Can I just say, Fighters are awesome! Look at this!
This is the Grumman Tigercat! Beautiful, huh?
I took the above picture yesterday morning. The clouds seemed spread out before me just for a photo…unfortunately, we live in the city and you see our neighbors. OH, well.
We are dog sitting. My in-laws went fishing. Their dog gets seasick and we live on dry land. She likes it better here. Pepper is a pretty good dog, so we don’t mind.
Yesterday went well. I directed my minions and then went off to work by myself. It was nice.
After work i went to make more copies. I still have the dreaded process of collating the damned things…probably near 100 books need collating. Fortunately, my parents offered to help. I think we will treat them to dinner if we can get this stack of color books amassed for binding.
Lots to do today. Among them is the fact that there will be an F7F Tigercat at the museum today. I intend to be there to take a few pictures! By “a few” obviously I mean to fill up my card!
I leave you with Thursday’s sunset.
Each morning now the sun rises a little later. I guess I don’t mind, I’m at least not getting woke up at 4:30AM now…which is nice. I also notice the sun is setting earlier too, and that is not good. I love my late evenings. But, I have learned that you cannot stop the seasons from changing.
Speaking of seasons, I am very displeased with the garden this year. I cut back on the water today, and hope that will help the tomatoes to ripen. As far as I can see we have numerous small green tomatoes, but not a stinking red one to be seen. No, that’s wrong. We harvested one. ONE TOMATO!
Our Zucchinis have been doing crappy too. We have gotten a measly three zucchini from our garden this year. Last year by this time we were absolutely rolling in them. I’m glad we don’t grow them because we are dependent on that extra food! We would be starving!
Below you can see the majority of the produce of our
Yesterday, I copied a whopping 100 color books. You probably don’t realize, but that is 2500 pages!! Yeah, I had to dig out the calculator in my phone to double check my calculations. I went through five reams of paper! The ladies where I make my copies help pass the time. A friendlier bunch cannot be found. I drew them a picture last week while I waited next to the copier. It was a daisy, around which I placed the words “the ladies of the Bindery brighten my day.” Yeah, I know, corny. What I did not expect was for them to put it on a background and laminated it. It now hangs in a place of honor behind the counter…funny how I used to think people would never actually hang my art!
Well, another day of work awaits. Another hot and sweaty day. I should be paid to walk around and take pictures. THAT would be a good job for me…
I was discussing with a coworker of mine the hawks I saw Saturday. He suggested that they may be Swainson’s Hawks. These are hawks that migrate all the way to Argentina! He said they either have a nest or chicks nearby. He asked if I would like to meet with him and we could take pictures. He offered me the use of one of his lenses…or course I said, “YES!”
The lens he let me borrow was a Nikkor 80-400mm!! It was a lot like standing right next to the raptor!
He is a Falconer, which means he has a pet(?) hawk that he uses to hunt small animals. He uses a dog to help the hawk flush out and catch small animals.
We never did find the nest or their chicks, but the two hawks obliged to give us several great photo ops!
And here is a good shot of my coworker!
Sunday started slow. Somehow we managed to start moving. Cora went to sew and I mowed the lawn. I then rearranged the hoses in the back yard so that we more-or-less have automatic sprinklers. It’s a piece of plumbing genius I tell you. It uses five hoses, each with a different destination and use. I had to rearrange where my drip lines feed from, but that wasn’t too hard. Then I came in and worked on the final drawings for our newest coloring book. Here, have a look at a few of the sheets:
We got bored ofstaying around the house and went in to wash the car, get some fuel for it and visit Grandma. You see, she hadn’t seen My Precious yet. I even let her hold My Precious! I even trusted Cora to take our picture with Precious, but I took it back immediately, you never know what ideas might pop into my wife’s head, like “hide the other woman.” It’s best if I keep Precious within my line of sight.
When we got back, Cora made a neat little chicken and rice casserole and I drew a couple more pictures, and re-edited a couple of those already done. The Casserole was awesome, I hope she remembers how she did it.
