Joyful House

Joyful House

A joyful house is one filled with the laughter of children.  Our guests this weekend brought a lot of laughter and joy to the Beckwith Mansion.

A friend from Pittsburg, California, contacted us about room availability.  Before long, we had booked her nephew’s family for their family tour through the region.

We get a lot of older couples (without children in tow) staying here, but there is something about a house full of children’s giggles and smiles.  It was also fun to walk out in the front yard and seeing children tossing a Frisbee around while mom was taking pictures and dad loading the ice chest for the day’s venture.

Before long, they were off for the day.  Later when they returned, those old enough went to the temple while grandma stayed behind to watch the little ones.  One of them drew a picture and presented it to Elizabethe…

 

A Letter from a Child
A Letter from a Child

Later I heard the sounds of children in the basement family room having fun playing with the toys.  Their laughter and giggles is quite welcome here at the Beckwith Mansion.

That’s what it is all about… families.

I have a speaking engagement on Monday in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  I’ve got to throw a few things together for it.  It’s not like teaching here at the studio where things are close at hand.  If you don’t pack it, you won’t have it.  So, I’ve got to focus on getting ready.

The Beckwith Mansion is located in the Village of Palmyra, New York, and is classified as a tourist home.  Think of us like a Bed and Breakfast, except we don’t serve meals.  Lodging is affordable and you may use our kitchen to serve your meals.  We are also walking distance from several restaurants in the area.  To make reservations call us at (315) 359-5280.

Day 1 for 2013-2014 Season

Okay, today is Day 1 of the 2013-2014 winter season here at the  Beckwith Mansion.

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Light Dusting (Day 1 – 2013)

We woke to a light dusting of snow.  On and off all day, flurries would blow around.  At one point, I took a break to walk down to the village.  It was sunny and nice.  Turned around to come home and it was blowing and snowing.  Brrrrr….

I’m testing out 2 cameras today.  One is the Canon EOS M and the other the Fujifilm X-100.  The picture above was shot with the X-100.  What a cool camera.  Configuring it is a nightmare, and once I got it configured, I have been amazed at the quality of the images.

Van Bortel Chevrolet hosted the MPWCC After Hours.  It was a really nice evening.  I got to meet Kitty Van Bortel as we as some other business owners and we had a nice time visiting.

Ahoy Thar Pirates of Palmyra

Every year the Village of Palmyra gets together on a Friday night and watches the movie Goonies in the Village Park, followed by a Saturday of pirate fun.  The Saturday fun starts with a foot race and a treasure walk, followed by a parade and bed races.

This year we only had 4 beds in the race (what’s up with that?)  Aside from the few entries, it is still fun to watch.  Everyone likes a good race, and racing beds… well… it’s just pure fun.

You can see more about it here:  http://www.GetItDoneOn31.biz

It was a fun day.  I’m looking forward to next year’s.

Rain, Rain, Rain, Rain

Normally, when it rains here, you wait a few minutes and it lets up. That hasn’t been the case today. It started early in the morning, about the time I was leaving for my networking meeting.

On the way home, I stopped at Lowe’s and picked up a couple of window well covers. I was a bit late. The water is already coming in to the basement. I put them in place, but the clogged rain gutters had over flowed, and water was splashing in to the window wells and leaking in to the basement.

Uhg.

Tomorrow is Head Shot Days at the studio. I got things set up and took my own head-shot as a test.

Self-Portrait Head-shot
Self-Portrait Head-shot

June’s theme for Head Shot Days is Film Noir. (Perhaps I need a fedora.)

July’s Head Shot Days will actually be August 1st. (We’ll have two in August.) The August Theme will be High-Key – white backdrop, light colors. Like this picture…

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High-Key

 

Here’s the cool part.  On Head Shot Days, you pay only $37.04+tax for a head-shot.  And, it only takes about 15 minutes.  You’re in and out quickly.  You bring a USB drive, and I return your drive in a few days with your head-images.  Visit http://blog.dbwalton.com for more details.

D. Brent Walton is a Photographic Craftsman and Certified Professional Photographer.  His studio is in the historic Village of Palmyra, New York, at 213 E Main Street.  His tag line, Capturing Beauty, says what he does best.  Visit his web site at www.dbwalton.com, and on Facebook.

Still Adjusting

I’m still adjusting to last week’s schedule change.  I’ve discovered I don’t have Mondays off now because I moved work off Tuesday mornings.  My weekends, for now, consist of just Sundays.  I’m sure… if I ever get caught up… I’ll get my Mondays back.

Right now, I’m trying to get ready for Imaging USA.  It’s the annual conference for professional photographers in the U.S.  This year, it is in Atlanta, Georgia.  Check back next week for the big announcement.

Elizabethe removed her Christmas Village from the store downtown.  We have a new tenant who wants to paint the interior.  (I’ll let the new tenant announce their business when they are ready.)  The new tenant will be a welcome addition to the Village of Palmyra.

While I was out and about today, I ran into three groups of missionaries.  (Must be P-day.)  I ran into 6 elders at the bookstore.  Later, while shopping at Walmart, I ran into a companionship of sisters in the dairy department, and as I was leaving, I ran into a companionship of sisters in the deli department.  I think the only missionaries I did not run into were the ones from our own ward.

Tomorrow’s a busy day.  I’ve got to wrap things up and stop working.

12-22-12

Looking Down the Driveway Before I Shoveled
Looking Down the Driveway Before I Shoveled

Some think we’ve been destroyed, but contrary to that rumor, we’re still around. Perhaps what the Mayans realized was our mild fall would be followed by a day of true winter. I woke this morning to wind and snow. This morning is probably one of the biggest snow falls in one night since I’ve moved here.

After a good breakfast, I went outside to tackle the snow. After about 5000 sq ft of driveway, I moved on to clear the village sidewalks in front of my house. This time, I measured them. 255 feet of sidewalk, at 5′ wide, comes to another 1275 feet of sidewalk. Let’s see, at 6″ deep, that’s about 140 cubic yards of snow. No wonder I feel like I’ve had a workout.

Village Sidewalk Post Shoveling
Village Sidewalk Post Shoveling
Driveway by Garage and Studio
Driveway by Garage and Studio

Do you realize that they measure the depth of snow, not by the actual depth, but by the amount of water produced when it melts?

I actually measured the depth on the driveway.  It was 6″.  Now, since a wetter snow will yield more water, the National Weather Service might report a deeper depth, and had this been a dry snow, the report might be less.  This was a very wet, heavy snow, so my 6″ on my tape measure might actually be recorded on NOA page as 8″.  I’ll have to remember to check.

Because I enjoy shoveling snow, this was a nice way to start the day.  It took longer than usual because the snow was so heavy.  Normally, I can push about 10′ before it gets too heavy.  Today, 3-5′ and it was too heavy to push, so I had to work in small patches, pushing a few feet of snow to the side each time.

It is supposed to keep snowing through tomorrow.  I just hope I don’t have to shovel before church.  That’s always a bit of a drag.