busy.  Seems like I have a live hive!

I went for a walk with C and then came home and decided to take a good look at the hive we saw alive. 

I have not done anything with bees since long before Meijers came and took most of my hives away on September third last year (right) and was surprised to see bees in that stack earlier. Today I thought I'd better go check them and treat if indicated.  I was quite sure I would see varroa.

I went to find a bee suit and discovered I have quite a few new suits and veils. I don't recall having bought them, but maybe I did for when Jon and family were here. Anyhow, I put one on a suit and took a veil seeing as I have not been stung this year.  Getting stung around the eye disorients me if I am not fully immune.

I went out, lit a smoker, walked to the hive, and pried off the lid.  I stack boxes on an excluder on a floor and lid them, usually without a pillow, to store in the yard where they are handy.

As I say, this hive is a volunteer -- a swarm -- in a stack, so the lid was well glued down. Under the lid was lots of burr comb.  In that burr comb were drone larvae, pupae and emerging drones, a perfect place to find varroa if there are many.  I expected to see lots in a neglected hive like this.

I reversed the hive, all three boxes, scraping as I went.  When done, I examined the drone brood and did not see a single varroa.  Strange, I thought.




The floor standing against the stack at right is to keep the bees from thinking it is their hive.  The hive at left is the actual hive, but it has been moved from the floor seen on the ground to a new spot to the left for convenience.

The lid leaning up on the side is still full of burr comb and honey and I am hoping that the bees will clean it out overnight so I can scrape it and put it away. I worry a skunk might find it first, but see no skunk signs here.

After I made the above entries, I walked to the south pasture to see what if anything is left there.  Lo and behold, I have a decent hive there, too.  The other hive there died and the ants are moving in.

The lone hive in the south looks good. 

Maybe not as good as the swarm in the north, but there are lots of bees up top. By the muddy scratching at the doorstep, I see that the hive has or had a skunk problem.

I'll work it over tomorrow and see what I have.

The hive in the north should be split.  It has emerging drones and maybe some already maturing.  If I do the split described above, they should do well, seeing as there is brood in three boxes already. If I wait a week, and split just before I leave, maybe there will be queen cells and that would be a bonus.

I have not inspected for disease or mites, so that is on the list, too.

I definitely am having allergy issues. I have sniffles and my eyelids are swollen a bit.

I watched a bit of Secret City, the second season of a dystopian Australian series.  I realised after a while that had watched season one of this series before and after a while, I found it slow tangled and pointless, so I found another Mexican series about, you guessed it, an assassinated political figure. I turned it off after a while and was in bed at midnight, sharp.

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Sunday May 12th 2019

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Wind becoming north 20 km/h gusting to 40 near noon. High 25. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low plus 3.

I woke up at 0430 and after lying there a few minutes, decided I was wide awake. I had slept only four and a half hours but decided I should get up or I would just doze and maybe get groggy. I should likely go back to bed after a while and make up at least six hours.  The other option is an afternoon nap.

I was very tired a few days ago and now I am full of beans. Allergies can have very differing effects. My eyes aren't glazed today and I was not congested, but I did take two Benadryl last night, anticipating problems otherwise.

The sky is brightening in the east,  This is an exciting time of year here in South Central Alberta.

I now have one week before I fly to the coast to teach the cruise and Learn out of Vancouver.  My students are two couples and my boat is Andiamo, a three cabin Bavaria 36.3 with conventional main.

I went back to bed at 0620 and slept until 0855.  I'm not sure that was a great idea because I woke up tired.  That last session was broken into several pieces as I woke up three times. I should have quit after the second segment. I'm thinking that making a point of sleeping a set amount of hours rather than just staying up and then napping later if tired is a better plan.

I ordered a handheld single channel EKG meter the other day from Amazon out of curiosity.  I have a marine medical coming up and there is the possibility they will want an EKG.  The unit I ordered looks pretty limited and the waveforms on some images look almost useless but it is supposed to detect 12 conditions. The other one I looked at only did three.  One was AFib and  the other two were tachycardia and bradycardia (fast or slow resting heartbeat).  Big deal.  The first is important to detect, but you can detect those last two conditions with a finger on your pulse.  We'll see.

My last EKG that I have a copy of was pretty badly done and I had one since in 2018, but I have no copy. It is not always easy to get a copy as some medical folks tend to hold the cards close to their chest.

After the oximeter fun, I thought that an EKG tester would be even more fun. After ordering the one I did, Amazon, of course, started making suggestions and I see now that there are 12-channel Holter monitors One Two for under $500!  I doubt I really want to put electrodes all over myself, as required for 12-channel measurements, unless I have evidence that my heart is getting dangerous, which at this point does not appear to be the case.

Hum, some payback

> I definitely am having allergy issues. I have sniffles and my eyelids are swollen a bit.

The adrenal cortex (if all is well) make several hormones, amongst other things, dealing with allergic response. If it is damaged, it doesn't, takes a LONG time to heal (6mo-1y)

It (adrenal cortex) in some people or circumstances needs more nutrition than diet can give, specifically B5, pantothenic acid (and not just 50 mg typical dose)

This takes 6 months, 250 mg B5, and B6 to balance, daily (B6, normal male 100mg, woman or emotional male 250mg) after 6 months (or so), as needed, at least 2x week.

When I have sniffles (and take), 2 hours later, gone

B5 (250mg) , as single pill is HARD to find, remember where, buy 2 or more bottles.

This actually works


I've been taking a B100 Complex vitamin pill daily for the past six months.  That is the only supplement I take.  I see it supplies 100 mg of pantothenic acid as calcium d-pantothenate and 100mg of B6, plus the rest of the Bs.  I have been taking it for tat least six months seeing as various sources (random example search) suggested that guys like me need more B12 than diet may provide.

