Thursday, April 26, 2018

SanDisk iExpand Thumb Drive for iPhone and iPad

A couple of weeks ago I got a new iphone 8 Plus and my husband inherited my iPhone 6 Plus. I don’t know what the guy did at the apple store, but he messed up the photo stream on my old phone. So now the photos my husband takes on my old phone don’t auto transfer to my iPad. And iCloud still remains a mystery to me. On top of that we now have three old phones that have accumulated years of photos that I need to save somewhere. A lot of the photos are garbage - I use them to write my daily blog and also store all my digital art. Anything from my blog is already preserved on google anyway! But the family and trip photos are definitely worth saving! So I finally came upon the idea to store them all on a thumb drive and began searching for some options. I came across the SanDisk thumbdrive. It has a flash connection to the iPhone and iPad. So I ordered one with a lot of storage. In the meantime I uploaded all the photos from the three old phones to my laptop. When I got the thumbdrive yesterday from Amazon, I copied all the thousands of photos to the thumbdrive. The whole thing went very quickly! When I connected the thumbdrive to my iPad it took me to the SanDisk app and I was able to see all the thousands of photos and videos with ease. Since our current phones are in good working order I didn’t copy those photos from those devices - yet. I first need to get on my husbands old laptop and see if I need to save any important photos from there to the thumb drive. There are many uses for the thumb drive - it’s a way to save space on your device too. After I get everything copied over I need to really clean up the junk that is there. But for the first time I finally feel like I found a way to preserve our photos. It feels like a weight had been taken off my neck! Now maybe I can eliminate the monthly payment for additional iCloud storage. I don’t seem to be using it. Then I’ll need to tackle all the digital art on my iPad. I have a feeling I’ll need to order another thumb drive. 
























SanDisk iExpand Thumb Drive for iPhone and iPad

A couple of weeks ago I got a new iphone 8 Plus and my husband inherited my iPhone 6 Plus. I don’t know what the guy did at the apple store, but he messed up the photo stream on my old phone. So now the photos my husband takes on my old phone don’t auto transfer to my iPad. And iCloud still remains a mystery to me. On top of that we now have three old phones that have accumulated years of photos that I need to save somewhere. A lot of the photos are garbage - I use them to write my daily blog and also store all my digital art. Anything from my blog is already preserved on google anyway! But the family and trip photos are definitely worth saving! So I finally came upon the idea to store them all on a thumb drive and began searching for some options. I came across the SanDisk thumbdrive. It has a flash connection to the iPhone and iPad. So I ordered one with a lot of storage. In the meantime I uploaded all the photos from the three old phones to my laptop. When I got the thumbdrive yesterday from Amazon, I copied all the thousands of photos to the thumbdrive. The whole thing went very quickly! When I connected the thumbdrive to my iPad it took me to the SanDisk app and I was able to see all the thousands of photos and videos with ease. Since our current phones are in good working order I didn’t copy those photos from those devices - yet. I first need to get on my husbands old laptop and see if I need to save any important photos from there to the thumb drive. There are many uses for the thumb drive - it’s a way to save space on your device too. After I get everything copied over I need to really clean up the junk that is there. But for the first time I finally feel like I found a way to preserve our photos. It feels like a weight had been taken off my neck! Now maybe I can eliminate the monthly payment for additional iCloud storage. I don’t seem to be using it. Then I’ll need to tackle all the digital art on my iPad. I have a feeling I’ll need to order another thumb drive. 
























Wednesday, April 25, 2018

LITs Pooches, Kitties and Other Sweet Faces on Merch by Amazon - First Sale!

I have wanted to sell something on Amazon handmade for a long time but they don’t do custom pet portraits. So when I heard about Merch by Amazon, that was the next best thing. So I requested an invitation and was accepted. The hard part was getting all my digital art images changed to png rather than jpeg files so the backgrounds were transparent to meet all the specifications. Since I do everything on my iPad instead of photoshop or other platforms, it was even more difficult to figure out. So after a lot of workarounds, I was happy to finally get my first ten images loaded. Then I followed the steps of the process including selecting T-shirt colors, and creating appropriate verbiage. I named the shop LITs Pooches, Kitties and Other Sweet Faces. Most websites I have products on send an email when something sells. It was by chance that I happened to check my Merch dashboard and saw that the American Eskimo pooch T-shirt was sold! It’s so exciting to know someone liked my image so much to buy a product. I’m hoping they like it enough that they leave some kind words and a nice rating! It’s certainly not the royalty I make off any of these items. I really enjoy just fiddling around on different websites and getting an occasional hit. So thanks so much to the person who noticed my shop - I really appreciate it! Now I can upload a few more pooch, kittie and other sweet face images. 












Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Sibley Emergency Room

When we lived in the Midwest both my husband and I were comfortable knowing all the health care facilities and care givers. It made a bad situation so much easier. But when we moved to DC, nobody knows my husband was a surgeon, and I was a nurse. And it is hell getting around this town for whatever appointment you make. And depending on the time of day, it can be even worse. So when my husband was having sustained tachycardia, we knew he needed to get evaluated - the urgent care center wouldn’t do. So the emergency room at Sibley is our hospital of choice. We both dislike the huge medical centers that are closer to us. Sibley is a lot like the neighborhood hospital we liked. Going to any emergency room is a long and drawn out process but we have generally had good experience with Sibley. We were in and out within five hours, and luckily it was not a traumatic event. At least we are familiar with this type of environment and understand what is going on. Any time this sort of thing happens makes one pause about everything around you. It’s tough being on the other side of the bed. 












Monday, April 23, 2018

American Plant Flowers and Instructions

Whenever we go to buy flowers for the patio garden, we pretty much look at colors and shapes. I don’t think we ever look at the recommendations for sun or shade exposure, watering instruction, the height, or the distance required between plants. In the Midwest I had many window boxes and pots and gardens to fill. We used to make several trips to the garden shop and were generally happy with the outcome. There are certain flowers my husband really dislikes - geraniums and marigolds. I think because they are too “common place.” He likes things that are a little less routine looking. So as we walked about the greenhouse the other day it boiled down to pretty much four colors - white, yellow, pinks/purples, and reds. There were several different plant companies - from Pennsylvania to Maryland. It seemed like we got a lot of stuff, but when it was all planted it hardly made a dent even for such a tiny place. So as the bulbs dissentigrate they will need to be replaced. And we will make a few more trips to the greenhouse. 


















Sunday, April 22, 2018

American Plant Flowers for the Patio Garden

Finally! The weather has become tolerable enough to finally get some annual flowers planted in the patio garden beds and pots. In the Midwest I wouldn’t even think about planting anything until Memorial Day. Luckily we have several perennials, bulbs, hydrangeas and flowering vines that never fail to show themselves in early spring. So we took a ride to American Plant on Friday afternoon after lunch to pick out some of our favorites. We really don’t have a specific plan in mind - we just find whatever looks nice to us without a lot of thought about shade or sun. Somehow it all works out. So we left the flowers out overnight and decided to  plant them yesterday. It’s hard that believe so many flowers didn’t cover more space and we will need to replenish the empty spots when the greens of the bulbs fade. And of course we have to have at least one cucumber and one tomato plant. We haven’t had a lot of luck with tomatoes, so we may try cherry tomatoes in a container this time. So when the sun is bright and the solar bird bath gurgles there is nothing better than to spend time on the patio. It is one of our favorite spots - our own secret garden in the big and loud Capitol city. 




















Saturday, April 21, 2018

Drafty at the Bar

We usually go out for lunch on Friday and brunch on Saturday. Since we wanted to get some flowers for the patio garden, we thought Not Your average Joe’s in Bethesda would be a good bet because American Plant is on the way back. But being Friday, the place was packed around noon. So rather than wait for a real table, we sat at the bistro height table with matching stools near the front door. It wasn’t exactly warm outside, and we were reminded of that every time someone opened or closed the door. So I wore my coat the whole time, and it was a bit uncomfortable - especially because I’m always cold anyway. We decided to go to the Virginian in Vienna for breakfast today instead of the usual McLean Family Restaurant. There was a line waiting for seating so we decided to sit at the bar. As luck would have it, wouldn’t you know the exact same thing happened today. It’s still cold outside and the wind was obviously heading exactly at our spot whenever the door opened. And it didn’t matter one bit that there were two front doors. So it was very uncomfortable again! My husband is usually the roadrunner and I am Wiley coyote. But in this instance it didn’t make any difference.