Six-Sigma Sick

The Sacred Grove

The Sacred Grove

I’m really getting sick of Six-Sigma training, and I’m only 1/2 through the yellow-belt training.  Perhaps it gets better, but the disconnect between test questions and course material is really frustrating.

I got my state inspection on the Grand Prix as well as my scheduled oil change.  A grand total of $41.  You can’t have your tires rotated in California for less than $41.  When you consider this was the equivelant of a California Smog Check AND and oil change… I’m a happy camper.

So, I go to put my registration sticker on the window.  I follow the instructions on how to remove it from the paper.  I go to stick it on the windshield as instructed, and the sticky part of the sticker will not stick to my glass.  It just won’t stick.  It’s somewhat tacky, but not tacky enough to stick to the glass.  Now what?

I decided to go to the temple.   The temple is always a way to lift a burden off one’s shoulders.  You can feel the stress just wash away as you walk through the doors of the temple.

After the temple, I came home and painted the spice rack.  Well, I gave it its first coat.   It really sucks up the paint.

Joseph Smith's Cooper Shop

Joseph Smith's Cooper Shop

Thunder and Lightning

I could not believe the thunder and lightning last night.  It was pretty cool.  When it is like this here, it is just a continuous roll of thunder.  Kind of soothing.

I built a spice rack that is 34″x36″ for the kitchen.  I don’t have it done.  The 1st coat of paint is drying.  Tomorrow I’ll screw it all together and then give it another coat of paint.  By Wednesday, it should be ready to go up on the wall.

Other than that, I’m about 50% through the Six-Sigma Yellow Belt training.  There is sure a disconnect between the test questions and the course material.  Some of the questions are so far disconnected you wonder if the person who wrote the question talked to the person teaching the course.  Perhaps they should have used the Six-Sigma process to create the course and exams.  I think in Six-Sigma terms some of those questions would be called “defects”.  And, since there are so few questions, their defect rate is quite high – the defect rate wouldn’t even be in the single-sigma range.

Go figure.

The Sacred Grove

The Sacred Grove

Garden Harvest

We actually got enough from the garden today to make a nice salad for dinner.  The only thing put in it that did not come from our garden was a sweet onion.  Other than that, we had tomatoes, bell peppers, peas, and cucumbers from the garden.

The little rabbit doesn’t run off when he sees me now.  He is still a little spooked if I move too fast or get too close, but he allows me to get within 6-8 feet of him and I think he is more curious than scared.  His den is in a bush under the breakfast nook window, and in the evening he can be found sitting in the grass  adjacent to that area.

Bunny

Bunny

Ahoy Thar Maties!

Today was the big Pirate celebration in Palmyra.  What a fun event.  I talked to one of the organizers, Cap’n McDeath, and he was telling me they would like this to become a sort of a Renaissance fair.  They do not want it to be a competition to Canal Town Days – they want it to be different.

The Unterborns - owners of Liberty House B&B

The Unterborns – owners of Liberty House B

It is only a 3 year old tradition (which surprised me given the participation), and they hope it keeps growing.  The Unterbornes, picture above, have been quite instrumental in organizing this event.  (Oh, and if you are looking for a B&B, Irene is a great breakfast cook and the accomodations at the Liberty House are 5-star.)

They had booths selling homemade goodies, hots, burgers, jewelry, books, and all sort of stuff.  Just browse through my images for an idea of what was going on – after all, a picture says 1,000 words.

The fun part is the bed races.  People make beds with wheels, and they have one person in bed, and 4 pushing the bed.  They race down main street. The person in bed has to put on some over-sized p.j.s and then they race  to the finish line.  What a fun idea.

After I had enough of the pirates, I came home and taped the wall upstairs.   I have some more taping to do and a few small patches of sheet rock to put up and then I will be ready to paint the wall.   I can’t seem to work on the dry house with this wall be unfinished.

Goonies

You’ve got to love living in a small town to appreciate things like a movie in the park.  Elizabethe and I hauled the cooler and two lawn chairs to the Village Park for the annual showing of Goonies.  It’s the type of thing you just can’t do too well in an urban area.

