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Finally Getting My Calendar Done

11 Nov

About four months ago, I had just finished my picture choices for the 2018 Eden Hills calendar when I had a slight technology snafu.  My hard drive cord quit working, so I could not access my last eight years of pictures.

Cover

I might have panicked a little bit, but I went to Best Buy and tried to find a new adapter.  Luckily, I took the external hard drive with me because they didn’t have one that fit.  I’m never in Ames, so I looked at what other options they had.  They did tell me that I had an actual full hard drive inside the unit, so the data should be able to be retrieved.

January geese

I got the cheaper of the two options they had.  It was a cable to go directly from my computer to the hard drive.  Well, when I got home and opened the package, the software you had to use with it would erase and format the new drive.  Um.  I’m trying to avoid erasing any drive, so that didn’t work.

February: Sidney, Dolly, Andy and LilyAnn

I decided to see if I could just find a new power adapter on line.  I found one that said it would work, but when it got here, I couldn’t get it to fit the external hard drive.

March: Penny and Ellie May

The next time I was in Ames was when I was dealing with Margarita and her bite wounds, but we stopped by Best Buy when she was coming home from the hospital, and I picked up the dock for a hard drive.

April:  Victoria’s buck, T-Bone

Then I couldn’t figure out how to get it out of the case to put it in the dock, so I took it to work and asked a colleague who is really good with computers.  He pointed out the teeny tiny screws holding the case together.  Wow!

May: Daisy being photobombed by a barn swallow

Finally, I remembered to borrow my mom’s teeny tiny screwdrivers, and I got the hard drive out without destroying anything!  It wouldn’t fit into the dock.  Seriously.

June: goats in pasture

I took it back to my computer geeky colleague, and he agreed it should fit.  But it didn’t.  Then he suggested that I needed a hard drive to hard drive cable and that would work.

July: Aurora

I went directly back to my classroom and searched Amazon.  I couldn’t find one.

August: four Sam babies

But I did find a hard drive to USB cable with a power cord, so I ran back and asked if that would work (don’t worry, this was all before I was on the clock).  He said yes, so I ordered it.

September: Llenny watching the goats

It arrived yesterday, and I am pleased to announce that it worked!  Yay!  Finally!

October: Bob cat

I went back to Best Buy today and I got another external hard dive–one that actually fits the dock I already bought, and I am now happily backing up my files.

November: Stormy, Cutie, Betty Lou (I think) and Joani

Talk about a huge sigh of relief.

December: gander

And now I can finish editing the photos, finish creating my calendar, and order it. Finally.

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Friday’s Hunt v4.4

28 Jul

Welcome back to Friday’s Hunt. I want to thank everyone who joined in last week. I had a lot of fun visiting everyone who linked up. It’s very simple. Anyone can participate. The link opens at 7pm Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm, so you have plenty of time to enter. Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to visit some of the other entries.

We are working on round four! It’s hard to believe. I did make a slight change. It will still go through the alphabet for the first prompt, but there are two other prompts that will change each week. As always, you can choose to do one or all. If you enjoy the week’s favorite, by all means continue to add that. If you didn’t participate this week but would like to next week the topics will be: Starts with E, drop(s), and happy. I will always keep a list of the items for the coming week in my sidebar at the top. I am crazy busy with working on the farm right now, but I will make sure to visit all participants. Without further ado, here’s my interpretations for the week.

Starts with D:  Oh dear!  What shall I do for this letter?  My darling little doeling, Caroline!  She’s doing much better with her stifle injury.  You don’t hardly notice it anymore.  She’s going back out to pasture, and I think she’ll be fully recovered soon (as long as she doesn’t get wild again).

Caroline Goodberry

Favorite:  I had a former student come to the farm a couple weeks ago to do a photo shoot.  Here are a couple of my favorites from the day.

Photographer’s Choice:  Nothing like raking hay with llamas.

Aurora and Buster watching the nephew

Now it’s your turn!

A Bunch of Birds and Rambling

14 May

Today was a birding kind of day.  I had just made it over the first hill in the Back Forty when I heard the sound I’ve been waiting to hear for the last few weeks–the bobolinks are back!

bobolink

I love their song and their bright breeding colors.  They were putting on quite the show for me!

It makes me wish I hadn’t had my 300mm lens on my camera because, even though I can zoom in really close, I have horrible lens shake with it.

I need a monopod, and I do have one, but I haven’t figured out how to change it from a tripod to a monopod, and the directions are very unclear.  Almost as unclear as my pictures handheld with this lens.

Anyhow, I can live with a little shake in the bluebird.

I am seeing the northern flickers almost everyday because there’s a whole family of them living out here.  The robin on top was just a bonus.

I missed the nuthatch because they are such quick little things.  I also saw a ton of blackbirds and sparrows.  Here are more birds from pasture–

blue jay

red bellied woodpecker

eastern meadowlark

When I was hanging laundry out this morning, I got to see a Baltimore oriole, but I didn’t have my camera.  It sat there and watched me and let me tell him how beautiful he was, and he was gone by the time I got back with my camera.  That’s okay because I got to see the red-headed woodpeckers that live in the paddock north of my barn.

When I was in pasture, the orioles were still trolling me.  Nothing but a fly-bye shot.

Later when I was doing laundry, I saw the male cardinal.  I think there’s a pair that are living in the pine trees on the north edge of my yard.  Since I was again doing laundry and didn’t have my camera, this shot is from a couple of evenings ago.

Here’s the eastern kingbird.

Another wind/lens shake shot–this time the eastern goldfinch.

Luckily, by the time I got up from the pasture, they had figured out I put out the bird feeders in their summer location north of the house.

The red-breasted grosbeak found it too!

It was definitely a good birding day.  Now I just need the hummingbirds to find their feeder.