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PPSNYS Workshop 2018

PPSNYS Workshop 2018

Yesterday I completed my week at PPSNYS Photo Imaging Workshop 2018.  My instructor was Rick Friedman.  Excellent instructor and I learned a lot.

Our topic was speedlight (battery powered strobe lights) photography.  There were 8 of us in the class and everyone had a great time.

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Receiving my 2 PPA Educational Merits


Healthwise, I started off pretty well, but by the time Tuesday rolled around I was in bad shape.  I started having involuntary tremors in my left hand.  But, Wednesday was better, and then I proceeded to go downhill again from there.  Today, I’m guarding myself so I don’t end up feeling sick for church.

I’ve discovered steak seems to help.  Not hamburger, but rare beef.  (I have not noticed any real change after eating a burger.  However, I’ve been experimenting since making this discovery and lean steak seems to boost my energy level and reduce the other symptoms.

Texas Roadhouse

In keeping up with my red meat consumption, we used our gift certificates for Texas Roadhouse for dinner last night.  I ate half my steak there, and brought the other half home.  This morning, I ate 1/4 to keep my strength up in case it is red beef related.  So far my theory is holding up.

Yard Work

Yard Work

Elizabethe has been doing a lot of yard work with the Reynolds boys.  They are hard workers and she’s grateful. They have got a lot of work done.

Lunch at Longhorn

We had lunch at Longhorn today.  Our favorite waitress was off, but the waiter we got was quite attentive to our needs.  It’s always a good experience there. He went overboard and ran all our gift cards and printed statements for each one!

My steak was cooked to perfection.  Thus, It was the best steak I’ve ever had.  That’s one of the reasons I love this place.

New Shoes

Elizabethe needs new shoes.  As a result, we stopped at the shoe store.  Three pairs later, we were ready to go.

We also stopped at Home Depot to look at toilets.  They are all white.  I asked about ordering a black one, and they pointed me to their website.

It’s decision time.

Poser Stuff

My  learning continues in Poser 11.  Today I learned how to save my own character.  The answer was in front of me all the time.  I just didn’t see it.  I will now be creating characters ready for action.  This will save a LOT of time.

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Pirates on the Palmyra Flag Pole

Thanksgiving 2017

Thanksgiving 2017

Thanksgiving 2017 has been quiet.  No guests, no family, no big meal, just Elizabethe and me.  We’re talking it easy.

I made a ham steak for Elizabethe, and a t-bone for me.  Again, nothing fancy, just the two of us.

Software Updates

I figured I’d pull my laptop and tablet out and update all the software and install the latest patches.  Yawn.  Why can’t they handle it like my smartphone does.  But then, maybe I don’t want my laptop communicating to the Internet what I have installed on it.

Thanksgiving is a day to be thankful for what you’ve got.  Perhaps I shouldn’t be complaining about having to update a half-dozen software packages.

I updated all but one because it wasn’t a free update.  The others were all free.  So, do I spend the $70 for the update, or wait until another release and update then (skipping a release).

If I were keeping score it would look like this…

  • Adobe 0 – a lifetime of paying $10/month just to keep it running
  • Corel 5 – 12-18 months purchasing a new update for about $50-$70 (still cheaper than Adobe)
  • Topaz 10 – Purchase and all updates are free

Computer In Bed

I’m not sure how my wife can do it.  She can recline in bed and work on her computer.  I can’t.  I can’t get my head in the right position, balance the laptop, and type.  Perhaps she’s more flexible than I am.

Hmmm… better yet… no computers in the bed.

Birthday Luncheon

Birthday Luncheon

We had a birthday luncheon for Becky at Longhorn Steakhouse.  We got for our favorite waitress, Stephanie.  Both Elizabethe and Becky got Elizabethe’s favorite – Parmesan Crusted Chicken.

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Me, Bethe and Becky at Longhorn

My favorite is beef.  Ordering steak is what I do at a steakhouse… no chicken here.  Nothing is better than the taste of beef in my opinion.

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Stephanie (our waitress) with Me and Bethe

First Monday Event

Today is the First Monday of August.  This means it is the First Monday Event.  Meeting at Corbett’s Glen, we took pictures of running water.  (That was our theme for this month.)

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Running Water – Allen’s Creek – Corbett’s Glen\

The above is a merged 2 photo image.  Because of the high contrast, I had to take one photo for the sunlight hitting the water, and another photo for the dark shadows under the tree.  As a result, the image is very detailed in both areas.

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Me and Paul

Paul and I posed for a selfie (remote in my hand).  Paul is going on the Route 66 road trip with me in exactly 4 weeks.   Between shots we talked about Route 66 stuff.

