Happy Camper: Spring Coming, Pedicure Done, File Transfer Project Complete

March is here, says my calendar! And now we have the hope of spring, and we have daffodils blooming around in places and the trees are thinking about sprouting leaves as they are in “bud swell” and the grass is getting greener from the recent rains. We start our thinking now toward St. Patrick’s Day and all things Irish and green!

With Spring coming, so is flip flop weather! I am likely going to allow my self a new flip flop or two this season as I’m overdue! I’m over the Yellowbox’s making my feet black at days end! And I was most certainly over doing my own feet which was just painting my toenails during the pandemic and the winter. But I saved a few bucks and spent that on camera equipment and geeky software like Canva, Tube Buddy and Epidemic Sound.

The feet felt so good going into the hot water. And the back massage machine is a favorite and has me spoiled.

Is Getting a Manicure or Pedicure Safe?

Plexiglass drop downs are in front of each seat. The lady working on my feet, had a mask and shield. I had on a mask. I was required to sanitize before entering the salon. My temp was taken. And I was immediately seated and the only one I might add that was getting a pedi! But the nail station was full. I also got my own nails done – a spa manicure and just a translucent shine. I really loved the French manicure but just don’t want to go back into that. I need to be able to do my own nails some in between visits and not have to be subject to going every 3 weeks. I’m not ready to commit to that, but I’m ok with getting nails done on occasion. Both were only $45 yesterday as a combo deal but then I leave her a good tip. So that has to be considered into the cost. But for both, and considering the winter’s neglect to my feet and the hand sanitizer drying up my hands, the pampering was worth it. And yes, it was so safe it was probably overkill. I mean all that was left was sanitary clothing suits, lol. No we didn’t wear those, lol.

I picked the prettiest cheerful pink. It was perfect to start out the spring with.

George’s Lamb Chops and Home Made Veggie Soup

Roasted Lamb

Lamb Chops

Beef and Vegetable Soup with Macaroni

WE love lamb and he gave me several lamb cuts for Christmas. We had these over the weekend. I forgot to post it yesterday! I told him we should have this OFTEN. And I love his mint sauce! Well it’s a little pricey for having it too often, but not bad considering what that would be if we ordered it in a restaurant. I think our meal at home was about $10 piece for a weekend meal. Oh gosh it was good. I believe this was Sunday night’s meal. It was heavenly. And now I’m in the mood for a good ham. I think we are having corned beef for St. Patricks. Yum! But I’ll be on the lookout for a good Easter Ham!

Purchasing Extra Apple iCloud Space

Oh. My. Word. So I ended up NOT having enough space to do what I wanted to do and at the end of the day 48 hour battle, so I ended up just going ahead and paying $9.99 for a ton bucket load of space with Apple iCloud. But am I upset about it. No, not at all! Several things made me go ahead and buy the extra space:

1) I am tired of fighting the file battle to get everything where I wanted it to be. My Will is huge and I wanted the not yet created movie and pic files to be on the cloud. Period! And well there’s always going to be a huge “front log” of stuff I’ve not worked on yet that I don’t want to lose. I made my decisions on how I was going to be organized and quite simply I just wanted it to be that way! I didn’t want to change stream (AGAIN) mid way through the project of setting up and organizing files. I was not going to spend another 48 hours moving it all back off the cloud. I want it where I want it! Period. (It took 48 hours b/c I really didn’t know it was stuck b/c of the cloud space – I thought it was just slow, lol).

2) George wants to use the iMac to do some Garage Band work and that will be on the Cloud and those files are big too.

3) You really do get a lot of storage for the $. And for what I’m wanting to do $9.99 ain’t bad!

4) Now I can just have my Canon Camera automatically transfer to my Apple photos and then I’m dealing with only one stream of photos to “move into other files” for video creation. Not having to merge from two sources, b/c I have the space to do that now. Less time consuming and less worrisome.

