Category Archives: Elainie

Goodbye 2022.

Happy New Year to those of you sheeple that follow the Gregorian Calendar. I for one, moved to Unix time years ago. So if I have a birthday party this year (Sara wants me to have one, but I doubt it happens) the invites will list the time of the event in Unix Time, like an adult. But I don’t want to tell you what calendar to use.

I think you should look at the options. By the Gregorian Calendar, when this post publishes, it is the year 2022. But there are other calendars.

Here is a list of other calendars and what year it is if you use those calendars:

Hebrew – 5783
Islamic – 1444
Chinese – 4659
Coptic – 1739
Japanese – Reiwa 4
British Regnal – 1 Cha. 3
Buddhist – 2566
Nanakshahi – 554
Hindu – 5123
Juche – 111
Byzantine – 7531
Roman – 2775
Holocene – 12022
Unix Time (like an adult): 1672531199 (roughly)

As you can tell, Unix Time is clearly superior.

Even though I don’t celebrate New Years, I do like to give holiday Power Rankings.

Here are my champagne power rankings:

CHAMPAGNE POWER RANKINGS
10. All champagne is trash.
9. All champagne is trash.
8. All champagne is trash.
7. All champagne is trash.
6. All champagne is trash.
5. All champagne is trash.
4. All champagne is trash.
3. All champagne is trash.
2. All champagne is trash.
1. Champere

So Happy New Years to those who celebrate it. I will have been asleep a couple hours when the bell tolls for 2022. I’m old, lame, and don’t get invited to adult parties.

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Time to reveal the December image for the 2023 Photography 139 Gregorian Calendar:


2023 Calendar - December
December

The December image is a picture of the old mill in Independence, Iowa. I took it while harvesting the town signs of Buchanan County for THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT. In retrospect, it isn’t a great image for the brutal colds and snows of December. But it was the last selected image and December was the last month that didn’t have an image. These things tend to sort themselves out.

TECHNICAL DETAILS
CAMERA: Sony ILCE-7M4
DATE: May 28, 2022 – 9:41 AM
LENS: Tamron 17-28 f/2.8
FOCAL LENGTH: 28mm
APERTURE: f/9
EXPOSURE: 1/320
ISO: 100
EXPOSURE BIAS: +.3

I have no calendar images to share tomorrow. Or again until December. If the Photography 139 Calendar exists again in 2024.

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This year when I handed a calendar to somebody I asked them to pick a favorite image. Then I photographed them with their favorite image. I also asked people that I didn’t hand deliver a calendar to to pick a favorite image and then send me a picture of them with that image. Like 3 people did that. So good for them? Not that such treachery might factor in who gets a calendar next year…

I forgot to do this for the attendees of the Westhaven Christmas, so this won’t be held against them. Maybe Nate. I did ask him and he said “No problem” and then never sent me a picture.

Any way here is a collection of, but not comprehensive collection of pictures of people with their favorite pictures from the calendar:



Shannon


Bethany and Nora


Colleen


Also Colleen


Also, also Colleen


Andy


Baier (Jason)


More Baiers (Olivia)


More Baiers (Ben)


More Baiers (Carrie and J.J.)


More Baiers (Will)


Russell


Michelle


Elizabeth


Willy


Micky


Kio


Kim


Brandon


Teresa


Logan


Elainie


Sabas


Johnathan


Jason


Carla


Dawn


Lockners


Gorshes


Scott


Anders


Becky


Alexis


Jesse


Jay


Nader

It is possible more pictures might trickle in, if people I mailed calendars to haven’t received them yet. I think every picture got picked except for January. Poor January. Might try this again next year. We’ll see if the people like it.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is BODY PART:


WEEK 381 - BODY PART
BODY PART

IT IS POSSIBLE I MIGHT ROAD TRIP ON MONDAY. IF I DO, THERE WILL BE NO ADDITIONAL REMINDERS. YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN!!!

BODY PART! What a great final theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a BODY PART image? Simply put, it is a picture where a major compositional element of the image is a BODY PART. Doesn’t have to be your BODY PART. Could be somebody else’s. It could belong to an animal. There are so many BODY PART(s) to choose from! Heads. Shoulders. Knees. Toes. Just to name a few.

