Office Painted !!!

It happened.  I managed to get the office painted.  Once I got going, it wasn’t all that bad.  (I still hate painting.)

Painted Office

Painted Office

The electrician, Jay Harding, came over and completed the run to the breaker box.  He’s coming back on Thursday to do the outlets and put up the lighting.

New Conduit for Office Electrical Feed

New Conduit for Office Electrical Feed

Jay and I talked politics for a bit.  We share a mutual disdain for what is going on  in Congress and the Senate.  It is interesting how many people are fed up with politicians.  Let’s hope people have the courage to vote for someone who might be a lesser-known so that we can get rid of the corrupt politicians currently serving.

Outside today it is beautiful.  Absolutely beautiful.

Erie Canal - Looking Towards Palmyra

Erie Canal – Looking Towards Palmyra

Erie Canal - Looking Towards Macedon

Erie Canal – Looking Towards Macedon

Blazin' Leaves

Blazin’ Leaves

Beckwith Mansion - October 26th, 2009 - Peak Colors

Beckwith Mansion – October 26th, 2009 – Peak Colors

I’m done working on projects today.  Tomorrow, it is back to the daily grind until next Saturday.  Comes Saturday I will be doing the trim on the office and touch-up painting.

In the meantime, the elders have their P-Day today.  One of them is acting a little bored.  I may just put him to work.

Primary Program

Today’s Primary Program went very well.  The kids were great.  Of course, when you have a bunch of smiling children singing songs, you cannot help but like it.  And, their smiles hide a multitude of mistakes made by the pianist.

Sister Crookston fixed us dinner after church.  She made a delicious white bean chili, rolls, and oatmeal cookies for dessert.  This is their last Sunday here.  They head back to Utah at the end of this week.

Chris Lauren and I visited Dave & Leslie Green’s family and Bob Nichol’s family.   I know it is a little late in the month, but we’re getting our home teaching done.  We’re working hard at being 100%ers.

There are still leaves on the tree, but a good portion of them are on the ground now.  I have never seen so many mountains of leaves along the side of the roads.  The village has a huge truck with a vacuum that comes along and it can suck-up an entire mound of leaves.  It then shreds them and blows them into a hopper on the back of the truck.  (I think my leaves would fill the truck.)  Tomorrow is supposed to be the height of the fall colors.

An Autumn Color Pallet

An Autumn Color Pallet

The reds, oranges, and yellows are beyond description around here.  There trees that are so brilliant the camera cannot capture the vividness of the colors.  It is really worth a visit here in late October.

Change Amid Constancy

Among Latter-day Saints is a principle that there is constancy amid change.  Today in Palmyra we had a small celebration of such constancy amid an upcoming change.  Our local temple presidency completes their 3 years at the end of this month and we had a small potluck dinner to celebrate the service they have given.

As part of the program I accompanied Bruce Nickel as he sang a Kenneth Cope song, His Hands.  (http://www.facebook.com/kenneth.cope?ref=mf)  It’s a beautiful song, and Bruce has a beautiful voice.  It went well.

I asked Elizabethe to take a picture…

Brent & Bruce

Brent & Bruce

And, it was a full house…

Palmyra Temple Workers

Palmyra Temple Workers

Comes November, a new presidency will take their place.  The work will continue as it has the last three years under new leadership.  Faces change, but the work continues.  New friendships will be formed and we’ll do this again in 3 years.

Earlier in the day I had a chance to work with Genine.  Be brought a cool pirate outfit that looked so nice against the basement doors.

Aye, Matie!

Aye, Matie!

Well, it feels later than it is, but I’m going to call it a day.  Tomorrow, the Primary Children put on their Sacrament program…. and it is my turn to play organ.   After this weekend, I’ll think I’ll take a break from practicing for a few days.  (It really takes it out of you… anyone who has played an instrument in front of a lot of people know what I’m talking about.)

Painting Time

I’ve come to the conclusion that I hate to paint.  I’d rather drywall, or pound nails, but I cannot stand painting.  Roller, spray, or brush, it is all the same.  It is a messy, tedious job that someone has to do.

 The elders helped me mask the windows and the wood walls.  That part was okay.  I can stand doing that.

I then took a lunch break to go to Elizabethe work where they were having a going away luncheon for a co-worker.  They asked me to come take a shot of the group.  It was nice to meet the people she works with and talks about on a daily basis.