Whew! This all takes some organization and thought. But it was my goal to improve, to be able to continue to do these videos, to be set up so I can get on a schedule, plan ahead, and be a well oiled machine, and I just needed to organize myself with all this. It’s been quite the learning curve of how to handle the files. Then making the decisions on how to organize it – as there were numerous options. Getting the iMac updated and secured with backup, and so forth took some research, thought and planning. But I’m over the curve and ready to go! So excited! And George is wanting to do the Garage Band and likely have some music for the videos! I love it and I love his support!

So bottom line – my photo files are on the Mac itself with a back up drive. If we have a fire it is gone as they are both in my office here. But like I have said before, the most important of these are all over social media and blogs as I share this stuff every day. So it’s available if I really needed it. Might would have to search for it but I think all in all, it would make it less painful knowing those files are still out there if I really needed them. And the video/photo media for future videos is on the Cloud.

So backing up – for about $20 per month I get a huge storage in the cloud and any song I want with iTunes – yes I bit that part of the apple some time ago. Access to any song at just about any time. I was spending that much in gift cards to keep putting music on the iPod. Speaking of iPod, why did I say that? It’s really on my phone, into my iTunes account. I rarely use my iPod anymore. I saw it not long ago and asked myself, “what is that?” —oh it’s my iPod – wow I forgot about it. lol Since it’s in the cloud I don’t need a separate device. I don’t have to worry about space. I just stream it. I also have the AT&T account where there is no cap on the service. So I don’t worry about that either. I’m not sure we need that, but we have it and we don’t worry about it. And now I’ve bored most of you to death!

I’m so happy the files are where they need to be. I’d have rather not put any more monthly money toward my habits but – it’s cheaper than golf or guitars? lol

I am NOW READY to create the new Intro when I get some time! And we’ll be on to making the next video and being on a schedule from there. Whew, what a process!

And now I’m a happy girl! But off to do payroll today. And then dinner with a friend/neighbor tonight! Excited to get out some in the world and to have a few things on the calendar. George and I even talked about taking a few vacation days and also considered the possibilities of the next Texas trip. But it’s too soon for that. But we do have our sights set on a log cabin long weekend some time this year! Gotta go!

I forgot to mention in my blog yesterday I had taken time to reorg the glasses. We hardly have a set of anything – just a collection of mismatches. George doesn’t like to get rid of any of them so when I buy a new set, we don’t have room, so I quit buying new sets – story of my life, LOL! Yeah, then there’s the coffee cups, and well, that is my fault! LOL

I finally brought up the wreath from the basement to put up over the fireplace. This was Granny’s wreath that I made for her door in assisted living. So after she passed I brought it home. I think of her when I look at it.

We ended up going to LongHorn yesterday and had a great time. Gosh it was busy. But they were safe. You had to wait in the car, or the bar (if there was a social distance spot open). George found us a spot. Of course he did! 😉

Not sure if I showed you the monogrammed handbag? I ordered from Marleylily. I had ordered Katy one for Christmas (might have been her birthday – same day – I can’t remember! lol). I loved it so I ordered me one when they had a sale. It’s kinda “western” a bit. Reminded me of Texas and my Katebug!

I love Long Horn! We hung out there at lunch at least once a week when I worked at the envelope plant – it was a different one, that was near by – and at lunch it was usually loud with conversation and laughter and you’d see people you knew all the time. But ours here in Mount Juliet has a quiet sophisticated vibe – it’s just nice, quiet, and superb service and food. I enjoy going there. I guess we get to go about twice a year.

While were there a storm blew in. I was so happy we were inside eating! It was raining a little bit when we went to Walmart after but waited until we got home for the big downpours. And a big downpour it was sparking Flood Warnings with very severe warnings not to get out unless you are fleeing floodwaters themselves.

We came in and unloaded the groceries and was amused by the downpour. We called Little Bit in. He was ready to come in. He sat quietly with us in the den.

