So Much for the Warm Spell

So much for the warm spell.  It is officially over today.  It was about 28 degrees outside until the sun finally came overhead, and then it didn’t get a whole lot warmer.  (It was sunny, however.)

As I took my 6:30 a.m. walk, I couldn’t help but notice how neat the frost looked on the leaves on the ground.  Fractal patterns of leaves covered with the more jagged fractal pattern of the frost.  The golden colors peeking through the white frost.  It was really neat.

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Frosty Leaves

I worked from home so I could let the Time-Warner Cable guy in the dry house.  The dry house is now complete with 24 mbps down/1 mbps up Internet service.  (That’s the best you can get out here.   The down speed is nice, but the up is a little slow for my taste.)

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Fog Shrouded Trees

Tonight Rebecca and Nathaniel leave SLC for ROC.  It will be fun to have them here.  Rebecca is going to do a shoot with me on Saturday.  She’ll be doing hair for about a dozen little girls and I will be photographing them.  It should be fun.

Happy Veteran’s Day

Another fairly warm morning.  There was a tiny bit of frost on some of the leaves, but it hardly felt like it was below freezing.

My walk took me down to the canal pier again.  It was a beautiful sunrise again this morning.

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Sunrise in Palmyra

This next view caught my eye as I was walking down the sidewalk.

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Main Street Palmyra (front of Village Park)

Check out this window…

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Weeds in the Basement ?

Those leaves are on the inside, if you can’t tell from the picture.

Speaking of leaves, the boardwalk down to the dock crosses over some cattails.  I loved the texture and lighting on them so I photographed it…

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Cattails

Time Warner is coming out tomorrow to run cable to the dry house.  This will give me Internet access and I will be all set for my office.

I’m on my way to GRPP tonight.

Warm Spell

We’re in about our 4th day of a warm spell.  Today was absolutely nice outside.  

I let the day slip by without grabbing some photos.  Mostly, this was because I was slaving away at work all day, and went straight from there to the temple.

A guy came by and gave us a quote for a woodburning stove.  I figure we’d go that route since it doesn’t rely on electricity or gas and can burn most anything.  Even a pellet stove requires electricity to work.  And, if we’re cut off from gas and electric, we’ve got plenty of wood in the area.  Heck, I think I can heat my house from my trimmings each year.

Thursday I’ll stop by and pick out the stove.

Statues by Angela Johnson

Last year in Oakland, California, I had the privilege of going to see a collection of statues by Angela Johnson that depict the miracles performed by Jesus Christ.  They were quite impressive and I was struck with amazement as to the emotive feel of each sculpture.  When I got home, I searched and found an e-mail address for Sister Johnson and e-mailed her suggesting she arrange to display the statues in Palmyra. 

I was recently surprised when I saw her display was here in Palmyra.  Elizabethe and I plan to make that our Family Home Evening for tonight — to go see the statues.  (Elizabethe has not seen them yet.)

You can see them at her web site at http://www.ajsculptures.com/

The floor of the dry house has cured.  Although I could probably walk on it, I’ll wait until Wednesday before walking on it.  I have no time tonight or tomorrow, so why risk it.  I’ll make sure it is good and solid.

My morning walk today was behind the house along the Erie Canal trail.  It was quite warm for this time of year.  I didn’t even have to zip my jacket.  I’ll post some photos later tonight.

Elizabethe enjoyed the statues.  The are quite impressive.  If you get the chance to see them in person, you should do so.

Here are some pictures from my morning walk along the Erie Canal:

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Trail leaving the park

You can see the eastern sky just before the sun’s dawning.

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More of the same

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Hangin’ On

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Halloween Drowning

Poor pumpkin.  Never stood a chance of becoming a Jack-o-Lantern.

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Staghorn Sumac

Stake Conference

In the L.D.S. Church, areas are divided in to congregations called “wards”, and several congregations in an area constitute a stake (as in geographic area).  Today was our stake’s conference.  These are held two times a year.

There were several speakers, including the temple and mission presidents.  Most of the faces were new to me, but it is nice to know that a stake conference in New York is just like a stake conference in California, Idaho, Colorado, or Utah (all places where I have attended stake conferences in the past).

Elizabethe and I went and visited the Scott family after church.  We had a nice visit.  They are in the process of moving to Colorado Springs.  They will be missed.

The Office is Finished

This morning I got up and turned the heat on in the dry house and let it heat up while I was eating breakfast.

The floor had to be scraped and sanded.  It had been painted multiple times and that all needed to be sanded and the loose pieces scraped off.  Talk about dusty.

After that, I had to wash the floor with a citric acid solution to etch the concrete.  That had to be rinsed  and the floor cleaned until it was clean to the touch.

Next, the floor had to dry.  I put the heater on full-blast and turned the fan on full-blast.  I took a break during this time.

