5/24/15

Apps Apps Apps

Stelllllllllllllllaaaaaaaaaaa

Actually it's Steller, with an e-r-
Steller is an app for your smart phone and it's a cool thing to use for personal use or business.
It can be used as an online portfolio for nearly any business OR it can be used for photos family or otherwise in an artsy way.
I'm still getting used to posting times and the other this's and that's but I like it.  I've introduced it to a clients employees to use for their own portfolios where they'll be connected to the website.

There are so many apps and so little time to use them all.  Picking what's right for you or your client is a process.  It takes time, don't rush it.
 I want to try out Flipagram but haven't had enough time to devote to it, I will though, eventually. Then I'll be able to decide if it's right for a business as a tool or to chuck it in the app pile for another purpose.
Check out the info on both of these apps.  Right now, Steller is my fav.  








2/16/15

Teacher's Ed

I would wager to guess most of you are fairly computer literate.  If you know how to turn the computer on and where the monitor is you're good to go.

My Son and I at Disney World
Recently I decided to teach older adults at a local community center how to use the computer, to give them a gateway to communicate with family, browse, shop, whatever their hearts desires.  Maybe you don't remember those early days of opening and slamming through a labyrinth of windows, then you should.  I know how difficult it was for me to learn, I learned through trial and error, in some ways I wouldn't recommend it, on the other hand…

  If you're teaching by way of a PC I liken it to teaching some one to drive a stick shift maybe it would have been less painful through an automatic/Mac.  

Starting from the ground up there's only one thing required----- patience, no matter what you're teaching, because without it, you've lost your student if you don't.  Universally I heard how nervous family or friends with good intentions made them feel, rushed, and cajoled.    It stops the flow of free thinking. It's counter productive.
   I had one student who actually thanked me for the patience I had in teaching.  It's good she didn't see me after class. I've learned a little about myself through this teaching process, I thought I had it altogether, I thought everyone would  learn because I had all this patience.  But one student  had some issues  I didn't foresee.  Nonetheless, I've learned and updated and tomorrow when I walk into Part 2 of computers it will be a new day, or at least I hope so.



12/6/14

Tucked in a Book-Author Unknown_

mom reading to her grandsons
After my mother passed, I "inherited" a few items from the little she had left.
Living in a nursing home doesn't afford much room, and you learn it's not the amount of things you have it's more about relationships that matter.

This poem was tucked in a book and I decided to keep it.   I don't know why, maybe because it was what she liked and it was like reaching across the room to touch a memory.






The Spirit of Christmas

I have a list of folks I know all written inside this book, 
and every year at Christmas time I go and take a look,
And that is when I realize that those names are a part
of not of the book they're written in
but of my very heart.
For each name stands for someone
who has crossed my path some time,
and in that meeting they've
become a treasured gem of mine.
And once you've met some people, 
the years cannot erase 
the memory of a pleasant word or a
of a friendly face.
So when I send a Christmas Card
that is addressed to you
its because you're on that list of folks I am indebted to.
And you are one of many folks who in times past I've met,
and happen to be one of those I 
don't want to forget.
And whether I have known you
for many years or few,
In some way you have a part
in shaping things I do.
This is the spirit of Christmas 
forever and ever endures,
and leaves it's richest blessing
in the heart of you and yours.

-Author Unknown-


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours, and heartfelt memories of those

who have enriched your lives even after they've gone.

11/18/14

Wherever your Home for the Holidays is

Ahh finally a moment to breathe, sorta.  The big fundraising, birthday party everyone was fretting over  is but a distant memory.  
Shoes are now stored away, frocks are frocking on the hangers of the local dry cleaners and right when you think you're able to give the party fare a rest from your ever increasing waistline October then turns a corner to November and it's time to drag out the pots and pans.  
Turkey day for some is walking in the door sitting down and eating but for other its 's standing for hours peeling, dicing, stirring and whirring in the kitchen as the steam from all the dishes replaces next weeks spa treatment package, but it makes it all worth it. Especially when the
 tryptophan kicks in and you get a few moments of shut eye.


If you've never seen Home for Holidays, I'd say it's your typical movie/ family dinner with all the antics thrown in. 

 Some of you are lucky enough not to have this kind of drama in your life, good for you. 
But in every family, there is always something to contend with, no matter what it is. 
So just stop and take a moment to be thankful, that's all matters  because we are not promised tomorrow let alone  that piece of pumpkin pie later on in the evening you've set your sights on and already know you won't have room for.