I see Amazon sells B5. That's the easy way to get things.  They come to the door.  Hunting on pharmacy vitamin shelves is a drag.

So, I suppose I could take 2-1/2 of the pills I have, but that would boost the rest of the Bs, too, perhaps pointlessly -- or I could buy a bottle of the 250s.

It's 1020 and the bees should be awake by now.  I'm going out to do the other hive.  I'll dig out my varroa testing gear.

As much as I hate shaking bees in alcohol, that is the one sure way to know the mite level.  The job has to be done right, too or the results could underestimate by a factor of ten.  Let me see if I can dig up my article on that topic.

I have a lot of information scattered through the diary.  A site search for alcohol wash is the answer, but there are a lot of hits.

I found this from a 2012 diary entry, among the many other hits.  It is from BEE-L, but it sure looks like my inimitable writing style.

From BEE-L:

> What is the threshold for a sugar shake for spring and fall?  Is this [poster] out dated? (right)

I think the thresholds are the same for the Minnesota sugar shake and for alcohol wash if they are done correctly. However there are huge caveats in using small samples, either in hive numbers or in replications, and interpreting the results is about as objective and sometimes as meaningful as readings obtained from tea leaves or chicken entrails.

I've done a lot of alcohol washes and mite drops and have to say that any one reading may not have any direct relationship to another from the same hive or to the true situation in any one hive. Any one reading can easily be off by a factor of 10 in high infestations and or even infinity where a zero count is found.

This unreliability is due to uneven distribution of varroa in hives and to the problem of sampling in the correct area of the hive. A Bee Culture writer I often disagree with said it simply recently and earned my respect. He said that to get an accurate reading, the sample MUST be a sample of young nurse bees which are found directly on an area of brood that is about to be capped. Any other sample will not compare to what most researchers are using for comparison.

Interestingly, though, the Reuter and Spivak poster does not appear to specify where in the hive to find the bees to shake. It also suggests a threshold that makes me shudder: The Minnesota poster says "If your colony has over 10-12 mites/100 bees, you should consider treatment.

On the other band, the Ontario table says 2 or 3 mites/100 depending on season. I am far more comfortable with that.

I guess it all depends on where you live how lucky you feel. I have the greatest respect for both Marla and Gary, but where I live, in my opinion and the opinion of successful beekeepers I know, the Minnesota recommendation would, with great probability, lead to disaster in a large outfit -- especially if that was a spring count, and far less so if that count was found after all brood had hatched in fall.

I would love to hear Medhat's comments on this since he brought Alberta losses down from unbearable levels to near-normal by advocating very low thresholds, similar to Ontario's. Most Alberta commercial beekeepers take Medhat's thresholds as an upper limit and if any hives in a yard show the threshold, they treat all hives in that yard at the next window of opportunity. We are lucky to have Apivar and it is highly effective if properly used.

> I recently read that the threshold numbers have been changed
> to a lower mite count. They do not include a sugar shake on
> the Varroa Mite Threshold
> Levels table posted here. [ Click link to table ]

I think it is safe to use the alcohol wash numbers with the sugar shake, but I would be sure first to verify for myself that several of my sugar shakes get the same results as alcohol wash by putting the sugar shake bees and the sugar shaken out through an alcohol wash using isopropyl alcohol (98%) available at pharmacies (not washer fluid)

Sadly, no test is idiot-proof and there are many details to observe. For one thing, in an alcohol wash, make sure the alcohol is at room temp or higher or the mites may not release in the one-minute shake.

Also the 300 bees recommended is slightly too many for the standard shaker jar screen and will filter some mites from running into the lower jar if the operator technique is not perfect. I prefer 250 or 200 bees. The lower number results in less mathematical certainty, but the lower number also gives higher accuracy for the sample since mites are not caught in the mass of dead bees.

Anyhow, this is big topic. My advice is to be conservative and take measures any time you see varroa in any numbers. Once they get above a low threshold, they balloon in numbers and the effect on the hives is IMO geometrically -- not linearly -- related to the number of mites/bee.

Levels of other pathogens tend to build after several years at threshold and then collapses can occur at below-threshold levels.

There is a lot more varroa information scattered through the diary.

My Oct 2, 2016 post is an absolute  must-read, too.    It shows graphically why, when efficacy of a treatment drops to a certain threshold (95% in this model), that a crises will sneak up on beekeepers over time.  Random failures of treatment in individual hives in a yard which become more frequently as the efficacy drops will speed up the developing avalanche in mite numbers.  

The two charts below provide a sample, but there is too much to reproduce here.  Read the post.

I got as far as the kitchen and found I had filled the sink and put in the dishes and been distracted.  So I did the dishes and, having some thoughts, returned here to write more.

Sampling Colonies for Varroa destructor
An extremely important tool for gaining control of Varroa mites!
University of Minnesota Instructional Poster #168, Katie Lee, Gary S. Reuter, & Marla Spivak
 Department of Entomology

Note: Personally, I did not find the sugar shake to be a reliable test. Neither have others I have spoken with. One issue is that icing sugar draws water and clumps if exposed to air for long.

I offer the following small study as an interesting contrast to the exhaustive study provided above.  It just goes to show that observations and conclusions can vary with location, timing and other factors and that is how science is done.

Science is never settled.  A reader must actually read the studies and think about the underlying assumptions, the rigour of the methods and who financed and performed the study.  A good look at the raw data is always helpful, too.  Often the data seems to contradict what was written in the conclusions.  Sometimes the data is filtered and cherry-picked to fit the expected conclusion.

