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Oh Forgetful One

blog list AprilMy newest idea is to tape my short list inside my Nook. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that before. :) I open my Nook everyday whether for reading or using other Apps. I think that will work. Right? Who am I kidding I am the queen of procrastination.

I really try to keep myself productive during the day since I do not work outside of the home. I like to make lists because as I cross them off I feel like I have accomplished something. A bit of a mind game with myself. It helps to keep me on track. When it works. :)

I have a calendar in Google with everyday tasks and print it out weekly. I don’t always follow it in the order it is listed. I definitely don’t accomplish all the tasks. Why the heck do I keep making them?

I think it makes me feel like I am working. I had a calendar at work, when I was working, that kept track of deadlines so I guess that is why I still make them.

I know if I didn’t put certain tasks or events on it I would definitely forget them. It has happened on occasion.

Recently I was busy doing research online and completely forgot to pick up my son from school!

If my google calendar had not sent me the text my son would have walked all the way home. Thank goodness it was a nice day and he had headed this way.

Of course, when I reached him he gave me a difficult time. :) If we lived closer to the school, I wouldn’t mind him walking but it is quite a hike. Plus, it gets me out of the house and breaks the routine of the day to go pick him up. :)

I have on my Google calendar when to write, blog, clean, errands, art, emails, bills, and the biggest one I forget to do EXERCISE! :) Hmm maybe that is more being lazy. I do like to exercise I just don’t seem to accomplish that one as often as I should. I am a creature of habit so I need to make it a habit.

Guess what I do with each sheet printed? Trash? Keep?

Yes, I three hole punch each week and it is nicely put in a notebook. I’m weird. :) It actually comes back to that forgetful thing. I can look up a certain day and know a bit of what I did. I also write on it when I take my blood pressure pills, etc. It has many purposes.

It has been handy if I need to look back on those days if someone has a question about something on one of the days.

When I was in my teenage years and even twenties I could recall almost anything without ever writing it down.  Miss that. :(

One good thing, gives me reason to buy lots of neat post-it notes and play with templates for calendars on the computer. :)

Do you have to keep track of tasks and notes? Is your memory still as sharp as a whipper snapper? (My grandma use to say that)

 

 

 

 

 

Time Flies!

All 4 Kids Fall

A photo I took in the Fall of 2003. My kiddos.

I have been editing this photo today to upload it to a site that will put it on a canvas. My daughter gave me the gift a year ago for Mother’s Day. Yes, the procrastination in me showing through. :) I wasn’t sure at first what picture I was going to do. I took the year to think, yes, that is the reason for the procrastination. :) (It sounds good.)

I went to upload and they suggest a bigger size. I will have to play some more in Photoshop. I do like how it turned out. I tried and tried that day to get them to all look at me and they never did. :) I ended up with a couple photos with different expressions. I took this with an old 35mm film camera because I didn’t own a digital at that time. It was a cheap and simple camera. This is scanned in from a photograph. :)

I am glad digital camera’s were invented. I still have about six rolls of film to develop from back then. I have already developed over fifteen rolls. They have turned out well, other than my terrible photo taking skills. I kept them in a box in a drawer so they were not exposed to heat or light over the years.

I love when I get them back in the mail. It’s a good thing I know the year of the surroundings otherwise I would have no idea what year they were. :)

Funny when you can label your years by what home remodeling project was going on. :)

I have a whole tub of photos that need slapped in a photo album. I haven’t even begun to print off all the digital photos. It will keep me busy. I will always have something to do on those boring days.  :)

I really should get them done before the two older kids start having their own families. :)

How do you keep your photos? Are they in a scrapbook or in a tub like mine? :)

 

 

 

 

Book Cover Reveal…Like or Not?

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My first design. Do you like or not?

Check out the new page I added next to the About Little Ole Me.

I decided to have some fun with the characters in my novel by adding a separate “get to know me” page.

Check it out!

Have a great evening/day wherever you are! :)

A Mile Marker…100th Post!

