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I visited Doug on Saturday.  He is a beekeeper and ham radio op living west of Sudbury.
This picture was shot with my Galaxy Tab.  Pretty good, huh?

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Friday April 1st 2011

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I'm off to visit Linda this morning, then meet Mom for lunch and then I take her car in for service this afternoon.

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All that was accomplished and I met Bill at Ramakko's after.  We happened onto the opening of their new store and wandered around.  One thing that caught our eye was the new fish finders with the ability to render the bottom in detail all around the boat.  That could be invaluable when anchoring for spotting snags and also for treasure hunting when diving.

We took a short walk -- a little over a mile and I went home for supper.

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Saturday April 2nd 2011

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I'm off to visit Linda this morning again.  After that, who knows?

Another 2 to 4 inches of snow are predicted at home.  Here in Northern Ontario, we are experiencing mild weather and maybe we will see the ice go out soon. It looked soft a while back, but this last week of cold weather has hardened it up again.

Bill and I have been planning to walk out to our old camp (our friend Este's actually) in Eden Township in Walden district (I moved from Eden to KneeHill County (pronounced 'Nihil County') 40 years back and found the contrast of names  amusing -- from paradise to nowhere.)

We also planned to visit VE3TDW.  The plan was a bit too ambitious, though and we found that we ran out of time for walking through the bush to the camp.  Instead, we poked around a bit and planned for next time then drove to Panache Lake Road to see Doug.  He and I had corresponded a bit in the past and he provided some good pictures for my diary page.

We had a pleasant visit and then were on our way back to Sudbury.  No walking today.

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Sunday April 3rd 2011

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Another nice day here and more snow in Alberta.

My head has been congested again lately and I have been feeling dopey and forgetful so I bit the bullet and went to a walk-in clinic.  This is the fourth time in  a year that I have had this problem, so i knew pretty well what I needed -- Amoxil --but a prescription is required for antibiotics. 

It turned out that they did not accept Alberta health Insurance and I paid them $60.  Then the doctor tried to load me up with a nasal spray and an anti-histamine.  At my insistence, he also wrote a script for the antibiotic and off I went.  It turned out that the antihistamine was one I already take and which does not solve the problem and the nasal spray is a steroid of the type that gives me massive nosebleeds.  Not only that when I read the literature that came with it, glaucoma was listed a s a possible side effect.  I already have borderline glaucoma in one eye and all I need is something that exacerbates it!  The guy is dangerous IMO.  He did not listen to the symptoms or history and just started writing scripts.  In Mexico, I paid $5 for a prescription and the doctor wrote it for what I requested, but not without listening, asking several intelligent questions, and thinking about it.

From there, I went to XS-Cargo and was delighted to find some interesting bargains. I got a 4GB high-speed micro SDHC card for my Tab and a FM broadcasting MP3 player, each for under $10, plus a travel bag and a dandy scale for $14.

 Then, I was off to Bill's for a walk.  We did a short loop around our old haunts on  Welford Road and Nipawin. 

At left, Ellen lived in the little house behind the trees and her cousins lived in the lower floor  of the larger house.  We all spent a lot of time there. and held parties in the basement.  I lived around two miles away and did lots of walking in those days.  We had a school bus, but I often stayed over in Lockerby with my friends and made the trek later.  I also hitch-hiked a lot.  In those days we never thought anything of it and if I met a few wierdos, I did not realise it.
 

At left is a picture of your truly, shot in a photo booth around that time.  The ugly cuss on the right is how he turned out about fifty years later.

 

 

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Monday April 4th 2011

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Snow here today and sun in Alberta.

You can tell I'm busy when I have no time to write here.  I'm busy, but it seems I am getting little done.

I had the pleasure of posting this to BEE-L today.  It's about time.

65% Formic Acid is Now Officially Approved in Canada

Canadian beekeepers have been permitted to use generic formic acid for mite control for many years with few restrictions under a temporary agreement.

That agreement was due to expire and although our national organisation, the CHC dropped the ball, Ursula at Medivet picked it up and covered the cost.

Here are excepts from a letter granting approval and the label. (It seems that nothing is permanent though, and that the bureaucrats have ensured that they can continue to keep busy on this matter for a while yet.

(Medivet is the same firm which rescued Fumagillin from expiring when larger companies decided that it was not worth the bother and is well regarded for their helpfulness.)

--- begin excerpt from letter ---

Re: Sale and use of Formic Acid 65% for treatment of varroa mites and tracheal mites in honey bee colonies

The attached label for Formic Acid 65% has been approved by the PMRA as it meets the interim measure provisions under DIR2O 10-03, Reassessment of Note to the Canadian Association of Pest Control Officials C94-05: Proposed Scheduling of 65 Percent Formic Acid for the Detection and Control of Honey Bee Mites. Sale and use of Formic Acid 65% according to the attached PMRA approved label is permitted in Canada. This remains in effect until the full review of Sub. No. 2011-0943 by the PMRA is completed.

