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A Different View of Grandpa Kennedy’s Barn #WW

Welcome Kittens & Dawgs, last week I shared Grandpa Kennedy’s Barn with you and since that’s sort fresh in your memory then I thought we’d take another peek from a different view. I took this photo the same weekend visit, as the first view I posted last Wednesday.

The next three photo-art projects I used the same apps as in my previous post. First image creation is a product of Distressed FX with these options “Wren”, “Patina”, and the bird overlay “Soulmates”.

The below photo-art creation is a Brushstroke production using “Washed W2” and Paper sytle “Vintage”. I don’t believe I made any other adjustments. What I like about this image is it reminds me so much of the watercolor images the artist did for my children’s book, The Tale of Ole Green Eyes. In fact, this is the barn she replicated in my story. If you’re curious, you can see an example of it here.

Lastly, I photo-played with Waterlogue using nearly identical setting as last week’s Waterlogue image (Preset Style: Luminous, Format: #10, Paint lightness: Medium). These are my brief notation of my changes but Waterlogue retains the changes in the file and when I upload it then it shows in the caption part, so this time I left it so you can see precisely the steps I used.

Waterlogue 1.3.1 (72) Preset Style = Luminous Format = 8″ (Large) Format Margin = None
Format Border = Straight Drawing = #2 Pencil Drawing Weight = Medium Drawing Detail = Medium Paint = High Contrast Paint Lightness = Medium Paint Intensity = Less Water = Cherenkov Blue Water Edges = Medium Water Bleed = Average Brush = Fine Detail
Brush Focus = Everything Brush Spacing = Wide Paper = Watercolor Paper Texture = Medium
Paper Shading = Light Options Faces = Enhance Faces

Having various photo-editing softwares give me a broader range of flexibility to express myself creatively. Plus, it’s a whole lot of fun! The these photo-projects make me eager to see autumn’s glory again. There isn’t much action around town but soon we’ll see the change in our area. How about where you live, has autumn’s splendor arrived?



 

I’m messaging my posts tenderly to find the right way to bring together daily memes in one spot. Joyce hosts the mid-week Q&A session, Wednesday Hodgepodge and I’m delighted to play along again. Here are my responses.

 

1. On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your sense of direction? 1=can’t find my way out of a paper bag and 10=if I’ve been somewhere once I can find it blindfolded ten years later.

My sense of direction and navigation scales have greatly improved over the years. I think I’ve always been able to find my to a place I knew by heart but any place else then forget it. I didn’t know how to read a map when I got married. It was a bunch of lines on a piece of paper. I couldn’t tell you which way I was going or what direction I needed to go. DH taught me how to read a map and I became the official navigator. This didn’t happen overnight. It actually took years before I grew confident with reading and plotting our course but I kept at it got darn good at it.

When was the last time you looked at/used a map you could hold in your hand? (phones don’t count!)

Actually, I had to pull out a road map not long ago, maybe June or July. We were in an area where we didn’t have cell service and our GPS was having issues. We keep state road maps in our car because we never know when we might need one!

Choose one of these directional expressions (back east, down south, out west, up north ) and tell us why you chose it.

Down south. I think I picked this because that’s the general direction of where we live. We’re not deep south but still south of where we grew up.

 

2. Did you do more talking or listening yesterday? Is that typical? Describe your yesterday in one word.

Listen. During the day, DH is at work and I’m alone. I believe when he got home yesterday, I did more listening but I can’t swear to that. This isn’t generally typical as far as the afternoon hours go which I’d say is about 50-50 but while he’s away then all is quiet here unless you consider some days I talk to myself but then that means I’m listening to myself. 🙂 Yesterday in one word. Quiet.

 

3. Time, money, water-power-resources, opportunity…which one on the list is you most guilty of wasting? What might you do to change that?

Time. Simple, stop blogging and stay off the Internet but sadly I’m addicted and there’s no hope for change. Maybe, I just don’t want to change. 🙂

 

4. Did your family take regular vacations when you were a kid? Tell us something you remember about a family road trip from your own childhood.

