All wished and most hoped and had their fingers crossed… this week – you had to be flexible because…
It was that hot air buildup element that affects the final weather outcome. No snow or no big deal… My big brother, Ted, used to say to me “do you hope it keeps up?” to which I’d reply “You bet” and then he’d tell me “If it keeps up… It won’t come down.” and he was right. So all the eggs were in one basket and our shovel is located out front in the red gravel front yard. Still has the red bow on it as we decorated and celebrated the holidays and basic departure from snow and the falling frozen water materials. Just as a reminder though… It snowed right here on New Years Eve and the cactii all had snow caps that lasted roughly till lunchtime. Next day we were up in Phoenix and in some very protected areas we could still see little piles of snow. Sometimes it will. Sometimes it won’t. US computer model. European computer model. Based on chaos… Just might do something similar to your prediction. Or not. Best rule of thumb is not to plan on it.
Northeastern US weather tomorrow – 1/26/15 Blizzard Warnings…
Today was an awesome day here in Southern AZ. Sue and I had lunch with my brother-in-law and then we went for a ride. We went into the Santa Catalina Mountains that edge Tucson and drove up Mount Lemmon. The signs were still there from the last snow when it got slippery and white up there. The feeling was amazing as we kept climbing and passing 5,250 feet with it getting dark and a good distance to go yet we turned around and went back down. Will absolutely be going back as the feeling was just incredible and no doubt about it God was right there. I was in awe. No visual recording devices except my eyes, brain and hands. Never been that far up a mountain with a view very similar to looking out an aircraft window. It was interesting to watch the environment change with the altitude.
Just when I thought it was safe to continue computing… I lost a day and a half of a line drawing of our local Picacho Peak. My Cintiq Companion is having real problems charging again. ( It had actually been replaced by Wacom last Summer ). Unfortunately, this unit seems to have the same problems charging and working while plugged in that the unit I had previously had suffered with. Got to be on the phone to them tomorrow. Hopefully I will get the problem worked out as I love that computer. It will be resolved – I need that tool on a daily basis however I need to get back into a paper dependency again so that machine trouble doesn’t affect my efforts.
I hope that everyone on the east coast gets through the Blizzard intact. Snow was supposed to start after 2:00 AM with perhaps a half inch by morning and that will be followed by the storm with as much as 10 inches will falling by late Monday into Monday night. Tuesday is projected to drop another 10 to 16 inches. Mostly eastern NJ and Long Island, NY will see big snow with the average I-95 corridor west seeing a little less than along the coast. I love the feeling of Mother Nature taking charge and folks having to go back to 1888 for a half day or so. Sleeping in front of a fireplace with the power out is a great feeling. We moved.
12:20:17 AM MST 01/26/2015
The new version of WP Edit Pro is working well and brings some nice features to the otherwise quite basic WordPress authoring environment that is offered. Then again… WordPress is for blogging and isn’t meant to be a Microsoft Word – like word processor or editing tool. Josh Lobe has put some serious thought into making the regular input and formatting of data a far more pleasant experience.
Putting a blog together and maintaining a cohesive look is simplified with WP Edit Pro. Creating your blog shouldn’t be some sort of mysterious process and WP Edit Pro lets you see that you can put a post an article that you are proud of on the internet – even if you aren’t some sort of Information Technology dweeb.
The font above is Lora Norm 400 from Google Fonts and was easily specified from within the settings of WP Edit Pro to be 10 pts tall and utilize warm grey and black type with a hyperlink to the Josh Lobe / WP Edit website.
There has a been a lot of hostility displayed in our country for a number of months. It isn’t doing anyone any good at all and the stress levels in the United States are rising. I hope that you are with your family and that you are taking care of each other. I’d ask you to look back in history to the Civil War and with your insight and wisdom – I’d like to ask you to look at Gettysburg and let me know who won? Who really won? Nobody did. Many died or were injured based on the principles of their leaders. I wish that everyone could take a solid look at the battlefield photos. Peer versus peer. Brother versus brother. A waste of life and limb. Blood running on the field.
Please get a hold of yourself and your emotions and let Christmas be a time of peace. Love your family and let them love you back. Relax. Separate yourself and think of your future. Your child’s future. Your wife’s future. Stop hurting. Stop hurting others. Allow yourself to refresh your core beliefs. Let the goodness that you can see with your own eyes enter your life. Peace on earth. Good will to all beings. 12/21/2014 9:01:02 PM MST
Our Sun Conure, Baboo Birdie, took advantage of Rudy the Westies bad behavior in running out the front door to produce sufficient lift to gather momentum and depart the earth’s gravitational bonds. She flew out the door. AND… not just a little. This bird was up and gone. Nowhere to be found. We looked for her for hours and as night fell so did our hopes of locating this little parrot. About the size of a Jay with slightly longer tail feathers and finger feathers on her wings.
