Sunday, March 29, 2015

THEMES and WARDROBES and MERMAIDS too.


Okay, I have a THEME, for the April 2015 Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

The pressure was on, I bowed, it almost broke me. 

But… one must do what everyone else is doing. 
(small seizure ensued from typing that)

Really… 

So.

About this THEME of mine. It’s called “ANYTHING GOES”.  

It’ll be gruelling, highly demanding, more than should be expected of a mere mortal (well, if I were a mere mortal) and most likely so complex the average blogger will leave wondering what just hit them. 

To which I will apologize in advance for those leaving dazed and overwhelmed by the sheer awesomeness of the whole thing. (Humble pie is good, I ate a big slice with that phone fiasco.)

Here’s what ANYTHING GOES looks like over 26 days. 

Click to enlarge the calendar. 

Unless, of course, you're afraid of the overwhelming sense of envy that will come from seeing how much more work my THEME is than yours. 

Just sayin' you shouldn't overlook mediocrity - it works for some, quite well I'm told. 


Click to enlarge, in case you skimmed my instructions in 
your quest to get to the end of this post.
It happens you know, or, you know it happens.
Either way, click on it and be ├╝berrascht.

So, what do you think? 

Maybe a little too much, eh? X could be the deal breaker. Or maybe it’s V - there’s something there that could be, “Vell, how shoot I say… sumsing very goot, fa shure.” I’ll be checking in with the resident Austrian, that I keep for these exact Challenge situations, in the hovel below me. 

Okay, enough THEME talk.

What do you think of this latest blog wardrobe change?

Well, it’s minor, same colours, still two columns, but I went from using the Awesome Template to using the Simple Template. I’m ageing, though extremely well in the face department, not so well in the gray matter department. 

I would have preferred a little of both Templates, then my blog would be Simply Awesome! (I’m onto my second slice of humble pie, bit chewy this one.)

Okay… that’s it for updating you on the minutia of my highly sought after blog look. (Which I see no one has rushed to emulate, talk about adding my first frown line.)

Let’s move on to the MERMAID bit.

Call it saving the best for last!  (Some might argue my THEME really gripped them, and a tie might be in order.)

Saturday I was a Mertender, like a Bartender, but with mermaids instead of bars, tails instead of glasses, and, well, you get it.

Miss CP, the attractive fruit of my loins, yes, this apple fell directly from the tree and did not roll far, hosted her first Mermaid Meet-Up

It was pretty awesome. About 13 in all - swimming around the pool looking quite the group. 

As Miss CP has my SD Card, with the pics I took, you'll get these two I grabbed from her website, and a link to her facebook page that has more. 

This is the latest tail she made, from scratch. It takes months to hand paint and apply the sequins. For those that follow me on Twitter, I tweeted links to her painting process. (Don't look like that the Follow Button is right up there - can't miss it.)




See, I was tending mermaids - I even had a T-shirt that said so.

Yes, I was asked where my tail was… for me
it's all about other TALES.

There you have it - that’s what a busy weekend looks like in my world. 

THEMES - WARDROBES - MERMAIDS.

Now there’s a TALE in all that I’m sure!



Cheers, Jenny


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Toilet PHONE and YouTube STINKERS

Okay, it finally happened to me.

I dropped my iPhone into the toilet. 

I NEVER PUT MY PHONE IN MY BACK POCKET - NEVER - EVER - EVER

Except yesterday.

Okay. The first thing I did was laugh - true, I laughed. 

Why, because it is, in fact, very funny having my phone fall in my toilet.

See… Miss CP had this happen to her a couple of months ago - we laughed then, and I quietly said to myself… "Really, that would never happen to me!" 

Well, well, I'm eating humble pie.

Okay. Here's the thing about dropping an iPhone in the toilet, or any water.

You must take it out as quick as possible.
Dry it off immediately.
Immerse it in rice, in a bag or bowl, so long as it's covered.
It automatically shuts off, or you can do it manually.
Wait at least 24 hours before trying to turn it on.

Okay… Now here's my version.

Panic while standing there going "holy shit" and wonder if it really happened.
Gingerly retrieve the phone from the toilet, even though there was no bodily fluids in the water. 
Rush to the kitchen and forget where the rice lives.
Find it and pour it in a container that's way too small and cuss.
Make a mess of the drawer with the plastic containers searching for a bigger one - still panicking, still cussing.
Stop long enough to pour some wine, spilling a little in the rice - the good gods have no mercy. 
Use language reserved for really dangerous, violent, deviants.
Ask someone else's god for forgiveness - because you're a Buddhist.
Bury the dead phone in rice and cry.

Then, search the internet for sage advice.

Now, if you think what you just read is a little wacky you need to go to YouTube and check out some of the real winners that make little videos to tell you what to do. 

Honestly… this one takes the cake. 

This chick could have said everything she had to say, that was vital, in 10 seconds. She rambles on about nothing for 3 minutes and 20 seconds. But it's the way she does it, all important like, that made me watch. I was in need of a laugh. Plus it does help you feel way smarter when you see something like this.

