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Tuesday March 19th, 2002
Last year on this date       Year 2000 on this date

It was minus 19.7 this morning at 4:10 AM.  

The concrete finisher was here at nine and the job went well.  The pouring was done by noon, and then he stuck around until evening, toweling the surface periodically.  After supper, he put on the sealer coat and gave me instructions for another coat tomorrow.

At three, I went to Global again, with a forklift to load Meijers' patties and they returned here for supper.  For the second day in a row, Dennis had failed to check for fire in the stoker when he left for the day and there was no heat.  Moreover, the sealer fumes were strong, and until we turned on the exhaust fan, we were annoyed by the smell. 

 Allen's
Links 
of the Day:

  • Omega Eggs A Dietary Source of n-3 Fatty Acids. Lately I've been eating an omelet for breakfast, so I find this link interesting.  I've tried these eggs and they taste OK, but are more expensive.  Usually I just buy local eggs, though.

Today..Snow. Wind increasing to east 20 km/h. High minus 18. Cold wind chill minus 29. Risk of frostbite.
Tonight..Occasional snow. Total accumulation up to 5 cm. Wind east 20 diminishing to light. Low minus 24.
Wednesday..Cloudy. 60 percent chance of flurries in the morning. Clearing in the afternoon. Wind becoming northeast 20. High minus 17. Wind chill minus 30.
Thursday..Mainly sunny. Low minus 26. High minus 8.
Friday..Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 17. High minus 4.
Saturday..Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 15. High minus 4. 
Normals for the period..Low minus 9. High 3.

Monday March 18th, 2002
Last year on this date       Year 2000 on this date

It's minus 20.5 this morning and dull outside.  We got another centimeter or so of snow overnight, and the forecast is for continuing cold, with Thursday the first possible day for moderating temperatures.  Even then, minus six is the high promised.


We actually got up to minus nine today and it was actually quite nice out at mid-day.  Paulo went over to Creekside Sand and picked up some pallets. Matt found the heater core on the 4X4 is leaking (down the firewall inside the engine compartment) and I guess that explains where the antifreeze has been going.  

It also shows that it does not pay to simply ignore the disappearance of vital fluids.  When we do, we risk missing something important that can develop into a big expense.  That is what happened with the Olds (still in the hospital).  I should have realized that the timing chain had jumped and put the car on ice until we fixed that one little problem.  Instead, I bent all the valves and wound up going over the whole engine.

Speaking of the Olds, Matt is just finishing assembling the engine and it should be ready for the road again tomorrow.  Maybe I'll go on a road trip snowboarding and visiting friends west of here.  I have been very disappointed to discover my snowboard(s) will not even nearly fit into the trunk of the Buick.  It is surprising how much smaller it is than the Olds.  If I do go, I'll have to leave some work for the crew.


This evening a concrete finisher called and wants to pour the floor tomorrow morning at 11. So, I should be here at 9, then again at 11:30 while the finishing is underway, if I want things done right.   I have to drive Ellen to the ophthalmologist's by 10 and get the tires serviced.  (They put the whitewalls to the inside when they installed them the other day and it looks dumb -- especially with whitewalls on the other wheels).  In the afternoon, I have to meet Meijers at Airdrie to pick up the remaining patties, then return home in time to entertain.  It promises to be hectic day.

When the weather breaks, we must get out to start feeding patties and checking the colonies. There is still a mountain of frames to boil for the wax.  the season is picking up and the next weekend after the one coming up is Easter

 
Allen's 
Links 
of
the Day:

Peacefire : A site about net blocking with and without your knowledge, and explains why you may inexplicably not be able to reach the computers at Albany.edu (for example) and read BEE-L or contact other important web sites -- or why you are not getting all your email.
The Rising Tide Of Spam About SPAM and the problems it is causing.
Email 911
: A site about using your email software and managing SPAM

