Monthly Archives: November 2016

Goodbye November

Goodbye November

It’s goodbye November today.  This year is nearly gone.  It is unfathomable that we have one more month left.

It’s a packed day today.  Between taking Tom to lunch, going to a doctor’s appointment and picking up Elizabethe’s mom from the airport, this day is shot.

We stopped and ate dinner at Flaherty’s in Macedon.  All three of us ordered appetizers.  Elizabethe likes their potato coins.  I went for the nachos, and  I have enough leftovers for another meal.


I received notification that my tablet will arrive tomorrow.  I also received notification that Wacom’s tablet is now available.  The availability of the Wacom tablet had me stressed a little, but then I looked at B&H.  What’s available is the bottom of the line version which will NOT run the software I plan to use on the tablet.  So, that relieved my stress.

Goodbye November

The New Tablet

Reading reviews about Wacom’s support is one of the factors I used to make my decision.  This tablet they are coming out with keeps getting it’s release date pushed back.  That’s not a good sign.  Wacom makes a wonderful tablet, but it sounds like they aren’t prepared to support an actually computer.  Consequently, I want something I know will be supported if it breaks.

The new tablet will be completely dedicated to doing paintings.  No Internet browsing, no email, and no games will be on this tablet. It will be my mobile painting studio.

It must be the engineer in me that causes me to go for the most bang for the buck.  This one cost 1/3 of the Wacom tablet and 1/2 of the Microsoft Surface tablet.  Yet, it has the same amount of memory, hard drive and processor.





Ever since my accident physical activities have had a bad aftereffect.  While I accomplished a lot of things done yesterday, I’m paying the price today.  Perhaps I’m pushing things too much.

Perhaps it’s all part of getting old, but it is probably because I’m pushing too much.  The doctor said for each day you’re down it takes 1 week to recover.  Doing that math it will take 3 years.  I’ve got another year to go.

I’m not Kidding

I’m not kidding when I say I had to walk a distance to school.  When we lived in Idaho (1st through 4th grades), we had no bus service for school.  The only kids who rode a bus lived a LONG ways away from the school.  (Look up the distance from Moscow, ID, to Potlatch, ID.  The kids from Potlatch got bus service.  We did not.)

We didn’t have snow days.  In fact, I cannot recall one single time that school was cancelled.  None.  Zip.  It just never happened, and our weather was far more severe than it is here in Palmyra.

During a recent discussion I commented that the school district here has TOO many buses.  The person I was talking to said, “If they didn’t have buses, some of those children wouldn’t go to school.”

I think we have grown up taking formal education for granted.  My maternal grandfather left school in 6th grade to go to work.  He broke horses, owned a butcher shop with his brother, owned a small grocery store, and then worked for Union Pacific and earned a pension for his long service with the railroad.

Grandpa was one of the smartest, kindest and wisest men I ever knew.  His lack of a formal education wasn’t an issue.


Because his parents taught him well, he wasn’t lacking because the government didn’t educate him.  That brings me to this point…

Since when is it the government’s job to educate our children, haul them to and from school, feed and clothe them?


Much Accomplished

Much Accomplished

I got much accomplished today.  I started the day mowing the lawn and blowing the leaves in to piles.  The leaves are wet because of the snow (which is largely melted now), but it has to get done.

It took hours because of the thickness of the leaves.  The next step will be to get the missionaries to help rake them and move them to the street.

2-in-1 Laptop

I’ve been searching for a 2-in-1 laptop to dedicate to Corel Painter.  Wacom is coming out with a new one, but it is $3000!!!  Also, Wacom has a very poor reputation for customer support.  In addition, they keep moving the release date.  Currently the release date is “not available”.

I went to Best Buy where I carefully looked at every touch screen 2-in-1 with an i7 processor, 16GB RAM, quad HD or 4K video, and a 512GB solid state drive.  When I finally decided on one, they didn’t have it in stock.  I decided to order it anyway.

Of course, now I’m having buyer’s remorse due to not having it in hand.  There’s something unnerving about paying a lot of money for something and not coming home with it.  I can only wait.

Immediate Gratification

This anxiety about not coming home with it is endemic of immediate gratification.  When I was young I would order stuff from the back of comic book ads.  It was always, “Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.”

Thinking back, there was something exciting about waiting for that package to arrive.

3 – Model Painting Stand

The model painting stand I bought is a joke.  I didn’t even take a picture of it.  It’s mostly plastic and won’t hold anything with much weight.  Even the alligator clips are plastic.  The wires that hold the clips are insulated 14 gauge copper wire and the clips do not hold very securely to it.

Other Items

Other items include museum wax.  This is a sticky wax, much like beeswax, but it is translucent white.  It can be used to hold a ring upright without damage to the ring.


Cheese Steak Sandwiches

Cheese Steak Sandwiches

Jennifer and Spencer sent us home with a thick slice of prime rib.  Since the Elders are coming to dinner I have decided to make cheese steak sandwiches.

I sliced onions and peppers and mushrooms and caramelized them.  After thinly slicing the meat, I placed it on the grill, added some of the onion, pepper and mushroom mix, topped it with cheese, and covered it to melt.

They look delicious!

Church Today

Church today seemed to pass quickly.  Before long we were driving home.  As soon as I got home I hit the bed for a nap because  I’m beat.  (I woke last night with a bad headache and I still have it.)

I remembered to get a substitute for next week (our granddaughter’s baptism day).

Christmas Initiative

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Saints is sponsoring a Christmas initiative.   For the 25 days from December 1st to Christmas, people are encouraged to do Christ-like service.  Click here to learn more.