What's with these goobers thinking they're experts and should dare to put out a video. This diddy has 633 likes, which means there are 633 other goobers that are out on a permanent vacation. This got 151 dislikes - go team!

I know, you all might think - okay, everyone isn't like you Ms. Pearson, and you're right, few are. However, I did drop my phone in the loo and this is the shit I had to wade through to find an answer. Heck it made me feel I should have pooped first, at least it would have been mine I was wading through.



Needless to say, dear Ashley, was useless. Tell me you agree!

Next up was this one. 

Now, it's only 1 minute and 53 seconds, again about 1 min and 40 seconds too long.

But, surprisingly it was the one that helped because my speakers didn't work and I blew into them, just like this gal suggested. Yes, yes, I blew my phone! Go ahead Mr. Penwasser… run with this because I cracked up when I watched and listened to this video.

She sniffles a lot, I'm chalking that up to the fact she was crying at some point before filming this… or, like, you know, maybe not! (pass the doob Ashley)  

She does get the prize though, because it worked. The prize, me going easy on her… trust me, I've really had to hold the reins tight on these two videos.





So, that begs the question, have you dropped your phone in "water" - be that yours or the sinks? And if so, what did you do?

Inquiring minds want to know.


Cheers, Jenny


PS - My phone had shut off automatically and about a couple of hours later it turned on. I manually shut it off and left it in the rice over night.

It was in the morning that I discovered “no sound”. I could listen to a call with the speaker phone, but not with the phone to my ear. 

That’s when I discovered the last video. I did blow on the speakers, initially nothing happened. I left the phone in the rice all day while I went to work. Came home, still no sound. So, this time (for Al’s benefit) I really did a serious bit of blowing… damn, there’s just no other way to write this without slinking around in the gutter.

Anyway, it’s all good, everything works. End of excitement!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

CREEPY - it's true - IT IS the creepiest, I'm told!


That has to be the creepiest scenario you’ve written yet” comments Barb, a reader extraordinaire, and host of the great blog This and That (As I Bounce Thru Life).

Barb left that comment for Shadows On The Track, one of my pieces on my writing blog.

Here’s the photo prompt for that story.

Shadows On The Track (link to story)

I thought I’d bring you up to speed with how that goal of mine is coming along. The one I set in motion back on January 1st. 

You remember it - this one



I haven’t missed a day! Wow - go me! 

Everyday I’ve managed to find TIME, about 40 minutes, to do some writing.

15 minutes to free write from a photo prompt.  (550-650 words)
10 - 15 minutes to clean it up (punctuation, spelling, flow)
10 minutes to post it, then tweet about it.

I tweet each post - I’ve become quite the little song bird, tweeting up a wee storm. All in the name of “read me please”.

Well, seems I am being read. YAY! My views (per Stats) are on the increase and that’s exciting.

The fear of writing these daily posts, which haunted me in January, has disappeared. 

Now, I get excited about what I’m going to see on the page. Truly, some of this stuff I’m writing is as much a surprise to me as it is to my readers. 

They take me 15 minutes to write, but take only 2-3 minutes to read. (I timed it)

Got 2 minutes to spare?  

Take a read of the post that has Barb commenting, “That has to be the creepiest scenario you’ve written yet.”


Wouldn't you agree? Creepy, eh!


Cheers, Jenny

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Okay, MINOR MELTDOWN - modification needed.

Hiddy Ho neighbours…

I could handle it for one day - not longer.
Too many columns, here and there and everywhere… made me crazy.

see… it just looks sooooooooo busy



Back to two columns - that’s better. I’m happy now. Okay, I was happy before all these changes, I was happy making the changes, not so happy just after the changes, but now I’m happy after this change.

Did someone say change was good… (note to self, track them down and ruffle their feathers)

Hugs to you all for being patient while I change my blogging frock yet again.


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NOW, on a serious note, a friend of mine is in need of some prayers and healthy thoughts for her ailing father-in-law. I was hoping you all could send some of your wonderful blogging spirits out her way. I know it all helps…



Cheers, Jenny

Sunday, March 15, 2015

BULLET JOURNAL UPDATE - COMING CLEAN


Ivy, over at The Happy Whisk, was wondering...


And, just in case you were wondering too, here’s the low down, the nitty gritty, the inside scoop, on my Bullet Journal adventure.

I AM A NEW PERSON.

See, I even changed the look of my Blog, simple lines, clean, easy to navigate…

JUST LIKE MY LIFE. (excuse me while I gag… please, really, some people)

I don’t know who that was, up there in those brackets, some naysayer that just can’t be happy for little old me. The world is full of party poopers.

I’m a right brain person. That means I am artsy, fartsy, puddin’ and pie and I’ll kiss a frog before I die. 

Only a cool frog will do for me...


Why does the Bullet Journal work for me? Well, it’s like this, everything is in one place.

I have an index, which I add to as I enter things in my journal.
  • I just added a page to keep track of the books I’ve read 
  • I added a page to keep track of names I keep forgetting
  • I have a page for the things that need to be finished in this phase of my renovations.

