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Background image -- My trailerable sailboat, Carpe Diem, is loaded on the trailer at the end of the 2017 sailing season. From now on, it is west coast or the south for me -- like the Caribbean or the Baja.

 

I haven't written for months now.  I've just have not had the time or the inspiration. The past months have been a blur.  I may fill in a bit as time passes.

Bob and I delivered Mariners Compass from Sidney to Powell River and took a few extra days to visit

Tuesday October 10th 2017

After breakfast, Jack and Jan left for home. Before they left, though, I took my van and trailer over to the ramp and had Jack drive me home so I could take the boat across later to load onto the trailer.

At ten, I received a check-in email from Westjet and  discovered my flight leaves in morning tomorrow at ten, not four in the afternoon as I had thought, running me short on time to prepare the boat for winter.  It takes me several hours to sort and pack things away so that they do not mildew.

For whatever reason --probably the cold I have had for weeks now -- I was feeling extremely fatigued all morning.  I napped and rested, then sailed over to the ramp and put boat on trailer.

It took an hour to load and break down the boat for travel. I was home in time for supper, then did some preparatory work in the evening, but left the wrapping for the morning.  I was too tired to do more.

I went to bed early, intending to rise at three AM to pack and organize before my 0830 airport shuttle.

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.
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Wednesday October 11th 2017

I woke up at two and could not get back to sleep --too much pressure to be ready at 0830 when my shuttle was scheduled to arrive -- so I got up and showered, then got to work washing bedding, packing and waiting for dawn so I could get out and wrap the boat. I was tired, and since I had some extra time, napped a bit until first light.

At first light, I rushed to pack away the boat and was running right down to the 0830 deadline.  I finished the boat with minutes to spare and went up to finish packing when the van arrived five minutes early.  I sent word I'd be a few minutes and I walked out to the van at exactly 0830.  What a panic.

WJ661 landed in Calgary at 2:15.  I had to wait a few minutes for my cab.  Standing out at the curb in shorts and tee, which had been perfect for Sudbury weather, I watched random flakes of snow filter down through the openings in the concrete structure.  The cab finally arrived and I was in Airdrie shortly.  I retrieved at my car, shopped for groceries and was home by 1550.

The house was cool, but the furnace warmed the rooms and I settled in for a few weeks at home.

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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Thursday October 12th 2017
Slept in
Watered plants. Met Ruth in Drum to get Zippy.
Did deskwork.

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Friday October 13th 2017

Walked a mile


Made supper

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accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

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Saturday October 14th 2017

Today, I worked on surveillance cameras and Windows 10. Some of my cameras had deteriorated to the point where part of the images showed purple so I ordered four used ones on eBay.  They arrived while I was away so today I hooked them up. Now, considering various factors, I think the problem was due to the fact that I had aimed some outdoor cameras in a direction where they looked directly at the sun at certain times of day. I'm now aiming them so they don't see much sky, if any.

   

In the afternoon, Zip and I walked the mile down the property and back through town.

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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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Sunday October 15th 2017

Tonight A few clouds. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light late this evening. Low plus 2.

Today I woke up and got the coal bin ready for the load to be delivered today and moved things around the yard.  I tried to start the bee truck, but the gas is old and clogs the carb filter.  I need to pump it all out and add fresh gas with a stabilizer.

I see one of my monstera deliciosas is making fruit. This is pretty rare in the house. My Christmas Cactus are budding, too.

I'm working on the heating system again and maybe I'll actually get it done this time.  I've had a few false starts in the past but the huge added tax on coal may make the decision for me as does the added pressure from my being away so much.  Gas is easier for a caretaker to manage than barrels of ashes.

The coal was delivered and the system is working well.

My weight is up to 218 today, probably (hopefully) mostly water, seeing as it was 213 only three days ago, but I think I am up at least five pounds from my low of 208. My morning BG has been high this last week at 6.8+/- rather than the 6.2 that it has been for years.  It goes up after meals, but when I walk, it drops to 5.4.