After returning from Rochester, I decided to go spray the primer on the walls and ceiling.  Wishful thinking.  The primer was to viscous to use in the sprayer I bought.  Ugh!

Out came the roller and it worked great on the sheet rock.  When it came time for painting the foam, forget it.  the roller hardly touches the surface.   The other alternative is by brush.  (It amazes me that a lot of clap board houses are entirely painted by brush.   I’m sorry, I don’t have the patience for it.)

Frazzled

Frazzled

Work, work, work, work, work, work, work!

You’ll never guess what I’ve been doing today?

I completed the drywall work in the office.  All the drywall is up and taped !

Drywall Complete

Drywall Complete

Let’s see… scraped and primed the front door to the studio.  Bought all the rest of the stuff I need to complete the job, including a few tools I’ll need.  And, primed the place where there was a window…

Big White Rectangle on the Left (former window)

Big White Rectangle on the Left (former window)

Tomorrow I mask the wood and windows and start priming the walls and ceiling in the office. 

Here are a couple of shots showing what the woodbine vines are doing…

Woodbine - Front of Studio

Woodbine - Front of Studio

 

Woodbine - Studio Side Door

Woodbine - Studio Side Door

 

Woodbine - Side Studio Door II

Woodbine - Side Studio Door II

Finally, I was walking around the yard, trying to find where this really strong skunk smell was coming from.  (It was really bad last night.  I mean, REALLY BAD.)  While I was roaming the yard, I looked up and saw this…

Silver & Red Maple Leaves Intertwining

Silver & Red Maple Leaves Intertwining

Back to the skunk… Anyone know how to keep them away from your house and yard?

Someone Hands You a Lemon…

I managed to get some work done on the office this morning.  I was out there before the sun came up.

Around 10am I headed out the door with all my camera stuff heading to Ithaca, New York.  It is at the south end of Cayuga Lake – one of the largest and deepest Finger Lakes.  (Oh, I passed a place named, Finger Lake School of Massage.  I found that kind of funny.  I should have photographed the sign.)

The drive was beautiful.  The fall colors down at that end of the region are just starting.  They have NOT peaked yet.  But, I did get some pretty shots.

Happy New York Cows

Happy New York Cows

About part way there, I got a text from Misti Hymas saying she was running late.  She was going to meet me in Ithaca to photograph the falls.  And, since she was running late, I decided to stop off in Fayette, New York.

Fayette, New York - birth place of the L.D.S. Church in 1830

Fayette, New York – birth place of the L.D.S. Church in 1830

Since I had time, I decided to stop at the Peter Whitmer Farm and photograph the log home in the fall.  Just my luck, they were re-chinking the log home.  Some of you folks from NCPP will recognize this as the log home that was on my Print of the Year a couple of years ago.  This is that same log home except about 50 degrees warmer outside.  (The day I took that prize winning photo it was about 18-degrees outside.)

Peter Whitmer Log Home, Fayette, New York

Peter Whitmer Log Home, Fayette, New York

I didn’t realize Fayette was so close to the lake.  I decided to do some exploring and cut over to the the road that heads along the lake.  In fact, you don’t realize how close together the finger lakes are.  Because of all the trees, you can’t see them until you are nearly at the shore.

Cayuga Lake - Fayette, New York

Cayuga Lake – Fayette, New York

So, if someone hands you a lemon, make lemonade.  Today was one such day.  I drove all the way to Ithaca to discover the falls I wanted to photograph were closed to hikers.  The trail, according to the sign, was in such bad repair, it was unsafe and closed until further notice.  DANG!

About then, I got a call from Misti saying she was driving around trying to find the place.  So, I told her where I was parked and we drove to where a local told me we could see the falls from a bridge.

Now, try to find a place to park in Ithaca.  It is worse the San Francisco when it comes to parking places.  And, when you do find a place, it is 25 cents for 15 minutes with a 2 hour max. 

Well, we found a couple of spots near the bridge and hiked up there.  We found a trail down – no signs saying keep out, or anything like that.  But, I must admit, this would not be a trail I would take rambunctious Boy Scouts hiking on.  No way.  It was pretty sketchy.

Looking Up from the Gorge Floor

Looking Up from the Gorge Floor

Cascadilla Falls

Cascadilla Falls

We made it down to the canyon floor and hiked up a ways.  Found some good shots.  So, I guess you can say, we made lemonade out of the lemons that were dealt us.

Rapids at Cascadilla Falls

Rapids at Cascadilla Falls

On the way home, I found a real-life Halloween house!  Check this place out…

Spooky House!

