Sunday, June 30, 2019

You might not want to sit too close

Or, it's time to buy a new bra (or two).

So we're having a little heat wave here in Iowa. And of course, I choose Friday afternoon for my time to go running errands around town.

Which meant that when I got home, I was sweating up a storm. I changed into what I like to call pajamas (on Friday, that was a T-shirt and shorts) and hung my bra up on the hook on the back of the bathroom door, like I always do.

Saturday night I went grocery shopping after work (which was around 1 a.m.) because I hadn't taken the time to do it before and my choices were looking kind of slim.

So I did my grocery shopping, kicking myself for not doing it during the day when there are actual cashiers available and I don't have to do the whole thing myself.

Side note - when there are cashiers available, it goes something like this:
  1. I do my grocery shopping, picking up each item and putting it in the cart.
  2. I go to the cash register and unload the cart.
  3. The cashier rings up the items and bags them.
  4. Then commences the staredown, where we are engaged in a silent battle of wills over who will put the bagged groceries into the cart (which I generally lose).
  5. I trundle out to my van and unload the groceries from the cart into my van.
  6. I go home, haul the groceries into my apartment and put them away.

When I have to use the self-checkout, it goes something like this:
  1. I do my grocery shopping, picking up each item and putting it in the cart.
  2. I go to the cash register and unload the cart.
  3. I ring up the item, bag them, and put them back into the cart.
  4. The silent battle of wills is now with my smartphone, with me trying to get it to use Walmart Pay (which I generally lose).
  5. I trundle out to my van and unload the groceries from the cart into my van.
  6. I go home, haul the groceries into my apartment and put them away.
 So this gives me the opportunity to handle the groceries at least one more time. Oh, joy. Did I mention that my back starts hurting if I stand too long? Which could start in two minutes or 10. But bending over a bunch of times doesn't help.

And my coming-home-from-work routine is to come in, lock the door, put my purse down, put my keys (and the garage door opener if I parked in the garage) in a drawer, go to my bedroom and take off my shoes and socks, go to the bathroom and change into pajamas, get my tablet and phone from my purse, and sit at my computer.

Tonight, though, I rushed my groceries in and immediately put away the most precious thing in all the bags.

But I digress. (That train of thought has left the track and headed for another county.)

Back to the heat wave and why you don't want to sit too close.

After I put the Klondike bars away, but before I put away the rest of the groceries, I took off my shoes and socks and changed into pajamas, then sat down for a couple of minutes in front of a fan.

Before I had left the parking lot with my groceries, I realized I have a problem. I'm down to two good bras. And now both of them were sweaty.

So I had a choice to make:
  1. Go back into Walmart and buy a new bra. (But the Klondike bars would melt.)
  2. Stay up and do laundry. (I know I would be up till probably 4 a.m. if I did this.)
  3. Hand-wash one of the bras and hope it is dry in the morning. (Just in water, as I'm not sure I would be able to get soap out.)
  4. Don't do anything, wear a sweat-smelling bra, and hope nobody notices. (Nope.)
  5. Not wear a bra to church. (Gasp!)
I hope you know I picked option 3. But just in case I didn't do a very good job, maybe you don't want to sit too close. Just sayin'.

And the Klondike bar was delicious.

Friday, January 11, 2019

So, it's been awhile

Wow. My last post was in November 2017. I'm not even going to try to recap the past 14 months in this post.

A quick update, though. I won a free pass to Rootstech Feb. 27-March2 in Salt Lake City. I have family in the area who offered to let me stay with them, and a very kind person has offered to pay for my plane tickets.

My next dilemma - and it's a big one - is which sessions to attend.

I'm getting overwhelmed with choices. There are more than 300 sessions from Wednesday through Saturday, and I can't decide.

So I'm going to throw this out there (if anybody's reading this) and say I will attend two sessions picked by someone else. The schedule is posted here.