Happy photo harvesting!

Selfie Project – October 2022

Looking at my SELFIE PROJECT pictures from the month of October, I’m not sure I had a very active October. Seems like I barely left my house. I’ll try to be more active in November.

Here are some of my favorite selfies from THE SELFIE PROJECT in October:


Day 274 - October 1, 2022
October 1

Day 275 - October 2, 2022
October 2

Day 277 - October 4, 2022
October 4

Day 278 - October 5, 2022
October 5

Day 279 - October 6, 2022
October 6

Day 280 - October 7, 2022
October 7

Day 281 - October 8, 2022
October 8

Day 283 - October 10, 2022
October 10

Day 284 - October 11, 2022
October 11

Day 285 - October 12, 2022
October 12

Day 287 - October 14, 2022
October 14

Day 288 - October 15, 2022
October 15

Day 289 - October 16, 2022
October 16

Day 290 - October 17, 2022
October 17

Day 292 - October 19, 2022
October 19

Day 293 - October 20, 2022
October 20

Day 294 - October 21, 2022
October 21

Day 295 - October 22, 2022
October 22

Day 296 - October 23, 2022
October 23

Day 298 - October 25, 2022
October 25

Day 300 - October 27, 2022
October 27

Day 302 - October 29, 2022
October 29

Day 303 - October 30, 2022
October 30

I didn’t take any extra selfies this much. I might do better in November. There are no promises.

2011-05-22, 2011-05-26, and 2011-05-27

The pictures in the folders 2011-05-22, 2011-05-26, and 2011-05-27 are mostly of irises, a flower that is well-documented to be my least favorite flower. There are also pictures from Elainie’s high school graduation and one picture from the Left Behind Party Funk and I had, but was really hosted by Sara.

The Left Behind Party, took place a few days after a billboard in Boone claimed that the world was going to end. It did not, or at least we weren’t raptured. Which is pretty much okay with me, cause I don’t believe in the rapture. Think it was something some dude just pulled out of his bum in the 19th century.


Left Behind Party

WEEK 21 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

Elainie High School Graduation

Elainie High School Graduation

Elainie High School Graduation

Elainie High School Graduation

Mad with Joy

Mad with Joy

Mad with Joy

Mad with Joy

Mad with Joy

Mad with Joy

Mad with Joy

Mad with Joy

Mad with Joy

Mad with Joy

By adding these pictures to the Photography 139 Gallery, I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entries to their original glory:

RWPE Y2 #20 – PAINTING WITH LIGHT

RWPE Y2 #21 – ODD CAMERA ANGLE

GRADUATION

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #75 ALPHA

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #75 BETA

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve Evie.

SELFIE PROJECT – FEBRUARY 2022

I don’t know that I did all that much in February that will made THE SELFIE PROJECT all that interesting. I guess I did spend a week in Pittsburgh, but there was no real free time on that trip, so you might find those selfies disappointing. However, I did manage to take a few images that I liked. Here are my favorites from February of THE SELFIE PROJECT:


Day 32 - February 1, 2022
February 1

Day 33 - February 2, 2022
February 2

Day 34 - February 3, 2022
February 3

Day 36 - February 5, 2022
February 5

Day 37 - February 6, 2022
February 6

Day 39 - February 8, 2022
February 8

Day 40 - February 9, 2022
February 9

Day 41 - February 10, 2022
February 10

Day 43 - February 12, 2022
February 12

Day 45 - February 14, 2022
February 14

Day 46 - February 15, 2022
February 15

Day 47 - February 16, 2022
February 16

Day 48 - February 17. 2022
February 17

Day 49 - February 18, 2022
February 18

Day 50 - February 19, 2022
February 19

Day 53 - February 22, 2022
February 22

Day 55 - February 24, 2022
February 24

Day 57 - February 26, 2022
February 26

Day 58 - February 27, 2022
February 27

Day 59 - February 28, 2022
February 28

Here are some of favorite alternate pictures for THE SELFIE PROJECT:


Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

Selfie Project - Alternate

I will try to be more impressive in March.

