Keto Krazy?

Well, hopefully not too crazy, but I’m getting into the Ketogenic Diet and doing a lot of reading, listening & research in general. It seems to have some fabulous benefits with the usual problem of making a big change in eating habits, and this will be a big switch!

I’m not planning on jumping in hard core but more of a gradual adoption of a new way of eating. For sure there will be some major breaks with the plan over the next week or two. For example, we’re committed to an event at
DeLuca’s where it will be unlimited pasta, bread, desserts and wine, not exactly a Keto friendly environment. 

So, what have I been looking at and doing so far? Here’s a few lists:

Books

Web Sites & Podcasts

Web

Podcasts

Things I’ve tried so far

  • Bulletproof coffee
    • Butter in coffee!?! Sounds weird but tastes pretty good. Plus MCT oil. 
  • Keto Breakfast Taco
    • Proclaimed a success by my breakfast buddy. Chopping up the bacon makes it a little easier to eat without destroying the egg taco shell.
  • Stevia, well actually Truvia
    • Dropping Splenda & sugar for Stevia. Tried this a while back but the taste was uggg! They must have improved the tase or I’m more tolerate now.  Actually in the Bulletproof Coffee, a sweetener is optional for me, it’s good without.
  • Cut the Carbs
    • Bye Bye to bread etc. This most likely will be a little tough to get used to. So used to lots of carbs.

Planning or thinking about trying

Gutenberg – Taking the plunge

A lot of controversy about WordPress 5.0 going to the Gutenberg editor and the block concept, but I’ve taken the plunge and installed the editor on both my blogs in a current but pre-5.0 version of WordPress. So far, so good and I’ve really not had any problems and I kind of like the block concept. Seems like we’re going there anyway so best to ride the horse in the direction it’s running.

Bike Activity

Not exactly a stellar month, but it’s something. Looks like it will be indoor training until fatbiking in the snow kicks in.

Fall Fishing – Is it really the best time?

This week at the lake I went out fishing twice. Both times had some similarities and some differences.  Both times nobody caught any fish. 🙁 however, one trip was way nicer that the other!

Last Wednesday it was warm, sunny and calm as Shirley and I went out so when we didn’t catch anything we at least had a nice time on the lake and enjoyed the fall scenery on the lake.

In The Hades

Yesterday, the weather was a different story. Roy invited me to go fishing and in spite of the cool 3°C with drizzle / rain I was up for the adventure. I layered up in some warm clothing and headed out to Roy’s place on Blindfold lake. What I wasn’t prepared for was the high water level on Blindfold Lake and what that would mean in terms of going over the boat lift into Lake of the Woods.

On the way over to the boat lift there is some casual talk about how the water might be flowing over the road! Sure enough the dock and road are under about 2-3 inches of water and I don’t have boots. So it’s shoes and socks off, roll up the pants and wade around in the water to get the boat over the lift. Going over is not too bad. The water is 60°F and we’ve only been out for 15 minutes. Two hours later we’re much colder, it’s now raining and coming back up to Blindfold is a little more involved.

Step one, get the boat on the dolly and use the hand winch to get it started and then hook on a rope to use with the power winch.

Getting ready to bring the boat up with the power winch.

Step 2, use the power winch to get the boat up the steep side and onto the flat section

Step 3, here she comes.

Boat coming up the steep side of the lift.

Step 4, pack up the rope & power winch back into the boat and push the dolly over to the Blindfold Lake side, which of course requires more walking around in the cold water.

My feet in the water.

A quick 10 minute but frigid boat ride back to Roy’s and were in the cabin where it’s toasty warm and having a much welcomed  hot coffee.

White Balance

I came across this PetaPixel article on using Plumber’s Tape as a Cheap Way to White Balance Photos. Sounded like a good idea so I gave it a try.

Here are my findings, you mileage may vary.

Three pictures all taken with the Canon 7D on a tripod with shutter release, same exposure & lighting.  The comparison would be the 7D’s auto white balance, the plumbers tape white balance corrected in Lightroom and using an expo disc to set the custom white balance in the 7D before taking the shot.

Canon 7D Auto White Balance (4,250)

Plumber’s tape on eraser, white balance corrected using eyedropper in Lightroom (5,650)

expodisc to set custom white balance in Canon 7D prior to shot. (3,400)

Plumber’s tape, too warm. expo disc too cold, 7D auto WB, just right. For my money, the 7D auto white balance nailed it. 

Out on The Lake

It’s a calm day at the lake with a sun/cloud mix that is quite pleasant with temperatures in the low 20°Cs. A perfect day for some boating and fishing!

After picking up some minnows and catching up a bit with Al of Smith Camps I’m back at the dock picking up Shirley and we head out.

Goin’ Fishin’

However, the fish were not cooperating! We try a couple of spots with no success. At some spots the fish finder shows lots of fish, but the end of the line is still empty.

We cruise through Eagle Pass, Moore Bay, The Hades,  Copper Island and our very own Needle Point before returning home. A very enjoyable couple of hours out on The Lake.

In The Hades

Fun Weekend with Family

Wonderful weekend with family at the lake.

We arrived on Friday evening for a 10 day stay and after unloading we spend some time with Gail & Gord as they are finishing up their month stay. Eric, Parker & Dane arrive late at close to midnight and get settled in for the weekend.

In the morning Parker & Dane meet Bentley & Zoe (schnauzer dogs) and there is a lot of excitement, a few tears and lots of barking. After breakfast Gail & Gord pack up and begin the drive back to Saskatoon.

 

So much happiness and joy especially for me. So special to see the Grandkids taking in the lake life and having so much fun and adventure. We seemed to do it all hiking, biking, swimming, playing games, building Snap Circuits and Geocaching. Strong warm winds make the lake a little rough so no boating but other than that we squeezed in a lot of action. The weather was fabulous with sun and almost 30°C! Seemed like a July weekend not mid September!

Searcing for a geocache on the Storm Bay road

Checking out the new ladder on the tree fort.

The Stewart Boys