Roger’s diaper was changed and he was sleeping and oblivious to the torrential rain and storms outside.

Soon bedtime was upon us and I was so happy to sleep. I’m loving bedtime these days. Have you heard me say that? My little sleep world is my haven. Not to mention it’s beachy theme, including a painting/print with “Little Bit” in it.

Complete with back scratcher – lol. I mainly use it during the day but that’s where it is kept. Lotion for my feet and hands, nose spray which the doc recommends you use daily, my probiotics which another doc says is best to take at night. I also take my IsaFlush – which has all good things for the tummy, and my Sleep Spray – 3 little squirts that includes melatonin. Of course water and my sleep sound machine. I also only use half the bed so it’s easy to make up. And the bed is soft too. I sleep so good in there. I need to put a pic of River there too. My pics came in this week!

I fell in love with this playful print at a local gift shop. Just looks like a place I’d like to be – with a good book, a cold drink, and beloved pets by my side.

Today I have been busy loading files. I thought I was going to get through. It has taken me ALL day. I knew it was going to be a big project. I’ve also created files (LHMC = Less Hustle More Coffee).

Without boring you with all the details – I’ll try to summarize – which is hard for me to do, LOL

Dealing with Photos, Files, and External Drives on the Mac

Well, as you know pretty much since I’ve had the Mac, I’ve had to struggle with what gets stored on your hard drive versus what is stored on the cloud. I’ve had to figure out where my files are and decide which files need to be on the cloud and which on my hard drive and if it’s not in the cloud, make sure I’m backing up the hard drive so as to not lose that data either since it’s not in the cloud. And then there’s the OTHER external drive in which to park big honkers of the iMovie videos themselves and all their individual working files that went along with each video. It’s been a learning curve for sure. All that said, I’m still glad I have the Mac despite the naysayers. I absolute love it as I come to understand it more. It’s certainly the better deal for me with the way that I’m wanting to be creative. Having the ability to take photos on my phone and it show up on my Mac automatically saves soooo much time on an ongoing basis. So….here’s some bullet points from today. And by the way when I move things around on and off the cloud – it takes FOREVER – b/c you are working with videos and they take a while.

  • So the players are: my Mac’s hard drive, my Documents folder which is on the CLOUD, the Lacie external drive, and my desktop which is on the cloud and a temporary folder to park things sometimes.
  • I moved all my photos by year into my Mac hard drive which has a back up drive now. It doesn’t have very many videos so it’s not a huge honker and so far not messing with my hard drive or making my computer slow. If it does I’ll order an external hard drive to park my photos on, although then you have the problem of not having a back up unless you back up your back up somehow (rolling eyes here), but of course my current back up is in the same place as my computer in THIS OFFICE so if there is a fire they’ll both be gone anyway. If you really think about all this too much it will totally drive you insane. I’m sure I’m there! I’ve decided not to worry about it beyond here b/c most of the important things are on Facebook or the blog!
  • I moved all my Working Files to the Lacie External drive because when I moved it to my Documents folder (which is on the cloud) it copied them first instead of moving them straight out which doubled my data (wahhhhhhhhhhhh!) and I had no choice but to just do it externally to the Lacie. But once I copied things over and cleaned everything out, my cloud storage was only 1/4 used up, LOL. So I decided to move it back to the cloud like I originally wanted in the first place. But it’s a huge file, but still less than my storage so we should be ok – Lord help me if we are not. I’d just rather have it in the cloud until I’ve made the video. But it’s taking a LIVING FOREVER to upload. And I hope all this moving around of files is not hurting or corrupting my videos. Can it do that? Ahhhhh! (Insert home alone face and home alone yell!)
  • I also ended up with two folders of photos by year. (Insert pulling out of hair graphic here)!!!!! Apparently I moved the folder a few weeks ago but didn’t realize it made a copy instead of moving it. So I had two of the same – one in the cloud and one off. And I’ve added pics to possibly both folders (oh my gosh) so I didn’t just want to delete one as I might delete some photos for good. I had to check the files and it was too big to just dump the files into one spot and delete the duplicates – oh my gosh! Finally got all pics in the one folder and deleted the extra folder. Are ya with me? What a taxing day!
  • So I created video working folders for each of the upcoming videos with their footage/photos. I drug over to each file from my photos file (taken with iPhone). Now I have to add the footage/photos from my Canon camera files which downloads into a separate photo file than my iPhone photos. I probably should just make these download into my iPhone pics. I think that is an option. It would be easier but I’d have to clean out my photos more often. Matter of fact I outlined the date at which I need to start again to “move over” files from phone and camera for future videos, so I wouldn’t forget where I left off today. lol I still keep some pics on my phone/cloud/photo storage so it will all blend in if I don’t write the date down where to start next time.

