Saturday, August 28, 2010

Just another grab for points, LOL

OODNADATTA, AUSTRALIA - MAY 07:  The sun rises...

Image by Getty Images via @daylife

I have to admit, I’m being a little pushy here.  I am trying to win a free copy of Carole Thayne Warburton’s novel, A Question of Trust.  There is nothing like a blog contest to spark an interest in things.  Anne Bradshaw’s Place, is hosting this contest, as part of a guest blogger’s article. 

Guest blogging is quite popular, and Anne seems to host guest bloggers on a regular basis.  This week her guest blogger is Carole Thayne Warburton.  In the article, Carol shares a story about when she was fist writing the book.  She let her brother read a chapter, and he suggested she visit a cattle auction, as that was the setting in the chapter.  The importance of getting the sense correct when writing can never be understated.  If you can make your reader feel they can see and smell the dust, hear the cattle bawling, it adds to the effect of “taking your reader there”.  Carole shares comments about the importance of research, especially if it’s a subject your not familiar with.   It is always better to get the scene right, and not lose any credibility in your readers eyes.  

Help me out, and pay a visit to Anne Bradshaw’s Place, Leave her a comment and let her know where you heard about her site.   Join in the contest if you like, grab your own chance at winning the book.  All you have to do is write a blog post about the contest and Anne’s site, and maybe twitter or share it on facebook to gain more chances.

Don't forget to check out A Question of Trust, and Carole’s other book Sun Tunnels and Secrets

Quote of the Day:
Fear is something to be moved through, not something to be turned from.
--Peter McWilliams

Friday, August 27, 2010

Information Overload

Information Overload

Image by DeaPeaJay via Flickr

I am suffering from information overload right now.  Between the three site I discovered last week, and new portions of a site I found a little while back.  I’m compiling information that will extend my family research far beyond what I had anticipated this early in the game.  So much information in fact, that I have to really sort and organize it so I don’t get confused and enter duplicates of things.

So I’m going to force myself to take a break for the evening, and just play.  Otherwise, I’ll start seeing things that are not there.  It’s certainly going to feed Footprints In Time for quite a while now.  If I can just keep myself from loosing my mind, or hair in the process, LOL. 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Finally Cool(er) Weather

Mason, Texxas.jpg

Image by Texas Traveler via Flickr

We have finally cooled down to a bearable temperature.  It barely broke the 90’s today, and was very pleasant for a change.  To bad we didn’t have any work, it would have been nice to have this weather the past few weeks when we were swamped with work.  Hey, I have to complain about something, and the weather is always the easiest.

The weather we had been having makes me wonder just how the pioneers of Texas dealt with it.  They certainly didn’t have air conditioning, or fans, so they had to have some kind of trick to stay cool.

I’ve been getting myself all caught up in the research, and running out of time to post to my blogs.  I’m going to have to figure out a method to get myself straight on this little issue.  The only one I’ve kept up with is Footprints In Time, mainly because it’s new, and tied in with my “current” passion.  I guess I’ll just have to start forcing myself to get some blog posts one BEFORE I start in on more research.

I’ve made fabulous progress with the family history, with many new finds.  Now I have to organize it all, and enter it into my new program Legacy Family Tree.  Not to mention citing all my sources, and all that good practice stuff.

Quote of the Day:
A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
--William James

Monday, August 23, 2010

Monday Mischief

Stone base for waterfall

Today, we started work on the waterfall project.  I know this picture does not do justice to the actual scene, but it’ll give you an idea of what we’re doing.   That stack of boulders is about 15 to 16 feet high.  There is nearly 6 semi truck loads of boulders there.  Many of which can not be seen because they are underneath and behind, adding to the basic support of the whole thing. 

We spent the day dealing with the top three tiers, adjusting them carefully so the water would cascade off the front without a problem.  When the boulders were placed, no thought was given to the “flow” of water.  The top few tiers, ended up being tilted toward the rear of  the stack.  This would have caused a problem, due to the fact that water will not flow uphill.  We had to get behind them, and carefully jack them up and shim them with smaller rocks to get the tilt going toward the pond instead of away from it.   It was a little precarious a few times.  Using a 12 ton and 20 ton bottle jack, and cribbing to support them, we managed to get it done.  It only took about 4 hours, so it wasn't all that bad. 

Tomorrow, we start setting the piping that will deliver water from a series of three pumps that will be hidden behind the stack of boulders.  Each pump will draw water from the stock tank, and deliver 115 gallons per minute to the rocks, at varying levels.  That's going to be a total of 345 gallons per minute, that will will be cascading off this impressive stack of boulders.  I can’t wait until everything is done, and I get to see for myself just how it’s going to look.

Quote of the Day:
If you think nobody cares if you are alive, try missing a couple of car payments.
--Earl Wilson

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Good Intentions Does Not Get it Done!

Sky, Moon, Feild

Image by Andrea Kirkley via Flickr

Well, I am ashamed to say that I have let my grass grow just a little too long.  No, really, I’m talking about my back yard!  I meant to get up early yesterday and mow, but for some strange reason, Something to do with this is a weekend I did not.  No big deal I still had today, but guess what, Not done yet!  Now it’s too damn hot to go out there and mow. 

This particular theme has been a recurring issue for me of late.  I suppose it has something to do with the fact that I work in the heat all day long, and have no desire to get out in it on the weekend.  Well to say the least, my yard now looks like a hay field, and no, not the picture to the left. 

At some point, probably later this evening, I’m going to have to get out there and do something about it.   I’ve never really been one to enjoy the art of yard work.  You know, it just has  no appeal to my senses.  I have a bad habit of putting the stuff I don’t enjoy on the back burner.  Now I have twice the work, due to my procrastination. 

Quote of the Day:
Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
--H.L. Mencken


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