No, my family did not take regular vacations. There was no extra money in our home. The only road trip we took was to visit my mom’s sister just outside of Williamsburg, Virginia. I was 13 years old. The only thing I recall from the trip is that is was long, hot, and cramped. I think I slept most of the way, though.

 

5. If you could grow anything you wanted, what would you grow? Why?

Money. Yes, definitely money. Do I need to explain? lol There are a lot of things I’d like to do not only for us but for those we love. Money can’t buy happiness but it does make life a little easier. 🙂

 

6. Insert your own random thought here.

One of my guilty pleasures other than being on the computer is sketching. This is something I discovered this past spring that I can kinda do. I did the April A-Z challenge and submitted a daily sketch. After the challenge I kept it up, not as aggressively but still dabble in it from time to time. I drew this tree while waiting for DH at one of his follow-up appointments over the summer.

What I need to do is draw an autumn scene but am limited on time…remember my guilty pleasures for blogging? Yep, I can’t do everything I want in a day’s time.

 

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Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. Pixelmator is my photo-editing software of choice and these others are fun cool apps I use on occasions with my iPad/iPhone. I have not been compensated in expressing my opinion or use of these products. I’m just telling you as one friend to another, so if you buy these or even click on the link then I won’t make one red cent. This is just one friend telling another.

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Grandpa Kennedy’s Barn #WW

 

 

Good-morning, Kittens & Dawgs! Yesterday I learned of more sad mews. The 66-year old rock n’ roller, Tom Petty suffered cardiac arrest and passed away late Monday afternoon in Santa Monica, California. This morning’s mewsic dedication is a tribute to his memory. My prayers are with the Petty family, friends, and fans.

 

A new month is here, can you believe it? I’m ready for all things associated with autumn, aren’t you?  Last month, I began sharing a series on barns and I’m continuing through this month. My father-in-law’s dad built this barn. The below photo, DH’s oldest brother shared with us many years ago.

The cool thing is this barn still stands on my in-laws’ property. My FIL celebrated his 94th day this year, so this barn is easily more than a 100-years old.

I took this picture in 2011 with my Canon SD880 point n’ shoot camera. All I did with my first image is to use Pixelmator to crop and add my copyright. I love this old barn!

Next, I took it through my iPad app Distressed FX to create a vintage style photo by using these layer options: “Lily” and “Juje” before adding a bird “Scattered” overlay.

In Brushstroke, another iPad app, I used “Washed W1”, Orange Paper, and bumped the Exposure creating a very warm, Autumn tone to the picture which I very much like.

The last photo-art project, I opened the Waterlogue app on my iPad using the very first picture once again selecting these presents: “Luminous”, “#10 format”, and paint lightness “Auto”. My copyright pretty much disappeared, so I uploaded the new image to my Mac to use Pixelmator for this final edition.

Each program offers something new to the picture and giving the viewer a different experience.  Do you like one more than another?

 



 

 

I’m messaging my posts tenderly to find the right way to bring together daily memes in one spot. Joyce From Across the Pond hosts the mid-week Q&A session, Wednesday Hodgepodge and here are my responses.

 