Spooky House!

It always pay to look behind you as you drive.  As I was leaving Ithaca, I caught this view from my rear-view mirror.  I had to stop and get out and take a picture of this farm house.

Looking Towards Ithaca

Looking Towards Ithaca

It  was  starting  to get dark, so I had one last chance at some fall colors… and then it started to rain.  Here is the shot before the rain hit.

Last Chance Today to Get Fall Colors

Last Chance Today to Get Fall Colors

Tomorrow Ithaca

I took a nice walk at lunch time today.  The leaves in the last 24 hours have really dropped.  The sidewalks were just covered with leaves.

It is interesting that a few of the trees drop their leaves green.  I mean, dark green.  Then, others, like the maples, turn all sorts of fall colors. 

But, the thing that is most interesting to me is that the snow crocus are blooming. 

Here’s some photos of the day….   Enjoy them.

Tomorrow I’m off to photograph some more waterfalls.  This time in Ithaca, New York, home of Cornell University.

An Uneventful Day

It was really an uneventful day.  Okay, I did see a Rochester bus stopped surrounded by at least 3 ambulances, 4-5 cop cars, and 2 fire trucks.  I did see them take at least 3 people on gurneys.  I can only assume it was a fight or shooting, but I honestly don’t know what was going on.  It did not look like there were any other vehicles involved.  Or, maybe the bus stopped too quickly and people were thrown around inside.  I don’t know.

There you have it.  The most excitement I had all day. 

It reminds me of a Monty Python skit where “absolutely nothing happened”.

Really!

Kids Are Great

Kids are great.  No matter how you look at it, a child can’t err except to imitate what he or she sees an adult doing.

We had our Primary program practice today.  The last one before they have their day in Sacrament Meeting next week.    It was fun watching these 3 to 11 year old kids make their way to the microphone to say their part.  But, it was more fun listening to them sing.  They may be scared to death saying a couple of sentences in to the microphone, but when it comes to singing, that fear goes away and turns into pure enjoyment.

At one point, I told them when they sing loud, I make fewer mistakes.  A few of them giggled as if to say, “Yeah, right.”  But, that’s okay.  I know I goof up, but it doesn’t bother me.

The Harris’ had several of us over for a pot luck luncheon after church.  It was nice getting to know a few more people.  I was kind of surprised to find out that Elizabethe and I had been married longer than some of the other couples in the ward.  It has been over 12 years now.  I guess by the world’s standards that’s quite a while.

I brought sweet & sour meatballs.  (Real easy – I got the basic sauce recipe from Terry Anderson.  It is 1c sugar, 1c vinegar, 1c catsup, and some cornstarch to thicken it.  I add a can of crushed pineapple too.  Bring it to a boil until  thick and then stir in some cooked meatballs.)

It was a reall nice day outside today.  I really took notice driving home from the Harris’ house.  But, I couldn’t  stop to take pictures because I had to get home to practice with Bruce.  I am accompanying Bruce next Saturday.  He is going to sing, “His Hands”, for the temple pot luck dinner and he asked if I would accompany him. 

I never thought I would be playing the piano so much. 

Elizabethe should be home shortly.  She’s been in Maine attending a Lane Family Reunion.

Cavern Cascade - Watkins Glen

Cavern Cascade – Watkins Glen

Kickin’ It

This morning I went straight to work on the dry house.  I put insulation up between the studs on the east wall and then went and picked up Paul O’Donnell.

Paul and I put up all the sheet rock on the east wall.  It was a tough squeeze for me to get my thick body between the rafter and the wall.  Then, I had to turn at an odd angle to screw the drywall screws in.  That might have been fine when I was 23, but now at 53 (almost), it really torqued my neck.

We were kickin’ it.  We cut the sheet rock and stuck it to the wall.  Every sheet needed cutting.  First, the wall isn’t a full 8′ tall.  Then, the above section is triangular, and we needed to trim the sheet rock to match the angles.  Yup… we should go in to the drywall business.  (NOT!)

Office - 10/17/2009

Office – 10/17/2009

And, compare that to the previous picture.

From there I took Paul back home.  On the way back to Canandaigua, here was a corn field we passed…

Autumn Colors and Corn Field

Autumn Colors and Corn Field

After dropping Paul off, I came back on Stafford Road and had to stop and take a photo of the temple:

Palmyra Temple

Palmyra Temple