In university science labs, it was called 'cooking' the results. We knew the expected result, and knew our marks depended on approximating the standard results, so some students skewed their data. 

In the real world of 'science', researchers are under pressure sometimes to come up with results that please their sponsors or institution or simply political correctness, knowing that displeasing results might affect their careers. 

Some resist that temptation; many  -- deliberately or subconsciously -- don't.

Negative behavioral effects from Oxalic Acid Vaporization on honey bee colony vitality, brood, and honey production in various sized hives containing VSH queens.

Which study would you tend to believe more?

I finally did go out and reverse and inspect the south hive.  I have not done any mite washes yet.  I thought I'd wait until the hives settle down after the reversing and scraping. I did not see any signs to panic -- no K-wing, no crawlers, no varroa on pupae.

Yesterday's north pasture hive today  

   Today's south pasture hive before reversing

Looking under the pillow                  The top box, pillow removed

A typical good frame of brood
Even good brood in overwintered hives can to be spotty
due to early season factors that persist as the queen
lays in any empty cell.

Again, I looked for varroa in the junk on the doorstep and don't see any.

I ordered vitamins.  I have found that if I can't decide, I waste a lot of time.  As my wife used to say, if a decision is that difficult either option is equally good.  Decide and move on.

I tend to reconsider decisions. Some people do not and we don't work well together.  My perspective is that once we are going down a road, time passes, the view changes, and new opportunities and efficiencies become apparent, so, often the starting decisions need to be questioned periodically.

The shifting environment does not seem to deter those people and they can be quite successful putting on blinders and charging on, but that is not my way.


My house plants are enjoying the longer days and higher moisture.
The bigger monsteras are using two litres of water a day each.

I have a brief report from the UBAC meeting at Old College yesterday.

Apparently there were 37 people there and I assume that includes dogs and cats. I hear there were no sponsors.

The cost was $40 and there was no catering and the food fair was not open, so people got coffee, water and bagged cookies. That is quite a comedown from the Calgary meeting.

Not only that, it was bad timing, really. Bee season and Mothers Day weekend are both bad times for a meeting that is not in a beeyard.

I heard the program was good, but not detailed. This small crowd and their membership concept is going to kill their treasury, I would think.  My estimate of two years for UBAC to taper to nothing looks generous now.

No matter. The original purpose of the organization was lost as soon as Liz, Malcolm and I left.  It seems Liz decided to go back and stay with the UBAC for a bit and is hanging on, though, but I doubt she can talk sense into the others.

If you have a different perspective or wish to comment, visit this thread in the forum.

I spent a few hours down in the shop, cleaning up and organizing.  Next I plan to work on the mower tractor and then the front step.  I seem to have recovered from my fatigue last week.

Not so fast.  After supper, I was suddenly very tired and lay down. An hour later I woke up, still tired.

I gave up any thoughts of doing much, closed the garage door, and sat down to watch some video. I watched one episode of "Roman Empire: Commodus: Reign of Blood: "Born in the Purple" and then resumed watching "Crime Diaries: Season 1: The Candidate"  -- Historia de un Crimen: Colosio, filmed in Spanish with English subtitles.

I went to bed around 2320, but was not asleep after fifteen minutes even listening to the Spanish lessons, so I got up and took two diphenhydramine hydrochloride 25mg (Benadryl) and two melatonin 5mg tablets.

I stayed up twenty minutes, looking at buying these same medications on Amazon, then went to bed again and fell asleep right away around midnight.

I am realizing that finding things like this on Amazon is much easier than in the aisles of pharmacies.  The selection is often better and the cost delivered is similar or better The same applies to many other items. eBay on the other hand, I find frustrating because the searches bring up items related to what I want, like supplies and cases and such that clutter the search results and obscure any actual desired items in hundreds of irrelevant items.

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Monday May 13th 2019

Today A mix of sun and cloud. High 21. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Low 8.

I slept until 0805. My weight has dropped to 229.6.  I've misplaced my Contour Next, so I have no glucose readings lately. I must have left it in Sudbury or Mexico and will have to pick up another. Drat.

My oximeter report is the poorest lately in terms of SpO2 drops below 88%. but I feel fine.

Today, the first order of business is the mower.  I cleaned up the shop yesterday so I have space where I need to stand the mover on end under a beam. Let's hope this job goes well.  It should.  Then I have at least six hours of mowing to do. 

Mowing is easy work  but I dread mowing because I know I'll have allergies after mowing.  The mower stirs up all sorts of molds and dust in the dead grass and leaves. I have not used a dust mask in the past and plan to do so this year, but with a beard, the seal may not be good.  Moreover, a mask does not protect the eyes from dust. Maybe I need a hazmat suit. We'll see.

I ordered some disposable face masks on Amazon.  They should help a bit.

I see that Jerry Bromenshenk has gone to kickstarter for funds to fine-tune his smartphone bee health app (left). NY Times article

The idea that a colony condition and health can be diagnosed by eavesdropping on the sounds the colony makes has been around a long time and many people have tried various approaches. Is it finally working? Jerry says, yes.  I don't see the app on Google Play, though, so I guess it is still not ready for prime time.

My EKG monitor arrived in today's mail (That was amazingly fast) and I think I made a good choice. The device has good documentation and is simple to use and definitely is quite amazing for a single-lead device. 

The only drawback is that the charts only show while recording and then have to be downloaded to a computer to be viewed, but that goes well.

Now I have to brush up on reading EKGs, but this should be interesting.  Of course it nags me about bradycardia because my resting heartbeat is slow.  The other devices I looked at only detected AFib, tachycardia, and bradycardia and I don't need a machine to tell me that I demonstrate bradycardia.  This one apparently detects 12 conditions.