2011-05-01, 2011-05-09, and 2011-05-14

The pictures in the folders 2011-05-01, 2011-05-09, and 2011-05-14 are mostly from a Mother’s Day celebration we held at my house. But there are also pictures there from the RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT (now known as THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE) and Logan running track.


WEEK 17 - MOTION - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 18 - ADVENTURE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 19 - COLORFUL - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

Logan Track - 2011

Logan Track - 2011

Logan Track - 2011

Logan Track - 2011

Logan Track - 2011

Logan Track - 2011

Logan Track - 2011

Logan Track - 2011

Logan Track - 2011

Mother's Day - 2011

Mother's Day - 2011

Mother's Day - 2011

Mother's Day - 2011

Mother's Day - 2011

Mother's Day - 2011

Mother's Day - 2011

Mother's Day - 2011

Mother's Day - 2011

By adding these pictures to the Photography 139 Gallery, I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entries to their original glory:

RWPE Y2 #17 – MOTION

RWPE Y2 #18 – ADVENTURE

RWPE Y2 #19 – COLORFUL

RUN LOGAN RUN

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve the greenhouse formerly known as the Northwest Greenhouse.

Christmas Treats – 2021

The July image from the 2022 Calendar is a picture of an Easter lily.


2022 Calendar - July

Tomorrow I will share the August image.

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Last Saturday a few people got together at Teresa’s house to make Christmas treats. I stopped by to take a few pictures.


Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

Christmas Treats - 2021

I think next year Johnathan, Logan, and Brandon might get an invite. However, I’m not in charge, so we’ll see.

WPC – 327 – CANDID PORTRAIT

The January image for the 2022 Photography 139 Calendar is an image I took for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. It is of a corn crib (methinks) that was blown askew by the derecho. It is slightly east of Boone on US-30.


2022 Calendar - January

Tomorrow I will reveal the February image.

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Thus far, CANDID PORTRAIT has proven to be a very popular theme.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came to see the submissions:


WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensely-Gorshe

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEL 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 327 -CANDID PORTRAIT - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner

WEEK 327 - CANDID PORTRAIT - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner

But enough dwelling on the past. Time to look to the future. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future! This week’s theme:


WEEK 328 - HOLIDAYS
HOLIDAYS

HOLIDAYS! What a great theme for Year 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE! But wait, I thought the themes were random? Seems also convenient that HOLIDAYS is the theme the same week as Christmas? Yeah, it does seem convenient. Perhaps even desperately random…

But what exactly is a HOLIDAYS image? Simply put, a HOLIDAYS image is just any image that suggest the celebration of a HOLIDAY. Opening presents, decorations, making treats, hanging with family or friends or co-workers. There are so many possibilities! And yes, Christmas is this week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go to the basement and pull out your favorite Arbor Day decoration and take a picture of that.

While considering your possible subjects for your HOLIDAYS image, consider the following quote:

A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.
-Garrison Keillor

RULES

The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge.

You can send your images to either bennett@photography139.com OR you may text them to my Pixel 5.

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing our idea of HOLIDAYS in this place that is little more than where I go for my personal holidays next Monday.

Sneaky Snake Root Beer

This year for our family Thanksgiving I wanted to attempt to make root beer. I had Glenn Peterson’s recipe in hand and I also fruitlessly pursued another recipe, but I’m not really sure how different root beer recipes can get.

Glenn’s recipe was a little vague on a couple things, but it goes like this:

Recipe for homemade root beer (X 2 for 10 gal water cooler)
4 lbs. sugar
3 ½ gallon water
1 bottle Root beer extract
1 bottle Root beer flavor
4 lbs. dry ice.

