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Power Restored

Power Restored

Power restored!    Or, at least 21 homes on West Main Street in Palmyra.  Early this evening power came on.  After about 54 hours, we have power restored.  Power to the people!

White Christmas

Modern revelation tells us Christ was born on April 6th.  We got snow today.  You can say it is a White Christmas.

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April 6th, 2018

That darn groundhog was right this year.  Spring is late.

Wednesday it was a blizzard.  Thursday we woke to a little snow.  Today, we woke to a blanket of white.

Good Sync

I’m glad I bought a copy of Good Sync.  This software saves a LOT of time and makes backups easy.  A good portion of my day was spent organizing files and using Good Sync in conjunction with ACDSee to rid my drives of duplicate files and then backing them up.  I probably saved a good 100GB of space.

Second Amendment

I watched two friends argue on social media as to the reason for the Second Amendment to the constitution.  One was arguing it was there so citizens could protect themselves from an oppressive government.  The other argues it was to have a well regulated militia.

I’m trying to not get involved in those things on social media.  However, I’d say they are both right.  The government had no army back then.  They were ALL mercenary companies, or groups, who volunteered to fight.  Thus, they had to have their own weapons.  And, what was their fight?  To fight against the oppressive government of England.

Two Down

Two Down

Two down, and two paintings to go for International Print Competition.  The due date is in the end of May, but it’s never good to wait for the last minute on these things.

Last night I started on the third painting.  So far, the list includes:

  • Are You Coming to Bed, Dear? – a social commentary on game and Internet addiction. (done)
  • Don’t Stand So Close to Me – based on the song by Police – a male teacher with a female student who is coming on to him. (done)
  • I Shoot RAW – a humorous take on the question, “Do you shoot RAW?” (in progress)
  • undecided

PPSNYS Focus Convention

We’re going to the PPSNYS Focus Convention later this week.  I’m glad it is a little closer than New Jersey, and I hope it is a good convention.  I have my anxieties about it since they’ve been dwindling in numbers.

I was reading some of the reviews of the venue.  It’s funny, Yelp has only bad reviews about the place.  (I guess they haven’t paid Yelp their extortion fees.  Yes, Yelp extorts business owners.  You can’t trust their reviews – especially the bad ones.)  Google on the other hand, has a mix of good and bad.  I guess we’ll find out later this week.

Cold Month

March has been a cold month.  It’s been about a week since it last snowed, but the freezing temperatures have kept the snow from melting.  Spring starts on Thursday, hopefully that will start turning things around and it will start warming up.

I was noticing the garden.  I’m thinking it is going to be off to a late start this year.  Last year we didn’t get a lot of tomatillos.  I’m going to suggest to Elizabethe we move them back to where we had them two years ago, and to plant more.  We can always use more green sauce.

Christmas Weekend

Christmas Weekend

Christmas doesn’t always fall on a weekend, but when it does, it’s Christmas Weekend.  This year, Christmas falls on a Monday, so tomorrow, Sunday is Christmas Eve.  Tonight will be the eve of Christmas Eve. (That’s supposed to be funny.)


Today’s weather has been weird.  It started off raining, and the weatherman said it would rain all day with freezing tonight.


It rained half the day and then turned to snow.  Heavy, wet snow.

Before it got dark I went and plowed the driveway.  I really don’t want to get up early before church to clear the driveway.  For tonight, the Beckwith Mansion is a winter wonderland.

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After the Rain Came the Snow


Some of the gifts arrived at the last minute.  All of Elizabethe’s gifts have arrived, so I guess I’m all set here.  I also sent off eGift cards to my dad and brother.  Everything else was taken care of well in advance.  We are all set.

Elizabethe tells me she can’t find my Christmas stocking, so she ordered me a new one from Amazon.  Hers is all stuffed with the exception of some perishables.  I’ll put those in Monday morning.


We have a couple of pieces of flat bread and an open bottle of spaghetti sauce.  So, I made pizza for dinner.  It was quite good.

Temperature Drop

Temperature Drop

Blame it on La Nina, but the temperature drop last night was significant.  We got our first snow of the season (see my season watch).  I didn’t take a picture of it because it’s lack luster.  In a picture you’d think it was a heavy frost.

Tim Horton’s

We went to Tim Horton’s for lunch because I had a gift card for the place.  I’ve been a couple of times for doughnuts.  We decided to try it for lunch.  I’m not impressed, and neither was Elizabethe.