The two sessions must be on Thursday, Feb. 28. One morning session and one afternoon session. If there are multiple submissions, I will go with the most popular. If there's only one, I'll go to that one. Each person who comments can pick one morning session and one afternoon session.

Look at the schedule and comment below with the time and name of the classes.

And if nobody comments, that's fine. I have to pick the rest of the sessions to attend. I was just hoping to get some feedback to help me decide.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

My Memories digital scrapbooking program

Some news here!

First, My Memories has upgraded to version 9. There are a whole bunch of new features:

New Project Types
  • Social Media - Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Google Plus
  • Print Products - Canvas, Metal, Posters, Mug, Mousepad, Water Bottle
Photo Enhancements
  • Color Pop - Make a photo Black and White except for an area you select in Color
  • HSB - Hue Saturation Brightness Adjustments
  • Right-Click photos in the Photo Gallery to see details (width, height, dpi, path, etc)
  • Right-Click to sort photos in Photo Gallery by Date vs Name
Text Enhancements
  • Copy & Paste Text Styles from one Text Box to another
  • Copy & Paste Text without Style or Paste Special with Style
  • Text on a Shape or Line can now have Text Styles
  • Adjust Text Style while Text is Attached to Shape or Line
  • Set any Text Box Style to Default Text Style
Background Enhancements
  • Set Background to Gradient Colors
  • Zoom Background In or Out
  • Nudge Background in Eight Directions for Precise Positioning
Calendar Improvements
  • Additional Options for Calendar Header Sizing
  • Set a Specific Day of the Week to be a Custom Color
  • Calendar Projects from Scratch will Automatically add Calendar Months to pages
  • Set start Month to Yearly Calendars
Other Enhancements
  • Set Objects to Same Width, Height, or Size
  • Set Mattes to Gradient Colors
  • Grid to asset with aligning points in Shape Editor
  • Page Number Feature now allows for Text Before or After Page Numbers
  • Autosave option for Project with Adjustable Interval
  • Fast Fill option to insert Breaks which will help to keep groups of photos together
  • Photo Layouts can be sorted by # of Photos
  • Word Art can be filled with Background Paper
  • Search within Templates Dialog

Also, Mags Graphics posted on Facebook that their 2012 Christmas Spirit Combo Kit is free for 48 hours. Link here. The post was early Sunday morning, so they might be available through Tuesday morning. There are related add-on packs that are on sale, as well.

You don't have to have the program to take advantage of the free kits at They come in a version for Mac, Windows or general, which you can use in a photo/graphics editing program like Photoshop, Gimp or

In conjunction with the release of My Memories Suite 9, I'm going to be doing a giveaway of the full updated version. This is a sponsored giveaway. provides the software download and I send the link to the winner.

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I'm excited about the new project types for social media. I have used the program to make custom Facebook covers, but always had to define the size. This is going to be awesome!

These are two of the Facebook covers I designed with this program, using only the art that came with this version. I have much more, most of it was free, but it's not on my new laptop yet.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

I'm soooo behind

I'm still trying to get the hang of the Pathway experience. Of my two classes, I'm doing better in the religion course. I've got a lot of the general studies assignments that I haven't completed. The best I can hope for is 50 percent of the grade when I do turn them in, so I'm not sure I can even pass at this point.

But I'm still going to try.

Let's take Lesson 2 for example. This is a beginning lesson on The Learning Model & The Honor Code.

The Learning Model embraces five principles:

Principle One: Learners and teachers at BYU-Idaho exercise faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as a principle of action and power.
Principle Two: Learners and teachers at BYU-Idaho understand that true teaching  is done by and with the Holy Ghost.
Principle Three: Learners and teachers at BYU-Idaho lay hold upon the word of God - as found in the holy scriptures and in the words of the prophets - in all disciplines.
Principle Four: Learners and teachers at BYU-Idaho act for themselves and accept responsibility for learning and teaching.
Principle Five: Learners and teachers at BYU-Idaho love, serve, and teach one another.

