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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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Problems with the Bird Pen

25 Sep

My outside space for the birds is pretty big.  It gives them room to get outside and still be safe from predators.  For the most part.  I have to shut them in the building at night because the raccoons were finding ways to sneak in.

I give them treats from the garden.

They do just fine in there.

Now, some buck is in big trouble.

Sam Goodberry

He’s used his horns to destroy part of the pen.  It’s been there for probably close to fifteen years, and one summer with Sam is all it could take.

I highlighted the wires so you can see what’s left.  Or rather the big holes.

Really, this is why we can’t have nice things.

I hope you’ll come back to join me for Friday’s Hunt.  I have this week’s items at the top of my side bar.

Friday’s Hunt v3.25

23 Jun

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.

If you didn’t participate this week but would like to next week the topics will be: Starts with Z, Week’s Favorite, and dessert. 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 Y:  I’ve only ever had one goat with a Y name on the farm.  That’s Yolanda!  Luckily, she was an excellent model.

Week’s Favorite:  So many choices!  I have to say, I’ve really enjoyed all the birds out in pasture.  That’s a benefit to all the time I spend tracking kids out there.

bobolink

dickcissel

Splash:  The geese were enjoying their pool when we were so hot.  Sadly, my hope that the llady llamas spending a lot more time in the barnyard would keep them safe was not the case.  I lost my African gander.  They are back to being shut in with the chickens and peacocks.  I am herding them into the building at night to keep them safe from raccoons.  I am seriously not liking all the predators.  I had geese without problems for sixteen years, and it breaks my heart to have them killed like this unless they are locked in that small space.

Chinese goose

Before I turn it over to you, I will definitely do another round.  I’ve been coming up with items.  I did like Claire’s suggestion of taking out the “week’s favorite” for another prompt.  Of course, if you choose to do only one prompt or two and then give me your favorite, I’ll still be happy.  Blogging is supposed to be fun, not a lot of silly rules.  Thanks to all who continue to join in the fun!

Now it’s Your Turn!