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!

Dog Trims, A Day Off, and Slow Snow Thaws

As I was cleaning up the house yesterday, I kept noticing the sun and the snow and how pretty it is. But oh what problems it can cause. Temps got up close to 40 – it may have even reached it – and there was some melting. A salt truck came by mid day. But I cannot see any result from it. Our roads are horrible. I hear the main roads are fine so it’s just doing navigation on pure ice where it’s melted some and frozen back.

I took this pic because the ice on the road behind us, kept shimmering in my eyes. The sun was hitting the ice and it reflected up. You can see how icy the roads are by the center of this photo below.

You can see my foot prints from a couple of days ago where I went out to take some photos. And George called my attention to some icicles at his bathroom window.

I can’t tell you how wonderful yesterday was, being off, and knowing you were on your own time. I had much to do and to catch up on. I always do laundry and cleaned the kitchen deeply. While we were home I noticed in the foyer that I still had the manger scene in there! I laughed! We’ve been so busy doing xy and z and the manger is scene is natural colors and so is the foyer, that I totally missed it as a Christmas decoration. I was thinking in my heart we should leave the scene around all year as it was a precious scene and one in which our Lord was on his way to saving our souls and giving us hope for eternity. Something we absolutely should consider every hour. But I know it in my heart, so I wrapped all the breakable pieces, found a storage bag and put the hay in it, and a copier box was found and it all fit in it and I labeled it. I need to go through my Christmas boxes this next year and get rid of things not used but each year it seems we end up buying another storage box. lol.

So I tidied up things and packed up my work office and watched a YouTube about trimming dogs. George bought a trimmer to trim Roger with. I’ve been afraid to do it, but had considered it before and decided against it. But he needs it sooooo bad. And it takes a month usually to get an appointment as not enough groomers work the weekends and demand is high for those that work during the week. So he came home with this and I thought he said he bought it for me to do. I must have grimaced because I’m so afraid I’ll hurt him. Anyway, much to my surprise, as we sat down to do it, George grabbed the trimmer and began shearing! I used the scissors to do his ears and some of his paws. We are not finished yet. I want to work on his feet with the scissors. And we need to get his little toenails trimmed but we are afraid to do that.

So, you are supposed to do this on a table, but, we decided a different technique for this old dog and for his comfort. We allowed him to lay there and would trim what we could and turned him over and such. He looks so much better. He’s only a little “choppy” looking, lol. But at this point it’s about keeping him clean and having a functional cut, not so much for impressing others, ha! The part we needed to do, we didn’t get to do so much so there will be a “round three”. Yes we did this in two rounds yesterday. But I think he can only tolerate so much at a time. I do realize we have to “show him who is in control” but he’s just old so we gave him a break!

Looking at this, I’d say we’d found some success at it!

This is not Roger above, of course, but my Instagram pic with the graphic yesterday. Roger does not have enough teeth for this. But he snapped his gums at us a few times. He does not like his feet being done and of course he has concerns about his underbelly near his “parts”. That is where we need to get the most as he wears diapers. So that will be the 3rd attempt and we will have to do it without him laying in a pillow. I think one will have to hold him while the other trims.

Looking over at my guys last night, I felt a sense of contentment. We did it. Well George did it. Most of it. Even Roger felt better. He ran around the house like doggies do after a bath. I have to watch him though. He loses his balance and falls over and I’m afraid he’ll run into something and break it – a lamp, a guitar, or who knows what. He also has been known to get tangled up in cords – computer cords, vacuum cords, lol. He’s like a toddler for sure. Here he is worn out from the day. You can see how sleepy he is. He used up a lot of energy and it really probably wore him out to be messed with but he felt better I’m sure and looks better.

This Part Might Bore You….

