Friday, February 9, 2018

Vintage Camera, Slides, and Scans

Shown above is the Kodak Compur camera that photographed our 25 boxes of slides.... back in the day, now considered VINTAGE! (Yes, 25 boxes!)
Ron's Dad, Winston, was a "clicker". He loved photography.
He was an excellent photographer.
Winston knew all of the qualities of taking a good photograph, and he took a LOT of them.
Let's just say that he took more photos than anyone I know 😁.
Fast forward from the 1950's to today, 2018.
All of his photos were turned into slides.
Trying to decide how to tackle these boxes(filled with slides), without going broke, to preserve SOME of these memories have prompted a bit of research and asking many questions.
Yep, 25 BOXES

Inside each BOX houses a carousel → filled with slides, and slides and slides.
Each of these carousels houses 100 slides

For those who are TOTALLY UNFAMILIAR with this vintage apparatus, this is what happened on the weekends:

The happy 1960s family gathered around the slide projector to view hundreds of photos that were on the carousels! Sometimes neighbors and families would be invited to the showing!
Back in the day, these were excellent slides.

Truthfully, the quality of the photograph taken is remarkable.
I purchased a very inexpensive USED (50.00) Wolverine F2D Mighty film to Digital Converter.
Here is my first attempt at scanning and editing a multitude of memories, using the converter.
Mountain Lake

On a side note, MOUNTAIN LAKE no longer has this amount of water, as seen in this photo ↓↓↓ taken in 2002. For those of you unfamiliar with the lake, this is where the 1987 movie DIRTY DANCING was filmed. ( GREAT MUSIC)

Scanning the slide is simple.
The outcome was not what I wanted, so either:
A) rescan to see if  a different result occurs, or
B) try another method.
Here is another photo of my DIY method of preserving the slide.
This DIY required spending zero money, but required thinking outside the box, and ingenuity.

I'm not sure which method I will end up using, but I'm leaning toward the second one, as it appears sharper, and the colors before editing appear more pleasing.
Both methods use a camera card.
Both require editing.
Both can be uploaded to computer, then transferred to external hard drive, or CD.
Ron has now skimmed through 5 boxes of slides.
It will be fascinating to see many slides will be saved, scanned, and preserved.
Cheers to saving memories!
PS... Here are two links. Both are written by my friend, Mark Morrow, a contributing author with PHOTOFOCUS.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Happy Birthday to Sarah

How can she be 41?
Sarah's birthday is officially February 5th, but we celebrated this weekend!
NOTHING .... not even Super Bowl compares with Super Sarah
It is surreal that 41 years have flashed before our eyes.

Haha... fun with fur!
She loves wearing Granny Dot's hat, almost as much as she does modeling my hat.
Nothing like a "Kate Middleton" with blonde hair!
Headlines: "Blonde Kate wears Walmart Thermals." 😎😎😎

Sarah's birthday weekend started out doing Mommie duties.
Outfitting baby girl in ballet and tap shoes, outfits and bags, flooded all of us with the 12-13 years of Sarah's dance experiences. (I'm not real sure who was more excited about these purchases,  Mommie or daughter 😉😉😉 )

Katelyn (not Middleton 😀) was quick to pose, show her expertise, and entertain us.
This girl is going places! Trust me!

Happy Birthday to you ♫♪♩
Happy Birthday to you, ♩♫♪
Happy Birthday dear Sarah....
 oh wait... not yet →↓
Before celebration can begin... ALL members have to be present!
Dash to the school bus, pick up Landon, check school papers, talk about his day, snack time, hug time, play time. 
Papa made special arrows for Landon.

LTC building a house!
We are always amazed at what he has learned in second grade. 
We are more amazed at the time and attention that Sarah and Brian give to these 2 precious children.
Every Friday, Landon is allowed to purchase these spirit sticks. (It's the latest craze.)
Quite the collection!The sticks are available at PTO(Parent-Teacher Association/Organization) events and on Popcorn Fridays! HIS SCHOOL IS AWESOME!
A mini celebration before diner included opening a few presents!
check out the fancy lettering by LAUREN 

Thanks Walter and Stephanie!

The Famous CARD!!!!!!!!!

One of Sarah's favorite dining places is the Japanese Kabuki style restaurants.
This was quite the first-time experience for the grands.
We laughed.
Our server was the best!

Sarah, we love you!
Keep enjoying life to the fullest.

Age is just a number, and you are kicking it!
You've got style and personality, girl!
You are our sunshine!♫♪♬♩

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

January Super Blue Blood Moon 2018

Well? Did you see it?
The full moon?
The January Super Blue Blood Moon
This was a BLUE MOON, simply, the SECOND FULL MOON twice in one month.
NO...... it wasn't BLUE!
And it was a SUPERMOON (the Moon is at its closest point to Earth and appears to be 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than normal.
"The BLOOD MOON occurs because the Earth is passing between the Moon and the Sun, which gives the Moon a reddish tint to it. It's caused by light bending around the Earth because of gravity passing around a portion of the atmosphere, more commonly known as a LUNAR ECLIPSE."
"Skywatchers in some parts of the world witnessed a rare combination of events that included a total lunar eclipse."
Because of our location, and viewing on the east coast, we were not able to see the entire lunar eclipse. The skies were clear enough, however, to witness a partial eclipse!
Moon over Ft Lewis Mountain
About an hour before this photo was taken, the brightness of the moon, made for a pleasant alarm clock, shining directly into our bedroom window.😎😎😎.

Up and outside I ventured with coat, hat, pjs, shoes... quite the site, but those that know me.......
I made such a racket that hubby was also clicking away on his cell phone, to certify my sanity.

