Laptop dancePosted: December 3, 2011
My computer, at the ripe old age of 5 months, is broken. The poor thing is so sick that it stops working after a few clicks here and there. It is still under warranty and after exhausting all at-home repair possibilities (including cleaning out the virus that started this round of computer illness), I have concluded that it will have to go back to the place where it was born to be looked at, diagnosed, and fixed.
Rather than stress, get angry, and throw a tantrum, I have decided to pretend I am traveling. The laptop is not always appreciated here at home, but I always feel grateful (and fortunate) to have it while we’re traveling because it means I can post about our travels. I will look at the problems with my PC as a creative journey, and be thankful that the laptop is here to help me share my travels to wherever this break with the usual will take me.
The birthplace of my computer is a good distance away so we will not be taking it back until Friday. I’m guessing that means a minimum of two weeks without it. I might hook up the old computer again. Then again, I might just enjoy the at-home travels with the laptop.
The sun was shining when I woke up this morning. The world outside of our windows was sparkling with hoarfrost. I dressed as quickly as possible, bundling up for the cold (it was in the 20s), grabbed my camera and walked around for about an hour admiring Mother Nature’s handiwork and creativity. Nobody can create the way she does. The frost, it seems to me, is a winter version of flowers scattered across the landscape. Those winter flowers even grow in the trees, on fallen branches, rocks, old leaves, and logs.
I wish the camera could capture the sparkliness of these frosty mornings. I may have caught a little of it in some of the photos I took, but I’ll have to wait until I can see them on a better monitor to be sure. In the meantime, I’ll post the photos that seem to be okay and save the rest for posting after I’ve really had a good look at them.
I played with the white balance again, using the “open shade” setting today. I wanted to bring out the warmth of the sunlight, hoping it would combine well with the coolness of the frost. Once again, I’ll have to wait and see if that worked. The laptop isn’t quite like working blind, but it’s close. Colors, light, shade, contrast… they don’t show up well. I kind of like the guesswork of the process, even if it does tend to be hit or miss. There’s an element of surprise to it when I finally get to see the photos on a bigger monitor.
The best part about using the laptop is that I can sit here by the fire, warming my toes, while occasionally looking out the window at the pond and the bonfire M has going this afternoon. As soon as I finish this post, I’m going to stop admiring the bonfire from the confines of the house and go out to marvel at it up close.
That’s it from the Bogs for today. Thank you for dropping by. You are welcome to join me by the bonfire. I’ll bring along some marshmallows to roast. I don’t have all the makings for s’mores, but toasted marshmallows are a treat in and of themselves, don’t you think? 🙂