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The Dash

I attended funeral services for a friend’s father yesterday. The minister read a wonderful poem that I took to heart at the service. I want to share it with you all!

The Dash

by

Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak

At the funeral of a friend.

He referred to the dates on her tombstone

From the beginning to the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth

And spoke of the following date with tears,

But he said what mattered most of all

Was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time

That she spent alive on earth

And now only those who loved her

Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,

The cars, the house, the cash,

What matters is how we live and love

And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard;

Are there things you’d like to change?

For you never know how much time is left

That can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough

To consider what’s true and real

And always try to understand

The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger

And show appreciation more

And love the people in our lives

Like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect

And more often wear a smile,

Remembering that this special dash

Might only last a little while.

So when your eulogy is being read

With your life’s actions to rehash

Would you be proud of the things they say

About how you spent your dash?

Kudos: Linda Ellis

Scanning My Old Photographs

I am an avid photographer and I love my Nikon digital D80 SLR camera. What am I to do with all my pre-digital photographs? Recently my mother-in-law began scanning her family photographs into her computer… this reminded me that I had started the same project months ago and just stopped. (Like so many projects!) I have started scanning again and now I know why I stopped! Firstly, I found that my Epson Perfection 2450 scanner was making a blurry mess of the project. I noticed this when I compared the output scans made with it to scans made with my HP Photosmart C5180 All in One Printer. In comparison after comparison, The HP did a better job. I would have continued with the HP, but it is just too slow for the amount of scanning that I need to do, so it was off to BestBuy. I ended up with the CanoScan 5600F and so far it has been great! It uses LED technology..so no more waiting for the scanner to warm up! My only problem I find is that it will only scan 35mm and Slides. I have some old negatives in 120 format that I need to get in digital format and I may have to make an attempt with the Epson for them. Perhaps they will be OK since I didn’t try the Epson in negative mode. I was up till 4 AM last night when I found about 4 more shoeboxes of photos to go through, not to mention the 3 or 4 my mother has for me to scan. I may be looking for a place to farm out some of the work. If anyone has a company that does inexpensive but quality work, I would love to learn more about it!

I look so butch in this photograph!

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Happy 2009!

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2009… I can’t believe how time is flying the older I get! 2009 is the going to be a year of change for me. I am starting off the year 70 pounds thinner, with a new job and the beginning of nursing school! I will be busy. I plan to finally return to the gym and gain some much needed muscle too! I have been blessed with wonderful friends and family and I am so grateful to have them in my life. Last week my mom celebrated her 85th birthday! She really is an inspiration to me having suffered so much, yet still having a wonderful outlook on life. I only hope I inherited some of that. Mike is finally getting over his horrible cold and starts back at his new job on Monday. I think we are both lucky to have jobs in this crazy worsening economy. Now if we can only start saving more money for our retirement! I wish all of you who read this a very happy and healthy new year!

School Books

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My school books have arrived! 10 books costing over 500 dollars! How does anyone afford to go to school these days? I am anxious to get back to studying and like the fact that so much of nursing is hands on. I still don’t know if my clinicals will be on Wednesday or Thursday so I can’t tell work what hours I have available yet. Speaking of work, there are still a lot of things that I don’t know how to do there and haven’t been trained on. I will probably learn everything just when I need to drop my hours! I am really behind in my Christmas shopping and I have so many projects that I would like to finish before school starts. I must admit I feel a little overwhelmed, but doesn’t everyone this time of year. If you are reading this and your are a friend of mine… your Christmas card may be late!

Got the Job!

Today I was informed that I got the job at the Apple store. I am going to be a Concierge, directing visitors to the correct resources of the store.. I was up for either Specialist(sales person), or the Concierge role. I still hope that I get to show and play with the latest Apple products as a Concierge. I won’t be writing about my work here on the blog as I am told that Apple has a tight lipped policy, but I am excited to start working outside the home again!

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Photo Credit: Cornfedtech.com

Happy 4th of July!

Another 4th! They seem to come closer and closer together now. We went to the Walpole Fireworks Spectacular last night. We almost didn’t go due to a strong thunderstorm a few hours before, but it cleared up. Walpole puts on an amazing show and we always have a good time when we link up with our friends, Karen and Ron, who always save us a place with the best viewing. Mike’s Mom and Dad also joined us, so it was even more special. I am coming along after my surgery. I am so sick of protein drinks, but only have to drink them for a few more days. I can’t wait till I am on full solid food, even if it won’t be the amounts I used to eat! I wish everyone a happy and safe holidayJul032008_0010.JPG