The big news for me, is that it had been bothering me that I’ve not had time to set up my rugged Lacie files to move my iMovies and their working files over to it. But guess what? At around 4 ish, I grabbed a cup of coffee and watched videos. I somehow knew (since I have a Mac) that there was going to be “a catch”. So I have found that doing anything with a Mac it’s best to watch a YouTube video before you attack the project. And I’m so glad I did. The other Lacie drive I used as a back up drive and it backs up daily maybe several times a day, I cannot remember. But this one is just to be used as a storage drive. And so you set them up differently. The big thing was that the disc had to be formatted through disc utility and that made it Mac usable.

While I was YouTubing, some other videos caught my attention about how to set up your files on the Mac (or any computer). So I decided to title each one by year and then by month and date and the title of the video. So there is a file for each video. Something like this:

2020.5.2 Headed to Texas

This put all of my videos in chronological order. When I moved the files, It actually copied them, but that was pointless as the point was to get them off of my Mac. And also get any out of iCloud if they were still there. So I nervously sent them to trash after I had confirmed my videos were there on the new Lacie Drive! Yay! Both Lacies were called “Lacie” when they loaded so I had to rename one the Lacie Backup and the other Lacie1. As I hope there will be Lacie2 and Lacie3 as needed. If I ever get monetized on YouTube I’ll have to take additional steps. Because the external storage drive – if it ever dies – they are gone. I’m not too concerned though at this point, b/c all of that data is 1) already on YouTube so it’s not totally gone 2) Most of the photos are still in my photos which is on the back up drive. I’d say when I’m moving them over to the working file, it’s really only copying them over. So there is likely another copy in my photos on my hard drive. So far I’m not worried about that yet. I don’t keep many video footage and it’s mostly photos. I think the main thing is getting the big movie space suckers off the Mac.

I’m not through though. I have a lot of “working files” for each video. I will also be sending those files into each of the named video folders. That way I can go back and get “just a video clip” if I want to refer to something. It will all be organized and I’ll be able to find it. But I won’t be keeping many videos on my Mac itself from my “photo bank”.

So once I move ALL those working files over from each of those completed videos (I already have it pretty much organized and anything that is not organized already, I’m not spending a lot of time to go back and do. But will in the future make sure it IS!)

Then I’m still NOT through. I want to set up “working files” for all of the future videos. So I can break them up and organize it into folders. Now these I’ve decided will be OK to remain on the Mac until I finish it. That way they are being backed up until I get them into a movie. I’m so excited to have started the project. And working to set up the “future movie” files, I’ll be able to see all the photos and video clips that I have and can start to form ideas. This is going to help me so much! And once this is through I can focus on my new Intro and then I can get back into my routine.

I was really starting to get antsy b/c I miss doing the videos. I have continued videoing things we do, almost every weekend, I’m videoing something. So I have several to make! Now that some organization is coming together I can begin to get in a rhythm and can do more planning and creating for each thing in advance.

I do have to stop and take care of important things though, like trying to find a place for Mom, doing some mending, and a few household projects. When spring gets here I’ll be making some appointments and we’ll be doing our research and getting the flooring. Oh that will be a good video! lol

Photo by Louis on Pexels.com

Anyway, I keep typing as I’m waiting for things to thaw. I was wanting to leave at 7-ish for work, but decided 8ish, and now I may need to wait til 9. The sun is up but it’s 25. The temps are coming up pretty quick I guess as the sun shines bright. I’m trying to wait til it is above freezing, so perhaps I can find some traction and melting on these side roads. They are as slick as glass, I’m sure.

Wish me luck and say prayers. George has to get me out of the driveway, and then I have to navigate to the main roads. I’m scared to death as I thought it would be thawed by now. But we are going up to 50’s so if I have to wait til lunch time I can I guess. That would help. But I want to get as many hours in as I can today as there is a lot to do. I never thought I’d be so happy to go into work! ha. I just don’t like having important things pending and I don’t like being behind. But I’m not willing to risk my life though. I guess the good news is that we usually don’t have 18 wheelers driving in our neighborhood, so the worst that could happen is I’d slide off into a mail box or ditch. But, I don’t want to damage my car either. This is the most stubborn snow I think I’ve ever seen!

Are you thawing out where you are? Are you ready for Spring?