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 MyMemories.com. They come in a version for Mac, Windows or general, which you can use in a photo/graphics editing program like Photoshop, Gimp or Paint.net.

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. MyMemories.com provides the software download and I send the link to the winner.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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!

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 ...

Saturday, October 29, 2016

What's new? A few things, maybe

So my last post was on the second to last day of last year. I had a good Christmas.

I expect I'll be working again this year, even though I'm working Thanksgiving. We'll see.

Donna wants Christmas at her apartment, although it's small (I haven't seen it yet). I'm willing to have it here again, especially if I do have to work.

I checked last year's Christmas list. I got the pots and pans I wanted. I finally got a haircut last month. The cats have their Drinkwell fountain, but still prefer the bathtub. I bought a "fleece" steering wheel cover, but it's getting raggedy. The raggedy black sweater I was still wearing to work last year has disappeared. Somebody bought the Sims 4 Get Together (I can't remember if it was me or Kevin, but either way, Amanda and I both get to use it).

I have been president of the Webster County Genealogical Society for several years. This year I'm secretary/treasurer and the former secretary/treasurer is the president now — Susan M. Olson. She's been doing quite a lot for the society and deserves the title.

I'm still drinking diet Dr Pepper and still need to lose weight. I'm supposed to be exercising, but no. I'm not into outdoors and haven't got the money for exercise equipment. I think I could do a treadmill if I could watch TV while doing it, but again, haven't got the money.

Still coloring, although not very often. I buy coloring books, take them apart and put into page protectors in binders so I can copy (for my own personal use only) and color. But with a couple of exceptions about a week ago, I'm trying not to buy any more. I've got enough downloaded art to print out, plus the books in binders, to last a very long time. The exceptions are books that were on clearance at Target and Walmart, including tiny books that fit in my purse and can be taken wherever. I haven't started coloring those yet.

The cats are fine.

Olive had a vet appointment in July. She doesn't mind traveling in the cat carrier and going places. But when we entered the vet's office, she started growling and hissing and continued nearly the entire time we were there.  (To be fair, the last time I took her there, I left her overnight for a spay operation.) She weighed about 10 pounds, 4 ounces.

Jock will have his appointment in January. He doesn't like traveling in the cat carrier and going places. I have no idea what he'll be like at the vet's office ... should be interesting. And I suspect he weighs twice what Olive does.

So, just a few random observations. Until next time.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Christmas, coloring and contentment

So, Christmas.

It was pretty good.

I had to work, but when I came home for supper, there were 10 other people in my apartment, eating enchiladas and watching "Elf."

The enchiladas are a family tradition for special occasions. The last time I had them was when Cayla graduated from high school in May 2014.

The 10 other people were Cayla, my sister Donna, Donna's four kids: Alex, Jessica, Suzanna and Richard, Jessica's husband Eric and their sons Noah and Eli, and Suzanna's boyfriend Chad.

We ate, opened a few presents, had some laughs and I went back to work. When I got home, everybody had left except Cayla, who was in bed because she had to work the next morning.

So, my big Christmas gift.

There was a box, and it was big. I unwrapped it and the box said Pioneer Woman cookware, which was one of the big items on my Christmas list. But Cayla said, "open it," and when I did, I discovered a bunch of newspapers inside, and a banana.

On the back of the Lifestyle section from a couple of weeks ago, there are pictures of Messenger employees who rang bells at Hy-Vee one day. By my picture there was a speech bubble that says "I should probably look in Cayla's room for my real present."

She brought it out - the cookware - in a box I had brought home from Walmart for the cats to play in. Sneaky kid. I approve.

Coloring.

Well, I've been collecting coloring pages for quite some time. I get a few each week from Dover Publications. I get an email and download sample pages from their website. I haven't done a whole lot of coloring yet. I did attend a "Color Your World" session at the library earlier this month, which was fun.

I won a set of gel pens from The Write Dudes and I've been enjoying them. I also joined a Facebook group called Coloring Books for Adults.

And I've been thinking I should share my sources for free coloring pages. So here's the first one, from ArtLicensingShow.com. A Holiday Coloring Book

It's got 92 pages, mostly Christmas. But there's a few snowmen that don't necessarily have to be Christmas, and some New Year's (also Hanukah, which is unusual, but nice).

They even have it set up for bloggers to share.

92 Free Coloring Pages


So, it was a nice Christmas. I got to spend a little time with family. I'm enjoying coloring for relaxation. And I get to share. Contentment.