Oct 31, 2011

Fall photo I took yesterday

We went on the Illinois Wine Trail yesterday and I had fun taking photos.  I just wish I had time to go through them to share them with you.  Here's one of them.

Illinois Wine Trail

November Collab Download

I want to thank everyone to stuck with me in changing the format of the collab.  I think we have some really nice submissions and I'm happy to announce this collab.

You can find the download in this thread.

Napkins Make a Dining Table


I tend to over think things.  I saw this dinner table idea and just loved how simple cloth napkins stuffed in glass cups can really make the table.  Click the link above for more images.

Recent forum thought

Stop a moment, stop your work, look around you. Hummie 

"You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need." Vernon Howard

All Good Things Yet to Be

Warms days are gone,

Flowers and leaves are gone,

And the cold weather is near.

We give thanks to God

For the good days that have been

And all the good things yet to be!

Author Unknown

Oct 30, 2011

Public service announcement

The changing weather is here!! Check your tire pressure, especially if you have no warning lights, or before the lights go off.



Photo Corner Freebie

I made these photo corners for the Elements Class and you can download them in this thread for a short while.  Of course, as always, they will be in the class thread for download if you miss the freebie. 

 I invite you to join the classes here at Hummie's World.  The Elements Class is a challenge that encourages you to use the elements already in your stash in creative ways different from the norm.

I have 6 more photo corners to share with you soon!  If you do not already get my blog in your inbox, sign up here.  In addition, some of my freebies are announced only in the newsletter and you can sign up for that here.


Oct 28, 2011

25 ways to wear a scarf



Do you ever wear scarfs?

No cost decorating with a punch

I saw this and was instantly in love!  Why don't I think of such things?  I love photographs.  How many see through glasses or vases do I have around the house already that I could just set out and put a photo in?  I could even dig out old photos, scan them, and reprint them.  No cost decorating with a punch!

Missing my Dad . . .

Thinking of my Dad on his birthday -- miss him . . .

My Dad's birthday was today and I miss him. I've been thinking about him all week. I decided to make a layout today of him and I found this old photo.

I wanted to share it with you because of the journaling.

It will never cease to amaze me how much a photo will tell a story if we just take the time to really observe them. Read my journaling to see what I mean. There are so many clues in this photo that the moment captured in this photo almost comes alive in my mind.

I want to encourage you to have no fear about journaling about photos you know nothing about. Just journal what you see and you think.

May gentle and beautiful moments be . . .

May gentle and beautiful moments be yours today. Hummie

“The closest to being in control we will ever be is in that moment that we realize we're not.” Brian Kessler


Autumn

I absolutely love fall. It is such a blessing to me. The crisp air and colorful paradise of crimson, gold, and orange leaves that glow through the sunshine are truly a gift from God.

It is so sad though, that they are usually only on the trees for a few weeks, and then they are gone, fluttering about the ground. They just don't last long enough.

As glorious and beautiful as these leaves are, though, there is still something even more beautiful and even more glorious. This something is our own colorful selves as we glow in the light of Christ.

We don't have to wait until the last few weeks of our lives either to shine our greatest colors of love and joy. We can shine them brilliantly for years and years and make our entire lives a fall-like delight for others. At any age we can realize that God loves us so very much and wants us to live our lives in goodness, beauty, peace, and happiness. At any age we can share that love and joy with others.

Are you blessing the rest of the world with your wonderful colors?

By: Hummie

Oct 27, 2011

Another envelope for you . .

This envelope (and others) was made for the designer class on making envelopes.  It is in that thread in the subscriber area for paid members (for always), but it is free for you to download for a limited time in this thread.

Recent forum topper quotes . . .

Mess up days always come in rows of days; It's time to come to the end of the row. Hummie

“It's okay if you mess up. You should give yourself a break.” Billie Joel


Pumpkin & Jesus

P is for the People that Jesus came to save
U is for the Unconditional love to each one He gave
M is for the Message that we should all be sharing
P is for the Priceless gift God above showed he is caring
K is for the King of Kings
I is for the Insight He brings
N is for the Nails in His hands
S is for our Savior who gave His life so that we could stand.

So when you see a pumpkin don't think about some guy named Jack.
Instead remember Jesus Christ, Lord of Lords, who is one day coming back.

-- Author Unknown

Oct 26, 2011

Could this be us? . . .

I love wine and I sit on the patio with hubby drinking wine all the time -- could this be us?


Envelope freebie for you

I made this for the Elements Class, where paid subscribers can always find it.  I will be making a designer class video soon on how to make envelopes.

You can download this for a short while in this thread.  You need to be logged in and click the thank link before you can see the link.

Oct 25, 2011

Resource Round-up

Join the Photoshop Elements group on TwitterMoms! (11/08)

Join the Digital Scrapbooking Group on TwitterMoms! (11/08)

Never cook and digital scrapbook at the same time; your food will burn.  (11/08)

I wish I had more time to visit blogs and return blog comments...I know I appreciate the ones I get so much. (10/08)


Draw a #stickman so fun! (9/23/11)

Hubby's digging out of hole while it's still shallow -- flower from yard--hand delivered. (9/23/11)

It's the equinox, so happy fall ya'all! (9/23/11)

What do you think of the new announcement: Facebook "timeline" for your profile? (9/22/11)

This is what the new PSE 10 icon looks like. (9/22/11)

ahhh...let the fun begin! (9/22/11)

Avast! I spy me fa-vaaaaartist digi-pirates this day Argh, there be many scrapbook layouts ahead today! #ITLAPD (Sept 19)

The pirate speaks,"I want t' scrapbook!" http://www.talklikeapirate.com/translator.html

Do you think he's a keeper? (Sept 20)

http://youtu.be/DK3UCC0e3Cc Which new feature in Photoshop Elements 10 do you like? Will you be upgrading? (Sept 20)

