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Saturday, November 30, 2019

"Three Little Wishes" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Wish."

I went to the beat of my own drummer with this. There is a "tip of the hat" to a song and a movie in this.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.14.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Waxing Crescent Moon 19.7% Lit Before The Storm - Photograph

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I took this photograph of the waxing crescent moon during the end of Civil Twilight this evening. The moon was 19.7% lit before the storm that's arriving here tomorrow. I have the snow shovels, etc. ready, and my car is now parked in the "snowfall position" at the top of the driveway. Where I live in Fairfield County Connecticut, the Merritt Parkway (Route 15) is considered the "dividing line" between the severity of Winter weather events. The water in Long Island Sound keeps the temperatures a little warmer along the coast of CT. Even though I'm south of the parkway, I usually end up getting the same snowfall totals as those who live just north of the parkway. :-(

In moon trivia news, the moon is waxing toward the next Full Moon, which will be on Dec 12, 2019 (12/12) at 12:12 am my local time. Pretty cool, huh?!

Winter Storm Watch Warning - NY, NJ, CT tri-state area


Winter Storm Watch

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service New York NY
432 AM EST Sat Nov 30 2019

CTZ005>007-NJZ002-103-NYZ067>070-302145-
/O.CON.KOKX.WS.A.0004.191201T1200Z-191203T1200Z/
Northern Fairfield-Northern New Haven-Northern Middlesex-Western Passaic-Western Bergen-Orange-Putnam-Rockland-Northern Westchester-
432 AM EST Sat Nov 30 2019

...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING...

* WHAT...Heavy snow and mixed precipitation possible. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 12 inches well inland, and 5 to 8 inches elsewhere. Ice accumulations of around a tenth of an inch or less possible.

* WHERE...Portions of northeast New Jersey, inland southern Connecticut and southeast New York.

* WHEN...From Sunday morning through Tuesday morning.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact holiday travel and the morning and evening commutes on Monday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Precipitation will start as all snow on Sunday. The precipitation becomes a wintry mix Sunday afternoon into Sunday night before changing back to snow Monday. Snow continues Monday night.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Monitor the latest forecasts for updates on this situation.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Waterfall Stone Wall Dam In Woods - Photograph

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This is 1 of 3 posts of photographs that I took on a second trip to one of the north trails off Rock House Rd in Easton, CT. This trail is part of the Centennial Watershed State Forest Aspetuck Trail. The official trail map must be carried as one's permit for access to the area.

With regard to why a permit is needed on these particular hiking trails: they are on land that the public water supply flows through. So they have rules for what you can and can't do there, and if you get caught in there without a permit (which is the trail map), you can be fined / arrested.

This north trail has a hidden gem on it only about 15 minutes walk north of the road: a stone wall dam / waterfall! The trail also parallels the water, which makes for a tranquil, enjoyable setting.

Approximate GPS location for parking on Rock House Road: 41.286599, -73.331555

Bridge and Waterside Trail - Photograph

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This is 2 of 3 posts of photographs that I took on a second trip to one of the north trails off Rock House Rd in Easton, CT. This trail is part of the Centennial Watershed State Forest Aspetuck Trail. The official trail map must be carried as one's permit for access to the area.

With regard to why a permit is needed on these particular hiking trails: they are on land that the public water supply flows through. So they have rules for what you can and can't do there, and if you get caught in there without a permit (which is the trail map), you can be fined / arrested.

This north trail has a hidden gem on it only about 15 minutes walk north of the road: a stone wall dam / waterfall! The trail also parallels the water, which makes for a tranquil, enjoyable setting.

Approximate GPS location for parking on Rock House Road: 41.286599, -73.331555

Trail Long Tree Shadows - Photograph

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This is 3 of 3 posts of photographs that I took on a second trip to one of the north trails off Rock House Rd in Easton, CT. This trail is part of the Centennial Watershed State Forest Aspetuck Trail. The official trail map must be carried as one's permit for access to the area.

With regard to why a permit is needed on these particular hiking trails: they are on land that the public water supply flows through. So they have rules for what you can and can't do there, and if you get caught in there without a permit (which is the trail map), you can be fined / arrested.

