I Needed a Walk

If you ask what bothers me the most (okay, besides people who don’t vote without a clue for what they are voting for) I would have to say meetings that go over time.  So, after my meeting that went over time, I needed a walk.  I grabbed the closest camera and off I went down Main Street.

Blue Door on Canal Street

Blue Door on Canal Street

I was looking for interesting colors and textures.  I found them.  It was very therapeutic.

Blue Window on Main Street

Blue Window on Main Street

Keep in mind, these photos are all within a 1/4 mile radius of my front door. 

Two Windows and a Door on Market Street

Two Windows and a Door on Market Street

Nothing beats getting some great  shots on a walk.

Three Windows in Alley

Three Windows in Alley

So, I feel better now.

Oh, and visit my photography  blog (new) if you are interested in photography.  http://dbwalton.wordpress.com

GRPP

Tonight was my first night at a Greater Rochester Professional Photographers meeting.  They hold them at a place that does custom printing and sells papers and printer supplies.  They also have a gallery there.

Elizabethe and I had dinner at the Dinosaur BBQ in Rochester prior to the meeting.

Elizabethe in front of Dinosaur BBQ

Elizabethe in front of Dinosaur BBQ

The picture was taken with my iPhone 3G[S] and then adjusted and cropped in Lightroom.  Here is what it looked like straight out of the camera.

iPhone un-retouched version

iPhone un-retouched version

Pretty bad, eh?

Anyway… back to GRPP…

They had a CPA come and talk to us about accounting principles.  It was a good refresher since it was many years ago that I took accounting in college.

GRPP requires you also register with the state association.  So, now I’m a member of the NY state and California state professional photographers associations, as well as NCPP and GRPP.  Oh, let’s not forget PPA and NAPP.  Whew!  PPA, PPC, PPSNYS, NCPP, GRPP and NAPP…. not to mention I’m a CCP too.

Tuesday Temple

President Cederloff called me as a temple worker tonight.  It was a treat working there tonight.  It isn’t as fast-paced as things were at the Oakland Temple, but the work is equally as important.

The Pulsiphers were working tonight, and it was nice to see them again.   I met a couple of new people, and most of the people I recognize and know from attending regularly on Tuesday nights.

We had a tour bus of people from eastern Utah (Price, and that area).  It looked like they had about 30+ people on their tour. One of them was telling us that tomorrow they head for Kirtland, Ohio.  (It is kind of fun living in a tourist spot, and even more fun working at a temple where the L.D.S. tourists come to do temple work.)

For those who are not L.D.S., you can read about the purpose of temples at http://www.lds.org/temples/purpose/0,11298,1897-1,00.html

Labor Day Picnic

The elders helped me complete the drywall in the upstairs hall way and large bedroom.  After it has a chance to cure, I’ll sand it and prime it for painting.  And, finally, I will put up the baseboards and trim the door opening.  Then, I will be done with that project.

Elders Boudreaux and Flynn

Elders Boudreaux and Flynn

Srini came by with his family.  Srini rents an apartment from us, but the rest of his family lives in Michigan.  Like many from that area, they cannot sell their house.  So, Srini works here during the week and visits his family in the Detroit area on the weekends.  This weekend, they came here to visit.

The Emadi Family

The Emadi Family

The Palmyra Ward had a picnic at the stake center.  There was quite a turn out.  Still being new, there was a lot of people to meet.  The ward provided burgers and hots and all the trimmings.  Everyone brought a dish to share.  As you can see, when you get to Elder Flynn’s picture, there was plenty of food.

We came home and watched a The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons.  It was so-so.  Nothing I would rent to watch again, and definitely  nothing I would purchase.  I must admit, I did get a kick out of the vignettes about the guy getting struck by lightening.  That is what kept me watching it to see what would be next.  And, the old-style movies showing the lightening strikes were a riot.

Afternoon with Gary and Geri Morse

After church today we had the Morses over for dinner.  Gary wanted to show me Chimney Bluffs so we took a drive up to the lake.

Elizabethe, Geri and Gary

Elizabethe, Geri and Gary

Gary’s family  used to have a small summer home up there and so this was his old stomping grounds.  We first went to the modern state beach, and then over to the older section where you can actually hike up above the bluffs.

