February 28, 2021

Movin’, movin’, movin’, keep them doggies movin’….

Well, missed another week. It’s not like we’re sitting on the veranda sipping a mint julep. We don’t have a veranda, but that’s another story. The last two weeks have genuinely been a blur. Once all the administrivia of the house sale and townhouse rental was resolved, and there was plenty of that, the ginormity of the situation began to descend. MOVE. ALL. OUR. STUFF….. This posting is going to seem a bit all over the place as my mind is going about 300 mile/shour trying to work through how we will do all this. CALM….. DOWN….. Geeze. Well, this brings forth the adage, “How do you eat an Elephant?…

February 14, 2021

Exit Right

Sorry I missed last weekend. Really no excuse as we weren’t doing much. So after the last entry was posted the Agent called on Sunday night to ask if we could move the listing of the house up from February 10th to February 4th. Melanie and I had jumped through our ears getting the house ready for photos, so it was in pretty good shape, mostly. I told the Realtor that there were a couple of little things to attend to, but the house looked pretty good. He relayed that the level of interest in the house was tremendous and he was wanting not to miss it, so we agreed….

January 31, 2021

Ch Ch Ch Ch Changes…..

So two weeks ago we met with a realtor to discuss putting the house up for sale. It’s odd, as this guy’s card showed up in the mail a couple of days before, and on a whim we decided that Melanie would give him a call. He came in and made all the right noises and said all the right things, and we signed. The house will officially be listed for sale on February 10. To get to that point would be a herculean effort, but when things come together it’s time for action. Before he left, the agent made a comment that he had no idea what he was…

January 18, 2021

Just another day in the neighborhood

So this week saw us continuing the “repackaging” of the house prior to calling a realtor to list it for sale. We boxed up a bunch of stuff in the closets of the downstairs bedrooms, and moved a goodly number of the bins out of the closets to reduce the clutter. One of the decisions made last weekend was to get rid of the album collection. There are 4 boxes of LP’s (Long Playing Recording) consisting of some 270+ albums that were boxed up in the clean up after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Yes, the last time these things saw the light of day was some 15+ years ago. Time…

January 10, 2021

Keeping up with the resolutions

One of the resolutions I published last week was to more actively post here on the blog. So, HERE WE GO! As mentioned last time, Melanie and I have decided to sell the house that we have owned since we moved to Northern Virginia in 2007. So yesterday we began the process by starting to organize what stays, what goes, etc. We have five categories: Orange – Not certain at this juncture Blue – Short term storage (during the sale) Yellow – Long term storage Green – Donate to charitable organizations (Restore, GoodWill, etc) Pink – Stay in the house for staging Two bedrooms were subjected to this process yesterday…

January 3, 2021

Happy New Year!

The requisite New Years’ post…. It seems like the only time I make myself sit down and do this is around New Years. H’mmm, what’s that saying? Dunno. In any event, onward and upward. I will finish the posting I started in the summer (?), but most likely not today. Someone described 2020 as the longest year of their life. Maybe it was true for them, but we have had worse. The year after Hurricane Katrina will always have that title for us. This year was, as the same for most people, adjusting to the new norm of lines, facemasks and limited availability of items at the grocery. We do…

July 15, 2020

Time

This is probably going to be a bit long, so get yourself a hot beverage, sit down and have a read. Like virtually the entire world, I was sent home on March 19th and told to “Socially Distance” myself from others. OK; Interesting. The non-stop cacophony regarding the COVID-19 pandemic from the Main Stream Media (MSM) had begun, and the short term implications were fairly ominous. The one thing the MSM revels in is what we call FUD in the technical business. Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. But enough of that, this is about an awakening, of sorts. The first days were filled with a mixture of splendor/dread emotions. Being off…

April 1, 2020

First try at posting photos

Being home “Social Distancing”, I’ve had the chance to start to do some post processing of over 20 years of digital photos. To demonstrate my masochism, of course I started with the oldest photos. Taken in 1999 on a Kodak DC280 point and shoot. As discussed a while back, all this is being done in Capture One Pro v12. The more I use C1, the more I’m developing a love/hate relationship with it. After going back and forth between Sessions and Catalogs, I’ve finally come to a point where the Catalog containing my entire image library is behaving. Mostly. A lot of my “issues” were in attempting to use LightRoom…

January 2, 2020

futzing around with the site

So I managed to bugger up the site formatting pretty nicely, so I decided to reset it and choose a different theme. Twenty-Thirteen was chosen as I like the format and can figure out how to format it to my likes. What was wanted was a theme where the post showed in its entirety and the user didn’t have to click on a link to read the rest of the post. May change that in the future, but for now, this is it. Wouldn’t surprise me to migrate to something else in the future once I get a little more WordPress knowledgable though. Cheers!

January 1, 2020

happy new year!

The New Year, and debatably the next decade, has descended upon us. Happy New Year to anyone out there actually reading this other than me! Resolutions It’s a time of reflection and consideration of the year to come and perhaps embark upon new habits, processes, activities, whatnot. I’ve got my own two resolutions which I embrace seemingly every year, and unfortunately fail miserably at keeping. Those would be Using profanity and Talking to the other drivers in traffic. Some years are better than others, but I don’t honestly remember ever making it past the March timeframe before the resolution went by the wayside. Perhaps if I report on my progress…