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Background image -- Clipping a branch to carry the swarm to a more convenient spot

 

Thursday July 20th 2017

Today Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon with 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm late this afternoon. Local smoke. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High 30. UV index 6 or high.
Tonight Partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers this evening then clear. Risk of a thunderstorm this evening. Hazy. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 12.

I woke up groggy.  Allergies again, I guess. I tend to forget that cutting grass causes sleep problems and congestion.  I took an Allegra-D and suddenly my mind clears.

I came across a picture of The Old Shoolhouse taken when we bought it in 1968.  I scanned it and went out to take a picture from the same spot.  Amazing!  I can't even see the building anymore.

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1968                                                                        2017

People forget.  The sixties and seventies here were hot and dry. Farmers were lucky to get a crop. Beekeepers were dried out and sometimes did not even extract in southern and central Alberta, and chemical sprays killed entire bee yards routinely.  Furadan was in use and we found dead birds everywhere,  The runoff killed the fish in the local fishing hole. We planted trees and a garden and although we could garden with watering, trees often did not make it. Local lakes dried up.

Then the climate changed for the better and since then, we have had more rain.  And, as we see, the trees grew to the point where it is dark in the house and I am going to have to start cutting out the volunteer poplars that are springing up everywhere and trimming the big ones.

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I'm doing some tidying and have decided to try a trip to Meijers to pick up some supers they extracted and have b3enn in storage there.  My hives are plugged and need supers.

Guess what.  The truck would not start and no amount of fiddling would get it to run.  This most frustrating as my cleanup and beekeeping efforts depend on it.  I don't know what to do. The connector (below) shows some dark spots, so maybe I need to examine them closely.  The problem is access.  That's me peeking in to where the connector is located. (right)

I could get another ECU on the chance that the bad connection is in it.  If the problem is in the harness or connector, that is almost impossible to fix as access to it is very difficult.  It is hidden under other parts that would be difficult to remove.

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Friday July 21st 2017
Two months until fall
Five months until winter

Today Increasing cloudiness this morning. Wind becoming northwest 30 km/h this afternoon. High 22. UV index 5 or moderate.
Tonight Clearing this evening. Low 12.

I got up at 0600 and had breakfast and went back to bed and slept until 0900.  BG is 5.8, PB 118/72. Weight 213.6

Today is going to be about 22 and breezy.  I'm waiting for stinking hot weather so I can use the pool.  I suppose I should add a propane heater, but have not gotten around to it.  Frankly, I', surprised that this pool has lasted as well as it has. I've had it for five years.

I was groggy, having overdone it again last night. Between five in the afternoon yesterday and bedtime, I emptied two bottles of wine.  I keep telling myself not to do that. 

Looking for reasons, I find I am highly stressed and feel under time pressure.  That is ridiculous, of course, because I do not have to be anywhere or do anything, but I feel I should spend time with my grandkids and my mother wants company.  I also have boats to use and vehicles and beehives that need attention...  I think I should spend ten days in meditation and the opportunity is there, but I can't take the time.  I know, I am really being silly.

Since I arrived home days ago, I have kept to myself.  I had thought I might go to Gull Lake or have barbeque, but have enjoyed just being alone here.

Last night, I committed to do two deliveries on the West Coast in late August and September.  I also decided I am staying here until the beginning of August.  I need to unwind and settle.  Be here now.  Mindfulness...

On Facebook this morning...

Facebook is a real time-waster and I hate how the mobile app has morphed.  Ads and suggestions are poked at me and when I turn off notifications, updates turn them back on.  On desktop and laptop computers, I use a special bookmarked URL to circumvent the filters FB uses to decide what I want to see or not.  Try https://www.facebook.com/?sk=h_chr , then www.facebook.com and see the difference.

The day is overcast and breezy. I'm going to clean house a bit today and maybe do some yard work. I'll spend time at this desk, too, catching up.

I'm wondering when I split the hives I did.  That is one problem with not doing the diary.  I can't look back to see. Fortunately, though, I do have breadcrumb trail of pictures and emails to help me decipher the past.

