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Tuesday November 20th 2012
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Jon, Ellen. and I went to El Morro again today, this time to see Kalle's presentation. After, we returned home.  Then I went to Target to buy some clothes and tried kiting again at Eastwing, but there was not enough to lift the kite.

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment
 that something else is more important than fear.
Ambrose Redmoon

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Wednesday November 21st 2012
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Ellen, Jon, Katrina, Kalle, Savanna, and I went to the Mission San Juan Capistrano, then to McDonalds for lunch.  After lunch, the others went home and I dropped Ellen at the Mission again, then went to Capistrano Beach in hopes of finding wind to fly a kite.  No luck.

From there, we bought groceries and went home.  I drove to Moulton Meadows after that in hopes of finding wind, but there was not enough to lift the kites.

To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.
Abraham Maslow

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Thursday November 22nd 2012
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US Thanksgiving Day

The day was spent in preparation for the dinner and visiting.  We had eight at the table, Jon, Katrina, Kalle, Ell, me, Sarah, her friend Lisa and daughter Paige.  The meal was ready at three and we were finished by five.  Then we watched Men in Black II, then MIB I.

For what I have received may the Lord make me truly thankful.
And more truly for what I have not received.
Storm Jameson

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Friday November 23rd 2012
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One more day and we return home.  The days here are warm and quite a contrast to the weather at home, where the temperatures are consistently just below freezing these days.  I noticed that my weather station went down and it appears by the trace that it quit on Tuesday night.  I wonder what happened.  Shirley reports the temperature in the house is fine and Matt put on some coal yesterday. 

Could be that we had a short power failure.  The battery on that laptop only lasts five minutes and is due for replacement.  I have the new battery with me.

We fly at noon tomorrow and should be home by suppertime tomorrow.

After lunch, we all went to the Sawdust Festival.

We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit
Aristotle

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Saturday November 24th 2012
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I always wake up early on a travel day, and today was no exception.  I awoke at 4:58.  I had intended to waken at 6 local, but time zones tend to get me mixed up.  I woke up at 6 MST.

We have a one-hour drive to LAX, but have to drop the car, so we'll leave around 8.The drive went smoothly and we were at the gate two hours early.  We lifted off just after noon and were picking up our van in Calgary by 4:30. 

After buying fuel and groceries in  Airdrie, we drove to Irricana to pick up Zippy at John and Mavis' place.  We stayed for chili and then drove home.  All was well there.

Gasoline in Airdrie was 94.9 after discounts.   That was cheaper by about 40˘/gallon than we paid in los Angeles.

 A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
Baltasar Gracian

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Sunday November 25th 2012
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One month until Christmas

This was a relaxing day, recovering from the trip.  Jean and family came down for lunch.  Chris and I did the one-mile walk mid-afternoon with the dogs.  (They now have a puppy).

Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children;
now I have six children and no theories.
John Wilmot

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Monday November 26th 2012
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I didn't do much of anything today, other than run to town to pick up some parcels and get a few groceries.  I did, however, discover that the truck would not start after a night colder than  minus ten.  I'll have to plug it in if I expect to need it.  Sometime, I'll have to check the glow plugs, too.

I also spent a lot of time researching kites and snowkiting on the Internet, and even bid for several on eBay.  I signed up for some lessons, too.

Joe and Oene came by for supper.  We had an excellent roast of beef.

What the world needs is more geniuses with humility;
there are so few of us left.
Oscar Levant

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Tuesday November 27th 2012
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  In the morning, the gasfitter came by and we discussed the routing for the gas piping and the scheduling.  Ellen and I began the job of designing and marking the layout and researching the units to install.

Mid-afternoon, Zip and I did the one-mile walk.

My pessimism extends to the point of even suspecting the sincerity of the pessimists.
Jean Rostand

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Wednesday November 28th 2012
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We continued the research.  I also discussed the upcoming boat purchase with Colin.

I also spent a lot of time deleting spammers from the HoneyBeeWorld.com forum.  No Spam was actually published to the board, but I am flooded by bogus registrations and the moderation queue fills with bogus posts.  Seems the spammers can even defeat the reCaptcha protection. I may have to resort to manual registration.

