As happens so many times lately, I start a project and it falls flat in just a short time. To keep going is in itself a very positive action.
I find hands to be most expressive. I often try to draw hands to express an emotion. The style or technique used when drawing the hand pays quite a bit to just how well the hand delivers the ‘message.’ wanted. This was demonstrated when I was working on the hand images below on the left. The original was in sepia. I thought I would update it digitally to black and white. The finished result was not what I wanted.
I took the original hand, duplicated it…flipped it…to get the image showing two hands. I used Procreate to create the image as a drawing. Then I used Enlight to join the two as one image. The image demonstrates a peaceful touch. Black and white was just too harsh to demonstrate this.
In contrast, the hand on the right speaks of a moment when one is hanging on for dear life! Black and white says it all!
I was involved in a project of scanning a medical questionnaire I needed to fill out. What I find challenging to do after scanning, is to fill it out on my computer, instead of hand writing my answers. My handwriting is a bit large and writing in narrow lines looks messy after I fill it in. I use a software program called PDF Expert. I learned this time, that I can go from one spot to another without having to start a new text area. I went down the line putting ‘x’ in all the appropriate squares.
I also like to use different colors to bring more importance to some data over other information I am putting in.
While this may not seem like such a big thing, to me it is a part of my plan to keep my brain actively involved by interacting with software. I have taught Word, Excel and struggled to teach Access in the past. Now I am using the same format of software, but the Macintosh version. For Word, there is Pages. Numbers is Mac’s version of Excel. Numbers and Pages are the two main programs I use. Then PDF Expert is what I use instead of Adobe’s PDF software. They all are similar when it comes to formatting and other operations.
Numbers is the most amazing to me…just like Excel. I call myself ‘numerically challenged’ as math on any level is difficult for me. I just updated my spreadsheet for my full year bill paying spreadsheet. I have a legal size, horizontal layout with columns for ‘date paid’ and ‘amount paid’ for each month of the year. Those mathematical formulas are amazing. I like the cell auto format also.
Was a bit nervous about getting my 2018 spreadsheet going but it all worked out just as it was supposed to. Big sigh of relief there as my brain was not as sure about it this time.
So, one big software project was completed and is in fine working condition.
Not sure what happened, but today was a bust. My neck issues were working overtime. I have an appointment to have it checked, which was why I was filling out the medical questionnaire. I have a warm scarf I keep around my neck as it does not like the colder temperatures we are experiencing right now.
Lesson I learned from my neck….do not ever hold a phone between your head and shoulders when talking to free up both hands so you can type at the same time. When I worked as a unit secretary in the ER back in the 90s, I did just that for 10 years. I am paying for it now. The headphones of today were not available back then.
Today was a totally different day. A friend lost her husband on Christmas. Theirs was a beautiful relationship full of love, sharing, and also a deep respect for each other. They have a beautiful home on the Indian River Lagoon that consisted of 5 acres, much of which was grass. Others might have hired landscapers to care for the property, but that was not their way. The two of them each had their own John Deere tractor-mower. They tackled the mowing of their property themselves. In Florida, especially during the summer, that becomes a full time job!
Elliot and I let her lead the way when it came to talking. We ended up listening to stories from all stages of her life. Elliot shared growing up in East Harlem. Her husband came into the different conversations…not as someone lost, but a relationship…friendship that was most positively shared.
Two more days that just didn’t seem to go anywhere. I got my walk in, took a few photos, but that was it! Did the things I needed to do like cook, laundry and such, but nothing really creative. I did get in one special walk I often do and that is to go down to the boat ramp to meet up with Elliot. He goes ahead of me in his van, smokes his pipe and feeds the squirrels. It is one place I never get tired of going to. The river goes on both sides of the boat ramp. There is a nature walk I have taken a few times. It is also the home of this ancient tortoise. He lives in his hole in the ground. He will come out to sun at its opening if you are lucky. Get too close though and back he goes into his hole.
Below are two images from the boat ramp. One where the dock seems to be floating in the clouds because of the super reflection on the smooth river. The second is the tortoise when he ventured out away from his burrow.
Saturdays are often special days as it is when some friends and I meet for breakfast. We all went on a unique retreat about 20 years ago, called a Cursillo. Part of the followup was to meet on Saturdays and follow a certain prayer routine before breakfast, share our goals etc..
Over time our group evolved to just good friends getting together. Our bond is strong and there was one time when I needed help and the girls and their husbands came and helped me paint my house. WOW! Talk about support. We are down to fewer members as some have moved away and one succumbed to cancer.
We are a bit spread out now, but still the need to come together remains. Jean, who moved up by me, will pick me up, so I can be be a part of the gathering. Driving is not always the best for me some days. Besides, we get to share our ride down and back.
We always order the same, except for one. It is a fried egg sandwich with tomato and cheese on whole wheat with a side order of the most delicious potatoes. I always order extra potatoes to go, so Elliot can enjoy them too.