|Saturday, June 30, 2018|
This is one hobby that I never dreamed I would get into... lol
Back in May, I was on a small tour bus with my husband. We were on a day trip, heading towards Sauder Village in Archbold Ohio. Unfortunately, that bus was really small! It was actually a kids bus. It was chosen to make the trip because the air conditioning worked; it didn\'t on the other available bus.
The kid\'s bus was not a great option for tall people with a tendency towards claustrophobia, like me. My knees were firmly jammed into the seat in front of me. (In fact, before we left the parking lot, I almost got off of the bus and let my husband go on without me.)
I needed something to do to get my mind off of feeling so cramped and crowded. So I got my camera out and started shooting pictures. At first I took pictures of anything I could find; traffic signals, cars, birds, etc.
When we finally got onto the freeway, I tried to get interesting scenery shots. There wasn\'t that much to get pictures of, except for an occasional farm. But most of the farms were too far away from the freeway to get good pictures. At times, cars or trucks got into my pictures, which was rather annoying. I mean, who wants to look at a pretty barn if there\'s a blurry vehicle in front of it?
I had my tablet with me on the bus, but I figured I could play games on it any old time. I really wanted to do something I couldn\'t do just sitting around at home. I was surprised at the large number of semi trucks were zooming by across the freeway. I decided to see if I could get a few pictures of them.
My first attempts were truly "semi" pictures. I caught the ends of truck trailers. I caught the cabs of trucks when I snapped a little too soon. I even got trucks square in the middle... and the middle was all that I got of the truck until I turned my zoom down.
As I experimented and muttered to myself each time I missed a shot, my husband was alternately laughing in disbelief or pretending that he didn\'t know me. I couldn\'t blame him, really. I mean who gets on a tour bus and purposely tries to shoot pictures of trucks? I felt a little sheepish myself... but I kept on clicking.
Gradually, I got better though, and I started to have fun. I was starting to get entire trucks in my pictures! I did it by looking way up the road through our bus driver\'s windshield. That way, when I saw a semi coming, I\'d be ready to take the photo as soon as the truck drove into my camera frame.
When we got home that day, I had 400 photos on my camera. Many of them were of Sauder Village. But I also had many truck photos. After I deleted many "pieces of truck" and a lot of blurry truck shots, I had 90 full semi truck photographs left!
The four that I uploaded today are some of my favorite ones, but I have many others that I like and will be uploading to Desktop Nexus eventually. I\'ll be looking for more opportunities to photograph semis also.
Look out, semi trucks! You just might end up in a wallpaper on Desktop Nexus!
Friday, March 30, 2018
It\'s been a long time since I updated my Journal. There are a couple of reasons for that. One is that I think I forgot all about Journals when the website crashed in January. That event broke me out of my "one journal a month" pattern. But the main thing is that I\'ve been dealing with various types of pain. The latest type is Carpel Tunnel syndrome.
Carpel Tunnel is when you get pain in your wrists, hands, and fingers from years of doing the same motions over & over. Spending lots of time on the computer can bring it on. So can running hundreds of parts through a laser engraver... and I\'ve done plenty of both!
I have been wearing long arm splints for over a month now. They are supposed to keep you from using your wrists & hands wrong. They\'ve helped, but I\'m still experiencing thumb pain. I don\'t know what to think. I\'m hoping I won\'t have to have surgery for it, but I\'ll have to see how it goes.
I had to cut down on my DN time for quite awhile because of this. I am just starting to get a little more active again. There are still times when I want to comment on wallpapers or visit on profiles but pain stops me in my tracks. So if you\'re wondering why I haven\'t been by your profile for awhile, that could be it.
Just before I was diagnosed with Carpel Tunnel, I started having mystifying dental pain. It turned out that I had TMJ, a jaw disorder. That didn\'t keep me away from DN, but I had to eat only soft foods for weeks. I thought I was going to turn into a bowl of macaroni & cheese. I never want to see it or smell it again...
Thankfully, I managed to get rid of the TMJ just before the Carpel Tunnel "fun" began. But I really am starting to wonder; why do I seem to be falling apart? Why is my body discovering one new way after another to ache and hurt? I sure wish it wasn\'t so creative at finding \'em!
I\'m thinking about starting a new DN group. I\'d call it P.A.H.A.B.P.! (People Against Hurting Aching Body Parts) Club. Anybody out there feeling like joining? (Whadya mean you already belong to it?)