Who else hates the new Facebook feed above the chatbox? Is there a way to stop my stuff from showing up there on other people's pages? How do I confirm it is no longer showing up there if I change a setting? I don't need others knowing every single thing I do. Time for Google +. (Sept 21)

Seriously, do you know how many children I don't know that I can now see in Facebook? People, please be safe on the Internet. We are get lazy with our securities. (Sept 21)

I just read that google plus has been public now for one day. Is this true? Can anyone join now? If so--what timing with Facebook changes today. (Sept 21)  

Kim's video tutorial on blending with textures (9/22/11)

I just had a great revelation. If I had a computer/iPad in the kitchen, I wouldn't have to print out recipes, but rather put them in OneNote and read from there! I could even include a digital scrapbooking made recipe card image in OneNote for more fun! (9/21/11)

I think I might just have everything already at home to make this; oh, what's for snack tonight? (9/21/11)

Next iPhone to be revealed Oct 4-- anyone read any sneaks? When does it actually come out? (9/21/11) 

Talk with me here about the Conrad Murray trial. (9/27/11)

A good review - - RT @ktscrapbooklady Photoshop Elements 10 for Digital Scrapbookers (9/27/11)

Getting photos from your camera to your iPad without your computer! I bet this is a hit. (9/27/11) 
Photoshop Tutorial: professional cartoon effect from real photo.

Photoshop Tutorial: Quickly converting .psd files to .tiff files to save space

Photoshop Tutorial: When to use opacity vs. fill

Focal Point example #1 and Focal Point example #2 (it appears they used same language)

Organizing your scrapbook kits by Faith True

Tutorial: Using the unsharp mask

Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Clone Tool vs. Healing Brush Tool (PSE10)

Video tutorial by Suzie Q on using ExtractNow (this is what I use!) 

 Faith shares a great tutorial on stitching on layouts using Photoshop CS5

new Fonts for Peas download today!

Is the Wacom Inkling something that interests you?

Stenciled burlap. Now why don't I ever think of things so easy? You could put any text on this frame decoration.

Halloween banner decoration tutorial by SuzieQ

Converting to black and white tutorial at ScrapMatters

I wish I had time to make a mini album like this. I can feel the "art" speaking outloud. Feels so powerful.

Making straws fancy for a party! Simple idea that works!

I love this fall pumpkin decoration -- painted with bows. I wonder what word you could put on it that "moves" you more and carries into the other holidays.

Wow! I love this! Photos in a Mason jar with sand! I can imagine a vacation photo this way!

Turn any purse into a camera bag. This is what I've been doing, only I haven't covered it with foam!

Tutorial on different journaling perspectives. Love this one! I always encouraging journaling, but I know it helps others to journal to have tutorials such as this.

Image Adjustments in Camera Raw video tutorial

Embossing with Photoshop
at ScrapMatters

A list of favorite photoshop actions
-- nice post!

Clear the clutter! Get a handle on all those photos and other digital supplies!

Get some help with your SD card issues!

Do you delete photos that you don't think you'll ever use
?

Is your scrapping mojo a no-go? Here's some helpful tips!

Having a Halloween party? Make your own invitations using your digi supplies!

Tips for getting awesome night shots
... even in low light!

HA! Here's something you don't see everyday! Use your digi stash to paint your nails!!!! 

So I was all set to #OccupySesameStreet, but no one could tell me how to get there... (Oct 7)

I'm just learning about all this: WOW http://twitter.com/#!/search/%23OccupySesameStreet http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com/ and www.occupywallstreet.org (Oct 6)

I'm seeing things; looking for tutorials to tweet and share; scrolling I read "create underwear scene" -- on closer look -- underwater (Oct 6)

The world is iSad (Oct 5)

Thanks to rejoyce for tipping us off to SuzyQ's great freebie download at 5Star Digital Scrapbooking

We had iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and now iPhone 4S -- what is G and S for? and what happened to 2? (Oct 4)

So it's an iPhone 4S ....not an iPhone 5 why? (Oct 4)

Thanks @CNETNews for the live updates (Oct 4)

RT @CNETNews iPhone 4S is official: Retina Display, glass on front and black, A5 Chip, stainless steel band around #letstalkiphone (Oct 4)

Conrad Murray trial is live on uStream. (Oct 4)

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention -- your chance to donate: I had never heard of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention before my friend Sam began her recent venture in a DonorDrive for the organization. (Oct 3)

Gift idea -- photos and digital scrapbooking on a box (Oct 3)

"If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." by E.B. White 

http://digitalscrapbookpreviews.com/gallery/ I forget to go to Digital Scrapbook Previews - I have a lifetime subscription there.

You can buy wooden words at the craft store and easily print out digital scrapbooking papers to decoupage onto the letters (9/26/11)

another drop shadow tutorial resource (9/25/11)

Tips and tricks for digital scrapbooking at the Lilypad (9/25/11)

Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll. (Sept 24) 





RT @ktscrapbooklady: HodgePodge blog challenge #digiscrap layout based on word generator (June 2009)

http://twistori.com/#i_feel Twistori is kind of fun to watch. It helps you understand that you are not alone in your feelings.

Every person's life is a fairytale written by God's fingers. Hans Christian Andersen (June 2009)

More digi drama. Does it ever end? (June 2009)

new vehicle plates today --ugg...they made me get new ones...now I don't know the number and won't know which car is mine! (June 2009)

The mere sense of living is joy enough. Emily Dickinson (June 2009)

Just changed my desktop background to yellow -- planning on having a sun shiny day! (June 2009) 



Removing Odors

Our world is full of distracting illusions. Most people think an air freshener really "removes" odors from the air. But that is just an interpretation (in advertising) because they may actually contain chemicals that only deaden one's olfactory nerves to certain smells or else they spray a new stronger fragrance that is more dominant. They "remove" odors only by making a person unable to perceive them, not by eliminating them.

We often treat sin the same way. Instead of letting the Cross remove them and thereby experience the "freshness" of faith, we merely "spray" other ideas around to deal with them. And there they lerk under our self-justification sprays. Why do we seem to avoid the True fresh air only Christ create for us?

