Sunday, September 11, 2016

Saratoga Sunrise

Saratoga Sunrise - sounds like a drink, doesn't it?  Something peachy - peach and vodka, perhaps.  (Well, after typing those first couple of sentences, I thought perhaps I should check if there really was a drink by that name.  There is!  And here I thought I was being so witty. Sigh).

Anyway, Mitzi and I are on vacation at Saratoga Beach on Vancouver Island.  And this is what our version of a Saratoga Sunrise looks like - taken as we walked the beach early this morning:

Saratoga Sunrise - non-alcoholic, a better high, and no hangover.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Piggy Cuteness

These are the two newest residents at RASTA (Rescue And Sanctuary for Threatened Animals), the farm animal sanctuary in Chemainus BC, where I volunteer.  While we have 21 potbellied pigs, these two are the larger kind of pigs and will grow to be 700-1000 pounds.  They came in a week or so ago, very skinny, scared, covered in lice and full of worms.  One has a severely deformed back leg which we first thought to be broken, but xrays by the vet tell us he was born that way,quite possibly a result of his mama being very malnourished.   They are already filling out and becoming comfortable in our presence.  And they are very photogenic.

"Hi, Volunteer Lady, would you like some help cleaning the barn?"

"I think that lady has food.  Be nice to her"

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Puppy Kisses and Computer Misses

Still getting things figured out - my old watermark doesn't work on this computer - I copied it over, and a search says it is in my picture file, but when I go to that file, all I get is a black screen.  I think it has something to do with it being a .pgn image.  In the last post, I had just added my copyright using "text" in my photo-editing program, but for these ones I made a new watermark. It doesn't work quite as well (and I want to change the font to something a bit thinner, but now I forget how I made the watermark on this computer!), but it will do until I figure out how to get my old one to work.  Here's a few more puppy pictures from the Beardie Bounce Pawty I attended on Sunday.  Enjoy:

Puppy Kisses!


"I'll take this one!"

Comfy lap time

"I wanna see!"
"No, me first me first!"

All tuckered out

"I likes this lap.  I wonder if I can keep it?"

"Are you gonna be my new fam'ly?"

"Too many peoples out there!"

Another pup and bowl one,
just because I love the colours and composition.

And this is Star - a two year old guest at the pawty.
One of the puppies will be going to live with Star.
She's gonna be a big sister!
(And blog readers can see what an adult beardie looks like!)

On the new computer, new programs, news again, I can't get my old printer to work with this computer so we're not quite completely switched yet.  In a week or two, my local computer guru will come and move the rest of my stuff to the new unit, and I'm keeping a list of questions for him.  The good news is that I am adjusting to the new keyboard - the new laptop has a bigger screen but a smaller, tighter keyboard, and the "delete" key is a teeny tiny thing in the very top row, instead of a nice honkin' big one in easy reach of my little finger. I also have a new wireless mouse which took some getting used to, but I have finally beaten it into submission and can now control its every move.  Almost.

I don't know that I will ever get used to Microsoft Office 2016 - why in the world did they put so many zillion things to click on at the top and why did they hide so many basic functions in subfiles of files under obscure headings?  It seems no-one in that company has ever heard of KISS - Keep It Simple, Stupid.  They need to make a version for those of us who don't want twenty-six ways of doing every little task, and don't have the memory (in our heads, not our computers) to remember under which of a  half zillion different headings something is located. Maybe that's why I still have a cell phone that can only be used for making phonecalls - no camera, no texting, no GPS, no internet - just a simple ol' phone for making and receiving phone calls.  Now I want just a simple ol' computer program. But of course, it does have to be able to do the one or two more advanced things that I want it to do - like watermarking. Sigh.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Puppy with water dish

You may have noticed I didn't post the several catch-up blogs I'd intended to post.  The old computer gets slower and slower, so I have been making a rapid transition to my new one - new computer, upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 10, and upgrade from Microsoft Word 2003 to Microsoft Word 2016.  Steep, steep, steep learning curve for this technologically incompetent senior.

So....maybe I will and maybe I won't ever get to those catch-up posts.  (Okay, I do have one post of Molly Dawg and Lady May and Cuddle Clone King, from their visit last May, which I need to get up  - still editing all those photos!)

Meanwhile, here's a one-photo post, of a seven-week-old bearded collie, one of four pups I photographed today.  I'm posting it here for the sole purpose of seeing if I can do everything - downloading the photos, editing them, watermarking them,writing the blog, and posting - all from the one new computer.  If it doesn't work, or doesn't look right, I may throw up my hands in defeat.

Here goes, fingers crossed:

Bearded Collie Pup and Water Bowl