The daily entries keep me on track as well. I have completed so many tasks that used to live on bits of paper and that were easily forgotten or avoided at will.

Now - there they are all conveniently housed in a light, easy to carry soft back moleskin. Heck, if the mood moves me I can even draw in it! You know, being artsy fartsy.

That’s it.

Hmm, I may even be using my Bullet Journal for a secret project I’ve been working on.

If you’re patient I’ll be doing the big reveal in April. Maybe even as an A to Z surprise. 

Stay tuned…

I had fun with this new look too - this is where the old saying “copying is the greatest compliment” comes into play. I’ve been checking you all out and decided to take a bit from here and a little from there… and this was the end result.

You like? 

Well, most importantly I like!


Cheers, Jenny

Visit Write Brain Challenge to check out my latest free write piece, and the photo that inspired it.  

Thursday, March 05, 2015

BULLET JOURNAL - that's all, just BULLET JOURNAL



Miss CP told me to google BulletJournal.com.

I did.

Now, I’m telling you to google BulletJournal.com.

Here's the video that explains it. It's 2 min and 51 seconds long… short!



In three days I’ve doubled my productivity and completed more tasks than I could have hoped for.

IT IS AMAZING.

Best part… you don’t have to sign up for anything. The information is free, and you can start it immediately.

What do you use to organize your tasks? (and life) 


Cheers, Jenny

Sunday, March 01, 2015

PHOTO FUN and then SOME...


Visit Write Brain Challenge to check out my latest free write piece, and the photo that inspired it. Thanks, Jenny.


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A day in photos… 

Outside is done… finally.
My epic fence… also done.
Miss CP and the Birthday Girl
The Kids
Having Fun...
The Kids and Me… Immortalized

Do you have fun with your camera?


Cheers, Jenny

Friday, February 27, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to ME… Yup, another ONE!


TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY! 


Happy Birthday to Me
Happy Birthday to Me
Happy B i r t h d a y dear Meeeeee
Happy Birthday to Me


Now that we have the singing out of the way...let’s party!


Well, I'm actually finding the fifteen minutes, and a little extra. Now, that's something I hadn't expected.

I've been working on something in that extra time so today I’ll throw a teaser your way...


The stairs curled down the side of the cavern. It was musty and dank, the air heavy with dragons breath. 

Only seven, Elly trudged slowly downward until her toes dipped in water. That was the only way she knew she had reached the bottom of the stone steps. There she needed to wait.

Soon the room was alight with fire, but only temporarily, just enough time for Elly to see the stone steps which lead across the water to the cavern floor.

Over there stood a little table with two chairs. Once across, Elly took her seat and waited. 


Okay… as a party guest let’s play a little game...

I'd love to know what your imagination sees when reading these few lines. 

In the comment area tell me what you see happening next…

Cheers, Jenny

Thanks for stopping by… always glad to share a piece of cake with friends.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Pearson Report weighs in on prepping for a challenge.


I remember my first challenge well!

April 2011 was my first attempt at doing the A to Z Challenge.

I signed up on April 1st as I had only found out about it on March 30th.

By letter “C” I had my groove on and was letting the juices flow.

Having no time to prepare for the challenge I was at some disadvantage and my day to day activities did feel the pinch; sleep was lost in the process.

But, By George, I sure had fun!

Is it necessary to have your posts finished and ready to hit the Publish Button well before April?

Some say yes, I say not completely… let me explain.

It is a challenge set forth for the month of April, to be done in April.

So why stress yourself about having everything finished before the Challenge has even started?

Well, I imagine getting organized early falls into a few areas of concern...

finding a theme

          having available time

                    commitment to a job 

                              family obligations

                                        other interests… and so on.

All these affect how much time we spend blogging.

Therefore a little preparation can go a long way in helping us participate in a challenge that has very clear time constraints, without messing up our lives completely. Right?

It’s no different than preparing for your first marathon - you don’t just lace up your runners, arrive at the starting line, and run twenty-six mile without some preparation.

Key word here is “preparation”, so when April 1st rolls around you can enjoy the process of “doing” the A to Z Challenge because you are ready, organized, and prepared for it.

Now, that being said, I LOVE winging - this for me is the true challenge. Can I go the distance and post spontaneously for each of the 26 letters, one day at a time?

What are your “preparation” strategies for this upcoming A to Z Challenge?

Are all of your posts finished and ready to go? 
If so, what will you be doing in April? 


Happy Blogging,  
Jenny

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

NIGHT photos INSPIRE the DEMONS within


Visit Write Brain Challenge to check out my latest free write piece, and the photo that inspired it. Thanks, Jenny.

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When I’m out walking Miss Lucy I snap photos - sadly, I forget to take my good camera. 

I use my iPhone 4s relic and it does a lame job with nighttime photos.

However… I’m always looking for something to stir up my demons.

Here’s a couple that I’ve played with… I see stories hiding behind moons, in branches, and lurking in the night air.





What inspires your writing?

Cheers, Jenny