Need a Freezer?

I got a chuckle out of another photographer’s blog where he said the 3G[S] camera was so good he might abandon his dSLR. Really?

I took Jim Hippen over to Happiness Garden to look at where I need the door built.  (I just don’t have time to do-it-myself right now.  I’m hiring Jim to do the cellar door.)  While we were there, Jerry came down stairs and asked if he could get rid of this old, very old, freezer.  I’m guessing this freezer is about 1940 vintage.  It has several bays on top with these 1/2 fold, flip-flop, style lids.

If anyone wants it – to sell it for scrap, restore, or part-out, let me know.

I attempted to drill a soffit hole unsuccessfully.  This means I have to do something else for the ceiling insulation.  I’m not sure what at this point.  The roof should have been built with soffits, but it’s too late now.

President Clawson called and asked if we would house a couple of service missionaries.  They need a place by tomorrow.  So, it looks like we’ll have a couple of full-time elders living with us temporarily.

There were some very dramatic clouds in Rochester today.

Clouds in Rochester
Clouds in Rochester

(The iPhone camera really under exposes.  As a result, images like the above turn out pretty noisy.  I got a chuckle out of another photographer’s blog where he said the 3GS camera was so good he might abandon his dSLR.  Really?)

Speaking of iPhone photos, this one turned out better than expected.  This is of the Presbyterian Church at the Corner of the 4 Churches.  I took this as I was leaving Jim’s house yesterday.

Palmyra Presbyterian Church
Palmyra Presbyterian Church

Lake Ontario

…but you can see Russia from here.

All this work around the house recently made me feel a need to get out and see a little bit of our surroundings.  So, I suggested to Elizabethe we take a drive up to see what Lake Ontario looks like.  (It’s just a few miles north of us, but we have never seen it.)  We came home from church and had lunch and hopped in the car for a short drive.

We stopped at the Pate’s house and said, “Hi.”  They live in Williamson. 

The Pates
The Pates

She showed us her ostrich eggs that she decorates.  (Some time, I’ll have to ask her if I can photograph them.)

Across the street from there house was an old service station  that reminds me of the type of places you find along Route 66.

Old Service Station
Old Service Station

From there we drove to the lake…

Lake Ontario
Lake Ontario

The lake is so big you can’t  see Canada (but you can see Russia from here… just kidding).  However, you can see the curve of the earth.  We are talking a BIG lake.  Looking at them on the map doesn’t do any justice.

Petunea Patch
Petunia Patch

Where we parked the car there was a patch of petunias growning.  The flowers here are remarkable. 

So, that was our Sunday afternoon.

North Wall Complete

Elizabethe Out Front of Amy's Apartment
Elizabethe Out Front of Amy’s Apartment

After helping Amy and her son, Mike, move, I came home and with Jonathan’s help we got the north wall of the dry-house complete.   I think the hardest part of doing a wall like that is all the bending and stooping down to reach the lower boards. 

We also got both walls stained.  It is really starting to look cool as you can tell (or maybe you can’t) from this picture:

Dry-house progress
Dry-house progress

Those patches of white paint ar going to be coming off and I’ll do some cleanup, re-staining and varnishing of the window frames.  It will look spiff when it is all done.

That was about all I could  take today.  So, I spent the rest of the afternoon making some stuffed peppers and a meatloaf for tomorrow.

Soft Rain

Happy Birthday to Nathaniel. He’s 5 today.

“Rain, rain, soft rain at my window…”

I do like a nice soft rain once in a while.  It makes things smell nice and brightens up the place.

Looking Towards the Kitchen in the Rain
Looking Towards the Kitchen in the Rain

While I was out enjoying the rain, I noticed this plant.  Does anyone know if this is poison ivy or not?

Poison Ivy?  Virginia Creeper?  Something else?
Poison Ivy? Virginia Creeper? Something else?

Found out today I’ll be spending a week in Dallas mid-September.  Going to a class there.  With so much to do around here, I’m not real thrilled about traveling right now.  But, I am sure once I’m on my way with my camera in hand I’ll change my attitude.

Tomorrow will be another day of working on the dry-house.  My main goal is to get the north wall covered with tongue-and-groove.  Nothing more.

Oh, and a Happy Birthday to Nathaniel.  He’s 5 today.  Happy Birthday Bud!  Grandpa loves you!!!

More About the iPhone 3G[S]

Be informed.

So, why is it I can’t even get an app for the iPhone that will allow me to use the USB cable and treat my iPhone’s data storage area like a USB drive?

