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There\'s a good chance that you\'ve already seen this. It\'s what I\'m posting on many friends profiles today. :)

Greetings everyone,

I hope you are doing well... and if you live anywhere near me, I hope you are managing to stay cool. With temperatures in the 90\'s that may not be easy!

I\'m looking forward to being with family and seeing fireworks during the next few days. Here is what I wish for you;

To all of the Canadians who just celebrated Canada Day...and to all of the US Citizens who are celebrating Independence Day, I hope you\'ve had or will have a wonderful holiday. :)

To everybody else... I sincerely hope that you are living in a country where you have freedom, not fear. If you don\'t live in such a place, I hope that you can get to a better place and make a new life there.

One thing is certain...freedom is a blessing that none of us should take for granted. I am so thankful to be an American.

Thank you all, for being part of Desktop Nexus. It would get mighty lonely around here without you!

Elaine :)

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...:P 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! :D


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! :P

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?):P

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! :P :) :D

Elaine :)

December 29, 2017

You\'ve probably already read this... I just finished posting it on many profiles. :)

Hi! I\'m dropping by to wish you a (slightly early):

I went through some very rough times this past year... I know that many of you did too. So let\'s ring out the old year (at least the parts that were not good) and ring in the new year together! :)

Do you know what\'s really great about the coming new year? It\'s this... If bad times Are on their way, at least we don\'t know about \'em yet. And for once I am happy to be ignorant! How about you? :P :D :D :D

I\'m very much looking forward to seeing you around DN this coming year. God bless, and hang in there! :D

Elaine :)

PS. Holidays can be a challenge for anyone who\'s missing loved ones. I still miss my Dad who I lost in 2014. I miss someone who\'s cut off all ties with our family. I miss Betsey Butler, Kate Hatheway, and Puppydawg. I miss many people, who are no longer active on DN. And I know I\'m not the only one.

But I am so thankful for those of us who are still around! Thank you for the joy and comfort that you give me, just by being here. We are all in this together --and you are the best!:D

(This is the Christmas greeting I\'ve left on lot\'s of profiles already... so chances are you\'ve read it.)

Hi Everybody,

I\'m late getting here I know... for some of you it\'s Christmas Day already! It will be for me in about an hour...

Desktop Nexus is one of the best blessings that I have in my life-- and you are all a part of it! Thank you so much for your greetings, wallpaper comments, PMs, the walls many of you have made for me, and so much more! Thank you also for being fun & active in my groups, especially my adopted ones. :D And thank you for putting the "smile" in CollieSmile.:)

May you have a very joyous & meaningful Christmas!

Elaine :)


(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

Hi Everyone,

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! :D

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.:D

Snowy Hugs,

Elaine :)


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! :D

Elaine :)

PS. If your Autumn season has been unusual/weird, I\'d love to hear about it. :D
Saving the spot while I still have an October 31st date! I\'ll post this later. :)

Well... so far this is embarrassing... haven\'t had a chance to post here yet, and it\'s November 1st. I wanted to "save the October 31st spot" because it\'s a post about Halloween type stuff... :P Well we\'ll see what happens.....

November 2017
Well, the answer is, not much. At the rate I\'m going, I may not write about Trunk & Treat until next Halloween. :P

Time certainly has a way of marching on.

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.


September 1, 2017

I created & uploaded the wallpaper above August 29th, of 2015. Almost exactly 2 years ago. The original description on it thanks Justin Verlander for a 1 hit game that he pitched on August 26th, 2015.

I updated the description today. I left the original description in, but here is the one that is at the top of this wallpaper now.

Update: September 1st, 2017:

Last night, just before the baseball waiver trading deadline, Justin Verlander the Detroit Tigers ace pitcher just got traded to the Houston Astros. He is one of the best players that the Tigers have ever had. It\'s been an incredible 12 years...

This trade is very bittersweet for me. The bitterness is that I believe that Tigers management, through a lot of poor decision making let both Justin and Tiger baseball fans down. Poor decisions on management\'s part cost the Tigers many ballgames and (arguably) World Series opportunities.

The sweet part is that at least Justin is going to a team in an area that badly needs something to lift their spirits as they are going through the devastation and aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Houston, I honestly hope that Justin Verlander will do something great for the morale of your city and for Texas. I hope you get a World Series win. Justin deserves one, and after all you have been through with Horrendous Harvey, so do you, Texas. Hang in there and please know that Tiger Baseball fans and all of America is rooting for you! :D

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Thank you again Justin, for all of the wonderful years you gave us. Now go and cheer up Texas, a state that is hurting right now. God bless you.

CollieSmile :)

PS. Texas, I\'m certain that not just America, but people all over the world care very much about your recovery from hurricane Harvey! Hang in there... many, many people are praying and sending whatever help they can.

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