This north trail has a hidden gem on it only about 15 minutes walk north of the road: a stone wall dam / waterfall! The trail also parallels the water, which makes for a tranquil, enjoyable setting.

Approximate GPS location for parking on Rock House Road: 41.286599, -73.331555

Thursday, November 28, 2019

"Thanksgiving Pilgrim Owls" - Postcard

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I created this using GIMP 2.10.12.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Waterfall Stone Wall Dam In Woods - Photograph

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This is 1 of 5 posts of photographs that I took on one of the north trails off Rock House Rd in Easton, CT. This trail is part of the Centennial Watershed State Forest Aspetuck Trail. The official trail map must be carried as one's permit for access to the area.

This north trail has a hidden gem on it only about 15 minutes walk north of the road: a stone wall dam / waterfall! The trail also parallels the water, which makes for a tranquil, enjoyable setting.

Approximate GPS location for parking on Rock House Road: 41.286599, -73.331555

Area Around Stone Wall Dam - Photograph

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This is 2 of 5 posts of photographs that I took on one of the north trails off Rock House Rd in Easton, CT. This trail is part of the Centennial Watershed State Forest Aspetuck Trail. The official trail map must be carried as one's permit for access to the area.

This north trail has a hidden gem on it only about 15 minutes walk north of the road: a stone wall dam / waterfall! The trail also parallels the water, which makes for a tranquil, enjoyable setting.

Approximate GPS location for parking on Rock House Road: 41.286599, -73.331555

Stone Wall Waterside Trail - Photograph

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This is 3 of 5 posts of photographs that I took on one of the north trails off Rock House Rd in Easton, CT. This trail is part of the Centennial Watershed State Forest Aspetuck Trail. The official trail map must be carried as one's permit for access to the area.

This north trail has a hidden gem on it only about 15 minutes walk north of the road: a stone wall dam / waterfall! The trail also parallels the water, which makes for a tranquil, enjoyable setting.

Approximate GPS location for parking on Rock House Road: 41.286599, -73.331555

Stone Wall Waterside Trail - Photograph

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This is 4 of 5 posts of photographs that I took on one of the north trails off Rock House Rd in Easton, CT. This trail is part of the Centennial Watershed State Forest Aspetuck Trail. The official trail map must be carried as one's permit for access to the area.

This north trail has a hidden gem on it only about 15 minutes walk north of the road: a stone wall dam / waterfall! The trail also parallels the water, which makes for a tranquil, enjoyable setting.

Approximate GPS location for parking on Rock House Road: 41.286599, -73.331555

Leaves Under Water / Ghostly Tree Reflections - Photograph

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This is 5 of 5 posts of photographs that I took on one of the north trails off Rock House Rd in Easton, CT. This trail is part of the Centennial Watershed State Forest Aspetuck Trail. The official trail map must be carried as one's permit for access to the area.

This north trail has a hidden gem on it only about 15 minutes walk north of the road: a stone wall dam / waterfall! The trail also parallels the water, which makes for a tranquil, enjoyable setting.

Approximate GPS location for parking on Rock House Road: 41.286599, -73.331555

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

"T Stands For Teddy And Downton Abbey Tea" - Photograph

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I am joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth for this week's T Stands For challenge found here.

This is my summation of the past week:

Teddy will be serving double duty as my main image plus as my "T-Day ticket" for my T-Day posts for awhile.

Teddy was very upset when he heard Elizabeth fell and hurt her arm, because he wanted to ask her if a photo of a tin containing tea was acceptable as a beverage reference, but he didn't want to bother her when she wasn't feeling well. Teddy said he remembered seeing a few T-Ladies commenting about Downton Abbey tea, so he said it was a priority to make this post now.

This past week, "we" received a catalog in the mail from The Republic of Tea. Teddy signed "us" up for a free catalog, which includes a tea sample, awhile ago. When Teddy saw they had Downton Abbey tea, he insisted we had to let everyone know. I told Teddy it's on the expensive side, and not to expect it in his Christmas stocking.