What I'm wondering right now is when I split hives so I can guess when they should have queens.  I don't want t disturb them much until the queens are mated.  Adding supers won't hurt, but moving them around could confuse queens out on a mating flight.  Breaking boxes apart while the queens are still in cells invariably ruins a few cells and sometimes the one that matters.

Looking back, I see I worked the south yard on Thursday July 6th 2017 and Friday July 7th 2017.  That means cells made after that are due to hatch shortly and should be mated in a week.  Of course, some hives had already begun cells, so they should be ahead of the rest.

I still have to reverse and split several more in the south and I really should super the hives.

What many new beekeepers do not realise is that if hives are not supered, they may or may not swarm, but they will plug up, fatten combs, then do nothing. 

Opening the hive and looking in, all will look fine, but the owner may not realize that several supers would have been filled had they been placed on in time. 

Moreover supers stacked on late may be ignored as the bees will have surrounded the brood with capped honey and be less inclined to go up than if they had had the space when the brood was near the top bars.

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Saturday July 22nd 2017

Today Mainly sunny. High 30. Humidex 31. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Clear. Low 14.

I spent the morning at the desk catching up -- still.  Almost there. 

At noon, Dawn phoned and I booked myself for four powerboat deliveries at the end of August and in September. I am still deciding on EAS.  EAS is always a great party, but going would stress my schedule. I'd fly to Sudbury, drive to New York, then drive down to Delaware, spend four days and then drive back to Round lake, go tubing on the Sacandaga, and back to Sudbury to spend a week or so and then fly back to either home or Sidney. I'll be on the coast for almost three weeks doing the deliveries and checking out my boats.

It's not hot today and I was hoping for some real heat to warm up the pool.

I worked at the desk until after lunch, then decided to drive west to Bert's, the Mill, or Mike and Liz's to see what's up.  I arrived at Bert's and woke him up from a nap.  He came out on deck and said the ladies were coming over at four for supper and I should stay, so I did.

Fen, Maddie and Lorelee arrived and we had a pleasant supper on the deck.  At eight, I drove home.

Looking across the pond, I see at least one big swarm.

Bonus!  A split without any effort and maybe extra queens.

I'll get them first thing tomorrow.

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Sunday July 23rd 2017

Today Mainly sunny. Increasing cloudiness late this afternoon. High 31. Humidex 33. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers early this evening. Showers or a few thunderstorms beginning this evening and ending overnight. Clearing before morning. Risk of a thunderstorm early this evening. Amount 5 to 10 mm. Wind becoming north 30 km/h gusting to 60 near midnight then light overnight. Low 10.

I awoke at six, but dozed until nine. I suppose the first job is to catch the swarm.

Ooops!  Looking out, I see the swarm is gone.  Must have left at dusk last night.  Sometimes they do that  They were there at 2030, but sundown is at 2135.

I see scout bees around my house now, though, so there must be another swarm about to move, so I'll go looking in the yards.

First, though, I booked a flight to Sudbury. 

I see that Air Canada has lots of empty seats on that route and Westjet very few.  I also noticed that in Sudbury last time that Air Canada has taken to flying Q400s to Sudbury instead of the little Dash 8s they flew when Westjet was not flying that route.

When AC had a monopoly, they constricted availability.  Now that WJ is on the route, there are two Q400s on each flight -- they fly at similar times.  People are not stupid, though.  We have come to hate Air Canada and fly WJ at every opportunity.

The owls are still on the pond edge.  I wonder what they find?  Small birds? Mice? Skunks?  I don't think these two are big enough to take a skunk, but I see no signs of the skunk lately.  We did have an owl try to take my big cat Amos once, but these little guys are not big enough.

Nope.  The swarm was still there so I shook it into a hive.  Some went back up onto the branch, so I cut the branch off and laid it on the top box.  That is always the best way to make sure they don't fly back up.

Then I spotted another, smaller swam on a honeysuckle.  I set up a hive and cut off the branch, then laid it on the empty hive.  I then shook it and noticed some comb on the branch.  At first I thought it was fresh comb, but it was brittle and must have been there from a previous swarm.

