Saturday Shopping and Eating and Starting Camera Lessons Online

It’s been an excellent weekend so far. After doing a private blog entry yesterday morning while sipping coffee, we headed out for a late breakfast and a shopping excursion. We had a pork roll bagel at “Pork Roll” Bagle shop. It was pretty darn good. Lots of fresh bagels to choose from.

It was definitely a breakfast hot spot yesterday. Doors open to let public know to come on in!

A rainy day as the Tropical Storm/Low Pressure center was heading our way. But here we are heading to the Providence area from some Hobby Lobby shopping.

Aren’t these little pics cute? Would be great if you owned one of these types or owned a dog grooming business or to put in a vet lobby or waiting room. So cute.

Lot’s of Christmassy going on there!

I really wanted one or two of these trees to set beside snowmen, etc. But I decided they would be too fragile and wouldn’t last long. I don’t want to have to buy special storage for them and I like things that will store easily and not be impacted. Things have to be easy these days.

At Hobby Lobby I bought some additional fall decor. I will show you some of the pieces if I get a chance to take a pic. Not a lot. I bought a few Christmas items also at the Dollar Tree which was close to our Bagel shop we went to.

I know a lot of my readers do not like Trump. But I had to laugh. I know that there was “someone” there that was bored while I shopped (uhum I won’t say who) but this “someone” — well, he showed me the fruits of his bored labor as we strolled through that section of the store. He said the letters were there, so why not. LOL LOL LOL. Don’t hold it against me please. I don’t get into politics, but I did think this was funny.

It’s begging to look a lot like fall!

We shopped at Aldi yesterday for a bit as it’s been a very long time. One of the reasons we go there is to get scallops, cheap but pretty good wine, chicken cordon bleu, and several other frozen items. I bought some kind of Keto ice cream that had a low amount of sugar and a lot of protein. It was mint chocolate chip and I’ll be getting another one of those! But a coworker told me about these wafer cookies. Does anyone really need it, of course not. The Knopper wafers. A wafer with chocolate and hazlenut cream.

I had one after dinner last night and they are a treat to behold. Sugars at 8g and 140 calories. Can’t eat a bunch but one here and there during a sweet craving might not be too bad. Has 2g of protein due to the nuts. Made in Germany and dist from Chicago. Will be a regular, and perhaps a stocking stuffer for a person or two or three.

What a cool way to store the wine while shopping, as taught to us by the lady that checked us out.

More of fall around our car. Yesterday was the most fall like day I think we’ve had so far as far as “looks” go. It was warm however, due to the tropical storm air that moved in from the South.

Heading home in our neighborhood. Storm clouds and rain moving on in for several hours of “off and on” moderate and sometimes heavy rain.

Late afternoon George provided us with an appetizer. This is using carrots, butter lettuce (or a soft lettuce – not as crunchy) and imitation crab meat, and rice wrappers.

For the evening meal George fixed shrimp and grits. And we finished watching the first season of Yellowstone. The next season is on it’s way!

So yesterday afternoon I started to download videos and go through footage I have. I can’t use most of it. So I’m normally pretty good at videoing myself when I’m staying in one spot. However, I did a segment yesterday and it was wayyyyyy blurry. I’m not sure what I did. I have a LOT of footage and a lot of it is unusable. Any iphone videos are fine. But, I decided to finally just stop yesterday and do an instructional video starting at the beginning for understanding my camera. I did learn a lot by watching a 2 hour video which helped me understand the buttons and getting around on the digital screens and menus and what each does. Of course there is a LOT to it. I’m not perfect – no where near. But at least there is some progress toward the learning curve. I need to watch the vlogging ones though and learn that specifically. I need to learn how to move around with it. And I need to learn how to grab it and go as far as vlogging. I vlogged my returning home with my goodies yesterday from the store and wanted to show you all what all I got and even with the camera still – it came out blurry and unusable. So I have to figure this thing out or I will shy away from it. It costs too much to shy away from it. This is why I’ve been afraid to use my drone. lol I’m sure the camera has more settings and more to learn on it, but I’ll get there. I’ll get there because I want to!