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Girls Walking in the Stream

These two girls walking through the stream said we could take their photo as long as their face wasn’t showing.  No face means no release needed.

Mowing the Lawn in Two Parts

I began mowing the lawn as soon as I got home.  We took a break to take Becky to her birthday luncheon, and when we returned, I started mowing again.  Breaking it in two sessions is not as bad as I thought.  The break meant I wasn’t as exhausted when I finished.




I put off my grocery shopping until Saturday.  I am paying the price today.  Too many people grocery shop on Saturday.  Why did I do this?

I don’t know the ideal day for going grocery shopping, but it is not Saturday.  My schedule is flexible so I better plan better next time.


My feeble attempt to fix the weed sprayer didn’t work.  The pump went out, and I thought I could rig one using one of those drill-attached pumps.  Those things are a joke.

I used the drill-attached pump to fill an empty RoundUp bottle and manually sprayed the weeds.  The problem with this method is that it takes too long.  I’ve got a huge yard and need more volume to spray the weeds.  There are areas I might use a hose-on sprayer!

RoundUp is pretty quick stuff, but I’d like to see one that makes them wither and die upon contact.  That way you know you killed the suckers.

I look forward to the day when these weeds are history.


That steak yesterday was so good I’ve been thinking about it all day.  It was that good.

In fact, I went by the meat counter at Wegman’s and eyed the Porterhouse steaks.  None of them were thick enough.

Fathers Day 2016

Fathers Day 2016

It’s Fathers Day 2016 and like most Sundays, we start our Sundays by going to church.  The talks were about fathers today, and the speaker’s chosen expertly.  (Or, I should say by the Spirit.)

Immediately after church, we took the sacrament to one of my home teaching families, and then headed home.  After mowing the lawn yesterday, I was beat and so I settled down for a nap.

My nap didn’t last long before I got up and started making dinner.  (Elizabethe says I am making Father’s Day dinner because I always make dinner.)  Steak, corn-on-the-cob, broccoli, baked potatoes and a chunk salad is what we are having for dinner.  I even cooked a chicken breast for Elizabethe because steak is completely wasted on her.  (She does not like beef… at all.)

I managed to squeeze and episode of Chopped Junior in.  It was funny.  They had a guest judge who looked very much like Sister Edmonds.  When she came for dinner we joked about how we saw her on Chopped.

The missionaries also brought a lovely note from Sister Van Kampen who served in our ward.  We have many missionaries who pass through town.  We feed them all, and it is nice to hear from those who have served in Palmyra.

Birthday Lunch

Birthday Lunch

I treated my wife to a birthday lunch today.  She wanted to go to Longhorn Steakhouse so she could order their parmesan crusted chicken.  (I went for the skirt steak and fries.)  It was a good birthday lunch and we both left satisfied.

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Steak and Fries

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Parmesan Crusted Chicken

We then headed to B.J.’s to end our 3-month food storage living.  We were both craving a few snack items that ran out quickly when we started our food storage experiment back on 12/1/2015.  We also had to restock some items we ran out of.  As a result, our food bill was big this time.

We went from there to Wegmans to complete the out-of-stock items in the fridge.  It is amazing how good a head of lettuce looks after 3 months of going without.

Unloading the groceries was a chore.  It was cold and windy and I had to make umpteen trips from the car to the kitchen.

While at BJ’s, I picked up a couple of CREE LED flashlights.  They had a 2-pack of them, including batteries (6 C-cells).  I got home and WOW, are these things powerful.  I wish I would have had flashlights like this back when I was a Boy Scout.

I’m going to find some way to incorporate them in to my photography work.  This will be fun.


We Both Liked It

We Both Liked It

Elizabethe and I went to Longhorn Steakhouse for our date tonight. We both liked it. Well, it was actually a late lunch early dinner, but we timed it just right.

Arriving at 3pm for dinner meant a very empty, quiet, restaurant.  Elizabethe ordered their parmesan crusted chicken, and I ordered steak frites.  For once, I ordered a rare cooked steak and it was COOKED CORRECTLY!!!  Both of us very much enjoyed the food and service.  We’ve agreed that we both liked it and it is now our favorite place to dine out.

It was also nice eating where it was clean and quiet.  We tried a place a few weeks back that was so noisy that it gave Elizabethe a headache.  (Plus, their food was really bad.)

I’ve been practicing for Sunday’s Stake Conference.  I have to accompany the missionaries on a number that has a lot of arpeggios.  I have a difficult time with arpeggios, and so I’m quite nervous about Sunday.  Plus, it is written in 3/4 timing, but the rhythm goes from a 6/8 to a 3/4 and to a 2/2 in places.  It gets kind of tricky.  At times you want to count in 2/2 triples, while at other times, it is more of a 3/4 in quarter notes.  I attempted to count it in 6 beats per measure, which seemed to work, but then I thought that would get me in trouble if the conductor is leading in 3.  Aye.

