Vlog Equipment, Night Out, Space Launch, Nashville Violence – What a Day!

Ahhh it was the most beautiful day yesterday – both inside and outside of the house. George opened the windows and the breeze came through all over the house. It was noticeably warm from about 2 to 4 but not too hot. And began cooling down after that.

It was also wonderful to be off and to have most of the day before us. I began with laundry as I usually do. I’m really happy with the new machine. I’ve noticed it does not take as long to do the laundry, they smell amazing, and I love the little tune it plays at the end.

This machine has a place to put the softener and I no longer have to use the “ball”, which didn’t work very well anyway. Just very happy with this LG Model.

Now if it would only do the ironing for me. I like to fold. And I like to iron if I have something good to listen to. But lately I really am starting to despise having to iron because I want to do something else instead. Like the to do list that is hard to get done.

So, I did knock some things off my list yesterday. I worked on the blog and was able to get a section added to add the video in the sidebar. I can add the latest video in there from YouTube. I also changed the Instagram one from my Personal one to the Blog one. I wish it was easy having two accounts on there. I have to log off and then relog in to go back and forth on my phone. But that’s ok. I rarely get on Instagram anyway. It will mostly stay on the Blog one. And I also switched Twitter accounts to the blog one. I deleted my old one I think. I am just not on it much anyway. But wanted to connect the blog and will share the posts there some.

I also ordered a selfie stick. I looked at gimbals and they were really more than I wanted to spend right now. But the selfie stick has the tripod, bluetooth capability (to turn on and off from a distance), will extend out to like 45 inches. I was careful to go with not the cheapest one and as a beginner was not wanting to go ALL OUT. I also picked one that would work with iphone (and future models as I still have the 8Plus), but also will allow camera and go pro cams. So at some point, would be able to use those if I get those cameras at some point.

Have you noticed with me that this is addictive? Much like any other hobby, it can come with a price tag. But it’s a wee investment.

I also bought a simple microphone. I just bought one that will enhance that had good ratings and it even had the little “muff” thing for curtailing the wind. I’ll have to try it out for comparison with and without the microphone.

Both of these items and a lightning cable for the right connector for the iphone/microphone and 2 spray bottles – only came to like $80 bucks. So as life goes on and I keep enjoying this journey, then we’ll improve as needed along the way.

I’m noticing that most doing these videos start with iphone and then morph to a Canon EOS M50. Or something like that. I’ve coveted a Canon for a long time. Oh gosh! But for what I’ve needed for blogging, the iphone has been fabulous. The iphone has just been my right arm for everything. I loved it from the very beginning when I was taunted to switch over from Droid to iPhone. It’s been wonderful. I know the Droids can take good photos too but they have both improved over the years. You can even do an imovie from your phone but the computer one has more bells and whistles. Anyway, these things will help with steadying the videos, helping the audio along, and will allow me to NOT have the camera in my face. And that will help with me being more comfortable in front of the camera and will not give such a close up! I’m also going to have to put lipstick in my purse for the Car Chat pieces. But the Car Chats have to improve with the angle. lol

Anyway, the Canon is about $599. And eventually people add the wide angle lens. It has to have the screen though where you can see yourself vlogging. I know nothing about these yet, but decided to set a goal and if I reach a certain amount of subscribers on YouTube I’ll reward myself with it. I could buy it now with stimulus money but I’d rather make myself wait for it so I appreciate it more. I have not decided what the goal is yet. I’ve only set one goal. That is 100 subscribers. I get my own URL from YouTube when I reach that instead of a number. As of now I have SEVEN! But it’s better than 4! Ha.

I think the subscribers will come as I improve and get it out there. There is some part of me that doesn’t really want it out there just yet anyway – while I learn and grow, develop content, and so forth and get a rhythm and routine and come into my niche some. I think that is usually the way it goes.

I have worked on my ideas some for future videos. I am using Evernote to capture my ideas.

I was trying to think of all the things I’m paying a subscription for – much of it to Blog and Vlog – but not all of it.

