I Live in Terror—

I live in absolute terror of a catastrophic computer hard drive failure. I’m at risk of losing 90 thousand photographs, some of which were taken by my grandmother when she was a missionary in Illinois. I would lose my journal entries going back to 1984. They are extensive and detailed. This year’s journal is 154 pages long. And there are family history documents.

Even so, I can sleep at night because I have an insurance policy. I have three of them.

2019 12 09 (11) msn 3 Exterior Hard Drives

All my data is backed up to three 4-tereabyte exterior hard drives. I hook up one of the hard drives and backup all my data. A week or two later, I back up my data to the next hard drive. When these hard drives are not in use, I store them in safe places. Being disconnected protects them against a virus, ransom ware, a power surge or grand kids with creative ideas.

If the house burns down . . . well . . . I’ll cover that in another post.

2019 12 12 (4) msn Computer with Exterior Hard Drive

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Salt Lake Temple Square Nativities

Different cultures have different ways of displaying the birth of Our Savior.2019 12 15 (19) msn Nativity

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When Mom Comes Home

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How to Clean Data from a Hard Drive

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Before disposing of a computer, it is wise to erase all the data. Simply pressing “delete” isn’t good enough. All that does is change one bit, which, in effect, makes that “space available”. The data remains until over written by something. My method is more dramatic and more fun.

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Railroad Bridge At Sunset

The railroad bridge crossing the Ohio near Monaca, PA. The fourth photo is of the Shell Cracker Plant being built near Beaver, PA.

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Twelve Days of Christmas, Illustrated

12 Days of Christmas 01 Partridge in a Pear TreeA Partridge in a Pear Tree

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Three French Hens

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Four Calling Birds

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Five Gold Rings

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Six Geese a Laying

12 Days of Christmas 07 Swans a Swimming sn

Seven Swans a Swimming

12 Days of Christmas 08 Maids a Milking sn

Eight Maids a Milking

12 Days of Christmas 09 Ladies Dancing sn

Nine Ladies Dancing

12 Days of Christmas 10 Lords a Leaping sn

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Eleven Pipers Piping

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Twelve Drummers Drumming







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After the snow falls, is not the time to prepare for winter.

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Are you ready for the Big Freeze?

Probably not but are you mostly ready. Have you done those things that are simple to do?

For instance: Have you secured your outside faucets. Most Pennsylvania outside faucets are not protected against freezing.

First—Disconnect the garden hose, the one that’s been sitting there since summer. The hose could prevent water from draining from the faucet which will lead to problems in freezing weather.

Second—turn off any valves inside the house that lead exclusively to an outside faucet—then go outside and open that faucet and leave it open all winter.

If you can’t find a shut off valve, you might want to get a water faucet coHydrant Freeze Protectionver. They are cheap and can save you hundreds of dollars.

This is also the best time to inspect the house for cracks and gaps around door and windows and loose or missing shingles.

What about the Car? Is it ready?

The first item is the window scraper—but you’ve probably already had to use it.

This might be a good time to check the condition of tires, fluids, etc. In winter, a disabled car is not just inconvenient but can become a life-threatening situation.

Do you have a good battery? A typical car battery last 5 years. Batteries lose their strength in cold weather and if your battery is 4 years old, you might want to consider replacing it.

Each vehicle should have two emergency kits. One for the car and one for the passengers.

Car Kit:

  1. Bag of sand, salt or kitty litter to assist your traction.
  2. Fire Extinguisher. It should be rated for Class B and Class C fires.
  3. Reflective warning triangles or flairs.
  4. Tire gauge.
  5. Foam tire sealant.
  6. Jumper cables. If you never need them, there is still a chance you will find someone who does need help.
  7. Small tool kit with basic screwdrivers, wrenches, plyers, utility knife and electrical tape.
  8. Spare wiper blades, head and tail lightbulbs.
  9. Tow strap or tow rope. It should be strong enough to tow 6,000 pounds.
  10. Small shovel.

Passenger Kit:

  1. Charging cable for cell phone and other accessories.
  2. Basic First-aid kit.
  3. Flashlight and extra batteries.
  4. Work plus winter Gloves.
  5. Rain poncho. Even an inexpensive plastic poncho is better than nothing when changing a tire in the pouring rain.
  6. Drinking water.
  7. Nonperishable snacks. Protein bars are a good choice.
  8. Blanket or sleeping bag.
  9. Always dress for the weather and be prepared to walk a mile.

Beware of the First Snow

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I was at a restaurant in Wyoming during the first real snowfall. A person in the next booth looked out at the snow and said, “Money in my pocket.” He shook his head. “I know what is going to happen. First snow and people keep driving like it is summer.”

This was Wyoming and people drive on hard packed snow for two or three months each year. They know how to do it safely, but during the summer, they get out of the habit. They must relearn their skill.

He was a guy who ran a body shop and he made his living by repairing dented and broken vehicles.

“Money in my pocket. I don’t wish it on anyone, but I know it will happen.”

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Behind the Scene

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I draw picture because I can’t take the photos I want to take. Here is a representation of when I worked in a television station. Working under hot lights is uncomfortable and the newsmen would do what they could to stay cool.

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My attitude about winter gets worse every year.

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Never Yell at Your Kids

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