Glitches along the way

Spring seems to be the time where not most of our time is spent working IMG_0017in the yard, on the house and whatever else has been neglected over the winter months, in order to be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the fruit of your hard work during the warmer summer days and evenings.

I purchased my home 4 1/2 years ago and have done some pretty major updates to it yearly since then. Two years ago I finally fenced in the back yard, giving me privacy, and  a place to relax. This being said, I spent much of last summer, after the patio was put in, contemplating how to finish off the yard. I put in two rows of retaining brick to go around a mediation garden, and planned on adding a mini firepitrailroad tie barrier to another garden on the other end of the yard, in which to plant a few vegetable. Then this  Spring arrived and I put in a fire pit, changing the whole concept of my yard design. I’ve now redesigned most of it, in my head anyway, and will be spending the next two or three weeks finishing the work involved, so that I can sit back and probably redesign it all over again next year.

Much like my yard, which I thought I’d planned out completely and then changed because I decided to do one thing differently, my last blog was a result of basically the same thing. I’d planned what I was going to write about, and then technology stepped in and changed it all on me. I actually had most of the blog written when my cordless keyboard decided it was going to have a mind of itsIMG_0018 own. I’m a fairly faster typist, somewhere around 70+ word per minute I would think, and I was busying typing away when suddenly my space key started acting up. I’d hit space, and sometimes nothing would happen; or two spaces would happen. On occasion, there would be three or more spaces! I thought it might be an issue with batteries in the keyboard, so I replaced them and settled in to finish my blog. No such luck. Anywhere from zero to six spaces would appear on my monitor when I pressed the spare bar and the time being spent going back to fix it, well it was driving me crazy!

I decided to copy and paste another piece I’d written, about things not being as they might appear, melding the two pieces together and I would simply move on from there. Not surprisingly, technology had other ideas. I saved the piece as I went, proofed and added photos and, when I to posted the blog live, half of it was missing! Gone into thin air, or that mysterious place those things we are sure we saved disappear to. I was beyond frustrated and finished my blog on my tablet, added a couple of not quite in focus pictures, and posted it. I then picked up a wired keyboard, matched it up with a wired mouse my son brought when he came to visit, and I was off to the races again.

It never ceases to surprise me though. As much as you prepare and plan for changes, things can come up and throw a wrench in the works. You have to be able to adjust and adapt and, as they say, go with the flow. While it was extremely frustrating to deal with a keyboard that seems to have its own idea of sentence structure, I was still able to post a blog (although it wasn’t the one I’d planned on), change up some equipment, and get on with other projects.

Things are starting to quiet down around here on the homefront. My first session of Monday night classes, Putting Pen to Paper, are complete and I have had wonderful feedback on the session. They’ll start up again in the fall, along with some other offerings, but until then I’ll continue to blog and take some courses myself. I don’t think we can ever stop learning and I love to share what I learn with other.

Well, it’s cold out today, but the sun is shining now and again. I think I’ll pop outside when the sun makes its appearances and do a bit here and there to prepare for those yard changes that are still just a concept in my head.

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A new year and new promises

Well, it’s the start of yet another year and I am nowhere close to where I wanted to be. This being said, the only resolutions I have made are meant to put me on that path. With that in mind, I’m devoting time to finishing up my website and putting together notes for classes I will be holding. I’ll be starting small, but hope to ramp up as the year progresses and the classes I’ll be taking myself come to an end.

I’m also learning more about this blogging program. Up to this point it’s been all text, which can get pretty damn boring pretty damn quickly. I’m learning how to add photos, and will be venturing out with my camera more often, so that I can use my one pictures rather than generic ones found on the internet.

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And there we go. The first picture has been added. Now that forces me to upload more of my own photos for use one here. I even learned how to make the text wrap around the photo. Damn, I’m good!

I’ve also spent some time going through paperwork on my desk. It’s amazing how quickly it piles up. I’ve found several notebooks that have been started, and never completed. Some contain pieces I’ve written, or experiences in my writing process, that may end up shared here. Others, well others are a feeble attempt at journaling on a daily basis. Yeah, that’s one of those resolutions I’m working on again this year.

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This is one of those stock photos “borrowed”from the internet.  One final resolution I’m going to share, is to try to post on here on a more regular basis. With class outlines being drawn up, and new commitments to myself regarding my own writing and growth, posting on here will also figure into that. So on that note, all the best to you and your resolutions for the new year and let’s hope at least one of us follows through.