Mid-afternoon, Zip and I did the one-mile walk.  In our walk, we go by the south yard and see a few dead bees on the snow, but no action at the entrances.

When it warms, I should put more pillows on top of the remaining hives, add a second brick, and maybe close up a few auger holes.  At this time of year, keeping the colonies cool is beneficial, but later, after the winter solstice, brood rearing will increase and more protection from the winds will be beneficial.

Although one brick is usually enough, we did have quite a few lids blow off when we had a big wind last fall.  With two bricks on each hive, I have never lost a lid to wind.  I use the 8X4 Holland pavers from Home Depot.  They are solid, uniform in weight, don't roll, and have many uses besides their function as lid weights.

At the time I bought these bricks, they were 40˘ each.  They are now listed at 79˘.  They don't age, and they can be used for walkways or driveways just the same as when I bought them 12 years ago, so I have had a return of 97.5% on that investment, or 6% per annum -- better than the stock market returns over that time, with much less volatility.

A single idea, if it is right, saves us the labor of an infinity of experiences.
Jacques Maritain

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Thursday November 29th 2012
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Nothing much happening here today except researching heating components and a walk outside.

Just the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
Carl Sagan

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Friday November 30th 2012
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This morning, I went out and got the snow blower from the shed, filled it with gas and started it up.  Starting it was not easy and after a few pulls, I was glad for the electric start. 

It finally started OK, but the engine cycles when not under load.  I assume there is a fuel problem, but these little engines use an air-vane governor, and it could be the governor.    I'll have to pull the shroud and look if the problem does not clear up after a bit of use.  I suppose I should check the fuel shut-off.

As it turned out, there was not enough snow to justify blowing, but the unit is now out of storage and ready if it is needed while I am away. 

There is enough snow to snowboard behind a kite, though, and a wind of about 5 to 10 MPH, making me regret I had not ordered the kite I had been looking at from Edmonton. .  The day is cool and overcast, though and not too pleasant.

I spent the afternoon at odd tasks, including finalizing my offer on Cassiopeia, the same boat I had offered on before.  The original buyers had backed out when  a survey revealed some problems.  I am not concerned since the offer includes a holdback for the required work.

> I don't know what I don't know and at my advancing age it would
> be nice to limit mistakes.

The most basic and essential advice for anyone with hopes of becoming a successful professional beekeeper is to _ignore_ the ideas and advice commonly circulated by small-time beekeepers, especially those who try to be different and make things more complex than necessary and follow only advice and suggestions from successful professional beekeepers. That good advice is generally offered quietly and without the evangelism that accompanies the propaganda circulated by the various beekeeping cults.

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The main keys to achieving success in any business that depends on livestock are very simple.

The first rule for anyone who keeps livestock and is serious about doing a proper job, with profitability and success as the goal, is to ensure his/her livestock is properly fed at all times, with feed reserves on hand.

The second rule is to keep all livestock in good health and avoid wasting time and resources on livestock which does not show promise. Culling losers promptly is essential to success.

Colony starvation begins long before the bees run right out of feed. As the amount of stores in the hives dwindle, bees forage more desperately and brood rearing is cut back, resulting in disease and reduced populations.

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Failure to feed livestock that is approaching starvation is an indication of the worst sort of ignorance and lack of competence. In advanced societies, starving livestock is illegal, and even criminal.

For some reason, bees seem to be an exception and many incompetent beekeepers promote various abuses of honey bees. Maintaining inadequate reserves in hives is one of the most widespread abuses and the cause of a great deal of colony loss and disease.

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Beekeeping basics are really simple -- too simple for many it seems.

* Keep the colonies healthy and treat or eliminate any which are not.

* Provide good housing for the colonies with appropriate room for the population and time of year.

* Feed any colonies that may come anywhere close to running out during a dearth generously, and well in advance. The time to feed for dearths and/or winter is as soon as any honey flows are over and any surplus is removed. The weights should be checked again after several months.

We’ve heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know that is not true.
Robert Wilensky

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