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.

Need a Freezer?

I took Jim Hippen over to Happiness Garden to look at where I need the door built.  (I just don’t have time to do-it-myself right now.  I’m hiring Jim to do the cellar door.)  While we were there, Jerry came down stairs and asked if he could get rid of this old, very old, freezer.  I’m guessing this freezer is about 1940 vintage.  It has several bays on top with these 1/2 fold, flip-flop, style lids.

If anyone wants it – to sell it for scrap, restore, or part-out, let me know.

I attempted to drill a soffit hole unsuccessfully.  This means I have to do something else for the ceiling insulation.  I’m not sure what at this point.  The roof should have been built with soffits, but it’s too late now.

President Clawson called and asked if we would house a couple of service missionaries.  They need a place by tomorrow.  So, it looks like we’ll have a couple of full-time elders living with us temporarily.

There were some very dramatic clouds in Rochester today.

Clouds in Rochester

Clouds in Rochester

(The iPhone camera really under exposes.  As a result, images like the above turn out pretty noisy.  I got a chuckle out of another photographer’s blog where he said the 3GS camera was so good he might abandon his dSLR.  Really?)

Speaking of iPhone photos, this one turned out better than expected.  This is of the Presbyterian Church at the Corner of the 4 Churches.  I took this as I was leaving Jim’s house yesterday.

Palmyra Presbyterian Church

Palmyra Presbyterian Church

Lake Ontario

All this work around the house recently made me feel a need to get out and see a little bit of our surroundings.  So, I suggested to Elizabethe we take a drive up to see what Lake Ontario looks like.  (It’s just a few miles north of us, but we have never seen it.)  We came home from church and had lunch and hopped in the car for a short drive.

We stopped at the Pate’s house and said, “Hi.”  They live in Williamson. 

The Pates

The Pates

She showed us her ostrich eggs that she decorates.  (Some time, I’ll have to ask her if I can photograph them.)

Across the street from there house was an old service station  that reminds me of the type of places you find along Route 66.

Old Service Station

Old Service Station

From there we drove to the lake…

Lake Ontario

Lake Ontario

The lake is so big you can’t  see Canada (but you can see Russia from here… just kidding).  However, you can see the curve of the earth.  We are talking a BIG lake.  Looking at them on the map doesn’t do any justice.

Petunea Patch

Petunia Patch

Where we parked the car there was a patch of petunias growning.  The flowers here are remarkable. 

So, that was our Sunday afternoon.

North Wall Complete

Elizabethe Out Front of Amy's Apartment

Elizabethe Out Front of Amy’s Apartment

After helping Amy and her son, Mike, move, I came home and with Jonathan’s help we got the north wall of the dry-house complete.   I think the hardest part of doing a wall like that is all the bending and stooping down to reach the lower boards. 

We also got both walls stained.  It is really starting to look cool as you can tell (or maybe you can’t) from this picture:

Dry-house progress

Dry-house progress

Those patches of white paint ar going to be coming off and I’ll do some cleanup, re-staining and varnishing of the window frames.  It will look spiff when it is all done.

That was about all I could  take today.  So, I spent the rest of the afternoon making some stuffed peppers and a meatloaf for tomorrow.

Soft Rain

“Rain, rain, soft rain at my window…”

I do like a nice soft rain once in a while.  It makes things smell nice and brightens up the place.

Looking Towards the Kitchen in the Rain

Looking Towards the Kitchen in the Rain

While I was out enjoying the rain, I noticed this plant.  Does anyone know if this is poison ivy or not?

Poison Ivy?  Virginia Creeper?  Something else?

Poison Ivy? Virginia Creeper? Something else?

Found out today I’ll be spending a week in Dallas mid-September.  Going to a class there.  With so much to do around here, I’m not real thrilled about traveling right now.  But, I am sure once I’m on my way with my camera in hand I’ll change my attitude.

Tomorrow will be another day of working on the dry-house.  My main goal is to get the north wall covered with tongue-and-groove.  Nothing more.

Oh, and a Happy Birthday to Nathaniel.  He’s 5 today.  Happy Birthday Bud!  Grandpa loves you!!!

More About the iPhone 3G[S]

So, why is it I can’t even get an app for the iPhone that will allow me to use the USB cable and treat my iPhone’s data storage area like a USB drive?

There are apps that let you WiFi and share files, however, you can’t use your USB to do the same thing.  Likewise, you can’t use your Bluetooth to do the same thing.  Just WiFi.   I poked around a lot at the app store looking for such apps.  The closest thing I found was one that lets you use your USB cable HOWEVER, at the computer end, you have to buy their $10 program. 

I bought it.  It lets me create folders inside of folders and I can drag and drop to it.  Everything was looking dandy until I tried to look at the pictures I dragged to my iPhone.

The first picture came up perfect.  At the top of the screen, a little pair of arrows appeared.  One pointing left, and the other pointing right.  So, I clicked on the right arrow to see the next picture.  Whoa!  That’s  not the next picture.  That’s a picture in a different folder.  So, I clicked the right arrow again.  That’s another picture from ANOTHER folder.

So much for their folder structure.  As you go through the files, no matter how you organize your folders, it treats all of the files as though they are in one big folder in alphabetic order.   (Don’t you just hate that?  I do.)

iPhone sky capture - unretouched

iPhone sky capture - unretouched

So, a friend posts a letter written by his mother-in-law to a certain senator about how this senator should push Obama’s heath care plan.  This bugs me.   It bugs me because it was written from an emotional point of view, and not armed with facts about the bills being presented on the floor. 

Be informed.  Visit http://www.thomas.gov and read the bills for yourself.

A Very Long Update

Microsoft sent out and update today and required a reboot.  The reboot resulted in waiting forever for my machine to come back up.  Let’s just hope it was worth it.

I spent a good portion of the day sneezing.  Those who know me that when I sneeze, I sneeze a LOT.  The problem with sneezing a lot is that it takes your strength away.  So, aside from fixing dinner and going to bed, that is all that is on my mind.  (The rest was sent spraying through the air with several dozen ‘ka-choos’.)