Cravings, Masks, and a “Little Katy”

Good morning! It is I here just popping on for a few minutes. Here’s a shot of me in my other mask before jetting into to Aldi’s for chicken. With the announcement of the meat shortage, I wanted to make sure we had some chicken in the freezer. Seems like my main go to has been chicken and we have had very little of it in the freezer. So I bought a couple of packs of ground turkey and a couple of packs of chicken and then George also hit up Houston’s for a couple of packs, so we are about 2 to 3 weeks out again. That is easier for me to eat over beef.

That said, I have been craving bologna! I think it was $8 pack at Publix. But George bought an off brand yesterday. At least it was beef, b/c he knew I had such a craving. Now I’m craving BBQ Fritos. I don’t know why. But I will be having some at some point!

It is a secret pleasure to go to the store. I mean yeah, you never know if COVID is lurking around the corner at you, but it pretty much is our source of entertainment outside the home.

A lot of our businesses were “back in business” yesterday and so there was a LOT more traffic on the road. Not near normal but you could tell a difference. It’s weird b/c we have the most cases yet and it’s 10X what it was. And this is expected to come back in the fall? Geez. So no one can really plan anything ever. So we will just all be exposed more I guess. I just don’t know what to think, but at least the phases of reopening made sense if they are going to reopen. So they may roll it back if needed. So I think that everything is probably going to be based on whether hospitals can handle it or not. That is how the whole decisions about staying home began, to flatten the curve so they could handle the numbers that needed care. Well the curve is flat right now but once we start going about as normal they’ll have to send us back home about two weeks to a month later as the numbers will explode. Unless the heat kills it. I don’t know what to believe anymore.

The masks won’t protect you…..wear the mask for your protection. You need the 95. Oh any mask will do now.

It’ll be gone when the heat hits it….it won’t be gone when the heat hits it.

We are going to flatten the curve….oh the number ill has doubled in the last week but we are reopening the country.

It doesn’t affect kids…oh wait kids are getting it.

It doesn’t affect pets…oh wait the pets are getting it.

I know it’s a learning curve….but the mask thing really? How can the same piece of cloth protect those around me but not protect me from others? “It’s mainly for those that have it” they said in regards to wearing masks. They is “the media”. It’s a piece of cloth – if it protects others it’ll protect me from them. It’s the same piece of cloth and we are both human – lol. Do they think we are stupid? This is the one that got me most. It’s mainly b/c they did not want us to be the masks and use the supply so they told little fibs. And I can’t blame the media so much as that they were reporting what they were told by the experts – so that we wouldn’t go out and buy up the mask supply. I’d rather just be told the truth and I’m fine with the medical industry having the best supplies and we buy the home made ones. But don’t tell me the mask doesn’t work so I won’t buy it. Just tell me the truth.

OK I’m off my rant. I guess that one is still with me.

A little bit of fun yesterday afternoon in the kitchen.

We got a “Little Katy” in the mail yesterday. How cute is that? I put her right next to Jesus. She’s welcoming you to love Jesus! I saw the little Jesus card in a Boys Town packet – where they send cards and stationery and labels and calendars and ask for donations in return. So I stuck the picture of Jesus up against the plant. I mean why wouldn’t we have a picture of Jesus around especially of Him taking care of His sheep with staff in hand. Sweet pic of them both!

My diverticulitis scare lasted a day. I snuck out of it. I ate soft foods. The culprit is just not being able to digest things like raw vegetables in this instance. I read some things about this when I googled it and it said that sometimes your nerves can be damaged where your body/intestines just can’t digest anymore due to muscle damage. I’m figuring if that is my case it was probably the Metformin I took or antibiotics or flu shot chemicals or something from an autoimmune thing that has probably been going on for years undiagnosed. However, I am able to digest most everything else so I don’t know what to think. But anyway at least I’m not having pain and I will have to be careful when eating salads so as to chew really good.

When I went to Aldi, George had said that if I wanted scallops to get them. Their scallops are really good. They are also $9.99 so we get a meal of them for $5 each plus the sides we had were rice and canned carrots. By the way LeSeur’s canned carrots rock! You can’t tell that they are not fresh steamed carrots. Great flavor. So we will get Scallops ever visit now. We only get an Aldi in about once every 4 to 8 weeks. So that’s fine.

The key to a good cooked scallop is to dry them good on a paper towel before putting them in the skillet. That way they crisp up.

I might have had a little bit of a dessert.

