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Sunday February 10th 2013
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I spent the day at the Boat Show and by the end of the day, my feet were killing me. I had borrowed some walking boots from Ron since I had brought only winter boots.   I'm also out of shape and not used to walking so much, especially on hard surfaces.  I took full advantage of the False Creek Ferries as I had parked at Stamps, a 20-minute walk from Granville Island.

I visited Cassiopeia where she was up in the hard having some work done.  I knew when I bought her that there was some minor structural damage from a grounding and the previous owner had prepaid the repair. 

Cooper are boat building experts, so I am confident that the boat will be as good as new or better.  In fact, in the process of doing the repair they found some factory defects and repaired them.

I see there are still some cosmetic items that need attention and the prop needs polishing.

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Monday February 11th 2013
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I started the day with a breakfast meeting at Granville Island.  This time, I parked on First Street where there are a few free spots not too far from the Island, then took the free shuttle to the Dome and spent the day wandering around and taking in some of the information sessions.  

At the end of the day. I retuned to Granville Island and looked at a few new boats then returned to Ron's for supper.  This time I wore my snow boots.  They were warm, but have arch supports and fit properly, so I was not uncomfortable.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority,
it is time to pause and reflect.
Mark Twain

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Tuesday February 12th 2013
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I'm hoping to meet with Cassiopeia's maintenance people today.

I did go to Granville Island and met with Nancii to pay a bill and sign a contract and with Dave to discuss the repairs.  The hull repairs are nearly finished and the cosmetic work is all that is left/ Later, the keel will be removed and rebedded.

Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn.
Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Wednesday February 13th 2013
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I had breakfast and drove to YVR, retuned my car and flew back to YYC.  IN Calgary, I checked out a few used sporting goods stores for used powder skis, but could not find anything appealing.  I then bought $300 worth of groceries and returned home.  I was tired.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things  that you didn't do than by
the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
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Thursday February 14th 2013
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Ellen and I drove to Calgary for a routine visit with her doctor.  On the way home, we stopped to spend some time at Crossiron Mills.  I bought a helmet for snowkiting and skiing and checked out their new skis which just went on clearance.  I may just buy some powder skis.

I have another kiting lesson tomorrow, so need a helmet.  Those are the rules.

If you are going through hell, keep going.
Sir Winston Churchill

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Friday February 15th 2013
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I have to meet Patrick at Weed Lake at 11 for kiting.  The wind is promising at 11, but predicted to be dying by 4.

I drove to Weed Lake and found that I was facing a 3/4-mile cross country hike over packed snow to get to the kiting site.  On downhill skis, that is a quite a trek.  There were three others plus the instructor.

Once we arrived out on the Lake, we found there was barely enough wind to fly the trainers.  I had more experience than the others, so found I was coaching at times.

After flying the the trainers for a while, the wind picked up a bit and we took out two larger kites, a Concept Air 7 and and 8.5.  We flew them for a while to learn how to handle them, then I put on my skis and took a ride.  By then, it was late afternoon, the temperature was plus five in bright sun and the snow was soft.  I had stripped off my outerwear hours ago and was in shirtsleeves.

Riding skis under the kite was much easier than I had expected.  Although I had expected to be pulled downwind, I found that I had no trouble returning to the starting point and even cruising upwind.

By then my legs were tiring and I was getting late for supper.  I made the trek back out to my van and returned home.   Meijers were there already, so I finished cooking supper -- Ellen had done the roast -- and we had supper and a visit.

Many wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions.
Frank Lloyd Wright

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Saturday February 16th 2013
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 After a day of exercise, I slept really well last night.  At 4:30 this morning I found myself wide awake and was surprised to find out I am not sore or tired after yesterday's exertion. My legs are a bit weak, but that will pass.  In fact, I am less sore than after the first day of walking around the Vancouver Boat Show last week. I also note that I got a touch of sunburn yesterday.  It seems that I got more sun yesterday than I did in the eight days I spent in the Virgin Islands last month.

It is time to start thinking about bees again.  I have several people who want to pick up hives this weekend.  Frankly, my heart is not in it, but maybe once I get outside and looking into the hives, my interest will return.  I do want to sell most of my hives before June as I don't want to be tied down with weeks of bee work this summer.  I'll split the ones I keep and build back up.

About now, I should be able to get an idea of what my winter survival will be.  One month from now, I should be putting on patties and inserting a strip or two of Apivar.  I've given up on playing around with oxalic acid for now.  Apivar works.

After lunch, I went out and located the tire chains for the Super Duty 4x4.  I found a pair that fit right away and put them on the front.  Without chains, that truck goes nowhere in snow since the tires are a closed tread design -- for highway, not snow or back country.  I'll put some chains on the back, too if we go ski-joring.

After that, I gave the North Yard a quick check and found that I have ten good hives, six so-so colonies and 2 dead.  I am not really impressed with the yard, but I did sell the two best hives earlier, so the results are not as bad as they seem.  Just glancing in quickly, it seems to me that they may need to have the feed rearranged a bit.  The hives have weight, but if the feed is not up top, the bees might not get to it.

I took a run down the property and looked at the South Yard.  The first four-pack didn't look good.  I'm thinking I'll probably have 50% losses.  The Quonset Yard looks better, though.

Give me chastity and continence, but not yet.
Saint Augustine

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Sunday February 17th 2013
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Today is windy and overcast.   I may fly a kite, but my legs a e still sore form that cross-country hike on skis. Downhill skis do not allow the heel to rise and long hikes on downhill skis are hard on the legs. That trek, hurried in both directions, stretched my calf muscles.

Jean and family are coming for lunch.  They don't seem to be worried about the blowing snow warning.

We had macaroni for lunch and Nathan blew out the candles on his cake with Mckenzie's help.  Then jean, Nathan, Mckenzie and I went out to fly kites inn the  MPH winds.  The wind proved to be gusty.

They left for home at 3 and I had a long nap after they left.

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote
Ben Franklin

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Monday February 18th 2013
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I'm still tired today, and spent the morning writing letters, including one regarding my concerns about ongoing boat repairs. but did go out around noon for two hours of kiting. 

I quit at two, just as the wind steadied out it seems from my wind charts (right).  the wind got strong enough that I strapped on my snowboard, but there was not enough power to move me and I gave up.

The wind was strong, but gusty. I flew both the HQ and the albatross.  The HQ behaved well, bit I had a lot of trouble with the Albatross. The shape seems wrong and it was uncontrollable.  Either something has slipped or something has stretched.   Either way I have to examine it when the wind is not trying to wrap the kite around me or blow it down the field.

After some correspondence today, it seems that I will be skippering my boat out of Sidney up towards Nanaimo on the Cooper Boating Easter Bunny Flotilla March 28th with 5 others on board.  I'll get at least a week of sailing in on Cassiopeia in March.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan

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Tuesday February 19th 2013
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Ellen is not feeling well today.  It could be due to her illness, or it could be something that has been going around.  I was very tired this week.

This afternoon, I drove to Airdrie and did a little shopping, then drove to Costco and bought a few items including a new floor jack and some coasters for moving the snowmobile around the shop.  The snowmobile has been sitting downstairs for a few years and although it does run, something is wrong with the drive.  It will probably take less than five hours to fix it, but I just have not gotten a round tuit. 

Being able to move it around the shop will be a first step in cleaning up that space, and that job really needs doing.  Next, I need to rig the hoist I bought six years ago so that I can lift heavy things like this onto a bench for easier access.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
Martin Luther King Jr.

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