We’ve put the R.V. away for the winter. I’ve been spending time updating and preparing for next March.
I’ve hooked up the WiFi Ranger Go and Elite routers to our home wireless network. They work beautifully delivering speeds nearing 18 meg. Even my old laptop performs well when connected. It appears a good Internet connection in the campground is the answer. Speeds are reported by the routers themselves and I have combined the signal from both routers. I’ll update this review when I can determine up and download speeds.
Last summer, we stayed in certain campgrounds where I found administering the routers a chore. At nights so much of one I turned them off. We did stay in one campground that had multiple WiFi antennas and that experience was a joy.
By the way, the Go router is built into the device you can plug LAN cables in. The Elite router is in the external antennae. The Elite Antennae makes a lot more networks visible.
With this experience, I’m looking forward to next summer. We’ll be able to stay in touch and run our Juice Plus business from the RV. We are going back to that certain campground. I’ll speak to their management about improving their WiFi connection.
We recently assisted Jayena Collins present Cochrane Healthy Living with Michelle Ball. Our goal is to promote healthy living around the world. We’ve found that good nutrition has enriched our lives and drastically improved our retirement. Both Della and I are now healthy enough to enjoy our retirement. Consequently, we feel the need to share this information with our family, friends and the people we meet.
One of the ways this is accomplished is by having events to inform people about the benefits of good nutrition. We purposely ask people to leave their wallets at home as there is no obligation.
Last night, we (Jayena, Della, and myself) secured a local theater and advertised the event. Then winter hit Alberta. Many of our guests couldn’t make it due to the first serious blizzard in our area. Also neither could our speakers. Fortunately, technology came to the rescue. Funny how often it doesn’t but this time the results were wonderful. (I spent 20 years in I.T. and had issues with technology at pretty much every demo. But perhaps I’ll save that for another time.)
We use a product called Zoom to have virtual meetings. It came to our rescue big time. So did Jerry at the Cochrane RancheHouse who got everything setup at the last minute. Thankfully, Jayena or perhaps someone else maintained a clear head and suggested the use of Zoom.
Our speaker, Michelle Ball took refuge in a hotel in Sylvan Lake during the areas’ first blizzard. Sylvan is 120 kms. (85 miles or so) from Cochrane. She set up her laptop and gave her presentation remotely and saved the day. In some ways, it was more impressive as the Cochrane RancheHouse theater projected her image on their screen. It was the largest projector I’ve ever been involved with. Michelle’s image towered over the room and her content held everyone’s attention.
I dabble with recording our activities on an iPad, using iOGrapher hardware that allows lenses, lights and microphones to be added to the iPad. I use Pinnacle Pro software on the iPad that allows me to create, edit and upload all from the iPad within minutes.
Note: There were many people involved in the planning and execution of this event. Michelle Ball, Barb Kunst, Drew Pasay, Tamara Garstin are just a few I’m aware of. I’m certain that Jayena also relied on many people in her team.
We recently moved back to my home town, Cochrane, AB. Both Della and I feel like its home. It’s a beautiful part of Western Canada. We could post pictures all day but here is a few of our favorites.
Cochrane is barely outside Calgary, home of the famous Calgary Stampede. While Cochrane and Calgary share a western history, they’ve both grown. History is easily visible yet so is the influence of many other cultures. After all Calgary is 1.1 million people and Cochrane over 20 thousand.
We’re in the Bow River Valley so we’re heavily influenced by the Chinook Winds. Chinooks can change the temperature from -40 C (-40 F) to 0 C (32 F) in hours. That’s in winter for anyone not from around here. Temperatures during summer days are moderate. Nights can be cool as we are in the foothills.
Cochrane is in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Canmore, Bragg Creek, Banff and Banff National Park are nearby. Banff is just 100 kms (60 miles) west. Nature is right on the doorstep as Cochrane Ranche Park and Glenbow Provincial Park are just minutes from us.
Our doors are open for coffee or the weekend. Were happy to have coffee or show you around the area. We have a couple of spare bedrooms so bring a weekend bag.
We’ve been talking about how to improve our diet for the past year. We’ve relied on produce from supermarkets as we’ve never had a garden. We’ve found that produce from supermarkets is quick to spoil, simply doesn’t taste as good, isn’t ripe when harvested and consequently doesn’t contain all the nutrients. There’s no criticism there, Alberta is too cold in winter and a long ways from Florida, California, Texas and Central America where much produce originates.
Our solution is to use an in-door aeroponic growing system from Juice Plus+ called Tower Garden. Since no root vegetables can be grown and the Tower Garden will be inside this winter we’ve started with lettuce, tomatoes and peppers.
We’ve purchased the tomato frame and lights to support our first indoor crop. Water is pumped to the top of the tower and spills down to water the plant. The water is on 15 minutes each hour. The lights are on 14 hours a day. Everything is timed so our daily involvement is really light. We add water to the reservoir, check the pH and add nutrients every weekend.
First crop in the planting stage
Just planted in the Tower Garden
Week two after full strength Tower Tonic Added
Week two, lettuce, tomatoes and peppers taking off
The economy, health and moving expenses have caused a change of plans.
The dollar is hovering around .75 cents US. That causes us to reconsider our travel plans south this summer. By all accounts there is not going to be a turn around for a while. The Canadian election may cause some stability. A change in the price of oil north of $40.00 per barrel will make a bigger impact.
So, it looks like we’ll spend this winter in Cochrane. Since we’ve just moved in we have lots of projects to keep us busy.
We’ve begun our move to Cochrane. We’re planning the paint schemes and doing as much as possible before the movers come next week. The old blue is getting changed out. We want to go with colours that we’ve not used before. Since we’re looking at so many new colours we had some help from a consultant.
We’re here until early August then back to BC. Were going to the Abbotsford air show and then back to Williams Lake.
We’ve been making small changes in our life style since October of last year trying to recapture lost youth, or at least better health to enjoy the years ahead. We retired which is no small change. Shortly after both of us retired we had severe joint problems. Mines gone away but Della still suffers since she retired the end of April.
Among the changes are starting Juice Plus to improve our nutrition, walking 10,000 steps per day, substituting the Complete drink for two meals a day, drinking more water, and most recently biking. Today, got up had my shake and went for a bike ride down Skaha Lake. I’d say that constitutes a major lifestyle change. The view was wonderful. They say you never forget how to ride a bike. You do want to practise a bit though to avoid them prickly, desert like bushes around here though.