Shortly after I came out to British Columbia in early 2006 I had a case of severely high blood pressure. It wouldn't have been fair to an employer for me to work for them until I got my health situation sorted out. I was on medications to lower the blood pressure and it took until early 2007 to find the cause. I finally went to a naturopath who found that a microscopic parasite was the cause for all this.

While getting my health in order, I took up blogging to share my photography. This way I wasn't wasting time and others got to enjoy the photos, not just me and those close to me.

In May of this year I had a mini-stroke cause again by severely high blood pressure. I may end up gong to the naturopath again since the specialist and other MDs can't seem to find the cause. This has only been a problem out here. Before that in Ontario, the blood pressure was only marginally high, not severely high like in BC.

Knowledge is good because being forewarned is forearmed!

All that said, enjoy this blog and all the photos I share with you.

Friday, January 21, 2011

scanner ready!

After weeks of trying to get things set up, my Epson Perfection V500 photo scanner is finally ready to go after I cleaned up the files on my laptop plus did a defrag of the head drive. Now since the software is installed, I'm ready to start scanning. This weekend is the time. I'll post some images before the weekend is out. Come back to see more! - V

Sunday, January 2, 2011

the honeybee and the varroa mite

Over the last year or so I've posted something about the honeybee and the problem with the varroa mite. A friend of mine and former co-worker sent me the link to a news article recently. It would appear that scientists in the United Kingdom have found a way of solving this riddle using genetic means. The article is entitled, "Genetic breakthrough in fight against honeybee killer." You can check it out by going to the Guardian website here. Comments, as always, are appreciated.

I plan to post more images once I have purchased a new laptop. The old one is starting to show its age and has its issues. In the meantime, I wish all a very happy, healthy and rewarding 2011!!! - V