Thursday, September 18, 2014

Iphone to Samsung Galaxy S5 Transition

Just wanted to share my journey with you...

This is day four of using my new Samsung Galaxy S5. I love learning new things but c'mon man!!!!! In my timing - not quickly!!!!! Daughter, Olivia, finally sat down long enough to make it more familiar to me (more iPhoney.)  She moved apps into folders and deleted apps she didn't think I'd really need and then was able to get rid of a couple of pages so I would have less to mess with.  All in a matter of seconds.  That helped.

So, I went from this...
iPhone 4S
To this...

Samsung Galaxy S5

Why... you ask did I change?  Daughter pressure, and time to upgrade our phones.  It's water resistant too, so if I drop it in the toilet it won't die...

Not that this has ever happened to me but I do know at least three teens it has happened too and that cartoon explains it to a tee!

The main reason I made the switch is - the camera has more mega pixels than my Canon?!?! Only one - but jeez.  I've only taken a few pics with it, though.  I'm used to taking several pictures at a time before actually "viewing" the pictures to see how they turned out.  This darned thing takes a picture and immediately throws it on the screen for viewing! It wouldn't let me take another picture right away! What the heck?  I missed out on some cute pictures of Waddles because of that!!!!!  I was almost ready to trade it in until Olivia, once again, came along and fixed it for me.  Turns out that is just one of many settings you can change on the camera.  Go figure!  Ask and you shall receive even more than you asked for!!!!!

One other reason -- the size -- it's bigger.  A little easier on the ole eyes.  I was thinking about getting the one size up but figure I might just as well carry my iPad around with me if it gets that bad!  But then again...

I don't think so.  

I'll keep you posted on how it goes.  I still have time to decide if I should keep it or return it and go back to the iPhone.  

How about you?  Is your phone contract about up?  Are you thinking about switching? 

Until next time...May you have a blessed day!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Meet Grandbird Waddle, Waddle, Waddles!!!!!!

This bird is a trip!!!!  She's silly, funny, cute, sweet, loud, obnoxious, lovable, and is a little smoocher too!  About the only time she wants to nom-nom on your finger is when she's really hungry or really mad. She is fed regularly so that doesn't happen very often.  However, it's a different story if we neglect her. She gets pretty mad.  She's really no different than any female who has been neglected.  "We" may not bite but may be a little persnickety to the person (man) who neglected us until they (he) get what they deserve and we feel a little better.  After she gets that taken care of she'll go back to being all playful and lovable again.  Typical female.  Hmmm.  Now, back to Waddles... 

Waddles is a goffin cockatoo, and is about 1 1/2 years old.  She's very alert and very smart.  When she's on the floor she mostly hops and... waddles...yep, that's where her name came from.  She has a tendency to imitate us laughing, the dogs barking, and yelling her name as loud as possible (like we do when she gets too noisy.)  Her favorite time to talk is, of course, when we are having a conversation with someone on the phone, or in person, or watching a favorite tv program.

This birdie can dance!  I think her favorite music is daughter Olivia's scream-o, head banging stuff.  She even screams, I mean, sings to it!!!!!  However, I cannot stand her music so here is a little video of her breaking into dance to my kind of music...Pompeii by Bastille...I just love how she goes to the and slow.  Enjoy!

Hope you have a blessed day!


Saturday, August 16, 2014


Black-eyed-Susan's from my flower garden...

Queen Ann's Lace...(aka a chigger bush to my hubby!)

There are at least four hummers enjoying this feeder.  They like to perch on the butterfly (towards the left) that my hubby made me and stand watch so when another hummer comes in they can scare it off.  They are so much fun to watch.

Below is a closer view of the butterfly Hubby made me for Mother's Day. It's a project from Birds & Bloom and you can find it here: DIY-Garden-Projects. Above on the right is a dragonfly that Daughter Alicia made me, too, for Mother's Day. They are just so precious!!!!

There are three photo's in this collage but I believe it's the same hummer just at different angles. It amazes me how the colors change around their necks when they move. 

Summer always seems to go by a little too fast, doesn't it?!

Hope you have a blessed day!


Monday, August 11, 2014

What do you do with a Huge Zucchini?

Make Zucchini Bread, of course!!!!!

Check out the size of this bugger!  Ok, I have seen bigger but not in a long time!!!!

I had to call big sister, Sis, to ask if I could make bread with this.  Her response was, "Oh yeah. You eat the little ones and make bread with the big ones... just scoop out the spongy seed area and grate it - skin and all."  So... that's what I did! Here's what I made:

A wonderful, moist, cinnamony, yummy traditional Zucchini Bread...

I tried something different too...

Oh my!!!!  Yes!!!  CHOCOLATE Zucchini Bread!  I could crave this!  It even has chocolate chips in it and a crunchy crust on top.  

I found both recipes on Pinterest.  Here they are for your enjoyment too!

Grandmom's Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

If you make some let me know, ok?!

Hope you have a blessed day!


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Let's Crochet a Granny Square!!!!!!

