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I was up at 0415 and caught a cab to the ferry at 0616. In the interim, I sorted and packed.
I finished in a rush and made it to my cab more or less on time and I was in the ferry lounge a full half-hour before the departure.
At the moment, we are approaching Active Pass and I recall the times years back when I traveled this route on these ferries and watched the sailboats and wondered. I recall getting into a conversation with another passenger who told me that yachts are affordable and some can be bought for as little as $20,000. I was surprised.
I'll meet Colin at the ferry dock when we dock. He'll be there at Tsawassen with my van which he has had parked at his home. We'll finish some business and sign papers, then I'll drop him off and head east on the Trans-Canada.
The rest of the day from that point is whatever happens. I may drive all the way home in one day or I may stop to ski.
I crossed on the ferry, met Colin and drove to Surrey Starbucks where we had a meeting then I dropped him a his truck and headed out of town.
Once on the Trans-Canada, I drove straight through to Merritt where I gassed up and got a coffee to go.
Back on the road, I drove to Kamloops where, tired after the coffee, I lay down and slept an hour in the back of the van, then drove on. Next stop was Revelstoke for more coffee, then on to Golden and Home, with another stop again at Balzac for gas.
I arrived home at 0030 and promptly went to bed.
You can discover what your enemy
fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
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217.4 pounds. That is what my home scale reads. It appears I weighed 220(+/-) when I left , so it seems that I lost a few pounds over the past seven weeks. My clothes feel looser and I had to buy a new belt in Sudbury. I'm going to have to buy new trousers soon.
We'll see what I weigh after I am home a day or two. Traveling upsets my water balance, and I only slept five and half hours last night, so I expect to see changing readings over the next few days. I was down to 216.2 a few days back, but using a different scale.
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I spent the day settling back in, catching up, and making chicken stew.
In the afternoon, I walked out to the hives and can see that I lost about 80% over winter for whatever reason.
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I assume that varroa was the main issue as the hives had good feed stores last I looked.
The losses are a relief in a way. Although I have a lot of picking up to do, I have been thinking that I should quit bees again. I was quite galled by a post on the Calgary list accusing me of intellectual dishonesty in that I am supposedly profiting by selling hives and that my advice is flavoured by that.
The fact is that although I have been raising hives for sale to hobby beekeepers and those wanting to be, I say what I think no matter whose ox is gored, including my own. As for profiting, that would be very nice, but I have been subsidizing the activity.
Profit is an admirable goal, especially in beekeeping and running an airline, two pursuits that traditionally lose money in the long haul for most participants.
Although any business should make a profit, considering that the alternative is a loss -- aiming to break even is a prescription for making a loss -- my little business had only two goals: 1.) to keep me occupied while Ellen was dying and I had to be around, and 2.) to assist people who want bees and are not suited to the advice promoted by bee extension and bee clubs.
Later, I drove to Three Hills for some groceries and to give Cranberry some exercise. While there, I washed the car. Living out where driving gravel roads lead to the quickest ways to many destination tends to make it difficult to keep a shiny car.
It is not down in any map; true
places never are
I weight 216.4 today. My physical activity level has not been high, but my diet has been reasonably careful. Mostly, I eat the vegetable stews and salads and watch the trends.
I see another warm day coming and plan to spend the day at my desk. I began by updating recent entries.
Yes. I have been reporting on weight, especially since I am back on the scale I was using to track before my expedition. Weight is just one parameter, but it is easy to measure daily in small increments. Waist measure and other body measurements are more difficult to assess.
What got me started on this weight reduction kick is that fact that I could not get into my wetsuit last year but it has evolved beyond that. My little trip to the cardiac unit provided additional perspective and incentive, but as we can clearly see from the weight chart, although my weight was down at that time, I relapsed a long way after that experience and only got back on track in December. Rather than inspire me to be more rigorous, the event actually de-motivated me.
What is amazing to me is how well I have stuck to my programme since December and how steady the progress has been.
What seems very clear about diet is that all the signs point more or less the same way: plant-based, unprocessed food, and that is the direction I have been moving over the past year. In fact, I was headed that direction and had lost weight even before my heart incident.
Anyhow, I am going to search this recommendation out. I see the new book is not yet released, but will be on Audible. I have been looking for good info on reversing atherosclerosis and find lots of hooey and contradictory advice, much of which rather transparently appears to be promoting some product or service, but I suspect the truth is out there...
Could this finally be it?
I don't spend much time on Facebook, but here are some goodies from a friend who lives there. Smile.
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I listen to CBC Radio One during the day, jumping around from coast to coast to select what I want using Internet radio on my Android devices and Bluetooth speakers. Most programmes can also be heard as podcasts.
Today I came across an interview with Jill Stein, the leader of the US Green Party and was impressed. (Yes, there are other parties in the US besides the elephant and the donkey). Here are two comments...
