Time to super these hives!
Ellen drove me to YYC and I caught my flight for Pearson at 9:50. I arrived in Toronto at 5, got my car and drove to Port Carling.
Thursday..Mainly sunny. Wind becoming south 20.
I spent the day working on my article. The boat was in the water, so I went for a spin around the lake. For supper, Mom and I tried out one of the local restaurants, then toured Bala. Ron, Mairin and Graham arrived late from Vancouver, around midnight.
Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h. High 26.
In the morning, we drove to Toronto to a family reunion at Heather and Neal Blacks'. After that, we all -- Ron, Mom, Mairin, Graham and Sarah -- went to visit Aunt Ev in her extended care home. We had a good visit, then headed back north, meeting Lindsay along the way for supper.
The evening was spent playing cards.
Saturday..Sunny. Wind increasing to southeast 30. High 29.
Today was spent lounging and working on the articles. We went swimming and visited and the day passed quickly.
Sunday..Mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers. Low 10. High 26.
Ron and his kids went to Barrie for the day then they returned and took Mairin to camp at Rosseau. She has a job there for the summer. Mom and I went to Bracebridge for the morning and I spent the rest of the day re-writing.
I managed to get onto the net again. My ISP had been down for several days and finally got going again. I have no idea how long the website was dead, but I was without dial-up for over two days.
Today..30 percent chance of early morning showers
then a mix of sun and cloud. Wind increasing to northwest 30 km/h. High
In the morning, I drove to Sudbury to see Linda. I arrived around noon and had a good visit. I went to Mom's for the afternoon and spent my time writing on the deck looking out on the lake..
I returned to Linda's for supper. Everyone else was out for the evening, so I barbequed. Bill W. came by later on in the evening for a visit and we went back to his place looking for a screw for this laptop computer. No luck. I returned to Mom's for the night.
sunny. Wind becoming south 20 km/h. High 29.
In the morning, Linda called and I went over to visit. I spent a few hours writing and also found a bolt and nut shop that could get the screws for my notebook. They said that the parts would arrive Thursday at 9, so I planned to stay another day. I had promised to see Linda again, in the evening, but had an hour's fun with Mom's alarm system, and that set me away behind schedule. A lightening storm had set off one of the sensors in the afternoon and the alarm kept going off until I finally got help from the company and figured out how to reset the sensor. By then it was after 7 PM and Linda was tired.
I skipped the visit and went for supper with Bill & Faye at Swiss Chalet (their choice). There I was surprised to find my niece (Linda's daughter) greeting guests. I knew she worked at Swiss Chalet, but did not know which one, or even that she was on shift.
We had a good meal and called it a night.
Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h. High 31.
I went to Rastall and, sure enough, the screws were there, and they fit perfectly. I was very relieved. I had been afraid very time I opened the computer that something would break, but now the screws hold everything solidly together and the machine is now as good as new, except for some non-life threatening cracks in the plastic case.
I went to Linda's for coffee. She had friends over, so I did some deskwork, then left around noon. I spent a few hours at Mom's sitting by the Lake and then headed to the cottage. I had planned to stop at Parry Sound to wander along the rocky Georgian Bay shore, but when I got there thunder was threatening and I proceeded on to Pine Hill.
Mom and Graham were there sitting by the fire when I got there, and after they had supper, we took the boat over to Windermere, looking for a banana split. It's a tradition. I didn't care to have one, but Graham and Mom shared a dish and pronounced it 'very good'..
mix of sun and cloud. Wind increasing to southwest 30 gusting 50 km/h this
afternoon. High 31.
I did a bit more writing in the morning. I have five articles to do in the next several months. I'm working on a wintering series for a magazine and have an interview to write up. I tend to plan a lot, then write and re-write. I enjoy mulling over each piece, so I try to allow lots of time.
One of the jobs I do every day is moderate BEE-L, along with several others in the US, Scotland, and Australia. If possible, I check email at least five times a day to ensure that there are not long delays in approval, since the other moderators are not always around. I get some respect for this unpaid task, but I also get a lot of abuse, especially when some jerk gets it into his head to try to get a rumble going.
I don't know exactly what it is about human nature, but it seems most people -- somewhere in the back of their being -- hate peace and order and like to create an uproar from time to time, just for the sheer hell of it. The members of BEE-L are no different; even some members who usually contribute good material try hard to go over the edge every so often. They post helpful, reasonable articles for a long stretch, then send in something provocative that stretches the facts -- or something off topic. When they are refused approval, they then proceed to attempt flay the moderators privately of course since we will not pass on incendiary material to the full list. The moderators refuse to play the game, and don't even bother to reply unless the case looks like a borderline judgment call and a matter of perspective rather than a deliberate troll. We've seen this phenomenon too often and just think, "X forgot to take his meds today."
Then they go back to being good boys again. Often the people seem to have above average intelligence and commitment. They just seem to snap. It's not always guys, either. I have seen the same pattern with several women.
We had an incident like that recently and I had to put my foot down. I got a lot of whining from the perp, but nice letters from several other readers who appreciated my insisting on facts and my insisting caution about name dropping, particularly without documentation, and in context of speculation on a politically sensitive topic. We allow speculation, but insist that it be clearly labeled as such and that it not be personally directed or libelous.
I called home and the supering should be done today. Then the guys are taking the long weekend and any other personal time they want this coming week. They all have quite a bit of overtime, so the paycheques should be large and allow for some holidaying.
The weather in Alberta looks really good and we should be seeing some honey coming in. When I get back we'll do clean-up and set up the extracting system. I hope to get started around the tenth of July. Usually there isn't much until the first of August, but some years we have had flows heavy enough to justify starting on the 7th and kept us going steadily thereafter.
Graham and I went tubing this afternoon and took Jeffrey along with us. After tubing a while, we went to Windermere. I sailed the windsurfer and they took Cloud 9. I didn't have a harness, but found the sailing pleasant.
I'm getting email from Force Ten that the sailboarding club will be meeting at St Mary's this weekend and that high winds are predicted. It sounds classic -- I like 40 KPH winds minimum for a good day and St Marys's is a lovely site. I'm sorry to be missing all that, and the company of my good windy gypsy friends, but I'm here and that is okay too.
We returned to the cottage for burgers and turned in early. My cousin, Don Cormack, phoned to say he will be up tomorrow.
Here are my BEE-L posts since May 1, 2002:
mix of sun and cloud. Wind increasing to west 40 km/h gusting to 60. High 26.
Graham and I went to Bracebridge in the morning to do a bit of shopping. We returned for lunch, then Don Cormack arrived and we went swimming.
We then ran over to Windermere, then up Rosseau in the boat into a part of the lake I've seldom visited.
We had chicken for supper, played canasta and called it a day.
sunny. Wind increasing to west 40 km/h gusting to 60. High 22.
Mom drove Graham to camp and returned. Don & I swam and went to the Lake to do a little windsurfing. there was barely enough wind, but we spent and hour or two and returned for supper. More canasta, and swimming, then bedtime.
percent chance of evening showers or thunderstorms then clearing. Wind west 30
gusting 50 km/h diminishing to 20 overnight. Low 7.