I added a list of recipes to my blog, under heading Recipes - Desserts. Teddy was thrilled that the holiday catalog from The Republic of Tea also had recipes in it. You'll be seeing photos of him showing those pages in the weeks to come. In the meantime, I added a few of the links under that recipe heading, in case anyone wants to check them out: Fudgy Fulfill-Mint, Good Hope Shortbread, and Tea Recipes - Seasonal Recipes.

I also made my own recipe blog post: Stuffed Zucchini Sausage Short Cut Method Recipe.

The weather was a mix of sun and rain, but it was mild enough to go for a walk somewhere new to me: Trail In Woods and Stone Wall Road In Woods and Brook.

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I spent most of the weekend dusting, vacuuming, tidying up, etc. For many years, I've been battling creeping clutter, which always comes back, but I've discovered a new enemy: creeping dust. I don't know where all of the dust comes from, but I've decided it's actually just like my clutter: it creeps back, but from origins unknown. (I'm the one who keeps piling my stuff in places where it doesn't belong, hence creating clutter.)

In moon trivia news, the next Full Moon will be at 12:12 am my local time on 12/12! I'm fascinated by the moon, which is why I try to take photos of it whenever I can: Crescent Moon 31.8% Lit, Crescent Moon 12.2% Lit.

Symantec Norton updated their software to version 22.19.9.63, and today is a week after the last time their software bug reared its ugly head, which happens every 7 days, so let's see if their new version still has the same software bug in it!

I made some postcards that illustrated song lyrics I like: Blue City Moonlight, Sing To The Moon, Underneath The Starlight.

And to everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving Day (Thursday November 28, 2019), I hope you enjoy the holiday. (I might be offline during the four day weekend, and not around like I usually am.)

And there doesn't seem to be enough time in the days, so that "teaser" about maps that I made last week was better left unsaid, because I still haven't finished up what I'm doing yet. I also haven't started my Christmas artwork. Ugh.

This was another bye week for movie watching, akin to the US football term.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

"Underneath The Starlight" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Song Lyrics."

This is one of my favorite themes to pursue on my own, so while I might make several postcards for this theme, I won't necessarily post them to the challenge site.

This is also my entry for this week's Foto Tunes.

I use my own imagination when I hear song lyrics, and envision what they mean to me personally, which is why I usually don't watch the official video, if there is one, for most of the songs that I like.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.14.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

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Underneath the starlight, starlight
There's a magical feeling, so right
It'll steal your heart tonight
You can try to resist
Try to hide from my kiss
But you know that you can't fight the moonlight
Deep in the dark
You'll surrender your heart
But you know that you can't fight the moonlight
No, you can't fight it
It's gonna get to your heart

Can't Fight The Moonlight - LeAnn Rimes

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"Sing To The Moon" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Song Lyrics."

This is one of my favorite themes to pursue on my own, so while I might make several postcards for this theme, I won't necessarily post them to the challenge site.

I use my own imagination when I hear song lyrics, and envision what they mean to me personally, which is why I usually don't watch the official video, if there is one, for most of the songs that I like.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.14.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

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Hey there you, shattered in a thousand pieces
Weeping in the darkest nights.
Sing to the moon and the stars will shine
Over you, lead you to the other side.

Laura Mvula - Sing To The Moon lyrics

"Blue City Moonlight" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Song Lyrics."

This is one of my favorite themes to pursue on my own, so while I might make several postcards for this theme, I won't necessarily post them to the challenge site.

I use my own imagination when I hear song lyrics, and envision what they mean to me personally, which is why I usually don't watch the official video, if there is one, for most of the songs that I like.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.14.

The vintage images are from an Internet search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

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A city of blue light
Oh moon, save me from tonight

We Killed The Moonlight - Still Corners

lyrics

Crescent Moon 12.2% Lit - Photograph

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I took this photograph of the crescent moon this morning. The moon was 12.2% lit according to Time and Date data for Bridgeport, CT. I'm using that site for moon data until the US Navy site is back online in April 2020. This photo is a little blurry, but it was the best shot out of the set that I took. It was also a little chilly this morning, and I could see my breath (34 F / 1 C).

