IT WAS A NICE MORNING IN THE HULLETT MARSH
Our morning walks have been a little chillier as of late so we have had to add an extra layer of clothing. Flying insects do not have that option so we win they lose. Nice to walk without flailing away at biting & stinging airborne annoyances.
A TINY SINGLE LEAF FLOATS LEISURELY ON THE WATER’S SURFACE AS LONG REEDS OF YELLOW GRASS ON THE CREEK’S BOTTOM GENTLY BEND IN THE UNDERWATER CURRENT BELOW…OVERHEAD TREES ARE REFLECTED IN THE CREEK’S CLEAR WATER
With rain in the forecast for Saturday & Sunday I figured Pheebs & I had better slip out this morning while we still had sunny skies overhead. Headed over to the Hullett Marsh & drove by the area of last Saturday's fatal shooting. Nobody around & all was quiet. Police held a press conference this morning saying they are looking for a suspect & a blue Toyota. No motive for the shooting yet.
THESE ARE BUSY DAYS FOR BUZZY BEES
Pheebs & I didn't stay out as long as usual because the Jeep's engine light had come on earlier. Checked the manual & it said not serious unless the engine light symbol is flashing. Wasn’t flashing. Slipped around to the Bayfield Garage anyway & they said it wasn't serious & to return at 2 this afternoon for a diagnostic test. Did that & it turns out we need a new gas cap. They will have that gas cap in next week. Glad we had this little problem now rather than later while on the road traveling.
From time to time I receive questions about my photos & the free PICASA photo editing program I use. I have done a few posts in the past with suggestions for people but sometimes I feel I may have confused some folks more than helped them. Of course some things are just not easily explained but I’ll try in the future while I’m editing my photos to choose some now & again pics & explain how I edited them. Let me just say one thing up front while I’m thinking about it though. I edit my photos manually which means I do not use Picasa’s ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button. When I first came across Picasa years ago I used that button a lot & now whenever I go back to my early Picasa photos & want to use one of those ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ pictures I have to completely re-do the photo my way which is manually. These are the Picasa tools I frequently use….Crop-Straighten-Auto Contrast-Auto Color-Retouch-Fill Light-Highlights-Shadow-Color Temperature-Sharpen-Saturation & Graduated Tint. There are others such as Black & White etc. which I also use sometimes but those first 12 are my main manual tools. It’s not that Picasa maybe doesn’t do an Ok job on ‘some’ photos it’s just that after working with my editing tools over the years I can now do a better job myself than Picasa’s ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button can. You can too ‘if you have an interest & a desire to improve your photos’. Just a thought:))
I remember someone asking a week ago or so if our Congress AZ house was in the flood zone with all the heavy rains in that area recently. Far as I know it wasn’t but also do know we will see evidence in our back yard of where water has traveled across the back of our property. I’m sure some firewood I had piled back by our fence will be scattered again. We have neighbors keeping an eye on things for us & I’m sure if we had any leaky roof problems or water reaching our house they would have emailed us. I think it’s a case of ‘no news is good news’:))
AN OLD CONCRETE BARN SILO REFLECTING IN OUR PARK’S POND
GROANER'S CORNER:(( You know how hard it is to talk to your dentist when your teeth are being cleaned or you are getting a filling? Well, I decided I would make up a sort of sign language that you could use to express yourself without having to mumble. Below are 10 common things you might wish to say, numbered 1-10. These would be printed on a poster and mounted on the ceiling above the dentist chair. It would give you something to read since procedures can be boring. When a phrase seems appropriate, you would just hold up the corresponding number of fingers to express yourself. The dentist would not need to stop to ask you to repeat yourself and could fix the problem right away.
1. Everything is fine, but my nose itches.
2. When you get a chance, there seems to be spit running down my neck.
3. So, I guess you had garlic again for lunch today?
4. You realize that wasn't my tooth that you just poked with that incredibly sharp tool.
5. I would REALLY prefer you didn't do that again.
6. Could you please suction the chunk of debris that you missed before I gag?
7. Remember how I said I was numb? I think I may have been mistaken.
8. Wait a minute -- maybe I am allergic to latex.
9. Just so you know, if I don't get to take a break soon, I may bite you.
10. Please stop asking me stupid questions about myself or I will rip that paper mask off your face.