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Jeff Smith60,982Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for April 20/13. *No theme for this week.* But feel free to be inspired by; April Self Portrait Challenge: Selective Color / Textures event link is here - http://goo.gl/2yyYV And this great tutorial from +Tamara Pruessner  Selective Coloring and Textures: Choosing Appropriately Link is here: http://goo.gl/AsgK3 There are 15 moderators who can assist you along the way with SPP. The Selfy Sunday Project is the cornerstone event in the Art of Self Portraiture Community. This Community was designed as a place to share self portraits and to learn, grow, and challenge one another. The Selfy Sunday Project allows everyone to share their results on a bi-weekly basis all in one event.  __ Selfy Sunday FAQ can be found here. http://goo.gl/ngQeF Please check there first if you have any questions. Thanks _ UPLOADING The event will open for uploading at 9:00 PM EST. You can upload your photo by viewing the event and clicking on the "Add Photos" button. This is a Public event open to everyone. Any questions, again please check the FAQ or let post here in the community. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-04-21 03:00:00170  
Jeff Smith60,982Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for April 7/13. *Theme*: *True Colors* What we are looking for is a dominant color element in your Selfy. It could be in the shot itself or in the processing or in a combination of both. The meaning of the color in the shot will be up to the photographer. Metaphorical and or literal interpretations  are welcome of course. There are 16 moderators who can assist you along the way with SPP. The Selfy Sunday Project is the cornerstone event in the Art of Self Portraiture Community. This Community was designed as a place to share self portraits and to learn, grow, and challenge one another. The Selfy Sunday Project allows everyone to share their results on a bi-weekly basis all in one event.  __ Selfy Sunday FAQ can be found here. http://goo.gl/ngQeF Please check there first if you have any questions. Thanks _ UPLOADING The event will open for uploading at 9:00 PM EST. You can upload your photo by viewing the event and clicking on the "Add Photos" button. This is a Public event open to everyone. Any questions, again please check the FAQ or let post here in the community. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-04-07 03:00:00150  
Jeff Smith60,982Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for December 30/12. *Theme*: "The Best of 2012" Take a chance to show everyone what was "good" in 2012 through your self portrait. Something positive, something happy, perhaps something that changed your life for the better. Lets wrap up 2012 with a smile. It has been such a great year for the Selfy Sunday Project and we look forward to 2013 as part of The Art of Self Portraiture Community. Selfy Sunday will continue on it's bi-weekly schedule and will be the cornerstone event of The Art of the Self Portrait community. There are 17 moderators who can assist you along the way with SPP. This Community was designed as a place to share self portraits and to learn, grow, and challenge one another. The Selfy Sunday Project allows everyone to share their results on a bi-weekly basis all in one event.  ____ Selfy Sunday FAQ can be found here. http://goo.gl/ngQeF Please check there first if you have any questions. Thanks _ UPLOADING The event will open for uploading at 9:00 PM EDT. You can upload your photo by viewing the event and clicking on the "Add Photos" button. This is a Public event open to everyone. Any questions, again please check the FAQ or let post here in the community. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2012-12-30 03:00:00289  
Jeff Smith60,982Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for *December 2/12* _PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS NOT FOR THIS SUNDAY, NOV. 25/12._ Theme: *Bond, James Bond!* I want to see Selfy's that are inspired by *007* and the James Bond films. Lots exotic locations, action packed chases as well as numerous villains and sexy leading ladies to offer inspiration here. Or just stick to a more general "SPY" or cloak and dagger noire theme. Either way it should be fun. _Props may come in handy here!_ ________________________________ The Halloween SSP was the scariest, most ghoulish, terrifying Selfy Sunday ever. The submissions were amazing. Well done everyone. As always I want to thank +LaDonna Pride    for all of her hard work and she will be helping along the way as our co-host.  Thanks everyone we are all looking forward to some great Selfies. Selfy Sunday FAQ can be found here. http://goo.gl/ngQeF Please check there first if you have any questions. Thanks _____________________ UPLOADING The event will open for uploading at 9:00 PM EDT. You can upload your photo by viewing the event and clicking on the "Add Photos" button. This is a Public event open to everyone. Any questions, again please check the FAQ or let myself or LaDonna know. Or check the +Selfy Sunday    page for updates. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project for Dec. 2/122012-12-02 03:00:00179  
Jeff Smith60,982Welcome to *The Selfy Sunday Project* for November 11/12 This will be an "open" project this week so no theme. __________________________________ The Halloween SSP was the scariest, most ghoulish, terrifying Selfy Sunday ever. The submissions were amazing. Well done everyone. As always I want to thank +LaDonna Pride   for all of her hard work and she will be helping along the way as our co-host.  Thanks everyone we are all looking forward to some great Selfies. Selfy Sunday FAQ can be found here. http://goo.gl/ngQeF Please check there first if you have any questions. Thanks _______________________ UPLOADING The event will open for uploading at 9:00 PM EDT. You can upload your photo by viewing the event and clicking on the "Add Photos" button. This is a Public event open to everyone. Any questions, again please check the FAQ or let myself or LaDonna know. Or check the +Selfy Sunday   page for updates. Cheers and have fun! JeffSelfy Sunday - Nov. 11, 20122012-11-11 03:00:00195  
Jeff Smith60,982Welcome to *The Selfy Sunday Project* for October 28/12 Theme: *Halloween* Show us some your best ghostly, ghoulish, monstrously good selfies or just have some fun with a costume or make-up.  A big thanks to +Christina Lawrie for let me use her fantastic selfy from last years SSP Halloween. This was one of our most creative Selfy Sundays from last year so looking forward to some over the top creativity with these shots. __________________________________ Thanks to +LaDonna Pride  like in the past she will be helping along the way as our co-host.  Thanks everyone we are all looking forward to some great Selfies. Selfy Sunday FAQ can be found here. http://goo.gl/ngQeF Please check there first if you have any questions. Thanks _______________________ UPLOADING The event will open for uploading at 9:00 PM EDT. You can upload your photo by viewing the event and clicking on the "Add Photos" button. This is a Public event open to everyone. Any questions, again please check the FAQ or let myself or LaDonna know. Or check the +Selfy Sunday  page for updates. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project for October 28, 20122012-10-28 02:00:00186  
Jeff Smith60,982Welcome to *The Selfy Sunday Project* for Sept. 2/12 The Selfy Sunday Project has switched over to the GPlus "Event Mode" which should help in previous issues with the shared album format. *There is no theme this week as we move to the event mode* I will announce the SSP Event one week prior to the actual event time. +LaDonna Pride will be helping along the way as our co-host. Thanks so much +LaDonna Pride . Like always everyone is looking forward to some great Selfies. *Selfy Sunday FAQ* can be found here. http://goo.gl/ngQeF Please check _there_ first if you have any questions. Thanks _______________________________ *UPLOADING* You can upload your photo by viewing the event and clicking on the "Add Photos" button. This is a Public event open to everyone. Any questions, again please check the FAQ or let myself or LaDonna know. Or check the +Selfy Sunday  page for updates. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project for Sept. 2/122012-09-02 03:00:00242  

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2016-05-09 12:45:25 (30 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Paid work.
Or insert insect screens in the windows.
Or empty two boxes in the office area and clear those from the floor.
Or paid work.
Or write more emails in an attempt to get bureaucracy to work a little faster.
Or do these screens. Or empty the boxes.
Or even go to the basement and get another box of clothes up here.