  1. I am paying WordPress for a domain and also for a Premium blog account so I have more design perks. I really like having my own domain.
  2. I’m paying for premium Evernote as I wanted more storage
  3. I’m paying for Epidemic Sound to have those good tunes you and I both love so much for the audio.
  4. I’m paying for the icloud to have more space to keep my photos and videos sync’d
  5. I’m paying for iTunes to be able to download any song I want – and to have the perks that come with that from iTunes. I love love love this.
  6. I’m paying audible.

I think that is it. Other than having all the annual security protection through Sophos and any Microsoft annual fees we have to be able to use Word and Excel, but I don’t think we have renewed that unless George did for his computer. I have bought some premium apps that are a one time fee though but most came from an iTune card as a gift. And these are the reasons that I have decided with the $ I’m spending to do this new hobby, to forego as many hair cuts and manicures as I can. Of course I’m working right now and have blow money each month to spend but I didn’t want to increase our expenses.

I’d love to be able to monetize the blog, vlog, at some point at least by retirement. That is the goal. The doubts creep in, but I’ll sure do my best to make it happen. By then we can travel a bit more and I’ll be able to do some travel videos.

I do think that as I sleep on all this – the blog and vlog eventually comes down to these things – don’t you think?

*Food/cuisine

*Wine/Beer

*Organizing/Decor

*Relaxing

*Travel

*Nashville

*App Reviews

*Self-Help

*DeStress

* God’s love.

*Some music selections

*Nutrition/Wellness (Lord help me).

So I was pleased to find the term “lifestyle blog or vlog” because it is. But it’s hard to put in words. That term is already out there. And I’ll tap into that. But the above is what I usually write about. I should add these to the mix:

*Complaining/Perfectionism

*Diverticulitis

I am just kidding. The blog has been a place I have parked frustrations and health issues. I will likely continue to discuss that on a limited basis as it is part of my life and what I write may help others. But as far as the Videos go. I’ve decided that I’m going to leave out most of the complaining and health issues. No one will want to watch that, lol. I will allow the obvious frustrations such as being without a washer or stranded with a flat tire for example, but it won’t be a place to vent about things I would normally vent here. I have to go a different avenue with the videos.

So I am happy to have ordered the equipment. One of the items was going to come in today and I told Amazon to deliver it during the week. I am giving them a break, lol. George will be here to get it anyway and I knew if it came in today I’d be wanting to play with it. So it’ll be next weekend’s project.

Oh, I was thinking that I would have a “filming day” all in one day for the section of the videos that “add value”. It makes me laugh when I say that. As it’s saying my life does not in itself add value to another being unless it gives them info they are looking for. But I get it. lol Not many is going to want to watch just for the lovely reason to get to watch the likes of myself, lol lol lol. But if I do a filming day and do several of these “Value” segments- (I can change shirts b/w each one, lol) – then I can crank the videos out faster. I already have enough info to do another video (I think) once I get these value things put together.

So what is it you guys want to know? lol. I have about 13 topics already! All have to do with those lifestyle categories up there and mainly with being organized.

Oh and I may end up using CANVA as a premium service but trying not to. I really really would like having that background removal thing. But for now I do the free version and just use “remove.bg” for the background removal. It’s an annoying extra step but much like layering a graphic, you can layer your videos. That is exactly what you are doing. You are layering text, graphics, and sound onto each clip segment. I thought I enjoyed making the graphics. I like this about as much as it being on steroids about 10X. lol

I know you can’t tell. And combining photos and videos and then the styles of videos and the A roll and the B rolls. Just loving it.

So back to my day yesterday. You know I get a bit side tracked talking about the video stuff. I hope I don’t bore you. As little time as I get to work on it, I probably repeat myself a lot b/c I keep it in my head til I get “said thing done” and then I can go on.

This week I told George he could add a guitar to the beach room because it was pretty and “the color” of the room.

It’s also above his office desk area. He was thrilled! So he hung that up recently. I was a little shocked at how much it stuck out from the wall and that grabs my attention when you enter the room. It is one of those things that “would break up your chii in a feng shui”. I am not a feng shui person in anyway as it relates to a religion of sorts or should I say lack thereof. But I do like the positive and negative energy concepts. And this breaks my chii a bit but not in a huge way. I decided to get over it as it’s Hubby’s house too.