I've noticed odd fluctuations in my BG lately.  Last week, I was doing housework and suddenly felt weak and shaky.  I checked BG and it was 3.4, which is about as low as I have ever seen. Why, I don't know.  I do not take insulin and had not done or eaten anything that might account for it. I ate right away and recovered, but found that very unusual.

I hope the anomalies are due to this cold, assuming that is what I am experiencing. Whatever it is has lasted a month off and on, making me tired and affecting my sleep at times. 

I did not walk today, but Fit says I made 5,248 steps and was active for 57 minutes.  I don't know if I believe that.  Maybe.

From the Edmonton Beekeepers discussion...

Oxalic treatment record

DARN
Oct 13
I recently had the opportunity to see and treat a truly disastrous mite
infestation. Each line is a record of the mite drops each day after an
oxalic acid treatment.
 
August 29:         858, 254, 254,254, 237, 237, 237, 237, 334, 296, 188, 238
Sept 10              2805, 753, 388, 191, 215, 198, 205
Sept 17              2428, 1077, 467, 325, 112, 144, 166
Sept 24              1121, 871, 347, 270, 174,
Sept 29               691, 266, 62, 16, 21
Oct    4                9, 29, 27, 9, 4, 4, 4, 4,
 
It is hard to draw any conclusions from this, although it appears that
vaporizing every 5th day is more effective than every 7th day. It  also
seems that the vapour kills the mites almost immediately and loses its
effect very quickly.
Best regards,
Donald Aitken
 
me (Allen Dick)
Oct 14
Interesting numbers. Thanks for sharing.
I wonder why the number of drop boards is not the same throughout, being 12, 7, 7, 5, 5, & 8.
I did some tests back in 2012, summarized here.  http://www.honeybeeworld.com/diary/files/drop.htm
All those test hives survived, and were spilt-table in spring
FWIW, some years previous to that report, I had hives that survived and thrived for years with just one oxalic drizzle each fall and no other treatment. 
I suspect that I must have had accidentally and unknown to me had some varroa tolerant bees, though, because after I brought in new stock, varroa got out of control.
 
DARN
Oct 14 (17 hours ago)
Hi Allen:
I remember you doing those tests and thought they were excellent. The present numbers are all from the hive in my backyard in Edmonton. The first treatment was just a normal one after the honey flow was over. I actually monitored the drop for 3 days and then 4 days after the first treatment the 254s and 237s are averages for those days. The results were so disappointing that I decided to do more treatments and record the drops on a daily basis.
 
I tried a couple of treatments 7 days apart without much success and then did a couple at 5 days apart. These seemed more effective and I quit treating after the Oct 4th one. The mites are phoretic for 5 days after emergence so 5 is probably the optimum time between treatments. I will treat them again after I wrap them up for the winter. I believe that a number of the mites are coming from other hives in the vicinity and that should stop when the cold weather sets in.
Best regards,
Donald Aitken
Sent: Saturday, October 14, 2017 12:57 PM
Subject: Re: Oxalic treatment record
Interesting numbers. Thanks for sharing.
I wonder why the number of drop boards is not the same throughout, being 12, 7, 7, 5, 5, & 8.
me (Allen Dick change)
9:32 AM (6 hours ago)
Okay.  I think I understand better now.  The results are the daily drops from one hive over the days from first treatment onward?
 
I agree that more frequent evaporations is likely to be more effective and also suspect that the last brood was hatching during your treatment period, resulting in the large drops and also diminishing returns as the mites had fewer and fewer places to hide.
 
FWIW, in most situations I tend to strongly doubt the invasion theory that is a popular explanation for ballooning fall counts although I am sure it happens on occasion when conditions are right -- particularly when a nearby heavily infested hive collapses and is robbed. Oddly, some occupants of the victim hive are seen to join the invaders and move to the invading hive. Since the mites tend to ride on the youngest bees in a hive ten to one, I would not expect the varroa to select the foragers, but I suppose that if there is no brood, they will take what they can get.  Nonetheless, my opinion is that most of the mites that drop in a hive originated in that hive. 
 