Author Unknown

Oct 24, 2011

Wall clock project


I would probably never have time to do this, but I like it and just had to pass it on!  I think it would be great in a kitchen.

Recent forum notice was . ..

Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Do you smell that peace and joy? Hummie

Where the soul is full of peace and joy, outward surroundings and circumstances are of comparatively little account. Hannah Whitall Smith


Register for November Digital Scrapbooking

The subscriber area is accessible for only $5.50 per month. You do not pay per class, but rather one fee to view everything available. For more information on how to subscribe, click here.

You can do the lessons as a lurker. However, the classes provide support to help you complete the lessons and challenges, as well as the community experience of doing them with others. It's amazing what earning an icon by your name can do to motivate people!

You can review the guide for each class, along with details about the class and a description on the tutorials tab on the banner at the top of the page. Just scroll down the sidebar to look for the class you are interested in.

Registration is open through November 7th.
  



COURSE ONE
This class introduces you to digital scrapbooking and takes you through the basics of learning Photoshop Elements through hands on learning.

However, if you are an experienced scrapper, do not underestimate this class as many have exclaimed how surprised they were to learn so much.

FILTERS
Take a tour through the filter drop down box in Photoshop Elements. Do you ever wonder what each filter does and how you can utilize it in digital scrapbooking? Each lesson will challenge you to utilize a filter or a group of filters. Push yourself to think outside the box.


TEMPLATES
Do you find yourself staring at a blank workstation when you're trying to figure out how to place photos, papers and elements on your layout? Just don't seem to have any mojo? Never fear, Hummie's Templates are here! Jump onboard the template course and find whole new worlds opened up to you as you explore all the templates available to you! With over 80 templates in all, and always growing, there is sure to be lots of inspiration for you to get those photos scrapped!

PHOTOGRAPHY
In this newer class, you will learn more about the settings on your camera, composition, fun techniques, and fixing photos.  Some of the lessons will require use of a camera and some will require use of Photoshop Elements.  The pioneers of this class began in September and we are excited at the participation and how well things are progressing.  New lessons are added weekly as this class continues to develop.

OPEN CLASSES FOR NOVEMBER ONLY

The above four classes will always be visible for viewing to subscribers. Once enrolled, you can continue earning credit for lessons as long as you reach the monthly goal set for you. There is no need to enroll again each month.

The below three classes will only be open for viewing during the month of November and will not be available again until May. It is our hope that by limiting participation to three extra challenges each month that more will participate in each class at a time, rather than being spread out over so many classes. Let's scrap together as a community! Scrap as many layouts as you can in a month and then join us again in six months to pick up where you left off.

ASSORTED CHALLENGES

This class will take you through lessons that will vary in type.  These challenges do not fit in the general types of challenges, such as title challenge or scraplift challenge, but are unique.  I suppose you could call these challenges the "misfits!"  What does this have in store for you? Take this class and find out!

SPEED CROP CHAT

We have had past speed crop chats and this class will not only take you through the past crops we've done, but we plan to schedule NEW ones as well.  Plans are to vary the crops between Friday evening and Saturday mid-day each week so that everyone, regardless of time zone, can participate!  You do not need to be present at the live chat to do these challenges, but it is more fun that way!  Grab a drink and join us!  Oh, and watch for the schedule to be posted nearer the end of October.

PRAYER JOURNAL

This class is something close to Hummie's heart. She says:

"When my boys were little, I typed up this list and taped it to the back of my kitchen cabinet.
Each week I choose one word to encourage in my boys. I said the word to them often to teach them the meaning of the word and to praise them for good behavior.

I often found myself running and opening the door to seek for just the right word when disciplining or praising the boys. After the boys could read, they were running to the door to find a word for me.

I wonder if, now that they are older, they remember this activity at all. It did carry on for years until one day I could not stand the food stains and finger prints all over it. I took down the list and retyped it and stuck it in my Bible.
"


The Challenge is to create layouts and journal your prayers using these traits. You may choose to pray for children, grandchildren, spouse, yourself, your church leader, or any other person.

Pray! Feel free to come back to the thread and share any answers to prayer.
Pray for each other--read other's prayers and pray for them.
 



What is it about jute?


I have seen this before and I don't know what it is about a little jute applied with a hot glue gun, but it always draws my attention.  I would love to do this project some day.

Oct 22, 2011

Coffee Mug freebie for you

Click here

I made a video for the designer detailing how to use the shape tool to make shapes.  I made this shape while recording the video and I thought it turned out nice, so I finished it off with texture, color, dodging, and burning so I could share it as a freebie for you.

The download link above is in the forum and you have to be logged in and click the thanks button to be able to see the direct download.  Once you register and comment once, all my freebies are easey peasey to download.  No wait time and no fuss and muss.  Just a few clicks.  :)

Oct 21, 2011

Are you addicted to HW too?

It's so good to know other people are as addicted to Hummie's World as I am.
This really made me smile.

Oct 20, 2011

Autumn Wallpaper/Desktop for you :)

HummieAutumnDesktop

I found I lacked a desktop for fall and so I created one with the leaf I gave away last fall.  The leaf is in the subscriber area in full (huge) size if you want it.

You can download the full size on Flickr. Click on "actions" and choose "view all sizes."

I hope you find it beautifies your day!

Digital scrapbooking design principle - something to think about

then here.
Ah....now this is a great example of digital scrapbooking design principles and how size and position create focal point!

Size is one of the design principles that effect where the eye goes first. Then the eye travels from left to right .....so it goes to the bottom before it goes back up to the top of the page.

I teach other digital scrapbooking design principals in Course 1 here at Hummie's World.  I believe it is important for new scrapbookers to recognize them so that this great hobby is less intimidating for them. 

A public service announcement. Would you do this or something similar?

Okay, I wouldn't do it going down the stairs, but I might as soon as I was outside safely and away from the building! 