The doctor's office emailed today to reschedule my marine medical for tomorrow from Wednesday.  Now I have to drive into and across the city at the peak of the morning rush..  I hope the bypass traffic is not too heavy.

After chasing all over the 'net, I find a good article on EKG on Wikipedia, plus more articles on specific conditions.

So, the arrival of the EKG device derailed my plan to get to the mower.  It is after lunch now, so that is next.

Carolyn emailed and wants to walk, so we walked to the mailboxes and back.  She has lost her key and can't figure where. It was not at the mail.

It's hot out, so I am resting. Next, I think that I'll do some alcohol washes.

I've had some thoughts about that. 

Some beekeepers don't like to kill nurse bees and I am one of them, but alcohol wash is the gold standard test for phoretic varroa and testing for varroa is crucial to survival of a colony.  Sugar shake works somewhat, but has proven unreliable.

So, I was thinking that if we need to wash 300 bees to learn what we need to know (do we?), then why wash them all at once?  Why not wash 100, then 100, then another 100.

Maybe the first small sample will tell us what we need to know: treat or don't treat. Depending on the goal of the test, if the first wash turns up three mites, chances are high that the next two will show between 1 and 5 and good that the result will be between 2 and 4. In any case, the 300 total is likely around nine, so treatment is in order.

If the result is zero, then another shake should be done and if it is zero again or one, then the 300 test would likely show 2 +/-1.  That is fairly low and depending on time of year, treatment may or may not be needed.

I'm likely going to drizzle, but I should have a measure first.  I'll put a drop board under, too, to see the results of treatment.  In fact, I should put the drop boards in today, then read them and do a wash tomorrow or the next day.

If I put the drop boards in when reversing, the first day or two of drops would be so full of chewed junk as to be useless, but most of the junk created after the rearranging should be down by now.  I'll examine the bottom boards I remove now, too, to see if I can spot anything interesting.

Beekeepers naturally just dump the accumulated droppings off the floors when reversing, then scrape, but if kept flat and examined later, there can be a treasure trove of information on a floor -- bits of dead bees chewed from combs, pollen, sugar crystals, wax bit, dead beetles, dead pupae, dead larvae, varroa in various stages, and more.

Okay.  That's the plan. Drop boards it is.

Looking at the stock markets, which have had an exceptionally long run, there is what looks like a triple top forming.  Support is long way down.  It is said that they don't ring a bell at the top, but news of the Westjet buyout today sounds like a bell ringing to me. Just sayin'.

In these days of central bank manipulation maybe the old rules don't apply, but I've heard it said that  "This time is different" is just what people say before history repeats.

Well, I managed to fiddle away the day.  It's four now and the day is cooling down.  Time to get something done.

I went out and split both hives onto screened floors. I have yet to put sticky boards under, though. I got out the Fuji camera out and  decided to give it another try. Even though my Pixel XL takes much better pictures, the camera is water and honey-proof.  The XL isn't.

Splitting the North Hive

North hive before splits                    Splitting                   Brood in both boxes

                Splits side-by side                Hives moved until returning
                                                  bees divide evenly

Splitting the South Hive

            Original hive                              Floors set to the sides.
                                                         Top boxes are set down

  Splits finished                       Dominant hive hidden to
                                             equalize returning bees.

This floor that has been under a hive for one day.  I cannot see any varroa. Can you?  Maybe ants took them away. They'll do that given a chance. Also mites are very mobile and unless they are dead, they'll jump onto a passing bee and get back into the cluster.

I decided to drive to town to do some banking and to get a few grocery items. Even though I am going to the city tomorrow, I would like a little more in my fridge.

I watched more of Historia de un Crimen: Colosio and went to bed at eleven, setting the alarm for four.

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Tuesday May 14th 2019

Today Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers early this morning. Clearing this morning. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h near noon. High 21. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers this evening and after midnight with risk of a thunderstorm. Wind southeast 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low 10.

I woke up at 0111 and got up.  I was groggy and a bit stuffy.  I figured I need to wake up before I can sleep well, so I made two cups of coffee and finished posting yesterday's splitting.

My face just under my left eye is slightly swollen.  A bee got behind my glasses last night when splitting (I hate to wear a veil) and although I thought that got the stinger out right away, when I got in and looked in a mirror, I found I had not, so I scraped it off then, but I guess I got more venom than I thought. It has been at least eight months since I've been stung, so my immunity has faded a bit.

After an hour and fifteen, I'm now going back to bed, but I have to be up by six at the latest to get to Bowness by nine. 

I'll reset the alarm to six.  Three hours should be enough time to get to the city.

People talk about how plastic is forever, but it isn't, not if it is in the sun. Anyone who relies on plastic tarps to last more than a year knows that and here is a new plastic bag I used to shield the propane regulator from weather after one year (left).  It is hardly indestructible.  It is falling apart.

By seven, I'm off the Calgary for a marine medical. I assume it is routine, but who knows? It costs me a half-day and 235 km of driving. At 10.9 l/km that is 21.55 litres At 1.25/l, the cost of gas alone is $26.

I continue to play with the new EKG device and get various waveforms. So far, nothing unusual has been reported.  The waveforms vary however and I'll be interested in finding out why.  This device is simple and easy. the 12 channel units require the usual stickers placed around the body and are far more work. Of course, the data is far more exhaustive.  Do they also provide an analysis?  I wonder.

My Amazon orders arrived in the morning mail.  Amazing! This delivery was B5, Diphenhydramine hydrochloride (generic Benadryl), and the dust masks ordered just two days ago. (I think).

