Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Project Life: Week 30 (or rather Week 31!)

Did some scrapping yesterday but ran into the issue of Adobe vs Apple. It happens and has happened over the years but this time it was an issue actually acknowledged by Apple. I didn't feel as though I wanted to go through their work around right now especially as this answer was written in Nov 2016 and it's now Aug 2017. pfffft



Correct Answer by Sandeep Singh on Nov 1, 2016 4:18 AM
Hi David,

Thanks for explaining the issue here. There are some bad folders in the system we need to remove them



Mainly, I can't install actions and after all these years, I don't remember how to do some things manually vs actions. But I did get the print size done and it was only the web size that got a bit wonky.

 



Well actually, this wasn't week 30 it turns out. It was week 31 and it started on July 30! That will be a fix - later! But it did get me to turn on the Week notification in Calendar. So many things to remember.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

AAM Monday: Things I've Thought About Recently

Well after the death of the iMac and my not quite used to the new machine, I have done almost no scrapping so there won't be another week of Project Life to show. Instead, I'll share some of the things I've been thinking about.

When did we got from talking about the internet and instead use 'internets' or 'interwebs'? I know there is the dark web which I don't believe I need or really need to know about but is this what people mean?

Adding my two mail accounts has stumped me and my dh. It's very very rare that between the two of us we don't figure things out. I've decided to let it all go until tomorrow.

On line I learned about the difference between hay and silage. It's good to know that farmers can salvage a soaked crop.

Tuesday our shipment of Alaskan halibut and salmon will arrive. Once again my dh's fishing trip was successful. Otherwise, we'd probably never eat halibut as it's $27.95 @ lb in this area. Ouch! Actually, I'm not the world's greatest fan of halibut but he is.

I wonder if I will ever know the vagaries of a 'smart object' in both Photoshop and PSE

and that's about all I've thought of today. But I will leave you with a thought from a book I have been reading that is set in a British meditation center.

It isn't the desire that causes us unhappiness, it's the lager addiction to craving. We not only want, we are addicted to wanting in general. Yikes.


Well, I think I'll watch some tv tonight and try not to think for a while.




Monday, August 7, 2017

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 29

Because there are some photos blurred out for privacy sake, these are not the usual quality images. Sorry about that but that's how it goes.  Other peoples' stories that are important to me...



Thursday, August 3, 2017

TBT: Summer of '67

Fifty years ago I was living in San Angelo, Texas and waiting for my first child to be born. Standing on the entry to our house on West Harris, we must have come from church as we're both dressed up a bit. I loved that maternity dress which my mother made for me. Almost all my maternity clothes were from her work. She worried that the hems were going to be a bit off since she was in Maryland and I was in Texas so no standing on the kitchen table for hemming.


I wonder who took this photo - a friend I guess - but as it's the only one of this day I can't be sure. Of course in those days, a photo meant film and film was expensive and so was the developing and printing. So different today, isn't it!

I also note that here my then husband is wearing the Rolex watch I gave him for our wedding. He later bought himself a digital watch and the Rolex was left in a piece of furniture in Iran. So much for wedding gifts from his bride!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Travel With Me Tuesday: A Day Out in York

I don't often do a double page that is pretty much designed as a double from the start. This one was done that way, more or less, even though when it's printed you won't really know that. It's fun to do once in a while but let me tell you, the number of layers gets to be beyond me!


In any case, here's how the pages look on their own.



Monday, July 31, 2017

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 28

July tends to be the time of year when I have very little energy. Hot, humid and I'm content to just read books and watch tv. But this week did get me out to Southern MD and a very hot and tiring drive it was. But a retreat on the Potomac is always good. I only left the building once I think!



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Travel With Me Tuesday: All Around Harrogate



After our long walk through the Valley Gardens we were in 'downtown' Harrogate. Lunch ensued. And lunch at Bettys is a real delight. Excellent tea and good fresh food. Perfect on a December day.


