Monday, April 06, 2015

GOT A START ON THE YARD CLEAN-UP, HEMMINGWAY, PLUS PHEEBS & I HEAD FOR THE BEACH

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LAKE HURON SHORELINE

Despite patches of crunchy snow along the shaded forest path we did make it all way round our walking trail this morning.  It is but the first of many walks we will do along this wooded path over the next 6 months.  We could tell Pheebs is just sooooo happy to be home as she’s constantly on the run sniffing this & chasing that.  She seems to know she doesn’t have to worry about getting cactus stickers in her paws.

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NORTH OF GRAND BEND LOOKING SOUTH ALONG LAKE HURON’S FROZEN SHORELINE

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SAME SPOT LOOKING NORTH…AND TO THINK KIDS WILL BE SWIMMING HERE NEXT MONTH

Weather forecast is for rain beginning tonight & lasting until the end of the week.  That’s going to be a long time stuck inside so with today’s sunshine & warming temperatures I figured Pheebs & I had better get out for a couple hours this afternoon & enjoy some scenery while we could.  Our travels took us southeast over to the town of Exeter then west to Grand Bend on Lake Huron before swinging north for home again.

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SAW THIS SMALL BIKE GROUP ON THE BEACH IN GRAND BEND

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THOUGHT THEY WERE JUST BIKE ENTHUSIASTS UNTIL I GOT CLOSER & SAW THE BACKS OF THEIR JACKETS

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 READING CLOSER I’M NOT SURE JUST WHAT THESE ‘CHICKS’ WERE…ENTHUSIASTS OR A BIKER GANG

Our warmer day melted enough snow around the yard by late afternoon that I was able to begin raking up leaves, pine needles, & small branches.  I know it isn’t everybody’s cup of tea but Spring clean-up is Spring tonic for me.  Just love getting outside & getting at it.  Have always enjoyed taking something that is a mess & making it look nice again.

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I’m still having a little problem with my blog photos not looking just quite right yet.  Kevin from Travel with Kevin and Ruth mentioned a fix in Blogger/Googles settings which I did & I’m convinced it helped my problems with errant colors & densities.  Had to uncheck a box that was allowing Blogger/Google to enhance photo colors.  Just bugs me when these companies meddle in things they have no business meddling in.  Now if I can just figure out why my photos are appearing in my blog on the grainy side as if someone threw a hand full of sand on them.  Most of my photos are clear & crisp when I place them in my blog post but when my blog publishes & I look at the photos they are no longer sharp.  It seems this is something that just started a few months ago as well. Any ideas??

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Had myself a chuckle when Craig from Merikay's Dream sent an email directing me to read an Ernest Hemingway quote in a blog called, In Pursuit Of Idle Pleasures.  Craig said, You have some things in common with Ernest Hemingway.  Here is Hemmingway’s saying: “When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself”. ~Ernest Hemingway.  Well I guess I sure do have something in common with Mr. Hemingway alright………………. 

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GROANER’S CORNER:(( There was a gentleman in the hospital bed next to me. He was covered with bandages from head to toe. I said to him, "What do you do for a living?"
He said, "I'm a former window washer."  I asked, "When did you give it up?"
He replied, "Halfway down."

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William Tell was not only a great patriot and a great archer, he was also a great cook.  One day, after he had prepared a new dish for his friends, he said, "I think there is one or more spices missing. What do you think?"  Their answer was, "Only thyme, Will Tell!"

11 comments:

  1. I gotta say it, Al...Your photos are always the best around..They look just perfect to me!!!!

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  2. Oh dear. As soon as I saw the header photo I said...Awww nuts also.

    I love to do yard work. It gives me a calming effect.

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  3. As bad as the rain is, it will hasten the removal of the snow.

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  4. The flowers will be popping before you know it. Could Blogger be compressing the photos like FB does?

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  5. I'm thinking along the same lines as Gaelyn. Is Google auto-sizing your shots? I had this happen once and it blurred out my photos. But I'm Wordpress so don't know much about that Google side.
    Nina

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  6. Soon the beach will be back again, and summer here feeling good.

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  7. Your photos look fine to me Al, beautiful as always but that dang Vindicosuites thing is still popping up in your address bar!

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  8. The colors are so interesting along the shoreline, I love those pics. I don't see the graininess, but I don't have your eye. Like the spring cleaning of your place, you'll figure it out and have them looking like you want before too long. You look a bit like Hemingway sometimes as well :-)

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  9. Guess I am a bit like Hemingway too. Hope you will detail your fixes for your photos. I must have missed Kevin's suggestion. The photos look great to me too but my eyes aren't the best.

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  10. Al, your photos are nice and clear and crisp when I see them on your blog. Even when I click on them to enlarge, they remain clear. There were a few awhile back that seemed to be a bit grainy, but I just passed that off as being something in Blogger.

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