The ladies stayed in the car talking while Gary and I took our cameras and hiked up the hill.  Pretty impressive stacks of clay and rock that has lasted all these years.  They were formed by glaciers during the last ice age.

Chimney Bluffs Overlooking Lake Ontario

Chimney Bluffs Overlooking Lake Ontario

Chimney Bluffs Near Sodus, New York

Chimney Bluffs Near Sodus, New York

It was fun driving around with them.  They pointed out things that we might have otherwise missed.

When it was all done and we were back home, we enjoyed a nice big bowl of ice cream with hot fudge.  Definitely a Beckwith Mansion tradition… or at least it is becoming one.

I’m Stoked

Yup, I’m stoked.  I really feel a sense of accomplishment today. 

You know how you work on a project, and some days you feel like you are not really seeing progress? 

Well, today I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  The dock just around the bend of the river.  The ribbon across the finish-line.  I can see it.

If you have been following my blog, you know that the house, pictured below, is being turned into my studio and office.  It isn’t a “house” in the true sense of the word.  It has no bathrooms, kitchens, or bedrooms.  It is a 2-room building with an attached greenhouse and some attic storage space.

The Soon-to-be Studio

The Soon-to-be Studio

Another view of the building.

Another view of the building.

The front section, which is of a pretty good size, will be the actual camera room, aka studio.  The back section will be my office where I will have my desk and computer equipment.

Today I managed to clean off a lot of that white paint someone had put over that nice wood.  Now, if you go back a couple of weekends ago you can see that white in some of the photos around some of the windows.  A little product called Peel-Away 6, pastic putty knife, a rag and some 200 proof vodka mixed with M.E.K. (also known as denatured alcohol – don’t drink the stuff – they add the M.E.K. so it isn’t drinkable) and some elbow grease and it came off.

I also put my power tools away as I’m done with those, swept the floor, and did some general clean up.

After White Paint Removal

After White Paint Removal

The floor still looks yucky, but that will be saved for last.  I am going to have foam insulation blown in the roof.  I have drywall work to do.  And, I have painting of the drywall to do.  That stuff will all end up dripping on the floor.  So, why risk it.

I also scraped this wall.

A db texture

A db texture

It will be added to my next texture collection – a db original.  (By the way, my textures can be purchased at www.bayphoto.com.    Visit http://www.bayphoto.com/store/products.php?cat=28 for my textures.)

I’m not sure what I’m going to do with this interior clapboard wall.  (Hey, if you have ideas, let me know.  You can say you had input into my new studio’s design.)  One idea was to paint over this with clear, flat, varathane so that it is in a state of arrested decay (or so it would appear).  It does look kind of grungy.

Monday is the elder’s P-day.  They said they would help me on the wall in the house, and I think with the three of us, we can get it done and perhaps they might help with some rafter painting in the office.

So, I’m done working on the office & studio for the day.  I still have time and daylight so I can take my camera for a walk – a long over-due walk.

When you’re in the area, come take a look at the office.  Pictures just don’t do it justice.

Part II – My Walk Through The Village

I just returned from my walk through the village.  I stopped at Mackenzie’s and had a visit with Mary, the owner.  She’s having an open house next weekend.  www.MyMackenzies.com  I met her friend Carol.

From there I went to check on things at the  building.  Check out this graffiti.  1900 !!!

1900

1900

No way am I painting that wall.  (Do you hear me dear?  I’m not going to paint it.  It has too much character.)

I stopped at the Logo Factory all because Mary had a T-shirt they silkscreened for her business.  There I met Linda Mead.  Linda and her husband own the shop there.  www.WePrintShirtsUSA.com

After that, it was across the street to Brick House Antiques.  I made my way through and just as I was about to leave the building, I saw an old style school desk.  Yup.  I bought it.  It will be great for kid’s portraits.  www.brickhouseantiques.com

I eventually made my way home, just to turn around and grab the car so I could go get my desk I just bought.

Terry

Terry

I ran into Terry walking down the street.  He posed for me to take a picture of him.