And in moon trivia news, the next Full Moon will be at 12:12 am local time on 12/12!

Friday, November 22, 2019

Trail In Woods - Photograph

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This is 1 of 2 posts of photographs that I took at Hoyden's Hill Open Space Area, the highest point in Fairfield, Connecticut, this past week.

Part of one of the trails in the woods runs along a stone wall lined unpaved road that emerges at Beers Road. The adjacent wooded property west of that has many stone walls in it.

Approximate GPS location at Beers Road: 41.225370, -73.284110

Stone Wall Road In Woods and Brook - Photograph

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This is 2 of 2 posts of photographs that I took at Hoyden's Hill Open Space Area, the highest point in Fairfield, Connecticut, this past week.

Part of one of the trails in the woods runs along a stone wall lined unpaved road that emerges at Beers Road. The adjacent wooded property west of that has many stone walls in it.

Approximate GPS location at Beers Road: 41.225370, -73.284110

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Crescent Moon 31.8% Lit - Photograph

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I took this photograph of the crescent moon this morning. The moon was 31.8% lit.

Stuffed Zucchini Sausage Short Cut Method Recipe - Photograph

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I like squash and zucchini cooked as a vegetable on their own, or baked as stuffed zucchini. I had some frozen zucchini and came up with this short cut method recipe for making stuffed zucchini in a pan, instead of in the zucchini shells.

One change I might try the next time I make this is to puree the zucchini slices, then mix that with everything else.

Stuffed Zucchini Sausage Short Cut Method Recipe

Ingredients:

12 oz (340 g) frozen Jones Sausage
 (defrost in refrigerator the night before)

16 oz (1 lb) (454 g) frozen sliced zucchini
 (defrost/heat to room temperature in microwave & drain)

1 egg
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3 tbls grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbls onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp dried parsley
1/8 tsp oregano
1/2 cup dried panko bread crumbs

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (optional)

spaghetti sauce (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Grease an 8" x 8" x 2" nonstick metal pan with olive oil (optional).

Defrost/heat to room temperature in microwave the frozen sliced zucchini and drain liquid.

Beat egg in a bowl. Then add all dry ingredients, one at a time, mixing as needed, so that everything is blended together. (If the mix is too dry, add a little water and mix. I didn't need to when I made this.)

Add the room temperature Jones Sausage to the bowl and mix it until all of the ingredients are blended together.

Add the room temperature sliced zucchini to the bowl and mix it until all of the ingredients are blended together.

Spoon the mixture into the baking pan and flatten the top so that it is level.

Cover the pan with tin foil.

Bake in the oven on the bottom shelf at 375 F for 30 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven, pull back the tin foil, sprinkle on the shredded mozzarella cheese, recover with tin foil, and bake for an additional 5 minutes, to melt the cheese. (optional step)

Remove the pan from the oven and serve with optional spaghetti sauce.
(I had it without the spaghetti sauce and it tasted good. I also had it without the shredded mozzarella cheese on top and it tasted good that way, too.)

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Symantec Norton Bug Internet Security At Risk Red X Icon Taskbar Tray Back One Week (7 Days) Later


Like clock work, one week (7 days) later, the Symantec Norton anti-virus software bug reared it's ugly head again on my new Windows 10 computer. The Symantec Norton Security icon in the Taskbar tray changed to show a Red X. After clicking on the icon, the Norton LifeLock Security window displayed these messages for the Internet Security tab: Internet Security At Risk and Browsing at Risk. (See image above.) Their software bug has existed since at least August 2019, but Symantec can't be bothered to fix it, according to comments I read here.

The Symantec Norton Security icon in the Taskbar tray should be a green check mark (see image below) and the Norton LifeLock Security window should look like this:


Today, one week (7 days) after uninstalling and reinstalling Norton to fix their software bug, which is merely resetting the 7 day clock for when the bug will return, this popup dialog appeared (see image below). Because I didn't take any action in response to it, it timed out, disappeared, and the Taskbar tray changed to show a Red X, meaning the bug was back.