Monday, July 24, 2017

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 27


While it was a holiday week, we did nothing to celebrate the 4th except to eat hot dogs at some point in the week. Dick did a lot of traveling round the state but otherwise, it was a quiet week for me. My granddaughter turned 18 but we had celebrated that when she graduated from high school. Just that kind of week, I guess.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

TBT: From 3 Come 9

Oh my, I have fallen down on my plan to scan images on Thursdays. It's something I really don't enjoy but I want to do it as I'm usually the only one who knows who the people are in the photo and when it was taken. So here's a recent scan, not corrected for the yellow cast. Sometimes I leave those, and sometimes I correct them.


Ruth was my neighbor in England and actually a student at the same high school I attended. We didn't know each other in high school as she was two years behind me but I recognized her when we moved into our adjoining houses in Knaresborough. Her youngest, here in the center, was the same age as my only son (then) who became my oldest child as time went on.

This 1975 photo was taken on their one time break from English living in their home in Pennsylvania. It was a lovely old home but sure required a lot of renovation and upkeep. Those fireplaces had a real purpose!

Ruth's three children have now provided her with 9 grandchildren and fortunately for her they all live in Maryland. So when she crosses the pond, it gives her the ability to see them all! One fell swoop!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Naw, This Won't Work


Ok, there are words today. Love this sink, love the whole bit but ...imho as a person who has renovated her house. I say this ain't gonna work. Well, it works for one person but why have two faucets? Cute yes, used by two people ...naw. Look at those walls and now try to visualize two people of any size there washing their hands. And I suspect the owners agree because there's one towel.

So maybe, they just loved the sink and didn't care about it being for two people. But I can also see that little person who used the stool turn on BOTH faucets...just cause!

Monday, July 17, 2017

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 26

This week's 1st page was done for a challenge and while it is not my favorite, I thought it was just easier to leave it and do the 2nd page the same way. I'll always remember (hopefully!) why this week looks a good bit different than the other weeks.



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Travel With Me Tuesday; That Night in Harrogate



The first evening was a great evening with settling in and then going out to dinner with the woman who was my first neighbor back in 1968. It turned out that we had been in high school together even earlier in the US. Amazing. We each had different husbands than we had as neighbors but that made no difference. Some times, the years just don't matter.


Monday, July 10, 2017

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 25



A lot of this week's photos concentrate on a trip we took to Baltimore. We have always donated used books to various sites but this year some of the sites either closed (greedy landlords) or had other issues. We were so happy when we found that the Baltimore Sun had found space for those non profits to store their books between sales etc. A fun day which included an Ethiopian lunch. 



Friday, July 7, 2017

Remember This When It's Too Hot Here



I tried to upload a video but ran into some glitches with Blogger so... this will have to do!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Travel With Me Tuesday: London and Harrogate


A couple more of last years trip finished. Once I start the pages, I really enjoy them but it's the starting that seems to be my stumbling block. I also know that I've gotten the days and pages mixed in the past when doing albums so there is that bit of fear. However, this trip was clearly broken into three segments - Harrogate, London and Bath. I think that will help a lot and also by having the images in Lightroom by date is really a great organizing tool.

Monday, July 3, 2017

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 24

We went down south to North Carolina so there were 4 pages for this week. I often try to keep even these BIG weeks to a 2 pager but not this time. A fun time all around and well deserving of more space.





And then it was back home and back to the daily life here. This was a short trip that didn't feel rushed at all. It was all good until that last couple of hours that worked on our last nerves. Traffic hell. But again, that was only about 4-5 hours of an otherwise great week. Perspective!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

TBThursday: I Know That Outfit!

You know how when you click an ad in any social media these days, you then see that ad everywhere you click. "The Google" knows... Well, I saw a navy dress that had a white collar, very prim looking, and while I don't need anything like that as my working days are over, it appealed to me. Today looking through old images, old like in 1971, I saw this.



It's no wonder I liked it. I had a pants suit like it back 46 years ago. gasp. Here with my eldest son and only one at the time, I believe I'm at the airport. It looks like my mother is going back to the US. I wonder how much he remembers his grandmother who died 10 years later of cancer. But here she's whispering to him ...last minute love?



