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Wednesday November 20th, 2002
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It's a warm sunny day again, and Paulo and Dave are off to put on more menthol.  Dennis is loading the last drums of cappings for the hot room and making up more blue shop towels.

We found a few more mites in previously tested yards.  The loads per bee are fairly light, but we want to stay on top of thing and will treat all the yards we can while the weather is good.

FrontPage 2002 has been worth the money, now that I have it working well.  I can publish individual pages and that helps me a lot, especially on a site like this one, that currently has 3,090 files and is growing.

The guys got 17 yards done and we have another warm day coming up.  The guys report that the bees  were out licking out the remaining syrup in the drums today.

Meijers were in Three Hills and phoned up to invite us to meet them for supper.  We suggested they come here and so we had supper here.  We discussed the granulation problem and they are going to take care of it next week with help from our crew.  Joe said he saw yellow pollen coming in today.  Ellen agreed and said she had seen a dandelion recently.

We got an email request today to buy a yard of bees from us.  I wrote back, but got no reply.  With all the SPAM problems these days, email often gets deleted along the way by various filters, and I wonder if the man ever got my reply.  I sent it from my honeybeeworld.com account.  I'll try again from another email account.

Never assume that email gets delivered and read.  More and more, it does not.  I get 200 SPAMs a day and the good stuff can easily be accidentally be erased when I am deleting the junk.  That's assuming that it even gets to me.  There are filters on the 'net that block entire domains.  i n t e r n o d e is bad that way.  I can't get any email from listserv.albany.edu LISTSERV robot and have to moderate BEE-L from another account.  Seems that i n t e r n o d e deletes some or all BCC emails.

SO, if you write me and I do not respond, chances are I did not get your message.  Try again... somehow. Or phone me at 1-

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Today..Becoming mainly sunny this morning. Wind west 30 km/h gusting to 50. High 16.
Tonight..Clear. Wind light. Low plus 3.
Normals for the period..Low minus 11. High 1.

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Thursday November 21st, 2002
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Paulo and Dave are headed out to finish the menthol application,  Dennis is going to do a few yards too.

They got lots done in advance of the cooler weather predicted.  Dennis returned after doing four yards up north and took a load of drums of cappings to Meijers to put it into the hot room.  Paulo and Dave did the local yards and returned around five.

I got a headache around noon and slept most of the afternoon.

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Today..A mix of sun and cloud. Wind southwest 20 km/h. High 17.
Tonight..Increasing cloud this evening then 60 percent chance of showers towards morning. Wind northwest 20. Low 3.

Friday and Saturday November
22nd & 23rd, 2002

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Friday..Cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers in the morning. Clearing in the afternoon. Wind north 20. High 6.
Saturday..Sunny. Low minus 9. High minus 4.
Normals for the period..Low minus 11. High 1

I spent these days at the desk, whipping the new site into shape and getting things ready for the next two weeks.  Maybe I updated the diary during that time, and wrote over my improvements in all the site maintenance I did during these days.  I know I did some writing here, but It was likely just improving previous pages.  What with writing, etc., it all went in a blur.  I tried out a few new browsers.  Opera 7b is out and I installed it, but it does not share the settings from Opera 6.  I don't have my key and it keeps flashing ads at me.  since I've paid, I now find them annoying, where they weren't before.  I downloaded Phoenix -- it's free (part of the Mozilla project) and now I like it better than the Opera and MSIE.  Maybe if I can get my key entered into Opera on this machine...

In the afternoon, Saturday, Ellen and I went to Linden to see how Global Grounds is working out.  Wendy seems pretty busy.  I think she will make it.

Oh, yeah.  I went over www.rossrounds.com and cleaned it up.  That took and hour or two, and was overdue.

Sunday November 24th, 2002
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Another day at the desk.  I finally got www.honeybeeworld.com working properly -- almost.  Change your bookmarks, please.  This page is now at http://honeybeeworld.com/diary/ (and mirrored at i n t e r n o d e for a while). 

Plus I got a lot more done.

I was going to give some URLs here, but, now that I look at them, they are all really geeky, and don't have much to do with beekeeping.

Drat!  Some files on www.honeybeeworld.com is busted -- again!

Today..A mix of sun and cloud. Wind light. High plus 2.
Tonight..Mainly clear. Wind increasing to north 30 km/h. Low minus 8.
Normals for the period..Low minus 12. High zero

Monday November 25th, 2002
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One more month until Christmas

We got up, dressed and headed for the airport. At six PM, we landed at Pearson, terminal three and caught the shuttle to our car. We had requested a subcompact, but were double upgraded at no charge to a Buick. We drove to Niagara Falls and stayed the night.