I need to exercise faith more often and invite the Holy Spirit into my heart more. I need to spend more time (and more often) reading the scriptures. I think the other two principles may be easier - or more natural - for me.

We have a weekly gathering from 7 to 9 p.m. each Thursday.  Although the people in my gathering are not in the same online class group, we are all studying the same thing. One person leads the discussion in each class, and we take turns with it. We are all encouraging each other.

The Honor Code

Part of the Honor Code states: You should complete your own work and be evaluated for that work as you seek to be completely honest in all your dealings. PathwayConnect students avoid academic dishonesty and misconduct in all its forms, including, but not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, and fabrication/falsification. The most common examples of academic dishonesty are copying another person's work or not acknowledging a source of information.

One part of the religion course is called Digging Deeper. There's a set of videos in each lesson - maybe seven or either - and we are required to watch at least six of them. In last week's lesson, I didn't get around to watching the videos before taking the quiz on the material. One of the questions is "did you watch at least six of the Digging Deeper" videos. Since I had not watched them at that point (although I still plan to), I answered "no".

In the General Studies class this week, part of the assignment was to spend 30 minutes looking at the Provident Living website set up by the church. I missed that before I started the quiz, so I looked at it quickly and honestly answered with how much time I had spent looking at the site. It made my grade a little less, but it was the truth. And I still plan to go back and spend more time looking it over.

So there you have my lesson 2 "share with a friend". I'm trying to catch up, starting with the earlier missed assignments, while keeping up with the current ones.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Scriptural insights: Book of Mormon - Prepare a way

One of my Pathway Connect assignments is to share an insight from our Book of Mormon study. I have read through the Book of Mormon once or twice in my lifetime, but never really studied it with appreciation. So now as I read, I'm noticing things I never noticed before.

One of the common verses that people like is in 1 Nephi 3:7.
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.

I started seeing this phrase in other verses.

1 Nephi 17:13
And I will also be your light in the wilderness; and I will prepare the way before you, if it so be that ye shall keep my commandments; wherefore, inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall be led towards the promised land; and ye shall know that it is by me that ye are led.

1 Nephi 17:41
And he did straiten them in the wilderness with his rod; for they hardened their hearts, even as ye have; and the Lord straitened them because of their iniquity. He sent fiery flying serpents among them; and after they were bitten he prepared a way that they might be healed; and the labor which they had to perform was to look; and because of the simpleness of the way, or the easiness of it, there were many who perished.

1 Nephi 22:20
And the Lord will surely prepare a way for his people, unto the fulfilling of the words of Moses, which he spake, saying: A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass that all those who will not hear that prophet shall be cut off from among the people.

These are a few of the examples if you do a search. The point is, Heavenly Father does what he can to help us succeed. He prepares the way. We have to find the right path and follow it. Sometimes it seems harder than it is, as in the example of the Israelites who only had to look at the brazen serpents to be healed, yet they looked away.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Cause and effect

In our Pathway gathering tonight, we talked about cause and effect - or studying cause and effect when studying the scriptures.

But I'm going to talk about a different cause and effect.

The person I ride with, Melba, listens to country music. It's not usually my thing, but I listen. One week, on the way home, the songs "It Ain't My Fault" and "Nobody to Blame But Me" played back to back. It was almost as good as "We Will Rock You and "We Are The Champions." ;-)

Tonight, however, one of the songs that played had some chords that reminded me of "Ghost Riders in the Sky." This is one of my favorite songs that my dad would sing when I was a girl. I don't think he sings it any more because his voice can't handle it. But I loved it.

So I went on YouTube and listened to about a dozen versions of the song, trying to decide which one was closest to my dad's version. Some of the singers sounded okay, but sang different words or at a different (usually much faster) tempo. One version was by the actor Christopher Lee, but I couldn't listen to it long because the music overwhelmed his voice.