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My stats says this is the 100th post so it better not make a liar out of me. :)

My grandpa always said I was “windy” growing up. I never thought when I began this blog that I would get to this point in two years time. I congratulate those that can blog several times a week. I suppose in time I will get to that point, maybe.

My problem is I think of something fun to blog about, discuss it with my “thoughts” and then I forget what it was when I finally sit down to write it. I have a small notebook but forget to jot the ideas down. I guess I should start putting scratch paper everywhere. :)

OR

I could place my post-it notes around the house.

14 - 1 I have plenty!

I can usually recall a memory from a few notes so the small ones would be plenty big. I can write pretty small.

Actually, that jogs my memory from school days.

I can remember a few of us girls going through a phase of seeing how tiny we could write. It drove the teachers nuts! The writing was nice and neat, so I don’t understand why they frowned handing the paper back.

Of course, now that I am that age, I do see the problem. I imagine after grading tons of papers the last thing they wanted to see was something so small they needed a magnifying glass to read it. :) It sure was fun though.

I almost messed up blogging about my 100th post. I did those two reblogs, about did another, when a little light bulb went off in my head and I remembered I was about to hit the 100th!

Phew, that was close.

I meant for the 100th to be my first book cover reveal, but I am still working on it. I am also working on my edits. I am over halfway done. When I edit, I edit one chapter at a time. I actually end up editing it close to four times if not more.

I do my crossing out in red,

type it, reread,

retype, shake my head a few times,

talk to myself about how ridiculous that sounds, grab a Pepsi, watch some detective movie,

reread, retype,

daydream the scene with me in it. (LOL), go on to next chapter.

I will come back after a few chapters and read from the beginning till the end of my editing. I can not seem to do it in one sweep from the beginning to the end. In fact, I can not tell you my ending as of this moment. I wrote it a year ago. I’m weird. :)

I’m hoping to be ready to hit that publish button by the end of the month. Hopefully, the movie watching won’t delay that. :)

I want to start the next book during Camp NaNoWriMo in April. The books are part of what will be a trilogy. I rocked it last year so I have a good vibe about this year!

I like writing in the warmer months better than the colder months.  The last two years, November through February, I have not been inspired to write my book or edit it. I call it my vacation time. :) Sounds good to me.

I have been struggling with the question of, will anyone like my book? I think that has made me slow down on editing the most. I hope people will like it, but at the same time, I am writing it for me first. I have wanted to write a book since I was in junior high.

I am thankful for the technology of e-books. I will complete one dream because of it. :)

When was the first time you wanted to publish a book?

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Cool! Who wouldn’t like free internet? :)

Originally posted on Tales from the World:

I’ll believe it when I see it. The usual monopolistic dinosaurs ruling how we get our information will not stand for this. We do need an Internet for the people away from any corporate control. Are you not getting sick of all the commercialism sneaking into your web pages?  Could we possibly dream of accessing information and data without having our searches and queries being monitored by Internet Neanderthals that only care about control and profits? It does not have to be that way. Lou

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In 2015 Everyone Will Get Free Internet Access!.

With permission from  Anna at http://www.learning-mind.com

By Valerie

March 11, 2014

free global internet

A team of IT-specialists from Media Development Investment Fund has developed a project of a new network access to the Internet, which will be completely free of charge and will cover the entire planet.

The product called Outernet provides placing miniature devices CubeSats on…

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I love this lady’s photography. The flowers make me think of Spring, yes it is around the corner. :)

Originally posted on 2me4art :

I cannot go to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens without stepping inside Leaf & Petal. My poor husband knows I will come home with another mouth to water. :) Glorious blossoms in miniature. The pear beside is to give scale as to the size of this African Violet. My Grandmother's favorite is slowly becoming mine.  An inheritance of sorts.

I cannot go to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens without stepping inside Leaf & Petal. My poor husband knows I will come home with another mouth to water. :) Glorious blossoms in miniature. The pear beside it is to give scale as to the size of this African Violet. My Grandmother’s favorite is slowly becoming mine. An inheritance of sorts.

