Egads, Where’s the Lifeline?

I really would rather never dwell upon bad fortune, neither for others or myself!

The Nikon camera is working just fine now.  I am so thrilled how everything came together well regarding that issue!

The other day, I was talking to Carly on the telephone when I felt *something* in my mouth.  I swished my tongue around and stuck it out only to find two pieces of one of my teeth!  I ran to the bathroom and looked in the mirror.  The upper tooth to the right of my two front teeth had literally fallen out of my mouth!  I stood there, dumbfounded!

I have always gone to the dentist and have taken relatively good care of my teeth. HOW could this have happened?   Ugh! 

I had been seeing a dentist for the past few years and was happy with his care.  About a year ago, he filled that tooth.  He had removed a good portion of the tooth because of decay, and he placed a resin filling in.  Around Christmas time,  I noticed the filling was loose.  Shortly thereafter, the filling popped right out.  I was unsure I wanted to return to this dentist (not just based on this situation) so I stalled finding a new dentist.  Well, apparently, there was a crack in the tooth and it just broke off and fell out.

We called a dentist that practices just seven miles from our home and they got me in for a cleaning this morning.  Seeing that there is only a tiny stub left where my tooth once was,  the fear factor set in! Last night, I spent hours dreading the thought of what *might* happen. 

I was so upset about going to the dentist,  I think I was being a tad careless.  I had removed the SD card from my Nikon camera to view some photos on my laptop.  I have a nice Dell XPS laptop with a slot-loading DVD/CD player.  Well…do you see where this is going?

As I was sitting with the SD card in my right hand,  I somehow managed to “load” the card into my player!  By this time, I was nearly in tears as I told Mark what had happened.  If I would have accidentally loaded the SD card it would have been easier to handle than the fact that my computer ATE MY CARD!

I gave up and went to bed.  It took hours for me to settle down enough to finally fall asleep.  Once I was asleep, it was a light and less-than-restful sleep.  I awakened several times to look at the clock to see if it was time to get up yet.

I finally left the house shortly before eight and headed to the dentist.  I did stop on the way to take a quick photo of the lake from the overlook.  I especially like this photo, as I focussed on the grass in the front and the lake came out looking very surreal and much like a painting!

The visit to the dentist was surprisingly pleasant.  I had a cleaning and the hygienist said my teeth were very clean for not having been cleaned for a year.  She said I do a good job of brushing and flossing.  The dentist was very nice and told me I need a root canal to save the root of the tooth, which is in very good condition. I will have that done on Friday, then a post will be made to place a crown over next month. 

All of my “fear factor” was laid to rest by the kind people at the dentist office. Phew! I feel so much better! My previous dentist was located about thirty-five miles from our home,  so the proximity of this dentist means no more long trips to the dentist. 

Mark had a therapy appointment this afternoon, so after doing some work,  the whole family was off again. Mark needed to drop off the truck again for one last warranty job so we needed to take both vehicles. After the appointment,  we went to the local music store for Mark and Ben to pick up some new guitar picks.

Just a little way past the music store, Ben cracked up at what he saw in a driveay…..

I never saw the Ghostbusters movie, but Ben and Mark said this was a pretty cool replica of the vehicle used in the movie.

We went on up to The Home Depot…..

and while Ben and Mark were in the store,  Michelle and the Scotties and I sat in the Explorer and watched Spongebob Squarepants. 

I was curious about the shape of the hummingbird nest I had spotted the last time we were there.

It looks like it weathered the winter well. I will be keeping my eye on that nest when we go to the mall.  The hummingbirds return to this area around the first week of May, so there is still about a month left to wait.

Well, as the expression says, “all’s well that ends well”.  The only problem is that all the uncertainty and nonsense has left me with a terrible headache! Mark has said he will take my laptop apart tomorrow morning to fix it.  So,  tonight, I am going to relax and try to rest!

More Photos from the Pier

As I was digging about in the chest freezer in the basement a couple of days ago,  I came across three turkey breasts we had bought right after Christmas when they were being clearanced.  They were such a good value and the family loves a good turkey dinner anytime….not just Thanksgiving!