The real spectacle  was late last night, January 30, 2018.
One Bright Moon!
Photo taken at 10:47PM
Super Blue Blood Full Moon

You can call me Looney , Luny, or Loonie.........
just not Lunatic 😁😁😁

Saturday, January 27, 2018


Heave Ho
Let it Go......
From baggage and books,
To boots and beads,
My weight is decreasing at phenomenal speeds.
So listen to my urging,
It's time to get purging.
I have too much stuff...
Way more than enough.

It's just a question, right?
But I seriously could not get that question out of my head.
I look around my home of 44 years and....... well...... what exactly would I take????
Wow! Does that motivate you?
That question has been my motivator for decluttering in the month of January... ( in addition to the latest  episode of THIS IS US😭😭😭)
Frames, books, yarn, makeup bags, games, fabric, old files, garden fixtures, art supplies, old cosmetics, duplicate kitchen utensils, seasonal items,
OK, breatheeeeeee.
More trips to the donation centers....
The journey is getting a little easier....... because I have less CRAP STUFF.
Here is my first endeavor  for the year →→→ DECLUTTER I
Most current dilemma: ↓↓↓
What to do with the thousands of photos that are in boxes.(I'm just not into the scrap-booking adventure, but the people that do this, have my utmost respect!)
One crate of photos went to child #3 today.

Don't worry Child #1 and Child #2. You will get your stash ASAP.😀😀😀

For the items that are sentimental:
I have 2 Hope Chests

One is now full.
The second one is collecting "sacred" items for my kiddos to deal with one day.
Each time drawers, cabinets or closets have been emptied, I send them photos.😍

Am I done?
But I'm 701 items free!

And I have NO PLANS for replacing the empty drawers.
In fact, I no longer need all of those storage containers that I first showed you!
Remember that question that I asked?
Think about it!
Dr. Mercola shared an excellent article entitled Time to Declutter. He shares many issues, but one that stood out for me was how clutter affects your brain! Read it → HERE
Happy Decluttering! 💓💓💓 and Stay tuned!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Amaryllis Flower January 25, 2018

Sunglasses please!😎
The Amaryllis Flower surely wins the blue ribbon for 'EASY TO GROW'.
Light, water, and watch!
From bulb to flower took 24 days.
It is fascinating to look up close.... as in MACRO photography. Here you are able to view the reproductive parts (the pistil and the stamens)

This red and white Amaryllis is bright and will cheer up some of these blustery January days.

There are more than 500 different varieties of Amaryllis flowers.
The blooms look stunning for up to 3 weeks.
The is the FIRST of several blooms on this particular plant.

There is joy and sunshine on my kitchen counter!
Yes, sunglasses are needed! 😎

Monday, January 22, 2018

First Bike Ride for 2018

Walking and biking the ROANOKE RIVER GREENWAY has been a favorite destination spot for us(Not to mention the photography opportunities, as well as chatting with many of our friends).
We usually begin and end our adventure at the the River's Edge Sports Complex due to parking convenience as well as being close to our house.
The relatively flat paved trails make for a hugely popular spot.
Today was the first BIKE RIDE for 2018.... for both of us.
We were slow, cautious and steady.
The weather was PERFECT.


The company was fabulous.

And actually (for our first time out) we accomplished  a few good miles!

Any day outside is a good day!
Here's to grabbing life with gusto in 2018.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Cascade Frozen Waterfalls Wednesday January 10, 2018

Not to be confused with THIS IS US. This ain't us! 
How incredibly difficult it is for me to describe the overwhelming feeling of admiration for this waterfall.
The Cascade Falls is located in Pembroke, Giles Co. Virginia, and is probably one of the most visited falls in Virginia!
"possibly one of the most beautiful on the entire East Coast"
The weather temperature Wednesday was perfect, not too hot, not too cold (as compared to last week's ZERO temps with horrible wind chills). The 40-ish temperature was just enough to produce some rosy cheeks.
Hikers normally go on this 4 mile loop during the spring, summer, fall season.
Oh, BTW, we are not normal.
The path is wide.
Can you see Ron sitting under the massive rock??? 

The path is usually clear. Today, we took precautions to watch where we stepped, due to ICE.

The stream along the path was gorgeous!

Don't be fooled by wet rocks that are actually ICE rocks.

Obviously it took us longer to get to the falls, than "normal".
We had to ooooh and aaahh(with an occasional ewwww, but mostly awe). We stopped to take   photos, and catch our breath, and watch for ice, and mud. We took advantage of every resting bench along the way.

I'm beginning to doubt the validity of taking heavy camera equipment on hikes like this.
But we did.... and it got heavy.
My trusty iphone worked just well!
The last portion of the hike to the falls was treacherous as well as strenuous(for me). The young whippersnappers that zoomed by us reminded us of our age, and our recent loss of endurance.
Sitting On The Sofa Way Too Much 😍😍😍
The last portion of the hike also felt as if we were entering "The Chronicles of Narnia"

Because we did not want to swim in the stream today, walking along the edge of the ice covered rocks took more time than usual.
We made it!

No, this is not us, either!

I promised my adult children that I would be careful.
Ron shook his head (someone had to take the picture, you know!😎)

For more information on the Cascade Falls, click on this site here 👉CASCADE FALLS .This is an additional site than previously mentioned at the beginning of my blog. Included are some lovely photos of Cascade trail, upper and lower trails, and Big Stoney Creek.. Here is an example of one of the photos included in this site.

Today was a fun adventure.
I  highly recommend starting this hike earlier than 1:15 PM.  We watched the sunset while walking back to the parking lot, and we did not have breadcrumbs with us.
Happy Hiking!