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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 51years.

Thursday, September 6, 2012


It may not be a big deal to most of you but to me the computer illiterate blogger, it a small victory. For so long I wanted to know how to print on my photos but I had no idea where to look to do this.  My laptop is an Apple computer called  MacBook Pro and the Apple computers name things differently than other PCs. I possibly could walk you through the process if you have a similar computer but I have no idea about other type of computers.

My husband gets me to take the official  photos for calf registration and he had a terrible time to enter them in his computer LacT program for our farm data. The photos of the calves that we sent to be registered came back on their registration papers the size of thumbnail icons which was ridiculously small. We tried everything and my husband is no more computer savvy than me. We even had the Valacta technician to register the calves for us and she couldn't do any better than us.

After talking to a technician at Holstein Canada, he told us to reduce the pixels on my camera between 3 and 4 and I had no idea about pixels setting on my camera but I managed to reduce them and took a photo of my husband to test it and put it in a folder on my desktop and emailed it to his computer. It was the right size for our purpose...

Yesterday, quite by accident, I discovered how to write on my photos but the writing was so tiny and no matter the font size I chose, it wouldn't get any bigger. I was getting pretty frustrated. For a good part of the afternoon while it poured outside, I tried to figure out how to fix it. When I use his photo to try printing larger I was surprised to see that I had succeded. The print was larger finally. Then I put 2 and 2 together and realized that with higher the pixel, the writing was tiny and with the lower the pixels, the writing was larger and the same must be true for the photos we were sending to Holstein Canada. Nobody had been able to help us before this. Mystery solved and we are both happy campers.

Today I bake the soft molasses cookies that I was supposed to bake yesterday but had run out of powdered ginger.

I froze some sweet red and green peppers that I bought on sale at the Coop.

I dyed some grey wool with some left over dye I had in jars by mixing some red, green and a tiny bit of blue to get a light grey.

I picked the first of my yellow beans that I planted very late but I didn't took a photo of it.

I appreciate your visit and comments and I hope that you have a nice  weekend.  JB


  1. the wool looks great, the peppers will come in handy for the winter and I love those cookies.
    Computer savy none.

  2. You are light years ahead of me with the computer stuff.

    I LOVE your pictures always.

    How did you prepare the peppers? Do you have to blanch them first?

  3. To freeze peppers, no need to blanch them and no need to thaw them either to use them... They are good in stir fry or casseroles. To prepare them, I wash and dry them and cut then up, remove the seeds and put them in small bags and suck the air out with a straw and put a twist tie and then put them in Ziplock freezer bags. JB

  4. I have a MacBook Pro, too, and love it. What a good idea to freeze some peppers. Thanks. Sarah

  5. I have a Mac and I know it can do so much more than I am capable of making it do! I have to try this.

  6. I recently discovered the picture writing, too. I haven't played with it too much, though. I was having trouble with sizing, and don't get the camera pixels...
    That is an entire post! I had a headache trying to incorporate pictures into my poetry book. Ultimately I went without. I tried.
    You are so interesting! Hugs.

  7. Doesn't it feel good when you are able to figure out something that you worked so hard to do. I am so glad you did. Your cookies look wonderful, I might have to make some today.
    Your bell peppers look wonderful.

  8. That would be an accomplishment for me. I'm not one to experiment for fear of messing things up. So glad you figured out the size issue.

  9. You impressed me enormously Julia about the pixel revelation! I could never have figured it out!!

    I am also impressed with all you get done...the wool dying and gardening! It's always fun to see what you have created with your wool. And your peppers are well as are the cookies!

    Have a good weekend...and try to rest!!

  10. I'm hoping to get some of my peppers froze when they are finally done in the garden. I planted really late this year! The computer thing has me stumped but now I'm going to try some picture writing myself! Thanks for the idea! Have a great weekend and enjoy a cookie for me!

  11. Julia ~
    I'd say you are VERY computer savvy!
    Hugs :)

  12. bravo on your discovery!
    i love the feeling when that happens!
    and those molasses goodies
    look amazing:)
    you've made such an art
    of your life.
    i love reading about it,

  13. You go girl!! I am so technilogically illiterate it's not funny!! Good for you that you figured it out!! LOVE that color wool you dyed!!
    Karen & the Hounds

  14. wow! good for you! im always so excited when i figure out something i can do on here then i usally screw it up. i have been seeing the pixel word latley. will have to maybe look into this as i would love to write on my pic. enjoy your day julia!

  15. Congratulations! see even "us" old dogs can learn new tricks. If it makes you feel any better I just learned how to cut and paste! I can see you have been very productive, your cookies look so yummy...I'm off to the kitchen time to whip up some pumpkin cookies...Hope you are enjoying this beautiful late summer's day. Blessings, Julie.

  16. All that computer suff left me feeling very stupid. It was all Greek to me, but I must say, I'm happy that you were able to figure it all out. Seems to me that you are pretty computer savvy, so don't sell yourself short, my dear.

    I also was amazed that the dyes you mixed came out grey. I think the color is great and I am sure you will do good things with the wool.

    I loved the look of your cookies. It reminds me of the ginger cookies I make each Christmas, although I have promised myself and Dick that I won't do all that baking next Christmas. It just about put me under last year and to tell the truth I have never really felt well since. That is when I started to slip a bit each month. But what the heck, I am, after all, 85 years old, what can I expect?

  17. Yer brilliant! I also have the MacBook Pro laptop! You do use iPhoto, right? To import your pictures?

    I can't believe I missed a post ! I thought i checked when I got back to cell service - guess not

    Love those cookies ;)