Thursday, January 29, 2015

Orange Sherbet and Other Stuff

Why orange sherbet?   Our sky sometimes turns that color as the sun begins to think about setting.   I download my photos and never capture that color exactly as I see it, but that's the nature of photography, I suppose.   Does the camera lens capture what you see?   That's why I edit my photos in Lightroom.  It's an easy way to make small changes or dramatic changes.   I have at least a hundred presets that I've purchased and they can keep me busy for a long time on just one photo.   I become a bit crazed with the various looks I can create.    I'm still working on this one.   Those lines have got to go.

About two weeks ago my iMac display started blanking out on me.   I had planned on doing a trade-in at the Mac store toward the end of 2014, but delayed my purchase with the idea that I had time and wanted to finish the house stuff first.   Packed up my machine and headed to SLO.   Two days later I picked up my new iMac after data transfer was complete.   And it has problems.   For some reason Safari and Google want nothing to do with each other on my new machine.   I spent two and a half hours on the phone with Apple and we were unsuccessful in fixing the problem.   I am using Firefox as a browser but I don't like it much.   So today I pack up my new machine and drive back to SLO for them to fix it.   Annoying, to say the least.

We have had virtually no rain during the month of January and there is nothing in the forecast.   So the hills are green for a short while, I suppose, and then the brown will return.   While the weather is lovely for the most part, it's the fourth year of prolonged drought.   This was my view driving home from the barn two days ago.   It's beyond beautiful with the vibrant blues and greens.  It makes me want to pull off the side of the road all the time.  

The kitchen is finished and we love it!!   

And so February is almost here.   Wow, 2015 is already zooming past.   We have declared this as a year of just enjoying the days after challenges and a lot of busy projects last year.   There are always challenges, right?   But we would just like to keep them small.

Thanks for coming by.   Have a great Thursday!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


I guess you could say I've been on a long break from my blog.   I'm still waiting for life to settle back into a post-holiday season, no construction, normal temperatures mode of daily life.   Did that sentence make sense?   It's early here and I haven't had much coffee.   Anyway....where was I?   

Erik was home for the entire two weeks and the entire time, the temperatures were really cold!   Well, cold for us anyway.   Frost overnight, temperatures in the low 50's during the day.   For us, that's below normal.   I have a chicken who wasn't doing so well and was staying in the house overnight in a dog crate.   The donkeys had frost on their backs in the morning and their water was iced over a few nights.   Yes, we survived.   And we can laugh about our "winter" weather compared to others around the world.   It's just an inconvenience of sorts.   *insert laughing out loud*

I haven't been taking many photos but have instead sorted through my Lightroom files and deleted approximately 2500.   Yes I did!   And I'm organizing them by keyword so I can go back through and make more deletions.   I started the process because a friend suggested I put some photos on a site called Pixoto.   After a couple of weeks I am already over it because it's not really working as it's intended.   As with so many, people come onto the site and turn it into something silly for themselves, people get frustrated and leave in droves.   I'd really like to find an online photo sharing site that makes sense to me, but I haven't so far.   

With the photos, I am also having fun going through many many new presets in Lightroom.   I purchased a package of presets and videos that was offered in October, as well as a new small set from Trey Ratcliffe.   It's terrific to go back through my photos and try different looks.   I ordered a canvas of one of my photos and I'm going to purchase a few more once I settle on the chosen few.   

The kitchen?   Well, the backsplash tile and floor tiles were installed over the past few days.   They are in the process of hanging the hood and finishing other details like baseboards, etc.   Almost finished!   For real!

So you see, nothing too exciting to write about here.   The weather has warmed up this week and I hope to be outside more, enjoying the sunshine and focusing back on normal.   

This is one of the photos I've been playing with.   I don't have anything new to share so this oak in a field of Lupines will fill the space.   

Wishing you the best in this new year.   Thanks for stopping by.

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