Happy Turkey Day

10/29/14

A Wearing Affair

This has been posted more than once but since the Holidays are upon us, it might cause us to pause and think before we stuff and stuff.Enjoy!
Cookies, Biscuits, Cakes and Tarts. Pies, Betty's, Cobblers, Scones, Shortbreads, Éclairs, Napoleons, Ladyfingers.To what thanks do I owe these lovelies? 
I share with them all that I am, my hips and thighs and my once weightless gait and now I'm waiting on my gaits to catch up with the rest of me. 
Why is it I dream of them with reckless abandon and no self control and how have they become my lover instead of the tall dark and handsome? As sad as this is, I know I am not alone. There are many meeting this sweet lover that rests his or her hands on our waists and hips and promise us endless pleasures, but I know they only last so long as the taste lingers on lips and tongues and then they are gone. What a sinful pleasure and we know it isn't right, a love affair that is not what we had hoped it would be. 
How do we end this meeting of flavors and sights that tease the eyes with sparkle and fluff? 
Will it end, will we kiss the delicate layers goodbye before the evil of it all takes over? 
I try to envision the corners of Betty drying up and Napoleon withering next to dear Ladyfinger, and all that was good is now dead and dying, but wait, out of the corner of my eye.. I caught a glimpse of something glimmering brimming with health and resurrection….I'll visit that vision in time, but now I have to get back to Napoleon, he is waiting... 
By Barbara Lambert









10/23/14

I Fell for Fall

Fall is deep in the throes of it's color soon to lose it's leaves.  How sad, it never sticks around long enough to suit me.  
It's as pretty to me as the spring time, in reverse.
God's handiwork painting the leaves in a variety of shades and colors and as detailed as the snowflakes in the winter.
How I love it, and I wish I lived up north during this time of year.  
I love the smell of the leaves, the crunch!
I remember making leaf houses as a kid, and piling them up and jumping in them, if I did that now I look an awful mess trying to get up like a 3 year old ha!
There is nothing like Fall, nothing.
I think fall get's hurried along to winter like Thanksgiving does for Christmas.  
It's over in a blink.

What's your favorite time of the year?

8/17/14

More than I Thought

Oh this is shameful, I had good intentions of keeping up with my blog… just know if my mind could write the postings I would've been caught up.

What's exciting……… well…………. I mopped the kitchen floor…………...I finished some postings for a business then I  finished a poster for a party.

  I made these amazing Peanut Butter Bars for my church coffee hour.
I found the recipe on Pinterest .  If for no other reason, that you join Pinterest, then it should be for recipes, it's the bomb for recipes. Especially the fattening kind.

Here's the shameful link to find those little babies Sally's Baking Addiction .  If the blog name doesn't give you an indication of what you're in for, well then… I can't help you.  HA!

So I've been schooling others on Pinterest Business.  If you have a business this is the place, depending of the type of business you have of course. 
 Make sure you have the time to devote to it and setting it up, it is a handful, but once you get it it's not that bad.
Like anything else take baby steps.. Rome wasn't built in a day.

I've done many other things but they seem to bunch up and get a little overwhelming.

Do you UBER?  Uber is great!  It's less than most taxi's.  It's personable.  It is quick to pick you up and it is accommodating.  Even if you think you don't need it, sign up anyway, you never know when you may be in a pinch for a rideThey will pick you up where you're at and there is NO MONEY EXCHANGED EVER!  

Most towns have Uber, check and see if yours does. 
No,  I'm not getting paid for advertising..I just like Uber.  I started driving for Uber nearly a month ago a few days a week, it fits my schedule and a few extra dollars end up in the cookie jar…. I've met many nice people, briefly.  Some have replaced their monthly car payments, insurance, gas for a uber rides.  Cool huh?
I'm also learning more about my city than I knew..places I didn't have a clue were there.
And if you're wondering, the majority of people who use Uber are young professionals, but I see more possibilities here…..

So in a nutshell, I've been busy and good intentions didn't type this…

Hope you have an Uberexciting day..lol



7/7/14

JOO LIE




Here we are in July, humid weather, our first hurricane-Arhur- but I must say, it's getting better and better.

Swimming is one way to make the hot humid weather better, and I've been taking advantage of it, .
How people vacation here to stand in long lines in Mickeyworld is beyond me…I'd choose the lazy river, or reclining in my own cabana watching the football while sipping on a cool one.

  The beach- how we love it, sand and grit, waves, and undertows, heat, and sand castles, dragging everything you own, can be both, melty and fun so rent an umbrella and chairs and leave toting to someone else. 

 I haven't been yet this year, I always intend to but remember spring break and crowds, then July and crowds, eventually I will make it…
How will you spend the rest of your summer, where will you go?  The old swimmin' hole, Mickeyworld, or by the sea ………..

BY THE BEAUTIFUL SEA

From the musical "For Me and My Gal"
(Harold Atteridge / Harry Carroll) (1914)

Joe and Jane were always together.

Said Joe to Jane,
"I love summer weather,
So let's go to that beautiful sea,
Follow along,
Say you're with me!"
Anything that Joe would suggest to her
Jane would always think it was best for her.
So he'd get his Ford,
Holler:
"ALL ABOARD!
Gosh, I want to be:
By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea!
You and me, you and me, oh how happy we'll be!
When each wave comes a-rolling in
We will duck or swim,
And we'll float and fool around the water.
Over and under, and then up for air,
Pa is rich, Ma is rich, so now what do we care?
I love to be beside your side, beside the sea,
Beside the seaside, by the beautiful sea!