While I watched, they re-swarmed and flew over where the other swarm was entering the boxes and settled nearby on a pallet of wraps, attracted by the smell and action of the other swam moving in.

 

     

   

I decided to try to combine them. 

I did not want the second queen to go under the pallet, so I set up the hive to be shared between them.  We'll see how that goes.

I was going to get a frame with open brood to hold them and attract the queens, but never got around to it.

Finally, it is hot enough for me.  I cut grass around the hives and played with the swarms, then had a dip in the pool.  I also unloaded the lids and floors that had been on my van trailer and hooked it up.  If my truck won't work, I'll go back to the old faithful.  I really need my supers from Meijers.

That done, I decided to go up to see Jean and family, so I drove up in time for supper and stayed the night.

Allergies have been bothering me.  I figured it was the wine, but the problem is allergies.  Probably from the mowing and maybe a damp basement or something I ate.  I took an Allegra-D and suddenly my head cleared, so that was a clear indicator. 

I took it in the afternoon, though.  They claim to work for twelve hours, but everyone is different and my liver must be working well at clearing toxins and drugs because I am lucky to get ten.  I plugged up again during the night and as a result, I slept six hours, fitfully.  I think my careless eating ands drinking exacerbated the problem, though.  When I plug up at night, I 'm groggy and don't have the presence of mind to take a pill.

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Monday July 24th 2017

Today Mainly sunny. Wind north 20 km/h. High 23. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight A few clouds. Wind north 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low 9.

I woke at six and slept a while longer, then got up.  Chris was gone to his course and the others weren't up yet so I read articles on my phone.

Is it just me, or is it getting so there is no interesting news and if one medium covers a story, shortly they all do. Boring.

We had hoped to go out on the boat, -- I have not been on it this year --  but the wind was blowing hard and the morning was cool, so I went home and bought groceries along the way.  I have decided to have a barbeque before I go east again, so I stocked up.

It seems odd to me, now that am almost a vegetarian -- except lately -- that I am hosting a meat meal. That's what we do, though. especially if we want to be outdoors. I suppose I could ask everyone over for salad and vegetable stew, but it would not have the same appeal, or so I think.

I got home and was uncharacteristically energetic and inspired.  I hooked up the lights on the trailer in preparation to go to Meijers.  Of course, they did not work right.  One worked and the other did not. When I did get it working, the brake and running light elements were switched.  Someone had put a bulb in upside down. It seemed to be something that would take a minute or two, but after an hour, I finally had them working properly.

By then it was after four.  I was supposed to be there by then. I also realized that the wind was really gusting.  My app said 24 knots in Three Hills from the northwest and returning, I would be driving west, so I'd have a headwind pushing the van and trailer around tearing the wrapping off the stacks. 

I called Joe and begged off and we agreed I'll have my barbeque tomorrow so they can drop off the boxes for me on the one trip.

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by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
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Tuesday July 25th 2017
Five months until Christmas

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Clearing this morning. High 27. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Clear. Low 13.

I slept seven hours, but woke up every hour.  I think it is due the allergy medicine. At least I was not stuffed up. I weigh 213.2 and BG is 6.0 BP is 117/75. All good.

This is barbeque day.  So far, I don't have too many responses to my text, so I'll have to phone around. 

I have my work cut out for me. I plan to finish my house cleaning.  Having people over always inspires me to tidy and organise.  Otherwise, my place starts to look like an old bachelor lives here.

I also plan do some bee work in preparation for having supers to put on.

I'll reverse colonies again and split the ones I haven't if they need it.  The hives are plugged, so if I don't reverse before putting on supers, the colonies many not be inspired to move up. Reversing places brood near the top bars in the top box and opens up and honey barrier.  Will I use excluders?  Maybe.  They are useful and immediately after reversing, the bees usually go right through them, especially if a a frame of brood is moved up into the super.  I'd pick a newer looking frame with open brood to draw nurse bees up, and preferably freshly drawn.