I placed a turkey breast in the oven this afternoon and then left for Canandaigua to pick up some things I would need to make a good meal.  The turkey only needed to be in the oven for a couple of hours, so I figured it would work out well for me, leaving the house at about 1 pm.

Before doing my grocery shopping, I immediately went to the city pier to see what might be begging for a photo.  I certainly was not disappointed!

Not too sure what these ducks are, other than a Mallard hybrid! They had the bright green heads, just like Mallard drakes.

I caught another “odd duck” sleeping on a dock….it looked so sweet!

In years past, the Canandaigua Lady spent the winter months docked down in Woodville.  The property where she docked was sold not too long ago and this winter she was moored parallel to the city pier.  Here is a rare-to-me shot of the backside paddlewheels.

I went back over to the other side of the pier and was pleasantly surprised to see several Coots swimming about in the waves! I had seen many, many of them along the lake as I drove the lake road to Canandaigua today.  Instead of being all “clumped” together as they were previously, they were spread out sporadically for about a mile. 

I did catch one of the little Coots coming in for a landing on the water.

For those who are unfamiliar with Coots, (as I was before about a month or two ago!) they have “scalloped toes as opposed to webbed feet”,  as per Wikipedia.   In the photo below, you can see they have relatively long little legs!

I had never heard them vocalize until this afternoon.  They have a very unique little “squawk” that is as distinct sounding as they are to see!

As I walked along the pier, there really wasn’t an abundance of waterfowl present.  It was a beautiful day and there were a lot of cars parked and people walking about on the pier.

I came upon a Mallard female who was working quite intensely on her hygiene.  I don’t think she even knew I was there with my camera! She bobbed about, dipping her body into the water, coming up, and shaking off.  I happened to catch her scratching her face with her foot….

I am not thrilled nor especially fond of (noisy, noisy, NOISY) Seagulls, but they did look kind of cute standing in a row on the rocks along the pier….

And, I did catch a Mallard coming in for a landing.  I keep practicing these shots….I really want to get them right!

That was enough time at the pier, as I needed to go to a couple of stores.  I rushed about, picking up the things I needed.  Just as I finished up, the skies opened and rain came down in great waves!  I pulled over and just sat for a bit…it was raining that hard!

Once the rain began to slow down,  I headed towards home.  I generally opt for a couple of different routes, but today, I decided to go another way.  I wanted to go past the ski mountain to see if they were still open.

The road where the skiing is located is a state road….two lanes, but with a 55 mile per hour speed limit in most areas.  I was moving right along, thinking about the dishes I was going to make and trying to prioritize what to do in what order.  It was as I was thinking about the meal that I came across the most unusual couple walking alongside the highway!

Yes, there are ponds and even a creek running along this road, but this dear little couple needs to watch out!I did have to smile that the little buggers were walking far to the side of the road!  When I saw them, I pulled off the road to take a photo and one of them opened its wings and began flapping to warn me to stay away. Good grief!

I was on my way once again. Sure enough, there were diehard skiers out there on the slopes in the rain!

As soon as I entered the house, I went into gear to make dinner.  I made mashed red potatoes, stuffing, and green beans with butter and garlic.  I had gotten home at 3:30 and we sat down to eat at 4:45.  I was feeling rather smug as everyone made comments on how good everything tasted!

What a productive day!

Another Night Out

I have discovered that having two teens in the house makes for much busyness!  Seems like the kids have something up their sleeves much of the time.  So, last night’s agenda was to attend the Teen Skate once again.  The skate would have typically been scheduled for next Saturday night,  but because the Christian radio station (which is housed in the same building) is having a big “Sharathon”,  (to raise money to continue broadcasting….this is done every year in April and November)  the date had to be moved ahead one week.

While the family slept yesterday morning, I decided to sneak on down to the lake to see if there was anything worthy of photographing.  The problem (smacking my head!) was, I would have been trying to shoot directly into the bright eastern sun.  Instead of taking photos, I just watched people launching their fishing boats and the ducks swimming in the water.  The ducks were out so far, I had no idea what type they were.  With the sun directly on them, they were just “dark”  colored.  I don’t think they were Mallards, though, as they kept diving underwater.

