Finally, A New Mouse

I’ve owned my Imac since 2010 which makes it a dinosaur by today’s standards. Still, it’s running the latest Apple Operating System, El Capitan, and performs admirable. I certainly don’t have another $1500 for the latest iMac desktop. If I did I’d get the 27″ instead of my 21.5″ version and put it to double use as a TV. The picture quality on Macs is great.

I’ve been dealing with the slow death of my Apple Magic Mouse for more than a year now. It was getting so intermittent I ordered a replacement, a Logitech Wireless Marathon Mouse M705. It’s not a bluetooth mouse like my Magic Mouse but it is wireless, with its own receiver that plugs into a USB port on the back of my desktop. It has a dandy scroll wheel and both a left & right side click button. What can I say, it work, first time every time. Logitech has been around a very long time and make good, inexpensive stuff. I give it a 4.0 star rating out of 5.0.


Percussion Master

Below is a photo taken at Pleasant Street Church of our ministry team’s percussionist. He’s an integral part of the timing and rhythm during our Sunday morning service.

In The Zone

Rant – The VA

I’m sure most of you remember the scandal involving our Veterans Administration and the piss poor care the provide our veterans. I am one of those veterans of the Vietnam era war. Yes, I used the term war, not conflict. It was a useless war that never should have happened. Now we’re forced to buy clothing and junk from Vietnam, Cambodia & China at your local department store. What happened to stopping the spread of Communism, the red plague? Follow the money trail!

I got piss poor service from the VA in Portland, OR, waiting 9 months for an appointment to see a Urologist when I reported to a VA hospital emergency room because I was pissing blood. I can’t count the number of primary care doctors I was assigned in Portland. I’m on my 2nd primary care doctor from India here in Massachusetts and I’ve only live here 4 months. With each change I have a “Meet & Greet”, a term I’ve coined through the years for the initial interview with your newest doctor. Make it count because you may never see her again, literally. They rehash the same old song & dance, “your blood sugar’s too high”, ” your blood pressure is too high”, “you need to lose weight and control your diet”. “Why are you depressed”?

It’s all a broken record. All I’m trying to do is minimize contact with them, refuse useless tests that probe one orifice or another and get them to prescribe my meds to civilian pharmacies where I can catch a break at the costs. I’m tired of snotty nurses that insist “we don’t do that here”! I asked her if the rules are the same in Oregon than they are in MA? She gets pissed. She’ll have to get over it. I left the clinic with fresh script!

I’m getting too old to fight for my benefits. Funny that not one presidential candidate, Republican or Democrat, has said one word about VA benefits, not one. What would happen if vets went on strike while on active duty and marched on the white house after they are discharged and denied proper care? A thought!

Rainy Day Schedule

The title of this post is misleading. On rainy days I have no schedule. I can hear the rain pouring down outside in Uxbridge, MA with a thunderstorm moving through here at 2:30 a.m. a few hours ago. That woke me up sufficiently to get up and power down my iMac just for safety sake. I haven’t posted much lately and I’m a bit tired of digging up old pictures to rework or repost. I suppose it’s just the blah nasty rainy, snowy, freezing cold weather in New England. It’s 4:45 a.m. and 57 degrees outside. If you don’t like that just wait a few hours or a whole day and it’s likely to be in the 20s. Bizarre weather for sure!

I’ve got to get out later this afternoon to drive to Worcester, MA to my VA Clinic for a checkup. It’s also a “meet & greet” with my 2nd primary care physician in just 4 months. I only saw my last one 20 minutes on a “meet & greet”. All my doctors are women from India and some actually speak broken English. Others might have a license to practice medicine in Massachusetts, seriously! I though the government was going to make the VA better? They never tell you your primary doctor has moved on. It seems a lot like a revolving door which my clinic actually has. πŸ™‚

So that’s my battle plan for the day. I took my last Metformin caplet this morning so I’ll request new script for all my prescriptions. By the way, they promised to do that 3 months ago. NOT! It didn’t happen. 😦


Share Your World – 2016 Week 8

What household chore do you absolutely hate doing?

