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.
George fixed a beef shawarma dish Saturday night and it was almost just like eating at a Greek restaurant. YUM!
As the temps cooled a bit I was able to sit in the sun room some this weekend and sip coffee. However, I did not take much time off other than getting ready for the work week and working on this next video.
The video is finished. It has been uploading since about 6 p.m. yesterday. Our internet does this thing – well it’s probably a Mac thing – every so often the internet will just quit and it tries to search for a network. Before I always thought I had to reboot but now I just stop the internet and restart it from the settings – then it finds our assigned network again. It’s really strange. So I guess overnight it quit and I thought it’d be through this morning but I had to restart the internet.
I’ve learned that you always set your video on YouTube to Private first until you make sure it IS what you want. I always play it through first. If I don’t like something, or something was corrupted – I can ditch it and I still have the movie in my timeline on iMovie. I can change something if needed.
So I worked on this for several hours yesterday. It is getting easier but I still think it takes about an hour for every minute of footage with all that goes into it. I’m ok with that though as I like being creative with it. Kinda have to be to make sitting at home interesting at all.
I was worried about the footage if you have been reading. We haven’t done much but cook and eat and I got my new camera. We went to see Mom. So while it’ll be similar to the other videos – it’s still a bit different. I also had not been in the mood to video. I can see that during the week with work, lack of proper sleep, I’m just surviving. But on the weekends when I can get more sleep I’m in the mood to video or take pics of everything. So being worried about what footage I had, I videoed a bunch this weekend but didn’t even need it. I have a whole ‘nother video to do before we do the one in Texas. Of course it’ll have to all wait til we get back. In this video though I promised the next one would be at the ranch for the Gender reveal, so I’ll have a video that takes up to that point on the ranch. How funny is that that I ended up with extra footage.
This is when I wish I had a mac laptop for the road so I could work on it- but NO I’m not going there, lol. That laptop is for retirement days and travel one day, Lord Willing.
There’s nothing wrong with waiting til I get back to work on the videos. And I should have enough at that point that I can keep on going and get ahead or behind – however you want to look at it. I’ll have movies to work on – several in a row and won’t have to wait for interesting things to happen, I hope. lol
So this video will be up tomorrow, Lord willing. It has 22 min left to upload but I need to make the thumbnail and such.
At Kroger yesterday I couldn’t resist buying a Student Planner. I’m such a goober. I get so excited for the next calendar year and the next planner that sometimes I end up buying a planner in the fall with the students and then another when the new ones come out in January. But it seems that is driven by whatever my needs are. Sometimes I don’t like the planner – that’s usually what it is. I bought a hardback one that was hard to write in once. I bought a big one for the room and it was big and bulky. The black one above has been great as it’s flexible. But our world has shrunk and mine with it and I kept thinking how nice it would be to have one that fits in my purse with enough room to put to do’s on each day. So BAM! This one was it. I never saw a price but figured it would be cheaper than the one I’d be buying for Jan over the internet. So I spent some time converting dates in this. Now I have it on the go in my purse.
So I cut George’s hair yesterday. It looks good if I say so myself. I’m really nervous about getting behind his ears though. I forgot to get a photo but I did video it.
And he bottled some wine yesterday. This time it’s Pinot Noir. One of my favorite sipping wines.
He buys generic labels for them.
One thing about doing a Blog and Vlog is trying to remember to both video and take pics of everything. LOL
I did get some video done for the first time on the new cam as I didn’t do much of that at Mom’s when I played with it for the first real photo session. But I quickly learned as I wanted to video a scene of his wine bottling. We will see how it goes. It’ll be on the next video after this one coming up. I was proud of myself for remembering to keep a battery charged up.
Well, I need to get moving. I’m getting up at 4 all week on the first crack if I can, so I can get to work early, maybe help George with the dishes some since the dishwasher is broken, and then tonight I have to do my pedicure and some laundry and redo my vitamins for the week. Oh the dishwasher guy comes on Tuesday! Yay!
Oh and I did a thing yesterday! I bit the bullet and did the subscription for Canva. As much as love graphics, photos, illustrations, gifs, and background removal – it will be my new graphic program of sorts. That is exactly what it is. So I need to think of it as that instead of just an app. I have salivated over the Pro Version of this for over a year. So I gave in. It will help me tremendously! It makes things so much easier. So Epidemic Sound and Canva are my main two tools. I also have a pro version of Word Press and my own domain as well. But for a hobby I don’t think my expense is much at all. I mean it could be golf, lol. I get to enjoy my hobby every weekend – heck really every day. No matter what the weather. It’s been the one consistent thing I’ve done in my life I think.
I pop in now and then on this bar in Spain. So many nights they have been filled with party goers and no masks. I see the stools now are taped down and every other table is too. This is Bar Oviso in Barcelona.
And it’s a coffee/cafe during the morning and daytime hours. I notice she is wearing a mask too. I have been trying to see in webcams what other countries are doing and it appears that all across the globe mask wearing is being done.
So I have a system update to do on my Mac, but I’ve been advised by various YouTubers/MacOwners to wait a month before downloading updates and never allow the automatic update. That way they can get all the bugs out and your apps/developers have time to react. So I think I’m about a week or two in – in waiting on it. But I noticed that my email has jumped up again. I haven’t had much time the last two weekends to go through it. I guess I’ll do that on the way to Texas when I’m not driving.