1.  Have you ever spent time on a farm? Tell us a little bit about it. Have you ever grown your own pumpkin? Been on a hayride? Driven a tractor? Milked a cow?
My grandparents had a small farm – garden, chickens, hogs, and a cow. I never milked a cow. It do recall watching my great-grandma mild their ole cow who spooked me. She was a hateful thing or so it seemed in my once child mind.  No, I never grew a pumpkin but we accidentally grew some one year the bank side of our property where I always tossed the old pumpkins to decompass. This happened one year when I threw out a small uncarved pumpkin. The seeds planted itself, a plant sprung up, and flowers appeared but no pumpkins formed. It was kind of exciting.  Oh yeah, I’ve been on a few hay rides back in the day before I realized I was allergic to hay. I always was sick after and I didn’t figure out until years later after being tested for allergies. lol
2. What’s something younger you would like about you now? 
Everything. In my younger years, my self-esteem was low. I didn’t think I was pretty or smart, always living in the shadows of other gals. I wasn’t jealous or envious of these girls but I always measured myself to what I saw or thought I was seeing. In a young person’s eye the grass is always greener on the other side, right? By the time I moved into my late 20s to early 30s I grew into my skin purrfectly, liking things more and more about myself and these days I’m empowered with confidence and acceptance of who I am. I know my limitations but I also know I can do many things if I set my mind on it. I wish I could tell a  younger me these things to speed this process up but there’s no such thing as time travel and if there was, would I really listen?

3. What are three things you’d like to do more often? Three things you’d like to do less often?

I need to do more often photograph, sketch, and create. Things I need to do less often are worry, caving, and trying too hard.

4. What’s on your nachos?

If I had nachos, then I’d throw caution to the wind and have the works – refried beans, spicy ground beef, sour cream, chives, tomatoes, cheese, and sour cream or guacamole. Yum, doesn’t that sound good?

5. What’s the most random thing in your purse or wallet? Does it need to stay there?

Everything in my purse is there by design. I hate large, over stuffed purses and only keep the necessities. Years ago, you might find just about anything in my purse but when it got so heavy to cause back pain I knew I had to do something to change this and shrunk my purse size and its contents drastically. Usually, when DH and I are running around town I do not even carry my purse. That’s so liberating, too!

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Years and years ago, I made lip balm with my daughters which was a lot of fun and the balm turned out really nice. In recent years I wanted to redo that same DIY project but I don’t know what became of my instructions so when I stumbled on a fellow blogger sharing her Burt’s Bees imitation Peppermint Lip Balm, I did a quick screen grab of the instructions and this summer I made my own. Are you interested? Check it out!

 

Imitation Burt's Bees Lip Balm

Imitation Burt's Bees Lip Balm

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons beeswax pastilles
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 30+ drops peppermint essential oil*
  • *I used Lorran Peppermint Oil I had on hand for candy making. The essential oil may have a stronger scent but I couldn't find an American made peppermint essential oil. It may be available but manufacturers aren't always forth coming with these details and it's not my job to the manufacturing country origin is the USA. Proudly list on your product - AMERICAN MADE!

Instructions

  • Melt beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil in a double boiler or small glass bowl over a small pot of boiling water, stirring constantly until melted.
  • Remove pan from heat but keep over the still-hot water to keep the mixture melted.
  • Add essential oils, I started with 30 drops and increased the amount until I suspected it could be strong enough even though my it didn't smell too strong. I'm guessing I stopped after 40 drops but I think it could go higher. It's your call.
  • Use a pipette or a dropper to fill the lip balm tubes. Do this quickly because the mixture begins to hardened almost immediately after removing from heat.
  • Let tubes sit at room temperature for several hours (I cheated and placed in the freezer for 5 minutes that wasn't long enough but it gave it a good head start) until cooled and completely hardened before capping tubes. The final touch, I added a colorful, handwritten label noting the flavor of the lip balm.

Notes

Use an extra teaspoon or two of beeswax if you prefer a thicker, longer-lasting lip balm or slightly less if you want a smoother, softer lip balm. I opted for the extra beeswax with the hopes it would withstand the warmer temperatures should it get left in the car, which my tube has and it did quite well. It got a little soft but did not liquify.

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The Amazon product links are NOT affiliates listed in the recipe but I did uses these items and I wanted to share what I found worked well for me.

 

 

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Red Barns #WW

Thanks for joining today, if you’re looking for my Wednesday Hodgepodge response, it’s at the bottom. Now for my not-so Wordless Wednesday segment! 😉

The first Friday in May, I shared a red barn iPhone photo that I took at the end of March while at DH’s post-op eye surgery visit in Maryville, Tennessee. Nestled against the Smoky mountains it’s not surprising to find large open fields with barns, cows, or other critters in this little community behind a medical complex.