Creamed cookies with whip cream squirted on it. My version of Cookies and Cream!

Well, it looks like we’ll be seeing family in May. Katy and Cody are coming for his brother’s wedding. And we will be going to see Mom.

I can’t believe it is Wednesday already. It’s “Work from Home Wednesday”. It’s a nice little break from having to drive in, put make up on, pack lunch and all that.

Also it is supposed to storm today. It doesn’t look like a widespread thing when I look at the radar.

Well, I need to get up and at it! And will pop in again probably Friday morning!

Not a lot to tell. I am just keeping myself busy though. I’m loving staying at home on the weekends but I do miss getting out and about too. Can’t wait to get nails done, get a pedicure, and go out to eat again and get the dogs trimmed. However, it’ll have to wait a while. Some things are opening up but just not sure I’m wanting to be involved with the masses yet. Really not even at work but sometimes work seems like a safe place – it’s a false sense of security though.

I don’t listen to the news now but about twice a week. It really helps the psyche. And when I get on Facebook it’s like reading the news and listening to people argue about it. So I pretty much stay away from that too. Seems like Instagram is more positive. People gripe on FB but put their good sides on Instagram, lol.

Well off to it. You all have a great day. You doing ok out there?

Figuring Things Out, Getting Things Done, or NOT

Good morning! A quick entry here as my alarm did not go off. Or I turned it off in my sleep. I kinda remember hitting my watch and wondering if I had turned it off completely. But I intended to blog this morning. So I shall!

The worst news of the day is that the diverticulitis is back. I began having twinges of pain in the lower left abdomen where my “diverticulae sac” is. (The pocket of the colon at the turn where things get stuck.) I am pretty sure it was tomato seeds. Since the whole stomach is not raw and upset, I know it’s not a colitis situation as it is only a certain section that is irritated. So likely something stuck. I had tomatoes also in my Mexican food the other night and had spaghetti twice. My guess is that there is a polyp or something that needs to be removed that is making things so difficult in there. I think it’s been five years – maybe 3 – since the last colonoscopy. But he’s (the doc) likely going to send me in for that. Our medical procedures are opening up now. However, I am first going to see if I can sneak through this one. I can’t live on antibiotics so if it gets worse, or I cannot pass, or I begin getting a fever (infection) – then I will call. It may get better on its own and heal if I do the liquids and soft foods and start over and we’ll see if I can buy some time during this pandemic. But the colonoscopy, polyp removal – or worst case scenario – surgery – some of it is inevitable. There is no sense in worrying about it. It is going to be what it is going to be. Hopefully it will turn out well.

I feel bad for George who has tried to eat with me and eat things that I have to eat. He’s a real trooper in that way. But he must be getting tired of this scenario that keeps happening. Back to the drawing board.

I got into all the vitamins this weekend and finally decided what I needed to take when. I decided to buy and AM and PM pack – so that some will be taken in the morning and some at lunch time with my meal. This is the one I picked out from Amazon. How cool is that. It’s nice as you take out the day and put in your purse if you don’t want the whole thing. This is perfect. I’ll probably be taking out the Saturday and Sunday ones as I won’t have my “work bag” with me when we are out running around. Hopefully the pills fit, lol. These are bigger than they look. I think they will hold 3 big vitamin E’s on each side (for example).

So, I did get a lot done yesterday. I was pretty happy. Although I did not do a lot of cleaning. It really didn’t need a lot of cleaning. Most things are in it’s space and we’ve not messed up too much. I did work on the laundry, hung the bulletin board, got the ironing done, nails and toes done, dog baths are done (even trimmed their front paws but not the back as they won’t be still). Bed sheets changed, pill box ordered, packages from the week opened and put up. Also checked out Zoom. It’s $14.99 for a month. So I did not upgrade to the paid version yet. But I had George get on and practice so I could see how it would work. Seems pretty easy. I also watched the online church in Graham Tx.

But the things I’m most excited about is that I watched a couple of YouTube videos on Movavi software and actually had the free version on my laptop which I’d forgotten about. I hopped on the laptop to do something else and that icon popped out and grabbed my attention.

It’s been a while since I’ve been on my windows laptop. I have it on the desk (table) on the other side of the office but may move it over to this long desk next to my iMac so I can still do PSP. Anyway it’s a lap top and moveable. But the important thing is that since that icon jumped out to me and I opened it up, it took me to their website and I could see the prices. It was reasonable. $79 for lifetime download for it. So that led me to watching the YouTubes just to see what it was like.