Duet with Siri

I put this on Google Plus days ago and it's made the rounds on social networks, but just in case you missed it -- it's funny. Video below.



Newsletter freebie

This newsletter freebie is in Newsletter #60.

I invite you to subscribe to the newsletter.

The Retiring Carpenter

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended family.

He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by. The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end his career.

When the carpenter finished his work and the builder came to inspect the house, the contractor handed the front-door key to the carpenter. "This is your house," he said, "my gift to you."

What a shock! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. Now he had to live in the home he had built none too well.

So it is with us. We build our lives in a distracted way, reacting rather than acting, willing to put up less than the best. At important points we do not give the job our best effort. Then with a shock we look at the situation we have created and find that we are now living in the house we have built. If we had realized, we would have done it differently.

Think of yourself as the carpenter. Think about your house. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Build wisely. It is the only life you will ever build. Even if you live it for only one day more, that day deserves to be lived graciously and with dignity.

Your life today is the result of your past attitudes and choices. Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitudes and choices you make today.

Author Unknown

Oct 19, 2011

awwww....I'm not a boss!

We are celebrating boss's day at work today because it was more convenient than Monday.  I told Dawn about it, but it didn't even hit me upside the head when I opened this card why she would be sending me a card today.  I thought maybe it was a "de-stress and relax" card after all the personal stuff recently I've been going through.  So I was really caught off guard when she sent me a Boss's Day card!

I don't think of me as a "boss."  Dawn and I are now friends and she is more of a "doing for me because that's what friends do" relationship than a boss/employee relationship.  She doesn't get paid enough for her services to be downgraded to an employee!

The great hurry up and wait game . . .

Do you ever feel like your computer is like traffic? 

I am often working during lunch time (almost daily).  When I go home for the lunch hour I work on my website.  This particular day when I went home, I was anxious to install the new iOS 5 on my iPhone, but needed to restart my computer after updating iTunes first, and this is what I received.  It takes a long time to install 9 updates when powering down and then it always seems to do something else when it powers back up.

I was home, was "going some place" with my to-do list, and was stopped dead in traffic.  It can be frustrating not being able to get done what I want to get done because of a cause out of my control.

When this happens to me in traffic, I just remind myself that God is slowing me down for a purpose unknown to me.  He is protecting me from something and I do not know what he is protecting me from.

Isn't this a great way to think about computer slow-downs too?

Bean with bacon. America's natural gas!

I just had to share this post that I put on Google Plus here (to archive it as I removed it from G+).  It makes me laugh today!  I want to make you laugh today.

Sarah came back with these posts.


Here is her song! Sing it!



I don't plan on posting regularly comments to my threads at Google Plus, but I just cannot resist these before I delete them.  Click to make larger to read.



Hashtags on Google Plus make it more like Twitter (and other G+ notes)

For those that follow me regularly, you've probably picked up by now that I'm using Facebook less and less and using Google Plus more and more. I just wish more people would start using Google Plus.

The privacy issues on Facebook make me really uncomfortable.
On October 11 I shared on Google Plus a lawsuit that has been filed in Kentucky (click here) suing Facebook over the tracking of cookies when logged out! If you've followed the news, you would be aware of all the hype that came out weeks before this lawsuit was filed.  I'm sure you can google to read about it if you are not familiar.

Because of this, I logged out of Facebook, cleaned my cookies with ccleaner, then logged in with a different browser that I am only using for Facebook.

I also do not like how every time I post something, everyone can see it in the ticker in the sidebar.  If I wanted to share something with everyone, I would just put it on my wall.  I absolutely am hating Facebook now.  I can talk on Google Plus in privacy and get to know people without everyone judging me for every little thing I talk about.


Recently, Google Plus added clickable hashtags and I absolutely love it!  It brings to Google Plus the best of what is at Twitter.  Now it is easy to search for conversations across a broad range just like Twitter and feel like you are having a global conversation.  Here's a video that was put out to introduce them.



Here is a video sharing desktop notifier for Google Plus. (http://gplusnotifier.com/en-GB) I can imagine that more and more tools will be created over time to make Google Plus more functional. We just have to wait for it. (I originally shared this on September 27)






In addition, on September 28 I shared a way to to integrate your Google+ Stream to your website or blog? Go to http://widgetsplus.com/ and grab this customizable little widget. I've had it on my blog and website and it seems to be working well.

 http://www.plusclout.com/118170657099146120082/Hummie-B Apparently I have clout and didn't even know it. Is a 15.2 score good?  What is your clout?  (Oh, mine has gone up to 24.8 - interesting -- why? -- I feel so important).

Photography Theme of the Week - Street Signs

I keep forgetting to blog about the weekly photography theme for subscribers at Hummie's World. I just do not have enough hours in the day!

This week's theme is "street signs" and is open to all subscribers to participate. I do hope you will join us. I look forward to seeing the signs in your part of the world!

Stop

Photography Class Sneak Peak (Camera Raw Editor Tutorial)

I have been working very hard behind the scenes, as always.  Many things go up at HW in the subscriber area, but I do not have time to even blog about what I've been working on.  I am loving the photography class which I have been creating.  This animated .gif is a sample of lessons that are uploaded and will become visible and available in future lessons of the photography class.  I am rolling out one new lesson a week for subscribers.

The photography class is open for enrollment now to begin on November 1, 2011, and I would love to have you join us.  The first class which started two months ago is very active in keeping up with class goals and I great appreciate them as the pioneers of the class (ie. guinea pigs!)

This lesson shows how to utilize the camera raw editor in Photoshop Elements.  It is a hidden surprise, easy to do, but you just have to know how to access it.

