A few weeks ago I had to walk to down to pick up a rental car. So I took the camera just to see what I found… Here are some of my favorite pics… I wish I could do this more often.


Vacation Slides…

I have all my pictures posted from my trip to Yosemite. It was a great trip and so beautiful.

I have the pictures up on my photography website. They are right mouse button protected which means you can just right mouse button click on them and select Save As… If you see one you like just note the filename and email me. (And this is for those of you who I know) Below are the links… Enjoy!!!


Learning New Stuff

Last week I started at the Tri-Community Photography School. Monday night was new student orientation and their Photography 1 class. The Photography 1 will have a lot of stuff that I do know, but I also think there will be stuff in there I will learn. The joys of being self taught.

There’s a class on Wednesday nights that I really want to do on Photo Journalism. I will get there late because of Mark’s guitar lessons. But hopefully this next week I’ll make it there.

Thursday I started in one class, called Creative Elements. At the break I switched to Basics of Flash, which turned out to be more of what I wanted.

Having gotten there late, I missed a lot of stuff, but he was talking about using your flash off camera. Introducing some really cool remotes, that aren’t super expensive.  But one of the things I had never figured out how to do was fire the flash off-camera. So off to Google I go… and here’s what I found:

Nikon D7000: How to do Wireless TTL / Controlling Off Camera Flash

Of course, I also had no idea how to access the menu for flash to turn on the remote… so another Google moment!

SB600 Remote

Another day in the neighborhood

One of my favorite leadership speakers is a guy named Michael Hyatt. Not only does he provide good advice, ideas, and tools suggestions but it comes from a Godly perspective.

One of the things he talked about was using Wiki Markdown to create your WordPress blogs, using the Jetpack add in. I’ve used the Markdown language but don’t remember all the codes. I’m thinking to myself I might as well use HTML. HOWEVER, in doing some searching I found an app called MOU. It’s basically a WYSIWYG editor, using the command+b and command+i for bold and italic. Makes it really nice and easy. I like nice and easy…

I wanted to share some pictures from the Catholic Church around the corner from us. As I walked the dog we walk by there most times. I really enjoyed what they did during lent:

First off the purple robe:


Then Palm Sunday the red robe:


And finally for Easter the white robe:


It was really nice!

Long overdue post

It’s been a long while since I’ve posted so here I am at the lovely motel 6 of Escondido.

And it is here I find a humorous and some what disturbing sign:


Not that I was thinking about swimming but I have zero desire to now! Also the pool us empty stripped down to  the concrete.

It was a good day at SeaWorld even though we only found 17 of the 20 badges before the app stopped! Sigh….

Garden 2014 Day 1

So the end of December I finally got my back yard cleared out. So today I started prepping the ground to plant a small garden.

So here’s how much I’ve gotten dug up…

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Of course someone in the 54 years since this house was built felt the need to bury slabs of concrete. UGH!


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And here’s the cat thinking “Cool! A toilet for me!!!”

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Tomorrow I’ll hopefully get some more of the back yard that I plan to use dug up.

Happy New Year

I just realized I didn’t do a new year’s blog post last year. I know I was up until midnight so I’m not sure what happened. Regardless I’m blogging tonight looking forward to the new year. I’m not going to make new year’s resolutions, but I do like to set goals. Goals are generally better because with goals you should define the steps you are going to take to achieve the goal. I really enjoyed Michael Hyatt’s blog and he talks a lot about goal setting. His blog talks a lot about personal development and leadership. He’s a Christian so his advice is Biblically based.

Yearly goals are good but sometimes a little overwhelming, so I’m going to focus more on monthly goals that support the yearly goals. I’m also still thinking through my goals, I don’t want to be flippant or unrealistic with my goals.

So I’m thinking:

1. Read the Torah and the history books of the Old Testament in The Voice translation.
    I need to breakdown the milestones for the monthly goals.
2. Read and blog through the New Testament in year three of mybible360.blogspot.com
     This year I’m starting with Psalm 119, once that’s complete the week days will be reading the New Testament and weekends reading the Psalms.
3. Get off of blood pressure medicine.  My blood pressure isn’t horribly high but I’m tired of taking medicine for it.
    To get off the meds means more exercise, reduce the salt intake, and loose the weight. Yes realizing that’s everybody’s new year’s resolution. BUT… I’m saying it anyway…
4. Blog here at least once a month.
5. Read 75 books with one book a month being a nonfiction.
     I just downloaded 4 or 5 Beth Moore’s books for the Nook. I’m sure there will be other good nonfiction to be read.
6. Not sure how to make this measurable, but I want to be a better pianist.
    Practice…practice…. and then practice….
7.  Another one that’s hard to measure is improving my skills as a photographer.
    This is another one that takes practice
     Watch training videos
     Attend a Scott Kelby training
8. Increase readership to Favorite Christian Books
    Consistent blogging of reviews
     Offering give aways

That seems like a lot but they will be spread out through the year. If all goes well next December 31st I’ll be posting how I did with my goals.

For now there is less than 30 minutes until midnight. I’ll make it but then I’m going to sleep. Hopefully I’ll sleep well.

End of November

So it’s been awhile since I posted anything here. Since creating my Facebook Recipe Page I’ve not had much to say, since lately it was all about food.

In an effort to be more productive here I will post at least once a month, ideally at the last day of the month. I did start this on November 30th, I just forgot to finish it before going to bed last night… Oops…

Overall, November was a good month. I did end up having a cold because I didn’t take enough layers to the last football game to stay warm. I actually missed two days of work on sick time. It’s been over 2 weeks and I still have a cough, but feel good again.

I went to my first Scott Kelby training, which was really good, though I would enjoy it more if I hadn’t been sick. I have so much to learn!

As I look to December I feel good about the holidays. I’m going to enjoy celebrating Christmas. I’ve been enjoying just playing the piano for the sake of playing the piano. No pressure to be prepared to play, just playing.

Now time to go pick up my Christmas cards from Sam’s Club…