Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: Oh those pesky PSE actions

Unfortunately, I recently had to reinstall my PSE actions when I had to wipe my HD clean and start again. I was going from PSE10 right back to PSE10 but didn't want to just use my backup because I had a glitch there  - somewhere - and wanted to keep the new stuff as clean as possible.

But it had been a while since I went from PSE9 to PSE10 and trying to remember how to do the reinstallation of the actions had me googling for a bit. As The Texas Chicks say, it's not like it's easy to begin with. (Wonder if that's one of the ways Adobe pushes us to go over to the CS# side!)

When I saw The Texas Chicks' tutorial on transferring actions when you upgrade your PSE, I thought...This has to be a blog post, for my sake as well as yours! sometimes a blogpost serves as my own memory backup, kwim?

So thank you Texas Chicks for a tutorial on How to Move Actions When You Upgrade PSE


Be sure to check out the rest of their site to see so much more including wonderful free info and a boatload of step by step goodies to purchase to make your PSE life a lot easier and a lot more fun.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A bit of a break

After a long month, it's a bit of computer break time for me. I need some centering and quiet time.

See y'all soon!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial - Ok not exactly a Tutorial

I just  saw these last week on Tim Holtz's site. Now you know Tim has great tutorials of his own ALL the time, so be sure to stick around his site or just put it on your feeder or blog roll or something. Whenever you feel your mojo slipping away, Tim can sure get you back into a happy inspired mode.

So what am I sharing that isn't a tutorial? Well these. Lots of charts that you can fill  in with the colors you already own. You could take a photo of this on your smart phone once you've stamped in your colors and then look at your chart next time you're shopping and wonder ...Did I just buy Crushed Olive or was that one out of stock last time I had a Michaels' coupon... How cool is this? Lots of charts for lots of products. Check it out!

Monday, February 20, 2012

AAM Monday: 365 Wk 6 Starting Closure

This was a week without a lot of photos. It was a week of getting myself back on track, visiting long term friends who know both me and the ongoing relationship with my daughter. Besides being just plain good women, they are both divinity school graduates. A lot of wisdom, but the same basic advice. Let it all go, let her go, and live your own life. What other people think of me or say of me is none of my business.

Compassion for what is and detachment.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sunday Serenade - Currently Watching

Ok, not a full serenade today but a high recommendation for this series whether you watch it on YouTube, Netflix or the occasional PBS. Having lived in the North of England for many years, I found the series a real glimpse back at the days of my first UK visit in 1965 til my move there in 1968.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Borderline Personality Disorder

For anyone interested in Borderline Personality Disorder, a disorder that is not unusual in adopted children who have been institutionalized for their earliest developmental years, there are many new resources. I was told years ago when my daughter was diagnosed that the only treatment was a lifetime of therapy. While that has not totally changed, there are more therapists who have the awareness of his disorder and newer modalities to deal with it. I don't doubt that the high volume of US adoptions from countries in the Eastern Bloc have unfortunately given doctors more incidents of this disorder but have also raised the awareness of the diagnosis. No therapy guarantees a cure, but continued therapy can help the patient understand their own illness and learn to accept it and then live with it in a healthier manner.

Here is a good description of the symptoms from the Mayo Clinic.

"Borderline personality disorder affects how you feel about yourself, how you relate to others and how you behave.
When you have borderline personality disorder, you often have an insecure sense of who you are. That is, your self-image or sense of self often rapidly changes. You may view yourself as evil or bad, and sometimes may feel as if you don't exist at all. An unstable self-image often leads to frequent changes in jobs, friendships, goals and values.
Your relationships are usually in turmoil. You often experience a love-hate relationship with others. You may idealize someone one moment and then abruptly and dramatically shift to fury and hate over perceived slights or even minor misunderstandings. This is because people with the disorder often have difficulty accepting gray areas — things seem to be either black or white.
Borderline personality disorder symptoms may include:
  • Impulsive and risky behavior, such as risky driving, unsafe sex, gambling sprees or illegal drug use
  • Strong emotions that wax and wane frequently
  • Intense but short episodes of anxiety or depression
  • Inappropriate anger, sometimes escalating into physical confrontations
  • Difficulty controlling emotions or impulses
  • Suicidal behavior
  • Fear of being alone
When to see a doctor
People with borderline personality disorder often feel misunderstood, alone, empty and hopeless. They're typically full of self-hate and self-loathing. They may be fully aware that their behavior is destructive, but feel unable to change it. Poor impulse control may lead to problems with gambling, driving or even the law. They may find that many areas of their lives are affected, including social relationships, work or school"