This lady is the only voice that makes sense right now. Thank God this interview was broadcast into the USA. I'll be watching and hoping Green USA offers the alternatives sensible, rational human beings can consider outside the "no change" ideas the established, corporate controlled, polarizing other two.
Trump, who offers nothing of any importance, gets free publicity worth billions. Meanwhile, a doctor, who can offer real ways forward is ignored.
As readers know, I am not a believer in the Climate Change religion as taught, but am willing to accept it as cover myth to inspire needed change for which it would otherwise by impossible to recruit support.
As for "Green", most green I see is green-washing or well-intentioned pointless activity based on poor understanding of what is really going on.
As for saving the planet, don't worry. The planet will be just fine no matter what happens.
It is the fate of humans and the human race(s) that we really worry about, but are loath to admit. We'd rather say we are doing it for our planet, not ourselves or that we are fouling our own nest. AFAIK, the planet does not need us any more than it needed the many many species that developed, prospered, then faded away over past eons....
Although golf was originally
restricted to wealthy, overweight Protestants,
WIND WARNING IN EFFECT
No weight report today. I'm up early. Slept poorly, but slept. My mistake yesterday? I found an open bottle of medium salsa in the fridge and decided to spice up my stew a bit, forgetting that whatever is in that salsa disturbs my sleep. I did my seven or eight hours in the rack, but was dozing some of the time and surfaced often. I've now had breakfast and coffee and may go back and try for another hour.
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I did that and am now up for the day. I have two months of bookkeeping to enter and tax forms to find and get to the accountant. Ruth and I meet this morning sometime so Zippy can come home.
At this point, since I travel so much, I am wondering if I really should have a dog. Ruth is happy to have her, so I am suggesting we share. We'll see what Zippy thinks.
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On the subject of diet, here is an article from one guy I respect for not being too far off the beaten track, who reads widely, and who has no commercial interest in what he says. He does not sell products or advocate bizarre diets or practices. As close as he comes in that regard is his advocacy of intermittent fasting. Snack On Nuts Fruits and Vegetables.
I'm not sure I agree with him about nuts not adding weight. For me, they do, but I probably eat too many, and more than he anticipates. Moreover some nuts and seeds do contain compounds that, while harmless in small amounts, can be mildly toxic in excess.
Let's face it. I don't totally agree with anyone all the time.
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Back to weight loss. I should clarify that I am of two minds. I am convinced that I should get down to where I lose the belly, probably around 190 to 200 pounds, but after that, not convinced that thinner is better.
I dropped from 234 to 216 in the four months since December 2, 2015 with very little effort, and without starvation or following difficult dietary regimes
Looking at the plot of my weight (right), I see that the rate of weight loss is leveling out. That is partly due to the fact that lately I am not counting calories and also not getting much exercise. Nonetheless, just by being careful to avoid large meals of the wrong foods and snack foods, I am losing weight and becoming trimmer.
At the end of the day I was getting bored. I went out and looked under the hood of the van to see how to change spark plugs since it has 175,000 km on the clock and probably has never had that done, then adjusted the truck tire pressures and drove the 4X4 to town to give it a run. In town, I mailed a parcel, then bought some fruit and some vodka and returned home.
When a person can no longer laugh at
himself, it is time for others to laugh at him.
WIND WARNING IN EFFECT
I weigh 215.8 this morning. That is a new low weight in my recent history. I seem to be losing without trying, other than watching what I eat, not how much I eat.
Today I plan to continue the bookwork, clean house and also to get outside more to get some exercise. With the strong winds predicted, that may not be pleasant and I may just decide to do a mile on the treadmill.
This evening is the Bluewater Cruising Association Calgary club night, so that gives me an excuse to drive to the city and get groceries in Airdrie. Three Hills has a good store, but even with the discount day they hold monthly, the prices are high and selection a bit limited.
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Below in the box is more from a reader (with some slight edits...) They are his words, not mine.
Medhat is a friend of mine but we don't always agree on things. We don't take these disagreements personally and I think we both think that airing disagreements and debating issues civilly is beneficial.
I'm back to cooking beans again and I asked Google, "Why do we soak dry beans?". Apparently, soaking is one of those 'old wives' tales' that has been passed down as a rule, but has no basis in science. Among other articles, I found this: Don't soak your dried beans! Now even the cool kids agree. Good. That makes things much easier.
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In late afternoon, I drove to the city for my meeting. On the way, I dropped off my extractor for a nearby beekeeper to use, then drove on.
As I drove, I chatted with Bill and he mentioned PublicMobile.ca, a new mobile carrier. I looked it up and see the new alternative offers better pricing, plus it is rumored that unused data! rolls over to the next period but I could not find that on the website.
I was early for my meeting and went to Marlborough Mall for a coffee and a bit of shopping. From there, I went to the meeting. After the meeting, on the home, I stopped at Wal-Mart in Airdrie for groceries.