Oh, I noticed the house across from the Garlock House, another old Victorian, is for sale.  I think they want $169,000 for it.  Great deal.  Hey, California buddies.  Couldn’t ask for a nicer place to live.

The Friday Before A Holiday

It was amazing today how people cleared out of the office building around 3pm today.  I was expecting heavy traffic going home, but it was just the opposite.  In fact, it was just the opposite of the S.F. Bay Area.  Rather than super heavy traffic on the Friday of a 3-day weekend, it was extra light.  I do like it here.

Here’s another opposite.  I stopped at WalMart on the way home.  6pm, Friday night before Labor Day, at WalMart, and it was about the same as it always is at that time of day.  In fact, I even found a Red Box movie that I hadn’t seen. 

Speaking of that… We watched 7 Pounds.  I found it a rather depressing movie.  As much as I enjoy some of Will Smith’s movies, the movie itself just didn’t have a very uplifting plot.  Will Smith did a fantastic job acting, as he usually  does, but the story line was pretty dark.

I have been missing tacos.  You do not find any fast-food Mexican places around here.  There is only one Taco Bell, and it is inside a mall about 15 miles from here.  So, to satisfy my urge, I bought fixings to make tacos.  Now, here’s the sad part – the taco shells we bought an hour before at WalMart tasted like they had been on the shelf for years. 

Elders Flynn and Boudreaux joined us for dinner.  It was fun visiting with them.  Elder Flynn has quite a jolly personality… and he loves his hot sauce.

When you come visit from California, remember that we need fresh tortillas here.  😉

Craft Night Thursdays

Thursdays are craft night here at the “mansion”.  Elizabethe has a bunch of people come over and she teaches them how to quill, or scrapbook, or whatever the craft of the day is.

This means I am left to prepare dinner.  (I normally cook anyway.)  So, I get dinner on the table, Elizabethe takes a break from her students, we have dinner and she’s back to her group.

It is during this time that who knows what I do.  Tonight was a night of phone calls – Discover Card asking why I haven’t used my card in months.  (Duh!  Your rates are too high.  Surprisingly, they ‘discovered’ I have a 0% offer right now.)  The insurance company – Perhaps we can save you money if we pickup all your policies.  A guest.  A friend.  Another friend.  The temple president.

In the mean time, I’m multi-tasking trying to respond to the e-mail requests of the day.

But, when it is all said and done, letting your wife have an evening to herself adds a touch of harmony to your marriage.  I am, the luckiest man in the world to be married to my best friend.

Suddenly Fall

We had a few months of spring, about 3 hot days of summer (by hot, I’m talking high 80s/low 90s), and them September came around and it is suddenly cool.  On the drive in today, 51 degrees outside.   Now, imagine it being in the 50s in California the 1st week of September.   No way.

My fall squash is starting to turn golden.

Fall Squash

Fall Squash

I love squash, so I’m looking forward to eating this one.

The trees are still green, but you can start to detect a hint of yellow setting in.  Typically, the peak of fall color in this are is mid-October.  But, watch my blog and you’ll get to see the colors change gradually.

My Garden

My Garden

Now for something a little on the photographic technical level…

The photo I posted yesterday of the Presbyterian Church I re-took last night with my Canon G10.  You can see a major difference in the detail, especially in the shadows and high-lights.  But then, the G10 is a $500 point-n-shoot and the iPhone 3GS has a junky 3MP camera that if sold at Walmart as just a camera, would probably go for under $99.

Presbyterian Church - Palmyra, NY

Presbyterian Church – Palmyra, NY

Welcome Elders Flynn and Boudreaux

I got tied up in a meeting until about 6:15pm today.  Elizabethe was surprised when I came to pick her up and explained that we were running very late.  She must have been engrossed in a book or something.

We got to the house and Elders Flynn and Boudreaux were waiting for us.  They had to move on short notice so we’re taking them in for a couple of weeks.  Elder Flynn is from Bath, NY, and Elder Boudreaux is from the Atlanta, GA, area.  Both are serving service missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I met Elder Flynn when I was attending the Hill Cumorah Pageant with Srini.  He remembers me and was excited to see we’d be their new landlords.

We spent the evening getting them settled.