It just catches my attention. I think a big pendulum is going to come my way and knock me over! lol lol lol But I’m happy for him. It’s cool there otherwise. Why did I think it was going sit plush against the wall? I have no idea. I guess I’m just not used to getting the side views fo the guitar. But it’s a lot of trouble to hang so I won’t complain. It’s only a second of “what is that?” and then I remember oh the guitar!

While I was eating cereal yesterday (for lunch) I watched the Italian Grandma make garlic/olive oil pasta.

Sidebar: I’ve been trying not to eat much in the mornings so I can get some hours between dinner and the next time I eat. I think it really helps my particular metabolism despite the fact that for years we’ve heard don’t skip breakfast. I lost my baby weight that way after I had Kate and so I’m trying it again. But I eat well at dinner time. So why not let that carry me over!

So back to the Italian Grandma on YouTube…she was precious.

I will have to try this and think that it would make an excellent side dish. I DO like my protein though.

I also set a “menu” of sorts to the chalk board in the kitchen. I put up there my preferences sometimes. George seems to like to hear what I’m in the mood for. On the right hand side are just some ideas of things based on what we have in the freezer. We have a lot of pork, beef, and some chicken and some fish.

While cleaning house I listened to these playlists/artists on the Epedemic Sound: Accoustic Channel. They have several Channels. I subscribed to all of them and I enjoy playing whatever I’m in the mood for. Love the Accoustic though. The below are videos within their channel.

I love Cody Francis’ songs. He is soothing but with a nice feel and a good beat to it. I’ve heard his songs and his sound on many of the travel videos I watch. His music is also on Spotify and Apple.

I like listening to him and he’s a good one to listen to when I am working. I usually pick something soft and instrumental if doing payroll as I don’t want anything distracting. But this one is a good one and I’m thrilled to be able to play it while cleaning the house. Look him up and give him a play.

I was thrilled to get to watch the launch.

Then my SIL and BIL came over. This is George’s sister and her husband. Kevin fixed my iMac where it will stay on and not go back and forth on and off the internet. It was only like once a day it would do it, but it was annoying. He fixed it. I think. Hasn’t happened today. He said it was a common problem with iMac’s since a few years back – like 2017 or so. So he fixed it and also told me what to do (kinda) if it starts back up again. I say kinda b/c I will probably forget what he said. That’s on me. lol

We had lovely conversation and George made some Sangria Margaritas for us all.

And as what you saw on the video if you watched it – his awesome Poutine:

He fixes this in the airfryer. Waffle fries, cheese curds, diced red pepper, chives and I believe beef gravy which he bought in container – not made from scratch. My word it is so good.

So then we went to eat at LongHorn. I was kinda surprised that a lot of others also had that idea. We were told a 40 minute wait and to wait outside social distancing or in our cars. So we went to a nearby bookstore that had opened. I’m shocked at the fact a bookstore opened, but of course thrilled. I hardly see how they will pay the rent, but we’ll see.

We had time to get through the bookstore but they called as George was checking out. We rushed over and acted like we had just walked out of the parking lot but they probably wondered where we were and what took so long. lol

The service was VERY long. I’m not sure what time we got the table, but it was after 8 when we left. I think maybe two hours or so. It was ok as we had good conversation but they were struggling to keep up with the crowd. Tables for the most part were apart enough but not in all situations. They also had paper menus which could not be wiped off. We used hand sanitizer.

It is what it is. As we start to open back up and live our lives, we will probably all eventually get it. I’m not getting the vaccine. I’m sorry. Just not. After that last flu shot I had – and THAT SHAKE/SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS I USE, were trying to rid those chemicals out of my body – it really impacted me for about two months. I had to stop the cleanse days b/c it was doing it’s job!!! lol As time passed I got better. But geez. There are too many things going into our medicines and vaccines and we find out later it causes cancer. I just have no trust anymore. It’s all based on history and how things have turned out.

So then we were thinking we would come home and watch a show til we got sleepy. And then this happened:

Sorry, not a good photo, lol. But rioters were in downtown Nashville and set the capital on fire. They went to Broadway and broke in and looted. They spray painted grafiti and just started trying to tear up the town.

I do like my Twitter for immediate news information -so I allow the alerts to come through.

