You Never Know… 

Time to make a change. With my parent’s death I pondered how this will affect me. Thinking I have less on my mind I found that I have been trying to find a way to simplify. One idea I had was to finally make my house exactly how I want it and remodel my house of 31 years. The other idea was moving.  Back and forth we went.  So in June I started to investigate. Live through a remodel or move.

The Internet makes looking easier. I looked out of town, and out of state, or stay in the area. I drove out to see a 55+ Del Web community, but it didn’t feel right for us. Looked at nearby community of Gold River, a group of villages with varying HOAs. A possibility, but not quite.  Then on June 4th we looked at a couple of open houses. Walked into a house that felt right, and we made an offer. Back and forth, and on Tuesday July 11th we signed the papers. Recorded on July 12th, and we have a new house. The actual move won’t happen until the first week in October. Since this actually was a fast decision I now have time to get my house ready for sale. Of course, this also means looking at all the stuff accumulated over the years of raising two kids, grandkids and job paperwork.

Should be celebrating, but instead I have been spending time at Kaiser Hospital in Roseville. You  never know. My 15 year old granddaughter had emergency surgery for appendicitis on July 11th. Turn out it was much more serious, and her appendix burst. Pulls through surgery only to be back in the hospital two weeks later because of an abscess from the surgery.  The day before school started in early August, the drainage tube was removed. Alyssa did not have much of a summer vacation.

Sacramento weather has been particularly hot. No days under 90 degrees. I spent August preparing to sell my house. Decluttering, packing, organizing. I learned that I am an organized person who saves everything. I have files filled with receipts going way back. If I stop to look at them it can be amusing. Seeing the cost of things, how long some appliances last, the number of times I fixed the same item.

I had a storage box of memories. I kept my kids artwork from first scribble. I dated these pictures and wrote what it was about. First teddy bear, first shoes, every Mother’s Day card, every story and homework project saved. This made for a fun trip down memory lane. I then got two bags and passed this along to my children. They probably recycled all of it.

I also found a box of correspondence I saved since moving to California in 1978. This must have been the last time I purged my stuff.  Long 6 page letters from busy mothers with young children. With the coming of cell phones and reduced costs the letters stopped. We now catch up a couple of times a year, or follow each other on Facebook.  This blog serves as my journal, and my need to record my thoughts. Somethings don’t change. Are you a saver or do you quickly discard?

Delayed posting this blog because I wanted to add some photos that I had on my iPhone 5s. That proved problematic.  Photos were too pixilated.  I guess I should figure this out before I plan to use iPhone photos here. So I will end now sans photos.

Rain Leads to Post Processing Photos

When the weather turns soggy I make soup. Get my pot of Butternut Squash with Apple Soup going, and add a grilled ham and Swiss cheese sandwich for the perfect dinner. Finish it up with a chocolate chip cookie fresh from the oven. I didn’t actually bake from scratch this time. My granddaughter’s fundraiser was frozen Famous Amos cookies that I have in the freezer for just such times. Perfect.

My laundry is in the garage. Not fun to do when the weather is too hot or too cold. Task done. House cleaned enough not to be embarrassed by unexpected company.

Now I can sit down and review my photographs. My new laptop is slowly becoming fully functional. Lightroom and Photoshop CC installed easy enough. Added Topaz filters, Nik software, and Photomatrix Pro 4. Today I installed my calibration software, Spyder Pro 4.

Have not figured out how to work in Lightroom on one computer, export the catalog and then import the catalog on the other computer. For the second night I was not successful. I will look at another tutorial. Must be missing something.

Consistency is the name of the game when it comes to using Lightroom CC. When I first started using LR, I thought of it as an organizing tool. This fit in with my library experience and my system works for me. Keyboarding, rating my photos and creating Smart Collections lead to an easy system to organize my library.  LR developed into a powerful editing program. Today I learned how to use Masking when working with LR Detail tab. This helps to select the area to be sharpened. I also learned how to use some of the key strokes to make the editing process faster.

While visiting Port Costa, Ca. last week this friendly, beautiful Maine Coon cat followed me around. I used some of the techniques to improve this  photo.

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Looking for a friend (or a free meal) in Port Costa

The rain has past, and the next two days will be busy. Shopped for my Dad, and will visit parents tomorrow after a visit to my doctor. (Just a tune-up) LOL.