Monthly Archives: June 2016

Mulch Around Trees

Mulch Around Trees

I used grass clippings to mulch around trees last time I mowed.  I noticed it is working, so this time I mulched a few more trees.  I have no shortage of grass clippings.

Last time for mulch around trees we used wood chips.  It was expensive and we have a LOT of trees.  Grass clippings, if it keeps working fine, will save us a few hundred dollars a year.

We are behind with the rainfall this year.  Our grass is getting dried.  They aren’t calling it a drought, but a rainfall shortage.  They said we’re about 3″ behind normal.  (Normal is about 4″ a month.)  The nice part about dry grass is it doesn’t clog the catcher’s shute.  This makes it faster to mow the lawn!

There are a lot of photos to upload to  I spent the rest of the day working on uploading.  After uploading a batch, I have to give them a description and search words.  It is a time consuming process.

I realize some of these pictures are difficult to tell where they were taken.  It is a good thing they have time-stamps in the file.  By sorting by that I can tell where they were based on what comes before and after.




One of the tastiest sandwiches is the corned beef Ruben.  (Especially the way I make them.)  Subway is offering corned beef Rubens for a limited time.  I think they should be permanently on their menu.

I too Tom to lunch there today. We both ordered Rubens.  Subway does a decent job.  The big difference between there’s and mine is I grill the rye bread and get a good crunch on the outside.  There’s is on a rye bread roll.  The roll isn’t bad.  I hope they keep it on the menu.

Tom was in 7th heaven eating that Ruben.  He kept saying, “Now that’s a tasty sandwich.”

Photo Editing

I got done editing the photos from Kirtland.  Now, the TRUE meaning of editing photos is sorting through them and throwing out the bad and keeping the good.  That is what I did — photo editing.

I retouched a few too.  Retouching is where you modify the photo by removing flaws, distractions, or changing portions of the photo.  A lot of people also call this Photoshopping (a term that Adobe hates).

Someone recently said that Adobe calls Photoshop “photo editing software”.  Well, whomever came up with that didn’t know what photo editing was either.

I guess I’m old-school.


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Kirtland Pulpit Under Construction

Educational Meeting

Educational Meeting

I attended a very educational meeting with Karl Ricks Anderson, and in all places, in the Kirtland Temple.  We met in the same room on the 3rd floor where many heavenly manifestations were given.  Karl is an expert on Kirtland, Ohio.

Karl shared with us quotes from several prophets regarding the significance of Kirtland.  Calling Kirtland the “Holy Land” of the church, Karl shared many scriptures with us.  The man is amazing.  He knows his stuff about Kirtland.

At the end of our meeting, he gave us some notes he prepared for us.  Having copies of his books with him, I bought both books as well.  Karl signed one of the books.

As I left the Historic Kirtland site, I turned the wrong way.  Uhg.  I got to the freeway, but it cost me about 20 minutes.  I made it home about 4:10pm.  That is just enough time to use the bathroom and change in to my white shirt.

The good news is I got to the temple on time.

Friend from Oakland Temple

I’m in the changing room and this guy walks in.  I know he looks familiar.  Then I remembered.  We worked in the Oakland Temple together.  It was Tom Cutting.

Tom and his wife came with family members to be sealed to their parents.  I wish I could have been in the sealing room, but I had other assignments.

Significant Date

Significant Date

June 27th, 1844, is a significant date in history.  172 years ago on this date a mob shot and killed Joseph Smith, Jun., and his brother Hyrum  at the Carthage Jail in Carthage, Illinois.   It’s also ironic I am in Kirtland, Ohio, today.

After breakfast the four of us hopped in to the rental car.  We are meeting for a back-of-the-scene-tour of the Kirtland Temple.

They were waiting for us when we arrived.  There were four additional people for a total of 8 plus our tour guide.

The tour took us in to the basement, attic and bell tower.  (I tell you, these 8″ run and 12″ rise stairs are backwards compared to our 12″ run and 8″ rise today.)   They also allowed us a close look at the pulpits in the assembly room.

Imagine standing where the keys of past dispensations were restored in these latter-days!  It is awesome.   In the Doctrine and Covenants it reports:

“We saw the Lord standing upon the breastwork of the pulpit, before us; and under his feet was a paved work of pure gold, in color like amber.

