Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
×

New Year New Promises

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 4, 2007, 5:17 PM
  • Listening to: My daughters
  • Reading: NEXT
  • Watching: ER

Christmas was great, even though  Iwas first up! Its taking the kids to the Christmas Service that keeps them sleeping in, ha, ha. The New Year has, as of yet, not brought any new surprises, yet. Becky's on line store has started to take off so those of you who are looking for an unusual gift should try it. (See the links) and the girls are just getting into School mode ready for next week.


I've spent most of my time at ManipulateThis and burried in there fav's are good exercises for those who want to take up the art.
Winter Lights Tutorial by mindofka Hair Tutorial by jezebel Enhancing Your Digital Photos by fd9z0r broken_me _Tutorial by anaRasha Blending Tutorial by Staldren
These are just a few of them. Go look as there are lots to see.



Windy999

Andy has been around on DA since......... His work has often left me in fits of laughter that have brought my family around my PC to see what was so funny so in my opinion well worth time to visit.
dA Bestiary No 74 by Windy999 dA Bestiary No 77 by Windy999 dA Bestiary No 91 by Windy999 dA Bestiary No 86 by Windy999


Well still working on improving my manipulation skills so please take a look and offer advice. My favorite club is ManipulateThisThis week my attempt is....
Ring out the bell by BFG

Getting back into the saddle

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 2, 2006, 4:50 PM
  • Listening to: My daughters
  • Reading: Photoshop manuals
  • Watching: CSI
CHRISTMAS 2006


Derby Win


Competition Pick




I spent most of the week doing Photo Manipulations. I did see that DA have now commited resourse to fixing the bugs in the service. I'm glad now that I'm a fully paid up member.


I've spent most of my time at ManipulateThis and burried in there fav's are good exercises for those who want to take up the art.
Winter Lights Tutorial by mindofka Hair Tutorial by jezebel Enhancing Your Digital Photos by fd9z0r broken_me _Tutorial by anaRasha Blending Tutorial by Staldren
These are just a few of them. Go look as there are lots to see.



RUNEWITCH

Cassandra has been on DA since......... Always one to take time to look at your work she has a love of her WACOM tablet and anything that looks fun. Her art work is inspireing and beautiful and well worth a look.
The Ice Queen by Runewitch Elven Woman by Runewitch

Mature Content

Water Sprite by Runewitch
Terror from on high by Runewitch


As I said, this week has been more about playing with pictures. I suggest all that do should try ManipulateThis as a club and competition.

This week my attempt is....
Time for the snowman by BFG

Mature Content

Winter Warmer by BFG


Upgrading to CSS

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 26, 2006, 2:04 PM
  • Reading: James Herbert
  • Watching: Footy

DA improves its service. I have been looking at the new layouts for Journals and I must admit I am enjoying these new tools. It's not what I thought DA was all about but I must admit even as long as I've been on I haven't really gone looking at all the different things that DA does. As long as I have the time to I will be including things in my Journal that normally I wouldn't even have clicked on but that I am now finding intresting as I click on random


She's a natural hunter by bega This always makes me smile. :thumb13959471: Great colours and an unusual angle.


:thumb41866761:Nicole

White Pegasus

Nicole loves her pets and her family and they make her two favorite subjects for her photography. I sneakily think she loves any reason to take pictures so I am expecting lots of pictures over the next few weeks :). Still any of us that have kids will know that prospect.


I am looking for clubs that deal with CSS, Photography and Photomanipulation. I am sure that there are hundreds and will be looking at your sites to help. Please let me know of Clubs that you really find good and I will go visit.
I have entered a competition, thanks Runewitch , at :iconmanipulatethis: and my entry is
Evening Drive by BFG so wish me luck :).

As I had a quiet day today I have added another manip here Personhell Stereo by BFG and again Damaged Light by BFG

Not a good day

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 25, 2006, 12:56 PM
  • Reading: James Herbert
  • Watching: Torchwood
If I had bothered to read my biorhythm chart or horoscope for today I bet it would say stay at home close the door and turn off the TV.
Having a cold to start was a warning
Forgetting the money to pay the milkman - not good.
Forgetting to buy a strip light to replace the blowen one in our kitchen - getting worse.
My football team losing - ARRRGH!
Gabby scalding herself on a hot iron - Oh baby!
not getting a group picture of the girls in their (Mrs) santa outfits - 'I WANT TO SELL MY CAMERA AND STUDIO LIGHTING..........!'
My biggest issue is my quick temper (or the fastest sulk in the west) and once the group starts to moan and drift off I just want to go off and sit in a dark room facing my PC and shut out the world.

