The brain arrived.


Today was the day when we would get back “the brain” to our paint box, the one that can be programmed and then work without anyone doing much more than see if we need to change program because something new is going to be painted that needs more or less paint pressure and so it did. Now it’s so much more intelligent or lets say it’s much smarter so it actually can tell us exactly what’s wrong when something goes wrong.






And so it did after only a few minutes 🙂 It turns out that if one puts around 80 000 volts into a big object (that’s what we charge the powder paint with so the entire thing we paint then gets charged too) it suddenly disturbs a sensor so it can’t communicate with ” the brain” 🙂 We already knew this sensor sat in the wrong place but the old brain couldn’t tell us what was wrong, just that something  was and then it chose any kind of alarm and stopped the machines from working. Now we know better 🙂






This is actually a rather easy thing to correct but it will take a few days to build a frame that we can place some distance away from the painting box but still not be in the way for the coming material and naturally that’s only the place we really have very little space to place anything 🙂 But the good thing is that the brain works perfect but we can’t use it until we’ve moved that sensor. So we are still working with the machine in manual mode and that means I’ll have to check it more often and really keep an eye towards it just in case wider material is on its way so it doesn’t crash in to the painting guns because those are nasty expensive 🙂



It is hard to photograph sparkling water drops as it is, it was even harder in dark green moss.

It is hard to photograph sparkling water drops as it is, it was even harder in dark green moss.



It took some time to understand what was going on so we didn’t do as much as we had planned today but I have to admit that the day passed fast 🙂 Now it’s only Friday left until the weekend comes and Fridays are short days 🙂 Now I have almost daylight when I go to work and I have daylight when I go home after. The roads are great since it is so warm so now I feel some kind of hope that we’ll get a spring this year too 🙂






The fire is burning in the stove and it is time to make a pot of tea and something to eat. All the animals have had their dinner and now they all sleep somewhere in the cottage. I feel like joining them 🙂






Have a great day!


12 responses

  1. Caryn

    Hi Christer,
    Lovely photos today, especially the second and third one and the sparkly water one. Sparkly water is frustrating as is sparkly snow. The other day it was sunny out but it was snowing (surprise) and the flakes were sparkling as they fell. I couldn’t get a photo of them sparkling. They just showed up as white dots which is better than the white blobs I usually get, I suppose. 🙂

    You got a new computer for the paint box? I gather the sensor is too close to the power source and got over excited? 🙂 Oh well. I hope the new box works out because manual operation must be a pain in the butt.

    Today started out sunny after snowing last night. It soon became cloudy and began to snow off and on most of the day. Now it’s getting colder. A slow-moving weather event is scheduled for the weekend. Snow, rain, mixture of both and back to snow. I have no energy left to be annoyed by this.

    Enjoy the day.

    February 19, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    • Hi Caryn!

      Yes why is it so hard to photograph sparkling water drops or snow flakes? I mean they are quite visible and should be captured by the camera but almost never is.

      It is when we paint big things that still are close to teh sensor we get big problems and over exited is just the right word 🙂 It takes so much more time to work with it manually but it isn’t that hard. Now at least we can program how much powder we want each and every paint gun to put out so we don’t have to write it down or remember it our selves 🙂

      It’s so annoying when it suddenly starts to rain and it covers all the snow already on the ground, as if it isn’t hard enough to walk around or drive without that ice layer it creates. We will get snow again already this weekenmd but it will be too warm for it to stay and the rain we’ll also get with probabkly help with that, unless the rain comes first 🙂

      Have a great day!

      February 20, 2015 at 2:44 pm

  2. jaz

    you sure have had a mild winter! we are going down to -17 tonight so all the schools are canceled for tomorrow. they were canceled today too. i hope you get a good spring this year because you would really enjoy that!

    February 19, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    • Hi Joyce!

      Yes this is one of the warmest since they started checking it.