Yikes.
A little overwhelmed at the moment. With two types of paid work to do for two separate projects, plus 2 boxes definitely needing attention and two black nettings for the windows that should be installed... I'm just not sure I can make proper decisions right now.

For the moment:
Paid work first.
Boxes out of the way.
Screens in.
One more box of clothing up.

That sounds like a great plan, right? But it's already nearly 3 in the afternoon and I'm pretty sure nothing will be finished... more »

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2016-05-24 11:12:47 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

+Fergus Martin  - look at this!

I just got the email that says it was sent out yesterday, and in today's mail - here it is.

I think the photo is awful. I'm still figuring out taking shots with a cell phone and getting them to the computers. This move we made evidently removed all my intelligent brain cell activity.

Sorry for the garbage photo - but the stamps are on their way either later this afternoon or during the day tomorrow!

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2016-07-07 19:16:01 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

Grandbaby number 9 arrived earlier today.
Mom +Alisha Vaught-Dougherty, Dad +Wade Dougherty  and the newest little girl are doing fine.
Welcome to the world, Miss CR.

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2017-05-27 14:32:03 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Screen the balcony door - done!
Screen the bedroom windows - done!
Dishes - done!
Reset the shoes in the hallway with a new towel - done!
Clean the top of the cat food box - done!
Ladder into closet where it actually belongs - done!
Sweep the entire apartment plus balcony - done!
Video file work - half way!

That's enough for a Saturday. The Bearded Guy has gone to collect the laundry and then he will go pick up dinner for us.

Goodmorneve and maybe a Sunday off, Giggleplus!
Tonight, I believe there is a bubble bath calling my name, along with a facial mask, serious soaking of these hands and maybe tomorrow there will be time to do my nails instead of video work.
How many things did you get checked off your to-do list today, and will you stop at that, or keep going tomorrow?

Screen the balcony door - done!
Screen the bedroom windows - done!
Dishes - done!
Reset the shoes in the hallway with a new towel - done!
Clean the top of the cat food box - done!
Ladder into closet where it actually belongs - done!
Sweep the entire apartment plus balcony - done!
Video file work - half way!

That's enough for a Saturday. The Bearded Guy has gone to collect the laundry and then he will go pick up dinner for us.

Goodmorneve and maybe a Sunday off, Giggleplus!
Tonight, I believe there is a bubble bath calling my name, along with a facial mask, serious soaking of these hands and maybe tomorrow there will be time to do my nails instead of video work.
How many things did you get checked off your to-do list today, and will you stop at that, or keep going tomorrow?___

2017-05-18 14:38:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Sometimes, the trip home is easy.
This was one of those times. Well, mostly. No sleep on the plane, but I did get a nap after we got home!

Goodmorneve and Coffee, Giggleplus!

I'm starting my "day" at 4:30 PM.
That is now back to normal! Almost. :D

Sometimes, the trip home is easy.
This was one of those times. Well, mostly. No sleep on the plane, but I did get a nap after we got home!

Goodmorneve and Coffee, Giggleplus!

I'm starting my "day" at 4:30 PM.
That is now back to normal! Almost. :D___

2017-05-17 10:39:13 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Travel day.
Tomorrow morning, I land back on the other side of the big pond and get my hours of the day right again.

It's been an adventure.

Goodmorneve and packing to go, Giggleplus!

I only have the one checked bag - but it's gonna be a little overstuffed. Again.
ha!

Travel day.
Tomorrow morning, I land back on the other side of the big pond and get my hours of the day right again.

It's been an adventure.

Goodmorneve and packing to go, Giggleplus!

I only have the one checked bag - but it's gonna be a little overstuffed. Again.
ha!___

2017-05-16 10:20:40 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

The clock --- the little hand is on the 6.
But the sun is on the wrong side of the sky.


Yeah, Mom says I never really recognized the AM side of the day.

Goodmorneve and more coffee, Giggleplus!

I refuse this time. I'm still on Europe time. So it's noon. And life is good. But the sun is in the wrong place. hahahahaha

The clock --- the little hand is on the 6.
But the sun is on the wrong side of the sky.


Yeah, Mom says I never really recognized the AM side of the day.

Goodmorneve and more coffee, Giggleplus!

I refuse this time. I'm still on Europe time. So it's noon. And life is good. But the sun is in the wrong place. hahahahaha___

2017-05-15 12:36:43 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Yikes!
Script work. Which I love, I do!

Gotta do the work around doing the things with Mom.
Yay!

Goodmorneve and way-too-early again, Giggleplus!
How good are you at scheduling? It seems I have a minor fail here, but at least I can indeed work around getting both Mom handled plus the work done. :)

Yikes!
Script work. Which I love, I do!

Gotta do the work around doing the things with Mom.
Yay!

Goodmorneve and way-too-early again, Giggleplus!
How good are you at scheduling? It seems I have a minor fail here, but at least I can indeed work around getting both Mom handled plus the work done. :)___

2017-05-14 12:56:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Mom's been up this morning - if I show my face, she starts talking.
I have a chatterbox for a Mommy.

hahahahaha!


Three mugs of coffee in me, she has gone for her morning lie-down and my eyes are only just now starting to focus. I suppose I can talk back when she gets up again.

Goodmorneve and Mother's Day, Giggleplus!


Mom's been up this morning - if I show my face, she starts talking.
I have a chatterbox for a Mommy.

hahahahaha!


Three mugs of coffee in me, she has gone for her morning lie-down and my eyes are only just now starting to focus. I suppose I can talk back when she gets up again.

Goodmorneve and Mother's Day, Giggleplus!
___

2017-05-13 12:09:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Early mornings... coffee helps.

That is all.

Early mornings... coffee helps.

That is all.___

2017-05-12 18:00:26 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

My fingernails!
Oh, the sadness. Chipping and cracking and breaking... all because I am actually doing a bit of MANUAL LABOR here.
The horror!


<snicker>

Goodmorneve and a nail file, Giggleplus!
Gotta get home where all my stuff is and do some serious treatment for these hands when my trip is finished.

My fingernails!
Oh, the sadness. Chipping and cracking and breaking... all because I am actually doing a bit of MANUAL LABOR here.
The horror!


<snicker>

Goodmorneve and a nail file, Giggleplus!
Gotta get home where all my stuff is and do some serious treatment for these hands when my trip is finished.___

2017-05-11 10:22:51 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Waiting for the sun to peek over the tree line...
Waiting for the thermometer to creep up to something I can tolerate outside.

But I'm not waiting for coffee! Mom has a Keurig (spelling?) and it's faster than my water cooker at home, faster than any of the coffee pots I own, faster... well, almost faster than the microwave.

Goodmorneve and hot coffee, Giggleplus!

What's your favorite type? Instant, French press, percolated, drip.... something else?

Waiting for the sun to peek over the tree line...
Waiting for the thermometer to creep up to something I can tolerate outside.

But I'm not waiting for coffee! Mom has a Keurig (spelling?) and it's faster than my water cooker at home, faster than any of the coffee pots I own, faster... well, almost faster than the microwave.

Goodmorneve and hot coffee, Giggleplus!

What's your favorite type? Instant, French press, percolated, drip.... something else?___

2017-05-09 13:04:37 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

I know I have teachers in my circles.
My apologies to the rest of you, +Christine Bogart is the only name coming to mind this morning.

Thank you, Christine! For being a teacher.


Goodmorneve and about another gallon of coffee, please, Giggleplus!
My mind is not yet on these early morning hours.