Today..A mix of sun and cloud. 60 percent chance of flurries. Wind east 20 km/h in the afternoon. High minus 14. Cold wind chill minus 25 this afternoon. Risk of frostbite. 
Tonight..Snow developing this evening. Wind becoming southeast 20. Low minus 21. Wind chill minus 32. 
Tuesday..Snow. Total accumulation near 5 cm. Wind east 20. High minus 17. Wind chill minus 29. 
Wednesday..Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 28. High minus 15. 
Thursday..Mainly cloudy. Low minus 22. High minus 6. 
Friday..Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 15. High minus 3. Normals for the period..Low minus 9. High 3

Sunday March 17th, 2002
Last year on this date       Year 2000 on this date

It is minus 16.5 again this morning and I am sure this is beginning to hurt the bees, but there is nothing we can do but wait it out.  A plus three day is promised for Thursday, but forecasts change often, so we really don't know.  Maybe we'll get a Chinook  (2) (Later...) I don't know where I got that idea.  The forecast now is for continued cold.  I guess they changed it when I wasn't looking  (Later yet... Nope.  I see now I was reading the Normals).

Today is Jean's birthday and around now, we are usually seeing runoff.  Currently we have 6 inches of snow and there is no sign of melting.

Dennis and his kids came over and went snowmobiling.  Then Dennis pulled me around on the snowboard.  Then Matt came over.  We pulled him around on the snowboard (his first try), and then I went again.  We're off to P-Ss for supper.

 Allen's Link of the Day: Homemade Bee Science

Today..Mainly cloudy with flurries. Wind becoming northeast 20 km/h. High minus 15. Cold wind chill minus 25. Risk of frostbite.
Tonight..Occasional snow. Wind east 20 diminishing. Low minus 21. Wind chill minus 27.
Normals for the period..Low minus 9. High 3.

Saturday March 16th, 2002
Last year on this date       Year 2000 on this date

More snow coming and continuing cold.  Jean Chris and I met in Cochrane and drove out to Nakiska for an afternoon on the hill.  The snow was excellent, but the temperature dropped and by 3:30 it was minus twenty and we decided to head home.  The drive is 200 km exactly from my place and takes two hours.  The Buick is now running beautifully and getting 27 miles per gallon at 110 KPH.

We wanted to be back by six anyhow, since we were all planning to go to the wild Game supper which is a local tradition.  The WGS is served in an old one room school which serves as the Three Hills Rural Association's  meeting hall.  We met up with Walt, Bill, Fen, and Flo there and had a great country style meal.   I was very lucky in the draws at the WGS and won two bottles of wine, a hat, and two cups.  After, we came back to our place to visit and to eat birthday cake, since tomorrow is Jean's birthday.   Jonny, Julie, Dave, and Bert also showed up for the evening.. 

 Allen's Link of the Day: Coordination in Europe of research on integrated control of Varroa mites in honey bee colonies

Today..Snow. Wind north 20 km/h. High minus 16. Cold wind chill minus 28. Risk of frostbite.
Tonight..Occasional snow. Total accumulation near 5 cm. Wind northeast 20 diminishing. Low minus 19. Wind chill minus 28.
Normals for the period..Low minus 9. High 3.

Friday March 15th, 2002
Last year on this date       Year 2000 on this date

Cutting combs out of frames
Cutting combs out of frames
Barrels of wax and honey ready to go and empty frames waiting to be boiled, then refitted with wax or burned.
Barrels of wax and honey ready to go, and empty frames waiting to be boiled in water to remove remaining wax, then refitted with foundation, or burned.

It is cold and overcast again.   Minus 12.7 C, in fact, and predicted to get cooler.  We have another dusting of snow and Paulo is out blowing it off the vehicles.  Otherwise snow turns to ice and when we want to use the truck or car, it is a mess.

Today we are back to cutting out the combs and hope to have lots more done before the truck arrives to take them to the renderer.

Ellen & I went to Three Hills to meet Walt for the turkey buffet they serve every Friday night.  Walt loves turkey, but his wife abhors cooking or eating anything with feathers, so we three go out for supper once in a while.