We got to the park and Randy was working on his painting.  Tony Collie was teaching a group some songs they will perform in tomorrow’s parade (on kazoos)…

Cap'n Tony Leads His Band

Cap’n Tony Leads His Band

Pirates of the Erie Canal Kazoo Band

Pirates of the Erie Canal Kazoo Band

There were pirates old and young, but this little guy was my favorite…

Aye, There Matie!

Aye, There Matie!

Elizabethe and I had picked up some snacks at Wegman’s (what a great grocery store!)  I love sharp cheddar cheese and they had just what would ease that peckish feeling – extra-extra-extra-sharp NY cheddar.  That and some black cherries, some crackers, some smoked gouda, and we were settled in to watch the movie.

Dusk came and it was, “The Goonies..”

Erie Pirates Settle Down to Watch the Goonies

Erie Pirates Settle Down to Watch the Goonies

You would have thought Elizabethe had never seen the film before.  She laughed so hard it drew attention our way.  (Those who know her laugh are saying, “What’s new?”)  But, I do so enjoy it.  It makes things all the more funny.

I’ll leave you with this parting shot.  This was taken this morning.  I looked out the kitchen doors and saw this soft light hitting the walnut tree and had to grab a shot of it.

The Morning Light

The Morning Light

Fuzzy Little Crawly Creature

I took a walk down to Happiness Garden today.  I had to drop off some papers for the owner to review.  (Someday, I’m going to spend some time in there and have Jerry show me how to cook some Chinese food.  When I do, I’ll have someone take some photos.  They should be worth a laugh.)

On the way back, I got in front of Jim Hippen’s house and noticed this crawling on a grape leaf…

Fuzzy Creature

Fuzzy Creature

With my G10 in hand, I captured its beauty.  (48 years ago I would have found a bottle and captured him to bring him home to show mom.  Digital cameras work so much better.)

I love walking the village this time of night.  As I passed the park, it looks like a group was out practicing for a play.  I think I heard that they are going to put on Much Ado About Nothing in the park on Sunday.  That could be entertaining.

I also love how the light hits the mansion this time of night.  So, I just wandered around in my front yard looking at the roots of the nearly 200 year old maple trees, the rocks, and the tree branches.   Just bury me in the yard here.  It will be a nice place to wake up on resurrection morning.  (Oh, there is a law in Palmyra that if you own enough property, you can have your own cemetery !!!  Oh, shoot.  Although I’m zoned R-1, my lot is 1.81 acres and you need at least 10 for your own cemetery.  It’s 100 acres for a golf course, but then, I don’t golf.)

House at Dusk

House at Dusk

But then, with nationalized health care, cemeteries migh be a booming business in the next few decades.

Inciting Mobs?

I just read a headline that the Democrats are accusing the GOP of inciting mobs.  Wow, conservative mobs.  I’ve got a message for the Dems – if the conservatives are gathering in mobs, it must be because of tyranny, because that’s about the only thing that will cause a conservative to get upset.  And, since the GOP doesn’t control our government any more… who then are the tyrants?  Yup… those who control the White House, Congress and the Senate.

I see the White House on their official blog is asking people to tattle on anyone who bad-mouths national health care.  Never mind that over 75% (some polls as high as 78%) of all U.S. Citizens do not want it.  That is totally out of the grasp of the Democrats since they think they know what is best for us.

What a long day today.  I know they say that each day has 24 hours.  But, somewhere, someone slipped a few extra ones in today.  Either that, or I did the work of 3 people today, so someone got their money’s worth.

We just re-cabled Elizabethe’s work room.  It REALLY needed it.  There were wires hanging from the windows and twisted together.  Now, it is nice and tidy.  (I bailed on her.  It got to the point where it wasn’t technical any more, and heaven forbid I put something in the wrong place!)