I know I have teachers in my circles.
My apologies to the rest of you, +Christine Bogart is the only name coming to mind this morning.

Thank you, Christine! For being a teacher.


Goodmorneve and about another gallon of coffee, please, Giggleplus!
My mind is not yet on these early morning hours.___

2017-05-08 19:07:25 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

When staying with family, your "home normal" schedule changes. Or does yours? Mine did!

This early-bird of a mother of mine has got me exhausted and ready for the bed before 10 pm. Normally, that's my dinner hour!

Even today... up the stairs to bring down a load of "things to sort through", out to do laundry and shopping, pick up the mail, back in time for lunch. LUNCH!

And now? It's only 3 in the afternoon and I'm wiped.
Goodmorneve and schedule adjustments, Giggleplus!

Am I the only one who adjusts their schedule to the people they are visiting?
Whew... may need a nap.

When staying with family, your "home normal" schedule changes. Or does yours? Mine did!

This early-bird of a mother of mine has got me exhausted and ready for the bed before 10 pm. Normally, that's my dinner hour!

Even today... up the stairs to bring down a load of "things to sort through", out to do laundry and shopping, pick up the mail, back in time for lunch. LUNCH!

And now? It's only 3 in the afternoon and I'm wiped.
Goodmorneve and schedule adjustments, Giggleplus!

Am I the only one who adjusts their schedule to the people they are visiting?
Whew... may need a nap.___

2017-05-07 11:14:47 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Greetings from Stateside, G+!

Got a question.
And yes, I know it's been ages, but ....

Talk to me about unrefined salts, please?

With some family members on low sodium diets and then some information regarding refined vs. unrefined salt, and some doctors weighing in on this as well, are we back to "try it and see what it does in YOUR body" or is unrefined salt actually a proven deal?

My internet research is coming up with pros and cons all over the place. That is why I am questioning for some answers from my internet friends. :)

Blood pressure results? Any other things to be aware of with unrefined salts? It's not always easy to find things that are low sodium - yes, labels are marked, but we all know that going out to eat poses a whole new set of questions from lots of places.
Sure, the sausage gravy on the biscuits is... more »

Greetings from Stateside, G+!

Got a question.
And yes, I know it's been ages, but ....

Talk to me about unrefined salts, please?

With some family members on low sodium diets and then some information regarding refined vs. unrefined salt, and some doctors weighing in on this as well, are we back to "try it and see what it does in YOUR body" or is unrefined salt actually a proven deal?

My internet research is coming up with pros and cons all over the place. That is why I am questioning for some answers from my internet friends. :)

Blood pressure results? Any other things to be aware of with unrefined salts? It's not always easy to find things that are low sodium - yes, labels are marked, but we all know that going out to eat poses a whole new set of questions from lots of places.
Sure, the sausage gravy on the biscuits is probably a no-no.
And the whole eggs are a cholesterol issue.
But what about putting salt on a tomato, for instance?

I'll be doing some more internet reading in the meantime.
Goodmorneve and Himalayan Unrefined Salt with lunch later, Giggleplus!

Thank you in advance for any insights y'all might have. ___

2017-05-04 12:33:23 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

And the weather is doing what it usually does when I travel.

The temps are going up in Berlin - just as I left. And they have dropped again in the states, just as I arrive!

Thanks a lot, Spring.

+Violante de Rojas - yup, I have arrived. It's chilllllllllly this morning!
Good thing I brought a sweater.
Still unsure of traveling at all, it's actually a bit worse than I was led to believe, though not horrendously so - PM coming later today with more info.


Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
One day, I will follow the sun. For now, I'm back to waking up to chilly temps. Ha!

And the weather is doing what it usually does when I travel.

The temps are going up in Berlin - just as I left. And they have dropped again in the states, just as I arrive!

Thanks a lot, Spring.

+Violante de Rojas - yup, I have arrived. It's chilllllllllly this morning!
Good thing I brought a sweater.
Still unsure of traveling at all, it's actually a bit worse than I was led to believe, though not horrendously so - PM coming later today with more info.


Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
One day, I will follow the sun. For now, I'm back to waking up to chilly temps. Ha!___

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2017-02-26 11:56:51 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Hey, guess what?

The Bearded Guy has been doing a podcast for quite a while now. And in fact, what was the unQuiet "Radio" Hour has this year become unQuiet Times - I'm actually kind of proud of him about this, he's been keeping it going every Sunday.

But the oddest thing happened this week. He needed oral surgery and was not really able to speak properly. So guess who is at the mic? Yup, that would be me.

unQuiet Times - the eclectica podcast
Based on the concept that there is good music in nearly every genre, and that you pay more attention to music when it contrasts with the music around it.

Late in the show was this:
Raumpatrouille Orion Theme
I simply cannot pronounce that. It won't work.


Got an hour to listen? It's not background noise, folks, this is "pay attention" music.

And... more »

Hey, guess what?

The Bearded Guy has been doing a podcast for quite a while now. And in fact, what was the unQuiet "Radio" Hour has this year become unQuiet Times - I'm actually kind of proud of him about this, he's been keeping it going every Sunday.

But the oddest thing happened this week. He needed oral surgery and was not really able to speak properly. So guess who is at the mic? Yup, that would be me.

unQuiet Times - the eclectica podcast
Based on the concept that there is good music in nearly every genre, and that you pay more attention to music when it contrasts with the music around it.

Late in the show was this:
Raumpatrouille Orion Theme
I simply cannot pronounce that. It won't work.


Got an hour to listen? It's not background noise, folks, this is "pay attention" music.

And yes, critique welcome!

Goodmorneve and playlists, Giggleplus! I'm gonna need some more coffee.
ha!




https://www.mixcloud.com/unQuiet/unquiet-times-episode-9-when-oral-surgery-puts-the-wife-behind-the-microphone/___

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2017-02-15 07:48:40 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Still can't get the phone to post photos to public.
Hmpf.

Because the presents on order still have not arrived, and because of REASONS, the Bearded Guy and I spent Valentine's Day putting up the lights in the kitchen.
At last!
(Then, I sent him out with a visiting friend for the evening. Yup, that is how we spend Valentine's Day. hahahah! But today? Half-price chocolate? I may be sending him to the store)

Nearly 2 months, we now have kitchen lights. And a fridge! (Finally got that 2 weeks ago.)

Still need: bookshelves, new bed, balcony slats (don't ask, I'll post that another time) and a hallway light.

One tiny, slow step at a time.

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!

Two___Still can't get the phone to post photos to public.
Hmpf.

Because the presents on order still have not arrived, and because of REASONS, the Bearded Guy and I spent Valentine's Day putting up the lights in the kitchen.
At last!
(Then, I sent him out with a visiting friend for the evening. Yup, that is how we spend Valentine's Day. hahahah! But today? Half-price chocolate? I may be sending him to the store)

Nearly 2 months, we now have kitchen lights. And a fridge! (Finally got that 2 weeks ago.)

Still need: bookshelves, new bed, balcony slats (don't ask, I'll post that another time) and a hallway light.

One tiny, slow step at a time.

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!

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2017-01-18 10:38:01 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

My phone doesn't like posting to G+ anymore. At least, not to public.
So fine... I'll do it this way.

The L-shaped rod is up!

Not thrilled, exactly - I have used a screw plus glue in each mounting bracket and we'll see. It's not perfect. Plus, I don't own a small saw (!?) to shorten the rod just a couple of centimeters.