I will keep practicing and we’ll see what develops.

I read a blog by a church member who compared Islam today to the Saints of the mid-1800s.  While I believe what he was trying to say was the saints in the 1800s were persecuted for their religious beliefs, and so are the innocent Muslims, what came out was a poor understanding of both the Meadow Mountain Massacre and radical Islamic terrorists.

His comparison also lacked a discussion of the major differences between Islam and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Latter-day Saints profess to have the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and that Jesus Christ is the head of the church.  The church on earth is guided by a prophet and his two counselors, and 12 Apostles.  All 15 men are called as prophets, seers and revelators, but only the prophet can administer all the keys of the priesthood.

Islam, on the other hand, has no formal clergy and is governed by Islamic law called sharia.  Enforcement of the law varies by country to country.  There is plenty written about how sharia is executed and enforced.  It doesn’t take much study of it to realize why there is so much fighting in Islamic nations.

Bottom line is, I think he should have simply stated his concern that we accept innocent people with open arms, that our humanity should outweigh our fears.  An attempt to compare Muslim immigrants to the United States to Latter-day Saints fleeing persecution in Missouri and Illinois is a long stretch.  Let’s just leave it with we have always been a nation to welcome the down-trodden and stop with any comparisons.

I think I’ll just settle down for the evening and clean my camera lenses.  Yeah, that’s what photographers do to relax.


Birthday Lunch

Birthday Lunch

Today I went for a birthday lunch.  I had a $50 gift card and since Elizabethe is doing the cooking currently, I’m not going to trust my “birthday steak” to chance.  So, we went to Longhorn Steakhouse to celebrate my birthday today.  (Tomorrow is the house tour, and my actual birthday is Sunday and we don’t go to restaurants on the Sabbath day.)

I enjoyed a nice fillet cooked perfectly, French fries, and pecan pie and ice cream for dessert.  Elizabethe commented that I did not have any green vegetables with my lunch.  I reminded her of the logic presented in Hamlet.  While there Hamlet talks about fish and worms, I think the same applies to cows and grass.  Cows eat grass.  We eat cows.  Therefore, we are eating grass.  Works for me.

I finally bought Elizabethe’s Christmas present.  She already knows what it is as she helped pick it out.  It should be delivered on Wednesday.

Bethe bought a new bedspread at Bed, Bath and Beyond.  Now, this is what I call good customer service.  She couldn’t pull up the barcode on her cell phone via their web site.  So, the manager said she would do a manual over-ride and give her the 20%.  I’m very pleased they did that for her as they could have just said… oh, well.

More Planting in Garden

Even our weeds are pretty

Sisters Garcia and Hess came over today to help us in the garden.  We got quite a bit done, and with this extra warm spring, I think we’re going to have a good crop this year.


Again, I had a sneezing fit that exhausted me.  And, later in the day, it left my brain fuzzy.  Definitely not a good evening for doing anything mentally intensive.

We went to Mark and Lana’s reception at the Palmyra Inn.  There was a good size group there.  It is nice to see them finally married.

From there we headed towards Newark for dinner.  Originally I was thinking the Chinese buffet there, but after the reception and having sweet stuff, I wasn’t in the mood for Chinese food.  We passed a few places, but they hardly had any cars in the parking lot.  Normally, that is an indication that they are not very good.  So, we dropped in to The Corner (Union and Main Streets in Newark.)

New, just because there are lots of cars, doesn’t mean it is good.  I say that, because there were probably more cars at The Corner, than any of the other restaurants in Newark.  Elizabethe ordered a Portobello and gorgonzola wrap sandwich.  I ordered the Angus Beef Sirloin steak.  Here’s my review:

Atmosphere:  2
Taste: 1
Value for the Price: 1
Service: 5
Over all:  2.5

The service was great.  Our waitress was fantastic.  No complaints.  She had a million dollar smile and was on top of everything.

Food wise, I was very disappointed.  First, I ordered my steak medium rare, and what I received was medium in the center, and medium well on the edges.  The cook attempted to deglaze the steak, but the result was a steak boiled in liquid which makes lean cuts of meat quite tough.  And, the deglazing was not at a flash point, so the sauce had a very bitter/alcohol taste, and the steak, which could have been savory, was bland and tasted like boiled beef.

Elizabethe didn’t care much for her sandwich either.

Their prices were a little high given the lack of quality food preparation.  Needless to say, we won’t be going back.  (This makes two bad steaks lately.  That’s kind of sad.  It seems like quality beef in both stores and restaurants is disappearing.)