Any one want a Olympus Camera and assorted lenses?

Journal Layout and CSS
Made by Lily A. Seidel Lilyas








Fyfe Photography 2006
My daughter today lead her band at church for the first time. This was the Sunday evening service and lasted for just over an hour, although they had been there since 5pm and practising since 6. It is wonderful to hear her sing and I hope that she continues to use her talents so that others can enjoy them as I do.

To see her in her and the band go to my Gallery www.deviantart.com/deviation/4…

Oh and BTW POG's stands for People Of God if you are intrested.
  • Listening to: My daughter sing
Today was marked on the calendar as Conner slept the whole night from 1 am until 8 am. Even Bella who normally wakes 1:30ish and then again at 3 am, slept until 9 am. Every thing would have been great apart from a little voice around 6 am asking if I could help her find her pacifier. I crawled out of bed and followed her back into her room and put her into bed. Then I searched around her pillow, in her blanket and even under her bed but could not find the plastic chew anyplace. Gabby's little voice slowly took shape in my head and I realised she was saying "Maybe its on the book case daddy." and also the pointing to the top shelf gave focus to the fact that I had been had by a three year old. She had woken to the milkman delivering our milk and was bored. Having been told off for waking Bella the morning before and taking her out of the cot. it's scary when you find your three year old being followed onto the bed by your one year old for the first time, had decided that a good joke was in order for the morning and I was it.
Today was marked on the calendar as Conner slept the whole night from 1 am until 8 am. Even Bella who normally wakes 1:30ish and then again at 3 am, slept until 9 am. Every thing would have been great apart from a little voice around 6 am asking if I could help her find her pacifier. I crawled out of bed and followed her back into her room and put her into bed. Then I searched around her pillow, in her blanket and even under her bed but could not find the plastic chew anyplace. Gabby's little voice slowly took shape in my head and I realised she was saying "Maybe its on the book case daddy." and also the pointing to the top shelf gave focus to the fact that I had been had by a three year old. She had woken to the milkman delivering our milk and was bored. Having been told off for waking Bella the morning before and taking her out of the cot. it's scary when you find your three year old being followed onto the bed by your one year old for the first time, had decided that a good joke was in order for the morning and I was it.
At last and with a little help from yours truely (I held her hand), Becky gave birth to Connor.

20:50 ten to nine at night
7lb 6oz
19 1/2"

Ten fingers, ten toes and his manhood :) ;)

Thank you all for your prayers and good luck vibes :)


www.deviantart.com/deviation/3…

If you would like to see the video of the birth of Connor and you can deal with a 10mb file then go to www.deviantart.com/deviation/3…


And a picture of Mom with Connor www.deviantart.com/deviation/3…
Well we found out the truth at the hospital. Bank Holiday weekends are covered by an emergency team and not by people who actually work in the department. So there was no way Becky would be helped along if they could get away from it. They let Becky home last night on reprieve until this morning at 8am as it was easier to do that than help her.
From 8 am until 2pm we did not see a doctor as they appeared to be busy but once we got to see one they listened to Becky's ailments and looked at her BP and sugested again to keep her in until the next day.
I'm sure you can guess Becky's response and with threats from her about signing out and going home and my feeble efforts explaining about previous births and current similarities they agreed to fit Becky into the roster for labour.
Can you believe they only have two doctors and only plan three births a day?!
So this was at 4pm and at 5 I came home to put the kids to bed. Becky is in a better mood but as of yet the slot has not materialised.
Fingers crossed
It doesn't seem a year since Bella was born and today in the hospital it felt like just yesterday. No no the birth of a child but the frustration of a doctor who doesn't want to do anything yet as its the weekend and most of the staff are off. I admit they don't say it. 'Oh we will just check you blood pressure again', or 'Lets see if your water has protein taces'. But you can tell. If Becky's PB drops then its hours before its tested and if its high they keep checking every twenty minutes until it drops. Whats really sad is that its an English bank holiday tomorrow so they will probably be doing the same again. Becky hates it as she doesn't sleep in hospital. You would think they would let hewr come home ubtil Tusday but they won't, 'Just in case', of what I'm not sure as its night time now and Becky will be alone until 8 am or so.