I'm not too worried about one brood frame in an occasional super since I have used very few chemicals and never coumaphos.

It is a bit late to allow colonies to raise new queens, so I'll use any cells I find and plan of combining any weak colonies in fall.

The house cleaning is going well.  I had gotten to thinking that the job would take weeks and I suppose it could if I washed the baseboards, etc. etc., but just getting the place respectable is not that bad.  Vacuum, wash floors, wipe surfaces, wash the bedding, shake out the dog beds, trim plants, remove obvious clutter -- half-finished and abandoned projects, etc. -- and that does the trick. I have until 6PM, but should be ready sooner as sometimes people come early.

I did a cleaning blitz and it is amazing the change. I vacuumed the major areas and trimmed plants, washed the kitchen floor and did the bathroom again. I was still vacuuming when Jean and the kids arrived, but finished by five-thirty.

My friends arrived over the next hour and half.  We barbequed at eight and everyone left around dusk.  There were fifteen of us in total.

I served smokies and hamburgers.  The hamburgers included some with a beef/pork blend I found at No Frills.  Reports were that it was good, but actually, I ate fruit and pie and chips, but never did get around to eating a burger or smokie.

My friends were going to bring me back my supers, but just remembered at the last minute and came without, so I have a trip to make tomorrow.

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined 
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Wednesday July 26th 2017

Today Sunny. Wind becoming south 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High 33. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight Clear. Wind southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low 17.

I slept in, having overindulged last night and got ready to drive over to get the supers.  I arrived just before noon, loaded and drove home the long way, thorough Trochu as I wanted to get some refrigerant for my air conditioning.  I had discovered that it was not blowing cold on the way over and without A/C, a van on a sunny summer day is a hothouse.

I arrived home in the heat of the day and decided to nap. I slept an hour and a half. After, I cleaned up the kitchen and while I was putting things away I received a call from Colin.  Apparently the insurance payment for my sunken boat is coming soon.  I was beginning to wonder.

After, I went out and tried charging the A/C, with no luck.  I was doing everything right -- I checked on YouTube -- but maybe my gauges are not working right.

I then went out and unloaded boxes in the south yard, but decided to leave the hive work for tomorrow.

By now the queens should be mated and laying in the splits I made three weeks ago. I worked the south yard on Thursday July 6th 2017 and Friday July 7th 2017.

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by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
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All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Thursday July 27th 2017

Today Mainly sunny. High 36. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Clear this evening then partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers overnight. Risk of a thunderstorm overnight. Wind becoming northwest 40 km/h gusting to 60 this evening then diminishing to 20 gusting to 40. Low 13.

Today is predicted to be a hot one at 36 Celsius. I have supers to put on, so I want to get out early.

I had breakfast of oatmeal porridge at eight and went out to work.  At ten I was getting hot, so had a swim and came in for a break.

I find that if I stay in the pool until the water stops feeling cool, I am cooled down enough to stand a lot of heat and sun for and hour or so before I begin to overheat again.  That way, I can work in comfort in the hottest parts of the day. 

When we were in pollination, we were usually near canals and would jump into a canal -- suit and all-- and that would make the heat bearable. We also carried clean water in buckets and would pour water over our heads sometimes.

For the extracting crew, I had an old honey tank filled with water beside a dock and the kids would jump into the cold water between loads.

The work is going quickly.  The hives are not coming on as fast as I expected and remember from when I actively managed them. For one thing, these hives have been plugged with honey from last year and that has restricted the queens and I have either split the strong ones or they have swarmed.

I have a few more hives to split.  It is getting late in the season, but most have capped queen cells, so if I don't wreck the cells pulling boxes off, the splits should get queenright fairly quickly. This is not the way to manage for honey production, but as I have mentioned, I have too much honey.  I'm just raising bees.


Van and Trailer viewed looking across my bee truck deck.