I wasn’t prepared with my big girl camera, so on another trip to the same location I took it so I could zoom in on this beautiful barn.

There wasn’t a cloud in the sky on this gorgeous blue late spring day and while I like the picture I felt it needed a bit more character, so I introduced it to the world of Distressed FX for a redesign. BTW, the app designer loves to paint cows. 😉

Unfortunately this is another photo-edit where I failed to keep records of my adjustments. This is something I fooled around with during my blogging hiatus. Needless to say, I don’t recall what I did.

This post is title Red Barns. That’s plural and I have one more red barn to show you that I took in 2013. In 2014, I shared a large red barn with you that I took fall 2013 in Farragut and while going through my files I found another nearly identical photo.

I totally under-exposed both images because I did not know that when shooting from inside the car through the car window messes the light meter up something horribly. I used Pixelmator to adjust the brightness and ligten shadows.

This whole series I changed the original to an artsy photo creation, so why break precedence now. Let’s see how this looks remade using Distressed FX. I noted my changes this time. Using overlays, “Stirred” and “Phorcys” giving me the color and texture I wanted, I then adjusted the contrast and brightness to make the picture less dark before adding the finishing touch of a “Trio” of birds in a beautiful fall sky.

I hope to work my way back to this barn this fall to try it again. I hope it is still there.

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I’m working through how I want to best present things on my site. Years ago, I included Joyce’s Q&A hodgepodge in my mid-week post but I got away from that and I tried the last two weeks to incorporate it with the return of Way Back Wednesday. That just made for a long post. I’m not sure if this is any better but I thought I’d try it here today.

 

1. What pets did you have while growing up? Tell us a little something about them.

My family had dogs periodically during my childhood. When I was really young (under the age of 4), we had a small white brown-spotted dog named Sugar. I figured we gave him this name because he liked candy. I do remember feeding it to the poor thing but I didn’t know better.

Another time when I was around 10 or 11, we had a Chihuahua. I never warmed up to tha thing, always yapping and snapping at you and then it gave birth to a litter of pups but shortly after she ripped into them killing all but one. I really hated that dog after that! When I was about 15, I had a reddish-orange tabby I named Fred. This was DH’s idea to give him that name. That’s what you get when you ask your boyfriend to help name a pet. lol But…Fred seemed to fit and I grew fond of that kitty. I remember one time he got outdoors and one of the neighborhood dogs torn him up pretty bad. I thought he wouldn’t make it but he did. One day I came home from school to find Fred missing. Daddy said Fred got out again and I never saw him but I found out somehow Daddy actually gave Fred to my uncle’s kids. Daddy hated having animals in the house.

When I was about 15, I had a reddish-orange tabby I named Fred. This was DH’s idea to give him that name. That’s what you get when you ask your boyfriend to help name a pet. lol But…Fred seemed to fit and I grew fond of that kitty. I remember one time he got outdoors and one of the neighborhood dogs torn him up pretty bad. I thought he wouldn’t make it but he did. One day I came home from school to find Fred missing. Daddy said Fred got out again and I never saw him but I found out somehow Daddy actually gave Fred to my uncle’s kids. Daddy hated having animals in the house.

2. What is one thing you absolutely must accomplish today?

There isn’t anything that I “absolutely” must do but I need to call the Apple store. I have a question regarding DH’s employee discount. Supposedly, he we can save a little through his employer whenever we shop at Apple. We even save a little on our wireless bill with his employee discount. A penny saved is a penny earned and those pennies add up! I do know

Wait…I do know of one thing I ABSOLUTELY must do and that’s use my elliptical trainer for an hour while wearing my weighted waist belt. Exercise is an important part of my life. The more active I am the better I feel and it helps to shave some unwanted calories.

