Coloring Book Pages

2020 07 15 S (5) m6 msn Nicole, RileyWhile visiting our family, Ben Higgins kept wanting me to print pictures so he could color them. He was partial to drawings from How to Train Your Dragon, but I started making my own, based on photos I had taken. It was fun. I got hooked on the idea of reducing a photo to the essential elements.

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Hoe, hoe, hoe

This was the way I spent my summers more than 50 years ago. (It doesn’t seem that long ago.) Thinning, weeding and watering sugar beets. I posed my cousin Lyn, to the left, pulling up a big weed. I had my brother Allen, in the middle, hacking at a weed with a large weed hanging off his hoe. I had my cousin Craig, doing nothing. I was taking the photo. I tell people that as a photographer, I was outstanding in my field. No body laughs.

1964 06, 12 Beet Field EH102C m3 sn

My Grandfather, Oliver, seldom spent time in the field with us kids, but he wasn’t above it. At 74 years of age, I think he could out work any two of us kids together. No– taking into consideration the hours he worked, he could out work any five of us kids.
He taught us that if two people were at opposite ends of the field and happened to start on the same row, that when they met, they could just hop over to the next row and keep going. It sounds obvious to us now, but it wasn’t obvious to us then.

1967 05 (31) m2 sn Allen (16) & Oliver (74) hoeing sugar beets

These photos were taken as black and white. I’ve added the color.

A spud cellar is to the left. The barn is center and an irrigation canal we between us and the barn.

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Enhanced Photos

The Haroldsen Family has seen these two photos on many occasion, but if they look more closely, there are details that were not visible on previous versions. With the help of modern software, I was able to recover details that are not normally visible, even if you had the original photographs.

1901 Eleanor, George, Christian, Morgan, Anna, Reuben, Oliver, Annie, Ancel OH16-2 P68m Christian, Anna, Children

The original Haroldsen house was painted in bright colors and was called the Kerr Candy Box. Note the end of the upper gable. The house was built on a foundation of large cobble stones. It was designed to be heated with 4 wood-coal burning stoves and had three chimneys. It wasn’t air tight and someone suggested that you always knew in the morning if the wind had been blowing because your hair would be messed up. It was built without electrical wiring or plumbing. In the attic, there are the remains of an acetylene lighting system.

Anna, Annie, Alice, Morgan, Eva, Eleanor, George EH106A enhanced 03How many of us knew that there were also two dogs in the photo?

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Pine Cone on a Tree

2020 05 12 (33) msn Pinecone on a Tree

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While Mowing the Lawn

2020 05 05 (9) msn Dandelion & Mower--Strike me down

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And I, Alone, Survived

2020 05 05 (1) msn Lone Survivor Dandelion

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Celecta, the Missionary

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This is my Father’s Mother. Here name was Celecta, which mean “Celestial” or heaven. In 1918, she went on a church mission to the Iowa area and she had a camera. She took over 200 photo. These are a few of them.

She traveled by train

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and by paddle boat.

CO19 p54b Ferry from Davenport EH10XM

Among the places she visited was Nauvoo, Illinois.

CO19 P59h Nauvoo Main St

The building sare still there


but now the roads are paved.


She visited the grave of Emma Hale Smith, the widow of the Prophet Joseph Smith.

CO19 P61d Emma's Grave - Copy

She saw Brigham Young’s home.

CO19 P61f B Young House - Copy

Which has been restored.


She saw the house of John Taylor,

CO19 P59b John Tayor's Home

which doesn’t exist anymore.

She saw the Nauvoo house.

CO19 P60f Nauvoo House

Which is still here.

n 2002 06 07 Nauvoo House (3)

It operates as a hotel.

n 2002 06 07 Nauvoo House (6)

She saw the printing officer, which has been restored.

Her photo album said that this was Heber C. Kimball’s house, but it was actually the home of Johnathan Browning. This was the start of Browning production which later invented the Browning automatic rifle (BAR) which was a key weapon in WW-2.

CO19 P61e Browning House - Copy

One can speculate about what might have happened if the BAR has bee invented before everyone was forced out of Nauvoo.


This is the H. C. Kimball house as seen in 2002. It has ‘H C Kimball’ carved into the stone. It also had a “widow’s walk’, which is the platform on top of the house. A widow’s walk is where a woman would stand and look out over the ocean and watch for her sailor husband to return. Sometimes, he didn’t return.


Because of fear of the mobs, after they were martyred, the bodies of Joseph and Hyrum were hidden in the basement of this house.

CO19 P60d House where bodies hidden

The house is still there but it is not open to the public.

She also visited Carthage, Illiois, where Joseph and Hyrum were killed.

CO19 P59c 1919 Carthage Jail

This is what it looked like when my family visited it 1964.

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The upper right window is where Joseph fell. The well is a recreation of the place where they put Joseph and shot him again.

1977 11 01 01 Celecta, Oliver Haroldsen

I miss her my Grandmother and Grandfather. I wish I has asked more questions.  I’m so glad she had a camera.

The link to the shared website containing all photos is available.

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Cracker Plant Construction

It is a three year project by Shell oil. When finished, it will take large petroleum molecules, the heavy stuff, and break then into smaller molecules. It “cracks’ them. The smaller molecules will be made into plastic beads which will be shipped to other companies who will make things with them. Think of it as an oil re-refinery.

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My new QSL card, so I can confirm an amateur radio contact.

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Backup up your Computer Files to the Cloud

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Having backup copies of your vital computer data is good but it doesn’t protect against all hazards. What if the house burns down? What if you have to evacuate your neighborhood and you can’t get back into the house? What if the police decide you are up to mischief, and they confiscate your computers and hard drives. Finally, what if your data storage becomes obsolete. It is possible that you could discover your backup copies are gone or useless.

That’s where a cloud-based backup system is so valuable. They cost money, with a yearly fee almost equal to the price of a 4-terabyte hard drive.

Here, everything is store on “the cloud”, wherever that is.

There are several such systems commercially available starting at $5 per month. Some make backup continuously. Some do it at a pre-determined time of the day. Some do it every 15 minutes.

One good thing is that if you buy a new computer, you don’t need to copy everything to the new machine. You just do a full data restore from your cloud storage.

When you first subscribe to a cloud back-up system, the initial start up can take several days to compete the upload. It took more than two weeks to get all my data on to the iDrive cloud. I was beginning to doubt whether it would ever finish

Some people like to store all their data, including their working files, on the cloud with systems like OneDrive by Microsoft. This will give you access to your data no matter which or who’s computer you have access to, provided you can connect with the internet

(Note: OneDrive keeps a copy of your cloud files on your computer—if you can find it.)

There is a security risk here. If you chose to share a file with a friend by giving them your password, they could have access to everything and if they decided not to be friends, they can change or delete your files.

A true story:

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A scammer contacted a man in England and told him that his computer had a virus and offered to fix it for him. The marketer asked for and received remote access to the man’s computer. At least, he thought it was this person’s computer.

This man was a computer expert with some very sophisticated tools. He had given the scammer access to a ‘virtual computer’ which was fake. When the scammer downloaded data from the man’s ‘virtual’ computer, he also received a trojan program. This gave the Englishman control of the scammer’s computer.

He then copied all the scammer data. Then he copied all the information for the other computers in the scammer’s office. Finally, he wiped all data on all computers and on their backups. Then he turned everything over to the government for appropriate action.

I wonder if the scammer had things backed up to an exterior hard drive that was disconnected from the system? In this case, I hope not.



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