I didn't find what I was looking for, and now I have to go listen to something else so I won't have mangled versions of "Ghost Riders" going through my head all night.

If we want to talk about a spiritual cause and effect, here's one that affects me personally. I hear music in my head all the time. Ever had an ear worm? Think about that every waking moment. So I listen to music with the idea that if I have to have music in my head all the time, I get to pick what I listen to.

This means that when I hear a new song, if I think I like the music, I check out the lyrics. I also watch a video of the song if one exists. That helps me decide whether I want to give "air time" in my head to that particular song. So, after reading the translated lyrics to "Despacito" and watching part of the video (because that's all I needed to make my decision), I decided that is one song that won't go on my play list.

I'm sure not all my preferred songs are what everybody else will pick,  but they have a message that I can agree with or at least understand.

I'm off to listen to Imagine Dragons now.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Desktop Publishers

Desktop Publishers

This is what I already do. Which is not a bad thing. I enjoy my job.

This is also what I do:
Proofreaders & Copy Markers

So the interest quiz I took offered me (as two of many options) things I already do and enjoy doing. Not bad. 

Note: This is part of a Pathway Connect assignment.

Updates and all that

So, I go through waves of being active in one thing or another, then not being active. Church, my blog, playing particular games.

Well, I'm enrolled in Pathway Connect now and part of the assignments require "sharing with a friend." This blog will be my platform for that.

Also, I can do a giveaway of a copy of My Memories digital scrapbooking software every quarter. I'll set one up in the next few days. I'm not as interested in gaining likes and followers as I once was, so I have to figure out what methods people can use to enter.

In other news, Cayla is off to college, living in an apartment with two roommates. Amanda is still with me (since March) and we have three cats: Olive, Jock and Lena (Amanda's cat). Right this minute, Lena is trying to catch a bug through a window, Jock is lying on a box and Olive is lying in a box.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Storm damage, and a long night

This is what the radar looked like last night some time after we lost power. I took the shot of my tablet with my phone.

Here's some of the damage this morning:
Tree in front of my place.

Tree in front of the neighbor's place. At left, you might be able to see a taillight of their vehicle.

Tree by my place again, out into the street.
I was at work when the power went out, with five pages left to send. Two of the pages were done, but just needed to be PDF'd and sent. Three of the pages needed two articles that hadn't been written yet, but the computers were unavailable.

So I went home for my laptop. I parked in back, in the lake that forms whenever it rains hard. Stepped right into about 4 inches of water. My shoes are probably still wet.

Took laptop back to work, and let Hans use it. Chad was writing his story on  his Chromebook, but he had to retype it later on my laptop because we had no internet access.

Our publisher contacted a company in town and borrowed a couple of generators to get our servers and a couple of computers running long enough to get the last pages done.

I finally left work around 3:45 a.m.

I woke up at 10:45 a.m. I'm going to try to sleep now. A maintenance guy was trimming as much as he could from the tree in front, but I think he's done now. I'm also charging all my devices. That was an issue last night. My phone was under 30 percent. I kept running my car to charge my phone, but it was slow.

More storms are forecast for tonight.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Maybe I should post more often

No update since last October? Shame on me.

I guess this is one of those things that I can check off under "Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports" (signs of depression).

I spend too much time playing games, and yet have lost interest in some of them. I hardly do genealogy. For awhile I wasn't reading much, but I'm doing that again.

I was seeing a physician's assistant (Alicia) until she moved out of state. My last appointment with her was in December. I was allowed three months of medications, but had to see a new person before getting refills.

My meds ran out in March and I didn't see my new person (Jordan) until last Tuesday.

Now I've got medical tests coming up on Thursday, plus a mammogram on Friday. Joy.

I need to sort through stuff and get rid of a lot. I've got boxes I haven't unpacked since we moved into this apartment in July 2012. Plus Mom's stuff and still some of Donna's.

I hope you realize that when I say "Carol's Random Babble" at the top of the page, I wasn't kidding ...