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Apr
20
Happy
If you are reading this... you\'ve probably seen it already on your profile... :)

April 19, 2019

I\'ve been playing with colors...




...keeping my eye out for color loving rabbits...


and being thankful for what Easter is all about.


Have a beautiful & meaningful holiday! And don\'t eat too many chocolate marshmallow eggs! :D

Elaine :)


Apr
1
Happy
March 31, 2019 Sunday

If you\'re a fan of mine you\'ve likely already read this....


I did some unexpected & unusual cloud watching the other day. I\'ve got some striped wallpapers to prove it! :D

Have you ever seen cloud formations like these? If you have, I\'d love to know about it. They\'re sure new to me.








Mar
17
Tongue
Sunday, March 17, 2019

I have decided to make a journal entry to commemorate the fact that I stayed up waaaaaay.... too late last night struggling with my Irish Abstract Shamrock wallpaper design. (It\'s below.) I am truly glad that I have a wallpaper to show for my efforts, but believe me, before I was finished with it, I felt like this, several times over! :P



My dream for next St. Patricks Day is to have my Irish wallpapers ready to go several weeks ahead of time. I\'m not holding my breath for it though. I\'ve been on DN for 7 Saint Patricks Days now, (missed #8 by one month) and I have not been ready for it yet... :P

Happy Saint Patricks Day, Everybody! :D :D :D

Elaine :)








Feb
1
Happy

(If you are one of my fans, you\'ve probably read this already... on your own profile) :)

February 1, 2019

I\'ve been a bit out of touch with most of you, because my back decided to go out once again. So up until now I\'ve had to limit my computer time because of back pain. I finally feel better, however, so I\'ll be able to start spending more time on DN. :)

Have you ever seen sundogs? I got to see some on January 6th. I couldn\'t photograph both of them at the same time, or I might have ruined my camera. (I would have had to point it directly at the sun.) I was able to photograph one sundog at a time though, and I\'ve uploaded 3 of my favorite shots.

I hope you will read the description under one of the sun dog walls, especially if you would like to see sundogs in person. Each description gives the best times of day and the best season for spotting them. I like the way they came out in my photos, but everybody should have the joy of seeing them in person. They are more common that you might realize! :D

There is one more wallpaper description of mine I hope you\'ll read. The colorful abstract above is a sort of journal entry for me, about the deep polar vortex cold that so many of us in the USA & Canada are experiencing. Michigan residents were asked to do something last night that I\'m sure will go into the history books. Hope you read it and add your own comments!

Take care of yourselves everybody, and stay warm!

Elaine :)








Dec
30
Happy

December 30, 2018

If you are one of my fans you\'ve probably already ready this... I\'ve posted it on many profiles already. :)


Guess what? It is almost



It\'s time to party, celebrate,



and have a



May you have a wonderful year! I\'m looking forward to great times one Desktop Nexus. I hope you are too. Thank you for your friendship, now and in the years to come.:D

Elaine :)

Dec
23
Happy


December 22, 2018 (Although it will be December 23rd in 15 minutes... lol)

If you are a friend or a fan of mine, you\'ve probably read this... I posted it on many profiles already. :)




Hello Everybody,

Merry Christmas! :D

So many of you have already posted wonderfully cheery Christmas greetings on my page already... for which I sincerely thank you! :) :) :)

I haven\'t been able to do any Christmas posting until now because my life has been bananas! Actually, I\'ve been feeling a lot like a banana lately. :P

As many of you know, I work at a laser engraving shop where my daughter is my boss. (Yes, she\'s been going nuts too...) What\'s happened is that we\'ve been bombarded with all kinds of large orders. One company that sends us 4,000 to 6,000 parts to engrave each month decided this was the right month to send us 15,000 parts. This is great for our business, of course, but oh, the timing!

I\'ve been working many extra hours. My eating is rather off kilter; I\'m beginning to believe that candy canes are one of the basic food groups. :P (The canes that haven\'t made it into my stomach are handed out to customers.) I still don\'t have my Christmas shopping finished. My Christmas wallpapers never really got finished either. I was hoping to get at least a dozen uploaded. Not anymore... looks like these 5 are going to be it.

Oh well, the rest can wait until next year. I\'ve had a lot of fun with the ones that have made it up, with one exception. (I\'m not going to tell you which one it is, but I will tell you that it had me laughing hysterically while my husband rolled his eyes up, because it gave me so much trouble!)