Please note that a change has been made to the label, and that the attached label supersedes the version of March 15, 2011.

--- end excerpt ---

--- begin label ---

DIRECTIONS FOR USE Do not apply while honey supers are on the hive. Complete the treatment before adding honey supers to the hive, or remove supers from the hive before starting a treatment. In addition, for treatments conducted before placing honey supers onto the hive, allow at least two weeks between the end of treatment and the harvest of honey from the hive.

To control mites, a 65 percent solution of formic acid is to be applied onto the bottom board of the hive or onto an absorbent material placed on the bottom board or the hive top bars, at rates of 30 to 40 mL per two-story colony or 15 to 20 mL per one-story colony. The treatment is to be repeated up to six times at I to 10-day intervals for the control of honey bee tracheal mites and varroa mites. Repetition of treatment at least 4 times is recommended if used as a stand-alone treatment, but fewer can be used if part of an 1PM program.

For all formic acid 65% applications, all holes in the hive should be sealed except the bottom hive entrance, which should be fully open for the entire duration of treatment, even for the late fall treatment. Entrance reducers must be removed to prevent excessive damage to the colonies. All bee colonies in the apiary should be treated at the same time to prevent cross-infestation of colonies. Follow the additional use directions relative to the season of use.

To detect Varroa mites, a sticky paper covered by a 3x3 mm mesh screen is to be placed on the bottom board of the hive and either 40 mL (for two-storey colonies) or 20 mL (for one-storey colonies) of a 65 percent formic acid solution is to be applied to an absorbent paper pad placed on the screen or the hive top bars. The surface of the sticky paper must be checked for fallen mites after 24 and 72 hours.

Spring and early fall: Use Formic Acid 65% for single or double brood-chamber honey bee colonies (bees covering 620 frames), standard Langstroth equipment. Outside daytime temperature highs should be between 10 - 26C at the time of application. Temperatures above 30C during the application period may cause excessive damage to the colonies. It is highly recommended to remove the pads from the hives if temps above 30C occur (i.e., when daily temperatures exceed 28C for several days) within the first 7 days of treatment, the period during which most of the formic acid is released. Resume treatment by replacing the treatment on the hives after the end of the period of high ambient temperatures. Failure to remove formic acid from colonies during a heat wave may cause excessive brood mortality and absconding.

Up to 14 days of brood mortality may occur in the initial stage of treatment, with single brood- chamber colonies being more susceptible to damage than double brood-chamber colonies. Overall colony health should not be affected, and brood rearing should recover by the end of the treatment period. Treatment of colonies with fewer frames of bees than recommended may result in excessive brood mortality and even in colony mortality.

Late fall, winter (post-feeding, brood rearing minimal with less than half a frame of brood): Use Formic Acid 65% for single brood-chamber honeybee colonies (bees covering 5 10 frames), standard Langstroth equipment. Treatment of smaller hives than recommended (less than 5 frames of bees) may result in excessive colony damage, leading over-wintering mortality. Due to slower diffusion of formic acid, product is not effective on larger than single-storey hives in cooler temperatures. Outside daytime temperature highs should be above 4C at the time of application.

Formic acid is corrosive to metal. Metallic materials, either inside the hive or those which get in direct contact with the pads, may corrode. Do not place, even briefly, pads on metallic hive covers. Consult provincial advisors for more information about the use of this product.

PRECAUTIONS: KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN: Fatal or poisonous if swallowed. Irritating and corrosive to eyes and skin. Potential skin sensitizer. DO NOT get in eyes, on skin or on clothing. Avoid inhaling vapour. Known respiratory irritant. Handle in a well ventilated area. Work outdoors, stay upwind, and wear cotton coveralls, chemical resistant gloves and chemical safety goggles when handling, applying, cleaning up and removing pads.

Use caution when opening the container, especially in warm weather. Have water readily available for use if eye or skin contact should occur. Wash skin thoroughly with soap and large amounts of water after handling. Remove clothing immediately if contaminated. Wash contaminated clothing separately from household laundry. I)o not contaminate water supply, ponds, lakes or streams with the product.

FIRST AID: Take container, label or product name with you when seeking medical attention.

IF SWALLOWED: Call a poison control centre or doctor immediately for treatment advice. have person sip a glass of water if able to swallow. Do not induce vomiting unless told to do so by a poison control centre or doctor. Do not give anything by mouth to an unconscious person. Take container, label or product name with you when seeking medical attention.