Outside my Soon-to-be-Office/Studio Door

Outside my Soon-to-be-Office/Studio Door

I dropped the Grand Prix (aka The Brent-mobile) off at the auto body shop.  For those who do not know, Dependable Auto Shippers managed to put 3 good sized dents in the rear trunk lid.  Then, to add insult to injury, they only want to pay $150 for the repair.  I’ve turned it over to my insurance company to sink their teeth into them.  It’s one thing to limit your liability for things that aren’t your fault.  It is another thing to be completely careless and negligent and then say they are only at fault to the tune of $150.

Friday night is rapidly approaching.  Our little village is hosting Goonies at the Village Park. 

Saturday will be the Pirate Day and bed races.  I’m looking forward to it.  Watch for photos.

A Sign

Well, I got a sign today.  No, not a vision or epiphany, but a sign for my studio.

db walton - CAPTURING BEAUTY

db walton – CAPTURING BEAUTY

I ordered it at Mackenzie’s.  They are next door to the Villiage Hall, across from the park.  (A little trivia – Ed Wheeler and his wife used to own the Beckwith Mansion and Estate.  Ed’s wife ran the floral shop that used to be where Mackenzie’s is located.)

I’m not sure where the sign will eventually end up, but somewhere outside near or on the dry-house.

Here are a few other shots from around the yard today…

Woodbine Vines

Woodbine Vines

 

Tomato Plants in the Greenhouse

Tomato Plants in the Greenhouse

I went to the temple tonight, too.  I got in, started to change clothes, and discovered I grabbed the wrong bag.  So, when I went to go back to the car to get the right bag, it started pouring down rain.  President Siebach suggested I grab an umbrella.  It’s a good thing I did; I would have been soaked.

Palmyra Temple

Palmyra Temple

By the time I got out of the temple, everything was dry, the skies were mostly clear, and golden hour was reaching an end so I snapped this shot.

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NY DMV

The DMV in Rochester moves around.  Today it was at 50 W Main Street which is next door to where Elizabethe works.  Having to register my car and get my driver’s license, I took my lunch time to go register the car and get my driver’s license.

It turns out they wouldn’t let me do my driver’s license because I didn’t have my Social Security card with me.  (I thought Social Security cards could ONLY be used for Social Security purposes!)  Anyway, they did let me register the car.  (Ironically my passport and California driver’s license were good enough to register my car.)

I must admit, the NY DMV is much more organized than the California DMVs.    They have someone greet you at the door, ask why you are there, and then provide you with the forms you need and instructions on what to complete.  You then take a number and fill out the papers while waiting for your number to be called.

Wegman’s, a local grocery store between here and Rochester, has a great food court.  Pizza by the slice is sold there, and it is VERY good.  I tried a garlic and artichoke.  Elizabethe went for the cheese pizza. 

More Cone Flowers

More Cone Flowers

Find the Hover Fly

Find the Hover Fly

Yesterday I mentioned a hover fly.  There is one in the flower above (about 1 O’clock position).  Pesky things, but they are supposed to be beneficial in keeping aphids and mosquito populations down.

The Wallace Family

Today in church, Bishop Wildey started to talk about a missionary couple, “The Waltons”.  I was thinking… what?   And, then he corrected himself and said, “The Wallaces.”  For a while there, I thought someone had forgotten to inform me and Elizabethe about something.  LOL

Anyway… the Wallaces have 8 children.  All married.  All adults.  All 8 children and their spouses came to Palmyra for a surprise celebration of their parent’s 50th wedding anniversary.  They all met at the temple and had coordinated their visit with President Jones so it would be a complete surprise to their parents.

What a WONDERFUL gift to present their parents!  Both Elder and Sister Wallace mentioned what a wonderful gift it was and how thankful and surprised they were.

Ben Jones taught a good Elders Quorum lesson on the topic of where your heart is, there will your treasure be also.  He said the phrase is interchangeable – where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  I like Ben.  He’s passionate about the gospel and its teaching.  Ben, by the way, lives across the street from us at 140 W Main.

Elizabethe and I took a stroll through the Sacred Grove.  The cool, damp, climate brought out the mosquitos.  It was a little annoying.  Plus, a hoverfly kept getting in my hair.  Next time, it is DEET before heading out the door.

The Sacred Grove

The Sacred Grove