I left at 0720 and drove to Bowness and had my checkup, so that is over. I have a provisional approval with a "Fit" rating without restrictions.  Apparently Transport Canada has to review every exam result and issue the certificate.  It's a huge big deal it seems.

I drove home, stopping at Costco on the way and happened to see the hearing centre, so I stopped and enquired.  Seems they have a cancellation tomorrow afternoon, so what the heck, I made an appointment.

I picked up a few groceries while there and continued home, stopping at the cemetery to see how Ellen's grave looks now that the winter is over and the grass is greening. I see that the shrub appears to be dead and the some of the grass is now crabgrass, but it is about par with the rest of the cemetery, so it is not looking too disreputable 

I'm not one to care much about graves, but understand that others respect and value them as symbols of something meaningful. The beliefs surrounding graves and the dead are somewhat of a mystery to me.  People and things live and die, many unseen and unremarked. If there is immortality, I doubt it has anything to do with a stone on a small plot of ground.

Now that I'm home, I'm relaxing a bit. I have a few things to do that have been on my list for over a week, but first I need to tidy the house again.

Then I need to put sticky boards under the hives so that I can count drops and treat before I go away.  After that, the mower.

I went to make up the boards, but found all the table space in need of clearing.  I began that and started moving things around. When I went out the north door, I got distracted by the trailer partly loaded with drums of junk and garbage.  The drums were loaded last fall and have taken on water, so I drained them, then straightened out a burning barrel that was bent by a truck backing up.

To do that, I need a jack and the jack had lost some oil, so I found the oil, filled the jack, and went back the straightening job.  Maybe I'll get back the sticky boards eventually.  Meantime, I'm getting my white bee suit dirty.

I got the boards ready and put them under the north hive, but I was tired and lay down for a nap and when I woke up two hours later, it was raining too hard to go to the south hive.  I had supper and watched more of the Crimen series. I seem to still be tired more than usual and a bit weak. Allergies?  Or a lingering bug?

This series is more depressing than the previous Mexican series I watched.  I really don't understand much of the dialogue and what I do understand does not exactly correspond to what the subtitles present.  Nonetheless, my understanding is increasing. 

Something I notice that makes understanding difficult is that some (many) Spanish speakers run words together into what sounds like one long word, often failing to enunciate the final vowel or initial vowel in some combinations. Do we do that in English? I also notice that in different sentences the same word can be spoken differently by the same speaker.

Now it is ten and I'm off to bed. 

Well, not so fast.  I stayed up a while longer, drank some beer, and went to bed around midnight.  So much for quitting drinking. Regardless, I intend to limit my consumption drastically.  We'll see how that goes.

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Wednesday May 15th 2019

Today Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers this morning then a mix of sun and cloud. Wind becoming north 30 km/h gusting to 50 this morning. High 17. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Becoming cloudy near midnight with 30 percent chance of showers late this evening and overnight. Wind northeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low plus 4.

I woke up a little after four. Having slept for several hours last evening, I guess the four hours was enough. I was wide awake and uncongested, so got up, made coffee, and watered plants. 

Then I looked up Mexican swear words on the 'net, having wondered about some of the dialogue last night on Historia de un Crimen: Colosio.  That was educational.

As with any language, Mexican swear words make little literal sense, but it can important to know the implications of various common words and phrases, especially when picking up a language in casual conversation or by listening to videos.

Back when I was a student, I worked in mechanical and electrical shops and on the railway.  Among the workers, it seemed that every other word or expression wasn't suitable for polite company. A few general purpose words seemed to describe just about anything or any situation.

Some of my workplace fellows were recent European immigrants and told tales of how they embarrassed themselves at church or a restaurant by innocently saying things that they picked up at work and assumed to be normal conversation.

Next, I looked up how to use a sewing machine.  I used to know how, but have forgotten.  I have a few jump suits at need repair or alteration and my favourite robe has a tear. I realise that people jut throw things away if there is a rip or a device stops working, but I am from a generation that fixes things.

Today started off rainy, but is clearing.  I have a hearing appointment this afternoon in Balzac, but this morning I'll put the other sticky boards under and glance at the ones I put in yesterday in case there is a heavy drop. I don't expect that, but we'll see.  I'll be surprised to see more than a varroa or two after 24 hours judging by the fact I did not see even one so far in the brood or on the floors, but from the length of time since treatment, more should be expected.  This will be  interesting.


As with most thumbnails on this site, a click will bring up a larger image.  If you have installed the Hoverzoom extension, just hover, but to examine in high definition for detail, click.

I went out and looked at the north drop boards.  So far, I don't see any varroa. Can you?  There are some other interesting things if you look closely. We can see that the honey in the combs that reversing moved into the brood area was too hard to liquefy and crystals have just been discarded onto the floor.

From a friend:

Saw some of your musings on monitoring. As you say, it sounds simple, but like almost everything in life, details matter, and there is a craft component to any process....

We have found that contrary to Marion Ellis's detailed explanation on powdered sugar efficacy (sample, let the bees sit for a minute and roll in the powdered sugar, and then shake mites off vigorously) the results are inconsistent. I had thought that the humidity of [some locations] made the results particularly unreliable, but have also found inconsistencies trying it out here in drier conditions. So it may be a useful tool for general assessment, or perhaps to verify whether mite numbers are extremely high or not. Unless I am missing some critical step or component in the process.