I never dreamed how much of a process this would be keeping it all organized. Of course I enjoy doing it and once it is all set up for “major work flows” it will serve me well. The set up will make things so much easier now as far as work flow! I was just hoping to get through but I’ll have to work on the Canon photos/video segments this week to include its data in the video folder I’ve set up for the separate upcoming videos. I think there are 4 – maybe 5 videos to do now.

The Texas video will contain a lot of editing – or we may just have to just do Part I and Part II – very likely!

Ok enough file rants. I’ll be nervous until this final file RE-UPLOADS to the cloud. I don’t think I could lose anything as it’s merely copying it, and I’ve not deleted the other file yet. But my Mac has a lot going on right now as I also moved some Canon files to my desktop not thinking – and so it’s pulling double duty and here I am blogging on top of it all, LOL.

I know this bored you! Sorry, the geeky folks will get me!

Setting Appointments Again and Working on Computer Files

My little desk calendar knows me well. What a perfect calendar! I do want to wander the world but if you can’t, just sit back and do it through YouTube. ;-). But the weekend is here. And true to my blog’s title, I enjoy the weekend with it’s Less Hustle vibe and More Coffee of which I’m sipping now. With six days of work in a row, I was ready for downtime. It’s been a really busy week. Upon arriving home I took 15 minutes (maybe 30) of just sitting in the dark with a glass of wine and watching Instagram stories, maybe even creating a few of my own. My brain was just DONE! It wasn’t that the week was bad, it was just busy and my brain and my persona needed ME TIME! So I transitioned!

Setting Appointments, Here I Come World!

It feels so good to be getting on over some of the hurdles of my to do list. I am now moving on around the curve! Appointments. With the virus cases down, spring on its way, our hibernation month over – and THAT IT WAS, I made appointments for the following:

  • Doc Appointment – mainly for Rx renewal of BP Meds
  • Dental Appointment – it’s been set for 6 months but it’s coming up so I’ll include it
  • Pedi/Mani Appointment – ahhh yeah. I’ve waited months for this one.
  • Hair Cut/Style Appointment – Trying a new place at the recommendation of a friend
  • And Dinner with a friend out to eat has been set
  • And a trip to Mom’s coming up – rescheduled due to weather

It may not be much but it’s a step toward getting out and doing normal things. Yeah we have eaten out some and have seen some family and so forth. Most of our outings have been close to the ranch when we were in TX as their cases were very low and the risk was much less. Anyway, I’m excited to have some things on the schedule. Maybe not the doc and the dentist, lol, but oh well, at least it’s an outing!

Blog Stats on the Move Up

I don’t know what or why or if they are advertisers, real people interested in what I have to say, or the sneaky spy types that read over to see if you are going to say something wrong so they can ding ya later, or the creepy types that spy for different reasons. But…..hey, thanks for making the numbers go up whoever you are! ha! That was nice to see in my notifications before going to bed last night.

