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Old 07-12-2012, 01:58 AM   #6556
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Several days ago now we had a couple of guys arrived late in the evening and fish for cod. The area is closed to cod fishing and will be for the foreseeable future. It took them under 5 minutes to land their first two fish.

Unfortunately, I couldn't see any registration numbers on the boat so not much I can do. It's a shame, because the other 99% play by the rules.
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Early on the morning of July 4th I was sitting at my computer and looking out over the water. For a few seconds, the rising sun caught some windows on a house over on Vancouver Island and was reflected back straight at me.

I took three very quick shots and this is the only one that came out half decently. The reflection lasted well under a minute.
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Several weeks ago I loaned one of my solar telescopes to my good friend Randy over in Nanaimo. He has a better tracking mount than I do and he's rapidly getting to be a whiz at processing his astro photos.

Here's one of several shots he took recently showing a pretty sizable sunspot. The kind that would be big enough to disrupt communications on earth.
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It has been a few years since we went down to Saltspring Island to the Bamboo Ranch, but this plant was one that the missus brought back. She managed to neglect it to the point that she thought it was totally dead (obviously been taking lessons in neglect from me) and said that I could have it for the Japanese garden.

It didn't look any too promising, but I lavished it with care, lots of water and fertilizer every day for two weeks. Somehow it has survived all the abuse we have heaped on it and it's looking good now. Some brand new shoots are a positive sign that it has made it through.
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There is but one final area in the garden that I can clear out and get the last of the plants in. I should have tried a pic before I did the clearing, but all you would have seen would be brambles and weeds.

Now it has to be dug up and screened to get rid of the roots and rocks.
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I have noticed quite a few grass snakes swimming in the pond. They seem to like going after the tadpoles. There are two of them on the bricks here.
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After what seems like forever, the front entrance is now tiled. Just the grouting to go. I checked what I had on hand and it was only a few pounds, so we picked up a new bag today while we were over in town. Nearly done.
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Good gravy, you call that easing up, all of that would have killed me. You got it all looking great Keith hopefully you will be able to rest up a little now.
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Looking at this, maybe I should be less lazy.

Maybe not.
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Good gravy, you call that easing up, all of that would have killed me. You got it all looking great Keith hopefully you will be able to rest up a little now.
No rest in the cards yet Jim.

Today we will be doing some clearing out in the new living room in the house in preparation for moving some of the furniture over. The plan is to clear out the lower floor in the cabin so all the big tools can find a new home over there. It still seems a bit overwhelming at times, but every day things get a little closer.

A couple of nights ago I took a pic of the sun well before sunset, and this is what it looked like. During the day the mountains on Vancouver Island were completely obliterated.

According to the powers that be this smoke is coming from both the fires down in Colorado and in Siberia. Heck, I didn't even know they were having big fires in Siberia! The thick smoke made it act like a filter when you looked at the sun.
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This was from July 10th...the little rowboat is being propelled by one of our friends who has had a cabin on the island forever. Ron is a retired fire chief and keeps himself in great shape with his daily rowing and sailing efforts.
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By the time we got back home last night - waiting for the tide of course - it was quite late. As is often the case the best of the sunset was gone and this was all I was able to grab. Better than nothing I guess.
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The kitchen counter with those aggravating curves still needs a wood trim around the outside. I started chopping up some bead and cove cedar strips that I found here, which were originally slated for the building of either a canoe or kayak.

This was about the easiest way I could think of to handle the tightly curved corners. I think I can bend some thin strips for the long sections.

That's a 5 gallon pail there about half full of small pieces.
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Good gravy, you call that easing up, all of that would have killed me.
I'll just pass this on for the heck of it....

A few weeks ago I had an old customer chase me half way across town to ask me to do a kitchen back-splash in his home for him. I saw this guy behind me flashing his headlights but just thought the guy was a kook. I didn't recognize the car he was driving and had no idea who it was.

Okay so I go and look at his kitchen and determined it would be a piece-o-cake job. I told him I could have it done in two days (16 hours) ahead of his family arriving from out of town.

Lord help me!!!

I just finished the job an hour ago. It only took me twenty-three hours and I went to the job only six days. I know I know, I was never good with math problems and it now seems my days can run into weeks. When I wasn't finished within my two-day estimate he asked me to wait out the week of the Fourth of July so grand kids wouldn't be in the way.

So technically...I was able to make the entire two day job last only eleven days.

Keith...you cause me personal embarrassment on a regular basis. I don't know how you do it endlessly like you do.
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Okay so I go and look at his kitchen and determined it would be a piece-o-cake job. I told him I could have it done in two days (16 hours) ahead of his family arriving from out of town.

Lord help me!!!

I just finished the job an hour ago. It only took me twenty-three hours and I went to the job only six days. I know I know, I was never good with math problems and it now seems my days can run into weeks. When I wasn't finished within my two-day estimate he asked me to wait out the week of the Fourth of July so grand kids wouldn't be in the way.

So technically...I was able to make the entire two day job last only eleven days.

Keith...you cause me personal embarrassment on a regular basis. I don't know how you do it endlessly like you do.
Bud, I hope you don't think you have a monopoly on this sort of thing.

Let's see now, the two year house is at 15 years and counting. The Japanese garden - a 6 month project is now around 6 years and counting - and the list just goes on.

Don't feel bad on my account, I mean a lousy 23 hours for a 16 hour job? Heck, for me that would be finishing in jig time!

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