Anyway, I’m going to have to accomplish a few things in addition to my continued learning today. I need to iron and vacuum and do an order for LTD Commodities. Need to do a few things to make sure I’m ready for the work week – vitamins, food, drinks, etc.

Anything else I get done will be icing on the cake. Oh I will say that I do have some pretty good footage of Columbia and so I’ll still try to get another video done but oh my it will be choppy as I have such little good footage from all I thought I had. Still some segments are ok. So a lot to go through. Might be a while on the next one, but if I don’t learn how to properly VLOG with the camera, it will be a LONG while before the NEXT one. lol

It’s all a learning curve though and I’ve come a long way. Still a long way to go.

Next You Tube Video is Published

Enjoy! Bloopers at the End!

In good shape this week. Very busy. Worked 10 hours yesterday. Month End taxes are paid! Now to conquer this week’s work.

Came home and worked on the laundry, packing supplements and vitamins for the next few work days, gave myself a pedicure. Hopefully the last self given one for a while. September I plan to go get one – I think.

Brought the suitcase upstairs, watered the plant outside and gave the cat more water. Charged another camera battery. Fixed/repaired my ear buds, and packed a few more things. Every night has his list like the above. It just takes a while to get ready for a trip. Just a whole lot of itty bitty details.

Worked on the thumb nail for video this morning as I was too tired last night since my mornings are starting at 4:00. So I’m kinda running behind on my morning and now need to catch up to get to work at the allotted time I had decided on.

I was going to wash dishes. Oh well, no time. I had saved it for last. ha. Dishwasher guy comes today to fix it – hopefully. So George is working from home today awaiting his arrival.

Gotta go ya’ll. See ya!

Sunday’s Sentiments and First Pics with the Canon

Photo by Kaboompics .com on

Happy Sunday. Sipping coffee here and hoping for an ultra productive day. The plans? Finish laundry, clean up the kitchen and try to stay on top of that since the dishwasher broke. Will be packing the bags for next week’s work week, replenishing things to eat for the week, the vitamins, drinks for the fridge. Vacuuming and getting the house in shape – it’s not too bad but could use some love.

Yesterday was able to get a few things accomplished despite the Pandemic obstacles, and some things were not accomplished due to the Pandemic.

First of all we took the the babies for their trims at 8 a.m. Then we were on to Kroger for a few things and dropped those few things off at the house. Then we went to Lowe’s to rent the carpet cleaner. But NO. Lowe’s are not renting out the carpet cleaners during COVID. Great. So empty handed we went back home. We have a carpet cleaner but with pets, they just don’t work as well. Often when we use the thing the carpets look worse to tell the truth. It’s not a big huge issue as we’ll get it professionally cleaned. And often they run deals and I’ve seen ads they are doing it during the Pandemic. So we’ll watch for an ad, or coupon in our neighborhood booklet, or Groupon or something. Was disappointed but we’ll get it done after Texas I guess.

So I came home and washed the MANY dishes that were in the dishwasher (dirty) with the dishwasher not working now and the ones in the sink and counter. Starting to get truly backed up. I was at it for over an hour. I didn’t mind. I really never minded actually washing the dishes. I always hated drying them though. It was my job to dry dishes and put them up and to vacuum growing up, so I kinda hate doing that now. LOL. But I love washing them. Don’t tell George or he won’t get the dishwasher fixed. HA! Truth be known he ends up doing the dishes as he is in the kitchen already. I try to pitch in with kitchen help on the weekends or even during the week if it’s needed. Mostly I do our laundry, keep up with household supplies and inventory, do our ordering, and keep the house clean – or NOT. I used to be one of those wanting it all perfect but got tired of keeping it all that way! It was all I was spending my spare time doing. George taught me to play and relax at life! I bet he wish I hadn’t b/c I took him up on the offer to go have fun and dove into blogging, reading, graphics, gaming, vlogging. And lately I think I’ve become a professional shopper. I have shopping time every weekend! 😉 I try to be reasonable with it, and practical, and cost effective. I’m convinced Amazon is building the distribution here due to me!

Photo by Garry Mordor on

I spent a lot of time, I repeat, a lot of time getting the Canon software, and getting the new camera to talk to my Mac. The actual “doing” of it was not so hard. It was finding out what to do. It went something like this.

