Over Exposed?

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Heidi could hear me, she could hear the click of the camera but didn’t see me as I leaned and put the camera directly over her head as she laid in her chair. She has been the smartest of us all today. No sense in trying to make a slow afternoon faster when you can just kick back and enjoy what’s there. No tv, no music, no sounds around .. just pure quietness.

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I couldn’t tell if it was raining again in the early afternoon. Stella was still sleeping after her lunchtime kibble. So was Heidi and I was nodding out at times. You can only play so many games of Mahjong in a day. Sometimes reading a book is like work, not enjoyable. I had no idea where to go, even if I were to take a drive. So I did what Heidi was doing … I just sat back, relaxed and listened.

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Either the water is rising underground or it has rained a little since our walk this morning. One step into the field felt like it was muddier than this morning. The wet leaves make it slick like snow but I was still paying attention and making sure that Stella didn’t go near the land of burrs.

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The afternoon pace is slow, one paw at a time. I was way out in front by the time she started moving my direction. By the way she looked I wasn’t sure that she wanted to make this walk.

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That tree limb fell in high winds in February 2009. With the windows closed and the tv tuned to an IU basketball game I could still hear it cracking as it fell. The next morning utility trucks all over the highway a few houses down.

I found out there was a tornado that has passed through that night. Near my house a utility pole had been snapped in half like a toothpick … but the ballgame went on. I was totally unaware of what was going on outside.

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Once again no ‘verbal herding’ was involved. She was on her own.

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It has been a long time since she went to the far corner of the field. I found out she went there for one reason and one reason only … a lot of verbal herding took place and a small lecture as we returned to the path.  🙂

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Whatever it was, it was so good she stopped a few times to look back in that direction.

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Now it was the sound of a very small dog barking. It’s the same one as the other morning that stopped Stella in her tracks. I walked into the yard and waited, just so I could see what she would do.

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In the north backyard where I cut a small tree down a few years ago.

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After letting Stella be on her own for the whole walk, not counting the time I had to lead her back to the path away from the gross stuff she was eating … she decided she wasn’t coming in the house. She was going on strike.

So I left her, walked inside, took off my coat, poured a glass of water and I hear a bump against my storm door. That is the sound of her pushing the door with her nose to let me know she wants inside. I know she changed her mind awfully quick after I left her and was out of her view.

I was just reminded by a fellow Apple Watch user, that I cannot use just the watch even with the cellular feature. All that cellular feature does is let me use the watch when I am away from the house without taking my phone with me. I need the phone to download data the watch collects and to do the updates for the watch when they are released.

I knew there was a reason I wanted to keep my phone. BTW, she has told me that exact reason more than one time and I keep forgetting.

I’m going to set this post aside and let it brew for a while at 2:36pm.

Oh … that’s it … now I remember what all of this was about. The OVER EXPOSURE????

A photo guru of mine saw my new blog, the photos from the Canon and thought my pictures were over exposed. So before this afternoon’s walk I decreased the exposure on the camera three clicks to start and after a couple or three pictures I moved it up a click for a net decrease of two clicks on the exposure setting. I see a big difference in these photos compared to the last few weeks for the ones taken outside.

About the time I was having a snack, high protein day … I checked the DVR to see if any new shows were recorded that I might watch this afternoon. I was in luck … Homestead Rescue and Life Below Zero had shows listed. With a new season starting Building Off The Grid, I’ll add that to the DVR timer to record only the new episodes.

It’s nice to have a 2TB hard drive in the DVR. After 11 months I still have not filled one half of it. Later on once I need some space I can download those to an external hard drive. BUT THERE’S A CATCH !!!

To replay those ballgames or movies I have kept, I can only see them on a Dish Network system. If I were to eventually move to DirecTv or a streaming service, due to their coding and file structure all those ballgames and movies would be worthless.

Heidi has turned into a food begging monster. She has gotten to the point of wanting everything that I am eating. If she hears a cabinet door or refrigerator door opened, or the smell of cooked food … she is right there looking up at me wagging her tail. She wasn’t like that six months ago.

A day closer to snow Saturday night and the coldest temps yet on Sunday, here in ‘the tropics’ of Southern Indiana.

 

 

 

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