It was the same with Bella only that time it was more to do with waiting to see if for the first time in five kids Becky would go in to labour on he own. we ended up 10 days late with Bella and a frightening time with Becky.


So fingers crossed for us please
I took the girls out to get last minute things for their school uniforms today and when I returned I found Becky packed and ready at the door. The midwife had turned up and given Becky a once over and found that her blood pressure had risen to 143 / 107.
I took her to the hospital and although now down to 134 / 84 they are keeping her in for the night. If things don't improve then they will try to help becky go into labour tomorrow.
So good thing I took these three weeks off.
Okay, not totally true but its still a three week rest from work. No we are not going anywhere to get away from it all although I expect we will be going out somewhere special this week. There are no guests planned to visit but I'm sure someone will pop round from time to time. Oh! and of course the reason for the break, trips and visits would be the impending birth of my son, Connor.
Must also remember its Kayla's birthday on the 12th.


3 WEEKS OFF - 3 WEEKS OFF - 3 WEEKS OFF - 3 WEEKS OFF - 3 WEEKS 0FF

Wonder if I will be saying 'BACK TO WORK SOON' in a week lol <i>
For those who still have me as a a link I thank you for your patience as I know I haven't done a lot lately. I must admit that appart from a wedding that Becky and I got a commision for, I have hardly picked up my camera since May.
Today is Bella's 1st birthday. Two weeks ago she took her first steps and now she walks like I used to after a good night out on the town.
Unlike Gabby, who is definately daddy's girl and hangs from me whenever she can, Bella is a hugger. She loves to be in the company of others, especially mommy. A little afraid of strangers but soon happy to be held once a good staring has ensued and smiles have been exchanged.
Bella has a really good heart. Loves to just cuddle and even blowes kisses across a room. Her first word was Daddy (might be Gabby) but Mommy and kitty soon followed.
Becky is now ready to have Conner (She would have him now if she could) and I expect the call any day. This time unlike with Bella I have managed to book some quality time off. With Bella I got called back to the office as our primary server crashed.
Becky and I are now meeting people from off the www IRL and it has been fun squeezing all my family and another into our house. I must admit I was a little skeptical but Becky prooved it could be done (with ease I must add).
Work has been fun but hard and I keep my fingers crossed that it will pay off for me in the coming weeks. The Council is restructuring and I am hoping this means an upward climb for me, so fingers crossed people.
I am hoping now that I can get some time to finish my book and stop procrastinating, (unlike Victoria who is about to submit her work) and all the things above will be able to merge into a nice future for us all.

  
Like the dutiful husband I followed my wife into the hospital for her 22 weeks ultrasound. There has been no problem and we can feel the baby move so all is well. I sat there quietly watching the US and seeing all the things I was expecting to see until the one thing I was not expecting was pointed out by the us tech. "And there is his little penis". Yes you heard it right, although I had to watch the video several times. So after five wonderful girls and all the government stats about age -v- sex, we are going to have a BOY!!!!!!!!

Every time the phone rang today I would answer "I'm going to have a boy. How can I help?"

Out of the last three kids I have now been surprised twice. Once when becky sent a picture of a lollypop stick with a blue line and the immortal words "Guess What?!" and now the ultrasound technition with "And there is his little penis!!!!!"

Link to US pic and
5Mb video (Broadband users only)   www.deviantart.com/deviation/3…
Sorry to you all if I haven't commented lately on your work. I am in the middle of a LARGE I.T.project and it is taking up my time. If I don't getthe chance to talk to you directly, then Happy Christmas and all my best for a Wonderful New Year.