3. Where were you ten years ago? What were you doing there?

WOW, 10-years ago…well, I was in Knoxville and had all three kids home with two still being taught in our homeschool. My days were filled with “life” stuff instead of “internet” stuff and as hectic as it was in those days, I sure do miss it now.

4. September 26th is National Dumpling Day. Did you celebrate? Apple dumpling, xiao long bao (steamed Chinese dumpling), chicken and dumplings, pirogi, matzoh balls, or gnocchi…which dumpling on this list would be your dumpling of choice? Have you ever made homemade dumplings of any kind?

Nope, I didn’t celebrate. Heck, I didn’t even know there was a special day for it!

Apple dumplings sound delicious and I’d love to try making them but haven’t. I used to get them at the Apple Barn & Cider Mill in Pigeon Forge all the time.

The only homemade dumplings I’ve made is “Chicken n’ Dumplings” and it’s been years since I’ve made them, too. I’ve thought a lot about making this lately and I hope to make a good ole pot of this before the year ends. I better add chicken legs to my store list because I prefer dark meat in my dumplings. Yum! BTW, I see pierogi made the list. I’ve seen it on The Price Is Right for years and even in the grocery freezer section, yet I have not ever had it. can anyone tell me if its good?

 

5. ‘There are two kinds of adventurers: those who go truly hoping to find an adventure and those who go secretly hoping they don’t.’ William Trogdon

So which kind are you?

I like to think I’m the type of person who goes in search of a good adventure just as long as it’s safe and not scary. I’m not a thrill seeker but I love to explore new areas discovering photo ops, restaurants, and more.

In past years I’ve always relied on DH to take me to my doctor appointments but since beginning his new job I rely on a taxi service to get me from point A to B. Sometimes, I have to walk to another nearby appointment when the taxi can’t get to me. These experiences are out of the norm and that makes it an adventure in my book.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I like the idea of keeping daily hops together but then it gets too long and often losses the reader. No one wants to spend 20+ minutes reading a daily blog article, especially when participating in hop. This is all trial by fire and I hope you’ll add your two cents letting me know what your thoughts are on this matter. Should I keep hodgepodge with my mid-week photo hop or should I break away moving hodgepodge to Thursdays?

 

 

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Disclaimer:  Pixelmator is my photo-editing software of choice and Distressed FX is a fun cool app I use on occasions with my iPad/iPhone.  I have not been compensated in expressing my opinion or use of these products. I’m just telling you as one friend to another, so if you buy these then I won’t make one red cent!

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Weathered Barn Near Boone NC #WW

Image captured with my Canon SD880 point n’ shoot camera.

Somewhere along the North Carolina mountain countryside is this quaint, weathered barn. judging by its condition I don’t believe it’s been used for anything in years. I snapped the original (above) in August 2011 and first shared it with y’all in 2013. I knew when I began my barn photo-art series that I wanted to dabble with this image more.

After looking at my archives I found I had more than one version taken at the same location but after shortly studying them I decided I like the way the wild flowers framed the lower bottom edge better in this one.

Using my iPad Distressed FX app adding color and texture layers, adjusting color saturation and a small cluster of birds. The warmth of the new image whispers autumn in my ear, does it tell you the same?

I liked the results I got with this creation but I thought it would be nice to paint it. I have two apps designed to give this effect. The first picture is a watercolor creation of Waterlogue. The app has limited options and settings but the results are nice. It really looks like a watercolor painting to my untrained eye, how about you?

The second app I played with Brushstroke. It has all kinds of settings – medium (brushstroke), palette selecter (colors), support (canvas/paper etc), element adjustments, and signature. It’s really a cool program.  I opted to turn the photograph into an oil painting. If you enlarge the picture to run your eyes across the image you can almost feel the brushstrokes.

Let me clarify this isn’t a sponsored post. The links provided are for your ease to learn and find these amazing apps. Should you choose to purchase any or all then I will not benefit from the sale.  The only reward I’ll get is knowing I helped a friend.