Add 4 lbs. sugar to 3 ½ gal water. Stir until sugar dissolved. Add 1 bottle root beer extract and 1 bottle root beer flavor. Stir until mixed. Add 4 lbs. of dry ice ½ to 1 hour before serving. Use gloves when working with dry ice. Dry ice will cause the container to look like a witches’ caldron. Do not stir nor put a lid on container. When “steam” from the dry ice disappears, root beer is ready to drink.
This recipe was shared with Glenn while in the Army. He started sharing it with Pack 150, Madrid at the Blue & Gold Banquets/ Crossovers and Arrow of Lights Ceremony from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts.

Glenn’s widow Tamara shared the recipe with me a couple years ago.

The one thing I didn’t know is how much is 1 bottle of root beer extract and how much is one bottle of root beer flavor. I compared it to other root beer recipes and determined Glenn’s recipe calls for a 2 oz bottle of each. I changed his recipe slightly. I used 1 4 oz bottle of Shank’s root beer extract.

Johnathan and Logan assisted in the making of my first batch of what I am calling Sneaky Snake Root Beer. Here are some pictures:


Thanksgiving - 2022

Thanksgiving - 2022

Thanksgiving - 2022

Thanksgiving - 2022
Logan is wearing some of my Mom’s old dish gloves.

Thanksgiving - 2022

Thanksgiving - 2022

Thanksgiving - 2022
This is one of my favorite family pictures ever.

Thanksgiving - 2022

Thanksgiving - 2022

Thanksgiving - 2022

Thanksgiving - 2022

Thanksgiving - 2022

I decided on the name for my root beer on Saturday while cruising around Monroe County with Teresa. I was originally going to name it after Naima sorta and call it something like Gold Dog Root Beer, so I could put her mug on the bottles. However, I decided to name it after an old family memory. Maybe I was feeling nostalgic because Thanksgiving this year was obviously bittersweet at it was the first major holiday we’ve had without Mom. But I decided to base the name off the Tom T. Hall song “Sneaky Snake”.

When I was a kid and we would go down to my Dad’s darkroom, the music was mostly provided by his 8 track collection. My favorite of his 8 tracks was blue. It was Tom T. Hall’s Greatest Hits Volume II. I can’t swear that it was Volume II, but it was pretty close. My favorite song on this 8 track was “Sneaky Snake”. I still love that song, even though next to nobody outside of my family seems to appreciate its greatness.

The lyrics are:

Boys and girls take warning
If you go near the lake
Keep your eyes wide open
And look for sneaky snake
Now, maybe you won’t see him
And maybe you won’t hear
But he’ll sneak up behind you
And drink all your root beer

And then sneaky snake goes dancing
Wiggling and a-hissing
Sneaky snake goes dancing
A-giggling and a-kissing
I don’t like old sneaky snake
He laughs too much you see
When he goes wiggling through the grass
It tickles his underneath

Well sneaky snake drinks root beer
And he just makes me sick
When he is not dancing
He looks just like stick
Now he doesn’t have any arms or legs
You cannot see his ears
And while we are not looking
He’s stealing all of our beer

And then sneak snake goes dancing
Wiggling and a-hissing
Sneaky snake goes dancing
A-giggling and a-kissing
I don’t like old sneaky snake
He laughs too much you see
When he goes wiggling through the grass
It tickles his underneath

So this is what the label on the bottle should look like, or would look like if I could get it to print correctly:



I’m definitely not a graphic designer, but I do like the picture part. The picture of the snake is from about 10 years ago, when I found a snake in Shorty and Doris’ flower bed. I photoshopped it up a bit though.

I might not explain everything about this under normal circumstances, but my nearly professional labeler Elizabeth is concerned that people might think it is name after the “I’m a Snake” guy of YouTube fame. It definitely is not. So don’t even try thinking that!

I have a few bottles of Batch 001 left. I’ve earmarked a few for December Movie Night. And the rest, well they might go to Elizabeth’s progeny. They apparently are big fans of Sneaky Snake Root Beer!

I’m going to continue to experiment with the recipe. Try different brands of extract. Try Glenn’s original recipe. I want to try mixing in some vanilla at some point too. I definitely need to figure out a way to capture more carbonation. I’m not sure how to do that yet, but I have some theories. Batch 001 will be followed by Batch 002 and 003 and so on and so forth more hopefully.