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Sunrise, as we were leaving Ganges, Saltspring Island

 

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Tuesday October 1st 2019

I was up at six and we untied at first light -- 0642 -- and motored for Sidney.  Burt is scheduled to be removing the prop at ten so we need to be there.

We stopped at Van Isle for fuel and were at the Port Sidney dock by 0930.  The crew dispersed to re-park the car and hit the marina washroom.  Andy had a phone conference at ten.

After lunch, we boarded Magic Memories and crossed to The Spit. Everyone hiked, then we returned to Sidney and everyone left to catch the ferry and head to Seattle.

That left me alone on Cassiopeia and that, after over a week with company on board was a relief. 

I chilled and gave a away the other half of the tuna to Dawn and Cordell, had supper, watched the beginning of the third season of Lethal Weapon and went to bed early.

They are struggling to get the Lethal Weapon series re-started with a replacement for Riggs, who was the main attraction.  Murtaugh is still there and  bailey, Avery et al, but Roger is not really very exciting.  The new guy replacing Riggs shows promise but it is still early to say.

The initial episodes seem a bit strained, so we'll see how this goes.

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I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.
Mahatma Gandhi

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Wednesday October 2nd 2019

Today Clearing. Wind up to 15 km/h. High 6. Wind chill minus 13 this morning. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight Clear. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 3. Wind chill minus 7 overnight.

I'm up at eight and planning the day.  I checked in for my 0645 flight tomorrow and reserved a cab for 0515 tomorrow.

I called Yellow Cab this time. I tried the local cab previously with worrisome results. Sidney Taxi has proven to be unreliable. 

I had to drive folks to the ferry the other day when their cab was over twenty minutes late and they learned that it had not been dispatched when they finally called in desperation after a long wait.  Sidney cab was late when I called them previously also.  So far, Yellow Cab has always been on time or early. Touch wood.

I got a text back to confirm the cab's arrival tomorrow.  Cool.  That is reassuring.  I set my alarm for three and checked the forecast.  It may be raining when I make the long walk down the dock to the cab. Hmmm.

Now, I am working on my list.  Some things I must do.  Others can be left since the boat will not be going anywhere for months--and I have to pack.  That is always a chore and since I am going to Ontario and New York before I go home, is more complex than usual.

Why I worry about hurricanes in La Paz:

From the Archives: Hurricane Liza devastates La Paz, Mexico

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You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.
Jon Kabat-Zinn

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Thursday October 3rd 2019

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind becoming south 20 km/h near noon. High 10. Wind chill minus 10 this morning. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Becoming cloudy overnight. Wind south 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low plus 1.

I woke up at 0235, dozed a while, got up, turned off the alarm and started coffee and breakfast.  Then I packed and am ready to go now at 0430.  My cab arrives in forty-five minutes.   By this time tonight, I should be halfway to Sudbury on a Greyhound from Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ)

Sudbury weather is cool and damp, so I should dress accordingly.

Today Cloudy. Periods of rain beginning this morning. Wind east 20 km/h. High 7. UV index 1 or low.
Tonight Periods of rain ending this evening then mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of rain showers or flurries. Wind northeast 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low plus 2.

It is thirteen C here in showers. I hope to get the the cab without getting too wet. It is along walk down the dock.

My phone rang at five.  The cab had arrived early.  I hastily closed up and left the boat.  I was lucky in that the rain had stopped.  Minutes later, I had checked my bag at YYJ and passed through security.  My flight leaves in a bit over an hour from now.

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When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive
- to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
Marcus Aurelius

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Friday October 4th 2019

Today Clearing this morning. Wind up to 15 km/h. High 13. Wind chill minus 4 this morning. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Clear. Increasing cloudiness overnight. Low plus 1.

I woke at seven and made scrambled eggs in the kitchen.  Nichole came in and Mom came shortly after.

I made lunch at eleven and Mom had a nap before her afternoon bridge game. I went shopping for groceries, batteries for her hearing aid control, and a ceiling light bulb.

When I returned the bridge game was underway.  I had a nap and did odds and ends, then made supper at five-thirty, featuring a tuna steak I had brought, frozen in my luggage.

In the evening, I searched online for the breakers for Cassiopeia, watched a bit of The Spy, then deleted it from my Netflix queue.  I found A Good Place and watched an episode or two of that.  It was silly and harmless enough for my mood tonight.

I was in bed before midnight.

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If you change the way you look at things,
the things you look at change.
Wayne Dyer

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Saturday October 5th 2019

Today Increasing cloudiness early this morning. Clearing late this afternoon. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 early this morning. High 13. UV index 2 or low.
Tonight Clear. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light overnight. Low zero.

I woke at five and although I slept only five hours, I am wide awake.

I was up a while, had coffee, and napped another hour.  Then I got up, made an excellent omelet, and started a load of wash.

About then, Mom appeared in the kitchen and Avery came to the door, came in, and began Mom's breakfast. She has just started here, so it is a learning process.

Mich, Sharon and Marge will likely be here for coffee at ten and then Mom and I are going to Eddy's for lunch. Otherwise the day is free.

My right foot has been giving me some grief the past few days.  I first noticed some pain walking at Sidney and I have to walk just right to avoid the pain. I know the cause.  That's my front foot snowboarding and it took some hard impacts when I was learning.  Back then I was too stubborn to take lessons.

I have a thousand things to do.  Where should I begin?  I'm too exhausted to do much today.

Marge Van E. came by at ten for a visit and at eleven-thirty Mom and I went to Eddy's for lunch. On our return, I napped two hours.  I'm tired--exhausted--after the excitement of recent weeks.

Later, I took a walk down the street where I grew up and was amazed at the variety of trees growing here.  Years ago, there was just scrub and not a lot of variety, but in recent years people have been creative and new varieties have moved in.