I came home and took the little Panasonic camera for a little walk around the house and yard.  I really liked this photo of the sky reflecting off the ugly grey pool cover, complete with leaves….

I guess I was feeling rather “artsy”, as I also got a photo of some dead grasses on the hill behind the garage.

I had wanted to leave the house early to go shopping in an area not too far from the center where the kids were going.  Unfortunately, not everyone in the family was quick to leave!  We left quite a bit later than anticipated. I still brought both cameras along, but as time passed and we had to stop for this and that, it was obvious I was defeated! No interesting photos!

We went to Pizza Hut and got a special which was a large stuffed-crust pizza and a family-sized serving of lasagne.  Mark got the pizza with half “veggie-lovers” for Michelle and me and half “meat lovers” for Ben and himself.  I ate some pizza and was instantly “stuffed” myself!  So, we placed the lasagne in the back of the truck for later. (Mark took one piece of the veggie pizza that was left and realized HE liked the veggie side better!)

We dropped the kids off for the skate, then hurried on down the road to our “designated” parking place. There was another Sabres game on and we were excited to see this one.  The Sabres have been doing rather poorly the past few games.  With Scott Gomez running our goalie, Ryan Miller, Ryan missed 13 games with a sprained ankle.  Even though we have fabulous backup goalies, the team missed Miller and we went into a slump.  Ryan returned to mind the net on Friday and we won! 

The playoffs are coming right up and we are trying to claw our way back into postition to play.  We really need to win the last few games of our regular season to even hope for a playoff position.  Miller’s presence in net was vital! The fact that we were playing in Montreal was against us. Our record was 9 losses in the last 9 games played there.

While Mark set up the computer, I did a little test. I photographed McDonald’s, first with the Panasonic…..

Then the Nikon.

The Nikon won.

I just have to comment that sitting in a parking lot watching the Sabres game with a Scottie on each of our laps, with the windows down in March was just so totally surreal!!!

Mark got everything set up and we watched the game. The Sabres came out blazing and scored. They scored again!  A little later, Montreal scored.  And again. And again.

During the periods, there was an interview with Tim Connolly….

Tim is a fantastic played who has had so many injuries and physical problems! Last year, he missed out much of the year because of a concussion.  This year, we lost him to a broken rib that needed time to heal.  Now he is back and he is a force to be reckoned with by other teams!  The Sabres signed him on again last month to a two year contract. 

Of course, while the interview was on, McDonald’s called out to Mark and he had to make a slight side trip!

Lousy photo…taken through the windshield while Mark was moving forward. I am surprised it even turned out at all! You can see the windshield wiper at the bottom of the photo!

Oh,  Mark got a hot fudge sundae.

Time passed so quickly.  The game ended in a 3:3 tie.  So, the game went into overtime.  We had to pack up and couldn’t watch because it was now  time to pick the kids up at the center!  We came right home and got into the house just before 11.  I trudged up the stairs shortly thereafter, totally tired out!

Of course, I just *had* to see the score of the game before dropping off to slumberland!  We won! No one scored in the overtime, so the game had to go to a shootout.  Bottom line, Ryan Miller made six saves and our Finnish-born  defenseman Tony Lydman got the puck past Montreal goal tender, Carey Price, ending the game Sabres:4, Montreal:3.

Goooooooooooo, Sabres!!!!!

Morning Fun With the Murphmeister

This morning, Murphy awakened wanting to play.  I left the house for a short time, and when I walked out the door, I thought he was going to call out to me to come back! When I arrived back home, I walked into the front door and he was lying at the top of the stairs, watching me. Michelle said he took that “perch” while I was gone, just patiently waiting.  He raced down the stairs and I told Michelle we had better have some “quality playtime”!

We rolled the ball down the porch, much like a bowling ball and Murphy would run as fast as his short legs would carry him!  He would then cut back and race back towards me….

The action shots are a bit messy because the lighting on the porch is hard to meter! The morning sun was bright behind me, but some of it was also coming through the front railing to my left.  I love this last photo, though, as you can see all of Murphy’s “furnishings” flagging out behind him like they are blowing in the wind! (and there was no wind!)