Jean & Chris started out to come to Swalwell, but the roads north of Red Deer were so bad they turned back.  I don't know if we are still on for Nakiska tomorrow.  I expect they will be here for the Wild Game supper tomorrow night though.

 Allen's Link of the Day: Infotrieve Research Article Finder

Today..Snow developing near midday. Wind north 20 km/h. High minus 9.
Tonight..Snow. Wind north 20. Low minus 17. Wind chill minus 25.
Normals for the period..Low minus 10. High 2.

Thursday March 14th, 2002
Last year on this date       March 2000

Minus ten point nine C at 4:25 AM.  Still cold.

I don't like this cold weather, but am not certain that it does actual harm to the bees wintering outside.  I think it tends to keep the bees in the hives and tightly clustered, and that may be a good thing.  If they get too far ahead of the season and start raising too much brood before reliable pollen comes in, they risk wearing themselves out. 

I've read that people in the States are finding their hives short of feed after a warm winter and think I had better check ours personally before too long.  We did some checks, but Paulo is not well trained to spot light hives, although he was looking for indications.  We deliberately fed a bit less last fall, since in previous years we were finding hives so plugged with feed that they had trouble finding room to raise brood to expand in spring.  It is time now to load a truck with a feeder and patties so it is ready to go out to put on patties when the weather improves.  The last week of March is my usual start time.  That is one week away now, and I put the guys on full shifts last week. 

We are cutting out the old frames that have accumulated over the last few years and hope to have that done within a week or so.  I came across one with aluminum foundation and measured it out of curiosity.  The distance across 20 cells was 10 cm exactly.  That gives 5.0 mm cells.

We did another (the second) beekeeper's samples and found both varroa and nosema, but no tracheal -- so far.  We only checked twenty bees from the sample and he said to do another twenty to be sure.

Item # Date Time Recs   Subject
038859 02/02/24 09:38 26 Re: Bee and Pollination Database (Beta-test)
038863 02/02/25 12:15 33 Radiation Damage?
038867 02/02/25 14:17 69 Re: Kreg Tools and Boxes
038907 02/02/26 08:42 41 A Great Thesis Topic for Someone.
038911 02/02/26 11:50 46 Re: A Great Thesis Topic for Someone.
038926 02/02/26 18:29 25 Re: Box, Lap, Butt/Biscuit Joint
038943 02/02/27 06:36 15 Weird Wedding?
039027 02/03/01 23:50 64 Re: Kreg Tools and Boxes
039031 02/03/02 09:26 51 Re: Kreg Tools and Boxes
039033 02/03/02 13:33 41 Melting Frames: Salvaging Wax and Honey
039042 02/03/03 03:11 60 Re: Melting Frames: Salvaging Wax and Honey
039054 02/03/03 08:15 47 Re: Natural comb cell size
039078 02/03/04 07:07 15 Dogs, bees in gene-mapping contest
039079 02/03/04 07:13 16 Allergies that are Hard to Explain
039093 02/03/04 12:37 21 Re: Queen excluder size
039127 02/03/05 09:27 47 Re: A Question for the Statisticians
039158 02/03/06 07:52 112 Re: A Question for the Statisticians
039167 02/03/07 02:30 41 Re: A Question for the Statisticians
039177 02/03/07 09:16 86 Re: A Question for the Statisticians
039189 02/03/07 15:14 38 Re: A Question for the Statisticians
039196 02/03/08 04:41 61 Re: A Question for the Statisticians
039197 02/03/08 08:12 81 BEE-L FAQ and Guidelines
039211 02/03/08 09:11 29 Using the Archives
039239 02/03/12 03:48 104 Re: Winter inspection, was A Question for the Statisticians
039243 02/03/12 08:16 20 Re: Winter inspection
039246 02/03/12 09:28 44 Re: Winter inspection
039247 02/03/12 09:47 67 Re: IPM
039249 02/03/12 11:53 22 Queen Excluder or Honey Excluder?
039259 02/03/13 01:51 22 Mass Experiment: Queen Excluder or Honey Excluder?