In washing with alcohol, a number of things affect drop also. Clearly the fluid concentration makes a difference. And a setup where the layer of bees that mites have to sink through is as thin as possible also makes a difference. A couple of years ago I made a washing setup out of hardware screen trays that sit a half inch or so above the bottom of a grocery store salad transparent plastic container. That way after shaking the bees around in a jar, one can dump the solution with bees on the screen and then move the bees around, while the whole setup swims in the solution and the mites drop to the bottom and can be seen easily over a white surface. Alcohol should be above 70%. Science fair project.... a year or so ago I set up a demonstration with alcohol concentrations ranging from about 20% to 90%, and one can drop mites and see whether they float or sink, and how fast. The products of idle minds...

And the 300 bee guideline came out of a balance between precision and the practicality of sampling. Katie Lee did a lot of stats on the matter by sampling portions of colonies over and over. If you read her paper, she actually states that 300 bees is adequate for treatment decisions, but that for scientific studies 1500 is recommended.

Still playing around with bees, mites, beekeepers of various persuasions. Things are getting fairly clear and predictable. I just tallied local reports or our own observations. 10 beekeepers, about 75 colonies went into winter, mostly small hobbyists, a few sideliners. Those where we verified decent varroa control or low number had 25% mortality. Those clueless about varroa, or where "soft" treatments were ineffective had 90% mortality. Not rocket science, but so predictable.

Wow, sounds like your Baja boat is getting a refurbishing beyond what was actually damaged? What was in the end affected structurally or mechanically?

Good comments.  I also learned that the temperature of the alcohol matters, too. When I was inspecting, if the alcohol sat out in the truck overnight, it was too cold to release the mites.  So, use concentrated alcohol at room temp or higher. here is what I like, available at Walmart. (click)

Yes.  As the boat work proceeds, I am seeing some things that needed work regardless, so this refit is a bonus.  Every cloud has a silver lining. The initial damage was to the keel and a small hole in the hull, but the worst damage was done by the tow crew.  The boat was dry and intact, but they arrived late and were very rough, plus they did not pump the boat when it started to leak, so the chargers and inverter were water damaged.

That carelessness can be the case with rescue crews.  A charter client grounded my powerboat in the Northwest on a rock, and it was only slightly damaged until the rescue crew pulled it roughly off the rock without proper preparation and it sunk in 85 feet of water -- a total loss.

I drove to Balzac and had a hearing test at Costco.  The results indicate once again that I can benefit from hearing aids.  Aids similar to the ones I tried previously cost about $3,000 less at Costco.  I probably should buy them, but I am concerned that I would lose or damage them.  I'm active and one could fall off.  I also have fallen into the water several times and that would be an instant $2500 hit.  I'll consult on cruisers forums online to see what others do.

I bought a roast chicken and salad, but was late to drop into The Mill as planned as Fen is off to yoga tonight.  I stopped at No Frills in Airdrie for groceries and drove home.

I spend some time looking at the forums and went to bed early.

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Thursday May 16th 2019

Today Cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this morning. Wind becoming east 20 km/h this morning. High 16. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight Cloudy. Low plus 2.

In response to a message in the forum this morning, I went back and clarified my May 12th post

As a matter of policy, I sometimes go back and re-write posts for clarity and completeness, not to change the meaning or content, but to clarify or correct diction and spelling or add content and context.

If I was mistaken or misled at the time, I try not to change that because that is what I thought at that time.  Opinions change over time and practices change, too. For instance, I still have pages discussing antibiotic patties even though, they are now an idea from the past and their use is now deprecated.

I very much appreciate posts like the one mentioned above offering perspective and experience.  I also appreciate posts and emails that say I am very wrong about something -- or everything (here is a classic example) -- as I regard these as learning opportunities and a glimpse into the minds of others.

Miguel wrote and apparently my keel is beyond easy repair and a new one will be mucho dinero. Oh, well, I did not like the performance of that keel anyhow and figured there would be an unexpected cost at some point.

This has been a wasted day in many ways.  I don't seem to have done much.  A new version of the forum software needed installation and I botched that and had to restore the folder and try again.

Where are the Varroa???


These are the drop boards from under the north hive splits.  I don't see a single mite.  Do you?  Click to enlarge.

I'll go to the south end and look at them next.


Here they are. I cannot see even one varroa.  That is very unusual, but I won't worry now. I'll see how the drop works out over time and maybe do a wash later, probably when I return home in early June.

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Friday May 17th 2019

Today Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 near noon. High 13. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight  Overcast. Wind southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low plus 3.

I'm up at six and have now only two days until I leave. There is lots to be done before I go and some of it will have to wait until I return. The lawn is one and I wonder how tall the grass will be in two weeks.

Randy has been working on an extended release generic oxalic acid varroa control method and today Google news, noticing my interest in such things, pointed me to this...

Extended-Release Oxalic Acid Progress Report

Pros and Cons

The main pros of extended-release OA/gly are:

  • It has high efficacy even when brood is present (at least in California),

  • It appears to exhibit minimal or no adverse effects on the colony,

  • It can be applied while honey supers are on,

  • It can be used in hot weather,

  • Itís very easy and safe to apply,

  • It shouldnít contaminate the beeswax,

  • Itís very inexpensive, and

  • Itís considered ďorganic.Ē

Thatís a lot to love! But there are also some shortcomings and things to still work out (besides getting it registered by the EPA).

One problem with OA/gly towels is that some colonies remove every bit of the applied towels (Fig. 15), whereas others barely touch them... More

The above is just a small summary.  I recommend reading the article.

My bees: I have two hives left after I had Meijers take all the rest away. I've neglected them for almost a year now and yet there seems to be very little varroa apparent, yet at least.  Very strange. Are these remaining colonies somehow resistant? Time will tell.

Over a decade ago, back when I retired, I had sixty hives going into winter.  They were doubles and many half EPS and half wood, therefore hard or impossible to wrap.