If given the choice between Dunkin Donuts and Tim Hortons, I think I would go to Wegmans for donuts, and Burger King for lunch.   I know coffee drinkers who like one or the other.  However, since I’m not a coffee drinker I can’t find anything at either donut shop to draw me in.

A few years ago Burger King and Tim Hortons merged.  I can’t say I’ve noticed much of a change in Burger King, and I wasn’t a big enough fan of Tim Hortons to say if anything changed there.

Well, that was our date for the day.

Shoot Tomorrow

I need to get ready for my shoot tomorrow.  I’m going to set the heater tonight so that it will be warm for the morning.  The shoot is first thing in the morning.

Missionary Discussion

Missionary Discussion

Elizabethe and I sat in on a missionary discussion tonight.  A young man we know is taking the discussions.  He has committed to be baptized, and we are sitting in to support him.

Snow and Rain

Snow and rain are a bad combination.  We usually don’t get this type of weather in April.  I worked in the studio and at times it just poured outside.  I was glad to be indoors.

From time to time I would hear a big thud as a chunk of ice hit the roof.  I’m not sure if it is falling off a tree, or from the sky.  I just want to stay inside and work where it is warm.

I had  to run to the Village Hall to get a letter notarized.  Not wanting to be outside more than I had to, I came straight home.  Because of this weather, I have no desire to go anywhere tonight.


Elizabethe bought tickets for going to San Diego while we’re in California.  It will be a day trip to see Crystali and her family.  I’m excited; it will be fun to see the boys and Crystal and Philip.

The church history guys also have a few things they want me to photograph.  Mostly, things that have to do with church history… of course.



I heard complaints about sidewalks not being cleared as early as 6:45am this morning. It got me thinking… let’s see… 1st-4th grades I walked to school because both parents worked and the only alternative was to hide somewhere outside and wait until school let out. (No thanks… it was cold in Idaho.) We had no bus service, and my neighbors didn’t shovel sidewalks, and the city didn’t plow our streets. I had nobody to walk to school with because I was the only kid on our 3-house street who went to public school. (We lived on the edge of town — the end of civilization as I knew it.) But, walking home was an adventure when it snowed, because you never knew what snowball fight you’d happen upon.

We (because I wasn’t the only one who did this) would cut through yards and fields to make the path to school more direct. I recall two barbed-wire fences to cross, and one irrigation ditch. Nobody called the cops on us as long as we didn’t stop to mess with the irrigation ditch, and even then, I think the farmer was scarier than the police ever were.

When the snow would start to melt, by morning, the sidewalks were icy. I didn’t care. I’d run and slide to the other end. If I fell, so what? It was no use crying because nobody was around to garner sympathy from. You just got up, brush yourself off, and continue on to school.


Years ago I took my younger children to see my childhood home in what is now Chubbuck, Idaho. I told them I would show them the route I took to school. After a bit of driving, my youngest daughter, Crystali, said, “Dad, I think you’re lost.” I assured her I knew the way as I probably walked it a few hundred times. Sure enough, I hadn’t forgot.

She was very surprised at the distance. (Of course, we stuck to the roads, and as a child I cut through the fields, but it really didn’t make it that much shorter… it only seemed that way.)

I’ll be the first to admit the world is a scarier place than it was in the early 1960s. But, to coddle a child because there’s snow on the sidewalks? Please, you’re not getting any sympathy from me.


I got out at the crack of dawn, and I measured the depth.  21 inches with zero deviation.  That’s official.  The Beckwith Mansion official snowfall for this storm – 21″ exactly.

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Studio in the Snow

I even made a path to the studio.  It’s the Grand Canyon of the Beckwith.

It took me nearly 4 hours to clear the driveway and sidewalks, but it’s done.  Nobody can complain about their precious child having to walk through the snow.  (Okay, I’m being sarcastic.  I probably shouldn’t be so sarcastic.  I did it for those who might be in a wheelchair, using a walker, or have other mobility issues.)

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Sidewalk Cleared





I can’t stop laughing.  While this isn’t the worst storm I’ve been through, for around here, it is pretty big.  I can’t stop laughing because I have never seen my BBQ buried so deeply in the snow.

My yardstick says it is around 20″ deep + or -.  While NOAA says the record for Palmyra in a midnight-to-midnight period is 19″.   I found a website that claims the record for Palmyra is 28″.  It doesn’t say if that is accumulations or not, but I suspect from NOAA data it is accumulation.

