A collection of distilled sarcastic wisdom, numerous photographs, discussions of books and stuff to learn and more stuff to think about from a retired economics professor turned blogger and photographer.
If you've been too lazy to go to your famers' markets, it's time to go! Don't miss out on apples, peaches, pears, nectarines, melons, pumpkins, numerous kinds of squash, zucchini, wonderful jams, jellies, and salsas; artisan bread unmatched at any store; tomatoes, corn picked the same morning, and many other fruits and vegetables. Go! Winter is nearly here and it will be back to canned and frozen and tough expensive hothouse tomatoes. The wonderful harvest season is all too short.
Support your local farmers' market! The people who provide this wonderful produce have worked so hard to bring it to market and they deserve all of our support. Besides, the produce is exceptional quality and everything is usually picked the same day as the market.
I thought while I continue to vacillate about my blog that I should at least share with you one of the photos of my little great granddaughter, Sadie. She is 2. She knows all the letters of the alphabet. I'm not kidding. Great things can happen if you have a great grandpa who is an economist and passes the economics genes down through the generations.
Two weeks ago I declared a two week respite from spending 2-4 hours a day blogging, not being certain what I would do after that time was up. I remain uncertain. Here is a summary of the past two weeks:
The number of page views remained constant at 120+ per day more or less anyway, so I thought, why blog any more? With over 4000 links and dozens of Google listings, I still get people looking at the same old stuff.
I had my 79th birthday. Noting that many people my age are already dead, I wondered why an old geezer should be a blogger when primarily blogging is for young mothers with multiple offspring and a plethora of mostly unpleasant stuff to clean up and write about each day.
I didn't notice that I had any more time to spare than I had before when I was doing compulsory blogging duties each day.
I didn't do any of the things I planned to do, like read a book, study my camera manual, clean up my den, or become more dignified in recognition of my advanced age. None of these things happened.
I went to the eye doctor and found I still have 20-20 vision from cataract surgery a dozen years ago with no signs of glaucoma or macular degeneration.
I went to the Ear-Nose-Throat doctor to get my hearing checked since my wife was tired of my saying "what?" a million times a day. I came out with hearing aids and now I can hear stuff I may not really have wanted to hear before.
I watched the GOP cannibalize one another on another legendary "debate."
I went to Costco to participate in impulse buying of large quantities of stuff.
I went to the farmer's market.
I went to see the movie "The Help" which was truly one of the impressive moments of the past two weeks.
This blog post reminds me of the second grade, when every Monday morning we each had to stand in front of the class and recite "what I did over Saturday and Sunday." We lived 12 miles out in the country and there wasn't anything new to do each weekend anyway so I made stuff up. My teacher did not appreciate this creativity and told me to follow her one day when she took me up the back stairs of East Side Grade School and deposited me in Miss Joneson's 3d grade, now rid of the troublesome and obnoxious brat. But all this stuff in the above list is 100% true. And I'm still trying to figure out if my blog is worth keeping.
For nearly four years, I have faithfully posted photos and commentary to the Curmudgeonly Professor Blog amounting to over 4,000 separate posts. This activity has taken several hours each day to edit and post photos and to write comments. Photo posting is a dreary and time consuming process waiting for them to upload. For the first three years, I averaged about 80 page views per day, a level that has since increased to an average of about 120-130 page views per day.
This amount of time spent on the blog has come at the cost of not doing a number of other things I have fallen behind on, such as reading, writing, learning technical camera and photography information, exercise and other things I need to do. Thus, I am going to take two weeks off and evaluate how I feel about continuing the existing blog, changing it, or not doing it at all.
I appreciate all of my faithful viewers from all over the world and welcome your comments. In the meantime, there are over 4,000 posts including several thousand photographs you can scroll back through. I'll be back in a couple of weeks to let you know what I am going to do. The Curmudgeonly Professor.
Just when I thought life was getting boring, along comes the new Topaz black and white filter set with literally dozens of options. This photo of yellow cactus blossoms is my first attempt. This filter set looks like endless fun so you will see more variations.