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Red-Roof Barn Farragut TN #WW

Shortly after getting my Big Girl camera years ago I photographed this barn in Farragut, TN. I know I shared this pitiful shot with you no doubt right here on not-so Wordless Wednesday. Anywho, while on blogging hiatus over the summer and on one of our knocking around town ventures, I told DH that I’d like another crack at taking a picture of the red-roof barn sitting on Concord Road.

He happily obliged my request. I’m more comfortable with my DSLR now and felt excited at a second chance to capture, especially since I screwed it up the first time. What followed next left me shocked and saddened.

Turning off Kingston Pike on to Concord Road the barn sat on the right side of the road heading to the lake across from a bank.  I thought we could park in the bank’s parking since it was a Sunday like we did before so I could take a few pictures but then I discovered that the beautiful barn no longer stands.  My jaw dropped and my eyes widened. I don’t know what happened but it burned down.  This barn sat in this spot at least the better part of the 38 years that we’ve lived here. Now. It’s. Gone. Forever! 😢

Even though I can’t retake pictures of the barn, I can do photo-editing magic to change the mood of my photo.  I decided to use my Facebook Friend’s Cheryl’s smartphone/tablet Distressed FX app, which gave me my newest photo-art creation below.

I made the mistake of not jotting down the color and textured overlays used to give it a vintage…almost autum feel but I can tell you that I added a scatter of birds that Cheryl calls “Onward” to the sky . To complete my new masterpiece I took it through Pixelmator, adding my copyright and bumping the “Curve” settings to tone down over-exposure giving my picture a warmer, richer finish.  I really, really like Cheryl’s little app and NO, this is NOT a sponsored post.  I’m just tossing the word out there about a product I enjoy using because that’s what friends do! 😉

Combing my archives I made a happy discovery. I actually DID get a second chance to photograph the red-roof barn the following year in the fall taken at a different vantage point. I don’t believe I shared this with you until now.

I think it’s funny that I over-exposed (a lot) my first picture and under-exposed (poor meter reading on my part due to cloudy skies) this one. I’m so thankful for photo-editing. I bumped the exposure in Pixelmator brightening the photo a wee bit and added my copyright.

Should I take this photo through Distressed FX? Yes. I. Should!

This time I noted the steps creating my new photo-art. In this photo I selected overlays – “Cyan Song” and “Naia”, then added a bird layer, “Alfred”. These changes detracted from the visibly gray, rainy day of the original.

But, in this one I played on the elements creating a more dramatic scene. I selected a different overlay, “Half Light” and kept “Naia” and bird layer “Alfred”, but adjusted the brightest, contrast, and saturation.

What do you think?

I invite you to link up with my friends today and I can’t wait to see what you’re sharing!



 

 

 

To stay totally connected and in the loop of things on Curious as a Cathy, I hope you’ll join my email subscription service to get instant notification when I add new posts. Tell your friends to join the fun and I’ll see ya around the cyber-block. Keep your camera nearby coz there’s always a photo-op waiting to happen. Have a good day!

Disclaimer:  Pixelmator is my photo-editing software of choice and Distressed FX is a fun cool app I use on occasions with my iPad/iPhone.  I have not been compensated in expressing my opinion or use of these products. I’m just telling you as one friend to another, so if you buy these then I won’t make one red cent!

 

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Tuesday Talk Time: Morning fog shot, Tree clearing, Serious exercising, and Coffee chat

“A foggy Monday morning ” iPhone 4 capture. Befunky photo editor to apply the B&W5 effect, border, & copyright.

It’s Tuesday again? And, it’s October already? Whew, where does the time go? With that being said, you know what Tuesdays are for, right? It means it’s time for me to do a bit randomizing. That’s all I seem to do as of lately, too. I just ramble about whatever comes to mind. Hopefully, if you’re here today then this is what’s on your mind, as well.

