Monday, December 5, 2011


I went for a walk on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday I went to the Tree Farm in search of a tree I had taken a picture of several years ago. It was impressive and it stood alone in a clearing. It was gone, cut down, what a shame but it was probably mature and ready for removal. I didn't take a single picture. I continued to Kakabeka and took some pictures of the falls, not much water running this time of year. The same old pictures of the same old things, boring.

Sunday I decided to take a run to Chippewa for another walk. A little cooler and a wind off the lake, but a nicer day cause the sun was shining. Trees seemed to be the subject of the day, and I was able to capture some interesting views.

After I removed the two garbage cans and sign, the image below became my favorite.

I couldn't get back far enough to get this entire tree in the frame without including a lot 
of unwanted things. So I decided to shoot the picture from a shorter distance 
one third at a time. Then I put it back together with a panoramic stitching program.  

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


I haven't posted much but here are a couple of new pictures,

Saturday, November 5, 2011


I've been spending my evenings researching and creating a family tree. My mother had a great deal of information from her side of the family and I was able to find lots on my father's side.Putting the two together has created a rather complex tree. A recent discovery has added two more generations and increased the total count to 534 people.

So far, on my father's side I have traced back to my great great grandparents Anton and Teresia (Bajdik) Kresack and great great great grandfathers Jan John Lukacik and Jas Gracak.

On my mother's side I have gone back to my great grandfather Henry James Sutherland and 4th great grandparents James and Margaret (Newman) Rickards and 4th great grandparents William and Ann (Hurd)  Willstead.

Any family member that would like to view the complete tree can request in invitation from me. It will require that you create a guest account with

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Birthday present arrives

  After 14 days my "gallery wrapped canvas" photo has arrived. It is a panoramic photograph that I created from ten photos taken in August of this year. After finishing the final image I found that I could not put it away as usual. I kept bringing it back to view. Not sure why but I just couldn't see it often enough.
  I found a company that could reproduce the photo, 12" x 36" on canvas and decided to order it as my birthday present compliments of my wife and parents. At the same time I ordered a 12" x 36"matte print of a mountain range at Squaw Bay. It is another photo that I can't seem to stop viewing. Michael's has a frame for the print and I have a coupon for 40% off so the photo will get framed and hung shortly.
Below is a picture of the canvas photo hanging in my living room. The line down the right side is the reflection of the flash off the corner of the frame.

If your looking to get large prints done for a reasonable price then checkout Posterjack in Toronto.They have too many options to list so you'll have to check it out yourself. I'm impressed with the results.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hair Cut Time

It was time for a hair cut tonight. He was not too happy about it.

 Until the snacks came out!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Finally Arrived

My new used computer finally arrived today. A couple of scuff marks here and there but intact and operational. Only one minor problem, I no longer need it. Just after I ordered the computer a friend suggested that the problem with my old computer was probably a bad capacitor on the mother board. I pulled the motherboard last Sunday and sure enough I located a bulging capacitor. I unsoldered it from the board and replaced it from my pile of used parts. I like to construct circuits and have a good supply of used stuff so the replacement part was on hand. It has been over a week now and the old computer is working great! It looks like I have a nice spare computer for the next crash.
My first computer ran from 1999 to 2007, I replaced it to enable my software to handle the new cheque format. It still worked and was used by Kimberly for a number of years after that. The second computer has run since 2007 and is still going strong. I was lucky to be able to repair it.

A couple of pictures from this evening,

Monday, October 10, 2011

Time Flies

On the 28th it will be one year. And what a year it has been. It's almost like he was born yesterday. We had a little "pre" birthday cake on Saturday. I guess the pictures are going to be used as part of his birthday invitation. I guess I better not post too many of them,

Thursday, September 29, 2011

New Plan

It's official, I bought a new / used computer. A Dell Optiplex 745. It is a duo core 3.4 Ghz, 80g hard drive (sata ), 1gb ram, with serial & parallel ports. Looks like everything I need to get back to business. 7 day DOA and 1 year warranty, $250 delivered. Maybe I should get two and put one away for next time.

I should be able to connect my 500gig drive and transfer most of my files drive to drive. But I will have to load all the programs one at a time. So the plan is to load everything into this new computer and run it for a couple of weeks. Then clone the 80gig hard drive to my new 500gig hard drive and continue on. I might just miss my 3.5 floppy drive. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Crash & Burn

No matter how often one backs up important files from a computer, when time time comes, will the efforts be rewarding. With any luck you will have enough backed up to continue with a new computer. I back up daily to a flash card and external drive. My accounting software is safe, but will I be able to use it? My monitor started with the jitters, useable but irritating. My first mistake was rebooting to see if the screen would return to normal. That was the last time windows xp booted. I pulled the hard drive and connected it to another computer. It seems to work fine with no errors. Something on the mother board I presume. My accounting software won't run with Vista or Windows 7. My laser printer has the same problem. The software upgrade is $200 and a new printer is about $300, no to mention a new computer. Then there are all the other custom forms, documents,etc that I have created over the years. The programs won't run with Windows 7. A huge loss and an even bigger expense. For the moment I'm using my laptop but that won't last too long. It's month end and things need to get paid now. The computer does the cheques. No computer, no cheques, and no pay cheque! I'm back in business for the moment but I have to use an inkjet printer, no parallel port on the laptop. With everything being printed in duplicate or triplicate, I'll be heading for more ink soon.

