Moody Monday.


Monday can be the exciting start of a new week, or a bummer because the weekend was great and over too fast. It can start slow until your first cup of coffee or you can hit the ground running. Thus, my Moody Mondays. I’m going to display a photograph that I’ve taken and you can comment on your mood as you study it.

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Bonus Question: Do you where and what this is?

UPDATE: Elaine knew where and what this is.¬† Ben was on the right track.¬† This is a memorial to John Lennon, found in New York City’s Central Park.¬† I took this picture in 2007 when I got to take a fabulous trip with my friend Vickie, and also friend Patty.¬† We went in May which was a beautiful time to be in the city.¬† One day soon we’ll take a vicarious staycation together and share pictures with you.

 

All photographs and writing property of LoneStarLifer. 2009.

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Friday Faves – Carnival Cruise Line Spirit North to Alaska


Ready. Set. Let's Go!

Ready. Set. Let's Go!

I’ve talked about our Alaska trip here and here.¬† But, I haven’t discussed life on the ship much.¬† So thought I would share a few some pictures from the ship.

Good Evening!

Good Evening!

First, let’s talk about our room.¬† We had a balcony room, which served us well.¬† Big J, Little J and I sleep with fans all year round.¬† Maybe because it’s muggy and humid where we live, but if air isn’t moving, the room feels so stuffy and¬† I get hot very quickly.¬† It also serves as white noise to help with sleep.¬† When we started planning for this trip, we tried to figure out how to get a fan on board.¬† Continental charges for luggage over 50 pounds, so lugging a fan wasn’t practical.¬† So, a balcony room was perfect for us.¬† It was nice to have a large glass area to look out to the water, and at night we propped the door open and had fresh air moving all night.¬† The waves served as white noise.¬† It might get a little chilly in the room and then we snuggled deeper under our fluffy cover.¬† We also sleep with lots of pillows and they kept bringing the pillows till we got it just the way we wanted it.

Hello. I'm waiting to snuggle with you.

Hello. I'm waiting to snuggle with you.

 

We had a lovely stewardess from the Phillipines named Abigail.  She was calling us by name by the end of the first day and had the sweetest smile.  She kept our beds straight and the bathroom clean during the day, and turned down the bed and left chocolates and a towel animal on our bed each evening.  Every evening we would find a different animal on the bed.  Little J always looked forward to seeing what the animal would be when we opened the door.  One night it was a monkey hanging from the light fixture!   You could go to a class that taught you to make the towel animals, or you could bring home a book with step by step directions.

Stop monkeying around.

Stop monkeying around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes a cookie would be waiting for Little J, all wrapped up and ready to greet him with a smile.

Hello Little J.

Hello Little J.

¬†Big J and I had a king bed, thank goodness.¬† That’s what we have at home and anything smaller causes great consternation when it’s time for bed.¬† It could be all those pillows.¬† The room also had a built in seating area that could be used as a bed.¬† It was made up with the same bedding we had, and Little J was most comfortable on it.¬†

Little J's corner of the room.

Little J's corner of the room.

We had plenty of storage room, three closets and 4 drawers.  We could hang our clothes and put our suitcases in two closets.  The third closet had shelves and we put our folded clothes there.  We used the drawers for our jammies and personal items.
Vanity area.  Drawers for all of us.

Vanity area. Drawers for all of us.

Three closets.

Three closets.

Closets for all!

Closets for all!

Love a good shower.

Love a good shower.

The bathroom was very small but worked.  There were shelves to put your hairspray, toothbrush and makeup.  Nice clean fluffy towels and waffle material robes.
The place for beauty.  And sitting to think.

The place for beauty. And sitting to think.

Well, that’s all I can write tonight.¬† It’s been a busy, busy week and¬†I see an early bedtime in my future tonight.¬† Maybe it’s all this talk of beds and pillows.¬† Have a good weekend!

All photographs and writing property of LoneStarLifer. 2009.

 

More Picniked Pics.


Picnik is a Friday Fave.

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I kinda overexposed this original shot, so I got funky with the Picnik.
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Let me know how your Picnik is going!

 

All photographs and writing property of LoneStarLifer. 2009.

Malouf Meeting.


Well, you know by now that I have a favorite jewelry designer/Renaissance Woman.¬† Dian Malouf.¬† Through the years I’ve had written, internet and telephone contact with Dian and her daughter Brooke.¬† But I’ve never met them in person.¬† Until this past Saturday.

JSilver¬†was hosting a Dian Malouf trunk show.¬† Here is J with Dian¬†at a previous showing. Dadgum. I should have taken a picture of the store’s sign and all the beautiful jewelry in the front window.¬† It’s in Rice Village, right across from a cool store, the Variety 5 & 10.¬† You remember those stores, they have a little bit of everything.

I digress.  Anyway, I took a chance that Brooke might be the rep who came with the trunk show.  And she WAS!  So I finally got to meet her.  Here she is, with lucky me standing beside her.