BTW, I noticed after my previous posting that I misspoke the year of the tests I referenced.  It was 2011, not 2012, not that this matters much. The charts are very interesting and tend to reinforce the five-day spacing for treatment as we can see a distinct falling off of mortality in the days after each dose.  Sadly, I have lost the Excel file with the data. It may still be on an old hard drive on some defunct computer here in my dungeon, but I have yet to search for it.

Here is the summary chart from http://www.honeybeeworld.com/diary/files/drop.htm.
Notice how the effect lasts only days after each blast.

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accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

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Monday October 16th 2017

Today promises to be warm, so maybe I'll get out and do yardwork.

I still weigh 218 today and BG is 6.7. BP reads 133/76. I was congested this morning and my neck is sore. I'm still fighting something. The neck soreness is related to falling over several months back.

Bob and I were delivering Mariner's Compass to Powell River and stopped for the night at Garden Bay.  After a burger and a few beers at the pub we returned to the boat and chatted.  Then Bob went to bed and I sat up watching the sun go down. I guess I fell asleep, because next I knew I had fallen over sideways and hit my head on a doorway. 

I got up and all was well, but I wrenched my neck and after that have had neck pains occasionally and headache near the base of my skull.  Most of the time, I am not bothered by it, but if I get rundown, it sometimes bothers me.  I should probably see a chiropractor as I as I have a disk that acts up sometimes  and can cause a referred pain below my ribs.

Here is the view from my deck.  Fall is here.  Winter soon will follow. I have totally ignored my bees and may yet get out there.

Meantime, I am getting organized and adjusting to being home.

I've come to regard arriving home as just being and interlude between trips elsewhere and hardly unpack before leaving again.  This time, go nowhere until the 21st of November unless I take a little trip to La Paz.

 

I did not do much outdoors, but Zippy and I did walk a mile today, down through town and back just before supper.

I rubbed myself down again with the scabies treatment.  I am quite sure that the welts and itching was scabies and also sure that the first treatments did not catch all the bugs.  The first one worked somewhat, but may not have reached them all, and I noticed some new burrows after wards. so I am aiming at total eradication. This the fifth treatment.

I have no idea where I picked these bugs up.  At first I suspected Mexico and a tee shirt I bought on the beach, but in fact the source could have been anything, anywhere, including seats on airplanes.

The last treatment, done while I was in Sudbury may have finally done the trick, but the eggs take three days to hatch and the nymphs then take about a week or ten days to burrow and begin laying.  The burrows are hard to spot on my thick skin, so I am treating rather than trying to spot the pests.

I went to bed fairly early, at nine, without watching video.  I did watch a little TV to see the Calgary election results, but the results were slow coming in and it will all be clear tomorrow.

While the commercials were on, I checked out the other three free channels I still get over the  air and see there are some intriguing new programmes.  Will I watch them? No, not until they are on Netflix.  I cannot stand commercials.

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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Tuesday October 17th 2017

                     WIND WARNING IN EFFECT                   

Today Increasing cloudiness. 60 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 this morning then west 60 gusting to 90 this afternoon. High 20.
Tonight Cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers early this evening. Clearing overnight. Wind west 60 km/h gusting to 90 becoming northwest 30 gusting to 50 late this evening then light overnight. Low minus 2.

I slept until 0845 and woke up congested, but rested.  My neck is not sore today.

I was up twice during the night, but slept the better part of ten hours.  I weigh in at 215.6 and my BG reads 5.3!  BP reads 138/79, though which is high.  I'm not worried though as fluctuations are normal as shown in the the chart below I picked up somewhere on the 'net years ago and other morning readings have been 109/69, 118/73,  123/71, 129/73...