      A good thing they close the schools when it is that cold! I guess it can create problems if parents must stay at home too though, workplaces don’t aLways like that.

      One never knows with spring, it can be clod and wet or hot and dry -) Very rarely just enough warm and just enough wet 🙂

      Have a great day!


      February 20, 2015 at 2:46 pm

  3. Christer,
    I love the pictures today. The fog gives each shot an added dimension. It is so wonderful that the day is longer. It gives me hope for spring and warm mornings with singing birds.

    The snow in the backyard is measured in feet. Gracie has made herself a path and always follows it when she goes the bathroom. At first all four of her paws sunk, but not any more. She goes under the deck too as there is much less snow there. I keep her steps clear of ice by throwing de-icer out if it is at all damp. Tonight will be 0˚, tomorrow even colder. I am tired of this winter.

    February 20, 2015 at 2:38 am

    • Hi Kat!

      I do like fogggy days as long as I don’t have to drive around in them 🙂 and the longer days are just wonderful. Soon we’äll almost only have day and very little night 🙂

      As long as those stairs are ice free she’ll have no problems 🙂 Sune and Nova would have problems if we had that much snow here, I would have to make paths for them to walk around in 🙂

      I so understand how tired You must be of the winter now, too bad they tend to hang around for a while when they finally comes. I hope You’re at the end of such a period now!

      Have a great day!

      February 20, 2015 at 2:51 pm

  4. Robin Larkspar

    It’s good to have a Brain! I like the moss photo with droplets. I am glad you think you are getting spring this year. I don’t know if we will. Another foot of snow today, plus it is still snowing, and way below zero F. Ah well, maybe by August…….

    February 20, 2015 at 3:54 am

    • Hi Robin!

      It doesn’t hurt anyway 🙂

      I have to say that when You finally et snow You get a lot of it! It’s rarely like that here. An inch or two is what we normally get each time but one year we got a yard of it during one night 🙂 We still talk about that night in 1995 🙂 At least all that snow will isolate towards the cold some 🙂

      Have a great day!

      February 20, 2015 at 2:54 pm

  5. Mossbilden blev jättesnygg och likadant den på isen! Riktigt tjusiga – och dom andra är också väldans bra!! 😆
    Visst blir det vår i år också, hoppas bara att den kommer snart. Man har ju in vaggats i den falska förhoppningen av det milda vädret att det är vår när som helst men….. 😕

    February 20, 2015 at 10:54 am

    • Hejsan Susie!

      Ändå ser det ju inte alls ut som det gjorde där och då. Mossan riktigt glittrade i solskenet.

      Jag hoppas aldrig på en tidig vår för det händer så sällan här. Dessutom kommer det alltid en sen frostnatt, ofta ned till -7 och knäcker de växter som satt igång. Än är det dock långt kvar till våren, i april kanske 🙂

      Ha det gott!

      February 20, 2015 at 2:56 pm

  6. Hi Christer…thank you!! Thank you for fixing it so I can just hop from Joyce’s blog to clicking on your name on your comment.
    Wondering…will the “Brain” do you out of a job?? I mean, you are still painting..or not? The photo’s of the ice forming on the water..just so delicate..and the color of the moss..all that moss. I wish it grew here like that. It’s just beautiful! Mele has never seen snow. How I would love to see her reaction to it. g’nite Christer. Falling asleep…

    February 20, 2015 at 11:10 am

    • Hi Mona!

      I actually got some help from other bloggers how to fix it 🙂

      No the brain won’t do me out of a job, it is I who programm the brain to do as I wish it should do 🙂 It will however let me do other things while the machine is painting the things, as it is now I must stay very close so I can change the distance to the things we paint so nothing breaks or some things get toolittle or too much paint on them.

      Moss needs a very wet and humid surrounding to thrive and that is something we really have here 🙂

      It would be fun to see Mele’s reaction if she saw snow 🙂 Most dogs love it but those who don’t show it very clear 🙂

      Have a great day!

      February 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm

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