 

 Allen's 
Links of the Day: 

Today..A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of flurries. Wind light. High minus 5.
Tonight..Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of flurries. Wind northwest 20 km/h. Low minus 14.
Normals for the period..Low minus 10. High 2

Wednesday March 13th, 2002
Last year on this date       March 2000

The morning is starting off foggy and minus eleven.  There is a dusting of new snow.  By 8:20 the fog burned off and it looks like a sunny day.

After talking to another BeeMaid member this morning about a number of matters, I decided to set up a discussion group for active BeeMaid members.  If you are a member shipping 40,000 pounds or more, write me to get onto the list.

Matt & I rebuilt the coal stoker today and finished around six.  We discovered the gearbox needs work, so that is a project for another day.  Dennis is finally finished the floor project and we can pour concrete anytime now.

We received our second outside sample to analyze today and it will be interesting to compare other beekeepers' mite and nosema levels to our own (which tested zero on all counts).

 Allen's 
Link of the Day: 

Time to get into shape for leaning over the hives.
Abdominal muscles are important to preserving your back.

Today..Morning fog giving visibilities near zero. Otherwise mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries. Wind light. High minus 6.
Tonight..Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Fog patches. Wind light. Low minus 13.
Sunday..Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 23. High minus 9. 
Normals for the period..Low minus 10. High 2.

Tuesday March 12th, 2002
Last year on this date       March 2000

It's minus eleven and overcast.  The days are getting noticeably longer as the vernal equinox (2) approaches. It is now only 60 days until we are in the midst of  splitting hives, and two weeks until we put on pollen patties.

I set up a yahoogroups list for the people who attended the research meeting in Calgary.  So far no replies.

The cutting out of old combs continues.  In the afternoon, I ran over to Meijers and picked up a loader/forklift they are selling to try it out.

 Allen's Link of the Day: Queen Excluder or Honey Excluder?

Today..Morning fog patches otherwise a mix of sun and cloud. Wind light increasing to southwest 20 km/h this afternoon. High zero.
Tonight..Partly cloudy. Wind west 20. Low minus 5.
Saturday..Mainly cloudy. 70 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 24. High minus 17. Normals for the period..Low minus 10. High 2.

Monday March 11th, 2002
Last year on this date       March 2000

It's another cold morning: minus fifteen.  The forecast is for warming though and we are going to do some outside jobs when it warms up.  Dennis has about finished breaking the concrete in the furnace room, and Paulo is getting good at breaking out combs.  We'll get Dennis on that too, soon.

I went to Three Hills in the afternoon to get new tires and a wheel alignment .

 Allen's Link of the Day: Online Dictionaries

Today..A mix of sun and cloud. Wind becoming southwest 30 gusting to 50 km/h this afternoon. High plus 3.
Tonight..Partly cloudy. Wind southwest 30 with gusts to 60 diminishing overnight. Low minus 10.
Normals for the period..Low minus 11. High 2.

Sunday March 10th, 2002
Last year on this date       March 2000

 Allen's Link of the Day: Canadian Honey Council

I'm off to Sunshine Village


I left at 8:45 and had to stop in Canmore to see Mike to pick up my park pass, which was left behind when my car broke down in early Feb.  Mike was busy with an ice climbing festival at the ice wall.  I arrived at Sunshine at noon and got an afternoon ticket.

It was clody and windy most of the afternoon, but there was lots of power snow.  I had a great time and left around 3:30.  So... I drove for six hours to spend three hours snowboarding.  Sounds dumb, but then there is no way to describe the experience.  Besides the drive is a beautiful one, across the foothills and up the Bow River Valley and into the Rocky Mountains.  The sun shone everywhere except on the hill.

Today..Mix of sun and cloud. Wind becoming west 20 km/h. High zero.
Tonight..Partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries overnight. Wind west 20 diminishing overnight. Low minus 15.
Normals for the period..Low minus 11. High 1

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