But at this point, we can shower instead of staying low in the tub or splashing the whole bathroom.
And yes, that's two different shower curtains. Because we're fun that way.
:D

This___My phone doesn't like posting to G+ anymore. At least, not to public.
So fine... I'll do it this way.

The L-shaped rod is up!

Not thrilled, exactly - I have used a screw plus glue in each mounting bracket and we'll see. It's not perfect. Plus, I don't own a small saw (!?) to shorten the rod just a couple of centimeters.

But at this point, we can shower instead of staying low in the tub or splashing the whole bathroom.
And yes, that's two different shower curtains. Because we're fun that way.
:D

2017-01-16 09:58:05 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

The electrician was just here.
Evidently, older wall switches can fail. You know the place where you slap the wall to turn on the light? Well, those get old. And sometimes, you won't notice this. But according to this guy, older switches that suddenly deal with LED lights are more prone to decide they've had enough.

Something about the amount of electricity drawn by the older bulbs being high enough to not have a return amount coming back to the wall to buzz. But the LEDs don't pull enough, so there is feedback in the form of buzzing and sparks.

AND - he pulled out the old switch and installed a new one without turning off the power to the wall. You know, I would be scared to do that. All the power off, first, folks!

But he checked the other wall switches and said we should be fine to put in the rest of the lights.
Wow. What you learn when watching the... more »

The electrician was just here.
Evidently, older wall switches can fail. You know the place where you slap the wall to turn on the light? Well, those get old. And sometimes, you won't notice this. But according to this guy, older switches that suddenly deal with LED lights are more prone to decide they've had enough.

Something about the amount of electricity drawn by the older bulbs being high enough to not have a return amount coming back to the wall to buzz. But the LEDs don't pull enough, so there is feedback in the form of buzzing and sparks.

AND - he pulled out the old switch and installed a new one without turning off the power to the wall. You know, I would be scared to do that. All the power off, first, folks!

But he checked the other wall switches and said we should be fine to put in the rest of the lights.
Wow. What you learn when watching the pros at work.

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
Today, I have a hot date with a hammer drill. Just as soon as my eyes are actually open and the coffee has done its job in making me awake enough to handle a power tool. I'm tired of waiting. I'm going to drill some holes.
Do you have plans today?
And when does DIY (do it yourself) become CAP (call a pro) for you?___

2017-01-13 11:16:34 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

So tell me, folks. Have any of you ever designed and built your dream home?
I'm curious because while I do love downtown apartment life, the idea of having a place that I have built "from the ground up" and set up "right the first time" really appeals to me.

Especially with all the boxes still under my desk.
hahahha!

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
I'm not ready to price the market, but I am ready to start the research. Have you ever had someone else do all the work?

So tell me, folks. Have any of you ever designed and built your dream home?
I'm curious because while I do love downtown apartment life, the idea of having a place that I have built "from the ground up" and set up "right the first time" really appeals to me.

Especially with all the boxes still under my desk.
hahahha!

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
I'm not ready to price the market, but I am ready to start the research. Have you ever had someone else do all the work?___

2017-01-10 06:35:48 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Goodmoreve!
Too early on a Tuesday. At least, I think it's Tuesday.

Still don't have the shower curtain rod up. Still don't have proper holes drilled. Still don't have all the work done.
Piffle.

I believe there is a sense of being bored with this project.
Ha!

Working on coffee number two. We'll see if my ambition grows with this second cup.
How's your day starting/ending?

:)

Goodmoreve!
Too early on a Tuesday. At least, I think it's Tuesday.

Still don't have the shower curtain rod up. Still don't have proper holes drilled. Still don't have all the work done.
Piffle.

I believe there is a sense of being bored with this project.
Ha!

Working on coffee number two. We'll see if my ambition grows with this second cup.
How's your day starting/ending?

:)___

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2017-01-06 12:49:23 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

This is the back of the mounting piece. Can those hollows be filled in to make it solid? At which point, the adhesive should work?
That was my next thought, +Greg Ryals, what do you think?

This is the back of the mounting piece. Can those hollows be filled in to make it solid? At which point, the adhesive should work?
That was my next thought, +Greg Ryals, what do you think?___

2017-01-06 10:32:47 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Well, I still managed to crack a tile.
And then, instead of going through the tiles, we chose to go above them and so the drill was working... and working... and I still only got about half as deep as needed.
Piffle.

Gotta learn how to use this machine.

Goodmorneve and coffee, Giggleplus!
Today I will learn. I will make it work.

How do you learn a new skill, or relearn an old one? I've faced this before with riding a bike. Now it's about using power tools.
ha!

Well, I still managed to crack a tile.
And then, instead of going through the tiles, we chose to go above them and so the drill was working... and working... and I still only got about half as deep as needed.
Piffle.

Gotta learn how to use this machine.

Goodmorneve and coffee, Giggleplus!
Today I will learn. I will make it work.

How do you learn a new skill, or relearn an old one? I've faced this before with riding a bike. Now it's about using power tools.
ha!___

2017-01-05 09:51:09 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Goodmorneve and package deliveries, Giggleplus!

Okay, so why is it that when I have ordered two things for "me" that are for setting up the house - a set of specialty light bulbs for the kitchen fixture and a hammer drill (!) - and one thing for the Bearded Guy - a fold-out table... Why is it that mine, scheduled for today, are not yet here, but his, scheduled for tomorrow, came this morning? Why?
hahahah

On another note - I've never used a hammer drill before. A little excited about this, and a little wary. But this is needed because my little battery-operated drill that I've had for years has decided it's too tired to even try to get through the concrete walls. Yup, all our walls are concrete.
I'll be drilling two holes in the ceiling to install the kitchen fixture. 8 holes in the tile and concrete in the bathroom to install the shower curtain... more »

Goodmorneve and package deliveries, Giggleplus!

Okay, so why is it that when I have ordered two things for "me" that are for setting up the house - a set of specialty light bulbs for the kitchen fixture and a hammer drill (!) - and one thing for the Bearded Guy - a fold-out table... Why is it that mine, scheduled for today, are not yet here, but his, scheduled for tomorrow, came this morning? Why?
hahahah

On another note - I've never used a hammer drill before. A little excited about this, and a little wary. But this is needed because my little battery-operated drill that I've had for years has decided it's too tired to even try to get through the concrete walls. Yup, all our walls are concrete.
I'll be drilling two holes in the ceiling to install the kitchen fixture. 8 holes in the tile and concrete in the bathroom to install the shower curtain and a small shelf. Plus 4 holes in the balcony wall for the fencing to keep the animals from jumping off the balcony. And who knows how many others for future projects? That's just what is going to happen in the near future.

Spoke with my former housemate's dad who said to work slowly, not push too hard, let the drill do the work. Reminded me to be steady on the ladder. And to clear out the holes before putting in the spacers/dübels/those little plastic things that hold the screws.

Is there anything else I should know? Anything else to be aware of?

One more coffee, please, I want to be awake when it gets here.
<dancing around> I got a new toy tool!

hehehehehehe___

2017-01-02 17:58:18 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Our Berlin apartment came with kitchen cabinets, stove and double sink (that's not really "normal" here, we got lucky!) but no overhead lighting.
Also, a toilet, sink and bathtub (!), (the tub part being also not "normal").

But since it's winter, we're using the balcony as a fridge. However, we are both a little tired of that, plus we had other plans for the balcony, plus, it would better to get the food inside, plus, plus, plus...