   

Left: The swarm with supers and an excluder.
Centre: My lids fit down properly on both standard wood and EPS boxes.
Right: The easy way to separate boxes that are well glued together.  Smoke the bees top and bottom. Lay hive down on its back and use two hive tools to open the gap.  Place a floor in front and place each box on it when scraped to catch the flying bees.  Scraping bottom and top bars is best done with the boxes on end as the bees tend to run up and not cluster on the top and bottom bars if smoked lightly as you work.  Also, scraps fall onto the ground.  Try it.  You'll like it.

After a noon break, I went back out in to the noonday sun and worked all except the last hive. 

I'm seeing that the need for supers was not as desperate as I might have thought, but it is two weeks until I'm back and a lot can happen in that time during the summer.

During the party the other night, I left doors open and now I have flies in the house. 

In recent yearsw, flies have not been a problem due to fewer livestock operations nearby, but I recall in the last millennium houseflies were a sign of a honeyflow.  Flies in house = honeyflow.

I used to screen the doors and spray for flies in the house several times a week they were so bad, but in recent years, I have had fewer flies and fly ribbons are sufficient to control them. 

I have experimented with location and ribbons in the middle of a space catch more than ribbons in corners.  (See picture)

I know.  Ribbons are ugly and the more flies are on them, making them uglier, the better they catch more flies.  It is a quiet, low-cost, non-chemical solution to the problem.

I've pretty well decided to skip the New York and EAS trip.  We'll see how I feel once in Sudbury, but I've been running too hard for too long and need to relax a bit. Having said that, I think I'll take a nap during the hottest part of the day.

These days, I wear a tulle veil.  It is a very flimsy, basic veil made of the stuff that widow's veils or wedding veils were made of in past days as a hold over from earlier times when Christian women in many sects were subjected to similar expectations that some Moslem women are today -- head covered and/or face covered under some circumstances, modesty, restrictions on movement and marriage, etc, etc...

A tulle veil does not offer a lot of protection.  Mostly, I want a light, cool veil that keeps bees from stinging me around the eyes.  Around the eyes is the only place that affects me, it seems.

I don't take good selfies, do I?  Either that or I really look like that. I can smile sometimes, though.  Honest.

I had that nap, then I went out again and finished the hives.  After that, I began on the swarms that had moved into old equipment stacks. 

I really made a sad mess of the first one (right). 

I underestimated how much empty space was in the boxes and how much brood they had in tender new comb.  It was unsalvageable. What a waste. 

Had I been paying better attention, I would just have stacked on boxes of good comb and waited for the colony to move up, which they always do.
For the next swarm (left and right) I was smarter and just put two supers above. 

I'll wait.

This has been a hot day  by local standards, but not hot compared to Puerto Vallarta a few weeks ago.  I love it, actually.  Having the pool nearby saves the day. I've been in and out three or four times and the day is not over.

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined 
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Friday July 28th 2017

Today Clearing. High 27. UV index 8 or very high.
Tonight Partly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers this evening with risk of a thunderstorm. Clearing before morning. Low 13.

I slept very poorly, waking up every hour or so and finally got up at 2. I had breakfast, and tried going back to sleep. At 3, I decided I might as well just get up and get packed so I had a cup of coffee and did a bit of packing and then went back to sleep until 6.

At 6 I got up and finished packing, did a few chores around the place, and drove to Airdrie. From Airdrie I took a cab to the airport, arriving in plenty of time.

My flight was uneventful, however, now that I am WestJet Gold they had upgraded me to the Plus Class, giving me more room, free meals, and free drinks. That was nice.

My Sudbury flight left pretty well as soon as I got to Toronto and I was in Sudbury by 6. The shuttle took me to 1207, and I visited with Mom for a while, then went to bed early.

On the flight down I watched a couple of movies. Live at Night, and Affleck film. It wasn't too bad. Then I started watching Casablanca all over again. Every time I watch Casablanca, I see something new. What a fantastic movie!

When I arrived at 1207 I realized that somehow I left my laptop computer at home. I must have left the computer on the table. That is going to cause me some problems seeing as I write the diary on the laptop but I will dictate it into my tablet and post later,  guess.

I have some business to do as well and I don't know how well that'll go do using just the tablet.

