Our latest event and Winter in Alberta

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.

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Part of the crowd for the event

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.

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Jerry saving the day
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Intro by Jayena Collins
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Michelle giving her presentation

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.

IOgrapher camera hardware
IOGrapher for the iPad

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.

Here is the summary reel of the event on YouTube.

Event Summary Reel

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Our new hometown; Cochrane, Alberta

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 CreekBanff 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.

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Rockyview Hotel, Cochrane

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Main Street Cochrane

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Bow River Valley and Rockies west of town

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Magnificent Blue fall skies

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View west from top of Cochrane Hill

Our First Tower Garden Crop

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.

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First crop in the planting stage

Crop week 1 a

Just planted in the Tower Garden

Crop week 2 a

Week two after full strength Tower Tonic Added

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Week two, lettuce, tomatoes and peppers taking off

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