My immediate response to their software bug returning was to research the quality of Windows 10 Windows Defender, and I found an article saying it can be used instead of an anti-virus program (like Symantec Norton). The article recommended using Malwarebytes too:

What’s the Best Antivirus for Windows 10? (Is Windows Defender Good Enough?)

Malwarebytes

Basic Computer Security: How to Protect Yourself from Viruses, Hackers, and Thieves

Then I reinstalled Norton for the FOURTH time, to work around THEIR SOFTWARE BUG! If this problem happens again next Tuesday, I'll uninstall Norton for the last time, and use Windows 10 Windows Defender instead. I also won't be renewing my subscription with Symantec Norton.

"T Stands For Teddy On Red Picnic Table" - Photograph

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I am joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth for this week's T Stands For challenge found here.

This is my summation of the past week:

Those are photos of Teddy that I took during our trip to Lake Mohegan about a month ago. Those trees are probably bare at this point in time.

I needed a ticket into this week's T-gathering, so here is Teddy with another magazine image, this time showing a glass of Blue Moon beer:
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Coincidentally, this past week I learned that next Halloween (Oct 31, 2020) there will be a Blue Moon! (Second Full Moon in the same month.) I need to start planning some extraordinary artwork for that occasion. A Full Moon only falls on the same day every 19 years or so. So the next Halloween Full Moon won't be until 2039.

Finding out about the 2020 Halloween Blue Moon also led me to discover that the US Navy site I rely on for accurate sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, etc. data is down for modernization, and won't be back up until April 2020.  Data Services — Naval Oceanography Portal   I also rely on them for my simulated moon phase image on my blog, which I hadn't noticed wasn't updating since October 24, 2019.

Teddy said to tell everyone he appreciated the comments of concern about him needing a winter coat now that it got cold here. However, when I caught him using my computer, holding my credit card in his paw, while looking at coats on store websites, he quickly scurried away without explanation.

The weather was so unseasonably cold that NOAA described it as colder than the average temperatures for January. It moderated a little, dipped again for the weekend, then rose a little bit. I hope it's not a sign of a bitterly cold winter to come.

For the book lovers out there, I just heard about this link, which I added to my blog: Metropolitan Museum of Art - Books with Full-Text Online.

I got that direct link from this site, which has many links on it, but it also has ads: Open Culture - free cultural & educational media on the web.

I cleaned up and reorganized my blog a little. I now list the movies by genre, but most of my movie links are Crime / Mystery / Film-Noir.

For anyone old enough to remember Kolchak: The Night Stalker, NBC has all of the episodes here. (I don't now how long they'll be available. I made a blog post with a link for each episode, like I've done for other shows: Kolchak: The Night Stalker Episodes)

This past week the Symantec Norton anti-virus bug reared it's ugly head again on my new Windows 10 computer. Apparently their software bug has existed for awhile, but Symantec can't be bothered to fix it, according to comments I read here. I've heard Windows Defender is better than it used to be, so I need to research that, to see if I can use that instead of Norton, which I won't be renewing if they don't fix their bug.

This Handsome Fellow is my beloved cat. (See that blog post link for photos I took of him this week.)
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I took more cemetery photos: Gravestones at Dusk, Sanford Cemetery Gravestones, Skull and Cross Bones Gravestones, Cemetery Gates and Gravestones.

I took a short hike on a Trail In Woods.

I saw the Full Moon.

Most of the boats have been removed from the water for the season: Harbor Reflections.

I made some postcards: The Moon - Blue Frosty Night, Fortune Teller Games, Winter Asian Water Cranes, Midnight Masquerade, Medieval Dragon Queen, Charlie Chaplin, Medieval Organ Music.

I've also been working on a small project that involves two maps: one is an art piece and one is a real map. But the two are related to each other. I had hoped to have them finished before this T-Post, so I could share them, but they're both still works in progress. I'll give a little teaser hint about them: they involve hic sunt manes and hic sunt dracones. And if I have my druthers, one will be my destination for the 2020 Halloween Blue Moon, although it might be a little cold there that night!

This was a bye week for movie watching, akin to the US football term.