IF ON SKIN OR CLOTHING: Take off contaminated clothing. Rinse skin immediately with plenty of water for 15-20 minutes. Call a poison control centre or doctor for treatment advice.

IF INHALED: Move person to fresh air. If person is not breathing, call 911 or an ambulance, then give artificial respiration, preferably by mouth-to-mouth, if possible. Call a poison control centre or doctor for further treatment advice. Take container, label or product name with you when seeking medical attention.

IF IN EYES: Hold eye open and rinse slowly and gently with water for 15-20 minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present, after the first 5 minutes, then continue rinsing eye. Call a poison control centre or doctor for treatment advice.

TOXICOLOGICAL INFORMATION Treat symptomatically.

STORAGE: Store product in original container in a cool, dry and well-ventilated area away from sulphuric acid, oxidizing agents, and sources of ignition. Avoid heat, sparks, and open flames. Use caution when opening the container, especially in warm weather. Do not eat, drink or smoke in areas of use and storage.

DISPOSAL: For information on disposal of unused, unwanted product, contact the manufacturer or the provincial regulatory agency. Contact the manufacturer and the provincial regulatory agency in case of a spill, and for clean-up of spills. Ventilate perforated pouches containing used pads on site, protected from precipitation, for two weeks prior to disposal via landfill or incineration. Open burning is prohibited.

NOTICE TO USER: This control product is to be used only in accordance with the directions on this label. It is an offence under the Pest Control Products Act to use a control product under unsafe conditions.

NOTICE TO BUYER: Sellers guarantee shall be limited to the terms set out on the label and, subject thereto; the buyer assumes the risk to persons and property arising from the use or handling of this product and accepts the product on that condition.

Here's a good article on Small Hive Beetle.

There is a rumour now on BeeSource that the Large Hive Beetle is being seen in several bee operations  in Southern Florida. 

Mom went out for the day, visiting and shopping.  When she returned around 3:30, I was still at my desk.

The Bell Galaxy Tab data system works flawlessly.  I received the two messages at the 20% and 10% left points.  I pay $35 for 5GB that expires after 30 days or when it is gone.  I am now at 10% with 8 days left.  When I renew, which I ma doing as I write, the remaining data is used up before the new plan cuts.  At least that is what is promised...

Well, that was no so great.  The system refused two different credit cards, but sends me a flurry of emails.  It must be broken.  It's a good thing that I am not entirely out of data - yet.

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Tuesday April 5th 2011

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I have two more full days before I head home.  Yesterday was dull and rainy, so I did not have a walk.  Today does not look much better.

I had some pictures printed at Wal-Mart and picked them up in time for Linda's visit in the morning.  After lunch, I did some shopping for audio device which could help her communicate since her voice is weak and my hearing and Mom's cannot make out her words much of the time.

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Wednesday April 6th 2011

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Tomorrow I fly out at ten AM and I have a lot of little things to get finished before I go.

I tidied up and packed.  Bill came over and we walked up Barry Street and back.

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Thursday April 7th 2011

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Today I leave at eight-thirty for the airport.

Bill picked me up and we were at the airport in plenty of time.  I had time for a second breakfast and to read a paper. 

The flight to YYZ was uneventful, but the weather was clear and I was able to see the remaining ice along the shore of Georgian Bay.  We flew further west than usual and I could see both Manitoulin and the Bruce at the same time and how short the gap is between them.  I have been planning to sail that area some time and had not realized how short the unprotected distance from Tobermory to Fitzwilliam Island Is. It looks quite safe for a small boat like mine if the trip is planned properly.

The flight to Calgary was full and running late.  Mike waited an hour for me at YYC.  We drove to Airdrie, where I recovered the van and bought groceries.  I was home for supper by 5:30.

I notice quite a difference between vans.  The 1998 van has a lower driving position and is clunking a bit.  The 2002 has a higher seat and a smoother ride.

I got around 9 l/100km on the way home and that translated to over 30 MPG, so I guess the poor mileage I saw previously was due to cold weather.

While in Airdrie, I stopped at a gas pump to report the price to Gasbuddy.com and while I sat there looking, the price on the pump jumped from 112.9 to 117.9!

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Friday April 8th 2011

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I'm home and there is still snow on the ground.  Run-off is over three weeks late this year and I see no signs yet.

We drove over to Meijers for supper and noticed some water running off along the way.

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Saturday April 9th 2011

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We have another supper engagement tonight.

I heard mention of Gasbuddy.com this morning on the CBC.  I've been actively reporting prices for some time now.  Locally, I use the www.albertagasprices.com link when I am not using the gasbuddy app on my Tab or phone.

In the afternoon, Ellen and I drove to Irricana for john's 80th birthday and had a great time.  Zippy cama along and was the hit of the party since the whole group turned out to be dog people.

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