I thought Nashvillians had lost their ever loving mind, but it was orchestrated by a certain group that also caused the disturbances across many cities yesterday in America. Many of the ones arrested have been white and were from the group ANTIFA.

Had to look it up and Wikipedia says:

The antifa movement in the United States is a militant, left-wing, anti-fascist political activist movement which comprises autonomous activist groups that aim to achieve their political objectives through the use of direct action rather than through policy reform. Activists engage in varied protest tactics, including digital activism, property damage, physical violence and harassment against those whom they identify as fascist, racist or on the far-right.

Whoever they are, they are certainly not an intelligent sort. lol A bunch of bullies on steroids and obviously bored of having any kind of real life with any value. That is my definition. lol. They are not even worthy of the Southern sarcastic “bless their hearts”. They are led by the devil himself and meet the direct definition of the opposite of God and goodness and his divine purpose of love and peace. So that being said, at least we know where their eternity lies (God’s judgment relevation – not mine) and one day they will not be able to “touch this”! (Go ahead sing it -MC Hammer’s finest.) One thing I love about being Christian is the fact I get to shed this kind of thing out of my future. Can I hear a holy hallelujah and a Amen?

Today I will do a devo – maybe something online – not sure. I have to go to the store and do some ironing. Redo my supplements for the day in their daily packs, lol. And then I’ll come play in the office in the afternoon and work on the blog. I want to see if I can get the “menu” items going. Kinda skeered. lol I don’t want to mess up the blog. But I’ll get a glass of wine and put on some iTunes and play. Once I get that done, I’ll try to figure out my missing files on iMovie. I love doing all this and trying to figure it out. Trying to enjoy the learning and not be frustrated by the brick walls that pop up as create my own damage as I touch anything before I get around these learning curves. Two steps forward and Six going back! lol!

Sorry for the long blog. I get to blog longer on the weekends. And more happens. Quite the Eventful day yesterday even though we mainly stayed home. Oh – and Long Horn did not have my Prime Rib dangit! Oh but I brought steak home as I had ribs and a sirloin and as a combo and I couldn’t eat my steak. I think I’ll eat it here in a few. Might break my “no breakfast routine” for that.

So what a day or two huh? Beautiful day though over all! Minus the goofballs that tried to tear up our town.

Ok over and out! What you doing today?

YouTube Success is Slow, Pedicure Protocol, and Plans

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Ahhhh, tis Friday. And I’m going for my 2nd cup of coffee! I have been awake since 2:37. Mainly just my brain thinking of things I want to do or could do. Now that it is 5:27, I’d kind of like to turn my brain to OFF.

But off to work we must go.

I looked at the YouTube channel this morning and the video has had 76 views. And I have 6 subscribers. Only 94 more to go to reach my goal. When I count the number of friends and family I have, I really thought I’d have more than that. But I do remember someone saying that your family and friends are NOT your support base when it comes to this YouTube success. Much as it is for blogging or even the net work marketing I once used to do. You have to tap into the niche. I guess that is really what was keeping me up this morning. I have to seek out my peeps. My type. And connect with them. So I will learn to be a marketing expert. 😉

Setting up Twitter and Instagram was a bit unsuccessful so far – well it’s been two days. I only have one follower on Instagram – I had two and one left, lol lol lol. With hardly nothing on my profile and it not built up, and no one really knows who I am, so to follow someone – they aren’t going to follow back.

I have not connected anything to my blog yet. I needed to actually set the LessHustleMoreCoffee accounts up on all the social media platforms before I connected it, of course. So it’s set up. And I will work this weekend to get blog set up to lead people to YouTube, to Twitter, and to Instagram.

So I was thinking that it was a pain to go back and forth on Instagram from my personal one to the blog one. I was considering deleting the personal one. But, I think I do want to keep them separate and keep my personal account. I did delete my twitter one though, I think. I will only be using the LessHustleMoreCoffee Twitter account. I just don’t really use twitter much. Honestly I’m not on Instagram much either but I don’t want to lose what I’ve posted so I’ll keep it and go back and forth as needed.

