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Little Voice in My Head


Image obtained from YouTube

I started a new project today, as a result of Flickr changes that I discussed in my previous blog post.

The majority of the photographs in this blog are embedded Flickr images. If I delete the original Flickr images, the embedded Flickr photographs in my blog will be deleted as well. In essence my blog photographs are held hostage by Flickr!  Recently I paid for an additional 1-year subscription to Flickr Pro; however, I do not wish to pay indefinitely for a Flickr Pro subscription.

My project, beginning today and continuing throughout 2019, is to download (and then delete) Flickr images embedded in my blog.  I will upload the downloaded images into my blog in their proper place.  Eventually my Flickr account will be devoid of all images, and I will either limit my photographs to 1,000 images  or delete the account.  Hopefully, I complete this project by November 1, 2019 — the day on which my Flickr Pro subscription would auto renew.

This project is a BIG undertaking! I have 1,474 blog posts to act upon!

I wish I had paid more attention to the little voice in my head, when I first started my blog. That little voice in my head kept asking “what if Flickr is no longer a viable hosting site for pictures in your blog, what then?”

Flickr

On April 23rd I received an email announcing that Flickr has agreed to be acquired by SmugMug.  I was informed that nothing would change immediately with regard to my Flickr account.

On September 19th I received an email notice that my 1 Year Flickr Pro subscription would renew on October 19th at the current price of $49.99 billed annually.  I had been a Flickr Pro subscriber since October 2008 and had paid $24.95 annually for the subscription.  The last time Flickr changed Pro pricing was when it re-introduced Flickr Pro at $49.99 in July 2015. At that time Flickr rewarded Pro members with a promise of a two-year protected price. The current subscription price of $49.99 is not an increase in price. Flickr is merely bringing grandfathered Flickr Pro members to the current Pro rate. It was nice, as a Flickr Pro customer for a number of years, to be grandfathered in 2015 for 2 years at the price I had been paying ($24.95).

As of September 19th a Flicker Pro account provided unlimited, full-resolution uploads; ad-free browsing for both myself and my visitors; advanced stats; industry discounts including 15% off Adobe Creative Cloud; the Flickr Auto-Uploader that allows me to automatically back up my photographs both on my computer and on my Apple devices.

A Flickr Free account at that time provided 1TB full-resolution uploads.  In September I was using only .22 TB of storage. Once I reached the 1TB storage limit, there was nothing stopping me from opening another Flickr Free account and making use of the 1TB full-resolution uploads.  A Flickr Free account did not include ad-Free browsing, advanced stats, an auto-uploaded or industry discounts.  None of the limitations of a Flickr Free account bothered me. At first I thought the Adobe Creative Cloud discount of 30% would be useful.  The discount is for the more expensive Adobe CC plan (approx. $50/month) that includes programs I have no use for.

I cancelled my Flickr Pro subscription on September 19th.  I would get along fine with the Flickr Free account.

Not having a Flickr Pro subscription was short lived. On or about November 1st Flickr announced a change that would directly impact me.  Beginning January 8, 2019, free accounts will be limited to 1,000 photos and videos. Flickr Pro will continue to provide unlimited storage. I have several thousands more pictures and videos than the 1000 picture limit of a Flickr Free account. Additionally the photographs contained in this blog are linked to Flickr. It would be an impossible task for me to remove thousands of pictures from Flickr and maintain my blog and Flickr connection.

I renewed my Flickr Pro subscription on November 1st.  I am certain there will come a time when my blog will no longer exist.  I can’t see myself or my heirs) paying indefinitely for Flickr Pro and my WordPress blog.  Until that time arrives, though, it is business as usual!

I obtained the following screen shots from Flickr.

 

Winter is Coming

Winter is coming.  How do I know this?

_LG28625I know Winter is coming because Bob closed up our picnic pavilion this afternoon.

_LG28628We didn’t utilize our picnic pavilion much this year.
No excuses; we just didn’t make time for it.

_LG28631What a shame that we didn’t utilize our picnic pavilion much this year.
It does provide a nice place to sit and relax.
Bob and I agreed.  When he opens the pavilion next year, we will make more use of it.

Oh, and another sign that Winter is coming?  Bob wheeled the snowblower out of the shed and placed it in the garage.

 

New Outdoor Furniture

On August 26th Bob and I purchased two wooden Adirondack chairs and a side table from Maple Grove Farm (Russell, PA), one of the vendors at the Kinzua Heritage Festival.  The chairs and tables were delivered late in the afternoon the next day.

20180827_220921138_iOSThe chairs and table look very nice sitting at our back door.

Bob and I celebrated our 20th anniversary on September 26th.  The chairs and side table were an early anniversary present.  The chairs are very comfortable.  They are not set low and the seat back is higher than other Adirondack chairs. I have difficulty getting out of chairs set low to the ground.  I have no trouble whatsoever getting out of these chairs.

 

 

White-Tailed Deer

We saw deer in our yard frequently throughout the 2017-2018 winter months.  Last evening was the first time in a long time that we have seen deer passing through our yard.

_LG26314Three White-Tailed Deer Passing Through Our Back Yard
Antlers are growing on the deer at the far right.

 

A Lot of Grazing Going On

First there were four deer that would wander through our yard to graze. Now, only one deer, the smallest of the four, wanders through our yard.

_LG25471Grazing in front of our shed

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Walking past our wood pile

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This deer comes around most days and sometimes more than once a day!

_LG25469There is grass to graze on in between the bushes.

_LG25468Peek-a-Boo
I see you!

I hope that the other three deer are OK.

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