Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
I, Kelli W, have never really backed up my computer. Oh, I started backing up my photos, but after 2 dvd's worth, either the computer froze or I got bored.
We have been having some issues with the computer, something is always saying it's encountered a problem and needs to shut down. If I shut down every time I encountered a problem, I'd never get anything done. Anyway, our computer guy says it's Windows and we need to back everything up and re-install Windows. No problem...the thought of this scares me to death. He says use DVD's, they hold more, like 4 mbs each. Then he asks what the size of my PHOTO folder is. I tell him 14.4 mbs, he is very quiet, then he says "That's a lot of pictures." Which means at least 3 disks for photos, plus the ones for over 800 fonts, 100's of songs, many documents, favourites, email address, etc. Hours of my precious time that I will never get back His recommendation is to get an external hard drive and save everything to it instead of to disk. I can do that! It's fast, it's easy, I just have to figure out what needs to be saved.
And then our computer should run like new again.
I can't wait.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
We've been watching a fair amount of educational tv lately, not because we want to become educated, but because nothing brainless is on. So we watch what I think might be a 20/20 spin off, not sure because I never pay attention to the title. Last week it was The Outsiders and it was about a guy that lives amongst the bears, not like that guy that got himself and his girlfriend eaten by bears, this guy is totally different, anyways we learned(the whole idea behind watching these things is to learn something)that bears climb trees, black bears and grizzly bears and that it's a myth if someone tells you that a certain type of bears can't climb trees. Soooo...that brings us to this picture...at the bottom of the tree there was a large rock, the tree had about 8 feet of branches cut off to make a 'ladder', even some branches nailed on in a few spots, and it had this 'sign' attached to it. So my brain tells me that if there are any bears, and they can climb trees, this tree with the sign must be like the Block Parent Tree, you grab the rock, use the 'branch ladder' and climb fast. If the bear follows you, you drop the rock on the bear. This is Kerry showing you how it's done.
Dogs, drinking water, from Kerry's pack. After the walk Linus tried to crawl into his ice cream bucket of water, he was that hot. Poor thing, we laughed so hard as he tried to figure out how to get his big self in that bucket.
A squirrel/chipmunk, can't tell. His eyes are red from the flash, I hope, and not rabies.
And this week the show we watched was about kids with Tourette's Syndrome. It was very interesting. It's one thing to actually have Tourette's, this show opened our eyes to how the families deal with it. I found that the evil mosquitoes made me flail my arms and legs uncontrollably while avoiding the blood letting. This was for 1 1/2 hours, I couldn't imagine having to live like that. This is me, killing mosquitoes, looking kind of chunky.
Emily draws almost all day. She learns from tutorials on-line and from reading anime. She has books and books full of drawings like these. She's also taught herself how to draw using her Bamboo tablet and PS7, and now PSE5. We don't know what to do with her. All photos are SOOC and taken with my 50mm lens.
Friday, July 18, 2008
She did a great job sewing up the top of his head and can cut straighter than I can, tomorrow I have some buttons that need to be attached to some pants and some pj's that need hemming. This teaching her to sew will pay off in spades!
This is it...The last of the cherries. I don't know if it was the fact that this was the end, or if they really were riper, but this last bucket was by far the tastiest. It is even better with the crumb topping and ice cream. This was lunch.
And while Emily slaved away with the needle and scissors, I made 3 little Web Info books. It's hard to see in the picture, what with my fave. lens set at f2.5, but each page has room to record the website, the password and any other pertinent info you might want to record. One for me, one for Emily and one for my Mom. Thanks to Sue for sharing the template. Thanks to Chatterbox for putting out new paper!
I got the inspiration for this last card from my pajama bottoms.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
All the following pictures were taken with my 50 mm. f 1.8 lens at 400 or 800 ISO. Almost all have the PW actions Boost, Slight Lighten, and Quick Edge Burn. Love them.
Emily's new bathing suit. She's convinced we can wear the same sized clothing, bless her heart!
That's our Flying Dutch Girl, Sally, running through the water, love those ears.
Kerry's water shoes, NOT. He doesn't have white socks on, that's just his crazy farmer's tan. He decided to wear shoes and socks to the creek and then declared that he would wear his most beautiful LEATHER shoes into the creek, minus the socks. He says he planned it that way. I plan not to buy him new shoes when he discovers these ones are toast.
