Monday, April 30, 2012

Technologically challenged....

You'd think after working for a major construction equipment firm for many years that I would be up on the latest technology.  When it comes to software and computers, I'm pretty adept.  When it comes to other technology, I'm a catastrophe.  I don't even have a cell phone - yep, you read that right - no cell phone.  My hubs just started carrying one because his father was ill and he needed to be reached all the time.  After his father passed away, he was used to carrying it and his friends had the number.  He's gently nagged me a few times about adding another phone to our plan but I stick pretty close to home and the land line.  When I'm out, I don't want to be bothered.  And maybe after answering phones for 30 years as an Administrative Assistant, I just plain don't want to talk on the phone.

A year ago I decided to enter the 21st century and purchased a DVD Recorder.  After playing with it for weeks and not being able to make it work, I put it in a drawer and forgot about it.  A couple of days ago I discovered it and decided to make another try.  I took it into the kitchen and hooked it up to our flat screen on the counter.  I could not get the DVD recorder menu to show on the TV.  I googled, I read the manual from cover to cover (what I could understand, that is) and nothing worked.  Until I had an epiphany. You have to select the 'source' on the TV (a painful DUH moment).  The original TV I used didn't have that option.  The new flat screen in the kitchen did - and last night I recorded my first ever program on the DVD recorder.  Ain't technology wonderful?  So, I moved the DVD recorder to my 'studio' and put the VCR player in the kitchen because I often have to record three programs at the same time due to my bedtime being so early.  I'm up at the crack of dawn watching programs I could have watched the night before if I hadn't gone to bed at eight.  In my defense, I do read for a while before I fall asleep, I'm not saying how long....  Then, it occurred to me that if I record something on the VCR in the kitchen, I will have to sit in the kitchen to watch it since I no longer have a VCR in my studio.  So, (don't 'cha just love E-Bay), I found a used one on E-Bay and ordered it for $50.00.  I won't record on it, I'll just use it to watch those programs that are on at the same time I'm using my DVD recorder.  So now I have the DVD recorder which also plays DVDs, my Roku box for watching Netflix and Amazon (which took me half a day to figure out how to hook to the TV and DVD recorder) and the VCR for watching video tapes.  If I could get food delivered up here, I'd never leave!

I am now the proud owner of a Becca's bow maker and I wanted to say I love it.  It didn't take any time at all to learn how to use it.  I have three bow makers now and I like this one the best although it's so much bigger than the other two.  This is one of the few times I've actually used a stamp set to make a background.  I tried coloring the first one and found I didn't like it as well as I like the black and white version.  I think it makes the colored image pop!

Recipe:  Spellbinder Labels Large, Tags Trio; Flourishes Strawberries; Wright's Seam Binding; Becca's Peg Bow Maker; Yellow Stickles; Distress Ink Festive Berries; Copics: R39, R29, R24, Y21, Y32, G82, G85, G94


  1. Beautiful card Cindy, I love the strawberrys,
    Kevin xx

  2. The black and white background sets your card off beautifully, Cindy. It's lovely!

    We get our daughter to show us what to do when we get stuck with one of our television related devices. She never reads a manual. It just comes naturally to that generation I guess. Thankfully she lives nearby and stops over often.

    Your studio needs a mini fridge, so you have your food. :) You have terrific viewing options in there now. I like to listen to or watch something when I'm crafting.