Every now and then I have to go in and cancel a few things. I can’t keep up with some of the things I like to keep up with. I enjoy the WebMD articles and even like the AARP articles, although I don’t get into anything political with that group I just want the benefits – but I forget about them, lol.
Anyway, best get off and get rollin’. I’ll be trying to pop in every day even if it’s for a minute. Since I’m working extra it will give me something to make me feel like I’m getting to do something for ME! But soon it’ll be time to GO to TX.
Yesterday was a good day. Although I started in on the laundry and shopping and a few other things in prep for the week, I remembered my promise to God to do a Bible Study in James 1st thing. Oopsie. It was not first thing, but I got it done. God had been nudging me all along to go read James. He’s nudging Hebrews next. But He wanted me to read James first for some reason.
James is filled with information about the following:
What to do in trials of life
What to do when you need wisdom
Explains where gifts come from
Explains the Tongue and it’s issues
Talks about Learning/Doing the Word of God
Discusses the Rich vs the Poor
Becoming involved in Worldliness
Humility or Pride
Having patience to endure
Grumbling against Others
Bringing Back those that Wander
What powerful words and advice in these 5 easy to read and easy to understand chapters. It addresses so much of what we are going through today.
It occurred to me yesterday that I might need more memory cards for my camera. So here I go again ordering from Amazon, lol.
I watched a video. I’m not sure I understand it all yet, but I’m getting there. I was told this one would work great and to have at least 2. And to go for the U with the 3 in the middle. I ordered them mid morning I think yesterday and they were at the house by 7 p.m. I kinda feel bad, as Amazon was at my house twice yesterday. I told ya, I keep ’em busy. I often check that box of it’s ok to do all packages on a certain day, but they usually deliver it if it’s in. I guess we have to start thinking of them like it’s the postal service – it’s a daily thing. But you know what? I really miss going shopping in the stores. So much. I’ve always liked on line but I miss going to look at clothes.
I worked on the iMovie yesterday on the next video. Doing editing. I hope I have enough material. If not I’ll record up something to go with. I have found it always works out. Somehow. I do have a little “helpful segment” that I want to record about the subject matter. I have to find the right time to record, being that I work full time. Sometimes I have a bit of time in the evenings before dinner. The best time is on Saturday when George is outside and the house is quiet. Only not when he is mowing. I’ve noticed that in the background a lot. lol Oh well, it’s real life I’m doing here and it’s a Vlog but I do want the audio to sound good.
Family Over for Dinner
These pics are taken with the iPhone. I had it with me and ready to go. I’m not comfortable yet to cook and have my new camera around. I think I need to break it in a bit first. But I’ll get there. I made Irish Soda Bread – nothing special – it was from a mix that I bought early in the Pandemic when there was fear of a bread shortage. Truthfully I’m trying not to eat bread. Couldn’t tell that last night, but I thought having company would be a good time to make it. Otherwise it’ll sit in the cabinet until past its effective date.
We did our “courses” last night and chatted between each one. We had soup. I made a bean and corn beef broth based soup. Not pictured. Totally forgot. It wasn’t that exciting to look at I guess, but it tasted good. We each had a cup with the sour dough bread.
Next up was George’s pretty salad.
Oh and Susan (my SIL) brought George a Sweet Potato plant.
That’s cool. While outside taking the dogs out, I snapped a pic of the clouds. I loved the “silver lining” and I took it to be a sign – the fact that I was there and that I noticed it. And look at the airplane flying beside it.
The next course my SIL made. A little side of pasta made with olive oil and cherry tomatoes and fresh basil. Oh it was good. You know I love my pasta.
The last course was George’s Chicken Artichoke over rice.
The only problem I see with the courses is that we are still eating large portions, lol. But I will say that each one digests in between and it is stretched out over time and conversation. It worked out well! And we did not have dessert. I had told George I’d make a fudge pie and he laughed out loud and said “that’s not diet food”. But we had company coming. So I didn’t make dessert. I guess we didn’t need it. My SIL thought it sounded great and I said I could make one real quick – but then remembered we did not have milk and eggs. So I told her next time. We had plenty to eat and actually didn’t need to have dessert, but maybe next time.
This Week’s Outlook
I’m doing a cleanse from dinner last night to dinner tonight. Doing my deep berry liquid drink I do, lots of water, a hydrate drink, bone broth for lunch and yep there will be some coffee in there. And a piece of tea infused chocolate to keep up the blood sugar.
I was able to get a lot of things done this weekend. It’s never enough though. So a busy week ahead. But I’m happy the weekend was productive. It’s amazing how even the weekends you have at home, go so fast and are so filled. I was hoping to get George’s birthday things wrapped and decided that getting the house together was more important since company was coming. Our carpets were horrible. I had two containers of debri that came up from the carpets. :-O And I wish I’d gotten further along in my movie making. But getting it started on a weekend is good. It takes a bit of concentration to get the file made and photos and videos selected and then download the clips and get them on the timeline. I like a weekend for the organization of that. Aside from that, I can come and go and tweak a bit here and there as I have time all week this week as the hardest part for me is done. I don’t like to be interrupted in time when I’m selecting the photos and clips for the video b/c then you forget what you added and didn’t add so best to do that part when you have uninterrupted time. My goal is to get it uploaded before we go to TX. Because when we get back from Texas, I’ll have enough to probably do 2 or 3 more videos!
I’ve already started a staging area for packing. Will be a busy but fun week. I may suggest we not watch Netflix this week much and do more prep, catch up, and then read or free time. I could use it this week.
Hope you have a great week this week! Anything you are wanting to accomplish????