And it's not like we have masses of space for it either. At most, 60 cm wide. Can't do the side-by-side set in that space! hahaha

We have decided the fridge shopping needs doing this week. Two weeks in the new place, two weeks of going outside for the milk and butter and cheese, but also, two weeks of shopping for canned and boxed goods. It's time to get some actual proper food in here.
... more »

Our Berlin apartment came with kitchen cabinets, stove and double sink (that's not really "normal" here, we got lucky!) but no overhead lighting.
Also, a toilet, sink and bathtub (!), (the tub part being also not "normal").

But since it's winter, we're using the balcony as a fridge. However, we are both a little tired of that, plus we had other plans for the balcony, plus, it would better to get the food inside, plus, plus, plus...

And it's not like we have masses of space for it either. At most, 60 cm wide. Can't do the side-by-side set in that space! hahaha

We have decided the fridge shopping needs doing this week. Two weeks in the new place, two weeks of going outside for the milk and butter and cheese, but also, two weeks of shopping for canned and boxed goods. It's time to get some actual proper food in here.

Anybody got a clue what to look for? I know about energy ratings (A+ or better), I know about fitting it in the space we have, I know that The Bearded Guy and I disagree on preference of having the freezer at the top or bottom though both can live with it either way and I know that having enough room to fit certain sizes of containers in doors or on shelves - with moveable shelving - is preferred.
But what else should I look for? What are the important factors I am forgetting here?

Goodmorneve
He wants it to be red, but I need the important stuff.
<snicker>___

2017-01-01 10:25:58 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Happy New Year!

Still working on waking up. Got paid work to handle, a new apartment to put into some more proper order, and general busyness.

Trying to do too many things at once means nothing gets done. So today starts with a short list.

1. Coffee - come on, coffee, get working. Cup number three on the way.
2. Answer all new email twice a day. Not every five minutes as it comes in. (First one for the day - DONE!)
3. Start on the paid work.... yeah yeah, after the coffee.

:)

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
How was your fireworks night?

Happy New Year!

Still working on waking up. Got paid work to handle, a new apartment to put into some more proper order, and general busyness.

Trying to do too many things at once means nothing gets done. So today starts with a short list.

1. Coffee - come on, coffee, get working. Cup number three on the way.
2. Answer all new email twice a day. Not every five minutes as it comes in. (First one for the day - DONE!)
3. Start on the paid work.... yeah yeah, after the coffee.

:)

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
How was your fireworks night?___

2016-12-29 13:05:16 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

When all the paperwork goes sideways due to a move and there's no internet to double-check things (or very slow internet!), some stuff gets lost in the shuffle.

I have spent today trying to fix that.

No, my brain no longer works.

Aber, guten tag!
I have to try the German from time to time or I'll never speak or write - much like my time with Swedish. I really prefer not to do that again. In 13 years, there wasn't much talking and there was no writing. I could read, but that's about it.
I'd like German to come a little faster, and I'll really have to work at this.

Hiya, folks! What's your day been like?

When all the paperwork goes sideways due to a move and there's no internet to double-check things (or very slow internet!), some stuff gets lost in the shuffle.

I have spent today trying to fix that.

No, my brain no longer works.

Aber, guten tag!
I have to try the German from time to time or I'll never speak or write - much like my time with Swedish. I really prefer not to do that again. In 13 years, there wasn't much talking and there was no writing. I could read, but that's about it.
I'd like German to come a little faster, and I'll really have to work at this.

Hiya, folks! What's your day been like?___

2016-12-28 13:02:38 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

At long last ... back up!

New apartment, internet came this morning and life is changing constantly.
Berlin, baby!

More later, right now I'm still catching up all the things that got put to the side from the last 8 months of moving out of Sweden.

Whew...what a ride!

Catch me up, folks, what have I been missing? What should I know?

At long last ... back up!

New apartment, internet came this morning and life is changing constantly.
Berlin, baby!

More later, right now I'm still catching up all the things that got put to the side from the last 8 months of moving out of Sweden.

Whew...what a ride!

Catch me up, folks, what have I been missing? What should I know?___

2016-07-19 09:34:07 (18 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

A small rant this morning.

The Deutsche Post / DHL guy was here a bit ago with a package for me that required ID. Not a problem, right? I have my passport and my Swedish ID card, both considered valid here.
But for whatever reason, his machinery decided they were invalid. He could not give me my package.

So now I have to go to a physical post office (and of course, it's the one with no easy way to get there - hahaha!) and try again.

What could be wrong about my ID - or maybe wrong with his machinery?

Ah well... one more thing to do in Berlin!

Goodmorneve and some more coffee, Giggleplus!
How much of a fuss do I throw at the post office? It wasn't their fault, necessarily.

Nah ... just wait a couple of days and see what happens when I can get in there.

A small rant this morning.

The Deutsche Post / DHL guy was here a bit ago with a package for me that required ID. Not a problem, right? I have my passport and my Swedish ID card, both considered valid here.
But for whatever reason, his machinery decided they were invalid. He could not give me my package.

So now I have to go to a physical post office (and of course, it's the one with no easy way to get there - hahaha!) and try again.

What could be wrong about my ID - or maybe wrong with his machinery?

Ah well... one more thing to do in Berlin!

Goodmorneve and some more coffee, Giggleplus!
How much of a fuss do I throw at the post office? It wasn't their fault, necessarily.

Nah ... just wait a couple of days and see what happens when I can get in there.___

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2016-07-07 19:16:01 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

Grandbaby number 9 arrived earlier today.
Mom +Alisha Vaught-Dougherty, Dad +Wade Dougherty  and the newest little girl are doing fine.
Welcome to the world, Miss CR.

Grandbaby number 9 arrived earlier today.
Mom +Alisha Vaught-Dougherty, Dad +Wade Dougherty  and the newest little girl are doing fine.
Welcome to the world, Miss CR.___

2016-07-05 18:35:45 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

There are days when a primal scream is just a necessity.
This may well be one of those days.

Photo? Oh, heavens no. Not on a day like this.

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
Feels like the day should just be starting now and yet it's already been a day and a half worth of fizzle. How loud should the scream be? Loud enough to startle the neighbors? Or just enough to worry the animals indoors with me?

:)

There are days when a primal scream is just a necessity.
This may well be one of those days.

Photo? Oh, heavens no. Not on a day like this.

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
Feels like the day should just be starting now and yet it's already been a day and a half worth of fizzle. How loud should the scream be? Loud enough to startle the neighbors? Or just enough to worry the animals indoors with me?

:)___

2016-06-29 10:10:27 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Preparations and preparations.
For nail art.
For grocery shopping.
For weekend markets.

So the question today is - do preparations ever actually come to fruition?


Goodmorneve and one more cup of coffee for the road, Giggleplus!

Preparations and preparations.
For nail art.
For grocery shopping.
For weekend markets.

So the question today is - do preparations ever actually come to fruition?


Goodmorneve and one more cup of coffee for the road, Giggleplus!___

2016-06-15 13:37:53 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Ah, just when I thought there would be a day to go explore a little in Berlin...
A client has called and offered more paid work.

Another possible client has called for a quote.

And it's raining. But I'm supposed to have date night with the Bearded Guy.
May I please have the rain stop falling, the clients be a little patient and the rest of the day to go easier? Just a little?

