(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!
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!
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.
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.
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. (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!
|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. |
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!
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!
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!
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