Monthly Archives: January 2017

Puzzle Book

Puzzle Book

Elizabethe has created a puzzle book named Book of Mormon Puzzle Pages.  (Click on the link to see it at  Each page corresponds to a page of the Book of Mormon.  She’s completed and published volume 1, and is now working on volume 2.

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Book of Mormon Puzzle Pages

Within 24 hours of placing it on Amazon Books she sold 5 copies.  I’m sure once the word gets out, she’ll sell more.

It will take a couple of years to complete all of them.  She figures a puzzle a day until she gets done.  That’s almost 2 years of work.







It’s Tuesday and that means temple.  It’s always nice to go to the temple.  It is a real break from the world.

I listened to a 1979 talk by Bruce R. McConkie today.  He talked about the wickedness of the last days.    He said, “Bands of Gadianton robbers will infest every nation, immorality and murder and crime will increase, and it will seem as though every man’s hand is against his brother.”   This is so true.

Burger King

I hear Burger King has a new burger – the Bacon King.  From what I see it has 2 1/4 pound patties, 2 slices of cheese and a fist full of bacon.

I’m going to check it out tomorrow with Tom.

P.S. Burger King, if you’re listening, please sponsor my Route 66 Tour.  Click here for more information.

Thinking Ahead

Thinking Ahead

I must be thinking ahead.  All day I am thinking it is February 1st today.  I’m two days ahead.  Does that make me a visionary?

After updating my blogs, checking e-mail and doing some painting in Corel Painter 2017, I decided it is time to do my drawing assignment.  The assignment is about negative space and paying attention to it as you draw.


I am seeing results!

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Negative Space Assignment

The assignment was to take a few objects like bottles and bowls and arrange them.  (The instructor placed a bowl under a bottle and another one on top of a bottle.  In my case, a candle holder, a candle, a bottle of hazelnut spread and a bowl.)

You then look at the shape created by the space between the objects and pay attention to it as you draw.  I did that, and it is amazing how much more accurate my proportions are on the sides of the two objects creating the negative space between them.

Onward and upward.

Chicken Curry

Chicken Curry

I’m making chicken curry for the missionaries tonight.  Yes, it’s my standard recipe, but this time with a different brand of curry powder.

Curry powders are mixtures of different spices.  No two brands are alike.  They contain spices like turmeric, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and more.  This one is pretty mild and has LOTS of turmeric.

Elizabethe wanted some potatoes and carrots cooked without the curry on them, however she ended up putting some sauce on them anyway.   The sauce is mild.


It is the 5th Sunday so we had a special presentation at church.  They reviewed the ward mission plan and talked about a local effort to help families who become homeless.

A young couple gave talks about Lehi’s dream in Sacrament Meeting.  This fit the Sunday School lesson quite well too.  Sunday School was about personal revelation.

Peanut Butter Squares

Martha Stewart’s magazine had a recipe for peanut butter squares.  They were supposed to taste like Reese’s, but the texture wasn’t right.  Next time I’m going to use fresh ground peanut butter.  Creamy peanut butter simply feels like cake frosting in this recipe.

Roku Update

I’m really glad we got the Roku.  I managed to get BYU TV installed on it.  At first, it didn’t take, but about the 3rd time I must have done something right.

Saturday Chores

Saturday Chores

Saturday chores stink.  I disliked them as a kid and I dislike them as an adult. My  guess is I hate them more now because I run my own business and there’s a fine line between chores and work.

I began working on organizing my desk in the bedroom and got seriously frustrated.  By noon I was ready to move on to another project — work.  I was seeing the bedroom chore as a hinderance to my work to-do list.

Drawing Class

Around dinner time I decided to work on my drawing class assignment.  Realizing I couldn’t work on the assignment in the reclined position, I decided to postpone it until Monday.

Why do today what you can put off for tomorrow?

