Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Another picture to share

Here's another picture I'll share. Early this summer Jennifer Kasiak took a trip out west to the Grand Tetons I think and sent me a picture - I played with it and here it is in sepia. Jennifer is an elementary teacher in Columbus and was my fifth grade student in Grandview.

Monday, September 29, 2008

An old picture -

Here's an old picture that I'll share - it was taken by John Farnsworth at Chautauqua in the autumn of 1975.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sunday - back to better than normal

Friday evening the store called and had the old data loaded on the new computer, so Saturday morning we picked it up. Everything is where it should be - with a lot more power, space, and speed!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Thursday Computer Woes and Friday progress

This evening our main computer froze up. I have tried various things but I think the hard drive died. We will take it in tomorrow afternoon. I'm using the back-up machine right now. We will continue to get e-mails but won't be checking them as often.

Bad news - good news - expensive news - The problem with the computer wasn't the hard drive - it was the logic board. The cost for replacing the logic board would be three-fourths (or more) of the price of a new computer. So we will be getting a new computer AND they think they will be able to save the contents of the old hard drive. We will see - stay tuned - Sunday or Monday will tell.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

New Gazebo, Light, Table and Chairs!

By 3:00 P.M. today, just one hour short of being a whole week since the destruction. we finished the new gazebo and light. Next we worked on the new table and chairs.

Just as Jane and I were starting to work on the table Heather and Jordon arrived. Thanks to their help - especially Jordon's work on the chairs - by 5:30 P.M. all the major work was done!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Deck Progress

Here's the gazebo frame - I tackled it this morning - to get it in small enough sections to be carted away - I thought it would take hours but the task was accomplished in 15 minutes! I wish I could build the replacement just as quickly.

Here's the deck right now - we're still digging tiny pieces of glass from between the boards. We have a new gazebo, a new lamp, and a new table ready to put together - not sure when we'll get that job finished - stay tuned!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Pictures are ready!

You can view the cruise pictures - just click on the "Cruise Pictures" link at the left above Spencer's picture

You don't have to join Shutterfly - just click on "View Album"

Once you're there don't click on "Slideshow" or you won't see the captions and explanations - to read them just click on the first picture and go from there.


Here's one of my favorite pictures from the cruise - the Maasdam at Quebec City.

I have the other pictures online - see the post above this one.

The insurance man was just here I don't think we will be out of pocket on this whole experience just a lot of time and trouble.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Wednesday Afternoon

Here's what the deck looks like now -

Workers spent some hot time taking out the tree. They may come back to cart away the broken gazebo.

On another subject, look below to see an updated view of the mum that I showed progression back on August 29.

Wednesday Morning

Not long after I made the Sunday evening post the cable went off and just came back this morning. I tried to use the dial-up yesterday evening but that didn't work. So anyway we are back to normal communication-wise. The tree people are supposed to come today - I'll get pictures - and then tomorrow the insurance guy is supposed to show up.

We have been more fortunate than people in the surrounding subdivisions who have been without electricity since Sunday evening. About 250,000 homes were without power and only some of them are back, it might be Sunday before all are returned to full service. Columbus City Schools are not in session for the third day as is the case for Upper Arlington. Grandview and Hilliard were out for two days. The GV library was closed Monday.

We finished sorting out good pictures from the trip but with the cable down haven't been able to post them anywhere yet. When I get them up I'll post a notice here.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

We DON'T like Ike!!

We were having very strong wind gusts and about 4:00 this afternoon I said, "We'll be lucky if the gazebo doesn't blow away." Within ten seconds there was a crash and we found the neighbor's tree had lost large sections and crashed into our yard and onto the deck destroying the gazebo, the table, a chair, and a lot of little things. We're already in contact with the insurance company and hopefully things will progress soon.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Rose Hips on P. E. I.

Looking at pictures from the trip I came by this one that I think is striking. It shows rose hips at Green Gables on Prince Edward Island.

(No enhancements were done to this image - it's just as it came out of the camera.)

Still trying to get it together!

We are still recovering from the trip in addition to doing the normal things. Perhaps we will work on pictures later today and get a link posted. In the meantime here's a teaser.

TMW at the Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, lighthouse -

Lobster trap buoys in Peggy's Cove -

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Prints from Quebec City

Etching with embossing by Jacques Brousseau entitled "10 rue St. Denis"

Etching by Jacques Brousseau entitled "Rue du Tresor" This is the "art alley" where the artists show their work. Here's photo showing the actual place.

An engraving by Richard Metzger entitled Upstate - Le Haut Du Conté

(Again - click on any to see it enlarged.)

Monday, September 8, 2008

Maasdam - Bar Harbor - August 31

Here's our ship - the Maasdam off Bar Harbor on Sunday, August 31. We had to take a tender from the ship to the shore. This was the only port where this was needed. I'll get more things posted eventually.

Saturday, September 6, 2008


Great time - more to come