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Our spring is now over a month overdue.

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Wednesday April 20th 2011

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I got to thinking about how it seems that we are not seeing normal spring weather and found the local climate chart I made up some time back (at right - click thumbnail to open a window with a larger image).  This year's details are at left.  To see them all at once on a new page, click here.

Looking at that long-term chart and the 2011 details at left, I see that our average daily temperatures these days have been hovering right at or below the freezing point, but that the middle (average) line indicates that plus five is the normal long-term average.

In addition to the cool averages, we have also not seen the week-long warm spells we usually experience.  Several days above the normal, with nights also above freezing make the snow disappear quickly  Lately most nights have been cold enough to cause a hard freeze that takes until mid-day to come out.

See also this link, and this, and this.  Information from Environment Canada.

Sunny days also help to melt snow quickly and we have had some duller ones, including snowy days, setting things back.  I see much less snow, though, and it seems to be either evaporating or soaking in, not running off.  Today should melt some more, but if the forecast holds, Easter Monday should finish the job -- six weeks late!

We are not alone here in Alberta.  Last I hear, the ice is still on Lake Ramsey in Sudbury. Last year, Bill and I had been boating on Ramsey and also gone out to Teepee 2300 on Georgian Bay by boat a week ago.  Wheat Advances for a Third Day on Deteriorating Crop Conditions in U.S.

From Bloomberg:  "Wheat rose for a third day in Chicago as worsening winter-crop conditions in the U.S., the largest exporter, and delayed spring-crop plantings fueled supply concerns amid strengthening demand."

Jon and the kids are at Jean's for another day or so, and I'm hoping to get the books finished and reconciled up to date and off to the accountant.  We'll see.

I worked all day and into the evening on the books and other desk jobs, but took a few hours to go to Drum for supper and groceries.

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Thursday April 21st 2011

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Spring is now 1/3 over and it has not really begun. We had a trickle of run-off late yesterday afternoon, and the snow is going slowly. Ellen & I drove down to Drumheller for supper and noticed that the snow is completely gone there, though.

Predictions are for plus 10 today, so maybe we'll see some more melting.  The day is starting off cool and dull, however.

Kalle and I took a walk down the railway strip and he tried out the culvert under the tracks.  We saw the remains of a fox and lots of other interesting things along the way.

Jon went to Three Hills to have a tire checked and decided to replace them all since one was separated and the rest worn to the point where they are done.

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Friday April 22nd 2011

Good Friday

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Today and tomorrow will be warm and tonight should be quite mild, so maybe we will see the snow go in the next few days.  I've never seen winter snow cover last this long.

Jean and family came in the afternoon.

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Saturday April 23rd 2011

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We have the whole family here today.  I made pancakes for breakfast.  I am not a fan of high carb meals, but the kids seem to be able to eat anything and stay slim.  I had my usual eggs.

We had a pleasant day and good turkey supper.

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Sunday April 24th 2011

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Today has been a lazy day.  The morning started off with the kids hunting for Easter eggs around the house.  I put in earplugs and slept through that. 

We discovered last night that the kitchen sink drain was plugged and hope it would go down overnight.  I didn't so Jon and I unplugged it by pulling the pipes apart downstairs.  The job was simple and took a half-hour.

After a leisurely morning and lunch, Jean and family left.

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Monday April 25th 2011

9 months until Christmas

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Jon and the kids left at a little before seven, headed back to Laguna Beach.  They have three days to make the drive, so they don't have to rush.  I had thought of driving south with them but decided to stay here and do some cleanup now that the snow is almost gone.

I went out and did a few jobs in the yard, but the wind picked up to where it was unpleasant being out there. Later it dropped and Zippy and I walked the strip.  Most of the runoff is over now, but there are still a few streams running down from the fields.

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Tuesday April 26th 2011

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The pond has now reached its highest point, overflowed slightly and is now receding as the water soaks into the water table.

Today I have to finish shuffling paper and get it all to the accountant and tonight is the Calgary Power and Sail Squadron meeting.

I drove to Calgary, and took the road through Crossiron Mills. to check out the Costco and other stores there.

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Wednesday April 27th 2011

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Although there are a few drifts left from winter, the ice is now gone from the pond.

I did a little work around the place, then Ellen & I drove to Drum to have supper with Joe and Oene.

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Thursday April 28th 2011

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Looking out this morning, we see 2 inches of new snow .   Now that the books went to the accountant, there is nothing pressing.  I did a little cleanup in the basement shop and looked into concrete grinders.

When we poured the basement floor a decade or so back, the finishers did not get the floors quite right.  Water runs past the drains and pools nearby, and any water coming in the door misses the drains.  The error is only a matter of 1/4 inch most places and maybe a 1/2 inch in spots over a total of 250 square feet of the 2,400 square feet total surface  I have wanted to do something about this problem, but never had the time, energy, or ambition to move everything out of the way, do the research and the driving back and forth.  In the past, finding the right equipment to do a good job economically and simply has been a problem, too.  Another concern is that grinding will destroy the current finish, so whatever we do, we need to be sure to end up with a smooth, sealed floor again.

I did some web searching and made a few phone calls.  At one time, searching was a simple matter, but lately the web has become clogged with sites which merely link to other sites and confuse the search.  Additionally, it is very difficult to confine the search to one city.  I wanted to see just the rental shops in Calgary, but got irrelevant pages from all over North America.  Google is going to have to do something, and soon and I'm going to have to look at other search engines.  Google is a mess.

At any rate, I did find this page and this one and also line up another firm which is not on the web.  I found some videos: grind, polish, stain.  There is lots more out there, too. 

The problem now is

  1. To get the room ready -- that means moving things out of the way or out to the sheds

  2. To identify and line up the necessary equipment and supplies

    • To grind down to the correct profile

    • To polish the surface once that is done

    • To seal and finish the concrete

  3. To find the time to do it and make sure that (hopefully) only one trip to Calgary and back is necessary to get and return the equipment.

  4. Consider hiring help since the machines are rented by the 24-hr period and each trip to town takes about three or four hours by the time all is said and done.

I don't know when I am likely to get all this done, but I am thinking about it.

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Friday April 29th 2011

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High winter losses experienced in Manitoba northwest region, Dauphin area, 60-80 %,no mites, lots of feed.. baffling the keepers and the prov apiarist
> If adding individual frames of foundation to an established hive (i.e.... replacing a frame that's garbage/drone/etc), where is the best spot in the hive to put the new frame of foundation?

Unless the bees are building comb well, I place them in the outside positions. In spring, when time are right, I sometimes place one or two near the middle, but not together.

> Any particular position that's better/worse?

... This letter is continued in the forum

The new snow is gone now, but drifts still remain from the winter. Today is looking dull.  A good day to work inside or go to town.

I'm getting hives from this fellow.  Like us, they are running six weeks late!

That may or may not matter.  I recall one year when a friend of mine had the worst-looking bees in Late May.  I thought he would never get a crop, but in August he got tired of extracting every day, all day and I had to give him a hand loading all the full drums.  It was the best year he ever had.

I have been writing on BEE-L a bit today.

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Saturday April 30th 2011

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I spent the day doing websites and cleaning up the basement and writing on BEE-L a bit too much.

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