A Bit of This and That

Last night, after finding the box containing my camera,  I brought it inside and removed the camera and lens.  They had been wrapped in plastic and so I cut the plastic off and left the body and lens sitting on a table to warm up.

This morning, I reattached the strap to the camera, placed the UV filter on the lens, and replaced the battery and SD card.  It was a most awesome day, but I am ashamed to say I spent the vast majority of it inside the house doing odd jobs that called out for my attention.

I did, however, take a little stroll around the house with my dear friend hung around my neck. Here is what we captured….

Hmmm…..I went looking for the gorgeous purple Crocus I showed here on my blog a few days ago.  It has disappeared!  There was no sign of the beautiful deep purple flower…none at all!  There was, however, this one little plant.  It is white with the palest tiny little lavender-colored lines in the center of the white petals.

Funny….the yellow part of the flower (egads, I completely forgot all the names of the parts of a flower!) reminds me of the ruffled edges of Daffodils! And, speaking of Daffodils…

The Lilac bush is swollen on the ends, the buds appearing to increase in size with each passing day.

Yup.  It really does look like Spring is coming right along.  Now, to us Northeastern Americans, we just cannot believe that this is really happening.  It does seem like the warm air that is blessing us is a bit premature…..

Ah wel!

I wanted to mention another little ditty!  I have a Google homepage where I can look at news, weather, Sabres news, and whatever (I even see a new Bible verse daily!) as soon as I click on the internet.  It is set up much like a little newspaper, but is totally customisable.

Well, I discovered (via Mark) that artwork on the Google homepage is also cutomisable!  Oh, isn;t THIS fun!!! So, as I looked through the zillions of themes available,  I found Dale Chihuly glasswork!

How cool is that?  So there you have it.  A few photos,  a bit of  (probably disposable) information, and I actually posted two days in a row!!!

“Dog Tired”, Nikon Camera, and Lake Views

So, you might wonder….where was Katya yesterday?  Has she begun a new pattern of posting to her blog every other day?  Well, no, not really!

Tuesday night, I was nearly sound asleep. It was shortly before midnight and I was so enjoying the warm and snug feeling of digging into the sheets and closing my eyes.  Mark typically stays up much later than I and just as I was about to drift off to sleep, he yelled,  “Katya! Quick!”

I rushed down the stairs and there arose a rather noxious odor from the office.  It seems Angus had a case of “green apple trots”…Michelle had raced downstairs right behind me, and as she cleaned the mess, I took the wee laddie outside in case he had more problems. 

We crated the fellow, and after all the excitement, I was unable to sleep.  So, I began reading a book in a series of books about the Amish.  I read until 1:30 am and thought that perhaps Angus was now feeling better.  I went to look at him and he hung his noble little head, letting me know how he felt about being caged like a common cur!

I began to sink into sleep once again, when I suddenly heard a most “explosive” noise.  And, I knew exactly what had happened.  Feeling quite sorry for the lad, I promptly left the comfort of bed and cleaned up the mess. It was then that I realized it had been a mistake to put a blanket in his crate. Ewwww!  I remembered some medicine for such incidences, and gave him half a tablet.  I then gave him a little bath.

Long story, short…I was up at 3:00 am and then up for good at 6:00 am. It was at 6 that I discovered the medicine lying in the cage under where he was sleeping. A lot of good that did!  Although I didn’t get much sleep, I did read the book! Finished it before noon, matter of fact! 

It was only with the light of day that I realized on Tuesday morning I had found a wrapper on the floor for the corned beef I had prepared the day before . It had been cleaned out quite thoroughly, and I had thought that was strange.  I think the spices might have been a bit rich for a terrier’s digestive tract!

All day yesterday, I would lie down to rest but was just unable to settle down and sleep! I was feeling so stressed and miserable, but just too wound up!  So, there was NO way I could even blog! I was in bed shortly after 9:00 and believe me, I slept like a LOG!

We worked this morning and until shortly after noon.  Mark had a physical therapy appointment and we all went along.  Right after the appointment, we had a couple of errands to run in Canandaigua. Then we were off to drop the kids off at the mall.  While they shopped, Mark and I ran even some more errands.  We picked the kids up, then raced towards Canandaigua once again to drop them off at their Bible study.

