It was beginning to look like a Hitchcock scene!

Wattlebirds, and New Holland, Singing, and Brown Honeyeaters all lurking and chirping because the feeders were empty!

Human heeded, took out bucket for warm soapy water, a pitcher of fresh ‘nectar’ and the garden hose. Scrubbed, rinsed then refilled the feeders. Put water in the ant moats.

I was watched by a Wattlebird

And a family of New Holland Honeyeaters wasted NO time to start feeding


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This was a first

I ordered our groceries yesterday, and they arrived early. That wasn’t ‘the first’..

Alan put the groceries away, and checked the list.   5 large items missing. This was the first.  Also, have a grocery bag with two bags of grated cheese and a loaf of garlic bread we didn’t order.  Seeing the list of our missing items, and what we mistakingly received, I surmised a bag got switched.

Called Customer Care – Told her the list of my missing items, and the things I didn’t order.  She also agreed that seeing as both bags had chilled/refrigerated items, there was probably a switched bag.

Seeing as the missing items are the majority of the menu for the weeks, AND Ziggy and Trance’s food, kind of need it.

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Happy for someone, but sad

Un-son, Robin is heading to Germany to audition to continue his music studies. This has been his dream for years, and as happy as I am for him, I “haz a sad” that he is going away.

I will miss hearing his singing while I am puddling around in the back yard weeding and hanging out clothes.  I will miss hearing his singing as he is coming up the street.  And the conversations.. he has a great sense of humor.  His assistance, and help (he was the one that went over the neighbors fence, down the drop to hand me Loki when Loki fell off neighbors roof and broke his leg).  Yes, I will miss Robin.


I wish him the best, and really hopes he lands his dreams.  And when he does, I will be able to say “I knew him when…”

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Another way to keep your earlier versions of Photoshop functional

without having to convert everything to DNGs.

DXO Optics.

It has the most precise lens correction catalog of any program I have tried so far. Not only lens correction, but in relation to specific camera bodies. (caveat: I have a seriously outmoded Canon 17-35mm f/2.8 that was superseded 10+ years ago. BUT DXO Optics found a similar lens, the Sigma 17-35mm f/2.8 and the correction is spot on.)

After you do all your Camera RAW edits in DXO, you then can export the edited image as a high res/high quality JPG into photo editor of your choice (Tested export on Corel PSP 6, 7, 8,and 9x, Zoner Photo Studio 16, 17, 18 and 19, Photoshop CS 5, 6, CC,  Lightroom 5x, 6x, and Affinity for PC)

You can let DXO do it automatically, or you can customize your editing.




But you don’t have to wait until your photo editing software is outmoded before installing and using DXO, as the RAW editing is above and beyond with Adobe Camera Raw is capable of doing regardless of what version you’re currently using.

Pricing.. well, it’s less than what it costs to ‘Rent” Adobe Photoshop Creative cloud for the year. There are two versions. Essential Edition, and Elite Edition.  And, you can try before you buy

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You mess with ONE member of the Canon Collective

You mess with us all!

A @CanonCollective member had one of her photographs taken by someone by the name of Kenna Ploof, who then posted it as her own, attempting to sell it. 

Kenna had several different photography sales pages, all sporting a mix of some of her own images (she was in them, selfie sorts) and other images that weren’t hers, nor was she giving license to sell them.

The Collective has descended upon her, and so far she had deleted two Twitter accounts, a Redbubble account, a viewbug account, and changed her name to Tanya Goren on the gurushots website, but still showing the same stolen images as her own.  Other aliases are Kenna Leigh Photography (those sites seem to have evaporated, too)

You mess with one of us, you mess with us all!

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She was my hero, in so many ways, for so many reason.


R.I.P. Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher, the actress and writer best known for her iconic role as Star Wars’ Princess Leia, died days after suffering a heart attack while onboard a flight from London to Los Angeles. She was 60.

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:D Have a great one!

Happy Birthday  to TheRealStanLee !

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