Goodmorneve and coffee, Giggleplus!
This post took more than two hours to finish - how many things get in the way of just writing a few paragraphs for you? Or can you put everything on hold and finish a thought first?

Ah, just when I thought there would be a day to go explore a little in Berlin...
A client has called and offered more paid work.

Another possible client has called for a quote.

And it's raining. But I'm supposed to have date night with the Bearded Guy.
May I please have the rain stop falling, the clients be a little patient and the rest of the day to go easier? Just a little?

Goodmorneve and coffee, Giggleplus!
This post took more than two hours to finish - how many things get in the way of just writing a few paragraphs for you? Or can you put everything on hold and finish a thought first?___

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2016-06-10 13:32:32 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

The tiny minion thumb of a very wiggly 8-year-old...
Who is, at the same time as the photo is being taken, trying to eat M&Ms with chopsticks!



The tiny minion thumb of a very wiggly 8-year-old...
Who is, at the same time as the photo is being taken, trying to eat M&Ms with chopsticks!

___

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2016-06-08 09:30:51 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

A few days ago, I finally painted my nails!
Still not settled in, there is simply no more space to have most of my creative stuff within easy reach.

A few bottles of polish, a couple of nail tools and a stack of stickers. In a small box. Wondering if there is room to put a canvas, a few acrylic colors and a few brushes.

Living small - are there easy ways? I am overly-accustomed to really spreading out!
Hahaha!


Goodmorneve and coffee and painted nails, Giggleplus!
How do you confine the separate parts of your life? Storage areas, boxes, different rooms?

A few days ago, I finally painted my nails!
Still not settled in, there is simply no more space to have most of my creative stuff within easy reach.

A few bottles of polish, a couple of nail tools and a stack of stickers. In a small box. Wondering if there is room to put a canvas, a few acrylic colors and a few brushes.

Living small - are there easy ways? I am overly-accustomed to really spreading out!
Hahaha!


Goodmorneve and coffee and painted nails, Giggleplus!
How do you confine the separate parts of your life? Storage areas, boxes, different rooms?___

2016-06-05 09:36:36 (14 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

French press coffee.
Okay, Giggleplus, who has tips on the best way to clean this contraption?

I thought a strainer would do it. Honestly, the strainer is so big, I'm just splashing the grounds when I dump them in the bio-waste.
We thought a cloth strainer would do it. Have you ever tried to get the last bits out of a cloth strainer?
There has to be a better way.

Still working on the right level of grinding. Still working on the right amount of steeping. Still working on how to keep it all hot while letting it sit for a bit to allow the grounds and the nearly-boiling water to do their magic.

Today?
There is work. But first, there will be music in my headphones and polish on my fingernails. I can't take it any more!


Goodmorneve and a mess of coffee grounds, Giggleplus!
Any tricks, hints or tips ?

Sunshine and warm... more »

French press coffee.
Okay, Giggleplus, who has tips on the best way to clean this contraption?

I thought a strainer would do it. Honestly, the strainer is so big, I'm just splashing the grounds when I dump them in the bio-waste.
We thought a cloth strainer would do it. Have you ever tried to get the last bits out of a cloth strainer?
There has to be a better way.

Still working on the right level of grinding. Still working on the right amount of steeping. Still working on how to keep it all hot while letting it sit for a bit to allow the grounds and the nearly-boiling water to do their magic.

Today?
There is work. But first, there will be music in my headphones and polish on my fingernails. I can't take it any more!


Goodmorneve and a mess of coffee grounds, Giggleplus!
Any tricks, hints or tips ?

Sunshine and warm breezes....___

2016-06-01 07:58:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

I can't remember the last time I was able to watch a rugby match.
Sometime in the 1970s, maybe?

Today, I am being taken to a local pub to watch a State of Origin match - my housemate is a huge rugby fan.
And I'm wearing his Queensland shirt. Because that's the state of origin for my housemate.

We will be going out among other rugby fans.

Isn't this the game we called "kill the man with the ball" when we were kids?

Goodmorneve and sports shirts, Giggleplus!
Was my last game a baseball game from a farm team or a pro basketball game? Or was it watching my now-adult twins playing t-ball or little league baseball?
I can't even remember, it's been so long.

Out of respect for the housemate, I shall root for Queensland.
Do we have anyone else here who follows rugby? Should I be looking for you at the... more »

I can't remember the last time I was able to watch a rugby match.
Sometime in the 1970s, maybe?

Today, I am being taken to a local pub to watch a State of Origin match - my housemate is a huge rugby fan.
And I'm wearing his Queensland shirt. Because that's the state of origin for my housemate.

We will be going out among other rugby fans.

Isn't this the game we called "kill the man with the ball" when we were kids?

Goodmorneve and sports shirts, Giggleplus!
Was my last game a baseball game from a farm team or a pro basketball game? Or was it watching my now-adult twins playing t-ball or little league baseball?
I can't even remember, it's been so long.

Out of respect for the housemate, I shall root for Queensland.
Do we have anyone else here who follows rugby? Should I be looking for you at the pub in Berlin?

:)___

2016-05-31 07:30:44 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

A long to-do list.
Two projects of paid work.
And my nails - still nothing on my nails. It's been since February, I think. This may be one of the longest periods ever without something on my nails.

That does not make me a happy girl.

Goodmorneve and coffee, Giggleplus!
Paid work first.
Cleaning work second.
Nails - some time today, nails!

When you want to do something creative, and life gets in the way, how long can you go before "I need to stop everything and do this!" sets in?

A long to-do list.
Two projects of paid work.
And my nails - still nothing on my nails. It's been since February, I think. This may be one of the longest periods ever without something on my nails.

That does not make me a happy girl.

Goodmorneve and coffee, Giggleplus!
Paid work first.
Cleaning work second.
Nails - some time today, nails!

When you want to do something creative, and life gets in the way, how long can you go before "I need to stop everything and do this!" sets in?___

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2016-05-24 11:12:47 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

+Fergus Martin  - look at this!

I just got the email that says it was sent out yesterday, and in today's mail - here it is.

I think the photo is awful. I'm still figuring out taking shots with a cell phone and getting them to the computers. This move we made evidently removed all my intelligent brain cell activity.

Sorry for the garbage photo - but the stamps are on their way either later this afternoon or during the day tomorrow!

+Fergus Martin  - look at this!

I just got the email that says it was sent out yesterday, and in today's mail - here it is.

I think the photo is awful. I'm still figuring out taking shots with a cell phone and getting them to the computers. This move we made evidently removed all my intelligent brain cell activity.

Sorry for the garbage photo - but the stamps are on their way either later this afternoon or during the day tomorrow!___

2016-05-24 08:41:07 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Well, it's been a while since I've heard a serious thunderstorm. For whatever reason, those are pretty rare in Sweden. But in Berlin? Last night's storm was more like what I am accustomed to hearing in the Mid-Atlantic US.
It didn't really start until late last night - after 10:30 - but honestly, even if I had been asleep at midnight, a few of those thunderclaps would have woken me.

I survived.
As did our animals.

Today is finishing up some work and prepping for an afternoon of nail art with a teenager. My nails are in such need....

In other news, one of our little guys made it out to the living room last night - the dog was in one of the children's rooms, so the cat decided it was a good time to explore. This meeting-of-the-animals is taking longer than I had hoped. But it's probably for the best.
The dog is quite jealous of any... more »

Well, it's been a while since I've heard a serious thunderstorm. For whatever reason, those are pretty rare in Sweden. But in Berlin? Last night's storm was more like what I am accustomed to hearing in the Mid-Atlantic US.
It didn't really start until late last night - after 10:30 - but honestly, even if I had been asleep at midnight, a few of those thunderclaps would have woken me.

