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Wednesday May 22, 2019

14:02 A Pink Hydrangea Tea »Aiken House & Gardens
07:29 Another cold, wet, windy day across PEI today.. »peistormchaser
Wednesday, May 22nd 7:30am.. A slow moving low pressure system moved eastward across northern NS yesterday and id now located just east of Cape Breton. This system gave significant rainfall to the region with over 45 mm rain recorded here … Continue reading
01:03 Interesting article on Savannah Guthrie’s commencement address »John Cairns Blog
Today, I thought I would share this link to the commencement address given over the weekend at George Washington University by Today Show host Savannah Guthrie. The reason I provide it is because you may not know that she is another one of these lawyers turned reporters, which resonates with me personally since I basically...

Tuesday May 21, 2019

21:01 Watery Wednesday »justpictureit
photo - Watery Wednesday

On a hot day thoughts lead to cooling.

17:07 Frances Ann Squire » from peter rukavina

Frances Ann Squire was Oliver’s teacher in grade 9. Today it was announced that she’s been recognized with a Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. So now everyone else can come to know what Oliver has known for years: she is a skilled, dedicated, innovative educator.

17:03 Contemplare Meliora » from peter rukavina

Trust grows when you take time to understand the thoughts and feelings of others before you act.”

So starts the third chapter of The Right Honourable David Johnston’s book Trust: Twenty Ways to Build a Better Country. He continues:

My grandmother told me that people were given two ears and just one mouth for a good reason: we should listen before we speak. She was a wise woman and an early proponent of what we refer to now as emotional intelligence. While that term gets bandied about quite a bit these days, emotional intelligence at its core is the simple act of listening to and empathizing with another person—and using that listening and empathizing to inform your decisions and actions.

His Excellency’s motto as Governor General was Contemplare Meliora – To envisage a better world – and this book is an surprisingly useful guide to doing just that.

15:17 Did we save oil by insulating our attic? » from peter rukavina

In December 2018, at great expense and complexity, we insulated our attic, removing decades old asbestos insulation and replacing it with R40 of blown fiberglass.

Did it help our energy consumption?

Here’s a comparison of our 2018 and 2019 winter season oil bills:

Home Heating Oil Usage, 100 Prince Street, 2018 vs. 2019
Month 2018
Oil Usage

Oil Usage

Change in
Oil Usage

January 541 527 -3%
February 914 937 +3%
March 452 418 -8%
April 505 471 -7%
TOTAL 2,412 2,353 -2%

Oil usage information alone doesn’t account for differences in heating due to differences in the weather; with the help of Efficiency PEI, I determined that there were 2,391 heating degrees days in the first four months of 2018, and 2,567 heating degree days in the first four months of 2019, suggesting that, all other things being equal, we would have used 7% more oil in 2019 (about 2,580 litres).

But we actually used 2% less oil, so our net oil savings due to insulation was closer to 9%.

Our home heating oil cost, because of the increase in the price of oil, doesn’t reflect savings, but rather a 2% increase:

Home Heating Oil Cost, 100 Prince Street, 2018 vs. 2019
Month 2018
Oil Cost

Oil Cost

Change in
Oil Cost

January $491 $481 -2%
February $806 $875 +9%
March $405 $400 -1%
April $467 $463 -1%
TOTAL $2,169 $2,219 +2%

Had our consumption not dropped due to insulation, we would have spent about $2,348 on oil in 2019, meaning our net cost savings was about $129.

06:32 Cloudy, cool and wet conditions expected today across PEI. »peistormchaser
Tuesday, May 21st 6:30am.. An area of low pressure located over Maritimes this morning will continue to move slowly east today to be located south of Newfoundland tomorrow. High pressure in Ontario will begin to approach cresting over the island … Continue reading

Monday May 20, 2019

22:01 Evening Time »justpictureit
photo - Evening Time

Loved the light on this cottage and birch tree. The bottom is cut off by a highway barrier. Au naturel.

