The Photo Project
So much is going on around here. For such a very long time, I
have been going through old photos and organizing them by date, place, etc.
Our old (before 1998 when I switched to digital) snapshots will be scanned, then
shredded. Family "heirloom" photos will also be scanned, then distributed
amongst the siblings. Siblings will also receive flash drives of family photos
and their original photos. Photos will also have serious back-up: on two
(separate) clouds, on an external hard drive, on a DVD disk and on a flash
drive. Much less space than a closet full of boxes. Organized! Searchable.
This is a huge job. Some scanning will be farmed out to companies that
specialize in this sort of thing. I want to get organized, not insane.
After spending so much time sorting, I am going to tell you all now to stop
taking photos of oceans, mountains, rivers and waterfalls - unless you tag the
location immediately. After a while, scenery photos begin to look the same. Was
this a beach in New Hampshire or Oregon? Who knows? Who cares? Out it goes.
Unless there is a person we love in the foreground of a scenery photo - the
snapshot has been shredded.
Am I ruthless? Yes and no. All of this crap is eventually going to end up as
Lisa's problem. Would she want a closet full of boxes of photos of people she
does not know or would she like all her parents memories on a flash drive? No
brainer. Now, Dear Readers, get to work.
Another project? Television and internet upgrade. Our system was ancient.
Seriously. Cavemen used our DVRs. Our internet went on and off all day. So
annoying. We switched-out the modem/router, but that did not help. An expert was
required. After an initial inspection by the cable guy (John), it was determined
we needed rewiring, new boxes and a new-new router. John was here so long, we
are now claiming him as a dependent on our 2015 income tax form, but we now have
the latest equipment and 24/7 high-speed wifi. Our massive DVRs have been
replaced with 7-inch square boxes. One remote works everything. The cost for all
these upgrades? Nothing - and our monthly bill dropped by a third and our
internet speed doubled! So happy we adopted John.
In other news: Leo's birthday pillow is finished.
Just what every 4-year-old wants - a pillow!
Speaking of my gorgeous grandchildren - Lisa, Lenny, Leo and Lucy spent a
week on the east coast with Lenny's family. They had a blast and Leo caught
his first fish.
Yes, Lucy is always smiling... and, yes, Leo is always
Looking back at all our photos from our time living in The
Philippines (honestly, mostly photos of our cute little baby), made me crave
Filipino food, so I made a batch of lumpia (fried egg rolls) and Pancit Canton
(stir-fried noodles). Interestingly enough, both dishes use much of the same
ingredients (cabbage, carrots, onion, garlic), so the meal came together faster
than I had remembered. Or maybe our housekeeper made them most of the time? I don't
remember. I used ground turkey as the lumpia filling; ground pork is traditional.
Yeah... they are little over-fried, but they were super crunchy. The egg rolls (pronounced loomp-ee-ah) were served with a sweet-sour dipping sauce.
The pancit was made with stir-fried chicken (sliced thighs, cabbage, carrots,
red pepper and green onion. The sauce is only a little drizzled soy sauce and a
little fish (anchovy) sauce. The noodles are added at the last
minutes with a little chicken stock and dinner was served.
I do not have/use a recipe for these dishes, I just make it
on the fly. There is a basic recipe on the back of the package of Pancit Canton
noodles and lumpia wrappers.
Assuming you can find Pancit Canton noodles and lumpia wrappers in your
We now know the Great Horned Owl hanging around in the forest
behind our house has a baby! We have been hearing her "training/teaching" her
youngster hunting techniques at night, but finally spotted both of the creatures
soaring around together. This explains the complete lack of squirrel activity in
the forest. Thank you, Dear Owls. Though squirrels are cute, we fight a constant
battle to keep them in the trees and out of our attic and basement.
Don't you worry, Mrs. T. I'm on it.
Until my next update, I remain, your protected correspondent.
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