“His eyes were as a flame of fire; the hair of his head was white like the pure snow; his countenance shone above the brightness of the sun; and his voice was as the sound of the rushing of great waters, even the voice of Jehovah, saying:

“I am the first and the last, I am he who liveth, I am he who was slain; I am your advocate with the Father.” (D&C 110:2–4.)

A Special Room

We also spent time in the end dormer room of the temple.  In this room, several visions and revelations were given.  This is a very special room in the Kirtland Temple.

The Community of Christ owns the Kirtland temple today.  The behind-the-scene tour cost $30 and takes a couple of hours.

We met with the site director of the Community of Christ.  I did not take pictures the entire morning because we didn’t have their permission.  Since it is private property, I respect that.   I sat quietly in the meeting, but I learned much.


Lunchtime is upon us and we struck out.  The first place we went to didn’t open until 4pm.  We went to check out DiBella’s and saw Quaker Steak and Lube.  None of us have eaten there, so we went for it.

A trendy place decorated with cars and motorcycles, they play off the Quaker State Oil theme.  Their sauce is “lube sauce”.


We spent our afternoon visiting the quarry where they cut some of the stones used in the temple construction.  The place was surrounded by poison ivy.  I have never seen that much poison ivy in a single location.

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Quarry For Temple Stones

We also spent a good amount of time in the “flats” of Kirtland.  This is where I shot most of my pictures.

I love the sound the waterwheel makes at the sawmill.  I could take pictures there all day.

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Sawmill in Kirtland

Longer Than Mapquest

Longer Than Mapquest

I normally trust Mapquest’s estimated travel time.  This time I realized my driver was longer than Mapquest estimated.  It took me an hour longer than Mapquest’s estimate.

I left as soon as Sacrament Meeting was over and drove to Kirtland where I met up with three men from the Church History Department.  While I was late, the decided to take the Kirtland Temple Tour (which I’ve been on several times) and meet me at the Community of Christ’s Visitors’ Center.

We drove from there one of the guy’s brother’s home about 30 minutes away.  They fed the four of us dinner.  We had a wonderful visit and some great food.

While it was still daylight, we drove to Hyrum, Ohio, where the John Johnson home is located.  This is the house where a mob dragged Joseph Smith from his bed and tarred and feathered him.  Of more importance is the  vision of the 76th Second of the Doctrine and Covenants.

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Desk and Revelations

Mentor, Ohio

Our hotel was in Mentor, Ohio.  Mentor is the exit off I-90 for Kirtland.  There is not a lot in Kirtland so you end up staying down the road in Mentor.  Both Mentor and Kirtland are outside Cleveland, Ohio.

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Site Missionaries, Aaron, Jake, Curtis and Me – John Johnson Home

It was nice to get checked in to the hotel.  I was beat after spending all that time in the car.  We have an 8am meeting in Kirtland in the morning.

Good Move

Good Move

Good move Brittan in leaving the European Union.  I thought it was stupid when several countries gave up their financial sovereignty and joined the EU in the first place.  I also applaud British Prime Minister David Cameron for resigning.  He was against leaving the EU and announced he cannot lead England in a direction the people voted to go.  I wish more U.S. politicians had those kind of ethics.  Another good move.

I received an email from my financial advisor about the effects of Brittan’s vote.  Yes, it had a negative impact on the stock market.  No need to panic, instead, now is the time to buy while prices are low.  However, there are those who will run around like Chicken Little.

Part of the bedroom swap was connecting an HDMI cable so I can plug my laptop in to the TV.  WOW.  Impressive.  I didn’t realize my TV made such a great monitor.  (This is the TV I won from AT&T – a Sony Bravia.)

With the WiFi router moved, I can also plug the Sony Bravia directly in to the router now.  That’s nice for streaming internet movies, however I noticed when someone is on the phone (we have a VoIP system), the movies start to buffer.  I guess the VoIP takes priority over the streaming videos.

In the meantime, if you need a tripod, visit my sponsors at B&H.  I love my Sirui T-005X.

Sixty Cent Wings

Sixty Cent Wings

I am not wild about Buffalo Wings, but I do like BBQ wings, so when I saw that Flaherty’s had Sixty cent wings, I was ready to order.  Normally 10 for $9.99, Thursday nights I can get 15 for $9.00.  That’s a deal.