I got distracted and ignored them for about two years, and by then only three were alive. 

I decided to take those three and split them, letting them raise their own queens using the quick and dirty splitting method described here recently. I did one oxalic drizzle each fall.

I had more hives each year until I began to take things seriously and brought in queens from friends and also even bought a package. The next fall, varroa went ballistic, and over winter I lost 100%.

Had I accidentally selected for bees that were not especially susceptible to varroa and ruined my stock by bringing in new genes, or did I bring in a new parasite or pathogen? 

I'll never know because too many factors were changed.

But I wonder...

Do I now again have bees that resist varroa? Stay tuned.

(I'll be monitoring though.  Nothing on faith).

I have allowed pigeons to nest in my eaves, somewhat against my better judgment, and they are noisy today.  I assume they are raising young. The spot is difficult to access, being fifteen feet off the ground, but someday I'll have to do something.

Laundry hint:  For years I have wondered how to get grease stains out of tee shirts. One grease spot ruins the looks of a any good tee shirt. I have tried the various spray spray spot remover products and even rubbing in aundry soap with only partial results. I checked online and some site said that dish soap is designed to cut grease, so I rubbed it into a cotton shirt and sure enough it worked 100%.  I just did a table cloth and it came out perfect, too. Sunlight was the dish soap I used and the results were the best I've seen.  The spots were entirely gone.

I'm starting to think about the coming week.  First, I am just now realizing this is a long weekend.  I arrive at  YVR Sunday. My students arrive Tuesday afternoon., so I have Sunday afternoon, all Monday, and half of Tuesday to prepare.  My boat is Andiamo, formerly Corenia. I'm warned to check the boat out in advance, so I will.  I see the boat is free until the course.

Weather is always a concern, especially in an open boat. The start looks pretty good and it is hard to say now what will come later.

I also wonder about the tides.  Some times of the month and year, the tide hardly changes, but if the change is great, the sea runs like rivers in the narrows.  It pays to know in advance.

 On May 22nd, I see a thirteen-foot range and that is enough to affect plans for passes and channels and the required amount of depth and chain for anchoring.

I did not bother with the monitoring devices last night. APAP seems unnecessary. Allergies are the problem and APAP makes little difference.  MY AHI is very low anyhow. The oximeter gives consistent results so there is no news to be had from it.  Sure, I'd like my SpO2 to be two points higher, and maybe breathing exercise or aerobic workouts would help. but I'm good for now.  The EKG device was entertaining for a day or two, but unless I notice some odd palpitations, I doubt it will get much use except at parties.  One device I have been really missing, though is my glucose meter.  I misplaced it somewhere.  I looked on Amazon and replacing it is not cheap there.

It seems it was only yesterday that I ordered an SD card for my camera on Amazon.  It arrived today, but so did a whole lot of packaging. 

The item I bought is in the little red circle at left. The packaging fills the entire picture and weighs probably 100 or maybe 1000 times as much. Everything except the microSD card in the circle and the black adapter beside it (which I did not need) will be discarded. Can we keep on like this?

There are campaigns against single-use plastic shopping bags and plastic straws, but IMO, food packaging, hardware packaging, and shipping packages are a far bigger problem. 

Plastic shopping bags are very efficient and often re-used many times.  Compared to the brown paper bags that stores are encouraged to supply, plastic is gar easier on the environment.

The big issue with lightweight bags that some get loose and blow around in the wind and wind up in the water.  That is a highly visible nuisance, but the other items IMO are a far more serious problem.  We pay 5 for plastic bags at many stores these days.  Maybe that 5 should be a deposit, like the deposit on cans and bottles that ensures most get collected and recycled.  Used plastic bags are useful for making the fake wood boards we see in park benches and decks.

Mid-afternoon, I had to go to town to do some banking, so when that was done, and after I bought ice cream, I dropped by the pharmacy.  I expected to have to buy 100 strips for $100 to get a meter for free, but, no, the meter is free and Peter even gave me new batteries because the batteries showed as low when we turned it on it. Bonus!

On arrival home, I took quick photos of the drop boards.  It has now been over 48 hours and there should be mites.  I can't spot any varroa at all.  Can you? Click and zoom.  The pics are high res.




I had supper, then lay down and slept an hour.  I got up and was chilled.  I don't know what has gotten into me but I hope it clears up by the time I get to Vancouver.

I crawled back into bed and watched the last episode of The Candidate on my phone with the electric mattress pad turned up.

The mattress pad is nice to have.  I bought it for Ellen when she was ill, but have found it very very pleasant getting into bed on cold winter nights, and at times like tonight when I am feeling chilled.

The Crimen series was well done, but depressing as in the conclusion the heroes all die, the ones that don't are intimidated, look the other way, and the high level corruption remains covered up.

The next in the Crimen series started automatically, but I think I have had enough of that and turned it off. I got back up, took an aspirin and an 25mg of diphenhydramine hydrochloride (Benadryl), put on my long underwear and am feeling somewhat better. Now to further plan the voyage until bedtime.

I went to bed early. I'm still feeling a bit unwell.

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Saturday May 18th 2019

Today Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this morning. Wind becoming south 20 km/h gusting to 40 near noon. High 10. UV index 6 or high.
Tonight Clearing this evening. Wind south 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low plus 2.

I woke up at six sharp and got up. The day is dull and rainy.  The furnace had run out of coal, so I went down and moved the auger a bit.

Next, I went back and tuned up posts on this page for clarity.  By the rime I got to the 14th, I ran out of time and ambition.  There is a lot of material her. I'm spending too much time writing.

I had a list of things to do .  One was to deal with a stack of filing and I actually got that done -- almost. I shoveled the furnace and fixed the belt catcher. and got started ion packing.