Anyone who has ever dealt with epoxies knows that you have a limited time after mixing the 2 parts before they cure.  That time is dependent on temperature.  The hotter it is, the faster it cures.  Thank goodness, I was doing this now and not during the summer.  About the time I rolled the last section, the epoxy was taking on a gel-like consistency.  (That’s how it gets right before it cures.  Epoxies don’t “dry”, they “cure”.  Curing is a chemical reaction between the resin and the catalyst that turns the resin into a hard plastic.)

This all had to be done, and I had to be cleaned up by 6:30 p.m.  because tonight is our stake conference and we are giving a friend a ride. 

Stake Conference was nice.  There were several speakers on topics than ranged from dealing with abuse to temple work.

We came home from conference and I went straight to the dry  house to check the floor.  It was lightly tacky to the touch.  This means it has started its curing process.  I could also smell the fumes that it gives off during curing.  So, it looks like it is going to be just fine.

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Dry House Office Floor

Morning Walk and Applebee’s

Elizabethe and I went to Applebee’s for dinner tonight. I wasn’t impressed.  It was a crowded sports bar with slow service and mediocre food.  And, since we’re not drinkers, and we are not into sports, the atmosphere was less than desireable.  So much for the 2 for $20 deal.   We both agreed, we like Ruby Tuesday better.

My walk this morning was the same route as yesterday.  This time, I took my G10 and took some of the same photos as I did yesterday.  You can see some of them at http://dbwalton.wordpress.com .  It wasn’t nearly as cold as the day yesterday, but there were some dramatic clouds in the sky.

Tomorrow is a big day.  I plan to work on the floor of the office.  I will be so glad to get that done.

Nope, It Wasn’t Snow

When I got up this morning, I looked out and the deck looked all white.  I thought it might have snowed during the night.  But, when I got showered, bundled up, and went outside, it was plaine to see it was just frost.  Just lots of frost.

So, I took a walk down Main Street, past the E.B. Grandin Building, and around the block to the Erie Canal.

Because of the cold air, there was steam coming off the Erie Canal.  I only had my iPhone with me, but here is what it looked like…

Erie Canal on a Frosty Morning

I couldn’t resist taking more pictures with the sun coming up…

Erie Canal

 I wonder what people think when you’re standing outside on a frosty morning holding your cell phone in the air and pointing at it.  (To take a picture with the iPhone, you have to touch the screen.  It looks like you’re pointing at the screen.)

Erie Canal Reflections

(Look at the steam coming off the canal!  Cool, eh?)

As I was walking back towards Main Street, I saw this weed against a blue fence.  I just couldn’t pass it without capturing it.

Weed

 

 

Modifications for the Elders

I had to do some modifications in the former laundry room (now bedroom for the Elders).  There is no closet in there, and they do need a place to hang their dress shirts and suits.  So, I put a couple of cantilever brackets on the wall that will support a few hangers.   We now just need to find a couple of dressers.

My morning walk today was brisk.  I was able to get away with wearing my light jacket and a scarf, but, it is getting to the point where I think I’ll need to cover my ears.  I’m guessing it was about 28-degrees F.

An after work trip to Lowe’s resulted in not finding the right kind of snow shovel.  Has anyone other than me, found that show shovels are made for pushing or lifting the snow, but not diverting the snow to the side? 

How come they don’t make a snow shovel that is shaped like a snow plow?

Doesn’t that make sense for long driveways?

Elizabethe says I might just have to have someone build one for me.

Time Changes

I really wish Congress would leave the clocks alone.  Time zones make sense.  Day-light Savings Time does not.  I like the reason why Arizona doesn’t participate.  An old Indian said, “Only the Government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom, and have a longer blanket.”  (Don, thanks for sending that to me.)

However, the “fall back” time change makes it easier to start getting up a little earlier.  Thus, I’ve started getting up about 30 minutes earlier so I can get a walk in before starting my day.  (And, it will also be needed if I have to shovel snow off the driveway.)

So, I got up and took a walk through the village.  It was a little on the cool side.  (I’m guessing it was about 28-30 degrees.)  There was frost on the plants and rooftops.  And, it was still dark outside.

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Main Street (iPhone pic) 6:48am 11-03-2009

I leaned myself up against a street sign and took the above picture with my iPhone.  For being un-retouched, the iPhone did a pretty decent job in this case.  I’m surprised.  (The picture App I used was Genius – my favorite iPhone picture-taking App.)

It was election day here.  I did my duty.  First time using a machine.  Talk about strange.  It was like being in an old fashioned penny arcade.

The temple had a fair amount of patrons tonight.  I like it when it is busier, vs. slower.  Today was the new presidency’s first day.  The constancy amid change was in effect.