Treading Water

I seem to be treading water around here, and not just the water dumped by the constant clouds here in the Pacific Northwest, though that has kept me from getting my yard back into shape.

No, I’ve been having trouble keeping up with this blog, as you’ve probably noticed. I did upgrade to WordPress 3.0 this morning, though I still haven’t attempted to update to the new theme which is part of the upgrade. I do plan on doing that shortly, though. Or, at least eventually.

Most of my time behind the scenes has been spent trying to deal with digital photographs. I tried to optimize my fragmented hard drives and somehow ended up unintentionally deleting photos that I wanted to save. That required the purchase of a photo recovery program, which, as it turns out, did too good of a job of recovering deleted photographs. It actually seems to have recovered photos I deleted over the last several years — and that’s a hellacious number of photos. Now I have to go through all the recovered photos and delete the ones I didn’t want in the first place while not deleting ones I do want. Let’s just say I have a 400 GB hard drive that’s now half full, and that’s after spenidng a couple of days deleting nearly 200 GB of unwanted photos.

Now that I’ve started the process, I’m determined to keep going until I’ve deleted ALL the photos I don’t want and backing up the ones I do want onto Bluray disks. I’m thinking there’s no reason to keep old versions of Belted Kingfishers, Great Blue Herons, etc that I took five years ago with an inferior camera and inferior lens when I have new shots that are much better. As it is, I’m pretty sure that anyone besides me would look at the whole mess and just delete all of them rather than try to deal with it. Heck, I’m pretty close to the same point. Of course, I’ve long known that, but it’s easier to know something than it is to deal with it, particularly when you going out and taking new pictures is a lot more fun.

It’s amazing how life gets in the way of having fun, isn’t it? I also have several buckets of flowers sitting in the back of the pickup that needed to be planted to replace the ones that died last winter. I’ll have to get to those this afternoon, after Skye’s walk. And then, now that we have a little sunshine I need to mow the lawn again. It’s hard to believe that’s been nearly a week since I mowed it.

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