Thank you so much for the love, care, and patience you\'ve shown me over these months. You guys are the greatest, and I\'m so glad I know you all!

Christmas Hugs,

Elaine :)






Nov
11
Happy
I\'ve been wanting to do another journal entry on DN for awhile now. I\'m glad that I\'m getting the chance to do it before yet another month slips by. :)
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Sunday, November 11, 2018

In mid October, I saw something in my neighborhood that I never expected to see. I spotted two pretty garden statues of deer on somebody\'s front lawn, and... wait a second--- they were NOT statues!



We\'ve been coping with an almost ridiculous amount of road construction around here. Not that roads in Michigan, the Pothole State, don\'t need it, but honestly, this seems to be "the Year of Construction in My Own Backyard." Even many of my favorite side streets for dodging roadwork are blocked off!

But if it weren\'t for all the road construction, I wouldn\'t have seen these deer. I was doing my best to dodge some roadwork when I was driving on a street that I don\'t usually use. When I happened to look on my left and saw the deer, I I pulled my car over and parked. I was very happy to remember that my camera was with me. Then I remembered that it was in the trunk of my car. Darn...

Upon thinking it over, I decided I might as well try to get my camera. If they ran off, at least I had a good story to tell. So I carefully got out...and the deer didn\'t move. They were to busy enjoying mouthfuls of fresh grass to care about me. They kept right on grazing. I was able to get nearly 3 dozen pictures of them! The happy grazers were two older fawns; a male and a female. The male had little antler buds on top of his head.


What really amazes me is that they were so close to my house. My Mom, who lives 3 miles away, has had deer in her yard on occasion. There is more cover and foliage in her neighborhood so that doesn\'t surprise me too much. My neighborhood does have a lot of older trees, but it is more developed than my Mom\'s, and has more fences and dogs. Apparently, nobody told these deer that though.


After my "Deer Day", you might think that any other photographing might not be as exciting for awhile. Happily, that wasn\'t the case for me. As many of you probably know, I am a self avowed color freak. The leaves in my area were changing color. Every day after work I went off with my camera in quest of the quintessentially colored tree or trees. I took many beautiful photos; some of which I\'ve already uploaded to DN. Even on Halloween I was out taking pictures for my Traffic Signals nSigns group; determined to get some good shots with lovely Autumn foliage in the background. :) (I stayed in nearby neighborhoods, and it\'s a good thing that I did; the trick or treating children got started early this year!)






I got in another week of Autumn leaves picture taking. Then the beautiful Autumn colors were brought to an abrupt halt by the weather.

It started off with a day of fun. I was stranded at home with car problems when snow hit Michigan, on November 9th, two weeks earlier than normal. I made the best of being stranded by going out and snapping all sorts of pictures of the snow. The falling snow was certainly an interesting contrast to the colorful Autumn trees.


With the snow, however, came icy temperatures that were (and still are) 20 degrees below normal. The following day, when my husband and I were driving to a potluck supper 12 miles from our house, I had plenty of time to observe that 95 percent of the beautiful leaves had been driven off the trees-- by the unseasonable cold.

Yes, I’m a little disappointed, as I was looking forward to at least one more week of “Autumn Tree chasing.” But at least I was able to get a lot of good pictures of them already. And there’s always next year. :)

I hope that you are all experiencing some beautiful seasons of your own, wherever you are from! :D

Elaine :)
Oct
30
Happy
Monday October 29th, 2018

This post will be short and sweet... you\'ve probably seen it already if you are one of my fans.


Happy Halloween! Don\'t eat too much candy... save a little for the trick or treaters! :P :D

Elaine :)

(If you don\'t live in America and your country doesn\'t observe Halloween, feel free to have some candy anyway!) :D :D :D


Oct
22
Happy










This Journal is mostly about things that happened a month ago... because between my Carpal tunnel problems and back issues I couldn\'t do much uploading or typing. I am doing better than I was, so now I\'m trying to play catch up. :)

October 21, 2018 Sunday Evening

On September 21st, 2018, high winds blasted through the metro Detroit area. It happened to be my husbands birthday. My plans for celebrating it with him got derailed by two power outages; one on Friday and one controlled one on Saturday. I guess I had better explain that.

The first power outage occurred on Friday the 21st at 4pm. I had just gotten ready to watch some television. Just when I found the right station, the power went off.

