Monthly Archives: September 2012

Still Recovering

I’m still recovering.  I left church right after Sacrament Meeting.  2 hours of sitting was a little hard on me.

I literally spent the day on my back except for a short period of time when the sister missionaries came for dinner.  I’ve been hoping I could start riding soon, but I don’t think tomorrow will be that day.

Taking it Easy

After yesterday’s procedure, I’m taking it easy today.  There is nothing like rest to recover from any type of stress (and yes, physical pain is stress).

I spent most of the day gathering images to be printed for Elizabethe to scrapbook.  She’s been making comments that she never sees the photos I take of friends and family.  The best way to resolve that was to print them.

After adding all the images to the shopping cart, the total read about $68.  Ouch!  That’s a lot of prints.  It better last her through the winter.

Pain in the Butt

Any medical procedure performed in the rectal area is going to hurt.  Never let anyone tell you other wise.

About 6 weeks ago, the doctor found a lump in my prostate, and this morning they performed a biopsy.  I won’t know the results for at least a week.  After the procedure the doctor did say the chances that it is cancer are small.  He gave it a 30% probability.

I won’t gross out my readers with the details, but I will say the most painful part was getting shot with pain-killer.  It left me wondering if the actual procedure was as painful, then why not skip the pain-killer and just get it over.

Sitz baths have become very welcome today.  Each bath offers relief for about 2 hours, and then the pain-in-the-butt is back.   I also didn’t realize there were so many pain receptor nerves in that part of the body.  Pain is the body’s warning system; I realize that.  But, you don’t expect that type of pain in that part of the body.

I have a new-found appreciation for women who go through child-birth.  The tool used for my biopsy was not very big, and certainly nowhere near as big as a baby’s head.  How an eight-pound child makes it through the birth canal without killing the mother is a miracle.

Another Ride

Clay and I have been pretty consistent in riding at 6:45am.  We again headed east on the Erie Canal Trail for our pre-work bicycle ride.  Today was a little warmer than yesterday.

It is lawn mowing day again.  This time I didn’t use the catcher and just directed all the clippings to one section of the lawn.  The last time it took 4 hours with the catcher, and I don’t have 4 hours to spend mowing today.

I’m still working on my book, Little Black Dress – Never Tell Your Daughters They Can’t.  I need more participants, I’ve got a lawyer, paralegal, mayor, model, student, and I could use many more.  If you know impressive women, have them call me.  The photo session takes about 15 minutes.  The more participants I get, the sooner I can publish my book.

D. Brent Walton is a professional photographer.  He is currently photographing women for his next book, Little Black Dress – Never Tell Your Daughters They Can’t.  The book will feature women from all walks of life with short biographic statements.  The book is dedicated to women who make a difference in this world.  You can see Brent’s work at

6:45 AM

6:15am comes quickly.  The alarm goes off and I just want to press snooze, but I realize I have a friend who will be on his bicycle at 6:45am looking for me to join him on our morning ride.

This morning was a little chilly.  I met up with Clayton on Stafford Road and we headed to the Erie Canal Trail and made our way east.  After a while of riding, you don’t seem to notice the cold as the blood warms your body from the inside out.

Erie Canal

Erie Canal Near Swift’s Landing

We’ve been riding to the turn off to Swift’s Landing, and then turning around and heading home.  I think I could ride a bit longer, but Clayton has to get home and cleaned up for work.

We had another nice evening at the temple.  It was nice to see a fair number of people attending on a Tuesday night.  Of course, it would be nice if every session was full.

Watkins Glen with Friends

Elizabethe and I took the Ellsworths to Sauders and then Watkins Glen today.  It was a perfect day weather-wise – not to hot and not too cold.

The Ellsworths

The Ellsworths

We went part way up the canyon.  Elizabethe went a bit further than she did the last time before she tired.


Waterfall at Watkins Glen

Cavern Fall

Cavern Fall

Sheet of Water

A Sheet of Water falls down the canyon

We returned home in time to rest and have dinner before I headed to Penfield were I addressed the SmugMug User Group on the topic of 5 Things Business Owners do to Undermine Their Own Business.  My presentation was the first on this topic and it went quite well.  (On November 1st I will be doing a 1/2 day workshop called 25 Things Business Owners do to Undermine Their Own Business.)

Deep-Fried Oreos

With all the tomatoes we have, I decided to make spaghetti for dinner, along with yellow squash (which we are still getting lots), and brocoli rabe.  For dessert, I thought I would make some deep-fried Oreo cookies.

All went well until it came time for the cookies.  First, trying to flip them over in the fryer resulted in their breaking up.  Then, because my batter was chocolate, it was really difficult to tell how done they were getting.  As a result, some got a little burnt.  I think the next time I might use a non-chocolate batter.

This week is going to be a busy week.  Thank goodness for Sundays.

300 Pounds of Produce

Elizabethe went out and bought 300 pounds of produce – tomatoes, mushrooms, peaches and nectarines.  A friend came over to help can the stuff, and I decided to help out.  After our friend left, Elizabethe and I kept working until about 9:30pm when I got worn out.  Elizabethe kept going until about midnight.

I voted to throw some jalapeno peppers into the peach jam.  The compromise was one batch with, and one batch without.  I was surprised when Elizabethe commented she liked the jalapeno version.  In addition I made some peach salsa.

Chopped Peppers

Chopped Peppers




When all was done, Elizabethe counted over 100 bottles.  We still have produce left over.  I’m not sure what the plan is with that.

By the way, we still have a few rooms available for Pageant 2013.    Book now because rooms are going faster than they did last year!

500 Mega-pixel Image

The wonderful thing about digital photography is that you can combine several images to create a composite image.  I’ve been tasked by a commercial client to create an image that is 17 feet by 9 feet.  The final image will be equivalent to a 500 mega-pixel image.  Granted, there are 60 Mega-pixel cameras out there, they will cost you about $45,000.  In this case, I’m using a 22 MP camera and taking multiple shots to create the final image.

If you haven’t guessed, I spent most of my day stitching this 500 MP image together.  The time consuming part isn’t the retouching required to blend each 22 MP image, but the time it takes to save the file.  You’d hate to do a bunch of work and then lose it, so I save often and after any major change.  I have enough time during saves to go and fix a sandwich and drink.  It’s crazy.

Of course, the cool thing about this is theoretically I could have done this shot on different days and locations.  I didn’t, but I could have.  And, now having done it, I can offer this as an option.  Imagine a family photo where you couldn’t get everyone together on the same day or even in the same place!

I can do it.  Just get your check book out.