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The Canal Connection Chamber of Commerce had their meeting at Flaherty’s on Route 31 tonight.  We had a nice showing.  With seven people in attendance we were able to have some great discussion about upcoming activities.


Earlier in the day I attended the Tri County Networkers meeting.  As soon as it was over I went to return the cable modem to Time Warner.  $10/month modem rent pays for itself real quickly.  I took a couple of wrong turns on the way there.  My route was not the most direct route, but I eventually got there.

A stop at BJ’s on the way home resulted in finding a good price on UPS units.  I bought two.  One for Elizabethe’s computer and one for the TV, cable modem, router and all of that stuff.

Speaking of UPS units, I found an 8KW one on Amazon.  That could power the entire house!  It has lugs for hardwiring it to the breaker box.  Someday.  Maybe.

Precious Time

Precious Time

I define precious time as one-chance occasions.  Children growing up, that’s precious time.  Friends growing old, that’s precious time too.  And so it is with my lunches with Tom.

I took Tom to Subway’s today for lunch.  He had a hard time deciding, but the young man behind the counter recognized him, and said, “Last time you had the BMT sandwich and liked it.  Would you like that again?”

Tom loved the sandwich.  He talked about how good the jalapeno peppers were on it.  While he repeats himself frequently now, he is always gracious and tells me how much he enjoys our lunchtime.

As we were leaving I noticed a sign advertising Subway’s Rubin sandwich.  I told Tom I love Rubin sandwiches and he said he does too.  Thus, we are all set for what we will order next week when we return.

We are still moving stuff from one bedroom to the other.  Things are slowly starting to look less cluttered.  I will be happy when things are all moved.

Elizabethe and I both worked so hard we decided to go grab some dinner instead of trying to cook it.  We ended up at the Patty Shack.  This makes TWO meals today we’ve eaten away from home.

Power Outage

Power Outage

A man knocked on the door and informed me that RG&E is replacing a utility pole and we will have a power outage for 2 hours.  This surprises me because I think they would run bypass lines and instead of having one two hour outage they could have had 2 5-minute outages.  Oh, well.

During the power outage my UPS kept alarming.  This is either because the generator is fluctuating or because the UPS battery is going bad.  It will look in to this later.

The power came back online about 10 minutes before we went to the temple.  I went to check on my UPS and during the two hour outage, my UPS failed.  Yes, I think the battery is going bad.

This is probably the longest run for our generator.  It is nice to know it kicks in automatically and can keep running as long as it has fuel.  It’s a good insurance policy.

Our temple shift went well.  When we left there were lots of people outside walking the temple grounds and taking pictures.  We love tourist here.

For those planning a trip here, plan to spend some time here.  We have lots to do in the surrounding area.  There are waterfalls, museums (several in Palmyra), amusement parks, lakes, the Erie Canal and many more things to keep you busy.

IPC Ready

IPC Ready

I’m IPC ready.  I submitted my 8 images (4 photographs, 4 paintings) to ICP today.

I found myself asking, “Why am I doing this?”

Is it for the honor of men?
Will it help bring in more clients?
Is it worth it at all?

To let a panel of people decide whether or not your image deserves a merit is, when you think of it, kind of strange.  One of the best photos I have ever shot did not receive a merit at IPC.  In fact, it upset other Master Photographers more than it did me.  After all, they already had the credentials, and then to have spurred me on all year proclaiming mine was not only a merit print, but should be added to the Loan Collection only discounted their opinions too.

At this point, it would be silly to drop out.  I’m 3 merits away from being a Master Photographer, and 7 from being a Master Artist.  That would be like attempting to swim across the English Channel, getting almost there, and then swimming back because it is too far.

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Title: Lips – a Loan Collection Image

Emotionally Vested

An artist is emotionally vested in his/her work.  That makes it difficult to see little things the judges might catch.  You miss these little things because the image provokes an emotional response when you look at it.  They have no prejudicial emotion and so they see things you don’t.  I get that, and that is what makes choose the images so hard.

Sorting Magazines

Every once in a while I have to go through and sort magazines.  I think I spent about 2 hours doing that today.  The library is in for a big donation of recent magazines.  (I keep getting free subscriptions.  While some of them are free, many of them I have to write and tell them to stop sending them because their content is stupid, evil, or both.)

Either way, I’m ending this day being IPC Ready.