I remember that suit of hers and the mink hat. I thought she was so old. She was 54. Oh how our perspectives change with time. Now that age seems so...young?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Travel With Me Tuesday: My Beloved Valley Gardens



Back to my trip to England. Once up in Harrogate, our first morning was spent walking through the Valley Gardens and up into town. I had traveled this path so many times in the summer of 1968 with my firstborn. #2 son, though born in Harrogate, had his daily pram ride up the hill into Knaresborough. It's a good thing I did all the practice work for that hill with my Valley Gardens walks. I also now have arthritic knees which make the uphill walks a lot harder. Maybe age has something to do with it too. Ya think?



Monday, June 26, 2017

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 23



Another week 'put to bed' as we said in journalism class. Let me tell you, that was long long ago but one of my high school fellow students went on to be editor of her college newspaper or was it the yearly yearbook. Again, long long ago but it was impressive work.



Let me also say that it was a crazy crazy week. No doubt that it was the week of a full moon. Beautiful moon but people acting crazy. I left all that out because full moon and one photo tells me more than I need to remember.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

TBT: Thoughts of My Uncle

A couple of weeks ago, I saw that my cousin's daughter had posted a photo of her late grandfather on Facebook.



People often post photos of dead relatives who were Veterans on Memorial Day. I've seen this photo of my uncle who died just as WWII ended many times over the years. My Uncle Joe died in a plane crash September 5, 1945 in North East India. His son, my cousin Joe and I were both born in 1944. Joe was born in October and I was born in September.

I never met my uncle and my cousin Joe never knew his father but my mother always told me how handsome he was with his Lithuanian heritage good looks. Uncle Joe was blond and blue eyed or perhaps with green eyes as my mother had and I do. My two sons are blond but have the Irish blue eyes which has always pleased me.



This photo is of my Uncle Joe and his wife Aunt Florence before WWII started. Like my parents, my cousin Joe's heritage is half Lithuanian and half Irish.  I suspect that was pretty common in the small towns in Pennsylvania where they lived. Coal mining towns that had jobs for their immigrant fathers. Towns that most of my parents generation were glad to leave and never hear of coal mines again. My cousin Joe is the only family member who stayed and raised a family in the same neighborhood where his wife grew up.  Now these old coal mining towns are towns for the newest immigrants, those from Central America who are glad to do the harder jobs just as the Irish and Lithuanians did in the late 1800s.  It all goes in cycles.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Happy Faces All Around

I saw this photo of my daughter and two of her daughters on Facebook and really liked it. You never know what you'll find there. I saw a challenge to make one technique but I didn't have the new enough software to do it so...

I took this photo


and made this from it.



and finally here is the result. Not the ideal layout but sometimes you use what you have and see how it will turn out. I'm pretty happy with an hour's play time!

Monday, June 19, 2017

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 22

Here we are actually in week 25 and the heat has arrived. I'm not happy but I did go out and water my few plants at 06:30. The sun and the birds are waking me up around 5 a.m. but I do go back to sleep. I have to say I'm the one who looks forward to dark mornings. I did even when I was working but the sun will have its way, won't it!


I'm not so keen on these split month weeks and adding two calendars. Of course I don't HAVE to do that, I could just include the dates or just stick to the week. But...many times without the actual dates, I wonder what they were when I read the pages years later. I actually have gone back to 2010 or 2011 to look for something. PL can be useful in many ways.


Monday, June 12, 2017

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 21

Another week done, the week of the USNA graduation which to those of us who live here really means the stunning Blue Angels flying over our houses, shaking our houses and reminding us of the terror those sounds can inflict on those being bombed. It's the way of war and it's a sobering thought to me every year. As it should be.


Oh yes, it was also the week of such strong rains that our downstairs drain backed up. Fortunately, it was more like the compost one buys rather than sewage. VERY fortunately. The pipes still do need a good clean out, which god willing, will be soon.


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