Okay, I’m not usually this way, I’m just exhausted and can’t stand the thought of setting up a still life on a table, sitting upright, and drawing it.  The nature of this assignment won’t allow me to draw in the laid-back position.

What’s the fun of that?


I am making progress in the class.  The biggest thing I’m learning is how to look at things differently in preparation for drawing them.

For example, I never thought about looking at a negative space as an object to be drawn.  But, when the instructor explained it, it all made sense.  Drawing a negative space object can be easier in some cases than drawing the object itself.

Lunch with the Taylors

Lunch with the Taylors

We’re going to have lunch with the Taylors today, but first I have a Canal Connection Chamber of Commerce board meeting.  We’re coming up to our annual meeting and so there are some things that need doing.  We have a couple of new volunteers.  It is nice to have some new people on board.

As soon as the meeting was over we headed to the mall to find a receipt scanner.  We looked at Staples, and it was good that they were out of the one that was on sale.  That caused us to head to Best Buy.

At Best Buy I pulled up a review on receipt scanners.  Number 3 of the top 10 was at Best Buy on sale for $79.  Being rated among the top 3 is impressive.  The one we would have bought at Staples is one of the worst rated scanners.  I’m glad we didn’t get it.  (It’s not even on the top 10 list… more like the bottom 10.)


We also picked up a Roku box.  I didn’t want it sucking up WiFi bandwidth, so I splurged and got the top of the line.  (I’m glad I did.)


When 1 p.m. rolled around, we went to Longhorn to meet up with the Taylors for lunch.  We asked for our favorite waitress, Stephanie.  She was happy to see us and we introduced her to Don and Jodi.

We spent a couple hours talking and eating.  We had a great time.

Setting Up the Roku

When we got home, Elizabethe wanted me to set up the Roku.  The set up was easy.  Removing the Dish TV DVR box was not.

The interface on the Roku is so much better than the interface on our Internet enabled Sony TV.  The TV doesn’t show episode numbers, the Roku does.  The picture is also a lot sharper.

The Roku is very impressive.  It’s only about 5x5x1/2 inches.  This one has fiber optic and HDMI output, as well as CAT-5 and WiFi.  Someone pressed for space could velcro this to the side of their TV if they wanted.

I need to figure out how to mirror my laptop screen.  It says it will do it, but I haven’t tried it yet.



After my networking meeting this morning, I made deliveries.  One was to the mission office.  The funny thing is, President Evans called me just as I was getting out of my car.  However, he wasn’t there, so we had our conversation on the phone while I was standing just outside his office door.

I should have done my bank deposits AFTER stopping at the mission office.  As a result, I made two trips to the bank to do the deposits.  Oh, well.

Pencil Boxes

Do you remember pencil boxes?

I do, and today I went looking for one.  I could not find any.

They still sell pencils.  Why don’t they still sell pencil boxes?

In the end I bought a toothbrush keeper.  It’s a little long, but at least it will protect my styli in my backpack.

Lunch with a Friend

A photographer friend I haven’t seen in awhile picked me up and we went to lunch.  He brought his new 5D Mk IV along.  It’s an impressive camera.

So, I came home and did some comparisons.  I’m trying to fight the G.A.S.  (Gear Acquisition Syndrome – the urge to get the latest and greatest.)  Here is what I learned…

My X-T1 which I’ve had for a couple of years now, holds its own against some of the new cameras.

from dpreview

X-T1 Report card

Now, one might think an 84% would be a “B”, but the highest rated camera, the Nikon D500, is only 91%.  I’ll write more in my photography blog.

I’ll be holding off on making a new purchase for a while.  Again, read my blog to find out why.



The snow from yesterday is already melting.  I got up early to shovel the driveway and sidewalks, but most was melted.  Within a few short hours, it was all melted.

I’ve learned how to deal with the melting snow.  Instead of just trying to blow it with the snowblower, I turn the blades off, and then after pushing a pile of snow, turn it on.  That pile is rapidly sucked and blown out, at which point, I turn it off again.

