I woke up at 0331 and could not sleep, so got up and finished updating Windows on my two working machines. One had only been off wifi only since the 12th in Sudbury, and the other for a month, but both systems required long downloads and several restarts.
The day is cool and breezy. I spent the morning at the desk, catching up and have along way to go. I see I have no done book entries since July 20.
Tracey wants me to delete the History page on www.albertabeekeepers.com as the truth apparently offends some unnamed parties. Well, it should make some people uncomfortable, and they should be ashamed, but if they are, I have yet to see them own up and make things right.
I spent the day at the desk. I really should get some exercise, but I didn't.
I started doing the books, but that is slow.
In the evening, I watched television. I seldom do that. I actually sat down to watch Netflix, but found the snippets of shows on the the air more interesting than what I have seen lately on Netflix.
I went to bed at nine-thirty, but woke soon after and eventually got up and stayed up until midnight.
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I dozed until nine and I'm groggy this morning. I am having trouble relaxing. I'm realizing that I have too many files open -- Two yachts and teaching jobs on the B.C. west coast, Mexico, Swalwell (bees, yard work, heating), The United Beekeepers of Alberta startup, Ontario...
Speaking of Mexico, it is peak hurricane season, but I see nothing much threatening at the moment.
I have people for supper today and have no plan yet.
Carolyn and I have agreed to go for a walk, so that comes next.
I walked down to Carolyn's and noticed that everything seems strange today. Maybe I have some sort of bug. Carolyn was not feeling great today either and found the two-block stroll an effort. Last time out we went further without effort, so maybe there is something going around or maybe it is something in the water?
I'm not very inspired about supper. I had thought to do a barbecue, but the day is dull and cool so far. Regardless, I'll have to go to town for supplies. I think I'll make shepherd's pie -- cottage pie actually, since I'll use beef.
Fen came early and we sat and visited a while, then Joe and Oene came over and wee looked at my bee equipment.
The cottage pie turned out well and supper was a success. During supper, I heard from Ruth. She had not replied earlier, but now said she was taking Dave to the hospital with a hand issue. I assume it is related to his diabetes.
By ten, everyone had gone home and I went to bed.
I woke again at half-past midnight and am still up, now, at 0244. I did the dishes, some UBA work, and cleaned both computers. Running on an elevated command prompt, sfc /scannow turned up issues on one machine and fixed them. Ccleaner removed over GB of junk and about fifty obsolete registry entries. Tomorrow, my routine Malwarebytes scans, but it is time for bed again.
I slept poorly and dozed until nine. Malwarebytes declares my computers free of bad stuff and they are both running better than they have in a while.
The morning was rainy and I did some books but was not getting far and needed some exercise, so I went out, walked around, and then graded the driveway a bit.
Then I called Joe and he said he was on his way. Shortly a big flat deck with two Mexican workers arrived, followed by Joe and Oene in the pickup.
We loaded all my boxes -- 200+ -- onto the flat deck and the truck left. I'm now almost right out of bees, and that is a relief. I hated to have good equipment sitting there just waiting for mice and ants. My friends will put it to good use.
The brothers stayed for coffee, and then supper. We ate the rest of the cottage pie.
I now have three live hives and a few boxes. The rest is gone. I have an awful lot of floors and lids, though as the Meijers use a different style. I also have a lot of old wood to burn when conditions are right.
I'm making changes in my life.
I went to bed early and slept poorly. I've been taking Benadryl to sleep lately and decided not to last night. I also decided that drinking in any amount is affecting my sleep and I see my weight is up roughly fifteen pounds from my lowest. I've been tired in the daytime and having trouble concentrating.
My activities have not required much concentration but when I sit down to organize or do books, I find I am not getting much done -- at least not as much as I expect to. Time to get myself back on track.
In the middle of the night, I decided the issue was that I was not breathing as deeply as I should, so took out the CPAP machine again. I used it for the rest of the night and slept lightly, but I slept.
I have to be in Red Deer today around noon to see the urologist, so have to leave by eleven or so. I heard from the client and don't have to be in Vancouver until ten on the 6th, Thursday, so have a bit of time before I go. I have not decided whether to go to the Bluewater meeting tonight in Calgary, visit Jean in Gull Lake -- or neither.