In the mornings, I often wake up with fresh insights and today I find I am of two minds regarding yachting in the Sea of Cortez from La Paz.  This project is taking me out of my comfort zone and some anxiety is to be expected.

I'm also aware that events took over my schedule last year and kept me away from The Old Schoolhouse most of the year.  Buying Shongololo, the extended ordeal of managing the purchase, the boat show, the instructor clinic, and the spring boat work. That was followed by emergency dental work in Puerto Vallarta and the sinking of Shongololo. That sinking meant that the charters had to be filled by other boats that had to be shuttled back and forth, a job I undertook since it gave me opportunities to expand my experience and to check out both my remaining boats. 

I had been intending to spend more time with Mom this year and managed several visits.  In a gap, I attended Bill and Faye's 50th anniversary party and sailed Carpe Diem to Little Current and back, finally satisfying a longstanding fantasy.  I was not finished the deliveries until mid-September and in a gap between deliveries, I spent a week in Desolation Sound, another longstanding venture on my dream list.

Allen Dick Thanks for sharing your experiences and insights. You do a good job and I'm sure many of us appreciate that. I should add that in my opinion oxalic acid is our best control for the varroa mite and will be for a long time. It hasn't gotten the respect it should get partly because it's so cheap and so easy and nobody makes any money promoting it. Although people say it's a lot of work, It's very effective and there's no need for a second trip to remove strips and no need to worry about chemical contamination of products. Although the applicators cost money up front, the long-term costs are almost nothing compared to the immense cost and sometimes doubtful efficacy of chemical strips.
Ben Little Long sleeve shirt to cover those arms or pull the bee jacket down :). Last time I did OAV with my Provap I had some of the OAV on my skin where my arms were exposed and it made me itchy. I only did 100-150 that day but I made sure to cover up better  better. Did you ever get itchy or have an irritation of the skin ? I was thinking of wearing a paint suit but I hate wearing those and they rip so easy, so I just go with jeans , leather work gloves and a sweater and wash them when done, love my full face mask too !
Mark Friesen I notice you are having great success with oxivap this year: that is awesome! in an earlier video that the mite count was 0% you were sampling from the bees clustered on the bottom: not the nurse bees. I am curious of your technique and how it would compare.
Lauri Miller Still an very happy with mine. Thinking about buying a second one to speed things up even more. I do taller hives closer to the top. The vapors seem to settle better than rise in taller hives. What I like about it too is I can set it and walk away from the vapors.

Lauri Miller My little Honda generator and small cart make access easy to any hive.

Lauri Miller I also can do overwintering mating nucs (divided equipment) since the delivery tip is so small. This one is 5 half size deep frames over 5 on each side.

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Here is the supplier's website...

It looks as if I will take a trip to La Paz to look at a boat. I was in conversation with a broker down there this morning and am making an offer. Am I crazy?

I had intended to go for a walk, but in the afternoon, the wind, already unpleasantly strong, picked up and a dark cloud appeared on the horizon, coming my way fast.  Visibility dropped to a mile or less. (right)

On the radio, I heard emergency messages warning of wildfires driven by wind in, first in Airdrie, then of evacuations in Mountainview from Carseland to Gleichen and in Willow Creek where a fire threatening was Moon River. I hoped that the cloud coming my way was just dust.  It was, and then we got wind gusts and a welcome rain that settled the dust and reduced fear of prairie fire. (Left) (Hi Res)

I went to bed early again today, at nine.  Before bed, I took an Allegra-D in hopes of sleeping better because I still have this cold and congestion, with a deep cough, just far enough down that coughing is not satisfying and the congestion was a nuisance last night.

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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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Wednesday October 18th 2017

Now, I find myself awakened at two AM, (Good Morning!) -- likely from the decongestant's effects. Just now, at three, an alarm went off on my tablet.  I had set the alarm to go off last Wednesday at this time to get me up for my flight home and I had meant to set it to go just once, but these apps try to outguess me and by default, unless I noticed, set it for every Wednesday, not just the one intended. Why????

