The last few weeks we have been keeping busy with lots of activities around the house. We have been fortunate to have three couples visit during this time and we really enjoyed each of their visits. We were having so much fun, we failed to get any pictures but hopefully they will come back for a repeat visit and I will have the camera at the ready.
I have been keeping myself busy working on a new project of scanning all of my slides and old picture negatives, with the goal of having a completely digital photographic library. This has been a lot of fun and a bit frustrating. The fun part has been remembering times that go back as far as my early childhood up thru the time we started taking exclusively digital photos. The frustrating part has been dealing with non standard slide preparations and trying to correct the ravages of time on the originals. I had done many conversions a few years ago, but the new technology has improved the quality and speed at which it can be done. For this project, I ordered a ION film and slide scanner which makes the process very simple and reasonably fast. Soon I plan on being slide and negative free.
I have also spent some time practicing with one of my Christmas presents. I am finally getting the hang of it and enjoy watching Halley bark and growl at the flying object moving around the house. I find it more difficult than flying the real thing.
Victoria's second birthday is coming up soon, so we bought her a cute doll house. I thought that my days of actually putting these kinds of things together might be over. However, her mother was worried that she would see it in her house, so the box arrived here for me to assembly. I had some concerns, since I put a doll house together well over thirty years ago that literally had to be built just like a full size house and it took nearly as long as a real one to build. I lucked out and this one took just a couple of hours and no glue.
We finished up the last few days , visiting the beach to enjoy the heavy surf which arrived with the latest big front. Our SIL Ryan convinced us we should join a wine club that selects wines from small vineyards that rarely appear in big box wine outlets. After getting two of the standard packages, we felt that they were offering a quality service and we went ahead and ordered some of the special end of year deals. So today we received 27 bottles of wine delivered to our door step! We now can actually say that we have a wine cellar. We are hoping for some more wine loving guests to join us to enjoy the sampling.