ROB
What a fortnight - I so want to forget. I didn't manage to complete my paternity leave before I received a call from work requesting help. Not that I would have refused but in this case it was to inform me that even though I had left explicit instructions about what to do if the world went bang, it had and they couldn't get the cover off the box.
My biggest (data collecting) server decided to stop dead - 12:15 P.M. Monday 22nd August.
Now my good friend and database administrator had found himself a better job and had left just before I was to take a break and so this had already left yours truly on his pipsky but even I had not an iota of what was about to explode (literally) into a major (opportunity as my mentor would like to say) problem.
I tried in vain to use a technophobe over a poor quality squawk box to kick the rack but it was like teaching a student to grate cheese at Pizza Hut. So in the end I got on my bike and in true wicked witch of the west style, peddled as fast as my little legs would go.
Several large kicks later, I had to admit defeat and call upon the manufacturer to attend to their equipment, but because of the time, they would not appear until the morning after "THE BIG BANG"
Tuesday and I was there for sunrise. Unfortunately that night was also my night for feeding Bella so I had only managed to grab a few z's and this was the best I was going to get for a couple of weeks. (Although I didn't know it at the time).
The Tech Dr. arrived at 10 A.M. , nice and early , and soon realised that he didn't have the part needed to fix the server and in fact as the server was five years old he didn't think his company held a replacement in stock. (And you people get upset over a $2k laptop failure, this computer was over $60k).
He promised he and his company would source one and call me with a time to replace our faulty one. (silly me I thought that he meant by the end of day).
I waited around, taking polite calls from my unstressed colleagues who were appreciating the time I was affording them to improve on their hobbies of navel inspecting and fingernail biting, when it hit me that there had been no mention of when he was going to call by.
I called the company and was told that I was "not to worry" as they had found a replacement motherboard and were testing it that night to be with me on WEDNESDAY!!!!!!!!!
Again I was able to admire the glorious sunrise on my way to work and our milky and I are on first names terms.
10 A.M. came and went and still nothing bleeped or flickered on my computer terminal. I called the supplier again and worryingly in a "not to worry" kind of way I was passed from department to department trying to find out what was the delay. Eventually I got through to a harassed (poor guy) engineer who after listening to me rabbit on about a motherboard, realised that he had been the one testing it and that it had failed the test but that I was "not to worry" as they had sourced one from a computer supplier (?!) and would get it couriered to us ASAP. This time I was clever and asked if the Tech Dr. would be arriving too and after a quick shout across the room at his mate, I knew this was going to happen.
So 3P.M. and the Guy was there and within a few minutes the motherboard turned up and soon sitting in the middle of my server room floor he was surrounded by PC cards and memory chips as a happy little Santa elf would be. 4 P.M. - 5 P.M. - 6 P.M. 6:25 he emerged happy from his grotto and wished me a merry day as he whistled of into the sunset.
Now I have to work, I have to check everything on the server. Check the disks and the data and this takes me into the night (apart from feeding Bella)
Thursday morning and people are smiling at me again. Life is good..............
Thursday afternoon all is well, apart from one young lady cannot get her orders printed from her machine.
Again I am working from home now as I can see the servers across the internet and its easier and more peaceful this way. (Plus I get to be with Bella and the family). Still this printing problem will not go away. I try everything.
Stop and start the spooler (always the first thing you should try) disable and enable the printer, ping the printer across the network, I even asked the girl to unplug the printer and plug it back in to unlock any stuck prints in the queue. She had to go away from the phone to do this but if she didn't call me back then I was to assume she had done it without problem. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.

okay I ASSUMED

Still the prints on this printer stuck like a piece of Pizza Hut cheese and in the end I admitted defeat and did my WWW act on my bike.
I arrived at her office to find her out but her room was open and her pc was free so I decided to re-install the printer from scratch. and several minutes later the drivers were all in place, yet still no clatter of pins echoed from the Dot Matrix (Yes we still have them). At this moment she appeared and was, (As she put it ), glad to see me. :shrug: She watched me as I moved over to the printer and take it apart. She watched me as I put it back together and as I plugged it back in the immortal phrase "Oh, there's the plug!"
As the power flowed back into the printer and the LED's lit the front panel the 9 pins started to tap their tune of power over the multiple copies of paper.
Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword would have been tested if I had had a sword at that moment and the power cable would never have allowed me to use the printer as a new employee headwear so I smiled through gritted teeth and joked about the time spent tracking down faults.

FRIDAY YEAH!