I would not have noticed except I am up and sitting near the damned thing.

I say 'damned thing' because I thought this tablet would be a good deal and a good adjunct to my phone. I should have known better. The phone does everything faster and better.

I am also finding that Samsung devices have a bastardized version of Android that is annoying and limiting to anyone who has experienced pure Android on a Google device like the Nexus 5, 5X, or 6P -- or Pixel XL. Moreover, it is slow and the battery is always running down.  When I have something to do, I reach for my phone, not the Tab.

As for the apps, it seems that developers can't leave well enough alone.  I find an app that works well for me, and then with every 'upgrade' they start adding bells and whistles, making unwanted notifications a default, hiding the controls, and generally turning a simple useful app into an untrustworthy, unpredictable, constantly changing do-everything nuisance.  Not only that we have no idea if they are listening to us, tracking us, what they might be doing.  

Alarm Clock Extreme is a good example of a good idea gone crazy..

Now, back to bed... No alarms are set -- I hope.

*    *    *     *    *

It's 0730 and I am up again.  I took some cough syrup before I went back to bed and that fixed the cough for now.  I slept well and without congestion, but woke three times in the four hours and could not sleep in.  Cold drugs do affect my sleep.

I'm still coughing and blowing my nose.  When will this end?

My BG is 6.1 this morning and my weight is 216.  I ate and drank water in the middle of the night, and that increases weight and affects BG, so is not comparable to other mornings.

One cup of water weighs one-half pound, so with a hyper-accurate scale like the one I have in the bathroom, drinking a normal glass of water can add almost a pound. I normally measure in the morning before eating or drinking anything.

The wildfires are now apparently under control, but the city of Medicine Hat and Cypress County issued emergencies overnight.  Here is a news report.  Rail cars were reportedly blown off the tracks according to the Edmonton Sun.

"Wainwright RCMP said winds knocked over five cars on a CN Rail train around 6 p.m. on a trestle near the town.

"The winds also blew over a CN freight train near Trochu, as well as fanning flames caused by a second train working near the Strathmore Agrium plant.

Apparently twenty-eight rail cars near Huxley, just thirty miles up the road from here were blown over as well.

The wind has died here but is predicted to ramp up again later today. If I'm going for a walk, I should do it early. I need to go to town, too, since I am out of dog food.

I have not been buying big bags because it gets stale. I am away a lot, so she is only with me some of the time.  Also. Zip is getting slow and coughs a lot. She is getting old and Ruth thinks she has cancer. We can see that her days are numbered, but she gets around okay and seems to have a clear mind. She  could last quite a while yet but I am not buying a fifty-pound bag.

This morning, I wrote this to the Calgary beekeepers list.

I don't know what happened to Dennis. He had a few resets in his life and maybe he has had another. His site was a good resource that should be preserved. Glad the Wayback machine has some of it preserved.

I haven't always agreed with Dennis on everything especially while he was starting out. He changed his story many times and never admitted it, but got to be a pretty good observer. We agreed to disagree on some things, but on this point is IMO correct.

Note that he says: "I live in a dry, thirsty land. Winters are long, windy and cold. Spring weather is unsettled. Summers are hot and short. Natural water sources are, at best, sporadic.".

Note also that northern Europeans -- Scandinavians -- do not typically use upper ventilation and have success comparable to ours.

A lot of literature is written for regions very different from ours. Colorado is maybe closer to South Central Alberta than some. City conditions may be different from country.

In dry, windy regions, the need for water conservation trumps the need for moisture removal.

There must be a balance between consistent water availability and reliable excess water disposal and each consistently successful system of wintering deals with water management in a different way.

Where people get into trouble is when they mix systems and focus on one component of a system, transplant it into another system, then find (or never figure out) that that change affected something else that was critical to success of the resulting system.