I am giving away to everyone my .pdf tutorial on the camera raw editor.  You can find it on this page.

~~~~~~~~~

Oct 18, 2011

Siri talks to me -- check out our conversations

I have been having a blast playing with Siri on my new iPhone 4S.  I created a folder for them on Flickr and plan on adding more as I continue to get fun new responses.

There have been complaints of Siri giving a "sorry, I am having trouble connecting to the internet" error.  The only time I got this was when I wanted to show off the phone to someone else!  Ah, she must have known it would cause me grief.  I understand this is just the Apple servers being overloaded and I'm sure they will be working on upgrading the servers as time goes on.

Does Siri like digital scrapbooking?


I love Siri!  She works so well and quickly.  The accuracy and speed of her putting what I say into typewritten form, understanding what I say, and responding is amazing!  It is so easy to speak long text messages now.

I did learn, however, that she creates run on sentences unless I say "period" to tell her when to end my sentences.

Here is a slideshow of my Siri conversations which are on Flickr. I hope to continue to add more as I talk to her.



Psalm 23 (Translated)

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD.
NOTHING HAVE I TO FEAR.
HE MAKETH ME TO LIE DOWN IN GREEN PASTURES,
FOR I WILL HAVE COMFORT AND REST WITHOUT TEARS.

HE LEADETH ME BESIDE STILL WATERS,
AND THERE I WILL NOT THIRST FOR LOVE.
THEN, THERE HE WILL RESTORETH MY SOUL
BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, ON THE WINGS OF A DOVE.

HE LEADETH ME IN HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS.
AND FOR HIS NAMESAKE, I SHALL BE WHITENESS.
YEA THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY,
IN THE VALLEY OF DEATH I WILL SHOW FITNESS.

ALWAYS THOU ART WITH ME.
OH, WHAT A JOY TO BEHOLD.
THY ROD AND THY STAFF WILL PROTECT ME
AND THY TRUTH, IN ME, WILL UNFOLD.

THOU PREPARES A TABLE BEFORE ME,
AND I SHALL PARTAKE OF THY BOUNTIFUL BLESSING.
THEN, IN THE PRESENCE OF MINE ENEMIES,
I'LL GIVE THANKS UNTO YOU FOR YOUR LOVE I'M POSSESSING.

THOU ANOINTEST MY HEAD WITH OIL.
OH, SUCH A BLESSING NOW MY SAVIOR.
MY CUP RUNNETH OVER.
FOR THE CUP YOU GAVE, MY SOUL DOTH SAVOR.

SURELY GOODNESS AND MERCY SHALL FOLLOW ME.
FOR, YOU ARE THE ROCK OF SALVATION.
ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE,
YOU WILL BE WITH ME IN MY MEDITATION.

I WILL DWELL IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD FOR EVER,
THAT YOU HAVE GONE BEFORE TO PREPARE FOR ME.
THEN, THERE I SHALL STAND IN THIS HOLY PLACE ...
WITH THE FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT, JUST FOR THEE.

Leslie M. Willson, Sr.

Oct 17, 2011

Weekend notice . .

Time to change up the notice at the top of the forum again.

Here's what was up over the weekend -- thought it was a thought-provoking quote for artists.

Is it really half way through October already?

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way--things I had no words for. Georgia O'Keeffe 


Oct 15, 2011

Yesterday's thoughts

I'm having fun sharing these, but mostly preserving them by sticking them here before I change it.

I was whipped around like cream yesterday. So what do you do with cream? Sweeten it and enjoy it. (you can quote me on that one)

“Cream doesn't rise to the top, it works its way up” (unknown Proverb)


Discouraged Pastors

Satan is pulling out all stops to discouraged pastors. Your pastor could use a note from you saying, "Thanks for doing what you do!"

Your pastor could be so blessed by you not assuming or taking them for granted, but thanking them for their sacrifices.

By all means, pray for your pastor daily! He's the leader of your church. Like in any army, leaders are always under attack first. If satan can defeat the leaders in a church, he doesn't have to go any farther as the church without Godly leaders is in trouble.

Author Unknown

Smores Cups



I love this simple idea.  It would be great for parties or just snacks with the children.

Here are the ingredients

7  whole graham crackers (1 cup finely crushed)
1/4 cup powdered sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted
4 bars (1.55 oz each) milk chocolate candy, divided
12 large marshmallows
 
Visit the source image link to see more great photos on how to make the simple dessert snack.


Oct 14, 2011

Are we like flies?

I have read that if flies are placed in a jar with air holes in the lid, they will fly frantically, banging into the lid, desperately trying to escape from their prison. If left there long enough, eventually they will stop hitting the lid. Later, if the lid is removed, they won't even try to escape.

Some of us are like the flies. Because of a traumatic or painful experience in our past we have been "conditioned" to believe that we are trapped in a prison of helplessness without escape, so we are afraid to try again for fear of failure or of being hurt again.

"But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:13, 14, NIV).

Author Unknown

Can you do the officer tutu-wearing dance?

Claudetts came out of lurkdom in the forum and shared how my town of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, was shared in her local news in eastern Texas! This isn't the first time I've had people share my town mentioned on their local news and it first makes me smile that they remembered me and where I live and, second, makes me smile that the world is such a small world after all (sing it with me) and is brought together even closer by the power of the electronic age.

See video embedded below (in case you are reading this by e-mail and don't see it, click to view the blog post).



Yesterday's fresh thoughts . . .

Here's the thoughts that were on top of the site yesterday:

It's exploding all over already - - - be sure to wipe it up before the end of the day - - - that way you start the next day fresh. (you can quote me on that)
***
Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining. Jef Raskin

I'm just putting them here to archive them.

Goodness, did things explode yesterday in my life.
I'm starting today fresh.

. . . and there's a new blurb at the top of the site today that reflects how I felt when I went to bed last night.

Oct 13, 2011

Yesterday's notice . . .

Each day, I try to change the notice at the top of the forum in hopes that it makes people smile and makes them want to come back to see what I'll share next.  I thought I'd share yesterday's with you.


uH. I wonder if they've noticed I haven't done a thing all day . . .

“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” - Sam Ewig 


Today's Laugh --

Remember that satellite that recently was gonna drop a 300 pound chunk ...... somewhere - maybe Canada, maybe India, maybe Washington State .... but it was gonna fall "somewhere"?

And, there was "only a 1/3200 chance" that it would injure somebody? Then, NASA announced that it had fallen to earth, but they didn't know where?

Well, here's the straight skinny.




Oct 12, 2011

Shhhhh . . . I'm hiding from stupid people -- a/k/a drama people

Drama, drama, drama -- it belongs in the tv -- not in our real life!

I originally posted that on October 5, 2011.

