I hope everyone is enjoying their summer (well, the first full day of summer, anyway). The last few weeks have been busy..my birding surveys have taken several weekend days to complete and weeknights for paperwork. Softball and soccer seasons consumed nights and weekends too!
My wife and I became grand-parents for the third time! Our new grand-daughter (Ryleigh Madison) arrived safe and sound (mostly) a couple weeks ago. The “mostly” sound was due to a fractured shoulder apparently suffered during delivery. She’s spent the first couple weeks of her life with her shirt sleeve pinned down. The docs didn’t want her to raise her arm over her head, but that restriction should be lifted today!
A bit of bad news though and a cautionary tale for everyone. My computer’s hard drive crashed late last week and while I am usually very good about backing up important documents and photos on CD, I really didn’t get around to it for the last month. Only by special request had I made a CD of the birth photos of my grand-daughter, and had made no copies at all of my last several photo sessions (some of which would have eventually ended up here). After several phone calls I’ve learned that it is very, very expensive to attempt data recovery from a crashed hard drive. So, while I am out shopping for a replacement, I’ll also be shopping for one of those external hard drives with software that automatically backs-up your files. In my defense (and a feable one at that), this is the the first time EVER that I have gone through a hard drive failure. My brother the self-described computer geek had warned me several times that back up systems are a must. As of this morning, I couldn’t agree more!