Well, I have another day of work, moving furniture out of one area to the next so that someone can come in and rip out the old flood damaged carpet and put in new stuff…then we will be back and replace the furniture where we found it…or thereabouts (at least it will be in the same building).
We have a lot of work to do before Hop Festival. How many tables do we use? How do we mark prices? How? How? How? We will make it, but it should be interesting.
I wish the weekend would go on longer. Instead I will be forced to go back to work tomorrow and I won’t be able to take my Precious camera with me. I have been having SOOO much fun with it. It does some amazing things. It did NOT make me rich, but I feel better looking already. I think it has caused Cora to lose weight, but it’s a mental change and not one recognized by the scale…must have been in the fine print. I am certain there are other changes it is having upon us, but I can’t think of any right now.
We worked in the house yesterday. It was hot outside. I would have liked to have been out there, but I needed to get the coloring books bound. It was funny, because as I was binding next to the window, I could look out and see the neighbor girls having a water fight…they were having way too much fun! It ended when one of them chose to sit in a wheel barrow full of water. I remembered water fights of my youth, which usually ended with one of the adults “going nuclear” with a five gallon bucket. Ahh, summer.
After I bound the coloring books I took the dogs over to one of the schools so they could run. I got some pretty good shots with that awesome camera of mine. Have a look over at my photo blog. Here is one of Toby mid-flight. Is it me, or does he look like he is having the time of his life? This one has the focus more on his tail than his front…but, I love his expression.
Today, I need to mow the lawn and rearrange the hoses. I might get some more photos, too.
So, I have been threatening to do it and last night I did. I made ANOTHER blog. This one is for photos only. I will be putting them on there as I take them and am happy with them. As you may or may not know, not every shot is a keeper. Which was a real bitch when I was using film. Mind you I was pretty good and could usually get several shots in a roll, but it seemed like an awful waste of money to develop a photo that was out of focus.
Now, of course, I have my precious digital wonder, and it does the focusing for me. This is the header photo for the new blog. I had a little fun with the photoshop. This is a photo from Cora’s new “purse cam,” as I believe she is calling it. She seems to think I only need one camera…how sorely she is mistaken. How can I take pictures of my Precious if I don’t have ANOTHER camera? I know, crazy, huh!? Expecting that one camera would be enough! HAH!!
The new blog is HERE. I may be changing the title, but I liked the address too much to pass it up.
Another new thing I am doing is using Windows Live Writer. For those of you who blog, give this a shot! I am amazed at how easy it is to edit photos, write, and publish. It’s free. Also, I used the Nikon program to download onto my computer, and blogger was NOT accepting photos from it. So, when I tried Windows Live Writer, they just went on without a hitch. Plus, there is none of that sitting idle while your photo uploads to blogger. You know, that twiddling your thumbs part where you can’t write or do anything else because you might interrupt blogger ogling your photo. I am really impressed with this and have to hand it to my wife for finding it and recommending it to me.
What are we doing this weekend? Well, given that the Hop Festival is approaching at something under light speed, we really need to get our shit together and prepare! We have several (50-75) coloring books to bind. I started collating the latest batch last night. I also need to finish up the story. I have only a couple more pages to do. (Finding a dragon a home is no easy job, let me tell you that!) I also want to finalize the irrigation arrangement.
Our lovely city is growing faster than they imagined many years ago. So, in the past few years they have connected our sewer system with that of Yakima. We have gotten new schools and the city park has been expanded and improved. Well, because we did not have irrigation water in the city, we have been forced to use city water to water the lawn and the garden. Apparently with all these new houses and families who have similar ideas, drinking water has been becoming an issue for the city. To help with that, the city hooked us up to irrigation!! Yes! Now I don’t see as many dollar signs going into the garden. Also, the faucets on the side of the house always leaked, the new irrigation hose bib does not. AWESOME!
I also hope to get out and take my Precious to see some new places! Hopefully, I will find some time to do that between binding coloring books and making sure everything is ready for Hop Festival!