Now, today, the topic of drama has come up again, but this time in reference to the new iPhone operating system and phone coming out and all the social networking hoopla whereby proponents on either side of the iPhone and Android debate bash the other.

Drama belongs on my tv screen; not my social networking stream - please.

The above was my response. 

Competition between products is what keeps this economy running smoothly and fairly and has been in existence for many years, but people didn't used to be so negatively vocal about the product which they do not utilize.  Do we have to be so ugly putting down the "other side" in order to uplift "our side?" 

It sounds like an interesting public debate gone bad.  When does it ever benefit a politician to mudsling during a debate?  To me, it ruins their character.


Just because you are an Apple Mac user, it doesn't mean you have to vocally bash Windows users.
Just because you are an Android user, it doesn't mean you have to vocally bash Apple users.


By the way, I am a Windows user and an Apple iPhone user, so I think they are both great companies.

Someone replied to me:

But it's fun!

and I replied:

Not!! I have enough information overload--delete the drama and be conservation minded with the space between our ears. 

Drama is everywhere and it often seems to follow me.  I try to hide from it the best I can.


I even found myself shouting at it just last night "Go away from me until you can think with a straight head."  Yeah.  Seriously.  Where's my hole so I can hide.

noon o'clock in the darkness . . . is what?

Hubby just said

"It's noon o'clock in the darkness" .... yes, he comes up with the most interesting terms!

(originally posted October 7th -- I still think it's funny!

I'm so blessed by your comments

I do not know if you know it, but the comments I receive online sometimes are what keeps me going. Just knowing all my efforts are appreciated gives me enough fuel to continue on. I do what I do to bless others, but unless I get feedback, it sometimes is discouraging just left wondering if anyone was helped by it.


This is an e-mail I received for a request to be added to the blogroll.  (By the way, yes, I need to get to those -- it's been forever since I've added people and the e-mails are collecting).  I know that the digital scrapbooking world has changed considerable over the years since I first started on May 31, 2005.  Designers and stores come and go all the time and I cannot keep up with them.  However, for someone who has been around a while to say "you seem to be constant" really made me smile.  I appreciated that.


For people to actually really look forward to reading what I write/type, it will never cease to amaze me.  I feel like this nobody that often gets little respect for opinions in real life, but yet there are people who "save all of my (your) emails."  Just when I wonder if I am making a difference at all in the world, someone throws this heart arrow at me and makes my day.


I read no comments on the Worship Wednesday blog posts and thought no one was enjoying them and even had grown weary with the Christian writings and stopped posting them in recent weeks thinking no one was commenting, so no one was really reading them, and then this comment comes to lift me up.  I am encouraged that someone actually enjoyed my vacation planning babbles and what I consider personally an inability in my genes to be humorous.

I had been considering "marketing" recently in that most sites do not put too much personal information on their blogs and keep it "all business."  I've worried about this many times in previous years.  It is a worry that continually pops up into my brain and I have to reevaluate whether it is right or not to put Christian things on my blog, as well as personal things.  Receiving a comment such as above reinforces that what I am doing must be the right thing and to continue on doing so.



Here is my favorite comment from yesterday that did world's to help me through the day.  My niece posted the above comment about raising her daughter in this world of violence.  My reply is the second line and she replied again on the third line, referencing her aunt (me) and uncle.  Every so often she will post a comment like that which just makes tears poke around my eyes and makes me feel like, hey, maybe I have done something valuable in this world.


Anyway - - thanks for giving back -- wish I had time to share all the comments I read with you.

iTunes sqlite3 dll error - How to Fix

I downloaded the new iTunes 10.5 last night and today I am back to the same error as previously the last time I updated iTunes. This error was on both my Windows 7 computer and my husband's Vista computer.  It appears now that every time iTunes updates, I am going to have to fix this error.  Therefore, rather than searching for it on the internet each time, I'm putting it on my own blog post so I can quickly find the answer again.  It is an easy enough fix, but a true pain in the wah-zoo!

This is what the error looks like.  It says "The procedure entry point sqlite3_wal_checkpoint could not be located in the dynamic link library SQLite3.dll."

The error occurs every time the computer is rebooted/started.  I can click ok and it will go away, but it is annoying to have the error every morning when I boot my machine.




To fix the dll error, go to this folder:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Apple Application Support


Right click and copy this file.


Next, go to this folder:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support
and right click and paste the file into the folder.

It is easiest if you go to the "Apple" folder and right click on the "Mobile Device Support" folder to paste the .dll file.

If necessary, click to allow an administrative action.

Restart your computer.  The problem is gone.

I hope this helps someone else as much as it has helped me to preserve the answers.  Silly Apple!

Day in Court

Your day in court will come one day, so make sure that you have good representation.

After living a "decent" life my time on earth came to an end. The first thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what I thought to be a court house. The doors opened and I was instructed to come in and have a seat by the defense table.

As I looked around I saw the "prosecutor," he was a villainous looking gent who snarled as he stared at me, he definitely was the most evil person I have ever seen. I sat down and looked to my left and there sat my lawyer, a kind and gentle looking man whose appearance seemed very familiar to me.

The corner door flew open and there appeared the judge in full flowing robes. He commanded an awesome presence as he moved across the room and I couldn't take my eyes off of him. As he took his seat behind the bench he said "Let us begin."

The prosecutor rose and said "My name is Satan and I am here to show you why this man belongs in hell." He proceeded to tell of lies that I told, things that I stole and in the past when I cheated others. Satan told of other horrible perversions that were once in my life and the more he spoke the further down in my seat I sank. I was so embarrassed that I couldn't look at anyone, even my own lawyer, as the evil told of sins that even I had completely forgotten about.