It\'s time like this that I really miss Roger/Puppydawg. He had a marvelous sense of humor about growing older. If anyone would be able to find me some funny comics about aching & hurting, he\'d be the one. Most, if not every one of us reading this would probably elect him to be the president of PAHABP. He sure had a knack at dealing with stuff like this.
Happy Easter, everybody. I hope my next journal entry won\'t be quite so painful!
(There is a good chance that you\'ve seen this journal entry already. It\'s the same one that I posted on many of your profiles.)
Monday, December 11, 2017
I hope you are happy and well. I\'m sure you\'re already enjoying this season & are looking forward to Christmas day itself. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you\'ve likely already seen your first snow. I rediscovered something today; it\'s no fun to drive in, but sure is beautiful to look at!
It was a little hard for me to say goodbye to Autumn. Not only did we get less leaf colors than usual, we didn\'t get any snow in my area until 4 days ago! Usually I see snow by mid November, or at least by Thanksgiving.
We got about 2 inches of snow today; the most we\'ve had in one day so far. Now that my yard is white, it finally looks like Winter outside.
My first 3 wallpaper designs are made entirely of Autumn leaves. My last one is made from one Autumn leaf, some orange & white berries, a shrub, and some snow that I added in. It\'s my first Christmas wallpaper of the year. (Most of you seem to be way ahead of me as far as that goes.) My Christmas Tree wall was the most fun to make, and it\'s definitely the snowiest one of the four.
Joyful greetings to a beautiful & meaningful season! Desktop Nexus is one of the best places to enjoy this season in my happy opinion.
November 17, 2017
There were definitely some odd things about Autumn in Michigan\'s lower Peninsula this year.
We had an unusually dry August and September. As a result, the leaves, when they finally started to change color, looked crunched, as if someone had wadded them all together before they left the trees.
I did not go out of my way to photograph "crunched" trees, but some of them showed up in my wallpapers. The best example of it is the yellow tree in the wallpaper directly below. But even the leaves of the trees by this lake look pretty dry.
Another thing that was odd about Autumn, was that most trees either turned color all at once--- or they didn\'t turn at all. This photo that I took only 9 days ago, shows it perfectly. The tree in front was totally turned, while the one behind it hadn\'t even gotten started yet!
For the most part, however, trees changed color very slowly this year, because the weather was so mild. I began to wonder if I would ever be able to get photos of Autumn 2017 to upload to Desktop Nexus. I was sure that the trees were going to change momentarily. One good cold night would do it! But we never seemed to get that cold night.
My husband and I took a church bus trip to Pinconning Michigan in mid October. Pinconning is 3 hours north of where we live, and the further north you get, the more rapidly Michigan\'s leaves change. So I took my camera along, thinking that at last I\'d get colorful tree photographs.
We arrived there to find the trees only slightly more colorful than those in our area. I took pictures of the most colorful trees I could find. Then we took a very bumpy hayride through some forestland that looked a bit more Autumny. I started snapping pictures like crazy, bumps and all.
I shot about 150 pictures during that bumpy half hour ride. They came out surprisingly well. Here are a couple of them. I took the first one while the tractor was moving, and the 2nd one when it stopped for a few minutes.
During the 1st week of November, I visited a nature preserve in my area for the first time. This time I had much better luck at getting some Autumn photos. These are a couple of my favorites.
As of today, November 17, there are still some trees in my area that have barely changed color. Here are a couple of happy exceptions to that.
At last we are starting to get some cold days. Bitterly cold, as a matter of fact. On November 9th, it got so cold that we broke a temperature record set in 1913! But then we had a few mild days with rain and a rare November thunderstorm. (The trees around here probably don\'t know what to think!)
One thing for sure... Autumn has been very unique in Michigan this year. I\'ll never forget this one.
Happy Autumn, (or Spring!) wherever you live!
PS. If your Autumn season has been unusual/weird, I\'d love to hear about it.
|Monday, October 2, 2017|
Feeling overwhelmed right now about the terrible, senseless shooting massacre that happened in Los Vegas Nevada last night. It is a terrible thing when someone takes out their pain, depression, despondency, & hatred on people who never even thought of doing anything to hurt them. Going ballistic is not the answer, nor will it ever be.
Lord Jesus, come back soon... Until you do, I will as always, put my trust in you.
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