Lunch with Tom

I had lunch with Tom today.  When we entered Subway, the manager yelled, “Hi, Tom.”

Tom was excited to see Vis and we had a great lunch.


I saw the doctor today about my heel.  He wants to see me back at the end of April to make sure things are still okay.  All of that after a 75 minute wait in the waiting room.

Work After Play

Growing up we were told we could play after we work.  Today, I played (well, not exactly… going to the doctor’s isn’t play), and then I worked.  The problem doing it this way means working late in to the night.  To get things done, I will work until about 10pm tonight.

It stinks.


Winter Again

Winter Again

It’s winter again.  After a break of spring-like weather, it is cold and snowing again.  While Palmyra hasn’t been hit hard, some parts of the area have had a lot of snow and wind.

Elizabethe had her macular degeneration shots today.  We drive to Geneva for those, and Geneva’s weather was really nasty.  While there, I drove down the street and got some winter pictures.



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Snow on a Grave

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Winter Barn Scene

CSM Meeting

My team had its meeting after our CSM Meeting.  It went well.  Rather than using NetMeeting, I let the folks at HQ show my PDF while I talked.  Cisco’s NetMeeting for some reason locks my computers (plural) up when I try to host a meeting.

I trained my team about the advantages of Adobe Lightroom, Bridge and Photoshop.  I also reviewed my workflow.  They asked some good questions.


We got to the temple and it was slushy and nasty.  By the time we got out, the snow had stopped and while still slushy, it wasn’t bad driving home.

Elizabethe’s eye is still hurting.  I can’t imagine how painful it must be to get a shot in the eye.  She has to do this about every 5 weeks or so, and until they find some better treatment, she will for the rest of her life.

PPSNYS Meeting

PPSNYS Meeting

I drove to Binghamton, New York, this morning for a PPSNYS Meeting.  The 2.5 hour drive is kind of boring.  It is thruway the first 45 minutes, and then freeway the rest of the way.  My timing for the drive is impeccable.  I arrived about 5 minutes early — enough time to use the bathroom and find my seat.

The meeting went well.  I’m excited to see Monroe Payne will be our next president.  Monroe will be good for the organization.

Drive Home

The drive home is equally boring. What kept me alert was watching for state troopers patrolling Interstate 81.  They seem to like to hide on the downhill stretches.  On the way to Binghamton I think I only saw two NY State Troopers.  On the way home, I saw 10-12 at least.  In one short stretch of road I saw FOUR!  In fact, I could see 3 of them at once, and the fourth wasn’t far away.

Must be close to report time.

(picture labeled as public domain)

(picture in the public domain)

Art Reference

The rest of my evening was looking for tools for art reference.  Sometimes it is too difficult to find people to model.  Time, wardrobe, makeup, hair styling are all constraints that are difficult to pull together.  So, I’m researching alternative means tonight.

Freezer Mystery

Freezer Mystery

A freezer mystery is what you have when you don’t know what’s in the container.  All frozen Tupperware look alike, hence freezer mystery.

We took two containers from the freezer hoping to use them to feed the missionaries.  I’m pleased to say one of them was chili, and the other a rice dish.  Both worked well in preparing dinner… and we had no leftovers!


The Sacrament Meeting speakers talked about goal setting. One comment was made that you don’t shoot and arrow and then go draw a bullseye around where it hits.  I’ll have to remember that one.

Tom Chapman sat by me in Sunday School.  After church he commented that it was nice to “hang out with the guys”.


I taught the priesthood lesson on President Nelson’s talk from October, 2016, General Conference.  I learned a lot studying the talk and giving the lesson.   A visitor from Ohio participated a lot in the lesson.  I’m glad he was there because of his input.

When we got home, I made a custard pie.  It turned out perfectly.  My custard recipe:

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can canned milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • mix well, and bake in pie shell at 320F.