19:48 Oklahoma’s day of the tornadoes — one right after another! »John Cairns Blog
Everyone predicted it, so hopefully everyone treated these forecasts of PDS (particularly dangerous situation) tornadoes seriously and gotten the H out of the way. Multiple tornadoes have already touched down and the threat is STILL not over! I have spent the day tuning in Oklahoma TV news coverage, with storm chasers showing these tornadoes touching...
19:21 The Most Sustainable Phone » from peter rukavina

From Fairphone: The most sustainable phone is the one you already own. In part:

A phone’s biggest environmental impact comes from the manufacturing process. That’s why – whether it’s a Fairphone or something else – the most sustainable phone available is the one you already own. So the longer you keep it, the more sustainable it becomes. Extending the lifespan of existing phones is the best strategy for reducing their impact on the planet. And it’s not only good for the earth – it’s easy on your wallet, too!

While keeping our 2000 Volkswagen Jetta has been mostly due to frugality and limited resources, I do take some pride in having not needed to cause another car to be created to replace ours.

10:52 "You do it like that?' » from peter rukavina

Seth Godin on digital hygeine:

The solution is fun and simple: find a smart person and have them watch you use the computer for an hour.

She’ll share ten shortcuts and principles that will amaze you.

And then you can return the favor.

I did, albeit less intentionally, with Olle several years ago, the big payoff of which was turning off email notifications; this has improved my productivity and reduced work stress.

Last month I watched Josh Macfadyen use QGIS in a coffee shop for 15 minutes and I’ve been using what I’ve learned to great effect ever since.

07:11 Bubbles - part 3 »Diary of a Squirrel

06:21 Rain begins this morning across PEI.. »peistormchaser
Monday, May 20th 6:15am.. An area of low pressure located in eastern Quebec this morning will mover eastward tracking across central NS by late tomorrow morning. A warm front extending eastward from this system will separate the cold air to … Continue reading

Sunday May 19, 2019

22:40 UFC is returning to Edmonton! UFC 240 Holloway-Edgar July 27. »John Cairns Blog
The news for MMA fans in this region is that the UFC is coming back to Edmonton. UFC 240 between champion Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar for the featherweight title is set for July 27. I do not know if I will be there or not — usually at that time of year I am...
22:01 trail equipment »Pedaling PEI
22:01 The Blue Bottle »justpictureit
photo - The Blue Bottle

I showed b/w and coloured photos of this frosty window and bottle years ago. This shot is newer, taken during this most recent winter. The blue bottle was my mothers, given to her when she was a child.

21:12 Big twister threat down in Tornado Alley into Monday!! »John Cairns Blog
It’s obviously a serious situation when the evening news decides to lead off their broadcasts with, no, not Trump again, but tornado alley coverage. Yes, apparently there is a major tornado threat down in Oklahoma, Kansas and North Texas on Monday. A multi-day siege of severe weather continues into early this week, including a threat...
19:38 Qavah: What are you WAITING for? »Hebrew Word Lessons
WAIT: qavah. Verb. (Strong’s 6960). Root: קָוָה Sounds like: kaw-vah Today is the birthday of my incredibly bright, introverted, creative and valiant daughter, Bridget. Her birth was painful (as all drug-free births are), but I was fortunate in regards to how abruptly it started and how quickly it ended. I was particularly blessed, as she… Continue reading Qavah: What are you WAITING for?
19:18 A quick on-location shoot with hiking enthusiast Julia Cook »nathan rochford:blog

A quick on-location shoot with hiking enthusiast Julia Cook

11:45 Patti Kusturok and Jeremy Rusu at St. Paul's Anglican Church » from peter rukavina

Manitoba fiddler Patti Kusturok accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Rusu at the National Fiddling Day celebration at St. Paul’s Anglican Church on May 18, 2019. Sound engineering in the hall was by Brent Chaisson; I plucked this sound from the back of the church with my phone.

11:33 Geolocation error: User denied geolocation prompt » from peter rukavina

I’m putting this here because I ran into a confounding issue that it took me a long time to find a solution for, and I’m hoping to solve the issue for others in the same situation.

You’re using Firefox and OpenStreetMap on a Mac and you’re clicking on the “Show My Location” icon in the toolbar and you’re seeing the error “Geolocation error: User denied geolocation prompt”:

OpenStreetMap screen shot showing geolocaiton error dialog

You’re seeing this despite having granted Firefox permission to use your location for

Firefox permissions dialog for

You are confounded. You search for answers, and all you find are references to geolocation and https, but you’re already accessing via https, so that’s not the issue.

The issue might lie with your macOS Location Settings:

Screen shot of macOS Location Settings

Open System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Location Services and make sure the settings is checked (you might need to click on the padlock in the bottom-left and enter your system password to be able to make this change).