Every person takes the limits of
their own field of vision for the limits of the world.
I'm starting to realise that I have more to do in the coming weeks than time to do it in. I'm going to have to reevaluate my plans.
The day was spent getting the books up to date and reconciling accounts. I'm not done yet and have at least a day more to do.
I had thought to go out for a walk, but the winds made it unpleasant.
I worked at the desk until after 1930, then sat down to watch Grey's Anatomy on Netflix. I gave up part way through and went to bed early.
By trying we can easily learn to
I see the wind has died down this morning, so I'm going out to do the one mile walk before it starts up again.
Zip and I did the one-mile walk (.kmz file)
After that, I called the Mid US Honey Producers Market Hotline at 1-763-658-4193. The latest recording is Feb 10 and the says there is very little to report and the line is getting the fewest calls ever. That said, he has reports of two loads at $1.75 (US) and one at $1.80. There was a reported bee shortage in almonds and reports of big bee problems everywhere.
After the walk, my blood pressure is down at 100/63 and heart rate at 57. but my blood sugar (BS) is up at 7.6 (135). I suppose that must be due to the orange I ate before the walk. BS was 6.1 (110) before breakfast, and breakfast was two eggs. Eggs don't raise blood sugar.
Around 1100, I ate a cup of my vegetable stew then checked BS an hour later and got 8.0. An hour later, my meter read 3.0, so I checked again and got 6.6, then 6.8.
I routinely watch Grey's Anatomy and enjoy the generous and kind spirit behind the show, and as each episode starts I see the name Shonda Rhimes flashed on the screen, so I have been intending to look her up. Turns out she has a TED talk (who doesn't these days) -- My Year of Saying Yes to Everything. That's my kind of theme! I'll say the idea is better than the talk, but decide for yourself.
My days lately have consisted of sorting receipts and reconciling accounts. It's a rather thankless job, except that I am forced to try to remember things I did in the recent months, which is an interesting exercise. This dairy is a useful resource, although it often does not mention what i need to know.
At 1730, I drove to the Mill for supper. Supper was a lamb roast and I ate a good portion on buns with potato salad and ice cream. I also had three small glasses of wine over a few hours. I ate a bit too much and knew I would regret it, and I slept poorly.
Here’s an easy way to figure out if
you’re in a cult:
My weight is up at 218 this morning. That was predictable from overeating last night. My morning walk did not save me from the effects. I suppose I'll learn -- eventually.
I was talking to friends this morning and they are seeing varroa at a rate of five to eight in alcohol washes before they insert strips.
We are beginning to notice that Apivar did not work as well as expected last year and I suspect that this was a big factor in my winter loss. I have yet to do any beekeeping this spring, so don't know.
I did some housework and paper shuffling and Joe called. This is Oene's birthday and I am invited for supper, so I drove to town in Cranberry to gas up and bought some wine to take along, and drove over.
We had a good visit and a good supper. So good, in fact that I ate more than I should, and drank a few carefully measured one-ounce shots of whiskey -- five in fact -- over the four hours or so. Seems I don't have a great deal of self-discipline when It comes to food and drink. I'm also finding my tolerance is less as I age, so have to be careful.
I drove home around nine and watched some video, then went to bed. Predictably, I awoke sometime after midnight and my sinus was stuffed up. I took two Benadryl and watched an episode of Grey's Anatomy, then went back to bed and slept well.
A little inaccuracy sometimes saves
tons of explanation.
WIND WARNING IN EFFECT
I slept until 0930 and awoke refreshed. The scale says 219, and that is not unexpected. I've been inactive and eating too much. It will come down again.
I still have hardly looked at my bees. I'm afraid that if I start, I'll have too much to do and I simply must get my paperwork organized well before the tax deadline. I am a slave to my books.
It is very windy this morning, and an ideal day not to be outside unless windsurfing or kiting. I snow-kite, but have yet to take up kiting on the water. I think I'll leave that for when the lakes are warmer. Right now, the ice has just gone out on many.
To me, this report has metaphysical implications.
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Joe sent me this article today. It confirms the value of pulses in diets. In the past year, they have become a major part of my meals and i have shared my recipes, not that they are anything special. Basically, I just dice up anything in the fridge and add it to a pot with add lots of beans, corn and rice, then spice imaginatively
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I spent the day at the keyboard again. This time, I was billing my web clients. I used to enjoy doing websites, but hated billing. Now I really don't care much to do either. At any rate, I was anywhere from one to three years behind in billing, so began on getting that caught that up. It seems half the work of running a business is collecting and managing money.
I baked a turkey thigh for supper and there is lots left over for stews. I have found that a bit of fowl in a bean stew definitely adds something.
After supper, I hauled two drums of ashes out of the basement and dumped them, then continued housecleaning upstairs.
I've rediscovered Internet radio. Any old smartphone or tablet works even without a SIM as long as there is wifi. Who needs SiriusXM at their high prices?
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