I have been having some creative fun lately with my iPhone 4 camera. I have my phone always, my DSLR not so much.  I couldn’t resist snapping the fog yesterday morning and then doing a little photo editing. But speaking of iPhones,  I must admit, I’m getting psyched thinking about my new iPhone on order.  It will feel like Christmas Day when it arrives!

The below picture I got really artistic with it. I just love playing with my friend’s iPhone app, Distressed FX. You may want to check into if you like this effect. It comes preloaded with several textures. It’s really cool, isn’t it?

 

Another foggy Monday morning picture, iPhone 4 capture using Distressed FX app and applying “Dove” effect before running the image through Befunky photo editor to add border and copyright.

 

It’s official, the city tree removal service came… conquered… and totally did some major clearing away from our front property. We have been here for 33 years and all this time the foliage has provided much camouflaged for us and our house. Not to mention, it was an excellent sound barrier from passing vehicles. Now, what do we do with it? I like the privacy, but I hate the fear of having tall trees looming over our car and driveway, not to mention have to contend with horrible tree sap kept falling on our car all spring, summer, and fall.

Speaking of sap, we spent all day last Friday washing the car.  I applied some mega elbow strength into buffing off the tree spa. Our time ran short, so we decided to wait to wax the car on Saturday. Unfortunately, that stupid sap dripped all over our car AGAIN.  *smack forehead* If I am not mistaken, I think the culprit of this crime is the hackberry trees. Just throwing that out there for you if you have some of these villainous trees lurking on your property.  I hope this fixes our problem now that those trees are gone. I’ll let you know how this turns out.  You know, the not having to deal with tree sap on our car ever again.

Now,  we can re-washing and wax the car. I guess we are going to need to do a bit of landscape planning to give us some coverage and help muffle traffic noise.

My daily exercise routine has been really shakin’. It’s so wonderful to be able to get into the full groove of things. I struggle a bit to maximize my move range, but I do see improvements, and I am hopeful over time I will continue to get better. The whole aging process, not that I am old, places limits on me. With each decade that passes I notice a change, but I am far from throwing in the towel and calling it quits. You may remember, I am in the fight of my life to stay fit – one body, one life, to always do my best at looking my best no matter how old I am. The good news in all of this is I am now riding my stationary bike for an hour and then I do a 30 or 45 minute Brazilian Butt Lift workout. This is a welcome change.

On Tuesday Coffee Chat, Les asks, how would you finish this statement?

If life were a video I could rewind, I’d go back….

…and redo my senior year of high school. That’s such a funny question and one I have actually thought of. I often think about my senior year of high school. It wasn’t the best. I didn’t handle things so well. You see, I got married in between my junior and senior year of high school, then moved to Tennessee away from everyone I knew. I felt like a fish out of water. I allowed my low self-esteem to get in the way, which inhibited my ability to enjoy my last year of high school. I just didn’t click with many of my peers. After all, I was coming in on the tail end of this new crowd of kid’s high school career. So, you can see why I would like to have a do-over with that chapter of my life. 

How would you answer Les’ prompt?

I am dedicating today’s Tuesday Tune to Lesley’s Lovely Life. She is trying to get ready for her upcoming class reunion through dieting and every woman in Blogosphere knows what a struggle this is.

Hey girl, just know, we have your back and believe that you can …




Grab a cup of coffee and join me as I visit my lovelies

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Thursday Thoughts: Online College Course & Distressed FX App


*I used Grammarly to grammar check this post, because I want to be a better writer!*

 
 

I am thinking…casually…about taking online courses to earn a cool, new degree in something. That something is a big mystery to me, though. I want to give financially to our income. I have a desire to buy my our dream house one day, but that will take a lot of money. A lot of money we don’t have. I don’t want DH to be forced to work every single day of his life to pay off a new mortgage.