So the search is on. I'm trying to find out if I can buy a new computer, pull the drive, install mine and have it run xp. I know it's not going to just boot cause it will be a different motherboard. I have the windows key so it should just be a matter of finding someone to do the software "work". I'm waiting to hear back from a couple people that should be able to do the work. The other alternative is to take the computer in and have someone change the mother board.

In the mean time I'll keep plugging away with the laptop.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Ten Days Off

Just back from 10 days camping. A few calls but NO trips into town for work. Nice. Lots of visitors ( kids), rest, fishing, food, and sun shine. Only 1 day of rain. Tomorrow it is back to work. Below are a few of the 600 or so pictures I took over the 10 days.

 I like blueberries, apple sauce, potatoes, nectarines, pears, peaches maybe, pancakes, and bass. 
( some of the things I got to try while camping )

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Weekend Camping

I didn't venture too far this weekend while camping. About the only pictures I took were of Dade.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

First Camping of the Season

This past weekend was our first trip camping this year. We were joined by all the kids Saturday to Celebrate Wendy's birthday and Father's Day. A little hectic and busy. Six nice sized bass to take back, two for Christopher, two for Kimberly and two for me. Even Dade had a good time on his first overnight camping trip. Checkout those big blue eyes in the last picture.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Miracle?

I've never been one to believe in miracles. Things happen for a reason. For anyone who doesn't know what I'm talking about, I suggest you go back in my blog to Oct 2010 and read " Getting Past Why". If you start there and work forward to here you will understand. It seems the blocked carotid artery in Dade's neck, the one that got crushed during labour, the one that would never allow blood flow,  the one that has caused so much concern, is working.  I don't understand it , his parents don't understand it, and the doctors don't understand it.We were told the damage was permanent. But it is good news now and for the future. Whats done is done, and the latest mri shows no change. No more trips to London, they can't do anything more. If I didn't tell you , you would never know. They say "time heals", I guess it must be true. 

So is it a miracle or not? I don't know. What I do know is that this little guy has beaten the odds. An unbelievable, million to one, chain of events has led him to today. I believe he is here for a reason, he is a survivor.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Hard Drive Click & added note

For the last couple of days my computer hard drive has been clicking. The computer runs 24/7. If it's not doing work, it's capturing images of my vehicle. Lately I've noticed a clicking sound and slow speed while running certain programs. It seems my drive might have a problem. I purchased a replacement drive and decided to try a well reviewed program called EASEUS TODO BACKUP. I erased all the files I didn't need or had previously copied to dvd which reduced my "used"drive size from about 220 gb to 28 gb of 250gb total. With that done I installed the new drive and proceeded to clone the original drive. After about 30 minutes the job was done.

Disconnecting the original drive and connecting the new one  I pressed the power button and waited. My cpu takes some time to boot but to my surprise it actually worked. A complete bootable clone on a new drive. Impressive.

If you ever need a program for backing up, creating a usable drive recovery image, or cloning a drive I would certainly recommend  EASEUS TODO BACKUP.  Best of all it is free for personal use! Get a copy and put it on your hard drive.

You can even create a drive image back up, save it to a dvd and create a bootable cd to start your dead cpu. Then re-install your information on a new drive. Your going to loose data but you will still have your original operating systems and many of your programs. It will even create the hidden partition that contains your recovery software.

I back up my data daily to two separate devices but I have never backed up a drive. I will now.

ADDED NOTE: When I decided to replace my drive all I could find was a 500gb. My original was about half that size. The first clone attempt worked great but it partitioned the new drive the same as the old. I tried numerous methods of recovering the hidden wasted space. Although I was able to recover it, it caused boot failures. After a night or so of cursing I decided to remove all the partitions from the new drive and re clone using the exact same method I used in the start. It worked. Everything indicates that the drive is 500gb but I can only access 228gb of it. I have shut down and rebooted numerous times without fail.  All I can figure is that something in the hard drive or on the motherboard is causing the failure as it is not seeing the same size drive as the original.

Cost $90 & 2 evenings, we won't even go into the dealings with Staples and Ed the know it all.
 But I did fill out their online survey and as I told Ed " I'll be pissed and you will here from me if your wrong".
He was wrong, and I did call him.

Savings too great to list. Back in business and I will probably never miss the 250gb. Storage is not a problem with 3 other drives connected to the cpu. 2 internal & 1 external.

Just when you think you have backed up enough, you better do it again!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Water Bombers

Some pictures of the two MNR water bombers from May 31. They were called to help battle the bark pile fire at Bowater. They flew directly overhead back and forth from the mill to Lake Superior. About 4.7 miles each way.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sitting Up

 and having fun playing. 7 months old on Saturday the 28th