Today was a dreary, dismal, wet, coolish day. (In Scotland, that would be the equal to a “dreich” day!)  Even so,  Mark took me over to the lake to see if I might be able to capture a photo or two….

Hanging off the mailbox in front of this building is a bird feeder, filled with cracked corn.  This “couple” is totally enjoying it!

This is a view of the north end of the lake, looking towards Kershaw Park.

On the west side if the lake, there are many boat slips.  The building behind (with the lights on it) is the Inn on the Lake .

Docked very nearby is the Canandaigua Lady, which I have featured several times on my blog.

I thought I would try to capture some of the ducks on the lake, but it was getting dark rapidly.  I was somewhat surprised I was able to get this single Coot just floating about, looking nearly as curious about me as I was about him!

I also was rather pleased to capture a good “slice” of the boathouses.

By the time I was back in the truck, it really was getting quite dark….

I did a little grocery shopping, then we picked the kids up from Bible study.

Upon arriving home, I was thrilled to find a box on the front porch!  Inside was my Nikon camera!

About three weeks ago,  I was going to use my camera when I saw that some pieces of the lens had broken and had perhaps buggered up my camera.  I felt totally sick and wondered how to even tell Mark.  I tearfully told him my camera was broken!  He wasn’t as heartbroken as I….

He headed to the Nikon (FABULOUS) website and began filling out a service order!  I packed the camera body in a box it had originally come in, along with the lens. I placed copies of my receipts and warranties in the box as well.  The next day, we sent it out via UPS.  It arrived at Nikon two days later and within three days, I received an email with a service order, stating all repairs were going to be done under warranty!

That was the last I heard from  Nikon, but received copies of the paperwork in the mail yesterday.  I mentioned to Mark yesterday that I was wondering how much longer it would be before I saw my camera again. 

Nikon paid the expense of sending the camera and lens back to me.  I cannot tell you how happy and pleased I am with Nikon!  Great kudos to the company!  I love good companies that stand behind their products!!!

Canandaigua Lake…

Sorry to have been missing in action here, but things have been busy on and off.  Also, it seems like the changing of the clocks has really thrown me off!  Although it is nice that it is staying light out later, it is kind of hard getting up and going in the morning, for some reason!

I took this photo of the lake from the overlook on Sunday afternoon.

It was a beautiful bright and sunny day, but cold.  Yesterday was also chilly, but the temperatures are supposed to begin an upward progression, beginning today.  Last night I took the kids to their youth group and decided to just sit and wait in the Explorer.  Good grief! By the time they came back out, it was so cold, my back had gotten stiff from sitting!

Life has been rather humdrum of late…not much happening. I did cut up a tree at my mother-in-law’s house last Friday, and we brought the wood home.  There was nearly half a face cord of firewood and it was a nice big Ash tree.  It had broken in a windstorm and there is still about eight or ten feet of it standing.  I will cut that down when the ground dries out a bit.  My mother-in-law also has so much wood from a huge cherry tree she had taken down professionally last fall.  We will be cutting that up and bringing it home as well.  I just cannot see letting good wood sit on the ground and rotting. Not when it can heat the entire house! Also, tis a good start to the firewood cutting!

I Needed a Smile About Now!

As I was busy working about, I heard the distinct strains of a funny English accent….this, of course, called for further examination.  As I grew closer, I heard (in a not-so-English accent) “Ophelia! Sit still”!

Yes, a certain young lady is reading Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and she needed to get “in the mood”.

That is poor little innocent Murphy wearing a silly bonnet!  Well, the bonnet isn’t silly, but Murphy certainly looks silly!

My mom made that bonnet for a Madame Alexander doll she bought Michelle for her first birthday.  The bonnet is amazing, and although I have sewn all manner of rather difficult garments, this little bonnet always fascinated me because it took a great deal of effort and patience to make the gathers in the back!

So, Mom, if you ever run out of things to do, I am sure little Fritz would *love* a bonnet just like Murphy’s. NOT!