Once you do this, you should find that the “Show My Location” process works in OpenStreetMap as expected:

Screen shot showing OpenStreetMap Show My Location working in Firefox

06:30 Rain redeveloping before dawn tomorrow across PEI »peistormchaser
Sunday, May 19th 6:30am.. A north-south oriented ridge of high pressure is current;y located across western NB and will drift eastward today crossing the island early this afternoon. Best chance ot see some sunshine will be early today as clouds … Continue reading
00:24 National Fiddling Day » from peter rukavina

Today was National Fiddling Day, an occasion for which we have Libbe Hubley to thank, as it was her Private Members Bill in the Senate that conjured it into being.

The day was marked here in Charlottetown with a rousing concert St Paul’s Anglican Church.

Just in case you were concerned that you might have missed a statutory holiday, An Act Respecting National Fiddling Day offers clarity on this point:

For greater certainty, National Fiddling Day is not a legal holiday or a non-juridical day.

Saturday May 18, 2019

22:01 Special Sunday »justpictureit
photo - Special Sunday

From the same night I went to the wharf to see the traps. This would be my Mom's birthday were she here on earth.

12:02 Lilac Favs »Aiken House & Gardens
11:52 98 Cents of Hand Soap » from peter rukavina

We refilled this hand soap dispenser with Downeast Hand & Body soap at Riverview Country Market for 98 cents. (the original bottle of Nature Clean soap cost more than $5.00).

09:35 Wut »Dave Atkinson


08:56 Rain expected to end near noon today across PEI.. »peistormchaser
Saturday, May 18th 9:00am.. A low pressure system tracked SE across NB last night and is now located just east of Halifax and will continue to move SE today. Rain associated with this system will end from wets to eats … Continue reading
05:48 Two days ago, they just had that soft fluff. Out of nowhere, feathers! And wings! »Dave Atkinson

Two days ago, they just had that soft fluff. Out of nowhere, feathers! And wings!

Friday May 17, 2019

21:01 Hunter River »Pedaling PEI
21:01 Lucy Sprung »justpictureit
photo - Lucy Sprung

Lucy is getting accustomed to being outside more. She has decided to join the crowd.

14:28 My Technique Scored us 4 km of Range » from peter rukavina

At the end of our trip to South Melville yesterday, Trudy, whose Chevy Bolt I’d driven there and back, called up the “Range Impacts Since Last Full Charge” screen, which shows factors that influenced the range of the car:

Display of the Chevy Bolt

The outside temperature last night was about 4ºC, which explains the 15 km loss there; it also explains why we lost 10 km from “climate settings,” as we needed to turn on the defroster a couple of times.

The 7 km loss from “elevation” can be explained by the hilly terrain between Charlottetown and South Melville:

Elevation profile of the trip from Charlottetown to South Melville

The elevation between Charlottetown and South Melville, from

The most interesting number–and the only one that I had any influence on–is “technique,” and it reflects my behaviour braking and accelerating. And my (essentially random) technique scored us an additional 4 km of range.

11:47 Peanut Butter Coconut Energy Bites »My Island Bistro Kitchen

Energy bites (sometimes called energy balls, power balls, protein balls, or bliss balls) are a super tasty and convenient on-the-go snack. My recipe for Peanut Butter Coconut Energy Bites is easy to make and requires no cooking or baking  (provided, of course, that you buy the coconut already toasted and you don’t have to turn … Continue reading Peanut Butter Coconut Energy Bites

The post Peanut Butter Coconut Energy Bites appeared first on My Island Bistro Kitchen.

10:25 Apple To Build Broken Link For Watch And Hearing Loss »NJN Network

Recent rumours say Apple is building the broken link for Apple Watch and hearing loss. Apple Watch and Made For iPhone hearing aid users may be able to stream audio from the Watch.

The post Apple To Build Broken Link For Watch And Hearing Loss appeared first on NJN Network.