I drove to Red Deer and arrived on time. My meeting with the doctor went well. Nothing has changed. From there, I went to Walmart, then drove home, stopping in Three Hills to pick up a prescription along the way.
I spent some time on the phone with Liz about the UBA, and then had supper and watched TV, jumping from channel to channel. It is all new to me as I have seldom watched TV for years. I was surprised to see Jeopardy with Alex Trebek is still running. He is a bit older than me and also from Sudbury. He is looking good.
There is a new show starring Scott Bakula. It's a bit lame, but watchable. He was never a great actor, but likeable and he endures. Oh, on researching, I see that NCIS: New Orleans is not new, but it is for me. It has a predictable plot -- if you can call it that -- and the usual diverse cast of adorable characters, but happily lacks the hyperbolic insanity of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I might even watch snatches of it again if I come across it.
I'm going to bed and I hope to sleep.
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I'm up at 0630, having slept fairly well. I did try the CPAP machine for a while, when I woke up a bit after midnight, but decided it was probably unnecessary and I need to look at the settings before I use it again, and that breathing exercises are more practical and effective and I slept reasonably well after I took it off.
I was a bit groggy when I woke up -- I have been recently -- so took a quick stroll around the driveway circle to get the blood circulating. I have a lot to do today and plan to fly west tomorrow morning.
I have a requisition for blood tests and among them are HbA1C and fasting glucose. To get an idea in advance, I tested my blood glucose and got 6.3, 5.8, and 6.2. These strips are not as consistent as some I have had. My BG seems consistent with my past readings over the past decades.
I have a prescription for metformin and was taking a half pill in mornings because it seemed to drop my BG a bit, but stopped again when I experienced GERD recently. That seemed the end the GERD. Was that just a passing thing? Dunno. I was feeling strange for a few days, so it could have been associated with something I ate or a bug. I'll resume metformin again, but not for a while.
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I'm realizing that my problem sleeping and thinking the past few days is allergies. My light head, distorted vision and fuzzy thinking disappear when I take a Benadryl. I noticed that the house smelled dank when I came home and I noticed that water had come in under the garage door. I gather that lighting the forced air furnace circulated the dank air and maybe some spores. Anyhow, its a relief to find the cause.
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I drove to town and had my blood tests then I went to A&W to break the fast, and the tire shop to have the tires checked. One had gone down while sitting and it turned out to be a bad valve stem. While in the bay, I had them look for the bad ground, but they are a tire shop and don't have a clue. I drove home.
Then I did awash, packed, and reserved a flight. For some reason, Plus was cheaper than economy. Bonus!
By the time I left the house it was 4:15 and the flight was for 6:30. That gave me just 2-1/2 hours to make the one-hour drive, shuttle to the terminal, check in and go through security.
I finished packing, drove to Park & Jet -- I had considered cheaper options, but time was short --and waited twenty minutes while the driver waited for some very slow folks. Security was routine and I was in time to go to the premium lounge for twenty minutes.
After an hour we boarded and after another hour, at 8:00 we pushed back. At the moment, I am sitting in Plus, five miles high, drinking sparking wine, and life is good.
Next I walk to the Skytrain and ride to Olympic Village, catch the 50 bust to Anderson, walk 500 yards to the marina, board Agape Force, unroll my new sleeping bag and it's lights out. Unless I go to the Fish Factory for a Pilsner nightcap.
I didn't. I found Agape Force, went aboard and went to bed.
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I slept pretty well and got up at 0700. I'm still feeling aftereffects of the allergy, but I am now sure that was the issue. That's a relief. I was beginning to think old age had caught up with me and that I was in rapid decline.
I walked up to Pedros and had coffee and their new breakfast wrap. It was excellent. At nine, I'm waiting on the client. I've clarified my position. I'm not expected to be captain, but a coach -- someone familiar with this type of boat as the client has only managed smaller boats, but is otherwise qualified. Interesting.
My crew arrived and we shoved off for Gibsons, arriving in the late afternoon.
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We returned to Vancouver
Saturday September 8th 2018
Andy's family arrived and we did some sailing in English Bay
Sunday September 9th 2018
We went for a sail over to Snug Cove and back.
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