There are apps that let you WiFi and share files, however, you can’t use your USB to do the same thing.  Likewise, you can’t use your Bluetooth to do the same thing.  Just WiFi.   I poked around a lot at the app store looking for such apps.  The closest thing I found was one that lets you use your USB cable HOWEVER, at the computer end, you have to buy their $10 program. 

I bought it.  It lets me create folders inside of folders and I can drag and drop to it.  Everything was looking dandy until I tried to look at the pictures I dragged to my iPhone.

The first picture came up perfect.  At the top of the screen, a little pair of arrows appeared.  One pointing left, and the other pointing right.  So, I clicked on the right arrow to see the next picture.  Whoa!  That’s  not the next picture.  That’s a picture in a different folder.  So, I clicked the right arrow again.  That’s another picture from ANOTHER folder.

So much for their folder structure.  As you go through the files, no matter how you organize your folders, it treats all of the files as though they are in one big folder in alphabetic order.   (Don’t you just hate that?  I do.)

iPhone sky capture - unretouched
iPhone sky capture - unretouched

So, a friend posts a letter written by his mother-in-law to a certain senator about how this senator should push Obama’s heath care plan.  This bugs me.   It bugs me because it was written from an emotional point of view, and not armed with facts about the bills being presented on the floor. 

Be informed.  Visit and read the bills for yourself.

A Very Long Update

Microsoft sent out and update today and required a reboot.  The reboot resulted in waiting forever for my machine to come back up.  Let’s just hope it was worth it.

I spent a good portion of the day sneezing.  Those who know me that when I sneeze, I sneeze a LOT.  The problem with sneezing a lot is that it takes your strength away.  So, aside from fixing dinner and going to bed, that is all that is on my mind.  (The rest was sent spraying through the air with several dozen ‘ka-choos’.)

A Response to a Popular E-mail

I’m sure you have received e-mails like the following:

 Dear Friend,

 How are you and the members of your family? I hope all are in good health. I’m Miss Tonia Edward the only child/daughter of my parent,

 I am 19 years old girl. I lost my parent, and I have an inheritance fund from my late mother, My parents were very wealthy farmers and cocoa merchant when they were alive, After the death of my father, long ago, my mother was controlling his business until she was poisoned by her business associates which she suffered and died. Before the death of my mother, she secretly called me on her bed side and disclosed to me about the sum of Nine million Five hundred thousand U.S dollars she left in suspense account in one of the bank.

 It was the money she intended to transfer overseas for investment before her sudden death She also instructed me that I should seek for a foreign partner in any country of my choice who will assist me transfer this money in overseas account where the money will be save and invested wisely, Because of the current problem I decided to transfer the money to abroad where it will be save and invested, therefore, I am crying and seeking for your kind assistance in the following ways:

 (1) To provide a safe bank account into where the money will be transferred for investment.

(2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 19 years old.

(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit for me in your country.

 I will offer you 10% of the total amount for your willingness to help me, please kindly response to my mail immediately with your full personal information,

 Get back to me.

 Miss Tonia Edward.

My response:

I’m not sure how I’m your “Friend”, but I am concerned about your plight. 

Because things in the U.S. aren’t going to well with the current administration.  I’d rather keep things on a cash basis.  You say you’ll give me 10%.  That sounds fair.  I could use $950,000. 

So, here is how it will work.  E-mail me back with your bank account information.  Then, simply have them place the $9.5 million in a plastic trash bag and leave it in the park by the green bench near the playground.  Make sure they are all U.S. bills.  Tell them to come alone.  After I remove my 10%, I will deposit the rest of the cash in your bank account.  

Oh, and don’t bother coming over here.  Spend your money over there.  You’ll just end up having the IRS take it from you here.  Once they take it from you, our president will then loan it to his friend George Soros who will probably spend the money drilling for oil in your country anyway.  So, just save yourself the trouble.  (Oh, and you don’t need a guardian for your money since you are of a majority age. )

One final word… 

Use your money to invest in an education.  You need it.


You Know Who (after all, you contacted me)


Temple Presidency & Temple Missionaries

Twenty-one happy couples.

Today was a busy day.  The morning was full of administrative type work (backing up my server, copying files, etc.)  It is the type of stuff for which you wish you had an assistant who was on-the-ball and able to keep that stuff organized.

Tim Nickel started on the foundation of the 212 E Main Street building.  I met with him to get him started on that.

After lunch I photographed the temple presidency and all of the full-time temple missionaries.  We took a pictures of the group and each couple on the steps of the temple. 

