Lisa Shea and Bob See

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary Bob See – 25 amazing years of delving into Hawaii’s lava tubes and climbing Alaska’s glaciers. Motorcycling Skyline Drive, Mount Washington, and Canada. Exploring Europe. Trekking across Ireland. And of course dancing to amazing music! Thank you for enthusiastically helping me with whatever ideas I think up, whether they’re book concepts, photography setups, burning watercolors, or building 3D sculptures!!

Here’s to 25 more!

1773 Newgate Prison Story

Working on my 1773 Newgate Prison story; I’ve been up until 7am writing it.

Upside – I’m really enjoying writing it. I love this time period.

Downside – turns out there are records documenting the horse thief I’m writing about, but they’re trapped in the Connecticut State Library.

So that says that William Johnson Crawford of Newgate prison was received February 26 1774 and escaped April 9 1774. Technically they don’t know if he escaped or was crushed by rocks, but they never found the body.

He was convicted of stealing of mares in Pomfret and arrested in New Hampshire; convicted and sent to Newgate Prison in February 1774. The records are in the Crimes and Misdemeanors volume VI, pages 35-37 and page 369a. That’s all well and good, but those records aren’t scanned.

How do I get in to them??

Otherwise I’m stalled AGAIN while I wait for them to open, so I can write this story accurately. Arrrggghhh :).

I still can’t find any birth records for him. I looked through the microfiche for Pomfret CT, for Union CT (a Crawford family lived there) … any other ideas?

Canon i9100 Print Head Cleaning – Color or Black Won’t Print

One of the most frustrating things to happen with a perfectly functional printer is when suddenly one color won’t print properly. Maybe you buy new ink for it. It doesn’t help. The problem is actually with your print head.

Here is how to clean the print head of your Canon i9100 printer.

Cleaning the Canon i9100 Print Head

You’ll want warm water, a syringe, and paper towels. Gloves are nice but not necessary.

Turn the printer on and open the cover so the print head seeks to the center spot. That lets you access the ink.

Take out all of the ink cartridges. Put them to the side.

Now lift the gray locking mechanism to remove the print head itself. Put it onto a paper towel.

You do NOT want to submerge this in water. This has electronics in it. Instead, use a syringe with warm water. Put a bubble on water onto each ink-destination circle. There will be six of them. Try not to touch the circle itself – that metal mesh is delicate.

The water should suck through the print head and out the bottom side. You’ll see it come out all a mish-mash of colors.

Keep doing this, moving to a fresh area of paper towel each time. As you go, the remaining ink left in the system should get less and less, so you should see less and less color on the paper towel. By the end the water should come through clear.

When it’s clean, put the head back into the printer and re-insert the ink.

Here’s the video explaining how to clean the Canon i9100 print head:

Canon i9100 Printer Waste Tank Cleaning and Reset

Like most printers, the Canon i9100 printer has a waste ink collection system which allows excess ink to be gathered up. This is used when the printer does things like clean its heads – which really means it just squirts and wastes lots of ink out of the nozzles to try to clean them. I suppose they don’t want to waste paper by printing ink onto paper. Or maybe they don’t want us end users to realize just how much ink they waste during their cleaning activity, and by “hiding” it inside the machine in those waste receptacles we don’t know about the problem until they get full.

For the Canon i9100 printer, you’re alerted that the waste tank is full by the printer flashing 7 yellow lights and then one green.

Here is how to handle it. There is a video at the end as well.

Canon i9100 Printer – Cleaning the Waste Tank

While the term used by the printer industry is waste tank, with the Canon i9100 all it is is a single foam strip which runs the length of the printer. It lies directly beneath the path of the printer head. You can see it if you simply lift the cover of the printer.

You don’t have to take apart your printer. You just gently pull that foam strip out. Wash it thoroughly with water. Squeeze it dry.

There are also a few foam pads beneath where you just removed the strip. Dab those with a paper towel. Slide the ink to the left to get the one that is beneath the ink cartridge “home rest” position.

Now put the long foam strip back into place. You can tuck it beneath the ink cartridge fairly easy if it’s in that home position.

Now you have to do this sequence to reset the printer’s memory about the ink status.

  1. Turn off printer
  2. Hold down Resume button and press Power button.
  3. Keep holding down Power button and let Resume button go.
  4. Press Resume button 2 times then let BOTH buttons go.
  5. Green lights will flash and then stop blinking.
  6. When green lights are solid, press the Resume button 4 times.
  7. Press the Power button and the printer should turn off, if not, press the Power button once more.
  8. Your printer should respond as normal.

Here is what the Canon i9100 nozzle test pattern should look like:

If you’re not seeing all of those colors, it’s time to clean the print head itself. I’ll write that process up separately.

Video instructions for cleaning the Canon i9100 Printer waste tank

Lucktastic Win Free Money

Lucktastic – Earn Free Money from your Phone

My tarot card for this week had been about financial stability. Part of what is helping is that I’m running apps like Lucktastic in the background while I work.

I just look over every once in a while if I’m waiting for a screen to load, scratch a ticket, and go back to work. I’m earning a magazine subscription a week right now. I just got Elle today. It’s wholly free.

I can sell them on Amazon for about $5.50/issue x 12 = $66. Plus it builds up my Amazon seller rating. So a win-win for practically no effort.

Heck if I actually win a “real prize” that’s an extra bonus but I don’t even have to for this to be worth it.

Here’s the info on how I do this.

Six of Pentacles

Six of Pentacles

It’s a new week! A new opportunity! I drew a great card for myself. Hurrah, my hard work and effort are paying off! Let me know if you’d like me to draw a card for you :).


Six of Pentacles


Traditional meaning: This is a card of stability and wealth. Things will be all right. The money is there, and it is being handled wisely, with an eye to charity.


It can also be a card about knowing when to accept help. About knowing when a gentle hand from a person can get you on the path you need to be on.


There is a strong emphasis on generosity to others in this card. Some versions of the card actually have an in-distress person in the scene. The idea is, even if you are in rough times, that others can have it far rougher. Remember to still be caring for those around you.

Aquarian Deck:

The person is an official who is skilled at evaluating life. Their office is decorated with signs of wealth. They are well dressed and have a clear vision. They are balancing the options.


The skies are sunny and blue behind them.

They are relaxed and comfortably seated. Calm. Collected. They will figure out what the options are and how to best proceed.


Maybe it will involve using money they have. Maybe it will involve borrowing money or lending money. Whatever the course, it will be considered from various angles before a step is taken.


Cloister Deck:

This person seems more jovial and happy, dressed in bright colors. The pentacles are glowing gold and almost look like they are floating around in the air. The person is even holding a bonus coin. Overall a bright, optimistic card.