295: In a pickle

A barrel of cucumbers on ice

Yesterday’s pickling adventures went well.  It was fun having someone with whom I could share the work, and I got to see how the Pickle Lady makes her fabulous (Best Pickles on the Planet) pickles.

I don’t remember how many jars of pickles we ended up with, but it was a lot.  Provided they all turn out okay, we should be well supplied with pickles throughout the winter months and into spring.

Jars and jars of pickles

Once we got set up, the work went pretty quickly.  I think that’s often the case with canning or freezing.  It’s just a matter of getting everything ready and then getting into the groove of it.

More jars of pickles

There was one oddity.  The garlic turned blue.  It turns out this sort of thing happens frequently, although neither the Pickle Lady nor I had ever seen the phenomenon before.  You can read about it here (go to page 2 of the article).  In some cultures, people deliberately try to get this result.  We did it without even trying.

Watering the tree

A Series of Unfortunate Events (Borrowing from Lemony Snicket)

My new computer has returned to its birthplace.  I was using it last night and it locked up.  Shortly after that, there was the smell of something burning and a notice that a device had been disabled.  Heh.  No kidding.  The locking up, I’m afraid, may have been caused by clicking on a link from one of the comments on my blog, and it’s a possible coincidence that I also acquired some type of malware to go with the burning out of the capacitor to the card reader.  Hard to believe it would happen almost simultaneously, but there you have it.

My camera has decided not to work on certain settings.  I have no idea what I’ll do about that other than work around it for now.  The warranty has, of course, expired.  I know from previous experience with this brand that the charge to have it looked at probably isn’t worth it.  *sigh*

Evening sunlight on the spiral stairs

I am feeling quite frustrated about it all, and have had moments of thinking I might give up on blogging, photography, and everything that involves any kind of technology that will lead to this type of frustration.  Silly, I know.  There is disappointment as well because if my computer did manage to catch a virus or something similar from the comment I clicked on (which I have removed for now), it means I can’t trust new visitors to my blog.  I’m going to stop visiting the blogs of new visitors for a little while.  I will also be limiting what I do online until the new computer comes back with whatever verdict there may be.

That’s about it from the Bogs for today.  I’m heading outside in a little while to meet my outdoor commitment.  I’ll be working in the garden.  It’s warm and humid again, although not as warm as it was earlier in the week (in the 80s instead of the 90s).  It was supposed to be sunny today, but I’ve seen nothing but cloud cover so far.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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38 Comments on “295: In a pickle”

  1. milkayphoto says:

    That IS a series of unfortunate events! I’ve never heard of malware/virus having the ability to do something like that. So very strange. AND, to have your camera crap out on you, too, well, that just sucks.

    Do you think the universe is trying to tell you something? 😉

    • Robin says:

      lol! Yeah. That I should take a break from blogging and photography. I would if I wasn’t so close to finishing this commitment.

      I don’t thing the malware/virus had anything to do with the blown card reader. I think it was one of those weird coincidences that it happened in the same evening.

  2. SAJ says:

    oh my goodness robin that is horrible about your computer!! i’m sorry!!

  3. jenna says:

    Pickles. Do want.

  4. Wow, that’s a lot of pickles, Robin! Sorry to hear about your computer; what a pain! At any rate, hope you have a great weekend!
    Kathy

  5. tedgriffith says:

    Too bad about your computer and camera!! Don’t know what I’d do if that happened. I just found your blog, and really love the images, especaily of the flowers and the top view of the pickles. Wonderful contrast with the towel under them. 🙂

  6. elmediat says:

    Sound like a peck of trouble. Great shots in-spite of the problems. I tried to make counter top pickles the way my mother did, but have yet to get a successful batch. Your first shots bring back childhood memories. Thanks.

  7. hugmamma says:

    Sorry to hear what happened. Know how you feel. Some time ago, I think it was when WordPress was hacked, I was spammed out of the community. It seems their systems were on high alert, so I got caught up in the mess. Took me a few emails back and forth for them to restore my site. Yes, even my site was suspended.

    I mention this because when I tried to click on your site it said your blog was “not found.” I don’t think I caused a malfunction because other WordPress bloggers have visited and left comments.

    hope all get’s resolved…and that we can still be in touch…hugs. 🙂

  8. Kel says:

    you are in a pickle!
    hope it turns around soon and you have instead a jar of sweet conserves 🙂

  9. Ah, nuts! Sorry for all that trouble! Technology can be the best part of our lives, or the worst. A few months after we got our computer, it had a major hiccup – long story short, we ended up losing everything (luckily, I had already backed up my photos)! Right after I got my camera, the new model was introduced. Figures…..
    Your pickles look wonderful – my older son would be in pickle heaven – he LOVES them!! NICE frozen water shot!! 🙂

  10. Marianne says:

    The pickles look yummy, Robin. Sorry to hear about the technical problems. It is very frustrating when this stuff occurs. Hope you have a great weekend despite it all.

  11. Marcie says:

    So frustrating when technology fails. I had similar thoughts – in moments of equal frustration – about giving it all up. But then…
    Love your pickling story!

  12. penpusherpen says:

    sorry to read about your new Computer Robin, (Peace is purring away and saying there you see?… new isn’t always better…. I hate it when she’s smug!! 😉 ) … Isn’t technology a bitch sometimes? Carry on pickling, and of course carry on posting your wonderful photo’s, they lift the darkest and wettest (’tis pouring down here) days….. A wonderful week-end wish to you and yours. xPenx

  13. carlaat says:

    Tons o’ pickles! Very impressive. Hope that computer and camera issues work themselves out in a way that you can live with. So enjoy your posts. Thanks as always!

  14. the pickle series–very creative

  15. 7978moments says:

    really really great!

  16. That is a LOT of pickles, YUM!!
    So sorry tou hear about your new computer! Hope the problem can be fixed soon. And, I hope you figure out what’s going on with your camera, too!

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Michaela. All seems to be well and working now. I’m probably lucky that the computer problems arose within the first week. Usually these things wait until the warranty expires. The camera fixed itself somehow. I’m not going to question it. 🙂

  17. eof737 says:

    Sorry Robin, what a drag… I can never understand folk who troll the internet wrecking havoc. If they put their skills to better use, they could give Apple or Microsoft a run for the money in innovative technology… what a waste of talent. Glad you are back online and hope all is resolved… 😦

  18. starbear says:

    Double pickle – technology fickle. Glad to see it all working out!

  19. Dana says:

    Mmmm… pickles! I always put hope into my mother-in-law’s heart with my pickle cravings– she’s made no secret of wanting grandchildren and yearns for me to be pregnant– but the truth is I just love pickles. Lots of them!!


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