I survived.
As did our animals.

Today is finishing up some work and prepping for an afternoon of nail art with a teenager. My nails are in such need....

In other news, one of our little guys made it out to the living room last night - the dog was in one of the children's rooms, so the cat decided it was a good time to explore. This meeting-of-the-animals is taking longer than I had hoped. But it's probably for the best.
The dog is quite jealous of any attention paid that is not in her direction and she is absolutely jealous of other animals. The cats? They don't really care much, except that our little one, with lack of eyesight, is easily frightened by the barking. And our big one, nearly aged 12, appears simply bored by the large dog's voice.

We shall see.

Goodmorneve and coffee, Giggleplus!
My work for today is nearly done - so that means I should watch my emails for the next project, right?
When introducing new animals to a household - anyone have tips on that? I have two Norwegian Forest cats, both over the age of 10, introducing them to a 4-year-old Border Collie mix - who barks. Any ideas on how to make this easier or faster? And the least amount of stress on all sides?
Trying to be a good pet owner... feels like I'm failing, somehow.___

2016-05-22 08:48:16 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Photos? What photos? The ones on my iPhone that is having a hard time talking to my MacBook? Or the ones on my camera that is still in its case from the move... 3 weeks ago?

Nah, I'll have to wait to show photos.

Today, the Bearded Guy is at the Berlin Art Market with his stand and his prints. Day 2 of this for him. I like the location there.

Of course, when I stopped by to bring him a few things, I did look at the other vendors - and bought something groovy.
But can I show it to you? No, I can not. Because the photo is stuck in my phone!
Waaaaah!

Goodmorneve and coffee, Giggleplus!
Maybe once I've had another cup, I can figure out this photo thing.
How often do you go to markets, flea markets, yard sales, art shows? And do you buy? Or just look and keep walking?

Photos? What photos? The ones on my iPhone that is having a hard time talking to my MacBook? Or the ones on my camera that is still in its case from the move... 3 weeks ago?

Nah, I'll have to wait to show photos.

Today, the Bearded Guy is at the Berlin Art Market with his stand and his prints. Day 2 of this for him. I like the location there.

Of course, when I stopped by to bring him a few things, I did look at the other vendors - and bought something groovy.
But can I show it to you? No, I can not. Because the photo is stuck in my phone!
Waaaaah!

Goodmorneve and coffee, Giggleplus!
Maybe once I've had another cup, I can figure out this photo thing.
How often do you go to markets, flea markets, yard sales, art shows? And do you buy? Or just look and keep walking?___

2016-05-20 08:34:24 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Appointments and payments, videos and text to work on, a house that should be Swiffered and vacuumed, animals to play with, just Things.To.Do.

And in all this, I still have not fixed my nails. This is the travesty of it all.
My broken, sorry-looking nails need attention. And yesterday's deliveries included a package with some things to do exactly that. So at some point, after the paid work is done for the day, I really must sit down and try to fix these nails.

Still no photos, still no real "settling in", though we are trying. So far? A TV in the bedroom, all the computers up and running, the printer in place, but the shredder is still just waiting to be plugged in and the plan for office supplies continues to just be a box instead of drawers. Where am I to put all the nail art? Or the acrylic paints? For now, there simply isn't room to do this.
Yikes. More... more »

Appointments and payments, videos and text to work on, a house that should be Swiffered and vacuumed, animals to play with, just Things.To.Do.

And in all this, I still have not fixed my nails. This is the travesty of it all.
My broken, sorry-looking nails need attention. And yesterday's deliveries included a package with some things to do exactly that. So at some point, after the paid work is done for the day, I really must sit down and try to fix these nails.

Still no photos, still no real "settling in", though we are trying. So far? A TV in the bedroom, all the computers up and running, the printer in place, but the shredder is still just waiting to be plugged in and the plan for office supplies continues to just be a box instead of drawers. Where am I to put all the nail art? Or the acrylic paints? For now, there simply isn't room to do this.
Yikes. More than two weeks here and I'm barely managing the necessities, much less the creative stuff.

Goodmorneve and coffee, Giggleplus!
Work must come first. Planning and governmental paperwork must be done. But somewhere in there, I need my artistic side to have a corner. :)
How long before you unpack and use the creative stuff? Not the crayons and coloring books for the kids, the actual adult creativity things.___

2016-05-19 03:55:05 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

It seems I am less than clear when I speak.
Which generally means I am probably less than clear in my writing.
This is not a good thing.
I fear it is a sign of me being less than clear in my own mind, about what I do - and could be a harbinger of more serious mental loss.

Or is it just the current situation and the still-not-moved-in feeling?

Oh, I do not know. I only know that the work I wanted to do this morning now has to wait - gotta let him get some sleep first!

It's not as easy to mess with our sleep schedules now. There are other people to consider.

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
How hard is it to convey your actual idea to someone else? Any idea?

It seems I am less than clear when I speak.
Which generally means I am probably less than clear in my writing.
This is not a good thing.
I fear it is a sign of me being less than clear in my own mind, about what I do - and could be a harbinger of more serious mental loss.

Or is it just the current situation and the still-not-moved-in feeling?

Oh, I do not know. I only know that the work I wanted to do this morning now has to wait - gotta let him get some sleep first!

It's not as easy to mess with our sleep schedules now. There are other people to consider.

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
How hard is it to convey your actual idea to someone else? Any idea?___

2016-05-18 10:34:46 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Why is trip planning so difficult?
Why do internet sites suddenly not want to take my money?

Ah, the joys of moving, the joys of new phone numbers, the joys of rising trip rates from the time you hit the "this flight" button to the time you want to check out, the joys of making sure you have everyone's birthdate and exact name as in the passport...
Nah, can't happen.

Goodmorneve and internet connections, Giggleplus!
Is it better to just get a travel agent?

Why is trip planning so difficult?
Why do internet sites suddenly not want to take my money?

Ah, the joys of moving, the joys of new phone numbers, the joys of rising trip rates from the time you hit the "this flight" button to the time you want to check out, the joys of making sure you have everyone's birthdate and exact name as in the passport...
Nah, can't happen.

Goodmorneve and internet connections, Giggleplus!
Is it better to just get a travel agent?___

2016-05-10 10:26:25 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

I don't think I've ever had such issues with DHL before.
Sure, in Sweden, we had to walk a rather long distance to collect those packages - which is why I tried to use other services.
But in Germany - I've watched packages arrive here, at this apartment, on time and intact.

My order? Still waiting.
Was supposed to be here Saturday. "Couldn't deliver"
Ummm... I stayed home quite a while, then my housemate was here. And the neighbors were home. (That's another common thing, they'll leave it with the neighbor.)

Was supposed to arrive Monday. Within 20 minutes, the listing had been changed to "can't deliver today".
Ummm... okay, maybe you mis-loaded the truck?

Is supposed to arrive today.
Waiting...

In the meantime, I don't want to go under headphones for one of my client jobs because I... more »

I don't think I've ever had such issues with DHL before.
Sure, in Sweden, we had to walk a rather long distance to collect those packages - which is why I tried to use other services.
But in Germany - I've watched packages arrive here, at this apartment, on time and intact.

