Keep Thinking

Why? Why do I keep thinking that if I just keep baking sourdough bread for Attila he will change his mind and like it? I did it again this morning. The whole wheat, sourdough, garlic, onion bread is rising in the oven. I guess I thought that if I added garlic and onion to the bread, two things he loves, that he would suddenly see the light and love the sourdough. Tonight will be the test!

Various family photos that have been sent my way over the last 24 years are being gathered together and piled up by the printer/scanner. After scanning eight photographs, it was disappointing to note that the resolution on the scanner was set to 50PPI resolution, too low. Back to the drawing board. The resolution was increased to 300PPI, and the project began again. There is one photograph I am looking for, it is a picture of my Great Grandparents on their farm, with my Great Aunts and Uncles, with the horse drawn farm implements. This photograph hangs in the local community centre near their homestead, where I saw it for the first time. The owner of the photograph was tracked down, and a copy was sent to me, but now I cannot locate where I stored it! Since the move, organization has suffered here at Mist Cottage. The search continues.

The weather turned cold last night, and will stay that way for the next three or four days. I don’t really mind, as it was an expected event. The oil furnace will provide some of the heat during this cold spell, increasing the volume of the fuel delivery at the end of the month. The air source heat pump has been in use often this winter, it takes over heating the house when the temperature outdoors rises above -7C. The hydro bills have been increasing. The humidifier was left out for the eventuality of a cold snap, and it is murmuring in the corner, attending to my health.

I continue to practise my crochet skills, this tension business is going to take a lot of figuring out; but once I develop a technique that works I will never look back.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 11:00 AM EST Thursday 2 March 2017
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.2 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Temperature: -7.9°C
Dew point: -15.7°C
Humidity: 54%
Wind: WNW 31 gust 45 km/h
Wind Chill: -17
Visibility: 24 km


“The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.”
Carl Jung
1875 – 1961

Oh what a beautiful morning…

Oh what a beautiful day!

Attila has five of the six rows of wood stacked in the wood shed. He has been hard at it, that is a LOT of wood. However, he has only one row left to stack in the wood shed for next winter. And then… he begins to stack the following winter’s wood supply, outdoors on skids. This year our heating fuel will be stored and drying by the middle of May, a record for us!

I have been working on my photographs. The new camera is a lot of fun, and I am just learning how it works; mostly by learning how it doesn’t work. I have created two new galleries, you can view them by clicking on the links in the right column, under the heading Galleries. There is the Altered StatesGallery, which includes a few photos that I have altered with the various settings in the graphics software. There is also the Natural Gallery, which includes photos that have not been significantly altered by graphics software, except for some minor colour and light adjustments.

I began by downloading and installing a few gallery plugins for WordPress. The first was awkward to use, and the results were unexpected, and unattractive. The second held promise, the demo galleries it created were beautiful. It was miserable to install, and then it would not display the image file. After hours and hours spent in the attempt to make these plugins work as desired, I gave up.

I ended up using Graphic Converter for the Mac to create the galleries. Then I moved them into Dreamweaver and began to edit and organize the files. It took a bit of doing, but the result is that the galleries are uploaded and linked to this blog. The pages are independent of WordPress, but at the bottom of each page in the gallery there is a link back to this journal.

The barn photograph project is bigger than I had anticipated. I already have 35 photographs of barns ready for the web. However, about half of the files remain unexamined and in need of preparation for the web. These images were shot through a glass car window, in a vehicle travelling at about 90 kilometres per hour. There are a few photos of blue sky, pure blue sky, others of blurred gravel or pavement, and these need to be deleted. Not the best shooting conditions, but Attila was having no part of stopping with great frequency, on the trip home from our little house in the city. At the best of times it is a four hour drive, which is quite long enough. So, the photos were taken from the moving car, as we travelled home.

I have been reading academic articles on the subject of barns, and not finding them terribly helpful. Eventually the method to organize the photographs will come to me. Until then it is best to just keep editing, and poking around the net looking for reliable sources of information.

The beauty of a wireless internet connection is that I can sit out in the screened in porch and work. There is constant, and joyous, distraction from passing breezes, birds, Attila chatting from over at the wood shed, and a steady parade of vehicles passing as weekend visitors set out on their journey home.

It has been another fine day we have gotten ourselves into!

Worldly Distractions


Condition: Mainly Sunny
Pressure: 102.0 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: 24.6°C
Dewpoint: 0.7°C
Humidity: 20%
Wind: SW 18 km/h


And to further the “we” that means “me” theme:

“It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose yours.”
Harry S Truman
1884 – 1972