The instructions with the camera sent you on line to the Canon website for WiFi connection. I entered that and found a lot of videos – all informative but none explaining this – well it could have been deep into one of the videos and I just missed it. Who has time to watch an entire video series to just get the pics from your phone to your computer? So I looked up in the manual. It sent me to my camera settings. I was looking in the viewfinder and was pulling my hair out – it was so little. Later I figured out the same screen viewing is in the larger touch screen panel, if you pull that out and open it, lol. That made things easier. I still didn’t know at that point what software to download to make it pair. So I ended up googling for help. Someone had recorded a YouTube on the exact thing. I was able to follow along pausing it at each step. The first time it didn’t work. The second time it didn’t work. There was like two parts to the download. It was weird. I still don’t know what happened. The second part of the download never triggered until I did it the 3rd time. The charm doesn’t show up til then I’ve heard. So camera settings adjusted for wifi ready – software on the Mac and then BAM – it paired. And photos were on my Mac!

First Pics with the Canon EOS M50

Here’s some of my first pics taken at Mom’s. This is the statue from the Garden of Good and Evil. The rest are little things sitting around Mom’s porch.

I think I really like what it does! The manual settings are great, but it’s fun to play with the other settings too.

Here’s a pic indoors at Moms.

George, and Fancy in Mom’s Lap
BedTime at Mom’s
Gone With the Wind at Bed Time

So yesterday…. We picked up the dogs from the groomers and came back and I worked on the next video. I have enough to do one. So I am hoping to get it finished and uploaded before we go to Texas.

So the lighting could have been better on the bottom one. I can fix that with other software, but I’m happy with the quality of the pictures. I know I will enjoy this camera. The camera itself will lead me to some awesome experiences. It’s going to Texas first of all. Texas and Time. We’ll have time to go explore – even if it’s just on the ranch! Or pics of the Little Texas towns. Park and take pics! I’m in! Can’t wait. And we will have a Gender Reveal party to capture! 😉

I’m going to miss my Mac – when traveling is the only time I will miss having a laptop. I have the windows laptop. My guess is that I will take it for easy access to blog. Why not. It still works. I will wait to transfer pics from the Canon over though. I guess. I guess I need more memory cards? I might ought to order more today. I’m not sure how much they hold. So much to learn. I don’t want to be out of room for pics at the Gender reveal, lol.

So backing up a bit – here is THE VERY FIRST pic. I wasn’t really focusing or trying to take a perfect pic – I just pointed and hit the button pretty much straight out of the box, lol. Not bad really. I had video’d opening up the box and shot a pic of myself – kinda by accident.

Well I need to get George’s birthday gifts wrapped today. I’m giving it to him before we go to Texas. He’ll open them next weekend. But I want him to stare at the gifts for a week, lol! We are having a special meal next Saturday night here just he and I. We’ll celebrate in Texas and then also with my SIL and BIL when we get back from Texas at some point.

We’ve been trying to lay low with little contact or outings before our trip – however, we decided to have dinner here at the house with my SIL and BIL tonight, on a whim decision. I mean really all you can do is pray thru this thing. It is hard to just never see people. So hopefully all will be ok and none of us have anything. Don’t want to take anything to our pregnant Mom’s and the babies.

So I should get off here and get on with my day. Much to do in the house and to prep for the week ahead. I’m pleased though with the progress this weekend. The past couple of weeks, I’ve taken a break from working on videoing – just enjoying sunsets, talking to George over a cocktail, watching movies together, playing with doggies, and keeping up with all the little details and needs of daily life. The week and a half ahead requires a bit of a push. As now I will need to both be creative, prep packing, working (extra), and trying to get this video done. You actually have to live life in order to be able to record living it too ha!

You know what? I actually heard a fun song from the past called Bertha Butt Boogie – just made me laugh in the car the other day. I just downloaded it on iTunes recently b/c anything that makes you laugh needs to be had! It just came on right now as I type this. I hope to play it as we go down the interstate and see what George’s reaction is, lol. I have no idea what all it says, I hope it’s not a bad song. I just like the chorus. lol

OK off to go get things done!