COUGH, COUGH! I can’t breathe! – My 2nd post

It was fine yesterday with our rain storm that happened a few days ago, but I wasn’t expecting the smoke that we would get today. today’s smoke is terrible! for example;


and at noon, the smoke gets worse, my reaction was:

“COUGH, COUGH, I can’t breathe…”

I don’t know what it’s going to be like this evening, but, I know it’s going to look basically the same.

out our stairwell window


PS: I know I don’t need to say this but, these would be one of the days when I can’t see

I can’t see ahh!” 😣

By the way, these two photos tell you how smoky it is today, I was totally not expecting this kind of day to come.

Somewhere over there are the mountains.







and today.

this is a normal view


OMG. I don’t recall it ever getting up to 36 degrees here. We went for our ride this morning, and I’m glad we did it then, when it was only about 24 or so. We went out to get the Golf back from the repair shop, and the kids and I went to Bow Cycle so that they could get their prizes (earbuds!), but we felt like we were melting walking between the air conditioned car and the store.

Other than that, we’ve been inside, keeping cool. I hope this weather breaks. It’s too hot.


There’s a reason I can’t recall it being this hot: it has never been. We’re setting a record today, folks.


Hi, it’s Ian here and today is kind of a special day because today, it is my fist post and I am so happy 😄 ! so yah. the reason why I have decided to do my first post is because sometimes, I just want to talk to you when I’m not where you are right now and I do miss you all so much and I’ll be happy to see you all when we get to Victoria, even though, we do Skype together at some points of time, but it nice to be meeting you all in person, so yah that’s all I’m here for is to say it’s my first post and saying that I’ll be glad to see you all again at least in a week from now and goodbye!

Me on halloween 2015

Have a nice day everyone 🙂








Now… Memory

You may have noticed a few 503 – Unable to establish a database connection errors in the past few days. On top of all that has been going on with our Internet connection, it seems that one of the memory modules in our 2013 Mac mini is failing. When we bought the mini in 2013, it came with 4 GB of memory in two modules. Later that year, I upgraded the memory. I intended to bump it to 16 GB (2 x 8GB modules), but one of the modules I bought was bad, so I returned it. That left me with 10 GB (1 x 8GB and 1 x 2GB) which has been more than enough.

When the memory module returns bad information, it can cause a kernel panic, which forces the Mac to restart. When it restarts, the MySQL database doesn’t start automatically, hence the error message.

It is the 8GB module that is failing, so I need to replace it. How did I figure that out? The Apple Hardware Test tool can be reached by restarting with the D key held down. It found a memory error. Since it could have been either of the modules, I took one out, re-ran the test, then took the other out and re-ran the test.

I can’t make the computer limp along with only 2GB of memory, so it is running with the bad module in it. Hopefully it won’t crash again before I can replace it. Memory Express opens later this morning.


We’ve been to Memory Express, along with dropping off the Golf at Knibbe and coffee at Starbucks. Back home just in time: it’s getting hot out there already.

Enjoying coffee before MemEx opens

Put in the memory, and the diagnostic showed no errors. We should be good and reliable again.

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Recent Arts & Crafts

I haven’t done a post in quite a while so I’m showing you a few of the projects I’ve been working on.

Bead Related Art:

Bead Pattern

Bead Pattern (I haven’t turned it into anything yet)

Beaded Kumihimo Charm

Perler Bead Rainbow Paw

Wire Ring

Wire Ring

Bead Ring

Bead Ring


Raven/Crow Bookmark


Lotus Flower

Origami Pagoda


Map Practice

Map Practice/Planning


(Amber-woods & Sandalwood)

And the one I just finished this morning:

Canvas Collage
(Manga: One Piece)

With painted edges and a layer of Mod Podge for a professional look.

That’s all the crafts for now. Bye!

At Least It Was A Productive IT Weekend

Every once in a while, it information technology at our house takes a leap forward. Sometimes, it’s forced, like when the hard drive in our old Mac Mini started to pack it in, threatening to take our photo collection with it, or it’s just overdue, like the upgrade of our WiFi this past winter.

I’d like to think that this time, I was proactive. I identified that while our external media drive wasn’t full or showing age, it was getting older. At the same time, my backup drive at work was full and was six and a half years old. So I ordered a new Western Digital MyBook 6TB drive and replaced the one at home, and I have taken the old one from home (WD 3TB) and brought it to work to replace the old drive here. I toyed with the idea of setting up a RAID array or getting a NAS (network attached storage), but those options were more expensive for incremental returns.