The Elders played an introductory video.  We talked about various ways to serve, and I invited them to come take my 60-seconds on Thursday to introduce the program at my networking meeting.  I figure that would be a good referral to ask for.


Macro Tools

Macro Tools

I ordered some macro tools from Amazon.  Basically, they are little stands with alligator clips for holding small objects.  I didn’t know what would work the best, so I ordered several different styles.  (They’re cheap.)

One of them had plastic alligator clips.  Plastic!  I mean, how much cost do metal alligator clips add?  Seriously?

I guess you can’t use those in electronics!

On-line Ordering

The problem with on-line ordering is you can’t hold the product.  It is difficult to judge quality from a photograph.  That’s where the reviews come in to play.  I always go right to the one-star reviews.  I read them to see if the complaint is valid.  In many cases, the one-star reviews are left by morons who don’t know how to use the product.

My favorite one-star review was on a Fujifilm dedicated flash.  The reviewer said he bought it for his Nikon 3200 and it wouldn’t work in TTL mode.

Duh!  It’s not a Nikon dedicated flash.

That’s what I mean by morons.

As I read these one-star reviews I ask myself if it is the user, or is it the product.  Valid one-star product reviews will typically talk about quality.  For example, they’ll say stuff like, “arrived broke”, “broke on the first use”, “inserted brand new batteries and it wouldn’t work”, etc.

Drive Home

The Drive Home

The drive home went smoothly.  We had nice weather and made good time.  With bathroom stops and a gasoline stop, it is a 4 hour drive.

We stopped at the Cuba Cheese Shop in Cuba, New York.  I love that place.  They sell a blue cheese that is amazingly good.  I especially like it on a slice of apple or with a grape.  That was my lunch on our way home.

Our motel last night had some noisy guests.  I was very close to calling the police when they quieted down.

They also had a “continental breakfast” that with the exception of the fresh waffles, left something to be desired.  Zero protein.  That left me hankering for some protein on our way home.  We made a quick stop for a breakfast sandwich.

Bathroom Door

The upstairs bathroom door came loose again.  The last time this happened I put larger screws in the hinges.  This time, that is not an option.  The door frame appears to be made of soft wood like cedar or redwood.  It just wasn’t made to support this weight.

I drilled out the screw holes and glued some hardwood dowels in the holes.  The question is, “Will the glue hold?”  Tomorrow I’ll drill pilot holes and screw the hinges securely to the dowels.

Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

It is Thanksgiving 2016!  We’re heading to Jennifer’s and Spencer’s in Pennsylvania.  We drove straight through. We made two stops for gas, and using the bathroom.  It takes about 4 hours.

We arrived around 3 p.m.   Spencer was tending to the prime rib, and Jennifer the other fixings.

Dinner was wonderful – prime rib, potatoes, asparagus with hollandaise sauce.  For dessert we had the two pies Elizabethe and I made, as well as pumpkin pie and fried ice cream.  Definitely over indulgence, but I’m not complaining.

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Grandchildren Acting Silly

After dinner we took pictures of my granddaughter in her baptismal dress.  It was drizzling, cold and dark, but I managed.

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Her Baptismal Dress

Because their house is being remodeled, we headed to a motel about 45 minutes north of their place.  We are spending the night here and leaving in the morning.



It is the day before Thanksgiving and I refuse to go to the store.  I hate going to the store when it is crowded.  Crowds seem to bring out the bad in people.  So, I refuse to go to the store until this weekend is over.

Our plan is to have dinner at Jennifer’s tomorrow.  She lives the closest of all our children.  Her husband has tempted us with prime rib, and it’s hard to drag me away from good beef.


We are assigned to bring pies.  Elizabethe made an apple pie and I made a pecan pie.

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Pecan and Apple Pies

The custard would not fill the crust.  So, I just added more pecans until it did.  This is truly a pecan pie!


Another Turns 8

Another Turns 8

Another turns 8.  Today one of our granddaughters turned 8.  Eight is a big deal in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  We call it the age of accountability.  We believe baptism isn’t necessary unless you are old enough to discern right from wrong.  Eight is the age of accountability in our church.

She’s excited about being baptized.


We had a little snow during the night.  I took the blower out again and cleaned off the driveway and sidewalks.  Now that I’m done, my back aches and so does my foot.

I’m sure there are snowblowers with steering, but you have to wrestle this thing to steer it.  It probably weighs a couple hundred pounds and it is very difficult to turn.  My ManPlow doesn’t have this problem.

I finished up with the ManPlow.  It seemed it would be easier to push the small amount missed by the blower than to attempt to steer the snowblower.

Now I realize I need to pick up another gas can to keep with the snowblower.


While I fully expected few guests at the temple (because of the weather), I am pleasantly surprised we had a few people brave the weather.

Monster Storm

Monster Storm

We are in the midst of a monster storm.  I took the yardstick out, and measured in several places.  The depths ranged from 12 to 14 inches.  It isn’t even winter yet!

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First Snow 2016

I broke out the snowblower.  This is the first time I used it.  It did fairly well except when it hit slush.  It doesn’t handle slush very well.

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Snowy Driveway

There is no way I could have shoveled this because it is deeper than my ManPlow shovel.   I’m thankful I decided to get the snowblower.  It will pay for itself in 5 or 6 monster storms like this.

Fantastic Beasts

I promised Elizabethe we would see Fantastic Beasts.  We braved the storm and drove to Victor.  The roads were clear and wet.

The movie is suspenseful and has a good storyline and plot.  I wouldn’t call this my favorite genre, but if I’m going to watch fantasy movies, this one is good.

After the movie we came straight home.  I do not want to be on these icy roads.  In fact, I hope we don’t go out the rest of the day.