Today..Sunny. Wind northwest 30 km/h diminishing to light. High plus 3.
Tonight..Clear. Wind light. Low minus 5.
Normals for the period..Low minus 12. High zero.

Tuesday 26 November 2002
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We rose around nine, drove around a bit, got my cell phone plan changed to include the USA, and then, around eleven, we crossed the border into the US via the bridge without incident.  We found the I90 and settled in for a four-hour drive. 

Joe called around noon and caught us up on how things are going with the granulation project. Meijers agreed to try to see what they can get out of some combs we have accumulated with granulation beyond what our system will handle. Our guys are over there working with James. Joe was working full time on it too, getting the system running and working out the procedures. Temperatures are critical, and a fair amount of equipment -- mostly old frames -- gets broken. 

We followed I90 east to Albany and met Aaron at the campus.  Speed limits on I90 were lower than expected - 65 MPH, not 75 like California -- and we got there a bit late, at 3:30. From there we followed Aaron up I87, the Northway, to Round Lake and Aaron's home. We arrived, settled in, then went out, just before dark, to look at one of Aaron's yards. We were particularly interested in his Styrofoam hive and nucs. ny 007.jpg (205286 bytes)

We returned to Aaron's place. Betsy appeared, and we headed out to Saratoga for supper at an Irish pub. We followed up with a trip through the park at Saratoga to look at the light display and a visit to Santa. 

Aaron sat on Santa's knee and had his picture taken, then we returned to Aaron's and called it a day.

Today..A mix of sun and cloud. Wind increasing to northwest 20 km/h. High 6. 
Tonight..Mainly cloudy. Clearing overnight. Wind northwest 20. Low plus 2. 
Normals for the period..Low minus 12. High zero.

Wednesday 27 November 2002
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After breakfast, Aaron and I drove out to anther of his yards and looked at some more of his bees. El and I left Aaron's at around ten local and headed east. The holiday traffic was heavy, but uncongested. The roads were pretty well dry and we made good time. We has considered taking some scenic routes, but stuck to the I90 and then took 495 and 95 to Providence. We arrived at Jon and Sarah's around three and settled in. This was the first time we had seen their house. Katrina is now fully mobile and quite a handful. We caught up on things and Sarah and I went grocery shopping.

Today..Becoming sunny this morning. Wind light. High 14. 
Tonight..Clear. Wind light. Low 5. 
Normals for the period..Low minus 12. High minus 1.

Thursday 28 November 2002
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Joe phoned and said things are going well. They are working through the supers of granulation and, so far, have ten drums of nice white honey. Joe expects twice that, and more, by the time they are done. The honey reads 20% moisture, though, so well have to get it to a packer fairly quickly. If it is kept outside, though, it will keep indefinitely. Otherwise, kept at room temperature, it could ferment within weeks. The guys have the day off, since James is going hunting. They've been doing long days, so this will give them a chance to rest up a bit.

Our day was spent at Sarah's mom's place in Little Compton, around 45 minutes away. We all rode down in Jon and Sarah's Volvo wagon. All told, there were 10 of us: Margo, Sarah, Jon, Katrina, El, myself, Bill and Billy for the Thanksgiving meal. We shared a turkey dinner, far too much pie and a game of Trivial Pursuit that lasted well into the evening.

Today..A mix of sun and cloud. Wind west 30 km/h. High 14. 
Tonight..Mainly clear. Wind west 20. Low minus 6. 
Normals for the period..Low minus 12. High zero.

Friday 29 November 2002
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Today..Sunny. Wind northwest 20 km/h. High 7. 
Tonight..Clear. Wind light. Low minus 3. 
Normals for the period..Low minus 12. High minus 1.

We spent the morning at Jon & Sarah's, and went shopping in the afternoon.  The weather was dull and cold.

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Saturday 30 November 2002
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We all got into the Volvo wagon and drove down to Newport for an outing (photos).  We had lunch at the clam shack and then went for a walk in the bird sanctuary at the point.  We stopped to watch a kite sailor on the way back to town, then had coffee downtown.  We returned to Riverside for supper.  Margo and Billy came over for a visit, but I was in bed and missed most of the evening.  I had started feeling ill around noon and by evening, I was feeling cold, tired, and nauseous.

Today..Mainly sunny. Wind becoming west 20 km/h. High 14. 
Tonight..Clear. Wind light. Low 4. 
Normals for the period..Low minus 13. High minus 1.


 

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