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LENSATIC COMPASS

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Do you know how to read a Compass?  Do you know how to read a Lensatic Compass?  No, well I didn’t either, but I learned about it snooping around articles on the Internet.

I did know how to read a regular compass, but the Lensatic Compass was something that I was not sure on how this would work.  Even though it looks much more fancy than a regular compass it still works pretty much the same way, but with some added features.

As most of you may know the Compass will always point to the North Magnetic Field.  In the case above, it’s telling you that it’s pointing to NW.  If this is the way you want to go, turn and follow what it tells you.

The small little knob on the front is a sighting Lens that you can look thru and it will tell you how many degrees you are off NW sighting.  The Black Scale on the left will show you how much of a slope you are on.  Everything you see will fold up nicely into a compact carry case.

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This is the real thing that I purchased from ebay.  It took me a little time to get used to reading a Compass like this, but you get the hang of it after awhile.  The inclometer on the left shows that the Compass is leaning 19 deg.  I should be 0, meaning it’s level like it should be.  What the other smaller numbers mean on the outside of the Compass, I’m not sure of yet.  Also, a Compass does not work well around electronic componets or when it’s around metal.  This is why it’s off North a bit.

I’m sorta like a “Gadget Fella” that likes to have different new things, but within reason.  I can’t afford to go out and buy expensive gadgets.  I keep it to a minimum.

Thanks for stopping by

Les

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SURGERY!

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Here I am.  The image was taken at the Grandaughters Graduation in West Virginia State University a few weeks ago.

Now, on to what’s been going on here.  On the morning of June 4th, my Wife had major knee surgery to replace her bad knee on her left leg.  She had been suffering from pain for just under a year.  Her joint was bone on bone.  Not good.  The surgery process went very good.  The Sergon did a great job.  He was so very pleasant & comforting to her.  After the surgery was done, she stayed in the Reading Hospital for 2 days after to recover.  The Nursing Staff had her up & walking not but an hour after surgery, if you can believe that!  She did very well.  However, that was because the drugs & medication did not quite wear off yet.  The painful time is yet to come.

Brought her Home here and had to help her in just about everything she tried to do.  The second day she was home, is a very painful time.  It was a very trying time for us both.  We were told that the 1st week will be nasty.  They were right.  Eileen had to take pain meds every 4 hours to keep the painful incision from hurting more than what it did.  Me, being her caregiver, had to help her keep ice on her knee to keep the swelling down.  Change the ice most every hour & a half.  It’s a lot of work.  She did not sleep well, nor did I for the 1st week.

The 2nd week started to get better.  Not quite as much pain, but it was still there.  She had to start some Rehab at Mountain Lake Rehab where certified people help her along the road to recovery.  Every other day, she had to go.  Her knee did get better & better, but it’s no picnic quite yet.  Learning to put weight on a leg & knee that had a major operation is no fun!  Learning to walk is another obstacle to overcome.

Now, into the 3rd week, it’s much, much better.  She can walk with a cane, but still needs attention so there is no falling!  Eileen can do much more now, and the incision is healing very nicely.  Very soon she will be up and walking just like she did before.  Like nothing happened.

It has been rough on us both.  I can’t really go anywhere for long periods of time.  About 2 hrs. is the max.  I’m more than sure that she does not want to go thru this again!  Me, either!

 

Thanks for reading.

Les

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NEW DASH CAM

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Last week, I decided to get myself, one of these Dash Cams that I’ve been reading so much about.  Went onto Ebay and checked out all the different types they have to buy.  I decided on this one.  It took a few day’s to receive it, but once it was here I was excited to see how good it works.

Its not hard to set up at all.  The little box to the left is a Rear Camera that you can place on your back windshield to record what is behind you.  I didn’t op to use this right now.  Maybe later on.

For the price this Dash Cam works real good.  You can do all kinds of things with it, besides just record where you go.  I also had to buy a a Microchip that was 8GB.  It’s just a little thing.  Had to get used to using it.  I was told that the bigger 64GB chips don’t work too well.  Get something smaller.  I did.  8GB should be big enough.

After recording a video, I have to down-load it to my Laptop and then Post it where I can.  I had to figure out just how to do that, since I’m not total computer understanding.  I also noticed that it takes awhile for the video to down-load.  The longer the video, the longer the time.  I just made another video I call “Skyline Drive”, but it’s pretty long.  About 40 min. worth.  Not sure yet if I’m going to Post it yet.

Thanks for reading.  I always appreciate comments.

Les

NEW SHED IS HERE!

Hello there and welcome back!

If you check back thru my Post’s, I had mentioned that we will be getting a NEW Shed soon, because the other one was falling apart and rotting away.  I had to tear it down.  It was so rotted that it almost fell on me!

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We had gone out and ordered this Shed that is 8′ x 12′ feet from a very reliable business that is well known to do good work and build excellent sheds.  However, we then had to wait about 2 weeks for it to be delivered because of all the rain we’ve had, thus making the ground too soft to support the weight.  It would have messed up the back yard from the weight.  Finially, this morning bright and early, it arrived.  Here I’m showing the tight quarters this fella had to navigate around.  He was darn good at it.

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While we were waiting for the shed to come, I was wondering just how they install it on your property.  I found out.  This shed is heavy and well built.  They are not cheap!  It sat on a trailer that would move back & forth & side to side.  All controlled by a remote piece of equipment that he held in his hand.