 We'll see.

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined 
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Saturday July 29th 2017

I slept better last night and this morning I visited with mother a while then went out to start the van. The van started and quit immediately. This happened four or five times and then it wouldn't crank.

What to do? I consulted YouTube and found a video that said this was caused by the van's security system and offered a solution. I tried that solution and the van started perfectly. That was quite a relief as I was thinking this could be a big problem. I want to launch my boat and to do that I have to pull it to the lake with the van.

Our neighbors are coming over for coffee at 10 then I have to find out if the outboard is going to work and if it does, it's off to the lake. Last time I was here at there was some doubt whether the pump that cools the motor is working or not.  My somewhat cursory test at the time failed to show water at the telltale.

Speaking of the lake, I tested the water and its reading 22 degrees Celsius which is comfortable swimming so I expect to be in quite a bit today seeing as it's going to be hot.

I went for a swim and checked the outboard again. The water pump was not working.

I spent some time troubleshooting it and found that the outlet hose was blocked by an insect's nest. I cleared that out and it turned out not to be the entire problem. I still was not getting water flow. 

So, I pulled the leg apart again.  That task was giving me a lot of trouble because it just simply didn't want to come apart. I pulled out the bolts and I pried and I twisted but something was keeping it from coming apart enough to access the linkage disconnect point. I researched on YouTube again and got a few ideas.

By then it was time to go out for supper.

Sharon's friends had decided to throw a retirement party for her tonight and it was a surprise. They had wanted Mom to go but she's not very energetic in the evenings so we decided to take Sharon and Mitch out for supper instead.

We were not allowed to tell her why we were taking her out for supper but our plan served her friends purpose of making sure they knew where she was and that she would actually show up at her surprise party which was scheduled to begin right after supper.

Mom and I went back home and I spent the evening looking at YouTube rather than watching Netflix. It's interesting how much useful information there is on YouTube these days and it's probably a more profitable use of my time than watching silly fiction on Netflix.

I found a variety of presentations on diet and insulin sensitivity and I'm coming to the conclusion that nobody really knows anything about anything.

Everyone is totally convinced that his approach is the correct one and has real, live examples of people who accomplished miracles in weight and health following their programme.

What I get out of all this is that everyone's different and probably what works for somebody else might be the wrong solution for others. It's just a matter of finding out what works best for yourself and that's by trial and error.

I also suspect there are charlatans* and liars who can make pretty good videos.

* a person falsely claiming to have a special knowledge or skill; a fraud.
synonyms: quack, sham, fraud, fake, impostor, hoaxer, cheat, deceiver, double-dealer, swindler, fraudster, mountebank;

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined 
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Sunday July 30th 2017

The neighbors came over for coffee in the morning and by the time everyone left it was almost noon. 

The party had been a total surprise for Sharon.  Mitch had laboured weeks getting things ready and her deceptions and ruses explaining her absences had somehow managed to escape detection.

I made lunch, Mom went for a nap, and I went back to work on the boat.

I was still having trouble with the water pump but with some wrestling I got it apart and verified that the Impeller was serviceable. It had a minor crack in one of the fingers but I don't anticipate a big problem with it this year.  I don't have the part and it is Sunday. I'll replace it later on. For now I'm really tired of this thing. I hadn't expected to be working on it for 2 days.

I was done by about 4 so I hooked up the van and drove the boat over to the Bell Park boat launch and set up the Mast and sails.

It have been 2 years or more since I used the boat so it took me a while to sort things out. I also realized it was Sunday afternoon at the end of the day and not the best time to be lined up for the boat ramp seeing as all the boats were returning to be pulled out of the water at the end of the weekend.

At any rate by the time I got the boat ready to run into the water the ramp and cleared and I was able to launch.

Whenever people see this boat I get compliments on it. It is a good-looking boat and I do keep it really clean. It's not quite as clean as I'd like it right now but it does look very good.

