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OK., I'll try resizing the pics before I post them. Thanks for that tip.
Balmain Tiger is looking good!

Pumpkin is fine. She has been playing with me a bit at night, staying out later and standing at the front glass door only to walk away when I go to open it. But she likes to watch Inspector Morse reruns with me. So I just put on an old Morse and sit back and she eventually shows up. She likes Inspector Lewis also but Morse is her favorite.

She is sleeping on MY chair right now conserving her energy for tonight.
Bob - great news about your blog - I've already got it on my "Faves" list. Interesting that you like "Morse" - there are some other Brit shows you might like. Have you tried "Inspector Frost"? he's sort of a working class Morse - same kind of obsessive, solitary guy but without the Oxford connection. It's just as well done as Morse. Also, try "New Tricks" - it's about a Cold Squad of retired male cops with a hot 50-ish Guv'nr. It's a bit lighter than Morse & Frost but appeals to the same taste. They play on B.C. Knowledge Network - you're close enough that you probably can get it.

I found I didn't care for "Lewis" and had to think about why, since he was so great as Morse's sidekick then it struck me - he was SO good as a subordinate that he didn't have the cred (with me) to be the boss - plain old typecasting I guess.

Re: your boat - great looker - Did Norlin ever do anything but? I remember a varnished IOR boat of his, a one tonner named Agnes IIRC - gorgeous.
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Bob- I like your writing style and it's easy to feel like I know you. Looking forward to reading more and seeing what direction the blog takes you. Glad that you can write about the good stuff, and the hard stuff, that happens.
I used to be a beekeeper, although I haven't had my head in a hive for years. Great hobby (I started with three hives and ended up with 1300), they're interesting little creatures (it is a LOT more work than most people realize).
Thanks for the link.
You had 1300 hives as a HOBBY? I've always liked bees because they are such industrious little critters but I never wanted to keep them - just grow some bright stuff to attract them.

I haven't heard much about the mass colony collapse problem - anyone know where it stands now? It was worrying.
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Mr. Perry,

Thank you for sharing. Your humor, sadness, courage and humanity shine through your blog posts.
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You had 1300 hives as a HOBBY? I've always liked bees because they are such industrious little critters but I never wanted to keep them - just grow some bright stuff to attract them.

I haven't heard much about the mass colony collapse problem - anyone know where it stands now? It was worrying.
SloopJon, I have a thing for bees too. Colony collapse is still a real problem and I have friends who keep bees who have seen 1/3 of their hives lost on a yearly basis.

Planting for bees is cause near and dear to my heart. Its easy, its important.
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Jill fights the same battle every year and usually ends up buying more bees each spring.
She only has three hives but it's not uncommon for her to lose the bees in two of the hives.

It's mysterious. I know about the birds but the bees have me baffled.

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I hear you on the Lewis thing. I agree. I'm not sure they ever created a real person out of his character. Morse was so,,,tangeable and he had that cool car. Plus he was an opera buff like me. Still, I watch those shows because I like to see the architecture and they calm me down. They are the antithesis (pl) of US TV shows. I wish they would bring back the Rumpole series. I'm sure my cat would love Horace.

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Many thanks. Now how do I turn spell check on for my blog? Help!

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I'm recalling reading of a virus that is hitting some of the local pollinating bee colonies in some of my landscape trade mags I get. It is not a good thing for a lot of folks, including the fruit farmers over the east side of the cascades.

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Type it in Word (or whatever word processor you use) first and then cut and paste it into your blog after you spell check it.
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Ferron:
You mean it's that simple? Heck, even I can do that. I'll tet it out right now.
Many thanks. Don't go far.
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Many thanks. Now how do I turn spell check on for my blog? Help!
You might try iespell (ieSpell - Spell Checker add-on for Internet Explorer).

No cut and paste needed.

BTW - Nice blog ; bookmarked.
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Thanks. That was surprisingly easy and it works!
I'll figure this out yet.
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