The soul of my passion lie within my writing. I enjoy giving of myself others, and to be a part of the same circle of people who share in the same passion. However, I am certain as night follows day my talents as an author in the sense of literary substance like a novel has many short comings. There are ideas floating inside that cavity I call my brain, but putting a story plot to paper, figuratively speaking, is a different matter entirely.

Bloggers are authors. There are many writers in Blogosphere who are excellent at penning their craft in a clever, informative, humorous, inspiring creative expressions of themselves. Me…not so much. My artistic niche is very much a work-in-progress. The one thing I can honestly say is consistent in my writing is the passing on of good information to my readers and I regard my efforts as “so-so” at best. I see myself as knowing little about much; meaning I have learned just enough from personal experience or research where I know a little about many things.

That is my cue to share with you, my discovered treasure, a free writing online course. This is an appealing and excellent opportunity to capitalize on freebie resources to boost one’s writing technique. Who knows, this venue may improve my blogging writing which could attract new sponsored posts, and it may springboard the novel hiding inside my head that’s just begging to climb the New York Times Best Sellers list. More money = dream house. More money = DH retires with ease. It’s time to put feet to my dreams so these things can come to pass. Join me in scooping out The Crafty Writer to unleashing one’s fullest potential!

Writing is a strong preoccupation of mine. Yes, I would love to build a career as a novelist or the blogger that I am. Another area of interest is photography. I am a novice, photo hobbyist with limited talent. A writer’s pen or in this case computer is like an artist’s brush. Both love to create. It doesn’t surprise me when my artsy side emerges when I am behind the camera or working with photo editing software to alter my picture to reshape the mood that my image will inspire.

Last week, my friend – Cheryl Tarrant, posted that her Apple photo editing app was newly upgraded.  Intrigued by the process of adding layers and textures to redefine her original paintings or photographs produced cool results.  As I said, I love to get creative and I didn’t hesitate to take advantage of Cheryl’s generous freebie offer.

You can either use images from your camera roll or snap a photo with the app to enhance your photo with one of several preset layering effects or you can do a custom layer, but I did not use that one. Here are a few examples from my iPhone – nothing fancy, just all in fun to road test the app using Cheryl’s preset backgrounds.

Absentia effect applied

 

Lade effect applied

 

I give Distressed FX 4 out of 5 star approval rating and that’s only because I have minimal experience with the product. Get your copy now at the low price of 99¢. It’s not free, but it’s still a good deal!

Hmmm, I wonder… could my photo creations be the monetary highway to achieving my dream house come true?

We are never too old to learn new things. Years ago, I fantasized about returning to school after the kids were grown and left the nest. That day has come, but going back-to-school has gotten more expensive. I joined the 50s crowd almost two years ago. How many 50-year-old SAHM get a job after being out of the workplace 25 years?  The cost of going back-to-school may or may not be justifiable in the end.  DH’s retirement years are drawing near and aggressive money investment is mandatory now, if we wish to enjoy our golden years. However, realizing my vision doesn’t have to be fruitless.

Thanks to technology many universities across the country now offer free online courses for people to learn a new subject or earn a degree. When I was 18, I wanted to study architecture. I lacked the fortitude to pursue a degree in this field because it intimidated me. I’m not a timid girl today and welcome a mind stretch to succeed at something new.

In my search for free online courses, I stumbled upon Open Culture boasting about being the best free cultural & educational media on the web. I must admit, they do have an impressive list to choose from, including architecture which definitely sparked my desire to seriously consider enlightening my brain’s super power.

Another avenue worth investigating for online courses is iTuneU where you can choose from 14 career areas of study with completed lesson plans, lectures, assignments, and material lists. Education done a whole new way for those of us who did it old school first time around via online college courses.

1. Have you considered going back-to-school, what courses are you interested in?

2. Would you seek a new degree or expand upon an existing degree?

 

Visit Miss Jenny and the rest of the Alphabe-Thursday classroom for more homework assignments of the letter “O” and while you’re hopping around, be sure to play along with Miss Amanda in her latest edition of Thursday Two Questions.

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