As upset as I was at Satan for telling all these things about me, I was equally upset at my representative who sat there silently not offering any form of defense at all. I know I had been guilty of those things, but I had done some good in my life -- couldn't that at least equal out part of the harm I've done?

Satan finished with a fury and said "This man belongs in hell, he is guilty of all that I have charged and there is not a person who can prove otherwise. Justice will finally be served this day."

When it was his turn, my lawyer first asked if he might approach the bench. The judge allowed this over the strong objection of Satan, and beckoned him to come forward.

As he got up and started walking I was able to see him now in his full splendor and majesty. Now I realized why he seemed so familiar, this was Jesus representing me, my Lord and my Savior.

He stopped at the bench and softly said to the judge "Hi Dad" and then he turned to address the court. "Satan was correct in saying that this man had sinned, I won't deny any of these allegations. And yes the wages of sin is death and this man deserves to be punished."

Jesus took a deep breath and turned to his Father with stretched arms and proclaimed "However, I died on the cross so that this person might have eternal life and he has accepted me as his Savior, so he is mine."

My Lord continued with "His name is written in the book of life and no one can snatch him from me. Satan still does not understand yet, this man is not to be given justice but rather mercy." As Jesus sat down, He quietly paused, looked at his Father and replied "There is nothing else that needs to be done, I've done it all."

The Judge lifted his mighty hand and slammed the gavel down and the following words bellowed from his lips -- "This man is free -- the penalty for him has already been paid in full. Case dismissed."

As my Lord lead me away I could hear Satan ranting and raving "I won't give up, I'll win the next one."

I asked Jesus as he gave me my instructions where to go next. "Have you ever lost a case?" Christ lovingly smiled and said "Everyone that has come to me and asked me to represent them has received the same verdict as you . . .

"PAID IN FULL."

Author Unknown

Everything's clouded today . . .


Apple is pushing out the iOS 5  ("i" operating system) today for the iPhones.  So if you have an iPhone, sometime today you should be able to download the new software for your phone.

The new software is to work with the new iCloud (https://www.icloud.com/).  If you go to iCloud and try to sign in before setting it up on your phone, you will receive this message.


Everything seems to be about clouds in recent techy developments and it is a new term a bit confusing to the general people.  I am sure over time it will become a word often used to associate with technology and not just what floats in the sky.

Speaking of "floating in the sky," that is a great analogy.  Cloud services are those that are stored somewhere "out there" on a server.  Let's review some examples so you understand better.


http://www.apple.com/icloud/ shares that iCloud stores your music, photos, documents, and more and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices (always available to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC).

Android phones already utilize this capability.  For instance, contacts are stored as your Google contacts and pushed to your phone through Google.  This is a "cloud" service.

Google Cloud Print (http://www.google.com/cloudprint)  enables you to print to your printer from any computer or smart phone, regardless of where you are.  

Microsoft OneNote utilizes a cloud in that it syncs your computer and devices with SkyDrive at Live.com which pushes the information to any device or computer.

I'm not sure I am totally comfortable with the idea of all my contacts and other information being "out there" on someone else's server.  If I am uncomfortable with it, can you image how more conservative techy people feel about it?

In fact, when I learned that Android phones utilize cloud services to sync, it turned me away from considering an Android tablet because I like that iTunes syncs directly with my Outlook contacts and notes and does not put things "out there" floating around.

Now, Apple is competing with Android and offering this service.  Apparently there is a bigger demand for it than I imagined.

I have to wonder if this is just some sort of set-up for a future hacking disaster.  Can these big companies really defend safely from hackers?  How safe is it to have all that information "out there" floating around?  There's nothing I can do about it because everyone who owns an Android phone already has my contacting information on Google's cloud, even though I do not own an Android phone.  Is there something wrong with this picture?

How safe really is all this information that is getting put on the internet?  We have learned recently about how Facebook has more information about us (ie. Cookie lawsuit) than we ever imagined.

Now I'm imagining some futuristic database of all this information collected together into one database and us floating around on chairs with our devices in hand and everyone knowing everything about everyone.  Yeah, you've seen those cartoons and animated movies.  Haven't you?  Could it be true of the future?  It seems that is where we are headed.

I believe over time people will become more and more comfortable with the "cloud" and forget it's dangers.  It will become something we cannot do without and something that we don't think twice about "what is a cloud?"

Here's an iOS 5 Overview video from Youtube.



Speaking of the 99 Percent . . .

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

- Thomas Edison

Sorry . . . couldn't resist when I saw that quote and how it seemed to go perfectly with the "Occupy Wall Street" thing going on.  Think about it for a bit.  Enough said.

Worship Wednesday

"Worship Wednesday" builds up the Body of Christ by sharing worship music so that we might find music that we have not heard of before.




Oct 11, 2011

Just waiting for the new iPhone 4S to hit the stores

I chatted on Google Plus about the new iPhone too.  There was a lot of "so what" about the phone going on.

Here's the comment I made:

We had iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and now iPhone 4S -- what is G and S for? and what happened to 2? Why no 3? Why straight to 3G? Why not 4G? Why can't they just number them 1, 2, 3, 4, 5?

I have the iPhone 3GS and I know that from history of computers, every other version is usually the "good" version.  We had the Windows Me which was not good, but the XP which was good.  Then we had the Vista which was not good, but the Windows 7 which was good.

I think that the iPhone is going to follow in that same suit and so as long as I am going to stick with iPhone and not migrate to Android, I will probably want to upgrade my iPhone every other year.  It is sad that the technology people do this to us, but if you do not upgrade, you might find yourself with operating systems that are not compatible with newer products.