I wish everyone was looking at me, but why would they? They never do. Anyway, see that fallen tree behind Kerry's head, it goes across from the island to the bank. Emily decided to try and climb across it, or slide across on her bum, notice the branches, anyways, she didn't make it very far before we heard the squeak of her falling over the sound of rushing water. It's not a good thing that she fell on the rocks but I did notice that the water under the tree is significantly deeper than the rest of the creek, because I saw Linus actually dog paddling in it. If she had fallen in there, she probably wouldn't have gotten all scraped up, but we probably would have lost her to the current and found her in the lake.
Sally is making me a jaccuzzi foot soak. Such a thoughtful girl! This is especially nice because I had just finished whacking my foot on the rocks to dislodge the bug on my toe.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Jaynee and Eli made brownies and I, without any helper, made cupcakes, and finger sandwiches and poured a bowl of cornchips and cut some pickles. They have iced tea in the tea pot and frozen yogurt tubes for later. They are sitting out on the patio furniture, dogs are not allowed out either, which makes Linus cry.
This means I get the toss offs for lunch. I had Lipton's French onion soup with the crusts from the finger sandwiches and the broken mini cupcakes. At least I got my can of diet Coke. I think my shift finishes soon and then I can enjoy my CK that came today.
I feel like a house elf. (I just finished re-reading Harry Potter again, what do you expect?)
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Here's a slightly better picture...I would probably scream more if a ladybug landed on me than if poop fly landed on me. Don't know why. It's supposed to be lucky if a ladybug lands on you, if a poop fly lands on you, you stink.For year's we have had these pop bottle bird feeders, not attractive, but they hold up in the weather. Only thing is, we haven't had any birds. Zilch, zero, nada, none. But for some reason this year we have lots, even though we live in the shadow of the meat eater. I guess little birds like to live dangerously. They are porking up too. We have to fill the 2 litre bottle every other day. Sometimes, one bird will sit at the feeder and eat and toss seeds to the birds on the ground, very smart, very nice to share.
Kerry's at Silver Star mountain biking today, Shaun's at work at the Harvest, Emily is still sleeping but has beach plans with the Ways, so I get to hang with my peeps today!!! I will be trying to be creative, and as I have been trying to do for months, searching for the 2 or 3 packs of flowers I bought a few (6) months ago. I know I have them, I remember opening them, fondling them, and putting them somewhere, but I just don't know where. I picked up Donna Downey's layout book and am feeling very inspired.
UPDATE: after months of looking I finally found my flowers. I mean really, who's idea was it to take them out of their original containers and put them in an empty SU Hodge Podge Hardware tin?
Saturday, July 12, 2008
We started picking, and then stopped. Cherries are later this year, but our cherry fruit fly spray was put on 21 days ago and the info sheet says to "pick in 21 days to avoid re-infestation". I read that as "pick on the 21st day to avoid worms, pick fast, eat faster".
But it's the 22nd day and the majority of cherries aren't as ripe as they should be. Never mind that we have picked 15 pails. They were ripe enough. We've given 6 pails away, eaten 1-2, have 5 sitting here and are in the process of drying 2 pails.
So we are waiting until Sunday to see if the rest of the tree ripens up, either way, the cherries are coming off.
What I have learned....
-Cherries stain, they stain your clothes, kids' faces, fingers and nails, and counter tops.
-I can eat half an ice cream bucket of cherries with no ill effects.
-Spending what seemed like a lot of money on a cherry pitting machine years ago was a VERY good idea. After washing, and de-stemming an ice cream pail of cherries, I can pit it with my handy-dandy Kirsh-o-Matic in less than 10 minutes. I think that's between 5-7 lbs.
-Drying cherries is a good idea, even if it takes 24 hours to dry 2 ice cream pails worth and 1 hour to eat them.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I have a preview of some of the new products from the 08-09 Idea Book and Catalogue.
This is the new scallop punch. Love it.
Brilliant Blue is on the left, Pacific Point on the right.
Old Olive, left, Kiwi Kiss on the right.
Cameo Coral on the left, Tangerine Tango on the right, it's orange.
Sage Shadow on the left, Baja Breeze on the right, it's bluer that I thought it would be.
Pretty in Pink on the left, Pink Pirouette on the right.
Bravo Burgundy on the left, Red Riding Hood Red on the right. Looks kind of bright be we need other types of red. The flowers on top are the original Classic Ink colours as pictured above. The bottom row of flowers are the new In Colours, in the following order...
Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Tangerine Tango, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss twice.
This is a W from the Decor Elements line, think wall art, mirrors, picture frames, windows...
The ink pad is for size reference.