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The Sixes are now the Fives

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

I don’t know where the sixth turkey has gone off to but I haven’t seen her in about a week. We assume she’s gone to camp (the preverbial place where turkeys go to have fun). So, with only 5 of them, they are now the Fives. I’m not sure if I want to hand feed them but they are as close as my feet.

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The Peanut

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

The gifts were barely unwrapped before the wrapping was claimed by peanut. peanut

Photo retouching – Next Year’s Christmas Card

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

I’m still practicing drawing on my tablet. This one turned out nice enough that I think we’ll be using it for our Christmas Cards. Originally this was a photo from our yard.

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Pencil, charcoal, & crosshatch

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

I thought this would turn out better than it did but that’s why they call it practice.

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Replacing Our First Idaho License Plates

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Today marks the end of an era. We’ve been here long enough (7 years) that the state is replacing our license plates. Call me sentimental, but these were the first non-Illinois license plates we’ve had since we began driving.

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Gross Beak Illustration

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Illustration practice on my Android tablet. This was a visitor on our back porch. (Click to enlarge the image)

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Photo Used. bird.photo

Buddy the dog.

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Virtual pencil drawing of Buddy the dog. (I had to say “the dog” just so you know what you’re looking at. )

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Flower painting

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Finger painting on my tablet. It’s a flower. I have to state this because many folks didn’t realize my last image was a calf (mistaking it for a deer, goat, hedgehog, etc.). Clearly, this stuff requires practice.

flower[click to enlarge because you want to see the mistakes better]

Tablet Painting

Monday, December 9th, 2013

I’ve been so inspired by paintings by my mom and my sister. Two very talented artists. I can only aspire to their level. Using the medium of my tablet, I thought I’d take a crack at some painting myself. Here’s one of my first efforts. Yes, I have a long way to go.

Calf

Click to enlarge.

 

Christmas Video

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Below is a little video that I’d been wanting to do for years. Finally have a camera that can do time lapse photography. If your browser can’t view it, just click this link to download it.

 

Merry Christmas!

Image no more lawsuits

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

peanuts

What’s crazy about this is that the label is on a jar of peanuts. Not even salted peanuts. Yet they still have to add the extra safety notices.

New Location On The Web

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Over the years I’ve made some technical changes to my blog. It started out here: http://startercastle.info/startercastle_wordpress/ and then here: http://rantfarm.com/startercastle_wordpress/. But I’ve always wanted it here: www.rantfarm.com. Isn’t that better? I’ve finally learned the method for changing the database to enable this. So, here it is. Finally.

Now I just need to start updating it more regularly.

A Little Light Cleaning with UV

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

This post dedicated to my germophobe friends.

It’s well known that ultra violet (UV) rays kill really nasty germs (staff, cryptosparidiam, E.Coli, and many other nasties) by messing with their DNA. Hospitals use them to kill germs, and there is even a water filter light that makes water drinkable. I’ve been wanting such a light to make sure my bathroom is “really” clean. But filters sold for air cleaning are very expensive. With a little research I found a solution.

This may appear to be a water filter, but take it apart and turn it on (then clear out because the rays are not good for humans) and you have yourself a very inexpensive room sterilizer.

Just click to enlarge

Just click to enlarge

Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Today’s entry comes from the county assessors office. It’s a file I downloaded. It doesn’t matter what the form is for, but rather , the text at the top about Louise’s work schedule. If you’re planning to stop in and file this form, Wednesday would not be a good choice. Even the law must wait for Louise. (click to enlarge)

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Traffic Jam

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Coming home from the post office, I had to wait for this gal to get off the road.

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