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Isn’t she beautiful?¬† I wish you could see all the¬†gorgeous silver¬†jewelry she was wearing.¬† And how about all that lovely jewelry behind us?¬† A whole store of wonderful pieces to drool over.¬† The Malouf designs Brooke brought were so one-of-a-kind.¬† I could have¬†easily purchased about 30 different pieces, there were so many I liked.

I’ll let you know¬†the next time¬†JSilver¬†has a Dian Malouf trunk show.

Good to meet you, Brooke!!

All photographs and writing property of LoneStarLifer. 2009.

Moody Monday.


Monday can be the exciting start of a new week, or a bummer because the weekend was great and over too fast. It can start slow until your first cup of coffee or you can hit the ground running. Thus, my Moody Mondays. I’m going to display a photograph that I’ve taken and you can comment on your mood as you study it.

This might bring back a memory or two.

This might bring back a memory or two.

Friday Faves – Picnik.


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I remember the first time I touched a computer. 1983.

I was working as an engineering tech for an oil company in Midland, TX.¬† BTA Oil Producers.¬† An IBM PC was brought in to the office.¬† One.¬† For the whole company.¬† You could only touch it if you had permission and training.¬† The floppy disks were about 12″ x 12″.¬†¬† Well, maybe 5″ x 5″.¬† ANYway, I was one of the lucky ones who got to touch the computer.¬† The only software we used was WordPerfect and Lotus.¬† Was that IBM software?¬† I can’t remember.¬† I could create a mean spreadsheet with Lotus.

An engineer for whom I worked moved to Houston, and called me a few months later.  Because I was trained on the PC, he wanted me to come work for him.  I got a huge raise.  I was single, and one of my best friends lived in Houston, so heck, why not move?

Of course, the oil business being the oil business, the company for which I moved to Houston closed their doors three months after I arrived.  And bought a brand new couch from Fingers Furniture.  And signed a year lease on a brand new apartment.

Well, long story short, it all worked out.¬† And here I am 25 years later, sitting with a laptop in my lap, feet up on the couch.¬† Watching a flat screen TV hooked to a DVR while texting on my cell phone.¬† Editing digital picture files¬†I took with a digital camera.¬† Shazaam, we’ve come a long way from that one sacred PC in the oil company office.

So I love taking pictures.¬† Alot of times, they look better in my imagination and my mind than on photo paper.¬† So then I need photo editing software to help improve my reality.¬† I know Photoshop is the Cadillac of photo editing software.¬† I’ve used it some and for me, it was overwhelming.¬† It could have been that I didn’t use it enough to get the hang of it, but for whatever reason, I never took to it.¬† So I looked around for some easier programs that would still give me good results.

Enter Picnik.  Picnik!

Picnik is a photo software editing program that you use online in your browser.¬† You can edit with ¬†auto-fix, rotate, crop, resize, exposure, colors, sharpen, red-eye.¬† You can also create with effects such as black and white, fancy focus, gritty, sepia, matte.¬† That’s just a small listing of what’s available.¬† You can also insert text, put stickers or frames on the picture, and do touch-ups.¬† You can create collages and slide shows.¬† You can¬†upload your photos from your computer, from Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, My Space, Photobucket,¬†and many other sources.

You can use many of the tools for FREE.  FREE. If you want to use the premium editing tools, $24.95 a year will make you premium.  Airbrush, wrinkle remover, premium fonts, hair highlighting, detailed color correction are just a few of the premium tools.   You can use the free program at first and if you like what you see, upgrade to premium.

Picnik works for me.¬† I don’t feel overwhelmed trying to use it.¬† Sometimes I wish I could download Picnik¬†to my computer, but on the flip side, I can work on my pictures anywhere I can access the internet.¬† I can start working on a picture at home, then finish it up during lunch at the office.¬† While we were on our Alaskan cruise, I found little internet cafes in the port towns¬†where I could load my latest pictures, edit them on Picnik, then¬†post them on this blog as clues.¬† Another neat feature is that Picnik saves a copy of all the pictures you save, so you can go back later and rework it, or download it again if you can’t remember where you saved it on your computer (no one but me does that I’m sure).¬† This is the history feature.¬† That’s been very handy for me.

Here’s an example of what I can do with Picnik.

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Well, there you have it.¬† One of the secrets of what makes me a legend in my own mind.¬† And by the way, Picnik did not pay me or ask me to endorse their product.¬† They don’t even know who I am.¬† I said when I started my blog that I would talk about some things that make my life better or more enjoyable, and Picnik is one of those things!¬† I am just an everyday Lifer who likes to take pictures.¬† Try it out for FREE and see what you think.

Chime in and tell me what you use to make your pictures look great.

All photographs and writing property of LoneStarLifer. 2009.

Lone Star Lifer. 1957.


May 1957.  That's me in the blue dress.

May 1957. That's me in the blue dress.

I was born on a Thursday, so on Thursdays you get to see Lone Star Lifer grow through the years.

 

All photographs and writing property of LoneStarLifer. 2009.