All looked good. I promised myself to give the database a good going over during the weekend but not to tempt fate I would do the monthend first. This decision was going to be the best one I could have made EVER.
As I ran the payroll processes for the week and produced the reports on stock and spends, rumours of a strange problem of denied access to people who produced stats from the database started to trickle in, but they were not loud so soon I had placed them on the shelf of "To be worried about next week".
I completed the month and started to run the automated procedures that would run overnight testing each and every record in the system and check that all the bells and whistles were in place. This I knew would take about 12 to 14 hours and so I locked all out of the database and left for home.

All in all I have had about 20 hours of sleep in the week. and this is just the first week...............

WHY WE WATCH WHO WE WATCH

Mon Aug 22, 2005, 4:34 PM

I thought I would share with you all some of the work of others that have added me to a watch list. I hope that I include you all as I have enjoyed your work as you have strived to improve/try/experiment with your chosen medium.


The sadest thing is that although you think that there are several people who watch you, when you start to look you find that half no longer come to DA, a few have removed their work because of current affairs and this reduced your watched by list for publication to just a few.

I suppose I out to go back out into the DA world and make new friends and contacts.

A deviation by ~Tetisu








A deviation by ~LadyDeathScythe








A deviation by =celticdreams








A deviation by =libertatis








A deviation by ~hematite (© 2005)








A deviation by ~denyamber








A deviation by ~rechargaboy (© 2005)








A deviation by =Ben070








A deviation by *croxie








A deviation by =klises








A deviation by *Runewitch








A deviation by ~proph








A deviation by ~saridwynn








A deviation by *twilightofferings







Day Seven :- One week gone

Sat Aug 20, 2005, 7:15 AM


Has it really been one week since Bella was born......WOW!

For a Friday I don't really remember much going on. The Midwife came and although Bella has heat rash from cuddling too much in this humid weather shes okay. Becky's BP is still on the line so still to be checked but its looking okay. Gabby is being a normal 2 year old but doesn't see Bella as a threat to her dominance of Daddy.
Victoria is packing for her few days away with the church youth and as usual lost her permission forms in her bedroom and now cant find her waterproof coat or torch or spare trainers or........
So its a lazy day today and apart from cooking - cleaning - making baby bottles, its feet up time

Day six. Welcome the new world

Fri Aug 19, 2005, 8:36 AM


Its Thursday and Toddlers group for Gabby. The new double stroller packed and we are off on a good sunny day. Becky is feeling better but still parts of the frame have not yet ckicked back in to place so I have to take half my normal walking pacewhen walking with Becky, which in turn is half my normal walking pace.
As usual the toddlers group is packed with moms and I'm the only man there. Unfortunately I'm not the centre of attention today sigh! Bella steals the show hands down and meets the children that she will be growing up with and going to school with over the next few years.
Becky has convinced me to pose for her and take some Daddy baby shots. Having got my Pregnant Mommy shots, this left me with no where to run and soon she has me with my shirt off taking pictures, although I am sure it was supposed to be with Bella as well?????



The nights are better, but I must admit I popped the bottle into Bella's mouth and promptly fell asleep. Not good but woke to find she had let go and it had leaked down the side of her crib. So I will have to do mre than just wake and stretch over to the crib beside me and move her at least to Beckys side of the bed.
Bella has been a peach, and without complaints apart from its almost impossible to get her to burp. You would have thought I would know all the tricks from walking or climbing stairs to just lifting or patting her back but still she holds onto that air until its time to soak daddy.
Tomorrow looks like rain so I took Gabby and Angelica for a long bike ride. We came across miniture ponies and Gabby squealed in excitment when she saw them. We had to stop and let her feed them with verge grass for a good half hour until I eventually picked her up and slotted her back in her bicycle seat. We eventually made it to a local lake and grounds and after bribing her with drinks and taking her to the kids sand park she settled down to enjoying herself.
Our Pastor turned up while we were out and he was surprised to find Becky and Bella alone, not realising that Becky found it nice and quiet with all the girls out. The Midwife came, 118/86 for Becky, and did some checks on Bella. Bella is now 6lb 13oz, 2 oz less than at birth but this is well within expected so all is well and Bella has been eating without pause so its all good.
Managed to get the pictures done for Becky and without more than a little wet spot this time.