I got nothing

This is supposed to be my WIP Wednesday post, but my crafting this week consists of about 4 rows of knitting on a scarf (in laceweight yarn), so it looks exactly like it did before I started knitting the other day.

And that’s it. I can’t seem to make myself do much more than read and play stupid games on my iPad.

The weather. The cold. I need, desperately, to be warm again. And even though I’m not much of an outdoor kind of a girl, I need to be able to go outside and not have to rush right in because it’s 80 degrees below zero. If you live somewhere warm, please refrain from (a) gloating  or (b) inviting me to visit. I won’t appreciate either.

I wish I could be more like Elsa:

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But the cold does bother me, damn it.

Project 365 2014 {Week 9}

This past week was the first since before Christmas break that we actually had a full 5 days of school: no late starts, no early outs, no snow days. I’d like to believe all of those weather related events are behind us, but considering the fact that we got a bunch of snow yesterday, on March 1st, I’m not going to start holding my breath yet. What a winter!

And here we are, ready for another weekly photo wrap up. Two months down, now! 60 days! 305 to go for the year, I guess….

February 23, 2014 — The boys are participating in science team, and still have work to do on their projects before the end of March.
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February 24, 2014 — My passport arrived! Yay! Paris in April!

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February 25, 2014 — The boys have new-to-them phones, complete with their very own contracts with Mom and Dad.12785040995 0f9c2fea0b o Project 365 2014 {Week 9}

February 26, 2014 — This cat. He loves walking along the railing, makes me so nervous, but I can’t stop him!

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February 27, 2014 — A normal sight at supper time. You’d think they had never ever been fed.12824299103 792d1de5e1 o Project 365 2014 {Week 9}

February 28, 2014 — Friday Night Fish Fry at the Firehouse! Yum!

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February Calendar — Another month of photos!

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March 1, 2014 — We went to a wedding — we stood outside (very briefly) to greet the wedding party to the reception with sparklers, and then during the party, you could go outside to the firepits to toast marshmallows. It was very cold…..at least it had stopped snowing!12869220915 8f7fed573c o Project 365 2014 {Week 9}

Work In Progress Wednesday {Week 8}

There was not a lot of crafty going on around here. I think the only thing that constitutes actual progress is the finished binding on the quilt that I made for Mark’s birthday:

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I would take more pictures, but it’s too dark, plus it still needs to be washed before it’s really “done.” Talk about a “do as I say, not as I do project…” — but that’s a post for another day.

(Completely off topic: I started this post on my computer, realized I wanted to include a picture, so I wandered out to the other room with my iPhone, snapped a photo, opened up the WordPress app, attached the photo, and then came back to my computer to finish typing. I love technology when it works and works smoothly. I don’t have enough of that in my life right now…)

One photography related work in progress: I finally (FINALLY!) ordered some frames and some prints for a photo gift project that was originally conceived in 2012. Ridiculous. I’ll post about it when the pieces arrive and are assembled.

I am now going to post this post, and then walk away from my computer. I stared at this screen doing absolutely nothing useful last night, and regretted it when I was done. I have several books I want to read, and other real life things I could and should be doing, so I’m going to tear myself away and go do something. I used to have a mantra when I was originally blogging, that I had to do interesting things in order to have interesting things to write about. Hasn’t happened lately, so I’m going to try to reboot that mentality.

Top THREE tips for using your iPhone

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I’ve had my iPhone 5s since November and I adore it. I had a Smartphone before, and I liked having a smartphone, but I didn’t like or love my actual phone.

I’ve only recently learned a couple of really nifty tricks, and while there are a ton of “top 10″ or “top 30″ or however many “tips” — I’ve found that some of those lists are full of stuff that is pretty irrelevant to me. So here are my top THREE nifty things I’ve learned about using my iPhone 5s.

  1. If you need a period, tap the space bar twice. <—– I was ready to get rid of my iPhone at first until I learned this nifty trick.
  2. Take photos by pressing the volume up or down button (either one will work). You can also take photos by using the earbuds that came with the iPhone and pushing the volume up/down button. <—– Useful for making sure you are getting a steady picture, taking selfies or surreptitious pictures of uncooperative family members.
  3. To switch back and forth between the alpha and numeric keyboards, touch the “123” button and then slide up to the character you want. When you let go, the keyboard will switch back to the alpha keyboard. <—- Useful if your password includes symbols or numbers!


Project 365 2014 {Week 8}

Another week in review! When I started the year, I actually created these weekly posts at the beginning of the week, and updated it as the week went on, finally publishing it on Sunday morning. That lasted for several weeks, but I found that I couldn’t keep that up. I didn’t know that I could. So far, though, I’m not having any trouble actually capturing the photo on the day: 53 days in (not counting today). I think part of the ability to keep up with this is the use of my iPhone. I’m using an app called “Collect Photo App,” (I think I’ve mentioned it before), and it’s pretty cool to see the little thumbnails of my pictures fill up the monthly calendar in the app.

I share right away on Instagram, which is super easy, and it posts to Flickr and Facebook automatically. Many of you have probably already seen all of these pictures in one of those places, but I think it’s kind of fun to look back at my week, and share them all in one place as well.

February 15, 2014: I was trying to take “selfies” with the dog, but she wasn’t cooperating, so I settled for a shot that shows off my penguin jammies and penguin pillowcases.

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February 16, 2014 So not in focus….but I love this kid and the faces he makes crack me up. (To be clear, I love the other kid, too… :))

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Feburary 17, 2014 The prompt was “Here I Stand” — this is a recurring prompt. Today, I decided to use it to also document the freaky weirdness that is my circulation sometimes — this is at the tail end of recovering from a Reynaud’s Syndrome attack. Yes, my fingers hurt when this happens. So did my toes. Thankfully, my symptoms appear to be relatively mild compared to others I’ve read about.12602211955 4e051da8b3 z Project 365 2014 {Week 8}



February 18, 2014 — The front yard — it was a beautiful day, warm enough that I was willing to stop my car, hop out and snap this shot!

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February 19, 2014 — “Two”

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February 20, 2014 — I wish I could escape this! (But thankfully we didn’t get nearly the snow we were originally forecasted to get. Just lots of wind. And rain….)

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February 22, 2014 — Slice of everyday life. I said “hey guys,” and they looked up and I snapped. They often fall for that trick…

It’s an I Spy game….

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February 22, 2014 — Oh Boy — Nearly a month without a major grocery shopping trip, our cupboards were pretty bare. Another slice of everyday life. Also, another curious cat shot. He was also very interested in the leaves of the strawberries that were sticking out of the container.

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