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That Calorie Counter Thingamabob

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Well, for the last few weeks I have been keeping track of my food intake. I downloaded the myfitnesspal app to my phone.

It has been an eye opener.

It has me on calorie intake of 1550. I know from shows I have watched that I can actually do more than that but I have tried, note the word tried, to stick to the 1550.

I have lost about 4 pounds. :)

What I am amazed at on this neat little app is the adding up of the carbs, sugars, etc.  It has made me think twice about getting that extra pepsi during the day. Note I said twice and extra. :)

Actually, most days I have talked myself out of it or I have added more ice to the pop. I’m trying to trick my brain. I know I don’t need the sugar. My last doctor visit my blood work was showing an elevated sugar level, so I am trying to get that back down to normal.

If anything, this app has taught me to downsize what I eat, drink and to exercise, even if it is twenty minutes a day. I am not a big snack eater so that was never my problem. I was surprised to see how fast the calories, sugar, etc add up for a meal. Meals that I thought were fairly healthy and low calorie.

The sugars are astounding in some foods. I had always thought of sugars as desserts. This app has showed me my thinking is all wrong. I could never give up the foods I love, but I will definitely eat in moderation.

The weekends are my lazy times. My oldest son keeps bringing me a McDonalds meal. I call it sympathy food because he wants someone to eat with. (His girlfriend is grounded, she is in High School still, nice girl, good parents)

I add the meal to the app and watch the calories blow up, I begin to exercise. Anything to get more calories for the day. :)  Sneaky little app, bad son.

At this moment I am trying to decide whether to order pizza. My app says no, but my tummy says you can work it off later. :)

2bcreativeblog:

Ready for Spring. Love the storms here. Just don’t want anyone hurt. :)

Originally posted on Avial Blog:

Stormscapes from Nicolaus Wegner on Vimeo.

The Great Plains of the United States produce the most beautiful thunderstorms, supercells, and unique cloud structures in the world. Nicolaus Wegner spent the summer of 2013 on the northern Great Plains photographing some of these storms.

Shot in Wyoming and South Dakota by  Lightalive Photography

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Be Still My Beating Heart.

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My cell phone rang this morning, which is pretty unusual. No one calls me, really, no one. I glanced at the number it was an in state one, so thinking, I better answer it.

This morning my son Jessup was trying to get out of going to school and thought maybe it was the school calling saying his “cold” got worse. He was not liking that younger brother had no school and thought it only fair that he could stay home as well.

Sniff sniff this morning. I said no and took him to school. :)

Well, the number ended up being a lady from the IRS!

My mouth dropped and I about fell off the chair. My heart started beating fast and I really wanted to hang up but thought I better not. She went on to tell me that my business was being audited for the last three years and if I got the paperwork in December. I said no, that goes to our permanent address and during the winter we shut the water off and don’t go back until spring. I said we are military and live on the other side of the state currently. She replied oh, ok. Do you mind if I ask you a few questions? No, I guess if I did, I probably shouldn’t say so. :) She asked a few questions, I must of gave the right answers, and she said this will take care of it.

Wow, I had always heard horror stories. My business is small so maybe that helps. :)

My first audit ever. I have had the business since 2002 so I think that is pretty good odds of not being audited until now. :) Even if, it would have been more intense, I have everything documented and don’t take off any expenses that don’t need to. Plus, I know there are other things I can take off but I don’t because I am not sure about them and I like to keep it simple and honest. :)

Originally, the business was a computer repair and graphic design business. As things changed over the years it dwindled down. Last year there was no business but I kept the license and will change it over to my writing and art this year.

It was a blank slate for taxes this tax year. No sales and no expenses were taken off. Depending on if we stay here I will then change the address but until we know for sure the business remains at home. :)

But boy, it had my heart going. She really was a nice person. Hopefully, if ever a next time, the person will be nice too. Don’t know about those odds.

Have you had any dealings with the IRS?

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