A older book that is also useful this one.

I hope this will help someone out there who either identifies with these symptoms or someone who has a family member who exhibits these symptoms and more. There is help.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Is this all?

Just wondering if the snow we got this weekend will be it for Winter 2012?  Valentine's Day is traditionally the time we get a good storm, but that may be the kind of thing that we now say happened in 'the old days.' If this is it for snow, I'm ok. I would like a week of good hard frosts though to kill all those buggy varmints that can cause havoc in the summer.

If you're in the land of heavy snows and permafrost, well you have my sympathy. You landscapes are pretty but all in all I'm happy with the climate I have.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sunday Serenade - 12. 02.11 Snow

Ok, perhaps not the most traditional song for a winter day that gave us one of our very few winter snows. So since this snow was out of the ordinary, how 'bout a song that might not be your first thought when someone says SNOW! but then again, maybe it was your first thought!

But geeze...can you believe these guys have been around since...uh..1983?

Friday, February 10, 2012

Flashback Friday - Blank Refusal

I would prefer not to remember this week but I'm so glad I got some photos that captured the mood that  I saw.

Day after day you sat and shoved food away. You would just sit and stare at the table or into space. You insisted you wanted to take part in your cancer treatment but you actions spoke volumes. Sometimes you asked for drink after drink but refused to take them once they were made.

It was after your brother’s visit when you said you would not eat for me as you did for him that I realized you had made a decision.
You chose.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Technique Tuesday - Making a PSE Overlay

This is a good video showing you some of the steps you can take to make an overlay from a texture image you may have.Don't you just love retired people like Karen who shares her wonderful talent freely?

Be sure and go visit her site to see the wonderful array of tutorials she has! Thank you Karen!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Love Abounds

This one really caught my fancy, and it's perfect for this month.

String of hearts

Friday, February 3, 2012

Letting go is easy to say

Those words trip of most of our tongues quite easily. We all know in our head how to do it...you Just Do It. But even when the heart is engaged in the process, somehow the world doesn't always let it happen. Questions about her keep coming in. Some of them are just concerned friends who could just as easily call her to ask her how she is. Do they? Will she speak to them? Some of them ask me to project an outcome based on her ...what? past history? current situation? information I don't have or need to have or even can have? I can do many things but not predict the unpredictable.

Other questions come from professionals because in the end it's easier for her to refer them to Mom rather than answer them herself.  Turning over and sleeping keeps her problem at a distance.  Does she even know some of the details of her own life? Where is her important paperwork? Packed in a garbage back from when she was evicted. Most of us women keep our id in our purses. When we go out that id is invariably with us. We know how it would be needed ...in case. She's rarely grasped that concept. She says it's not important. Once again, it is important.

So today has been 5 days since she's lived in our house but her unmanagability keeps seeping back in with the questions that concern her life, and her choices. This time she has cancer. The stakes are higher. But the pattern is no different. For over 20 years it's been a desire for someone to rescue her, to fix it all, to make it go away. She's 38 years old. One change is that I'm no longer taking that role. I've let it go and said, It's not my responsibility. It's yours.

This time the issue really may go away. Really go away...and then the final letting for those of us still alive will just continue. It's already started.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Last week

Not a great week, and I still cannot see the weekend story clearly.

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