We had supper, then I helped Mom with Netflix.  I stepped down to a basic single screen subscription some time back when they hiked the price, so if she watches, I can't--until she is done. No matter, I have Amazon Prime if I care to watch something, which I don't at the moment.

I got back to Duolingo again tonight.  I am finding it annoying now that I know enough to see the inconsistencies in the lessons and testing. 

I find it most annoying and discouraging to have a response marked as incorrect shortly after the same response in a slightly different context was correct and even suggested as preferable to the reply now expected.  I suspect the problem is the same issue that Wikipedia has--too many cooks with too many different backgrounds and notions editing and re-editing one another.  Spanish is not the same in Europe as in South and Central America, but there is just to one stream in Duolingo.

Just the same, I am learning Spanish.  I'm a long way from discussing any topic in depth, but I am coming along and frankly amazed at my progress, even after taking a month off.

Apparently I have 520 words rated as strong and, in fact, I find I don't search for an English translation when I hear them. They just have meaning in themselves.

Encouraging.

Quote of the Day
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that, but the really great
make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Mark Twain

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Sunday October 6th 2019

Today Clearing this morning. High 17. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Clear. Low plus 3.

I'm up at seven-thirty. The day is dull and rainy.  We're expecting company this morning and this afternoon.

Mich and Sharon came by with coffee.  They always have interesting stories to tell. They left at eleven-thirty and we had lunch, then I came upstairs to do bookkeeping.

Sid came over at three and visited an hour. At five-thirty, I made supper: shrimp, green beans, and warmed-over sweet potato fries.

I worked at the desk until nine, then watched Lethal Weapon.  This show is pretty lame, but entertaining.

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I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.
Albert Einstein

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Monday October 7th 2019

An intense cold front will sweep through the province today and tonight. As the front passes, gusty winds and a marked drop in temperatures can be expected. Daytime highs on Tuesday will be near or below freezing.

The cold air will also result in heavy snow for parts of western Alberta. The Rocky mountains and foothills regions could see significant snowfall accumulations Monday night and Tuesday.

Today Sunny. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40. High 19. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Increasing cloudiness. Rain beginning this evening then changing to periods of snow overnight. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming northwest 30 gusting to 50 late this evening. Low zero.

I slept poorly and finally got up at 0830. The sun is shining.

As I awoke, I was dreaming I walked into a bee yard on the 791, north of the 27 and saw two beekeepers there applying oxalic vapour.  I assumed they were Kevin's Mexican help, so I walked up to them to say hello.  They were sitting, looking away from me.  A striped cat greeted me, and I said a greeting in Spanish.  I was formulating the question, "¿Conocen ustedes a Kevin?", or "¿Trabajan para Kevin?" but their reply, sotto voce, did not seem to be Spanish.  I woke up.

I was groggy, but made breakfast and am now going shopping.  I need silicone to seal the shower which is once again leaking onto the hall ceiling.

I did not yet go shopping.  I instead decided to plan my trip south.

After lunch, I did go shopping and got silicone for the upstairs bath, plus a roasted chicken and other things.

I returned to 1207 and started emptying the van for my trip, had supper, then re-sealed the bathtub periphery and the soap dish.

That complete, I drove to Bill's for a glass of wine and to see Ken and Myra who are passing through on their way home to The Soo.

I was in bed by ten.

Quote of the Day
History repeats itself, but in such cunning disguise that
we never detect the resemblance until the damage is done.”
Sydney Harris

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Tuesday October 8th 2019

Today Snow. Amount 2 to 4 cm. Wind north 30 km/h gusting to 50. Temperature falling to minus 4 this afternoon. Wind chill minus 11 this afternoon.
Tonight Light snow ending this evening then mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light near midnight. Low minus 7. Wind chill near minus 12.

I woke at six and got up.  I showered in the newly sealed tub and and checked my weight and BG. 229 and 6.5.

I had more or less given up on checking and recording BG because it has been all over the place, and the new meter reads higher than my older ones causing me to doubt the readings.

Moreover, I have been in locations that vary in temperature, generally to the low side of 'room temperature', and it seems the meters are temperature sensitive, which makes sense, seeing as a chemical process is used to measure the glucose.  Chemical processes generally slow as temperature drops.  As for weight, it has been pretty steady.

6.5 is a bit high, but close to my long term average and I feel better today than some mornings.  I am beginning to wonder if having a little wine in the evening is beneficial.

Today, I finish preparing the van, drive Mom to the audiologist, and then head for Burlington (Ontario) to visit John H.

Then, tomorrow, the plan is to to be in Round Lake by mid-afternoon.  It is a long drive, but, broken in two, it is pleasant. I enjoy it.  I have lots of talking books to listen to and the leaves are changing colour.

I drove the Burlington and spent the evening with John, Jill, and a neighbour who was visiting, John Kennedy.

The  trip down was miserable in traffic.  Stop and go began south of Barrie and I took some back roads to finally get to Burlington.  The back roads were a maze and eventually I did have to get back into stop and go on the 403 for the last miles.

To add to the annoyances, it seems that a brake pad lining has worn through or pulled off and one brake is now metal to metal.  It is not dangerous, but noisy, and will mean a new rotor when I get a chance to fix it. 

Quote of the Day
With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself
or treat what has happened as a gift.
Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing.
You get to choose.
Wayne Dyer

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Wednesday October 9th 2019

After a good breakfast with John and Jill, I drove from Burlington to Round Lake via the Niagara Falls route.  The weather was good and brakes held up for the trip.

I arrived around five and we went for supper at Villagio on Ballston Lake.  Supper cost $91 US.  My treat.

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