Feline Competition or Toy?

Some Christmas gifts got left at our house when the family departed in the snow.  One item was Lulu “My Cuddlin Kitty” with “FurReal.” It is motion activated. It meows, moves it’s paw and blinks it’s eyes. We protected it for a few days until pick up time. On the day of the pickup, Spade and Diamond were given a limited chance to make the acquaintance of Lulu.

Note, the fur is artificial, but soft and fuzzy to the touch. There is some smell or some element in the fur that fascinates Spade. Or maybe it is like one of his toy mice.

Happy New Year! Make it a great year.

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iPhoto Book

Wanting to give our grandchildren a unique gift, we decided to give them a photo album about them. iPhoto has an application for that, but it seems too good to be true. After some debate we decided to go for it. We are very happy with the results. The 8 1/2 by 11 inch hardcover book is made of high quality materials and the workmanship is superior. If you have been thinking about making an iPhoto book, go for it.

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Batteries

It seems everything runs on batteries. Those little button type batteries are expensive and hard to find. It has been our experience that the replacement batteries are often more expensive than the item cost in the first place. Fortunately Steve found a website that has batteries at a good price.  We added a couple of links below.

Here are a couple of links to our Amazon.com affiliate account showing the type of battery deals we found.

Your mileage may vary.

AG10 Batteries

CR2032 Batteries

Swivel Sweeper G2 – Replacement Battery

Always have a spare battery handy. You never know when you will need it.

Footnote:

Our filming does not always go smoothly, check out our bloopers.

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Violette the Girl

Violette is 8 1/2 years old. (That 1/2 is very important to her.) She recently started her blog, Violette the Girl.com. At this young age she is ready to publish her thoughts. She is not afraid of being video taped and soon she will be videotaping her own views.

Towards the end of the video she hesitates in her speech about The Flip camera and tucks her hair behind her ears. She is not nervous, she just realized she doesn’t know how to transfer video from the camera to her computer. She hesitates only a second when she realizes “I don’t know how to do that, but my Dad’s going to help me.”

Maybe you don’t have Daddy right there to help you, but you can find it on the web. Feel free to ask us a question in the comments section. We may not know the answer, but hopefully we can find someone who can help you.

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Three Generations

Our granddaughter recently started her own blog. When she and I were talking about it, I realized there are now three generations of Brogans are blogging. In addition to MomPopPow.com you can read:

Steve at DadsPokerBlog.com

Chris at ChrisBrogan.com The first blogger in our family

Violette at VioletteTheGirl.com

If you want something more to your interest, search the World Wide Web (WWW) and you will find others who share the same interests as you.

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Christmas Cats

Spade and Diamond have been enjoying Christmas. They like the tree. All of the ornaments are fun to play with and they even get to knock some trinkets off the tree. Notice that all of the tree hangings are non breakable – but not indesstructable. Wrapping presents takes a little longer, but it is more interesting. They had lots of fun knocking the stick-on bows off of the presents. They were so fast, we didn’t have time to get it on film. We took a few pictures to share their excitement with you.

Music courtesy of Kevin MacLeod at Incompetech.com

Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

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Swiss Cheese

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Once upon a time, I attended a time management class. Since that day, I have used the “Swiss Cheese” method of task management. Visualize a round of Swiss Cheese and all the many holes in the cheese. Now imagine another round of cheese that is solid. If you keep taking bits and pieces out of the cheese, it will soon look like the Swiss Cheese.

Apply that thought to daily life. Our family Christmas celebration starts in less than 24 hours from now. There are gifts to be wrapped, a final house cleaning to be done, food to prepare, calls to make, and the list goes on an on. When I woke this morning, I knew it was time to “Swiss Cheese It.”

I keep a plain old notebook handy for notes. When I have more than one project going, I use a sheet for each item. A breakout of the list above is food preparation.

For instance, food to prepare.

Quick list of food we are serving
Inventory of items needed to complete food list
Containers for left overs
Check for refrigerator space
Food presentation – table or buffet style

Something to consider

Thought – One fear of aging is loosing our memory. That does happen, so a notebook of memory joggers is helpful.

Second Thought – We live in a very busy world. Daily news is delivered in bite sized pieces. That means we are exposed to more thoughts and ideas. Our community of family and friends share thoughts and ideas. With the easy accessibility to information, there is just so much more we are exposed to. It is difficult to keep it all straight some times.

If an idea hits me that I wish to explore, I write that idea down on a fresh sheet in my notebook. As new ideas for that subject speed through my brain, I write them down so I don’t loose the thought.

There are now hundreds of electronic methods to do this same function, but for me, my notebook works just fine.

How do you remember the details of your life?

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Gift Idea – Garmin

One definition of GPS is Global Positioning System.  There are several brands of GPS, we use the Garmin. The Garmin GPS in our car connects with the satellite in the heavens.  I don’t know the technology supporting the GPS, but I know it works.

We use the Garmin to get directions from point A to point B. It is easy to use and saves a lot of frustration getting to where we want to go – AND – Steve doesn’t have to stop and ask directions.

Steve has an innate sense of direction. I have no sense of direction so I TOTALLY appreciate the Garmin and all it can do. Steve likes all of the special features it offers and yes, he does rely on it for directions.

For the record, the Garmin gives us accurate directions about 99.7% of the time. Steve’s reference about driving off the pier comes from a newscast where a couple actually did follow the GPS directions and drove off a pier.

Check out GPS systems using our Amazon.com affiliate link!

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Gift Idea – The Flip Camera

We have a great gift idea for you – the Flip camera! It is simple to use and easy to carry. It is light weight, fits in a pocket and offers instant playback. It easily connects to a computer for video transfer. It comes with built in software that automatically downloads to your computer. Some models plug into your television for big screen viewing. Go to The Flip.com for a fun exploration of the many models available.

Check out the Flip camera using our Amazon.com affiliate link.

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