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 Wednesday November 1st 

I had troubles with MS FrontPage in October & November and a few of the pages of this diary are lacking entries. I hope to get them caught up sometime.

Mainly cloudy. Low minus 3. High plus 6.

Thursday 2nd: A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 7. High plus 9.

Normals for the period: Low minus 5. High 8.

 Friday November 3rd, 2000

Today: Mainly cloudy. Wind increasing to west 30 gusting to 50 km/h this afternoon. High 14.

Tonight: Mainly cloudy. Wind west 30 km/h. Low plus 1.

Normals for the period: Low minus 6. High 6.

Saturday November 4th, 2000

Today: Becoming cloudy. 70 percent chance of rain or wet snow late this afternoon. Wind west 30 km/h gusting to 50 shifting to north 40 gusting to 60 late this afternoon. Temperature steady near 10 then falling late this afternoon.

Tonight: Snow and blowing snow this evening. Wind north 40 gusting to 60 diminishing to north 30 overnight. Low minus 8.
Normals for the period: Low minus 7. High 6.

 Sunday November 5th, 2000

40 percent chance of early morning flurries then clearing. Wind north 30 diminishing. High minus 4.

I worked on the presentation for the ABA convention today.  Had a lot of fun working with PowerPoint, mostly on the notebook computer.

 Monday November 6th, 2000

Today: Morning fog patches. A mix of sun and cloud. High minus 2.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low minus 10.

This is the first day of the annual  Alberta beekeepers Convention.  I was up at 5, but found it was so foggy I could not see lights 500 yards away.  I don't drive in heavy fog anymore, and decided to wait it out.  By dawn it wasn't so bad, and I headed to Edmonton, knowing I would be late by at least an hour, and not knowing what the schedule was going to be.  There were a number of small details that have been overlooked lately, and pre-registration and proper advance circulation of the agenda is one.

I arrived an hour late and hadn't missed much.  It was good to see all my friends there.  I've been going for 25 years or so with few exceptions.  Ellen doesn't bother, but I really enjoy it and profit from rubbing shoulders with others beekeepers as well.

I always stay at he hotel for the entire convention.  It is bit more expensive, but ensures that I'm around for everything and not out in  the cold late at night on the way to a slightly cheaper accommodation.

Normals for the period: Low minus 7. High 5.

 Tuesday November 7th, 2000

: Mainly sunny. High plus 1.

The programme continued and was very good Sue Cobey was the featured guest and was excellent and enthusiastic.  Nonetheless, I had heard pretty much all of what she had to say before and skipped her talks.  Our convention also features local beekeepers and scientists and I find I get more out of their talks.  Adony and Rob Currie gave very relevant talks. 

The beekeeper profiles are of special interest to me and I would like to see more and longer times devoted to them.  The participants (of which I was one) put a lot of effort and heart into their talks and I must say that Neil Specht really did a dandy job with slides and good tips as did (name escapes me for the second -- age is getting me). 

As for my talk, I went quite a bit overtime (no one tipped me that my time was up) and I got some nice compliments so I assume it went okay.  I didn't see anyone walk out and that is usually a good sign, assuming they are not asleep.  If you read these pages, you have seen much of what I presented, but I may put my PowerPoint presentation onto the web some time just the same.

As it turned out, the plan  for the evening was for everyone to go to a casino or west Edmonton Mall, and no hotel common room had been arranged in advance for those who don't gamble or who have had enough of the Mall.  I tried to arrange a room at the last moment and the cost would have been only $75, but by the time I got things lined up, it was too late to publicize.  The planned trips were a bust and people drifted around the hotel, so if I had acted an hour earlier, I could have had quite a party!.

Wednesday November 8th, 2000

Wednesday: Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of snow. Low minus 11. High minus 1.

 Thursday November 9th, 2000

Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of snow. Low minus 12. High minus 3.

Today was the Alberta Honey Producers Co-op meeting in Spruce Grove.  I awoke and drove out, arriving in good time.

After the meeting, I went over to Bee Supplies and got a few items, including some menthol -- which I have never used before  -- and some Crisco to make up the Blue Shop Towel Method.

Close-up View

People have been asking about double Quebec escape boards.  here is one I found at that Alberta Honey Producers Co-op Bee Supplies outlet.

Friday November 10th, 2000

Today: Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of light snow. High minus 11.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low minus 16.

Normals for the period: Low minus 8. High 4.

 Saturday November 11th, 2000

Today: Mainly sunny. High minus 5.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low minus 12.

 Sunday November 12th, 2000

Today: Mainly sunny. High plus 1.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low minus 10.

Normals for the period: Low minus 9. High 3.

 Monday November 13th, 2000

Today: Mainly sunny. High plus 3.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low minus 10.

 Tuesday November 14th, 2000

Today: Mainly sunny. Wind northwest 20 km/h. High plus 1.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Fog patches overnight. Wind northwest 20 diminishing. Low minus 11.

Normals for the period: Low minus 9. High 2.

 Wednesday November 15th, 2000

Today: Morning fog patches otherwise mainly cloudy. High minus 1.

Tonight: Clearing. Low minus 9.

Normals for the period: Low minus 9. High 2.

 Thursday November 16th, 2000

Today: Morning fog patches otherwise mainly sunny. Wind increasing to northwest 30 gusting 60 km/h this afternoon. High plus 1.

Tonight: Becoming mainly cloudy. Wind diminishing to northwest 20 gusting 40. Low minus 11.

Normals for the period: Low minus 10. High 2.

 Friday November 17th, 2000

Today: Mainly sunny with increasing afternoon cloud. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming southwest in the afternoon. High plus 1.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Wind becoming northwest 20. Low minus 6.

Saturday November 18th, 2000

Today: Mainly sunny with increasing afternoon cloud. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming southwest in the afternoon. High plus 1.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Wind becoming northwest 20. Low minus 6.

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