I sit in my Morning Room
have my coffee, look out my windows, read my email and begin my day in a leisurely manner. That is one of the blessings of being retired, you know. During the cold-weather season there is more time to be spent inside, fewer things that require my attention, and so I watch the birds, the rain or snow fall, talk to my furry girls – and that’s okay because I’m up there in years. When you get up there in years, everyone knows you talk to yourself or your animals.
And I take pictures of whatever catches my eye through the windows. There are birds, of course.
Then I let my mind wander and when the mood strikes, I start typing, putting words and pictures in a post for the blog. Kinda like I’m doing right now. It doesn’t really matter whether I have something to say – certainly there is no requirement that what I am typing be words of wisdom, or even have any kind of cohesiveness. It’s the freedom that applies when we talk with our friends – it is whatever pops into the brain.
Often these days, there are also squirrels that visit my little tree outside my window – my bird tree, I have nicknamed it.
When the mood strikes, I move to the desktop computer in what I call my craft room. My space for being creative in whatever form creativity strikes. The past few days I have been culling through photos, sorting out my favorites to be gathered into – what? In past years, I’ve scrapbooked pictures. When I first started doing that digitally, I printed the books myself. But then my wide carriage printer died, and then my other printer died and my son gave me an all-in-one AirPrint printer, which is very convenient. But it will not handle card stock, I’ve discovered. I had some books printed by Blurb.com and was happy with the results. But now – I live on one income. The price of having books printed has gone up. What hasn’t gone up, other than income? So the search for a more economical method of telling pictorial stories needed to be found.
While I mulled, I noticed water drops from melting snow on some of the leaves of my bird tree
and knew they had to be shared.
But I digress. In the process of deciding what to do, I began to learn more about my Mac computer – which I’ve had for nearly a year now, so I think it’s about time I learned about it! I also started watching video tutorials for Lightroom 5, which I purchased to replace my old version of Photoshop Elements, at my son’s recommendation. Exercising this aging brain is a good thing. And I learned that Lightroom makes slideshows, but I could see no way to add captions to them. Time to go to Google, my learning place so often. Ah ha! iPhoto comes on the Mac, creates slideshows, and allows me to add text. Success!
Slight diversion – one cold morning I noticed that the fountain in the pond had become an ice umbrella. I’m sure the fish in the pond appreciated having an ice umbrella – for me, it was a photo op.
And so I created a slideshow of the cruise The Artistic One and I took last March. But, oh my! It would not play on the TV, which is what I wanted to do. Back to Google.
Software found! Software by Aimersoft, that would allow me to convert the M4v files to DVDs that would be viewable on the TV. So a new obsession has been created, and my days are spent making slideshows. Hey, friends that have shared adventures with me, guess what you’ll be inundated with?!
Some people will go to any length to avoid housework, you know.