The major worry with condensation in winter is that the vapour may freeze above the cluster and build up into a chunk of ice that melts on a warm day and drenches the cluster, resulting in harm to the bees or death and a sodden mess. This does not happen if the moisture is vented or if the hive remains warm enough above the cluster that ice cannot form most of the time or if it does, it is melted or sublimated and vented out often with daily weather changes.

The water produced varies with time of year. Early in the winter, the bees are quiet and produce less moisture than later when they start raising brood in earnest. By spring they are producing lots of water.

As for feeding bags of sugar, inserting frames of feed close to the cluster is the preferred emergency method.

Mid-winter is the worst time to have to feed.

Sugar feed in winter, either syrup or dry, after the bees settle in is a desperation measure to prevent total starvation, but by the time the bees access it, they are already on the edge.

Feeding bees in winter is generally a desperation measure and should be avoided by leaving the bees sufficient honey in late summer and fall or setting some good feed frames aside for such emergencies.

A smart beekeeper knows that ensuring the bees have adequate and quality stores in accessible combs at all times is the best way to obtain the greatest harvests and that failing to provide for the bees first ensures constant worry, losses, stress and disease, and poor economics for beekeeper and bees alike

True emergencies arise, but many so-called emergencies are simply the predicable result of lack of foresight. When that happens, the Mountain Camp method can help, but never give the results combs of honey or proper fall feeding would achieve.

IMO, anyhow.

*   *   *   *   *

I read my post and it seems a bit severe. If it does, it is because I am kicking myself, not anyone else.

When I started out, I asked the secret to success in bees and Roger Topping, the Chief Inspector at the time said, "Feed your bees" and he did not mean all winter. He meant to make sure they are well fed at all times and never come anywhere near starvation, even for one day.

I cannot count the times I have had to re-learn that lesson.

Almost fifty years later that is still the best advice anyone can give.

IMO, anyhow.

I went for a walk in the afternoon.  Zip followed, but fell back and got lost, so went back. I suppose I should put her on a leash, but neither of us likes that and out here in the country, dogs run free unless they cause issues

Then I drove to town to pick up an order at the hardware store and get truck gas and a registered parcel. I forgot the gas can and the post office, but I did get to the grocery store, the drug store, and the bank.

At the bank, I arranged US dollars for my trip south coming up next week sometime.  I'm still of two minds about the whole thing, but I have learned that when  i have a dream and the cosmos delivers the goods, I have regrets when I pass the opportunity up.  My secret in life has to say, YES", when opportunity knocks.

This reminds me of the rules of Improv. Well worth reading.  They are important life skills, actually, on stage or off.

  1. http://improvencyclopedia.org/references//5_Basic_Improv_Rules.html

  2. http://improvencyclopedia.org/references/David_Alger%60s_First_10_Rules_of_Improv.html

  3. http://improvencyclopedia.org/references/Alger%60s_Next_10_Rules.html

Things are moving a bit fast right now and I am now just finally recovering from the cold (I hope). 

I defrosted the freezer this evening. It was getting crowded and it's amazing how much more room is in there now.

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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Thursday October 19th 2017

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Wind southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. High 18.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Wind southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light this evening. Low plus 3.

I got up at 0630. BG is 6.2, weight is 216. Nothing has changed.

It's another windy, warm day. I spent the morning on research and fighting with Windows 10.  I had installed Chrome Beta as a possible solution to Chrome having slowed almost to a halt. With both installed, there was little change except that my mouse wheel now works.  Today I uninstalled Chrome, leaving just the beta and now Chrome is as fast as I expect it to be -- almost.

In the afternoon, I committed to going to La Paz in a week or so to look at a sailboat of interest. That involved some email and some phone calls.

My bank manager reported that my phone was telling her, "Not in service", so I complained to Rogers.  This is not the first time people have told me that, but I have also received calls, so it is not a total failure. We'll see if it gets fixed.

I went to bed early.

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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