Saturday, September 14, 2019

Saturday September 14, 2019 Gift


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Saturday September 14, 2019
In doing the Saturday hated chores this morning we got into the rabbit hutch and moved a lot of dirt that the bunnies had dug up to make thier little underground hiding place.  We did not fill in the hole but threw the dirt against the north wall.  This also neated up their space that had looked pretty messy for a while and made it mucg easier to open the door again.  That was when I noticed how much this dry weather is affecting the land.  The dry ground has dropped about 4" below the wall in places that create scary gaps for our animals to escape.  So we had to scour up every last rock to block what we could.  We really desperately need regular rain, hopefully not monsoons.
Since we bought our new stove Cristina had mentioned that she wanted to give our old stove to her poor Aunt Nativa who looks after the crippled grandson Victor Hugo.  I was all for that.  Then she decided that she wanted to give it to her niece Ana for German's finca (acreage).  That was one reason that we went up there last week too, to check out if it would fit there.  Since they don't have Natural Gas hookups up there, only propane bottles, they would have needed to convert all the jets, etc.  So I suggested that Aunt Nativa get our old, still new, stove and we get Ana a new one.  This became a very easy solution when all they need is a 4-burner tabletop propane unit.  So today we went shopping at 3 places.  HomeCenter had the ABBA NG unit for 178,900 pesos as in the picture, with free conversion.  Olympica wanted 198,000 pesos for the NG version.  Exito ordered us the propane model for 169,065 pesos (or $50.30 USD) which we should get in a week.
Now we have to get another relative, Chucho, to help us bring the old stove to Nativa and to hook it up properly.  
I was then emailed by George fromTthe Oldies But Goodies Dance Club Cuenca to re-do their Hallowe'en Party poster.  I still keep my hand in to help them with various things.  It is a good thing that I had my file from last year to work with.  It takes a lot of painstaking cloning to eliminate text on a photo and to leave the photo looking natural enough.  I had to change the day to Thursday and to change the entire address line running across 2 bodies in the photo.  Then it was a huge search to find the right font that I had used...   So I was smart and made templates for subsequent years this time. 
I hope you enjoy the pictures.  That was the day’s excitement.
Al
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Not a bad little unit for $50

This year's poster

The template to use for years, Scratch is the font



Friday, September 13, 2019

Friday September 13, 2019 Entrapment


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Friday September 13, 2019
Last night I got everything ready for Aram and Liliana to watch a movie at 8pm (the time set by them) and then they didn't show, didn't call, nothing....  I was just a little miffed.
This morning Cristina left to gallivant with Ana again, all day.
I sent a Aram a note asking "What happened?"  He responded by saying that Liliana's physio, which was supposed to be 3 hours, lasted until 10:30.  Obviously, they will not be invited here again anytime soon.
David and Irma came over at 2pm and we watched a favourite, "Seabiscuit".  Beer, clamato juice, popcorn and peanuts, so a good time was had by all.
While watching I got a very pleasant WhatsApp message from the RCMP liaison for South America.  He is going to help get the ball rolling to nail a creep in Vancouver that is selling visas to terrorists, of which I was given some proof in Arabic from Aram.   It would please us both so much to see this traitor hung out to dry.  It has only taken 2 months to get action from here but I like my communications with this fellow, straightforward, with no BS.  I am smiling very broadly right now at this propect.
So, today is not only Friday the 13th, but it also will have a full harvest moon at 11:35pm (depending on which site you ask).  I am not particularly superstitious but I was quite happy to stay home, safe and sound today.
A neighbour says the full moon won't rise for another 1/2 hour so it could be a while before I could get a decent shot so I am not waiting.  I am just too happy to send out this good information.
No pictures.  That was the day’s excitement.
Al
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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Thursday September 12, 2019 Tom Thumb


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Thursday September 12, 2019
I slept reasonably well but still went back to bed for another 2 hours after walking the dogs.  I needed that rest.
Around 11am the sun was beginning to cross over the wall so I set up with the 70-300 lens (ran back inside to get a ball cap) and waited.  3 hummers were buzzing back and forth and I took 51 shots in about 1/2 hour.  After checking them out, I kept 14 of those, and I am really very happy with a couple of them, especially the last one (3 versions).
I have been trying to report a traitor to the Canadian Government for a month now and a person would think that they would want to expedite his capture, but... typical Government ineptitude and blase attitude.  In frustration I even went to contact the loyal opposition today, who should probably love to rub the Government's nose in this right before an election, but I got back a lousy canned response.  Grrrrrrrrrrrrr.  I really am so fed up with Governments everywhere. 
But then voters are to blame for being so absolutely stupid with backlash voting.  That pompous childTrump in the USA.  Another useless, divisive Trudeau again in Canada.  An NDP government in the oil-rich province of Alberta.   Good grief!  At least the Albertans woke up and turfed the crazy NDP at the first opportunity.  Let's hope Americans and Canadians do the same with their present goofy leaders.
Aram informed me that his landlord George's father passed away yesterday.  The church service was at 3pm in another town where he lived but the interment was here at 4:30pm.  We all jumped in the car and went and tended to Christina's grave while awaiting the papa's coffin.  They had a quick prayer and moved the coffin into a 2-occupant stack hole.  They covered the lower part with cement  squares, then the open upper part with more cement squares.  Cover with a concrete rectangle, fill with dirt, put on the flower bouquets and they are done.  Then they put up a marker which I thought was incredible if the fellow only died yesterday!  I checked the marker later and it was for a completely different couple who had died in 1996 and 2013.  They only allow so much time in the ground unless the family pays for more time, then they are dug up and the family often puts the bones in a mausoleum instead.  I find this bit about digging up the decomposed bodies just so utterly creepy.  
Anyway, I have invited Aram and Liliana for another movie tonight but they are not available until 8pm so I will try to find a short movie.
I then invited David & Irma for a movie at 2 pm tomorrow because Cristina will be gallivanting with Ana again.
I hope you enjoy the pictures.  That was the day’s excitement.
Al
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Mr Vermilion Flycatcher

Mr Saffron Finch

Tom looks so different from this angle

Catching the iridescent feathers

These two seemed friendly, not battling

Tom likes this particular perch to protect his domain

I think he nodded off for a while

What a pretty boy he is

I was glad when this noisy bird was gone

Better light, better photos

Tom should be quite accustomed to me by now

I am much happier with these shots

Manual focus is very precise

My best original shot of the day.  Very happy with this one.

Removed the feeder

Then cropped and enlarged.  I like it!

Great views from the cemetery

Some of the crowd assembling, waiting for the hearse

Some of the crowd after the interment