Have a wonderful summer no matter where you spend it. 

2/11/14

And the winner is………….

And the winner is………….

Those are the words you want to hear after entering any kind of contest.  This past weekend through a  oak and hickory smoke and rainy drizzly hazy day,  those words were longed for as
I sat through the chill treating the camera like a baby to shoot photos of chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket.  Every hour on the hour turn in times were as exact as feeding times.

Then the wait…..3 hours in the cold, breath was visible through the raindrops and thankfully my car was close by as I used it to pass the time.
 There was a break in the weather so we walked around to see the array of smokers and grills. Forget backyard they are in it to win it and they ain't a playin'.   Since this was a first time for my client entering a contest, he didn't have the big rigs or even a tent to stay in, he did have tents for cooking and sitting.
I ended up back in my car a short time later and came to the conclusion these people are serious.  
We saw streamlined RV's and decked out haulers with smokers that gleamed your reflection so fine I could have used it to put my mascara on in the morning. And they were still cooking in them!!
Myron Mixon, cronies were there, I don't think he was but someone was using his rig.
There were others I was sure who had some standing in the BBQ community and they didn't lack at all in the shiny anything, cooker, sleeper, driver thing.
Finally the time had come and we made our way up the hill to the prize awarding tent listening
to  nonsensical jargon from those onstage. Tension was high and most were wet, tired, and wanting to get the hell outta there with their cash money prizes and trophies they hadn't even won yet. It had been a long two days.
(There were Backyard and  Professional Divisions.)

 BackYard Division
First Place for Chicken, Grillin' Gaines Catering    (FB link)
Third place for Ribs, Grillin' Gaines Catering   (website link)
And the overall score was  3rd out of 33 entrants.   
For a first time entry for a BBQ contest, not too shabby at all.
  There's a lesson here…..

Click on the Grillin' Gaines Catering link to see the photo and Like the Page.  There will be an updated website up and running at the beginning of March.

2/6/14

Navels and Smoke

Smoked BBQ Ribs from Grillin' Gaines Catering
Smoked Ribs on the Grill
I’ve been unofficially informed of neglecting my duties/ posting on my blog.  I learned if you neglect, you lose your place. Goodness knows, I didn’t want that to happen, actually it did happen, I’ve dropped lower than a bikini on spring break Suldog, thanks for keeping me in line.  J 

This weekend, I’ll be doing a photo shoot for a client who has entered his first (that I know of) BBQ competition.There are over 114 applicants.  Professional and Backyard, as it’s labeled and it’s going to be a long day, my part won’t be wrought cooking or cleaning up, just shooting, smelling, and ogling.  I am hoping to bring ample samples home with me, I’ll probably have every dog in the neighborhood on my "tail" 'cause I’ll smell so darn good.

 It took this competition to make me aware this festival even existed.  It’s not your yuppie type festival, definitely old Florida, redneck as I see it, it won’t make it any less fun. It's the Old Florida Outdoor Festival.  And to make sure I keep  up with my posting duties, I'll try to get some photos or links on the next post.  In the meantime, if you want to test out your napkins head on over to the FB page of Grillin' Gaines Catering.   While you're there "like" it, won't you?


12/6/13

Hey There! Merry --DE Stress-- Christmas

Merry Christmas!
Don't faint, I know it's been awhile.  I didn't have the umph to want to get online on one more site,you know there is a thing called overkill.

I've been busy  working on The Stick Page  on Facebook. In case you haven't been there, stop by and LIKE "The Stick Page." You won't regret it.
And I've been working on all kinds of other things that I find a little boring but necessary.
One thing I've done aside from  business is I've been making my own bread.  I love this. Weekly, two loaves of homemade goodness and the best air freshener ever. Yum. And it's my own therapy session too.



In the early stages of building your business or honing in on your craft there are details such as getting the contracts together, a necessary part of your business.  I also learned it doesn't matter who you are doing business with, draw one up. freebie, friend, family, or foe.  Do it!!!!! 



So in the meantime we are in the days before Christmas.  In all through this house it's quiet. I've had quite a year and am learning not to be sad over boredom (yeah right!) or a temporary phase of loneliness.
 A friend of mine reminded me while I was in one of those moods, Would you rather have your hoarder still living in your house (unbeknownst to me), or your possible squatter?  That slapped me back into reality so much so I got up and dusted something.
stick barb de-stresses

So in these coming days,when you feel the stress is too much, and no matter what you're involved in, put on some music and kick back --that's why there are gift cards and gift bags. And if you need a little extra help, I just read Suldog has a Christmas retail list available, almost one stop shopping. See, not to worry, and have yourself a Merry Little De-Stress Christmas now.

Apps Apps Apps

Stelllllllllllllllaaaaaaaaaaa Actually it's Steller, with an e-r- Steller is an app for your smart phone and it's a cool thing...