Twenty-one Happy Couples
Twenty-one Happy Couples

Now, I would gather to guess that the average time-married for the above couples is 50 years (plus or minus).   I know for a fact that Elder and Sister Wallace just celebrated their 50th Anniversary.  Isn’t that cool!  In a day and age where people are lucky if their marriage last more than 2 years, here are a handful of couples who work at making their marriages last.  (A good reason for this is that Latter-day Saints are married for eternity in the temple — not “until death do you part”.)

I posted this picture because President Siebach (Palmyra Temple President) suggested all of the couples kiss.   At first, I think they were all too shy.  I said, “Ah, come on.  ALL of you!!!”  I had one chance for the shot and I got it.  :^)

Like any shoot, I went home and immediately started copying my memory cards. 

From there, it was off to Lowe’s to get more supplies for my remodel of the dry house.  Paint, stain, staples, screen, rafter trays, and another $125 plopped down for the job.  My plan was to come home and start painting the rafters.  However, I couldn’t find my roller tray and paint roller.  Uhg!  I should have bought new ones.  Two hours of hunting around. 

I did manage to get the spice rack on the wall.  So, the afternoon wasn’t an entire waste.  I promised my daughter Jennifer that I would post a photo.  Here’s the completed spice rack:

The BIG Spice Rack
The BIG Spice Rack


Today I was sustained as the Primary Pianist.  For those who are not familiar with how things are done in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, let me explain.  We have a lay ministry.  People don’t volunteer for positions, they are “called.”  In a congregation (called ward) the bishopric meets together and prayerfully considers what people would best be suited for each calling.  If the bishopric is united in their decision, they then interview the person and ask if they would accept that calling.

The funny thing is, recently I told a few friends that I thought Primary Pianist was the best calling in the church.  The Primary is Sunday School for kids ages 3-12.  They meet for an hour and 45 minutes each Sunday.  Part of that time is singing time.

So, I’m happy  to play piano while these children sing.  It is fun to watch and listen to them.  Being called as Primary Pianist is also an indication to me of our Heavenly Father’s love for all his children – both young and old. 

Primary Children at the Pioneer Day Picnic
Primary Children at the Pioneer Day Picnic

They sprang a couple of songs on me that I did not expect, but fortunately, they were ones I knew.  (I just hadn’t practiced them in a while.)  But, you know what? Those kids don’t care!  They are just glad to be singing songs they enjoy.

Michelle March and her mom, Sister Nausin, came up to me after Sacrament Meeting.  They were surprised to see me there.  I explained I now LIVE in Palmyra.  It is kind of fun to see people visiting our area from 3000 miles away.  Michelle used to work for IECO (Morrison-Knudsen Engineers) when I did… some 27 years ago.    Her brother and I have worked together in church capacities throughout the years too.  Michelle and her family were just passing through visiting the various church historic sites.

One Wall Done

Rome wasn’t built in a single day, as they say.

I managed to sleep in as long as I could today knowing I have a lot of work ahead of me.  So, about 8am it was up-and-at ’em as I prepared to dive in to the dry-house with all my might.

East-end of the Dry-house (aka office, right)
East-end of the Dry-house (aka office, right)
The Office - looking east
The Office – looking east
This is the wall I am going to tackle today.
This is the wall I am going to tackle today.


Elizabethe Cleans the Planks
Elizabethe Cleans the Planks

Elizabethe came out and washed down the planks with Pinesol.  It is amazing how planks in an attic can get so dirty in 60 years.  Yuck.  Some of the planks were nearly black in color.

In the meantime, I pulled down the remaining planks, removed nails from the rafters, and dug out pieces of particle board that were stuck between the walls and the rafters.  I also filled the holes in the rafters with calking.  (The rafters are going to be painted white.

About 1pm I started piecing together the tongue-and-groove boards on the south wall.   Some planks were just a few inches too short.  Others were way off.  Of course, you want the seams to come together where there’s a stud.  So, it was measure, cut, measure, cut, and so on until about 3pm.

We got the wall DONE! 

I was physically exhausted.  Elizabethe suggested Chill-n-Grill, but honestly, ice cream did not sound good right then.  But, a nice sandwich with lots of trimmings did.

My completed wall.
My completed wall.

Here is what I still have left to do:

  • install plastic roof trays
  • drill soffit holes
  • insulate roof
  • install sheetrock (ceiling and east wall)
  • install tongue-and-groove on north wall
  • paint rafters white
  • tape sheetrock
  • paint ceiling
  • clean concrete floor
  • epoxy concrete floor
  • install ceiling fan, lights, outlets and switches
  • install air conditioner
  • move furniture into office
  • celebrate its completion

I’ll get there.  Rome wasn’t built in a single day, as they say.