Our plans are to upgrade our phones and give our iPhone 3GS phones to the boys, as long as they are willing to make the data package commitment cost.  I read that the 3GS may be free with brand new plans, which sort of bites, doesn't it?  However, we do not have a brand new plan, so giving them our older phones might be a good plan for us. 

So, I'm excited as I patiently wait for the phones to arrive in the stores.  I made the mistake last time of ordering in advance as a preorder and found that I had to wait for my phone to come in about a week after I could have purchased it in the store.  I'm not going to be in any big hurry this time.  They are supposed to hit the stores at the end of this week, so if I get one, that's great.  If not, I'll get one when the second wave of them comes through. 

I'm anxious to try out the new Siri to see how well it works.  Everyone is saying that the Android phones had good speech capabilities before the Apple phones, but I want to see if this speech tool called Siri is better than the first release from Android phones.  I know my iPhone 3GS has it, but it is not very good, but it did have it before the Android phones, so all this competition between Apple and Android is just a bunch of ooh-ey to me.  The competition between brands will keep technology advancing on both fronts, so I will just enjoy what comes and wonder what the future will hold.

Here's a video they put out on the day they announced the new phone.


Change the World by the Small Things We Do

I am moving this writing of mine from G+ to my blog, for those who missed it, and to archive it.
I am sure some of you may be tired of hearing about Steve Jobs, but I wanted to share.

The simple "iSad" on Twitter said it all and was just right.


As I watched the day Steve Jobs died unfold, the videos on the social networking world and the comments were all calls to "change the world" as Steve Jobs had done.  I wrote:

I'm just already growing weary of all the lectures I keep reading and hearing to "change the world" and 'what are you going to do." I think they are coming from the wrong angle. I think they should be spoken with an attitude that we can change the world by the small things we do. Only a few can make such a noticeable impact as Steve Jobs, but each and every one of us can make a small impact to each and every person we come into contact each day, often in ways we can never know. So my question of encouragement rather would be "Have you thought about who have you been in contact with today and could you have done something to make a difference to that person? If no, then reflect and learn for tomorrow."

I remember my first experience on computers my last year of college -- when Southeast Missouri State University brought in their very first computer class with Apple computers. I was amazed when I watched the cursor move when I hit the space key. Look how far we've come.

I think people need to not forget Steve Woznaik was a co-founder -- there were two Steves.
Here is a video.You can also search on Youtube for more videos.

If you missed this video, I would recommend you take the time to listen to it as it allows you to understand the great man Steve Jobs.




Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life's setbacks -- including death itself -- at the university's 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005.

What will we occupy next?

I've been putting a lot of things on Google Plus recently, but want to move them here to my blog as I know more people read here than there -- but sure wish you would join me there!

This may be old news to you, but just in case you missed it in the social media world, I am creating a post here.  I also put it in the forum, but it seems with "information overload" people miss things I put in the chatter area too.  I know many of you like to read the e-mails that are sent out from my blog each day, so here it is!

I am hopeful now that you are not sitting under a rock unfamiliar with the http://www.occupywallstreet.org as I was last week.

On 13 Jul 2011, the group Adbusters released this call: Occupy Wall Street!
In Solidarity, and as a response to this call, a planning group was formed [occupywallst.org], and an info sharing site established. The participation of every person, and every organization, that has an interest in returning the US back into the hands of it's individual citizens is required. Our nation, our species and our world are in crisis. The US has an important role to play in the solution, but we can no longer afford to let corporate greed and corrupt politics set the policies if our nation.  We, the people of the United States of America, considering the crisis at hand, now reassert our sovereign control of our land. Solidarity Forever! 


http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com/ I found this site very powerful and even if you disapprove of this "occupy" movement, I suggest you visit this site because reality will smack you in the face.  It kind of changes your entire mood for the day. It brings things into perspective. We are not alone.

If you are not a follower on Twitter, then you may have missed the whole "Occupy Sesame Street." 
(http://twitter.com/#!/search/%23OccupySesameStreet)

I was laughing so hard and could not stop watching the stream go by!  I collected some of it for you.

Here are some of the images.










“Truly outrageous that 99% of the cookies are consumed by 1% of the monsters on PBS. #OccupySesameStreet”

“Police beat vampire who kept counting how many people they were arresting. #OccupySesameStreet”

“Some of us are living in garbage cans. We have every right to be grouchy. #OccupySesameStreet”

Why do we need a Big Bird?! We're in a recession, it should be a medium-sized bird. #OccupySesameStreet

Does Elmo really need more tax breaks to pay for his private jets and tickle sessions? #OccupySesameStreet

Oscar has to live in a garbage can while The Count has plenty of room in his castle. For shame Big Bird, for shame. #OccupySesameStreet

In a democracy, it's your vote that counts. On Sesame Street, it's your Count that votes. Ah-ah-ah! #occupysesamestreet

STOP the illegal poaching of Snuffleuppagi. #OccupySesameStreet

Oscar the Grouch has been unfairly forced to live in that trashcan since 1969.. Even a Grouch deserves a fair chance.. #occupysesamestreet

Green frog savagely beaten after he tells officer that he's "dating a pig." #OccupySesameStreet

Three muppets froze to death when they privatized THE ELECTRIC COMPANY. #OccupySesameStreet

Fire that inept waiter Grover and make sure the Little Blue Guy gets what he ordered. #OccupySesameStreet

Cookie Monster continues to demand that Dora the Explorer be deported.  #OccupySesameStreet

It is so NOT hip to be a square! I was lied to! #OccupySesameStreet

99 percent of the rubber duckies are owned by 1 percent of the muppets. Shame! #OccupySesameStreet

"One, I see one percent!" The Count #OccupySesameStreet

AND MY PERSONAL FAVORITE...
So I was all set to #OccupySesameStreet  but no one could tell me how to get there... 

The puns continue on and if you are missing it, then you need to get out in the social networking world.  People are now occupying other places and it is evolving into other "occupy" puns. 

What will we occupy next?