That would be laundry. It’s not bad these days because there’s a washer & dryer right in my bathroom. I only own two loads of clothes so it’s a lot easier than it used to be in an apartment house with 4 loads and three flights of stairs to climb down to the building laundry room.

What was the last URL that you bookmarked?

Table 2That’s difficult to pinpoint because I bookmark a great deal. I do research on prospective purchases, deleting bookmarked sites as I find better deals. After ordering the final selection I return to delete all the bookmarks for that project. My last was a dining/computer table for a good price. I’ll order two black parsons tables from WalMart for $89 apiece. πŸ™‚

Close your eyes. Listen to your body. What part of your body is seeking attention? What is it telling you?

Funny you should ask that as I just needed to blow my nose. LOL

Would you rather have a two-bedroom apartment in a big city of your choosing or a mansion in the country side in the state or country where you currently live?

How about an apartment in a tucked away neighborhood, flat with good parking. If it’s less than a mile from main street it’s ideal.

Senior Portrait

This is a leftover portrait of one of our newest seniors. She’s the wife of the 94 year old man that sat with me at the Valentine Party. I still need to get her name so I’ll show the picture around and see if anyone knows their names. There’s lots of character in that wise face.

Dancing Senior Lady

“Expose For The Highlights”

It’s a fundamental premise for well exposed photographs. if you want detail throughout the spectrum of highlights to shadow areas you must retain the detail in the highlights first. You can lessen detail in the shadows and midtone areas easier than trying to add detail that’s blown out in the original exposure. I teach my photography students that to expose for the highlight area before pressing that shutterbutton you’re saving a photograph from the delete button.

The photo below was taken at Pleasant Street Church where I attend services as often as I can. -16 degrees doesn’t count. I used no flash in the shot, preferring to take advantage of the adequate window light. In post processing there was no need to layer duplicate copies of the original to bring out more detail in the outside view. Simple adjustment of the highlights, midtones and shadow detail in Adobe Camera RAW was all that was necessary to expose this shot for what some my refer to as HDR or High Dynamic Range. My photographs are often confused ny the multiple shot layering technique used to get perfect exposure throughout a photograph. It’s all done in the camera by understanding how your metering system works and exposing for the highlights rather than the midtones. It works for me!

Pleasant Street Sitting Area

Accentuating Photos With Vignettes

What separates snapshots taken with a cellphone and artistic photographs is a real camera’s ability to capture many gradient levels of subtle detail. In graphic software such as Photoshop, Lightroom or Elements the addition of a controlled vignette further accentuate the main subject without showing up as a harsh “keyhole” effect so commonly seen when overdoes a vignette. When properly applied a vignette can draw the viewer’s gaze to the desired subject in the composition.

Personally, I use OnOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite 9 to retain complete control of the vignettes I apply to almost all my photos. The idea is to not overdo it so that it doesn’t detract from the photo. Much the same can be said about any post processing editing.

Pleasant Street Sitting Area

Senior Center Director On Vacation

Marsha Petrillo is the Senior Center director in Uxbridge. She’s taking a few days off this week to care for her grandkids. I look forward to her return next week. Lynne, our chef, just returned from her vacation. Both these ladies and all the staff and volunteers do such a wonderful job aiding all the attendees at the center. Marsha does taxes as well as assisting in housing and financial services available through the state of Massachusetts. She goes out of her way to care for all her seniors.

Marsha Petrillo #1


Share Your World – 2016 Week 7

What are you a β€œnatural” at doing?

I could answer in a number of different ways such as photography, computers, woodworking, table tennis and more. I think I would choose the gift of gab. LOL

Would you prefer a one floor house or multiple levels?

If I could design my own home it would be one with an open main floor and a loft bedroom.

What was your favorite subject in school?

That would be art class. I love to draw, paint and sketch with a number of mediums.

Complete this sentence: If only the rain..

…would keep the aquifers filled, the lakes topped off and the plants nourished!