Monday, July 13, 2015

Slower Paced Sunday (who am I to blow against the wind?)

I woke up at 5:30 a.m. to light rain. I managed to get the photos from the wedding posted. Next I started on the long post. I had Paul Simon’s Graceland in the CD, so I was chillin’ with my coffee. Then I realized I needed a photo of the program, the wedding invite, Cracker Jacks box and the pen.

So, I set it up on the kitchen table and took a photo with my Kodak.  I went back to the Blog post (taking the “Program” with me so I would remember what it said) and finally finished it. I posted it as a draft, waiting on the single photo. Then I went back to the camera and plugged it in. And that’s when things went horribly wrong!

Let me explain: My first digital camera was a Kodak. It came with software to load the pictures on the computer. When it died, I bought another, better Kodak (10x optical zoom, blah, blah, blah…) It, too, came with software to download pictures. This was three or four years ago, BTW. Jake warned me that there were better cameras that didn't require special software. The Kodak worked great for me, so I pooh-poohed him.

Sidebar: I often pooh-pooh Jake’s ideas. And then I end up eating crow…

Anyway, I didn’t load the software that came with the new camera. The old software worked fine and still did. But, today, it crapped out.

I plugged the camera in and the software didn’t load. WTF? I checked the connections on the camera and they were tight. So, I tried it again. I tried everything (even replacing the batteries in the camera).

Finally, I decided to remove the old program and load the new. So, I got the disk (I save shit like that). I went to remove the old one and, 10 minutes later, got an error message saying it was unable to uninstall. WTF? I tried it again. Same result.

I quit playing around and recreated my display. Then I took the picture with the phone. I easily processed that, but the Blog didn’t get posted until almost 9:30 a.m.!

I shaved, showered and got dressed. Then I headed out to Costco. I was hoping they had gotten my coffee in. No such luck. I fear it’s gone for good. So, I bought a box of another kind to try.

Sidebar: I realize it would be cheaper to buy the small boxes in, say, Meijer’s, than these big boxes of 54 or 80 cups just for a trial. But, I was there, so...

I checked out the cameras there. But, I’m torn. On the one hand, I like a real camera with a good optical zoom. On the other, I have one in the smart phone and the digital 4x zoom worked okay at Erin’s wedding. I decided to put that decision on hold. Before I left, I also got a couple more bags of peanuts for the squirrels.

I did a quick pit-stop at the gas station and was home around 11:30 a.m.

I readied two packages to mail and took them to the post Office. Back home, I decided to take a nap.

When I woke up, I went back to the Kodak software problem. If I seem to be fixated with this (I could just take out the sim card and the batteries and throw it away) it’s only because the “before” picture of the driveway is still in the camera. I can’t recreate that!

But nothing worked. I have a half-assed back-up plan I’ll try on Monday at work.

Please pass the crow...

So, I went out to the vegetable garden. The dirt looks too packed down. So, I went in the shed and got some fertilizer and spread it around. Then I used the Garden Weasel to work it in and work up the soil.

The squash is still compact, but the cucumbers are growing on my rebar mesh!

Finally, I hooked up the square-head sprinkler and watered it for about an hour.

Back inside, I was hungry. So, I checked the freezer. I stuck a Stouffer’s meat lover’s lasagna in a pre-heated oven. Then, I used the last of my lettuce to make a simple salad. I topped it with bottled Italian dressing.

An hour later, I ate a very filling Sunday supper.

Sidebar: The lasagna was tasty (it has pepperoni, Italian sausage, ground beef and pork in it) but not very cheesy.

I watched taped TV shows (I couldn’t find a good movie) until 10:00 p.m. and then went to bed.


  1. If the camera still works and it's just a transfer issue, buy a memory card reader for your PC instead and call it good. You could test this by plugging the card into something that already has a reader, like a laptop.

  2. The garden looks great. Jake always has all the answers...gotta get used to it! :)

  3. Jake is always right...when will you learn?

    p.s. Garden looks good

  4. @ Jake: I already own a memory card reader for the game trail camera. But, I'll need to borrow a teeny-tiny philips head screw driver from work to get it out.
    @ Carla and GPF: Thanks for the garden comments. I am hoping the skunk stays away and I get some tomatoes this year. As far as Jake being always right... I know, but I don't like it!!!

  5. The memory card is screwed in?!