Archive for April, 2009

We just went through our fourth “last” spring snow storm. We thought each of the last four storms was the last, but we are continually surprised by another one.  This one was a doozy, lasted three days, and covered the center third of the state from North to South.

A while back we got some new bird feeders.  We are amazed by the beautiful and different kinds of birds that migrate through Jefferson City in the spring.  The birds have not discovered our new feeders though, and we were wondering if there was a problem with them or the bird feed.  This last storm forced the birds to notice our new feeders and now we have lots of birds again.  They were quite happy to find some food since the ground had over a foot of new snow on it.

Click on a picture to see larger views.

John

Late Spring Storm Late Spring Storm Late Spring Storm Late Spring Storm Late Spring Storm Late Spring Storm Late Spring Storm Late Spring Storm The Birds Were Happy To Find Some Food The Birds Were Happy To Find Some Food Birds eating from our new bird feeders. The Birds Were Happy To Find Some Food A Late Spring Storm Decorates One Of Our Trees. The New Spring Snow Was So Shimmery And Shiny.

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Click to get Jaunty Jackalope

Ubuntu 9.04 – code named Jaunty Jackalope, was released on April 23. I am always (maybe too) eager to upgrade to the next version of Ubuntu as new features are always added, making it an even better operating system. Yes, for the uninformed, Ubuntu is a computer operating system. Your computer may run Windows or if it is a Mac, it may run OS X. My computer, along with millions of others runs the totally free and open Linux version called Ubuntu.

Typically, version updates are made right over the Internet. It will download a zillion files and update everything, taking, possibly, several hours to do. I read an article on some web site that I could download the distribution and update it from a burned CD. Since I had two computers to update, I decided this might be a time savings way to go.

Click HERE to read the full post about my experience installing the Jaunty Jackalope onto our home computer.

John

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Can you decode this Morse Code?

Can you decode this Morse Code?

Today is Samuel Morse’s birthday. Samuel Morse is the inventor of the Morse Code which many Amateur Radio Operators around the world (including me) use every day for fun and efficient communications.  Today, Google celebrated the day by modifying their search logo.  Can you decode it?  You can visit my Ham Radio web site HERE for more information about Ham Radio.

John

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Click to see Susan Boyle on "Britain's Got Talent"

Click to see Susan Boyle on "Britain's Got Talent"

I love a good “under dog” story. Here is a true one that is incredibly amazing.  Susan Boyle, an unmarried, unemployed Scottish woman, was on “Britain’s Got Talent.”  The judges were cynical, the audience was laughing at her, and there were a lot of eye rolling.  That all ended about two seconds after she started to sing.

Click HERE to view this awesome YouTube video.  You must view this video from YouTube’s web site because they don’t allow this one to be embedded on web sites.  You will be inspired when you see it.

John

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Here it is, mid April and we got another round of winter. We woke today with another six inches of snow and is blew and snowed off and on all day.  Once again, I am reminded how ridiculous the whole “global warming hoax” is.  Hand me a snow shovel, it is getting deep in here!

Click a picture to see more of our snow.

John

April Snow Showers in Montana April Snow Showers in Montana

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Click the picture to see lots of Easter Photos.

Click the picture to see lots of Easter Photos.

We just got back yesterday from a busy Easter week-end in Glasgow, Montana.  We put more than 800 miles on our Suburban.

Heather now lives in Glasgow,  so we decided to visit her for Easter.  Co-incidentally, some friends of ours son was getting married on the same week-end.  The week-end was very busy but fun.

On Friday, after the long trip to Glasgow, we met Heather and Carol’s mother Myrtle.  Myrtle came by train and we showed up just as the train was arriving.  That evening, we were invited to the rehearsal dinner.  We had a very filling taco dinner.  On Saturday evening, we went to the beautiful wedding.  After the wedding, we were served a full roast beef dinner buffet.  Oh, the food!  After a quite short night sleep, we got up bright and early for Easter Church Service.  Since we were so far from home, we decided to have Easter Baggies instead of Easter Baskets.  That worked out great.

After Church, we took a trip to Fort Peck Reservoir.  The dam on Fort Peck is 3.8 miles long and is earthen.  It is very large.

We got back from our little site seeing trip just in time for an Easter dinner pot-luck.  More food!  After Dinner, we went to some friends house and the kids played lots of games having to do with raw eggs!  Take a look at the pictures to see some gooey messes.

On Monday morning, we were invited to our friends’ house for breakfast.  We had piles of biscuits and gravy.  Oh, my!  We then packed up our Suburban for the long trip home.

When we got back into Helena, we met Carol’s sister and her husband Dave along with their daughter and her husband and their little boy at Pizza Hut.  We ate a lot of pizza, then headed home.  It was a great week-end, but there is no place like home, and no beds like our own.

We hope you had a great Resurrection Day!

John

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Isn’t it neat when you go to church and God REALLY shows up? Today was one of those days.  I feel sad for those churches that have such a small view of God that they don’t expect Him to show up there.  He is so good, and He is healing lives, inside and out.

After church, we were invited to some friends house for brunch.  We had all of the eggs, bacon, and french toast that we could possibly put inside us.  Oh so very good.

Last Sunday, seven days ago, we received over 20 inches of new snow.  It has been melting quickly, but we have enough left that Ana, Alia, and J.J. could have a fun time sledding on it.   They tried sledding on it last Sunday, but it is almost impossible to sled in 20+ inches of snow.

Here are some pictures of the day.  Click on them to see larger views.

John

Good brunch on Palm Sunday Good friends enjoying Palm Sunday Brunch Ana and Alia sledding on Palm Sunday J.J. sledding on Palm Sunday. J.J. crashing with Ana coming up behind. Alia sledding down, and J.J. walking up. Alia crashes good! Ana sledding on Palm Sunday.

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The Missouls Children’s Theatre presented “The Little Mermaid” as conceived and written by Jim Caron, at the Clancy School.  The students had tryouts on Monday, they practiced for four days, and presented the program today.

Katie got a part as a “Sea Scout” and Ana got a job as a stage manager.  For Ana, that changed yesterday when one of the top actresses was not able to continue with the play.  Ana was asked to play “Delia” the mermaid, the oldest of four sister mermaids.  She had ONE DAY to learn all of her parts.

The play was presented today, and both Katie and Ana did a superb job with their parts.  Ana got a special recognition and applause for the great job she did with only one day’s worth of practice.

Great job girls!

Click either picture to see a slide show of photos from “The Little Mermaid”.  Flash on the cameras was not allowed so please excuse the quality.

John

Click either picture for a slide show of “The Little Mermaid”

Ana stars as Delia in "The Little Mermaid" Katie played the part as a Sea Scout in "The Little Mermaid"

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Daylight Savings Time

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A couple of weeks ago, we finally bit it and purchased a new TV. We got a nice 42 inch Phillips High Def TV.  Wow, what a change from our old 20 inch model.  We have been enjoying seeing some movies in a whole new light.  Some programs are quite different when the picture is big; they are more dramatic and sometimes more scary!  We had to modify our entertainment center for the TV to fit.  I took a saber saw and cut out part of the cabinet, and here you have it.  Click a picture to see a larger view.

On the technical side, the TV is a Phillips model 42PFL5603D/27.  It is an LCD TV and has 1080p resolution.

John

Lord Of The Rings on our new 42 inch TV Lord Of The Rings on our new 42 inch TV

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