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Slowly, ever so slowly, he backed up the trailer to a good position so he could remotly place the shed on the cement slab left over from the old one.  The extensions on the ends of the slab of cement we put there by me, because the shed is a bit bigger than the old one.

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Placing the shed right on center with the remote control.

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Retracting the slide from the trailer.  Just about done.  All he had to do is take a large “crowbar” and move the shed into position.

This operation took about a 1/2 hr. to do!  I could not believe how fast this can be done.  Guess when you’ve done this a hundred times, you get good at it.  Now, that the new shed is in it’s final position, I have more work to do.  Now, I have to place all the “Tools” that I use around the house into it.  Hang new shelving.  Also, build another ramp for the riding lawn mower.  Work never ends when you own a Home.

Thank You.

SHED IS GONE!

 

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Hello all, and welcome back.

A few years ago, I had made a Post about fixing up the shed that I have in our back yard.  I put some work into this old shed to keep in in good condition.  Here I tried to dress it up a bit to make it look more attractive.

As time went by, I noticed that on the inside the shed was slowly falling apart.  The roof was leaking, supports were rotting away, and some of the wood was just way beyond repair.  There was mildew on some of the wood because of getting wet.  It was at the point that it was getting quite bad.  So, after much consideration, we decided to tear the whole thing down and get a new one that is more modern and built by today’s standards.

It took me a few day’s to knock the whole thing down.  Allot of work to do that!  The ole’ shed was in such bad condition, that it nearly fell on me while working on it!  I was not sure just how to take apart the roof & supports, so after sawing off some key supports, I gave the frame work a mighty shove and it all fell to the ground!  It was a mess to clean up!  All that bad wood had to be loaded into a flat bed trailer and carted off to the recycle place for disposal.  Thank goodness for a Recipting Saw that helped out allot!

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This is all that remains of the ole’ shed.  To make way for the “new shed” we bought one that is a bit bigger than the old one.  That’s what the 4×4 extensions are for on the one end.  Had to fill it with Stone for support.  The other side will have the same thing done.  This may not look like allot of work, but don’t be fooled.  It was back breaking getting all that bad wood hauled away.  I’m not getting any younger!  So now, it is just about ready for the new one.

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This is the “new shed” that will arrive on the 24th of Oct.  It measures 8×12, and is quite roomy inside.  Lot’s of room to store my tools, lawn mower, etc.  Much better than before.  However, these things are not cheap!  If you want good quality workmanship, you have to pay for it.  This was built by a very reputable manufacture in our area.  I don’t want junk.  This one will last past my Lifetime!

Thank You.

POP OUTS

A few weeks ago, I happen to be viewing a Post made by one of the people that I follow here on WordPress.  JourneyswithJohnbo is one of the Photographers on WP that I have been following for a number of months now.  He takes some really nice Images of places that I’ve never been too, and probably never will.  Anyway, in one of his Images, he had Posted an interesting Image that seem’d to “Pop Out” at you, thus creating a different look.  This gave me some interest, so I asked him just how that is done.  He told me and with that, I went on my own to try this new type of thing for myself.

I had to do some research on it to find out just how this is done.  Found out that you can do this effect using Photoshop CC.  Since I do have that program, I went further.  Found that I could down-load instructions for this on Photoshop Essentials.  I did this and then with much eagerness started trying to give one of my Images the same effect.

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Now, using the instructions that were given me, I followed them step by step until the end.  It didn’t come out right!  I did something wrong!  What was it?  I went back and tried again.  It still didn’t come out right!  What the heck am I doing wrong, I thought.  So, I had to let it sit for awhile so I could think about it.  So, to make a long story shorter, I kept trying until I finally figured out what was wrong.  It took me awhile!  The above Image is my first one done the way I had wanted.  The Image seem’s to “Pop Out” from the rest of the shot.  It is of the building that General George Washington’s Officers stayed in during the Winter of 1777 at Valley Forge, PA.

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Well now, here is another one that is an oldie but goodie.  It’s an abandoned home in Shenandoah, PA.  I wanted to make the Main Home “Pop Out” from the rest of the Image.  I sorta messed up the very bottom of the Image, because this is only the 2nd time I’ve done this.  In the future, I’m going to try other Images I have and see how they come out.  I’ll also try and make them bigger.

I CAN SEE YOU!

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For a long time now, I’ve been wanting to replace my old, aging, spotting scope that I’ve had for a long time.  It has long been not very good anymore.  The Lens & Optics are very blurred and it just does not want to focus well anymore.  It was a second hand scope that I bought years ago.  I’m saying that it has gone to better day’s.  It is no longer of use to me.

I’ve been looking around for a good one that has good, clear optics and a large viewing Lens.  I found out that Spotting Scopes have changed over the years.  They can get very expensive depending on what you buy.  I didn’t want a real expensive one, but not a cheap one either.  There are Scopes on the market for over $2000.00!  Don’t need something that expensive.  Most of the time you will get what you pay for.

So, after snooping around for a few day’s, I decided on this Gorski 20x80x80.  It has a primary Lens of 80mm, a Lens cover front and back, waterproof, and coated optics for clear viewing.  Has a Lens shade up front to shadow the sun if it’s too bright.  You can also install a Filter, but I don’t think I’ll go that far for now.

It came with a Tripod Stand that is kinda cheap looking and does not seem to be too durable.  It also has a attachment you can put on the back viewing eyepiece to install your Cell Phone and take a picture with it!  Have not tried it out yet.

For now, I’m going to get some use out of this as soon as the weather get’s much better and warmer.  I’m pretty sure that this will last for a long time.