08:27 More rain expected tonight and tomorrow across PEI. »peistormchaser
Friday, May 17th 8:30am.. A stationary area of low pressure located over the northeastern Gulf of Saint Lawrence will continue to give cloud and few showers to the island especially down east. A second area of low pressure in southern … Continue reading
07:27 Bubbles - part 2 »Diary of a Squirrel

Thursday May 16, 2019

22:32 A bad week of celebrity deaths: Doris Day, Tim Conway, Peggy Lipton etc. etc. »John Cairns Blog
Wow, it really has been a lousy last few days of celebrity deaths. Here is a rundown of a few of them: Doris Day, singer and movie star, dead at 97. Tim Conway, comedian most famous for appearing on The Carol Burnett Show, dead at 85. Peggy Lipton, of The Mod Squad, dead at 72....
22:09 We may not be big, but we're small » from peter rukavina

Earlier this morning Terry Howatt thoughtfully left a comment here about a meeting tonight of the PEI Electric Vehicle Association in South Melville.

As I’m curious about such things, and eager to learn more from people who aren’t try to sell me something, I dropped a line to my new friend Trudy (who also came to me by way of this blog) to see if she wanted to go to the meeting with me. Trudy is almost two months into her own experience as an electric vehicle owner: she purchased a Chevy Bolt at the end of May.

Trudy quickly wrote back, said she was game, and offered me a drive. When she showed up at my place at 5:45, she hopped out of the driver’s seat and offered me the opportunity to drive the Bolt, which I eagerly accepted.

When we arrived at Harry Smith’s house in South Melville we were greeted by three Nissan Leafs, a Tesla Model S, a Tesla Model 3, a homebrew SUV conversion, and another Bolt. And an enthusiastic group of EV owners and owners-to-be.

The proceedings were informal, the refreshments were well-turned-out, and the group proved generous and willing to answer my endless stream of questions.

Driving Trudy’s Bolt was a joy: it’s fun to drive, comfortable and roomy; after 20 minutes I forgot that I was driving an electric car.

If you’re interested in attending the next monthly meeting, or if you simply have questions about electric vehicles, you can contact the group by email at

22:01 New signage »Pedaling PEI
22:01 Friday Filler »justpictureit
photo - Friday Filler

The wharf was so filled with traps, all I could see on the boats was the lights, radar and aerials atop the superstructure. The second photo shows docks removed for the winter. A couple of weeks ago I showed docks frozen under ice and snow that had not been brought in due to our sudden freeze up. These docks are probably in the water now as these photos were taken 30 April.

18:07 Feathers! »Dave Atkinson


16:37 Community Notices »Women's Equality PEI
Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, May 16, 2019 New listings this week: 1) Help us find a young, bilingual leader 2) PEIBWA Activities 3) DownStreet Dance Studio – demonstration and lesson 4) Invitation: Creating Communities of Kindness Tour featuring Award-Winning Film “Salaam B’y – A Story of a Muslim Newfoundlander” […]
11:01 Antlers for Dogs and Puppies »Woman, Wife, Mother and a Professor
09:23 Another cloudy cool day expected today across PEI.. »peistormchaser
Thursday, May 16th 9:20am.. A slow moving low pressure system tracked along the Atlantic coast of NS yesterday and is now located just north of Cape Breton Island. This system will weaken today as it move north to be located … Continue reading
06:20 Poppy and Geogie. Icons, siblings, pals. »Dave Atkinson

Poppy and Geogie. Icons, siblings, pals.

Wednesday May 15, 2019

22:01 Walk in the rain »Pedaling PEI
22:01 Going Back Home »justpictureit
photo - Going Back Home

Out to photograph traps and boats, I also had to stop to capture the rich colours in the evening's golden hour. No colour alteration has been done here.

20:40 "The price of not being supportive is too much" » from peter rukavina

Archdeacon John Clarke, Rector of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, in a blog post today:

That’s why it is important for the Church (our Church) to remain cautious about how we behave in the world, by what we buy, believe, support and protest. That’s why it is important for us to continue to do things like participating in the Pride Parade, either as participants or spectators, to show our support of several groups of people who are persecuted, in one way or another for no good reason.

It’s a little disconcerting, I must say, to see the crowds lining the streets of Charlottetown do a double-take when they see St. Paul’s Church in the Pride Parade. It is sad that only two churches participate in the Parade, because as along as people are persecuted, imprisoned and even sentenced to death due to their sexuality we have a responsibility to stand with, march with and celebrate with them until they enjoy freedom. The price of a guilty conscience is too much.

Pride PEI marks 25 years on PEI and this years Festival begins on July 20, and the Pride Parade is scheduled for July 27. The price of not being supportive is too much.

I’m proud to be the Church’s neighbour.