We had never had any problems with the bird before. No escape attempts. No flights into a closed glass patio or deck door. Just a hop back and forth between my shoulder or Sue’s from the top of her cage or play stand. But despite all the lack of indication of trouble… she was gone.
Sue went onto the local pages at Facebook and the good people of Red Rock responded. We thank each and every one of them. Specifically the sighting that gave us any hope that the bird was still alive. The night prior was cold and wet and I was pretty sure that she’d have been gone from exposure to the elements. Worse than the cold was the potential of being consumed by one of the Sonoran Desert’s sizable Raptor population. I saw an Owl the other day and seem to continually see a flow of Red Tails and Coopers Hawks. This little orange and yellow puff ball would only be an appetizer to one of the larger birds.
Been seeing plenty of Ravens of late. Only one or two at a time flying over with their distinctive “gronk”. These are only the aerial threats. I saw a black cat in the edge of the retention basin that night. Beady little yellow eyes. They would able to smell the bird as well as see it. We were driving from mailbox to mailbox putting some flyers up about the missing bird. Seeing that cat didn’t make me feel any better that night. We went back after all the pieces that we’d posted and trashed them after our bird was safely back at home. We had a couple nights of fog and incredible condensation that pretty much reduced the inkjet prints into watercolors.
Speaking of watercolors, we met the nice people at the Southern Arizona Art Guild that Sue and I have just become members of (referred to as SAAG) in Tucson this past Saturday morning. It seems that they have lots of interesting things going on. I look forward to seeing them again next time. It was a good program and presentation.
As with the above I have lots of stuff happening with the art and will be posting excerpts or drawings as I go. Somewhat traumatized as usual by the Holiday Season and Christmas is quite close and far, far, away at the same time. That might seem cryptic but it really shouldn’t. We all have memories. Call them ghosts if you like. A remembering of my grandparents, parents, brother and those family times. The Christmas cookies, fruitcakes, and dinners. The stories. On the other hand I had several Christmas timeframes while living in Puerto Rico. We had black snow from the cane fields… Three Kings Day… The memories may lose some of their sharp focus but they don’t fade.
Got to get outside into the environment
What a great day it is today. Comfortable temperatures and a reduced population of mosquitoes. I was out on Sasco Road and looking over a good portion of the Red Rock community. I’ve never drawn or painted sagebrush, tumbleweeds, or the Palo Verde trees. The varying colors of sand and rocks make for an interesting change that I’ve never dealt with before. The foliage ground cover has a lot of varigation. Yellow green, Dark Olive green, then a red brown transition that then changes to gray. Some of the old growth has broken off and bleached out under the plant. These offer whitish bone-like contrast that is different and interesting in itself. Look for more sketches and photos that I’ll acquire as I find my way around the area.
Lots to do. I see that a storm is settling into the northern Midwest. It is very comfortable here. Lots to do. Need to fix my drawing board’s flat file draw so that it doesn’t pucker open because of the papers weight. If I can find my longer staples I’ll put down a bead of glue and staple the bottom to hold it tightly. That paper needs to be stored just right so that we avoid any deterioration or discoloration. I need to see some more sights and join some art/graphic organizations and get to know other people around here that do the same thing and have some of the same interests that I do.
©2014 William Cauffiel Beauchamp
Sue and I spent a lot of time around Neshaminy Creek in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. One magical Sunday morning I caught these images. The old Pennsylvania Railroad arch architecture exceeded any project that could even be considered for construction today. We only went to this access point on this occasion but it was nice. Other trips to the creek were interested in the more wild or historic aspects.
11/03/2014 2:16:56 PM Arizona
There is a house that has a very different feel along the way in here across from the bar and just across from that vintage AERMOTOR windmill. That house seems like someone grabbed it from back East and just plopped it right down in the farm where it lives. Add Picacho Peak in the background and you feel that it is a view of a very different place. Then… You add a couple of Palm Trees and you wonder what the story is and it seems like it is a TV or Movie set. Now add a bare sand and gravel field and it starts to look like Mars. Toss in some dead trees for props and…
Halloween was a little bit disappointing with the only doorbell ring being one neighbor and her kids. I felt kind of foolish as I kept encouraging Sue to get more candy because this is a big community and I was sure that we’d run out. We carved our pumpkin and took one of our fairly bright LED flashlights and put it inside. Looked good. Always fun to do. Looking forward to it yearly. This time the doorbell was very quiet.
Friday, 11/01/2014 3:25:25 AM MST