The feeling of soft yarn going through your fingers and being able to turn it into an item of clothing or a blanket is so rewarding ... it's relaxing, enjoyable, and fun!  It's portable too!  A great project to take camping, to the dentist, or on a road trip.  I don't recommend taking it to the beach though.  Hehe. :)

I have been wanting to do this for awhile now -- even before I did the Granny Square Quilt Along.  (Still have to quilt that bugger!!!!) Aren't these pretty?  (That collage is a little something I just learned in PSE12.)

I remember my Mom teaching me to crochet when I was a very young girl of around 10.  I even had a favorite crochet hook that was given to me by my big sister, Sis.  The crochet hook was purple but I loved it because it was my big sister's!  (I still have it and think of Sis every time I use it!!!!)

Back in the day I had twin beds in my room and Mom let me pick out yarn to make two pillows to go with my beautiful new matching patchwork bedspreads. (Not quilted mind you, just a patchwork design.)   The bedspreads were bright and cheery with pinks, yellows, greens, and lots of other girly colors and playful patterns in them.  I made one pillow out of  hot pink and white granny squares and the other out of lime green and white granny squares.  Each square was a solid color.  I didn't take the time to change the color of the yarn while crocheting.  I remember when I actually sewed and finished them off.  They were just beautiful and looked so store bought on my beds!!!  Hmm...that must have been my first custom made project!

It's funny, my taste hasn't changed much.  I still love patchwork (quilted) and granny squares. And... pink, white, and green are probably still my favorite colors together.

Not sure what I want to make with my pretty little squares yet.  Perhaps something for my Craft Room?

By the way -- I needed to relearn  how to crochet  one of these squares.  If you would like to give it a try here is the tutorial I used as a refresher at Polka Dot Cottage. Blog owner, Lisa, has been inspirational to me.  She seems to be a down to earth type of person with similar interests as mine.  (I think our taste in color might be just a little different though.)  She's a lot better at this blogging thing, too. She has indirectly been teaching me a lot and introducing me to new things that are available out in the web world!  You might want to check out her blog while you're there.

Are you crocheting anything?  I would love to hear about it!!

Hope you have a blessed day!


Saturday, June 28, 2014

A little message of hope...

Just think about this for a minute.  You don't have to do it all alone!!!!  

This speaks heavily to me right now:  Hubby finished his bachelors degree; Alicia is our happy loving girl again; Olivia graduated high school; I have found many new projects to work on; and a close friend found a place where her blogging is appreciated and needed!  

IF we chose to accept, God is giving us the opportunity to rest our minds from those heavy burdens we hand over to Him!  

Go ahead, give it a try...and feel some peace and some hope!

I've been learning Photoshop Elements 12 and was finally able to complete this project!  I've had the picture for quite a while and the Matthew 7:12 scripture but haven't been happy with the two together until now.  It prints out beautifully on a 8 1/2 x 11 piece of heavy weight photo paper.  I have it printed - now I just need the right frame so I can hang it in my craft room as a reminder to myself!!  

May you have a blessed day!


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Stained Glass Class

I'm so excited to tell you about my latest class...

 That's me on the left with our youngest daughter, Olivia, on the right.  Olivia has always said to me, "I'm not a crafter, Mom!"  I'm a crafting fool and she was brought up crafting so that has always bothered me, you know?!  But wait... Thanks to our wonderful teacher and all that goes into stained glass -- she can no longer say that because she loved making her stained glass project and wants to continue!!!

I don't know about you but I zoom in like a bee to a flower when I see any kind of stained glass hanging in a window!  For years I  have wanted to take a class to learn how those beautiful  pieces are all put together!  I can say I FINALLY DID IT!!!!  Everything about the class was so-very-good!  Having Olivia with me was wonderful. The teacher, Sue Miller, was great!  The atmosphere was extremely inviting and motivating...there is stained glass eye candy everywhere!!!!  (I only bought one piece at the first class!!!)  Check out Sue's website at Shining Light Stained Glass.  It is full of all kinds of good information and stained glass products!!

I was so excited learning I forgot to take pictures at the first few classes!! So... I'm sorry you won't get to see us cutting out the pattern, cutting the glass, grinding the glass...We'll jump right into foiling and soldering and the completed projects!
Putting copper foil around each piece of glass.

Soldering...half way completed!

Soldering completed on one side - now to the other side.

Omg! Olivia actually doing something crafty!!!!!  That's my girl!!!!!
Olivia putting final touches on the frame of her turtle.

Sue is a wonderful teacher. She shows you how it's done - then lets you take over.  Only helps you if you ask for it.

Being the crafter I am... I have to say I was comparing stained glass to quilting...and even making cards with stamping!  You get to choose a size, pattern, shapes, colors, materials, textures, borders.  There is planning, designing, coloring, cutting, shaping, making sure all the pieces fit together just right, and using different kinds of tools for each step of the way.  Maybe it's the working with all the colors, or is it the piecing together that make these two crafts so appealing?  Hmm.  Probably the colors for me.  I don't know though, the challenge of getting all the pieces to fit together just-so is pretty exciting when the project is finished.  What do you think?

My chickadee and Olivia's turtle.  Look at all the beautiful items hanging in Sue's studio window!!!!  

Now I'm going to learn how to use Photoshop Elements 12 so I can do and make cool things for my blog.  I'll let you know if I find a good class!

Until next time... Hope you have a blessed day!