I also agree to deliver a 50-foot boat from Shelter Island to Granville Island Tuesday.  That should be interesting.

I got a lot done this afternoon and evening and went to bed at nine.

Looking back, I see that it was one year ago exactly that I was launching Just Do It! at Shelter Island (right) and heading downriver. 

It seems odd that this year I am agreeing to do the same only with Bohemian, a behemoth of a boat and a crew of Cooper Club members.

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Sunday May 19th 2019


Today A mix of sun and cloud. Becoming sunny near noon. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High 17. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Clear. Wind southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light early this evening. Low plus 1.

I woke up at 0330 and got up at 0348.  I weighed in at 231.4 and BG is 6.3. I'm feeling well and BP is 115/73. Pulse 56. 

I have a few hours to get ready, then leave by 0830 to meet Bert at his place and he will drive me to YYC.  By shortly after noon, if all goes according to plan, I'll be on the Skytrain, headed for Granville Island.

it's almost five now.  I should be awake enough soon to make my omelet breakfast.  I've had my first two cups of coffee.

I packed and was on my way by 0838.  Bert was ready.  We drove to YYC and soon I was at in the lounge, having coffee and a second breakfast.  I boarded the plane on schedule and we were landing at YVR a little over an hour later.

At YVR, we waited almost a half-hour while they fiddled with the tunnel, trying to get it to reach the aircraft. Finally, our 737 was pushed out and back a bit to get closer.  Finally, the door opened, and we were able to leave. Everyone was surprisingly cool about the delay even though some had connections. I suppose after the various reports of plane crashes lately people are more appreciative of simply arriving safely and more tolerant of delays.

I walked though YVR to the Skytrain, rode to Village Station, transferred to the #50 bus and was at Granville Island by one-thirty.

I found Andiamo is at the end of H dock and settled in.

I had some paperwork to fill out for the lessons last summer, so did that and walked to the market where I had two slices of the pizza. That pizza does not seem to give me sensitivity issues.

I returned to the boat around five-thirty and slept like a log until ten and got up. 

Shortly after I heard tapping on the hull.  Looking out, I saw a rowboat pulling docks past.  Asking what was up, I was told the docks were derelicts and had drifted into the bay.  The lone rower in the small dinghy was pulling them out of the way and had accidentally tapped on Andiamo with an oar while passing by. You  just never know what you will see when you live on a boat.  There are many people boats and wildliife active in a small area and something is happened night and day.

Andiamo is a pretty nice boat. She is much like Magic Moments, my 2018 Bavaria 34, but a bit bigger and few years older.

Some politics:  My friend, Zeke, wrote on Facebook yesterday in regard this article and the 'environmentalist' dogs yapping at Alberta's heels because Canada is .democratic and thus the low hanging fruit. They know they can throw sand in the gears of our life support with impunity and profit from it.  Simple fact is that it is a profitable and entertaining occupation that feeds off its victims. 

That is not to say that there are not legitimate concerns.  One of them is the amount of resources and public attention these parasitic hypocrites consume flying around virtue signaling.  The other is how their cynical, manufactured issues distract attention, money and effort from real issues.

IMO, they should quit biting the hand that feeds them and go to Saudi Arabia or Iran and try their stunts there.

Zeke says...

My issues with some of the environmental groups are as follows:

(1) the money they accept, and the social media campaign that purportedly supports their cause is demonstrably from foreign oil and gas interests such that it is really only an unethical competitive tactic;

(2) they spread misinformation and fund illegal activities like sabotage and protests against the law which then cost more tax money to address;

(3) With strings-attached funding they have co-opted first nations land rights issues as being aligned or the same as their own concerns when this is not the case at all;

(4) strings-attached funding for politicians to oppose development generally;

(5) they have targeted Alberta's oil and gas industry because it is so dependent on these developments and vulnerable to their success or failure, in a jurisdiction that because it is democratic and recognizes free speech and the right of assembly is all the more vulnerable to obstruction even despite the law;

(6) this action is taken nowhere else in the world to this degree or at all - Texas oil and gas is booming. Other oil and gas jurisdictions in the world are booming. 100's of the '000's of miles of pipeline are being built around the world, not to mention coal infrastructure and there is no movement against them;

(7) this movement does not take into account, at all, that Alberta's is the most ethical and environmentally responsible development in the world. It is purely tactical because Alberta is vulnerable;

(8) it has therefore no net benefit to the environment, however the environmentalist movement, even if you accept it is well reasoned, is clearly too short sighted to understand the net equation;

(9) it indirectly supports corrupt countries that are run by dictators. particular order - these are all hugely egregious problems that like the need for vaccination seem to have become lost on much of our electorate...although I see (and hope for) a big change afoot as people have began to look at it in more detail and beyond the..."yes I support the environment " platitude that Trudeau and Alberta's NDP rode into power.

The Fraser institute report is just a summary of publicly available tax payment and allocation information. A very different beast.

But I agree we have way too much spin, and have to weed through to find the truth as best you can.

I also find it very interesting that a by-partisan Senate committee - heretofore a rubber stamp in Canada, has taken the "almost unprecedented" step of completely rejecting Bill C-48. In addition the Senate sent ~200 revisions to Bill C-69 which is practically a rejection. In a brief review, I can't find an example of Senate activism in recent history if even since 1867 at all - can you?

Of course the environmentalists will now add the Senate to the 7 of 10 provinces that are branded as shills to the oil and gas industry. The Liberals held onto Nfld. last night by a fraction of a percent and depend on independents to govern over the PC's. Makes you think.

I was up for an hour, then went back to bed.

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