I awoke at 1:30 and noticed that the heat seemed to have gone off. I checked and the furnace auger was not turning. Once in a while we get a railway spike or rock in some coal and it jams things up. Four hours and considerable oxy-acetylene cutting and fooling around later, I was able to return to bed. Dennis woke us up not too long later with a call saying his back is still giving him trouble and he won't be at work.
Another day of writing, bookwork, and general preparation for the CHC conference coming up.
Monday January 28th, 2002
At last, some sun again and warmer temperatures promised -- even if they are around minus ten C.
More deskwork today and Meijers came for supper.
Another day of doing various desk jobs including shopping for pollen supplement components. Frank and Mike came by with samples of the patties they have made and they look fine. I am now realizing that the patty making is scheduled to start at the end of the first week of February and that is almost upon us. We are planning to make about 15,000 pounds of patties for ourselves and other nearby beekeepers. We can make more if others are interested.
The day was passed working around the house, and we went to supper at P-Ss.
There is about 8 inches of fresh powder, and the temperatures are cold, at minus twenty and colder.
Friday January 25th, 2002
There is snow in the mountains -- a foot at Sunshine and 8 inches at Nakiska, but the roads will be awful and the conditions are predicted to be overcast and fairly cold, so I am going to put this off until next week when I have to go to Banff for the the CHC meeting anyhow. I'll go a day or so earlier or stay after. My ankle is also acting up a little and that is the clincher.
Thursday January 24th, 2002
I spent the day doing deskwork. Paulo is working through brood chambers and Dennis doing cleanup and a new sewer cover.
Wednesday January 23rd, 2002
Joe and I went to Airdrie to look into pollen patty making. There are some beekeepers there who have machinery that might be able to produce the patties in large quantities cheaply.
January 22nd, 2002
I worked at the desk, then drove to Langdon Corner to look at a camper for sale. It was quite nice, but the outside was pretty rough. I declined, then bought groceries in Strathmore and returned home. On the way I saw a 1989 Bounder that looked pretty good and gave it careful consideration.
January 21st, 2002
I spent the day catching up on mail and posting pictures to my Yahoo photo album. The day started warm but temperatures dropped drastically by evening.
January 20th, 2002
We drove to the Ontario airport and returned our Jeep. We arrived at the airport an hour and a half early and went thru the improved security in jig time. The new security double checks ID and does random searches of passengers, but we found it fast and efficient.
We flew to Seattle, changed planes there -- our connecting flight left an hour late, and arrived in Calgary at 7 local. Oene picked us up and we drove to Swalwell, where El had supper ready.
January 19th, 2002
We woke up, checked out and drove north to LA. The afternoon was spent at Venice Beach, then we drove up through Malibu and backtracked to West Covina to be near the airport. Tomorrow we fly back to Alberta.
January 18th, 2002
We left Mission Beach and drove to San Ysidro where we checked into the Motel 8. We walked down to Tijuana and then caught the cab to Rosarita for $1.10. We wandered around Rosarita, then caught a cab back and walked back across the border to the motel. Border security was much tougher than a year ago. Everyone went through metal detectors and there were huge line-ups.