One of my pals is Mata McGuire. We've known each other for 35 years. Until recently she lived all the way across town, but now she is my country neighbor out here on the creek. Instead of a mailbox with her last name on it, she decided to identify herself by this one-in-a-million "toMATA!" Her driveway is just to the right. It is SO typical of her personality. Just couldn't resist posting it for my contribution this week to Lesley's "Signs,Signs" meme.
My computer is FINALLY back up and running, but it is still a bit of a mess, and it's gonna be a while before it is working the way I want it to operate. This whole experience has drained my "computer patience" so I'm taking it one little step at a time. Yes, I am taking another of Kim Klassen's classes called "Beyond, Beyond." Our first assignment was to take 10 pictures of one subject without moving that subject and to keep a journal of the nit-picky mundane things we do each day looking at them from a different point of view. My "mundane" choice for my journal was cleaning of the stove and oven each night ( it turned into something really interesting), and my "choice of photos" was this one with my glasses, my journal, and the unicycle. Once I finished taking the pictures, I was to choose a favorite and post it. I was experimenting with depth of field so the blur in the photo made me happy. Hope all of you are well. I've missed your photos these past weeks. Surely, this is the LAST time I self-destruct my computer. 3 times in 12 months are enough for a lifetime! I really do think I bought a lemon this time. Thanks again for all of your suggestions and encouragement. There really is comfort in numbers when it's coming to the crashing of one's computer. I now have a portable external hard drive designated to the MacBook Pro and have ordered another. From everything I have read, I now know I need to have a back up for the back up.
~Had to wipe out everything....gone...nada...vamoos...no tears...just acceptance on my part... ~I did make a DVD of my huge texture file on desktop and other important stuff there that I use all the time... ~My MacBook Pro is backed up to the Time Machine thingy, but I do not want to do a complete migration because I will be bringing back in corrupted info., and we still do not know what is corrupted.
~iMac is backed up to a huge Iomega external hard drive, but I am now doing an additional back up of that 25,000 picture iPhoto library, my Lightroom 4 catalog, and my Photoshop Elements 10 catalog to a new, portable Toshiba 500 GB hard drive that I can carry with me to work from. My Pro does not have the huge memory of the iMac so cannot bring over all of the pictures. Thank goodness I have the right cable to do a partial migration from the iMac to the MacBook Pro ~The Tech still did not determine if the hard drive was bad, and I am upset about that. I kept telling the tech I wanted to determine whether the hard drive was bad, but we did not learn. I am going to address that issue when the Apple Care man calls today. Bet I end up buying my own new hard drive and having Gene install it for me like he told me to do in the first place. ~So, as of this morning the computer has been wiped out and the new system has downloaded. The migration work starts this afternoon ~It is a **** good thing I am a mother of 3 and have taught school for 53 years because I have the patience of Job and will persevere until I collapse ...the nuns taught me that one...hahaha ~Will be back with an update...keep your fingers crossed I am up and running by the weekend... THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS ABOUT MAKING MULTIPLE BACKUPS. I AM DOING JUST THAT.
The Dam at Douthat Lake The lake is really down so there is no water flowing over the dam.
Just Another Winter Hike
Buddy took all of these pictures so I need to give credit where credit is due. I really would love for him to start his own photography blog devoted to his hiking and rural lifestyle. He is so good with his iPhone and his Canon Point and Shoot. I really love these three shots and must say I am sososo proud of him.
The view on the other side of this fence was a real eye pleaser for me. The wind was a-blowin' right smartly, and as always, the picture was taken just down the road from our place. Now, I have a question for y'all...have any of you ever thought about whether I am supposed to be saying "up and road" or "down the road" from my house? Which is which? I was a city girl before moving here 35 years ago, so I do not have a clue as to which is proper and when I should use which one. All suggestions will be greatly received :-)
The Lake at Douthat State Park ~ January 1, 2013 It was an overcast day when Buddy and I went for our walk, but it was a quiet, beautiful one. The lake was down and just a bit of snow was left on the surrounding mountains. I think we were the only people there. We had the whole park to ourselves. It was wonderful.
The birds are really starting to come, but I have got to get to where I can identify all of them. I love to see how they sit on their little perches like they are standing guard, doing a ballet dance, solving the problems of the world, or checking how far down it is to terra firma.
Today Buddy ran in the "Frosty Toe 10K Run" in Roanoke, VA. It was a bright, nippy, and shadow filled morning. The neatest part of the race was the number of young children who participated with their parents. This was a very family friendly run.
(This is the last minute Port-a-John visit before the start of the race.)