It’ll all happen slowly. But I will admit to some disappointment at only have 6 subscribers so far. I don’t want people to subscribe just because I asked or just for pity, lol. I want people who will actually watch and enjoy it – like you all seem to do with the blog. And I also (have said this before). The people that watch the videos are likely to be folks that really don’t read the blog.

So I have to do more videos – one on a channel is kinda puny. I have to get on a schedule but that won’t come for a while. I don’t want to commit anything I can’t promise or overdo myself b/c then it won’t be a hobby.

I think I have close to 557 friends on Facebook and I posted in my personal feed but honestly with the Facebook algorithm, I bet less than 50 actually saw the thing. And there’s the factor of when it’s convenient to even watch a video. I can really only watch mine at home or prefer that anyway. Much of the time you are out and around others and even though you scroll you can’t watch. Often at home you have to watch what the masses want to watch. My spouse doesn’t give a flying flip about some of the You Tube shows I want to watch. So I get it. It’s not convenient much to watch a video like it is to read a blog blip.

I’ll find the niche though. Others have. It can be done. I also have to create value as I keep saying. I’ll start doing that to grab attention on YouTube to lead people to it. Then when I do get any subscribers, I’ll be scared to death. lol. So definitely a learning curve here.

Just parking my thoughts down on it this morning. It’ll all come together. We’ll see where this goes and hopefully we’ll have more outings to share as time goes on and we can get out more. Right now coming up with subject matter at the house. But I’ll focus on updating the blog this weekend. That has been on my mind for a while to add some components here. But I like a good challenge. I will enjoy seeing the changes and measurements as I go along. And as I find the niche, the rhythm, and the style.

Pedicure Protocol

I went to get my toes done last night after work. It was grand and glorious. Felt so good. Here’s how that went:

  • A sign on the door saying not to come in if you have not called and made an appointment
  • Walk in and sign in. I had to dig for my pen as I didn’t want to use theirs. You had to list your phone number. So your name and phone number is out there for anyone to have and see – I didn’t like that at all. I already have some ridiculous spam texters.
  • Hand sanitizer – you had to use before heading on into the salon area.
  • They had shields b/w the worker and you – even at the pedicure stations.
  • I did not see any water being offered (I wanted/needed some really bad but didn’t dare ask)
  • They workers had on masks AND face shields.
  • I wore my mask as well.
  • I sanitized again after getting into my car.

My feet feel so soft now. For the most part. I think it’ll take a while for them to get back to real soft texture. I missed two months of not having one.

Anyway, it’s Friday. I’m so happy about that. It’s been a fast week. I’ll be happy to work on a few things here at home this weekend. We get to see our SIL and BIL and go out with them. I will begin to try to set up the blog like I want and to try and see if I can fix my iMovie to get the songs back. The have a song list that you can use with no copyright issues. I usually use Epidemic Sound but I did like some of the iMovie music and they had some intros and things like that. I’d really like to get that back. So I’ll work on that.

Hope you all have a great weekend. Are you getting out and doing anything this weekend? Are you braving it yet?

Take care. Oh, George starts back to work on site soon – rotating with another person in and out of the office. Still have some home repairs going on next week. So much for the flooring? lol. Nah, we can plan that at some point. Oh and I think we will be planning a vacay at some point to Texas. We have a date planned. Need to discuss it more and I’ll need to get all that approved and planned.

Have a good one.

Working on Social Media Integration, a Baby Shower, and Brainstorming Topics for Vlog

Good morning! Or evening, should you find yourself sitting under the moon at the time you read.

There is really NOT much to tell of these last two days. I’ve knocked the payroll out of the park and trying to catch up to the point where I should be in the week, if we had a 5 day work week instead of 4.

George fixed some lovely meals this week. And I discovered I had a smudge on my camera lens. We’ll pretend the food was hot and it was steam. lol

He fixed this awesome chicken sautéed in coconut oil. And fixed “filled” biscuits with a mushroom gravy and some sandwich meat we had. I have a tendency to buy sandwich meat as I often want a half sandwich. But I don’t always eat a lot of bread so we end up having leftovers. Not a problem though b/c SOMEONE sits around after I go to bed and eats such things as an extra snack and the fur babies might also get a bite. Some have been known to bark until a human gets up and gives them a nightly meat treat if one decides it is time to have “meat treat” and go to bed.