The videos showed the basics of starting and saving and several things in between. So I downloaded the software and gave George $100 bucks of my blow money which is all saved up as we’ve not been going anywhere (lol) – it was that much with tax and some extra fee that they had to protect your download. A fee they probably came up with instead of raising the price, lol.

So I got on the iMac and downloaded. It came in a package of downloads. It had a separate video recording program and some type of Media Player. So all that was a little bit confusing as each one had a key and I was trying to use the key for the wrong thing until I realized “oh I had three emails with different keys” on it. The other two came later after I had already grabbed the first one thinking it was for all three, lol. Geez.

So yeah, I bit the bullet and went with a much easier program to use. I actually made a little stupid video with a few clips just to try it really quickly. iMovie has more upgraded things to work with. Movavi is coming out with a newer version in June. But it looks like I already have the 2020 one – at least it says 2020 on it. So maybe I just got it early. iMovie has a better look to its transitions and titles and has a LOT of music to work with. Movavi’s tools were not as many but what good is iMovie if it corrupts my videos and doesn’t work.

So to appease my soul at having to give up a lot of really good sound effects and music with iMovie, I allowed myself to join Epidemic Sound (one month free) which is know to be THE BEST at being able to download songs (can search by mood, or music type, or emotion) for the video you need it for and with copyright protection when uploaded to YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram.

So….if I am going to pay a $15.99 per month fee for Epidemic sound, then I need to be making a lot of videos. lol I may not keep this around forever, but as I told George – “I found a new hobby”. It’s just something I would like to learn to do. I first want to be able to do our vacation videos. But at some point, I may just do some simple videos of our week to add to the blog. Much like blogging led to graphics, it’s also leading me to video now and want to integrate Vlogging into it, if I can and if it makes sense to do so and I can be artful and intent with it – and it is a useful thing. So we’ll see.

I also did the Magazine project which is for the past couple of years, I have folded magazine pages of things I want to go back and keep. Many were recipes, many were websites, some were products to check into. So I’ve torn them out, tossed the magazines, and separated out the recipes and the other is in a file “check out on the internet”. I will share with you as I look these things up. Some things were very interesting. Some were blogs. So I’ll share with you as I “make the magazines come to life” as I call it. lol

And I need to quit blogging and go get dressed, pack some liquids/lite foods for the day to give my colon a rest, and put makeup on and go to payroll related activities. Sadly the info I needed did not come Friday to begin starting on the unemployment taxes we have to pay for the many states we have employees in. There is no way it can all be done in two days along with everything else that has to be done once payroll is closed. So pretty good chance it’ll just have to be late. I’m only one person and also don’t know what will happen with this diverticulitis thing either. It’s a ticking time clock right now. But the phrase of the decade is: “It is what it is!” None of it really in my control so why worry about it.

iMovie Glitches and a Mostly Wasted Day

Was very happy to get to sleep in yesterday. I mean even George got up first and made coffee and took both dogs out and made their breakfast. It was a rainy and grey day.

I immediately ignored my to do list and dove into working on my video project for Hot Springs. Much to my surprise, 8:30 turned into 12:30 in a blink and I’d not even had breakfast.

I stopped for lunch as I was all through editing, which involves getting the lighting adjusted, cutting out extras in the clips, cropping and adding “Ken Burns” to the videos I’d taken in vertical form (a habit I can’t seem to break), applying Ken Burns to my photos so they zoom over correctly, adding special effects and placing music, adjusting sound, etc. And the last thing I needed to do was add titles and upload.

So I fixed myself a nice little turkey sandwich with olive oil mayo, spinach leaves, cheese, and sourdough bread (Pepperidge Farm – one big slice cut in half). And I added leftover tortilla chips from the night before. I love a good tater chip kinda crunch on a sandwich. I’ve not eaten many sandwiches lately just trying to stay away from bread, but after finding this bread – it is soft, and fresh, doesn’t feel like leather in your esophagus. Here’s a pic of my sandwich. It’s just bellowing with goodness.

Watched some You Tubes yesterday on technical stuff. And then mid afternoon I was hungry again b/c of course this sandwich was my breakfast, lol. So I had a little thing of leftover spaghetti and ate that.

