Back up your pictures…again!

Last week a friend told me she had accidentally deleted all of the pictures on her phone. Two years worth of pictures. Every picture she had taken of her granddaughter. She was heartbroken. She wanted to know if I had any suggestions on how she might be able to recover the missing photos.

I asked if she’d ever backed them up on her computer. No, she didn’t trust her computer. It was on its last legs.

Did you back up to the cloud? No, she said. She doesn’t really understand the cloud and didn’t know if she trusted it.

My only suggestion. Call your cell phone carrier and ask if they could help. A long shot, but better than nothing.

What, lose all travel pictures? And family pictures from 2010 to present?

I thought at the time how upset I’d be if I lost all of my pictures. I currently have over 3000 on my phone and just last month before going on a long trip, I’d moved 15,000 pictures from my phone to my computer so I wouldn’t run out of memory while on vacation. I’d also saved thousands of pictures in the cloud. No, I don’t really understand the cloud either, but I know that I’ve used the cloud to restore contacts, pictures and apps when I’ve purchased a new phone. It seems like a good back up plan.

No pictures of lighthouses? Oregon? Washington? Vancouver?

Then Saturday when I tried to access my pictures so I could add some to a blog post, I found a message stating photos could not be accessed due to corrupted files. PANIC!

What would I do without all the selfies and ussies?

A Google search suggested trying to access photos through iPhoto, and fortunately I found most of my photos. Not all, but most, just missing 2016. The 2016 pictures were the ones hanging out in the cloud. Safe and sound. Disaster avoided.

Sunday was spent backing up the files to a USB drive. A tedious task of copying pictures, making new folders and saving on another device. I’ll add them to a portable hard drive as well because I’ve come to realize that no single back up plan is full proof.



I also realize that I need to clean up my picture files. Last summer I threw out thousands of printed photographs. Now it’s time to start going through my digital photos and deleting, organizing and editing. A good task to occupy rainy summer afternoons.

TBT: Don’t Forget the Art Supplies

I guess I should have known that Emily would be drawn to creative pursuits as an adult when she insisted on taking a sketch pad on vacation so she could capture the beauty experienced in nature. While we have this picture of her with pencil and pad in hand, she found the task overwhelming. Rocks, mountains, trees, waterfalls. Where to begin? What should be the focus?

And with an impatient family ready to move on to the next hike or locate the next waterfall, sketching the scenes didn’t become a reality.


I wish we’d have encouraged her to sketch these scenes from the pictures we developed upon our return. With the subject narrowed and adequate time, this desire to create art from nature may have filled the pages of her sketch pad.

Of course, it’s not too late. But now, she’s the one with too little time.

TBT: D.C. Field Trip

In early spring 2001, Emily joined classmates on an 8th grade field trip to New York City and Washington, D.C. Here, she and her friends pose in front of the White House, one of the few pictures that survived a camera melt down.


I’m not sure if this field trip was really about exploring two important U.S. cities or if it was about missing school to go on vacation WITH friends and WITHOUT parents. Whatever the reason, I’m glad Emily got to experience both cities before so much changed a few months later.

This week we planned another trip with Emily and Brian. This time to Boston, another iconic U.S. city…can hardly wait.

Any suggestions on what we must do in Boston, in June? Leave a comment and help us plan!


Happy Birthday to my Water State Guy

Florida is known as the water state: swamps, streams, rivers, bays, oceans, beaches…it’s an endless interconnection of water of all types. ~Clyde Butcher

As a girl from Indiana transplanted in the Sunshine State, I married a born and raised Floridian who introduced me to the wonders of the water state. So today on John’s birthday, I’d like to wish him a year full of more adventures on the water.


St. Petersburg


Florida City


Crystal River


Sanibel Island


Lake Weir


Wakulla Springs




Stump Pass


Ichetucknee Springs


Lake Weir


St. Johns River


Stump Pass


Hutchinson Island


Caspersen Beach


Big Cypress Swamp


Fernandina Beach


Miami Beach

Happy birthday John, my water guy!


This is My Father’s World

Recently, the hymn “This is my Father’s world” plays in my head when we’re out enjoying nature. As the words say:
and to my listening ears
all nature sings, and round me rings
the music of the spheres.


This is my Father’s world:
I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
his hand the wonders wrought.


This is my Father’s world,
the birds their carols raise,
the morning light, the lily white,
declare their maker’s praise.


This is my Father’s world:
he shines in all that’s fair;
in the rustling grass I hear him pass;
he speaks to me everywhere.


Words from:

The United Methodist Hymnal Number 144
Text: Maltbie D. Babcock
Music: Trad. English melody; adapt. by Franklin L. Sheppard