I also have unified my network cabinet with the addition of a 8-port gigabit switch, taking the load off of the Shaw Hitron cable modem and the cheap 5-port switch I had in there previously.

Mean time between failure (MTBF): over 1.2 million hours… starting now

The Internet seems to be more stable, but I fully expect to see Shaw back. Collin (senior technician) came over Monday at 10 and was at our house for an hour and a half. When he left (having set up a replacement cable modem) all was fine. But then someone on the back end at Shaw made one more change… They were supposed to disable the WiFi on my modem (bridged mode), but I think they ended up disabling my ethernet ports instead. Another four hours of texting with Collin later, the Internet is back up. So that killed holiday Monday.

But on the bright side (very, very bright side), when hanging around with Ian in the basement, he sat down at the drums and I showed him how to play a standard “four on the floor beat”. It took a bit to coordinate his hands and feet, but in short order he had it. I let him play against “Night Prowler” by AC/DC, and then I played a 12-bar blues riff with him, and then we played “Summer of ’69 together, with him drumming and me playing my Strat and singing. It was awesome.

Ian Made Up His Mind: He’s Riding the Tour de Victoria

It was months ago that we discovered that kids were allowed to ride unaccompanied in the 30 km distance of the Tour de Victoria, as long as they were 11 years old. I mean, it’s a closed road, with police officers at every corner. Safer than when Ian goes for rides on his own around here…

We gave him the option to ride, but he didn’t make up his mind. He wanted to, but:

  • He was worried that he would have to ride in a peloton like in the Tour de France. Not an issue: the ride isn’t like that.
  • He wanted to spend time with Grandpa. Not an issue: they will be together in the morning and then Grandpa will be taking him to the starting line.
  • He was worried about the distance and the hill to climb. Not an issue: Ian and I have ridden 30 km each of the last two weeks, and climbed more on those rides than you do on the Tour de Victoria route.

So we finally had to corner him, because if we were taking his bike to Victoria, that would be four bikes on the car, and they wouldn’t all fit on the rack. We needed to get a roof carrier as well.

So he said yes, and we now have a Thule Up Ride car roof rack.

Thule rack installed

It wasn’t too hard, and we put Ian’s road bike on and went for a test drive. It worked well.

In other news, today was the Tour de Bowness Hill Climb. I led the Bow Cyclist ride this morning, and ended it at Mackay Road, where the race was going on. Tammy rode down with Ian, and back with Miranda, and Ian and I checked out the racing. It’s a 500 m drag race up the hill. There was a lane for riding up and down the hill (not a racing lane), so Ian and I rode down from the top to the starting line and then back up. He got some cheers from the onlookers for climbing the hill.

Ian making it to the top

First Day of Vacation

Yesterday was my last official day of work for the term. Actually it was supposed to be the end-of-term party. One person showed up. 🤣 We has fruit salad with Greek yogurt, a Colombian milk cake, and coffee. She left at about 10.30 and I held out another hour before leaving.

Today I had my usual bike ride with Ian. It was more dropping him off and picking up Miranda. It’s the Tour de Bowness this weekend. The BCC ended their Sunday ride at one of the competition routes. That’s where I left Ian with Simon.

The rest of the day was a mix of nothing much. The next term starts on the 20th, but we’ll be in Victoria as usual. I’ll start on the 29th. Next week I have to draw up 3 lesson plans for my sub. One year the terms and our vacation will line up.

For a while, I was scratching my head

Tammy picked up a series of three books for the kids to read: How the World Works. The books are Mathematics, Physics, and Religion. I just happened to pick up the Mathematics book, and was immediately fascinated. I am almost finished it, and the last chapter is on logic. Now, I consider myself somewhat good with math and logic, but I was completely flummoxed this evening when I read an inset box that showed:

Proof that 2 = 1

It wasn’t until I stopped and worked it out that I realized where the flaw in the math exists. But I was questioning everything for a moment or two when I worked through all of the algebra twice without figuring it out.

Oh, and the kids and I took in the Tour de Bowness Road Race this morning, north of Cochrane. Just in case you thought you were reading the wrong blog for a moment. 🧐

Men’s Category 3 peloton