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After a spaghetti dinner, another glass of red, and a another couple of shows of GOOD GIRLS, bed was in order. And it felt so good. The last two nights I’ve slept all the way through – maybe one wake up in which I took a sip of water and rolled over. I’m happy to say that my dreams are more normal these days and no weird odd ones. That is good. I can’t always remember what they are but I did take notice how much more normal they are. I’m not sure what makes dreams weird or normal. I think perhaps it may be if you are trying to sort things out versus whether you already have things sorted out. I guess I feel I’ve already sorted things out! I think the Bible reading daily has helped with that. And I feel God is protecting my mind and heart by doing so.

Today’s Productivity at Home

So I’m not even sure what time I awoke this morning (a perk of not having to be anywhere on Saturday) but it was after the sun came up, which can’t happen during the week! I began laundry and got all of it done. Well I started laundry last night to be honest. I’m sure I’ll end up with more by tomorrow. Sometimes George’s laundry is late boarding the train! There is no schedule. I like to do it on the weekends but if I notice enough for a load I’ll do one during the week.

I had bacon left over from my red beans and rice dinner the other night, so I fixed bacon the way I like to – in the old black square skillet we have. I fixed the last few of the “farm eggs” that we got from Whole Foods. They have the yellowest yolks. And they were really good too. I fixed toast and put a garden blend cream cheese on there (a weak moment I had at the store and threw it in my basket), and finished up the strawberries! Our breakfast was delightful and has lasted all day. It’s 3:50 as I type this and I’m not hungry! I guess we ate late morning though so it was probably like a brunch!

I’ve cleaned the kitchen and vacuumed the den. And have Roger’s dog bed covers from the den in the wash. I’ve set up some new ones on his bed. I always move them around and swap them about. Just want him to be comfortable and it’s been a while since I cleaned them.

Techie Progress

I have dowloaded Malwarebytes free 14 day trial version and have deleted Flash Player from iMac since it’s no longer supported by Apple and hopefully no longer needed. Good timing too. I was getting notifications for updates over and over and I was not even sure it was a valid Flash Player – or just some bot pretending to be as I’ve heard those are out there. I think I downloaded to play a computer game or something. But I was afraid to download anything further. Malwarebytes showed my system was ok though and now Flash Player is gone.

I’ve started working on the files to house the pending video content. But I stopped to clean up what was on the cloud vs not on the cloud. Just trying to make sure some things are secured in the cloud. And moving some additional files off the cloud onto the Lacie1 which housed a lot of the working files for those videos. Just trying to clean things up. I honestly don’t have a lot on here. So since the household work has been done today I’ll likely spend a chunk of time working on the file creations tomorrow and then guess what?????!!!! I can start to work on my “new intro”. I’m really nervous about it in a way. Why am I nervous? Because I know how I get when I want something to be a certain way! And I’m also not wanting to spend a lot of time on it and I am probably going to have to! lol. I’m hoping to use footage we already have for some clips – but if not we may have to film new. I just know that I’ll be wanting to have it just right and we’ll see how it goes. I liked the last one but honestly have worried that the explosion of color at the beginning will signify meaning to someone other than what it does. It was just “my colors” and I loved having it “spill out” across the screen! But it does not mean I’m gay! lol. I’m not sure if I’m keeping that or not. I might buy another segment. Anyway I’m looking forward to starting the project very soon! Just a little nervous. I guess that is a good thing. We often do well on things we are nervous about. It’ll be on EVERY VIDEO so I want it to be good. lol

So tell me what you think of this intro. I think I got the first one free from PlaceIt. I don’t really like having their logo on the bottom either. But if I buy one I think I don’t have to use the logo? I’ll have to see. I didn’t use their music and I shortened it when I used it in my video. Enhhh… I think I’m ready for something different.

Well, George wanted to go out to eat tonight and we are using a card that we got for Christmas! We are looking forward to it. We are going to Walmart before that, mainly to get Roger some more diapers. But I think George needs a few things for cooking this week. I have a few things on my list too but not much since I went to Publix one night last week.

Well, I’m going to finish up here so I can work on my files. And what all are you all doing this weekend?