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Snowdrift Against the House

NOAA uses the melt-method of measuring snowfall.  It collects snow in a container.  A heating element melts it, and they measure the water.  1/10th of an inch = 1 inch of snow.  That’s why on some weather reports you see something like, “precipitation 0.10 inches”.  Translated that means 1″ of snow.

The yardstick method measure the actual depth at a specific spot.  I usually sample 3 spots where the snow hasn’t drifted, and then I average them.

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Patio Furniture

Stuck Inside

It is too nasty out and we’re stuck inside.  We rented the new version of Saturday’s Warrior.  Excellent moving.  I didn’t realize it is such a tearjerker.

They removed the songs Dear John and Will You Wait for Me.  They added a couple of new songs.  I missed not hearing the song Dear John.  Will You Wait for Me… not as much.

An Attempt

I made an attempt to go blow the snow off the driveway.  It is still coming down like mad, and it seemed futile to remove the snow only to have it back-fill with new snow.  As a result, I quit and decided it will wait until tomorrow morning.


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Snowblower in too Deep

I came inside and watched it to continue to snow.  It appeared to stop around 7pm.  That means it snowed for about 30-31 hours continuously.  That’s a lot of snow.

Is This Hype

Is This Hype

Is this hype, or are we really in for the storm of the year?  It appears to be starting off a little weak.  You never know if it is TV weather hype, or if it is really going to come to fruition.

According to my weather app on my phone they are saying it is going to snow steadily from 2pm today until 6pm Wednesday, but at the rate of about 1/5th of an inch per hour.


It’s snowing, but not a lot.  I went to the bathroom (in the house… I’m working in my studio) and when I returned for my next potty break, we had got about an 1″.  That’s 1″ in about 1 hour.

Update 2

Okay, it’s coming down steady.  I’m calling it a day and going inside.

Update 3

After eating dinner and watching a show with Elizabethe, I decided to check on the progress.  Holy Cow!!!!  It has drifted against the back of our house and I had to force the door open because of the drift.

I have never seen it drift like that here.  And, I haven’t seen it this deep very often.  Tomorrow morning will be a surprise.



Lunch with the Miners

Lunch with the Miners

Elizabethe and I had lunch with the Miners today.  Brent and Karen Miner work in the temple with us.  He is one of the counselors in the temple presidency, and prior to that, he was my shift coordinator.

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Brent & Karen Miner

We met for lunch at Longhorn Steakhouse in Victor.  We have a favorite waitress there who works on Fridays so we asked to be seated in her section.

Someone assumed we were coming with 20 guests.  (I’m not sure how they came to that conclusion.)  It was just the four of us.

We had some nice conversation and some great food.  It is Elizabethe’s favorite restaurant.  Plus, the chef knows how to cook a steak rare. Unfortunately, many restaurants don’t have a clue as to what rare, medium and well done mean.

We also had a couple of coupons which we shared with the Miners.

Cold Sweep

We have another cold sweep moving in, and it is coupled with high winds.  They have set up a Red Cross emergency shelter in Macedon.  Many homes are without power and that’s not good when the temperatures are dropping in to the teens tonight.  It is also supposed to snow tonight or tomorrow.

Wet Dump

Wet Dump

We got a wet dump of snow last night.  The blown snow came out of the blower like a stream of Slurpee mix.  It lacked the flavoring and coloring, but it looked like white Slurpee mix.

I break out the ManPlow still.  The snow blower doesn’t do a great job on large open areas of pavement.  So, I do what I can, and then get the ManPlow to clean up the rest of the mess.

Family Home Evening

On Monday nights throughout the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, families gather for an evening together.  We call it Family Home Evening, of FHE for short.

The temple missionaries serving in Palmyra gather on Monday nights for a Family Home Evening too.  They invited me to talk on Israel.


My presentation on Israel was in three sections:

  1. Book of Mormon Insights
  2. Traveling to Israel
  3. New Testament Insights
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Peter Denies Knowing Christ

My presentation went smoothly.  I didn’t have technical glitches with my equipment.  In all, the night was a success.

Puzzle Books

Elizabethe sold a dozen of her puzzle books.  Once people see the quality of their book, they tend to purchase one.   As she comes out with new volumes, I’m sure they too well sell well.

They are available at Amazon:  http://a.co/6hS3rSx