Today is Friday 4th December

We were up quite early this morning as we wanted to avoid the traffic and school runs on the way to collect Maggie’s picture. The skies were dark and it was pouring with rain, as it had been since the early hours. Still, snow had been forecast for today, so we were grateful we weren’t up to our knees in it.

Photos: The beach November 2017

We did however drive through gallons of standing water and the rain turned to snow  some 8 miles from our destination.
To be honest, I had been anxious that I wouldn’t like Maggie’s picture and had no intention of paying for something I wasn’t happy with. As it turned out, he hadn’t done anything towards our commission as it were, and was most apologetic for letting us down.

I was angry at first, but then thought about it. I asked if he’d managed to do anything about the electric light cable so prominent in the background, and he said he couldn’t because it didn’t look right. Hm. His ‘expertise’ slipped a couple of notches in my eyes then, and I said that Hubby had been playing with his photoshop package at home and had managed to tweak the photograph we’d chosen. We had it on a USB key, and to say he was impressed was an understatement. So much so, he ran off a copy there and then which is absolutely brilliant and will be used for our canvas picture.
We also had the picture of Kizzy that Hubby had been playing with and asked if he could do anything with that. Again, he was impressed and ran off the print.
So, his non action was a blessing in disguise, and on Monday, we will collect 2 canvases. He offered us a 10% discount, but I asked for a buy one, get one free. That didn’t come off, but we are getting a 20% discount and I’m well pleased with that. It was the least he could do actually, not only for the inconvenience, but the fact that Hubby had done all the ground work for him……………….. on a free download photoshop programme compared to his state-of-the-art software and equipment which couldn’t clone colours or airbrush out unwanted objects.  Makes you wonder what skill set he was charging for.

Hope your day has started off OK. It’s got cold here, so doubtful we’ll be having a walk later.
Take care and keep safe everyone


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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27 Responses to Today is Friday 4th December

  1. colinandray says:

    Hi Di – My friend (Maureen) who did the drawing of Ray ( ) may well be interested if you get more problems. I even know a lady locally who does excellent coloured pencil drawings of dogs. Maureen is in England … bonus!

  2. willowdot21 says:

    I am absolutely astounded that this young man , can claim to run a business can, A. Not have the canvas ready and B. Not be able to improve the photo when Hubby could on free software. I see a new career for hubby.💜

  3. Carol anne says:

    wow! so hubby did it all and he’s getting payed just to print them off and put them on a canvas? He’s getting a great deal! I’m glad you like the pictures though. Xxx

  4. That sounds so frustrating; I hope your hubby’s pic turns out nice. Sometimes we novices can do a better job than the experts. I did a canvas pic of Scout from a photo of him I liked. The problem is that I’m still really having a hard time looking at it w/o getting upset so it hasn’t been hung yet. It’s been placed in numerous settings and I love seeing him but . . .

    • I know Sascha, I know ❤
      We had a picture of Barney done in 2005 and I cried when we collected it. The pictures of Maggie and Kizzy Hubby has provided the printer firm with are truly lovely. We miss Maggie so much and her picture had the same impact on me today as Barney's did. We have a snapshot in a frame on the piano, and I have one of her as a pup on my desktop screen saver. We love them so much don't we, but they are with us for such a short time sometimes. We were lucky to have Maggie for as long as we did, as she had a terrible year this year, bless her.

      • Your Maggie was a fighter. I hope you share with us the picture you selected.

      • I intend to Sascha. The original is already here in my blog, but the end result of what is being used is stunning. Maggie was a fighter and always rallied after whatever hit her, it was just taking longer and a heavier toll. Hubby worked wonders with hers and Kizzy’s pictures so soon Barney will have some company on the wall.

  5. That ‘artist’ is either really green and new at his ‘craft’ or doesn’t have the skills he implies he does. How disgruntling! I’m glad you got a discount and that you had your own beautiful photo all cropped and ready to go! Disappointing, but you made the best of it!

    • He’s been in the business 25 years he says. Hm. He might have been doing photography for 25 years ………….
      The canvas prints are great, I just hope he doesn’t cock them up putting them on the frames.

  6. Is he painting the pictures or drawing of some sort? That is a nice idea! What size canvases is he doing? My father used to paint and every time he came he had more. I ran out of wall space!

    • It’s a photo being transferred onto a canvas. The size is 16″ x 12″. Maggie’s is portrait, and Kizzy’s landscape. We have a few original canvas paintings up done by a friend.

  7. Chel Owens says:

    My husband is excellent at Photoshop. We’d be happy to help if you need another, although you’d need to find somewhere nice to print it (we use Costco 🙂 ).

  8. murisopsis says:

    Wow. That is disappointing and a little disheartening too. I will cross my fingers that the final product is worth it. With so many businesses folding due to the COVID lockdowns, you’d think he would have been much more anxious to do a good job….

    • We got the impression he simply prints and frames. Still, he is using OUR pictures and printed them off for us there and then. The one of Maggie is stunning. Hubby has done a brilliant job on both and soon Barney will have company on the wall.

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