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I’m a Mac Daddy Girl!

Through most of college I had two choices for working on papers and projects.  Using the library computer lab, the computer lab in my dorm or on a Macintosh at home or on loan from my mom.  Back then, no one and I mean no one used Mac’s.  It was such a hassle to convert files back and forth between Windows and the Mac.  Losing data, reformatting, etc… Ugh!  It frustrates me just thinking about it.

In recent years, Apple has cleaned up its image and products…first it was the iPod, iPhone and now the buzz is the new MacBook Pro and iPad.  My Dell is almost 7 years old.  Which is almost unheard of considering the software that’s used on it. There was a period of time when I had hardly used it because my PC was the only machine with my Adobe software.  A little over a year ago I was able to put the Adobe CS 3 onto the Dell.  It decreased my productivity and it slowly began having numerous problems.  Last week it stop working.  I’m not an impulse buyer…I’ve done it twice with big buck items and both times I’ve been bit in the butt.  For the last 6 months or so I’ve been doing my homework.  Not all designers use the Mac but a high percentage do.  After the Dell decided to get an attitude I was forced to make a decision.  And, thus….

I’m now a Mac Daddy Girl!!

I’ve had a few problems with my Verizon USB stick working and have yet to put on the Adobe CS?.  That’s my project for this weekend.  Unfortunately, with my current workload, I do not have the luxury of waiting months to decide which version I should purchase.  I am excited about checking out the App Store.  I’ve heard about some very nice inexpensive apps that will make life easier.

With these new tools, I hope to be closer to finishing my new blog layout.  Cross your fingers!


iBlog Conference 2010

This past weekend I had the opportunity to meet some extraoridnary people and inspirational bloggers while attending the 2010 iBlog Conference.

Since this was my first blogging conference, I went in without expectations.  I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with the generosity of each speaker as they share tips and secrets to their success.  It was a wonderfully intimate atmosphere where I was blessed to meet or interact with almost every attendee.

The Hotel Pattee was amazing and a breath of fresh air.  The decor in each room was represented of a different theme.  I roomed with a good friend who is also a dairy mama.  It was as those they knew which room was most appropriate for us.  We stayed in the Quilt Room where quilts were everywhere and there was an emphasis on the dairy industry.   What’s more, the room reminded me of the room my mom and aunt shared as children.  We still stay in it from time to time.  This trip was the first trip in a long time that I did not end up being sick.  I have to credit that wonderful room with keeping my anxiety at bay.

The entire weekend was outstanding.  Most importantly, I’m confident that this experience will assist me in arriving to another “bucket list” goal of becoming a freelance writer.  In an effort to better market myself I will soon be moving to http://www.themagicfarmhouse.com where I will be able to promote myself and services.

I will keep you posted!


The Boys of Fall

I LOVE Kenny Chesney’s new song “The Boys of Fall.”  It reminds me of times gone by at high school football games and now Pickle’s first year of JFL.  Football is one of many signatures of fall.  The title of Kenny’s song reminds me of other boys of fall.  Last year, I had a lovely time taking some of my most favorite & special pictures of ‘my boys of fall.’  I’ll include one of each…

Pickle in the leaves...My first boy of fall!

Willis playing in the leaves...My second boy of fall!

Pudder discovering the leaves...My third boy of fall!

And, it doesn’t stop there…Bow Season starts in 5 days & we’ve been watching for some other boys of fall lurking around the Magic FarmHouse.  As luck would have it we’ve been able to spot several of these ‘boys,’ as they chow on our beans & corn.  Which is nice to watch, however, not so good for our feed next year.  Do you know what kind of ‘boys’ I’m talking about yet?  Let’s see…

Another 'boy' of fall...

He’s not my favorite one or the biggest but I’d defenetly settle for him as my first kill.  This year will be my second or third time hunting deer.  Once Willis & Pudder lit up our lives, I decided to stay out of the stand and just be mama in the camper.  This year has been an epiphany for Willis who is suddenly addicted to going hunting and staying in our ‘sky cabin.’  Prior to this year he was too afraid to crawl up the 14 foot ladder – he’s been there once last month and wants to go back just as soon as possible.

And, this will hopefully be Pickle’s first year hunting.  For his birthday & early Christmas present he received his first 20 gauge.  Between my work load and school volunteer responsibilities, football, Cub Scouts, housework, the house renovation and outside work, I’ve had a shortage of time to get both of us enrolled into a hunter safety course.  Ok, simply put, I’ve not stop to take the time.  In my defense it’s been hard to schedule around football practice & games.

***Side note: How do some of these women have time to maintain successful blogs, home school, be business women and mamas all at the same time?***

Anyway, this time I may have blew it & we might not make our hunter safety coursework.  Tomorrow, I hope to know for sure.  Pickle has decided he’ll miss his last game to go through the course this coming Sat.  From what I understand the state doesn’t require the class but it’s always been my rule that the boys complete hunter safety prior to hunting.  And, I’m not budging on the rule.

So there you have it….all of **MY** Boys of Fall!!