If any of you thought we ruled our own house, NO – the fur babies do.

I’ve made progress on the shower. The facebook invites when out yesterday morning as an addition since so many of the young ones use this. Facebook however does not do a good job with alerts on these things as I rarely notice when I get one or if someone updates in them.

Honestly I think I’m going to have to go in and revise my facebook notifications to a lot fewer notifications. I used to have more time to spend on FB but now that I’m getting all into the videos and YouTube, I just don’t have time to spend scrolling. But when I do go in I’d like to see certain posts and I don’t want to miss important ones. So I need to adjust my settings. There will be no more of those posting political posts either, or people who just post article after article, or just repost 14 things they have seen others post all day long. There is nothing wrong with that, so don’t get me wrong, but I am kinda over all that stuff just because you don’t really know what is truth or not.

Anyway, I guess what I’m trying to say is I want to know how people are. I’m wanting to see if someone is hurting or upset, or joyous over some good news. I want to be a part of their real lives, not so much their political views or their passing along of daily information. I just need a way to sort through to the personal stuff. So that will be hard to do as so many people post both. But I think Facebook also has a way to layer that. We’ll see. I don’t even have time to redo my Facebook right now. lol But it’s on the list.

I’m in the mode of trying to begin new Instagram, Twitter, and so forth for the integration of blog, vlog and all of those platforms. Boy that takes time. I also have to figure out how to get a link on instagram. Maybe you can only post video and pics to the feed and links in the stories. I have NO idea. I just want the blog/vlog to have it’s own account and keep my personal separate. I also have to connect them here. I’ll let you know as I get them converted. Then you can follow if you so desire. My goal? I want 100 subscribers on YouTube. That is the first goal anyway. Then there will be others.

I figured out yesterday that I think I just have to have a challenge before me to work on. A fun challenge, of something I enjoy. Not an impossible work challenge thing. I mean I think that kept me occupied for a while though – the impossible work load stack. I kept trying and then figured out I didn’t want to be in a ever growing snowball going downhill anymore. lol. So this has been fun and I’m excited to see where it goes. There is a LOT of room for improvement and learning and I’m excited about that. Also kinda scared to death too. At least it’s not live. I can cut parts out. lol

Well, I do want to say “thank you, thank you, thank you” for your support on the first Vlog post. Your comments meant so much to me. I appreciate your watching and for those that subscribed, I thank you. I think I only have 4 as of today. :-(. But it’s ok. I know that there are blog readers and video watches – and usually they are different folks. Not necessarily both.

I often have heard repeatedly that not to be surprised – you think family and friends will be your subscriber base but it ends up being a whole new family of people in the video realm. So at least I was not overly disappointed that there were only 4 in the first day. It’s totally good. I’ll get there. There is no negative talk. It will happen. I just have to incorporate value into the videos. Like “here’s 5 ways to _______” so that the search engine optimization (SEO) can be tapped into. I’ll figure it out. I’ve started making lists of what that would be. If you have any suggestions let me know.

I figure to take the things I’m learning and discovering and sharing them. Things I already talk about and just turn them in to a bullet list. How hard can that be? Only filming them. So I want to film some in my office at home. I have to work on the lighting and the setting. Not much but a bit. It was suggested to keep 12 topics always at hand so you can be working on those thoughts. I’ve got my EVERNOTE going so I can be organized and keep my thoughts going there. My best time for being the brainstormer is in the morning. I’m always having things pop into my head and so I jot them down on paper and at the happy hour time when I get home, I jot them into Evernote on the iMac. I guess I should do 5 quick tips on organizing your week. Gosh that is a broad topic, but I guess I could just do 5 here and 5 there and 3 over yonder. And just keep going with it. Those are things that have been details I’ve shared here all along, just not in bullet version. I love talking about new apps and such. I do have to check and see if there is any copyright issues though if I talk about other apps and such in the videos. I would think it’s ok if it’s good. Not so much if bad. I have so much to learn.

And right now it’s time for me to get ready and head on in to work. Kinda running about 15 min late so I need to hurry now. Geez.

Ya’ll have a good one. Back in a day or so.