I watched Sister Wives – yes I just threw all my important to do’s out the window, except for laundry. lol. I just did what I wanted to do. Create and watch, create and watch and learn. I’m just inspired by the videos and I want to learn to do them and get better at it. I told George I had a new hobby and I think he sarcastically said “greeeeeat”. I’m not sure if it was sarcastic or not but it didn’t sound like an excited greaaaat. I have a hard time getting in any of my hobbies daily. I only really get to have a stretch of time on the weekends and can get further into them when we are not out running around everywhere – and that is why the Pandemic has been good for me. I get to be home doing some of this stuff.

So I went to watch the next sister wives show on our cable TV – it’s on TLC. We pay booooo coo oodles on our cable bill. And dang if they didn’t want to charge me $2.99 to watch the next episode after that. Well, heck no. Keep your dang show to yourself. I can watch a whole lot of other stuff I’ve already paid for. So I just VOTED NO to that. I’m not going to pay extra just to see a show I watch. I’ll just pick a new show. I hate it. I enjoyed them but “bye bye”. I’m not paying for it. I am not sure if it gives you so much time to watch it before you have to pay? I have Comcast/Xfinity and they are on TLC. Normally it’s free. It let me watch to a certain point and then tried to charge me for the next show. So…..no!

So I rebooted the laundry and then opened up all our packages from the last weekend’s shopping (vitamins, clearance tops, toilet paper finally came in, and the Target order). And then I came in and decided to finish up the Hot Springs video and upload it to YouTube.

There is some confusion when I go to save and upload. Apparently iMovie saves it as you go along, which is good. And I learned last time to save to the file first instead of just directly uploading to YouTube. So I had created a Hot Springs Weekend file on iMovie and also the project was in a folder called “My Movie”. It’s really confusing me where my movie really is. lol

I think only one clip was in my Hot Springs Weekend folder and the My Movie was what contained my movie. (I think). So I renamed it where it was to Hot Springs Weekend b/c well, that is what the project was. Only I think I was supposed to wait until I exported it to name it. (I think). And then uploaded and got errors in the uploads with references to problems at the first point of error in which I had a clip at :16 right off the bat. So I replayed the video and found that spot and noticed that ALL of my video clips had turned black and would no longer show anything but blackness. I’m not sure if renaming it corrupted anything or not. This did not happen to me last time. At first I thought it was just one that had corrupted itself somehow so I reloaded that clip in. One clip I couldn’t find anymore in my files to drag over to the project so I cut it out completely. And then I realized that ALL the clips had gone bad just as George came and told me dinner was ready. Arghhhhhhhhggggggaaaahhhhhh!

I wanted to cry. I had spent upwards to 5 to 6 hours on this. Yes it was fun hours but you would at least like something to show for it. Have since spent more hours in research. I obviously have learned a lot, but I think I’m at the point that I’m dangerous with it. Going to bed last night having done many searches to figure out how to fix, I only found one or two and it seemed more complicated to resolve than just starting over from scratch. But I just thought if iMovie has glitches then maybe I want another program even if I have to buy it. So I spent some time looking at Movave and Final Cut Pro. Final Cut Pro is mainly a professional video software and an upgrade to iMovie and iMovie is throwing me curve balls, I think Final Cut Pro would send me over the edge. So I just don’t know.

Going to bed I was so disgusted, disappointed, and time is so precious to me that I felt like I’d wasted my time. I’d really like to talk to someone who uses iMovie and get some tips OR talk to someone that has another software that they feel would work better for me. I was loving iMovie but it definitely has some quirks. I also get really confused about the files on iMac. I think I need to watch some YouTubes on that. I was told this would be a problem. I love my iMac but it’s taking some time to get used to. The photo/video files are not “clean” and I struggle looking for the photos and clips I need. I have them in my Hot Springs file, for example, but they are all over each other like a virtual puzzle piece if I need to increase the size of the thumbnail so I can see. So l am not happy about this. I like clean and organized files.

The files that are on my computer versus the cloud is a little confusing. I never know where I’m saving things. It may be both. But I’m loving the big screen and the apps and everything else for the most part.

So this morning, I’ve moved from “disgusted” to just plain “put out”. I feel like iMovie has let me down and my hopes and new hobby has crashed and burned.

Having been through these things before, I know it won’t be long that I will be above the curve again. And will figure this out. I’d really love to get that video finished. I really don’t want to start over. I really need to understand what happened so that never happens again. But today I kinda need to focus on a few other things. But my mind will OBSESS over this video and I’m relentless in that way. I will not be satisfied til I figure it out. So I know it will be only a matter of time. But that is the problem. Time. This new hobby is definitely a time suck. And will likely be an expense, as I know I will be wanting more “tunes” and “sound effects” and will end up joining that program that is about $100 something a year to access. Yeeeeeahhhh. But that will be “my golf”, lol. It’ll be “my concert tickets, my movie tickets, my entertainment” and might even be “my shopping” if it keeps me from thinking about what other clothes I need. Don’t need much if you are sitting in your chair creating videos, lol.