My order? Still waiting.
Was supposed to be here Saturday. "Couldn't deliver"
Ummm... I stayed home quite a while, then my housemate was here. And the neighbors were home. (That's another common thing, they'll leave it with the neighbor.)

Was supposed to arrive Monday. Within 20 minutes, the listing had been changed to "can't deliver today".
Ummm... okay, maybe you mis-loaded the truck?

Is supposed to arrive today.
Waiting...

In the meantime, I don't want to go under headphones for one of my client jobs because I don't want to miss the doorbell.
Don't want to get up on a stepstool, because getting off it takes a little time and I have no idea how patient or impatient they might be.

Meh.

Goodmorneve and more coffee, Giggleplus!
In the meantime, I am reading, writing and doing the books. At least that's quiet work, so I could hear the doorbell!
How impatient do you get when waiting for something?

:D___

2016-05-09 12:45:25 (30 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Paid work.
Or insert insect screens in the windows.
Or empty two boxes in the office area and clear those from the floor.
Or paid work.
Or write more emails in an attempt to get bureaucracy to work a little faster.
Or do these screens. Or empty the boxes.
Or even go to the basement and get another box of clothes up here.

Yikes.
A little overwhelmed at the moment. With two types of paid work to do for two separate projects, plus 2 boxes definitely needing attention and two black nettings for the windows that should be installed... I'm just not sure I can make proper decisions right now.

For the moment:
Paid work first.
Boxes out of the way.
Screens in.
One more box of clothing up.

That sounds like a great plan, right? But it's already nearly 3 in the afternoon and I'm pretty sure nothing will be finished... more »

Paid work.
Or insert insect screens in the windows.
Or empty two boxes in the office area and clear those from the floor.
Or paid work.
Or write more emails in an attempt to get bureaucracy to work a little faster.
Or do these screens. Or empty the boxes.
Or even go to the basement and get another box of clothes up here.

Yikes.
A little overwhelmed at the moment. With two types of paid work to do for two separate projects, plus 2 boxes definitely needing attention and two black nettings for the windows that should be installed... I'm just not sure I can make proper decisions right now.

For the moment:
Paid work first.
Boxes out of the way.
Screens in.
One more box of clothing up.

That sounds like a great plan, right? But it's already nearly 3 in the afternoon and I'm pretty sure nothing will be finished today, no matter what I start with.

Meh.

Ah, it's really okay. I'm just having a small time management crisis.
:D


Goodmorneve and iced tea, Giggleplus!
Maybe that's the problem? It's my drink?
hahaahahaha___

2016-05-04 19:25:10 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

There is paperwork to be done. But evidently tomorrow is a national holiday here and there will be nothing open. Stores will be closed. Not just the banks or government offices, truly everything. And no, there are no sales going on - the stores will be closed.
Just one more thing to get accustomed to in our new home.

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
We've discovered a few things that were not packed, or that were given up, or that were thrown out - things that perhaps we should have kept. So we're working on making sure we have the right tools for the job. As in... yup, gonna need a trip to IKEA.
How much do you "start over" in a new place as opposed to having brought it all with you when you move?
(Yeah, we made some poor choices) hahaha

There is paperwork to be done. But evidently tomorrow is a national holiday here and there will be nothing open. Stores will be closed. Not just the banks or government offices, truly everything. And no, there are no sales going on - the stores will be closed.
Just one more thing to get accustomed to in our new home.

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
We've discovered a few things that were not packed, or that were given up, or that were thrown out - things that perhaps we should have kept. So we're working on making sure we have the right tools for the job. As in... yup, gonna need a trip to IKEA.
How much do you "start over" in a new place as opposed to having brought it all with you when you move?
(Yeah, we made some poor choices) hahaha___

2016-05-03 10:18:23 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

A minor delay at the Rathaus to get registered, but then everything went smoothly.
Many thanks to online expat forums, people around me who speak and understand German, the woman who indeed spoke English, plus my need to Be Prepared - it meant we had only a few questions and when it got beyond us, she switched to English and then we were given our official registration paper.

That's one.

Next up - the one that allows me to bill clients. That will likely not be today, but I would like it done by next week. Delays in billings mean delays in payments and that's just not any fun.

Goodmorneve and coffee, Giggleplus!
I have more work today, then I'm hoping to plan a little trip with one of the youngsters in our new location... maybe I'll even come back to painting my nails!
When you have moved, how long does it take before you can function properly -... more »

A minor delay at the Rathaus to get registered, but then everything went smoothly.
Many thanks to online expat forums, people around me who speak and understand German, the woman who indeed spoke English, plus my need to Be Prepared - it meant we had only a few questions and when it got beyond us, she switched to English and then we were given our official registration paper.

That's one.

Next up - the one that allows me to bill clients. That will likely not be today, but I would like it done by next week. Delays in billings mean delays in payments and that's just not any fun.

Goodmorneve and coffee, Giggleplus!
I have more work today, then I'm hoping to plan a little trip with one of the youngsters in our new location... maybe I'll even come back to painting my nails!
When you have moved, how long does it take before you can function properly - and stop moving boxes around?___

2016-05-02 08:21:47 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

A new week.
Things are here, Bearded Guy and cats are here. We have an office setup and a bedroom setup. We still have boxes to unpack, but things are moving along.

Today - today is for paperwork for Germany. At least one piece of paper today, possibly one more if we have time. There is a lot to do for registering yourself and your business activities in Berlin!

Goodmorneve and coffee, Giggleplus!
I had so hoped to go paperless in my life ... not happening this week!
How much paperwork do you deal with?

A new week.
Things are here, Bearded Guy and cats are here. We have an office setup and a bedroom setup. We still have boxes to unpack, but things are moving along.

Today - today is for paperwork for Germany. At least one piece of paper today, possibly one more if we have time. There is a lot to do for registering yourself and your business activities in Berlin!

Goodmorneve and coffee, Giggleplus!
I had so hoped to go paperless in my life ... not happening this week!
How much paperwork do you deal with?___

2016-04-28 15:25:29 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Truck arrived, boxes and items inside. The Bearded Guy finished and has made his first train on a journey which sees him arrive tomorrow. With a little luck, a few things can be completed before he arrives.

Goodmorneve and Tylenol, Giggleplus!
I moved very little, the movers and our new housemate did the work.
So why is watching and directing so tiring?
:)

Truck arrived, boxes and items inside. The Bearded Guy finished and has made his first train on a journey which sees him arrive tomorrow. With a little luck, a few things can be completed before he arrives.

Goodmorneve and Tylenol, Giggleplus!
I moved very little, the movers and our new housemate did the work.
So why is watching and directing so tiring?
:)___

2016-04-27 05:09:56 (14 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

And wake up in Berlin.

One tiny step at a time as I start things here. 
But I'm here, and it's a new day, and it's time to feed these animals... and maybe get a cup of tea - (no coffee here yet, will fix that later) - 

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
A new place, a new day, a new way of doing things.

And wake up in Berlin.

One tiny step at a time as I start things here. 
But I'm here, and it's a new day, and it's time to feed these animals... and maybe get a cup of tea - (no coffee here yet, will fix that later) - 

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
A new place, a new day, a new way of doing things.___

2016-04-26 06:10:47 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Travel day.

In a couple of hours, I start my journey.

Goodmorneve and one more cup of coffee for the road, Giggleplus!
The time has come. 

Travel day.

In a couple of hours, I start my journey.

Goodmorneve and one more cup of coffee for the road, Giggleplus!
The time has come. ___

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