Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tuesday's Tip: Learning the Hard Way or "You Can LOL Now"

We've all heard that old saying, "No good deed goes unpunished."  This all started as a "good deed."  My intention was to clean up the on-line accounts that I have to create to do anything on the Internet these days.  If you are groaning at the prospect of it, I was, too.   

I figured I'd start with the blog and more to the point, Picasa, Google's photo-sharing platform.  You can already tell by that language that I don't know much about this tech stuff, but that's what I call it.  I freely (and somewhat proudly, foolishly) admit to being less than savvy when it comes to the technological ways of the world.  I should have left well enough alone.  But I didn't...

As Blogger users know, Picasa is the freeware that uploads images to your Blogger/Blogspot pages.  Picasa also stores your images for you, without you doing a thing, unless you want to label, organize, share or edit them.  I never bothered with it much. 

So, still in my cleaning/organizing frenetic state of mind, one recent morning I began deleting (yes, deleting) Picasa albums of images I either had duplicated elsewhere, or felt I no longer needed.  I can only say:


Also, don't do what I did, which was to overlook the warning pop-up as some  nonsensical bit of fluff that wouldn't be important.

If you are thinking about deleting anything, here's my advice:

1.  Think twice.  Do you really want to delete this?  Do you have it stored elsewhere?  Can you really live without this image if it turns out you don't have another copy somewhere? 

2.  Look for, read and understand any of those warnings that pop up when you are attempting to delete anything.  They are there for a reason!  A GOOD reason!

3.  If you do not understand the warning, DO NOT DELETE until you understand it.

Seems like simple enough advice, and I give it freely here to save you from having a morning like mine.  I spent a few minutes deleting photo albums from Picasa.  Eventually I read the pop-up.  Even then, I thought, "oh, it's in my blog...they wouldn't delete from there as well."  Well, they click and it is gone from every Google product where I may have posted it.  This delightful image replaces it!  It's kind of  like an web version of the forehead tattoo "Dummy."


Followed by at least an hour retrieving and replacing all the image "black holes" that had suddenly appeared on my blog.  The only thing that saved me is that I store all photos on Shutterfly (and other places), so it was one-stop refilling the holes.   

It's all better now, at least it seems to be.  Go ahead, LOL now.  I've recovered. 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Make Memorial Day Count

Memorial Day 2012

Baltimore National Veteran's Cemetery
Baltimore, MD


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Dear Stephanie, Happy 30th Birthday!

Today my dear niece and goddaughter, Stephanie Clare, turns 30! 

I can hardly believe it, those years have flown by so quickly!  Although Stephanie is a lovely young woman, all grown up and self-supporting, I still occasionally think of her as a little girl.

As an only child, Stephanie's childhood is well-documented with lots of great photos.  But here are two of my favorite, very impromptu and casual photos of her; my guess is she has never seen these. 

The first one was taken when Stephanie, her mom and dad (my sister, Sharon and brother-in-law, Ed) and I were all on vacation together in Florida. 

At the breakfast table.
DisneyWorld, late 1980s.

The next photo was taken in the car on the way to Hershey Park in Pennsylvania.  We were going for a day of fun in the chocolate-themed park.  Stephanie had just learned to blow a bubble! 

Happy Birthday, Stephanie!

Hope your day is SUPER-KRELL!!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Images of Wales - Travel Tuesday

Recently we visited family in Wales.  Soon, we'll be going again.  We're very fortunate in this way.  This doesn't happen every year, this doesn't happen every other year.  But for some wonderful, unknown reason, this year, within the space of a few months, we will be going again. 

I thought I'd share some of my favorite images from our March trip.  We were there for less than a week, so didn't take that many photos.  Of the remainder, most are actually more appropriate for a Tombstone Tuesday post than anything else.  I'll get to work on that soon.

These are the views from Meridian Quay, a new 29-storey building in Swansea.  At 29 floors, it is the tallest building in Wales.  Seems almost miniscual compared to the grandeur of buildings in the U.S., but it's a big deal in Wales.  And it is beautiful.  The top three floors consist of The Grape and Olive Restaurant, which provides incredible 360 degree views across the marina, bay and city.  These are our own photos, taken when we stopped in for tea one afternoon.

I love the coastline here: wide, white beach, and the city just springs up right next to it!


Shore on one side, mountains on the other,
with a city squeezed in between!
Looking across the bay.
Swansea Marina.
You Are Here!

This shot of a window at the restaurant is, for some odd reason,
my favorite of the whole bunch!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Family Friday Recipe - Welsh Bara Brith

My mother-in-law is a great cook.  Really.  I'm not just saying this to get on her good side.  She is a fantastic cook.  My goal for our upcoming trip is to snag her recipe for steak and kidney pie.  Not that I could ever hope to come near to her creation.  It is mouthwatering, filling, comfort food, everything wonderful.  It is often our "reward" for a long day of travel across the pond.

In the meantime, her Bara Brith is also a knock-out.  Bara brith is kind of like of a fruit cake, but not quite as dense.  Serve it with tea, or coffee.  Divine!

Marion's Bara Brith

2 oz. margarine
4 oz. brown sugar
8 oz. sultanas, golden raisins or other minced fruit
1 tsp. bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
pinch of salt
1/4 pint of boiling water
1 egg
8 oz. self-rising flour

Use a loaf pan, greased and lined. 

Put margarine, sugar, minced fruit, bicarb of soda and salt in bowl. 
Pour in boiling water and mix.  Beat in egg and flour. 
Cook one hour at 350 degrees. 

She's added a line at the bottom:
"Honestly, it does work."

Well, we begged for the recipe but have not tried it yet.  But I know it does work, I've seen her do it on numerous occasions.  She's even tutored our friends on what might have gone wrong with their attempts!
Try it, tell me if you like it.