Next comes the added iPhone microphone for talking into video made with iPhone and the gimmel and a Canon camera with the microphone wind protection thingie – but I’ll probably get that for myself as a retirement gift. Then the Go Pro camera with mount – also at retirement – for travel pics. Yes I intend to travel somehow. With or without RV. But we already do a lot of exciting things to video, I just have to get around this learning curve.

So a bit of a set back for sure. A huge disappointment and yet not a lot of information out there on this issue. So I’m not sure what is next.

Will I just try to find the clips and fix? It looks like one I fixed last night has already turned to black again.

Do I just freaking start over? I can’t even….

Or do I put this project on the back burner and start another?….Not this weekend for sure.

Or do I just watch some more videos?

Or do I dive in and just get something like Movavi? Or Final Cut Pro? Need to do more research first.

I will try to be responsible today and do the more urgent things that need to be done though. And play later. I might sneak in a few things I want to do today.

But first more coffee.

I have too many projects. Am I the only busy at home person during COVID? Everyone else seems bored but the more I’m at home (which for me is only on the weekends) well and at night but during the week, the Hubster and I are pretty much doing together time b/w 6:30 and bedtime – so the only self time I get after I get home is during happy hour – maybe 30 minutes after I sneak in laundry rebooting. So the more I get into the projects, the more I create lists of to do’s for myself. Much of which I rarely find time to work on. And they remain on the list for weeks. Eventually get them knocked off though, but you know, I post my to do lists on here all the time and how many times do you see the same ones?

I guess it makes us feel special in life to seem busy. Last weekend I created a to do list on my calendar for this weekend. It has 17 items on it. I’ve done two things on it. Laundry and iMovie. One has created more “to do’s” and sucked about 7 hours of my weekend so far. And it wasn’t laundry.

So in light of that. I should NOT work on the most difficult things first. I need to work on some “low hanging fruit” and some “quick hits”. Otherwise I’ll feel like I’m growing in a technical sea of “I can’t get anything done”. I know I’ll figure this movie thing out. It’s too important to me. But I need to go and see about normal life.

I was going to work on the blog some but was also discouraged there a bit. I’ve gone from like 150 views a day to like half. I try to remember I am mainly writing for me – this need I have to write and vent about my life, my feelings, my frustrations, my desires. When people read it – it just fascinates me. I can’t imagine anyone remotely being interested in my daily shenanigans at attempting life. But it inspires me on I guess. But I DO KNOW that every spring and fall – as the seasons change there is a resurgence of energy where everyone springs into action and does more than just sit and read blogs. lol And also just before holidays. And I know that our country is opening up again all over and that has been exciting for some. But I chose not to work at the blog – making signatures, working on my “About me” section and trying to connect it to the You Tube and integrate that. I need to focus on a few other things I guess.

So I’m gonna work really hard at getting the house blessed, the laundry done, ironing done, and get ready for the work week. The dogs still need that bath they never got and I need to work on the next shower steps, I need to do a devo this morning or on line church service. I gotta look at the date for going to see Mom around Mother’s Day. Need to order a Mother’s Day gift. Gotta see when Katy and Cody are coming so we make sure we are here. Oh and I need to order a vitamin container so I take some of the supplements across the day. I have to figure out which ones will be best taken at what part of the day. Everything turns into a “personal study”. I’m so detailed. I’ll be googling to see which ones are best in the morning or bed time, etc. LOL. Geez, always something that requires research. I need to hire a research person just to live. LOL

Ya’ll take care! Are you going to resurge out into Public yet? I’m really not wanting to do much of that. I already have to work. There is enough risk there. We had an employee at Kroger here to test positive for COVID. It’s not the one we go to. It’s the big one close to the interstate where the mass of our town is. We live further out and there is another one we use. I like Publix though. We go there more often. It’s smaller, less folks in there. But I think everything opens up next week in Nashville and across Tennessee as far as restaurants and retail. AT half capacity.

Roger hung out with me for a bit yesterday. I took his pic. Mainly he’s a Daddy’s boy.

And that is a wrap for today!