I went outside and looked for neighbors to talk to, trying to determine how wide spread the outage was. I was amazed when I saw electrical power men walking down our street right towards me. How had they learned about the outage so quickly?

It turned out that a high wire had snapped and was swinging loose between my back yard and my neighbors! My neighbor had noticed and reported it; they had come right away since downed lines are dangerous & get top priority. That wire wasn\'t responsible for the power outage though. The outage was caused by a tree falling on a transformer 9 blocks away. Our whole neighborhood was affected by it.

The men told me all of the neighbors on our block were being instructed to stay out of their back yards, in case the wire was live. They said that the tree on the transformer would be taken care of first. They\'d come back the next day (Saturday) to take care of the loose swinging wire. I couldn\'t complain; we got our power back on only 4 hours later.

The next day, they came back. There were 10 to 15 men in our backyard... because our yard has the utility pole in it! After alerting our whole block, they turned off our power so they could work safely.

They started by giving our tree by the utility pole a major "haircut." All sorts of branches came down and were dragged out to the front yard. (The tree doesn\'t look so good anymore.) Then a couple of electrical men shimmied up the pole.

In the meantime, my husband and I watched everything that was going on from our kitchen since it has the best window. I guess it was our entertainment for the afternoon, since we had no phones, internet, or TV. I was very busy with my camera, taking photos of all the goings on. I only took photos when they weren\'t looking... but I still managed to get a bunch of them. I didn\'t realize until later that I took over 12 dozen! lol That made it very hard for me to pick the two that I uploaded today. (I hope to upload more of them sometime.) Really, it was quite interesting. I wonder what those 2 men would think if they knew they were on Desktop Nexus?

They took about 2 hours to finish & turn on our power back on. One thing was a major surprise to us; the men told us that our utility pole is in great shape. We have our doubts about that. I don\'t know if you can tell from the wallpapers I just uploaded, but our pole has a distinct bow in it! (Two strong guy wires support it.) And if you look at the wallpaper directly below, you can see where the crossbar is "chewed off" on one side.

On one hand, we were glad to hear that we didn\'t need a new pole, it would be a major undertaking; especially since our pole is more or less embedded in our fence. On the other hand we can\'t help wondering what a "bad" utility pole must look like if they say ours is in great shape!

Elaine :)

PS. You can tell that the power outages happened a month ago, because all of the leaves on the trees were still green! The other walls I uploaded with these are "hot off the press" from the past couple of weeks. It feels so great to be uploading and active on DN again! :D











Jul
14
Happy
The good news is that I have created my group... The bad news is that the Header & the Avatar have refused to show up! So I\'ve thought of a way around it for now... I made them into wallpapers!

Here is the group cover image. Please enlarge it and have a good look at it... I put a lot of work into it! Please read the description also... and vote it up. I\'m hoping if it gets on the homepage that someone will realize there is a problem with uploading Headers & Avatars and get this fixed!

JULY 24th 2018 UPDATE: They did get it fixed--- except that they still need to fix the "Member Groups" Avatar boxes. I\'m still leaving these wallpapers in the post though. :D


Here is the real Avatar for the group... as you can see, it\'s actually a photograph.


Here\'s the group link.
https://www.desktopnexus.com/groups/traffic-signals-nsigns/

One of the things I did before launching this group was to search for exsisting walls on DN that could fit into it. There are loads of them! I wish I could have included them all. Check them for inspiration-- & to see if any of your walls might be pictured here!:D

Here are some traffic light wallpapers that I like:

Christmas City Lights


Storm in the City


New York City


traffic lights (solo abstract type black one)


City


Traffic Lights


Here are some neat wallpapers with signs;

traffic signs jm


cloudy highway


Brake For Snakes Sign


view of lombard street in san francisco


Beware of Hitchhikers


One thing that I would love to see in the group is wallpapers from other countries besides the United States. Here are some examples:

The old city (probably Japan)


Beautiful Cityscape of Japanese City at Night


City Street (Japan...?)


Warning: Polar Bear


Kangaroo Crossing


Here are some more walls I like that fit in. I hope you are inspired by them and decide to join this group.

Elaine :)

Street Signs


City Lights


marvelous tree tunnel


Gray City Blue Sky


dead end mystery


Teddy Bear Street


Dead Cold Stop


evening on a street in detroit


road closed caution


Amazing Lightning Down a City Street


The Forbidden Gates


Going to Haliburton


Traffic Light


the end

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