Once I got the boat floating and got aboard, I started the engine and motored away from the dock.  Looking back, I was relieved to see a constant stream of water coming out of the telltale, a sign that the water pump was working as expected. I raised the sails and headed for 1207. The neighbors had offered me space at their dock, so that'll save me having to Anchor the boat and swim in something I much appreciate.

I tied up to the dock, put the boat away for the night and went into the house for supper, satisfied that I finally had the boat functioning and in the water. 

It has been quite an ordeal getting to this point.  I washed the boat several times and sorted things several times, but this time, I actually launched. I'd like top put on a layer or two of Poli Glow for shine and to reduce dirt adhesion, but that will have to wait.

If I were less of a perfectionist when it comes to boat prep., I could have launched several times in  the past years, but I like things to look right.

The electrical circuits still need my attention. I have taken the electrical panel apart for some reason I can't remember and I don't know if the battery is holding a charge even though I've had the charger on it for some time and I have a little solar panel that should keep it topped up.

When I go to the north Channel I'm going to want to have lights and especially an anchor light.  If I'm anchored out at night, I should have one for safety although it's not mandatory if I anchor in a designated anchorage.

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined 
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Monday July 31st 2017

I woke up fairly early this morning feeling very groggy.

I had slept the entire night without waking up more than a couple of times but I was congested and I have to assume that that had something to do with what I've been eating the last few days. I haven't been very careful. It's always hard when I'm eating with other people. I noticed my digestion hasn't been quite right either. Maybe I picked up a bug. Who knows?

I had several cups of coffee, put off breakfast for a while, and visited with Mom. Roseanne, Mom's new helper came over for the morning and I had a chance to meet her for the first time.

Then Sharon and Mitch came by to talk about the party and apparently Sharon had not had it clue even though Mitch had spent the previous week working hard making decorations and making arrangements with out-of-town guests and making excuses for Sharon to clean up her house and be around at the right time for the surprise party.

I have to admire people who do that kind of thing but is certainly not my style. For one thing I personally don't like surprises at all and try not to surprise other people. At any rate it was a big success and Sharon very much appreciated it.

The party was to celebrate Sharon retirement and the odd thing is that just has the party was about to take place she was offered a new and quite prestigious job and has accepted it. At any rate she is retired for this week anyhow and then she goes into training for the new job.

I had promised to take Sharon, Mitch and Deb out sailing as soon as I got the boat in the water since they have been watching my boat with great interest for quite some time now, so we agreed to meet at 1 and go for a sail. The morning had been cloudy but we were promised sun around noon and sure enough around noon the sun came out and by 1 they was perfect sailing weather.

Sharon, Mitch and I (Deb would go out later) sailed across the lake and down to Frenchman's Bay then around to Moonlight Beach and then back to the dock. By then it was about supper time for Mom. She likes to eat early at just after 5, so I made supper and while we were having supper Deb phoned and wanted to go sailing tonight. Frankly I was a bit tired but I said sure meet me at the dock at 7 and I went upstairs and slept for an hour.

I met her and her boyfriend, Dennis, at the dock and we sailed back and forth across the lake few times as the wind died as it often does in the evening here in Sudbury.  At the end we motored into the dock and tied up and that was the end of a very very nice day.

I spent the rest of the evening reading news articles, dictating these notes and looking for odds and ends on eBay.

It seems I have lost interest in Netflix and that's a good thing. I always considered the amount of time I watched TV or Netflix to be an indicator of my state of mental health. The more I watch the more I worry about myself.

In my mind if I have spare time and if I find fiction and the nonsense presented in TV series and movies to be more interesting than what I could be doing myself in the real world there is something wrong, and over the last months I've actually watched a fair bit of Netflix, so it's quite a relief to find I am no longer interested, at least for the present.

I came east with plans to do quite a bit including sail in areas I haven't been in before and I find that I'm spending time with this little inexpensive boat and having almost as much fun or maybe more fun in some ways than I do with my West Coast yachts. This trip, I'm doing things I plan to do for quite a few years and that were interrupted by Ellen's illness and my own little medical event several years ago, so I am picking up where I left off in some ways.

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined 
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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