Almost mid July, and this summer has been very good to us. All our windows are facing north so the sun doesn’t come around here until late afternoon and stays until it sets. It gets hot in the apartment then, but that’s only for a few hours and nothing you can’t deal with. I sat out on the balcony last night, reading on my iPhone, thinking what a pleasant night it was. All of last week, a friendly, little cloud cover has moved in, just about the time when it normally gets really hot.
The two, first summers we lived here were brutal, and I guess that taught me what it really can be like here! The first time, the head and, most of all, the humidity, moved in one day … it only took a quarter of an hour to change! Got out of a store we’d visited, and it was a shocker! Like a hot wet blanket was thrown over me! I’d only experienced that once before and that was in Florida, but I think this was worse! This stayed for more than a month, and the following summer was no different. I thought I was going to die … I just wanted to put a pillow in front of my face and scream into it. We had an a/c but that was only in one room. It made so much noise I couldn’t sleep there.
To add to all that misery, there was also some problems in the building so they couldn’t fully turn off the heat!!! Something about old pipes, which they explained to me numerous times. When you got out in the corridor and touched a door knob, it was so hot so you almost got burned. That has somehow been fixed since – not totally, it’s still an extremely hot building – but LOTS better.
In any event, all this made me dread summer! All this wasn’t just my usual griping … I was physically ill, my husband almost took me to the hospital. Now we’re into our seventh summer in Saint John and I love it!
I back up all of my photos to Google Photos, because I can and because it’s free. «If it’s free, it’s for me!» Sometimes they add little effects to them and ask me what I think ‘do you want to save it?’. Yesterday I got this, and I liked it. All of my .RAW files from the old computer seem to be lost forever, in the process of transferring them. I had them stored on my external hard drive, but that had to be converted to Windows file system. In order to do so, I had to back them up. I compressed the folders into .zip files, it was a huge process and it took lots of time, but I did it. Once I had them here, on this Windows computer, it turned out they cannot be extracted. Or rather; they can, but the files can’t be opened – neither in Photoshop nor Picasa. Some error. This is bad, but not such a huge disaster as it may sound. I have all my photos in regular .JPG format stored away, so it’s not like I’ve lost it all. I had just saved them, in case I wanted/needed to edit them. Guess I’m kind of obsessive about my pictures. Apart from that, all is now transferred over here.