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Learning to be organized…

11 Sep

Besides experimenting with themes on my latest blog and learning about templates and other blog terminology, I been checking out different apps for my iPad. For some time now, and especially after my last move, I’ve been overwhelmed by all the paper I’ve accumulated. I’ve sorted through it (several times), but still have piles. So I’ve been looking at online sources for ideas. I thought of Access and started reading about how to set it up. But it seemed very involved, and I wasn’t sure it would do everything I want. Then Evernotes was recommended to me. I’ve downloaded it and checked out a digital book “Evernote Essentials Guide (boxed set)” from the library to learn how it works.

In addition to the accumulation of paper, and in spite of paring down for every move, I still have a lot of stuff. I keep going through it every so often and try to find different ‘homes’ for things. But I’ve decided, part of my problem is that I’m just not a great housekeeper! In my smallish apartment things can go from looking great to complete shambles in a day or so. I need to do better.

I’ve decided I need to follow Flylady again. I did it several years ago, and it helped. I’ve retained a few of the habits–dressing every morning and making my bed–but unfortunately I’ve let others slip away. I never did make the complete Control Journal that Flylady touts. It just seemed like a waste of time as I was already scheduling things on my calendar and to do list. But I do see the value of having everything in one place. Hoping for a remedy, I’ve downloaded the Cozi app. As an added incentive for me to keep following the routines, I’ve invited my granddaughters to do the daily Kids Challenge and we can encourage each other.

Another thing that has gotten out of control is my account passwords. We are cautioned to not create the same password for each site. But I have so many sites that require passwords. Which means many passwords. One of the sister-in-laws has a little book that she checks every time, but I need them readily accessible as I often need them when I’m on the go. For several years now, I’ve stored them (in code in case someone accesses it) on my Notes app. The thing is, this list is now huge and it takes some time and careful attention to find the one I need. To make matters worse, after mistakenly deleting a note page a couple of times, I now have two separate notes (copies) of these passwords. And sometimes I add a new password to one of the lists, not remembering to copy it to the other one. Which results in sometimes having to search two list to find the password I need. Getting older doesn’t help either–sometimes I have to puzzle a bit to understand my own code! The app ‘1password’ has been recommended to me. The idea sounds good, except it seems to me that if anyone hacked my 1password account, they would have all of my passwords instead of just one. Do any of you, my readers, have any experience or thoughts on this?

More learning….

28 Jul

Another thing I’ve been doing this summer is trying to refine my latest blog, Along with that, I have ideas for another blog in the works. Since things have changed a lot since I started this blog, I’ve been having some difficulty to get the new site just how I want it. Plus I have all these ideas for the new blog. After blundering along, and a few times almost losing my previous content, I found a great solution. Create a new blog!

It will be a blog of expermentation. A place where I can change looks, widget placement, pages, etc., without worrying about losing content. Check it out at

Filling my time during the Covid-19 stay at home

9 Jul

Before the virus outbreak, I had been socilizing every day and it was quite a change to not see anyone for weeks. This probably wasn’t as hard for me as some people, though, because I like change, in fact I thrive on it.

But as the weeks turned into months, I begin to get a little stir crazy. Somewhere along the line, I started cooking again. As I started searching for different recipes, and experimented with different dishes, I became a little dismayed that I had let other activities rob me on my joy of cooking.

I haven’t been a grocery store since the middle of March, only do curbside pickup every 2-3 weeks. (My tiny refrigerator doesn’t leave me much room for perishables.) I’ve taken liberal advantage of foods from Amazon, ordering different flours, legumes, seeds, and spices.

In late February, I started an indoor window garden (I hope to post about that later) and have had greens of some form and fixed some way at about once a week since they started producing in April. I also have tomato, pepper, eggplant, and melon plants in buckets outside.

I’ve read some books online. I thought I would do more art, but that hasn’t yet become a reality. The same with playing my ukulele and accordian. In spite of not doing any art or music, I’ve done a lot of online browsing on each, plus food, garden, books, etc. I still have many different interests.

And now, I’ve finally started blogging again. When I first thought about blogging this summer, I was astounded that my last post was in 2017! I guess I’ve been so busy living, I didn’t take the time to blog. As I started trying to post and work on my new blog, I realized WordPress had changed somewhat since I had last posted. It was another learning curve to get going again, another learning experience. Like cooking, I’m finding blogging very fulfilling, wondering why I let it slide. What got me going again was the fact that, especially during this epidemic, Facebook just wasn’t enough to satisfy my social interaction needs, nor my love for the written word.

And speaking of the written word, I’ve been doing indepth Bible studies. I’ve completed studies on angels, the Holy Spirit, and am currently on Revelation.

2015 in review

2 Jan

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 750 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 13 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

2014 in review

29 Jan

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 780 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 13 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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