Monday, December 1, 2014

My 1st SMART phone!

Ok, now don't laugh. I have been holding out jumping on the phone wagon.  My 2010 flip phone has been an old friend. I have had it for 5 years. I never needed the smartphone since I have an iPad2 and a newish MacBook Pro.  I was out of my 2 year plan with Verizon for 3 years now. It took that long to decide what to do.
But the 'ol Flip phone was starting to fail at receiving calls and messages. It just couldn't keep up with technology. 
So when Verizon offered the iPhone 5c for free I decided to jump on board. Yeah I know, the cost isn't in the phone, it's in the monthly charges.  I'm ok with the extra cost. I hate it but the phone companies have us by the neck.

She is very pretty.  I love how Apple packages their products. Everything is smooth, snug and simple.  I just love it. 
Look at this darling little box that they put the ear-buds in.
Can you believe how cute this is? They sound amazing too. But that box and the way they wind the cables so nicely. What other company pays attention to the details like this?

The only part I don't like is the time to get it set up how I want.
I am familiar with how it all works since it is so similar to the iPad.
FedX came early this morning and delivered my FREE iPhone. I tried to follow the instructions to set it up but since my Flip-phone was older I needed a Verizon store to transfer my contacts. So I drive the 23 miles to the next town.  I tell the guy to activate my new phone and de-activate the old one. He was very nice. Did the transfer thing. Then I went and did a little shopping around town with my new phone in my pocket. I felt like a million  dollars. I was hoping someone would call me. Nope, the phone was silent.
So when I get home I want to hear the phone ring. So I call it with my landline.  Long story short I discover that the phone was not activated and the old one was still working. I had to call Verizon and wait, wait, wait, wait and then a nice lady helped me.
Now everything is going good.  
I also took my first photo and started an Instagram account for the first time.  Everything is new to me with this new iPhone.
Here is my first Instagram photo

This is Charlie sitting on my new couch. He looks like a sourpuss.
He cracks me up.
So there you have it dear blog. I am a victim of the big bad techno monster. I promise to always put the phone aside at meal time and when visiting friends & family.
 Love and Hugs,  Carol

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Faux Pas with my Haircolor

So lately I have been feeling like the blonde color has been getting too light.  It seemed like it was almost the same color as my skin. I hate that.  So I went to the Family Dollar store and bought some hair color. I got a cheap brand, not my usual Garnier Nutrisse. Big mistake. I colored my hair yesterday.  I wanted a spicy color. Sort of a light brown with auburn highlights. Like I had when I was in my 20's, 30's, and 40's.  So I dyed it Saturday evening.
Carol's RED hair Nov 9-14 001

Wow!!! it was Orangie-Red.  I didn't like it. I think the top layer of my hair before dyeing was lighter blonde from the sun. That part turned orange like a carrot.  Really wild.
It was not a good idea to experiment on my hair the night before Sunday morning Church.  I was too embarrassed to go to church like that. It was so bright orange when I was outside.
The first thing I did on Sunday morning is drive to the dollar store and buy some good hair color.  My favorite Garnier Nutrisse. I didn't know how to tame that carrot top color but I knew maybe 
something with ash in it would calm down that orange. But ash could turn my hair green or even purple. You never know with hair color that has ash in it. The box didn't say ash but I could tell from the girl's photo on the box.  Anyway, I bought #93 which is Champagne.  I mixed up the color and put it on the top half of my head. I kinda wanted to have that spark of reddish orange on the under parts of my hair. And really the lower part of my hair didn't go orange but I nice light auburn.
Well the experiment came out good. It could be a smidge darker. But I do like it.  I'm not sure the photos show much difference but believe me. The first dye attempt was very very orange and bright.

Carol's hair color fix 01

Above is the final result.  It does look how my hair looked many years ago. I like it.  I know with each wash it will get lighter but that is ok as long as I don't see that neon orange color. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Long Time No See.....

Almost a year and a half has gone by and I didn't write. I will tell you why in a moment.
I moved one year ago from Highland/Yucaipa Calif. (southern California) to southeastern Idaho. I live in a tiny town of 5,000 people now.
I moved to American Falls, ID. and I love it. We get all the seasons here. No more 5 months of sweltering heat.
I love the snow. I love the frost. I love the autumn that we are having now.
Last weekend we went to a corn maze in Blackfoot ID. It was fun. This is my son and his wife.
We took the girls, my granddaughter and my kids nieces.
It was a beautiful autumn day. Warm. The trees are turning.

Already we have had ice on the birdbath in the morning.

I bought a house here that needed so much renovations. It took a long time. But I am settled in now. I need to go plant my tulip, daffodil and crocus bulbs so that I have flowers in the early spring. This is great since I could not grow tulips in SoCal.  

Now the reason why I didn't blog for 1 1/2 years. I was busy with the move but it was because after having this blog to call my own for a few years it changed. One day my granddaughter wanted an email. We decided to go with gmail. When I finished signing her up everything in my computer was put into her account.  Blogger was the worse. It won't let me change ownership back to me. It shows her email as my user name. She is just a little girl too. So I stopped blogging. I was so mad.  All my searches of what to do came up empty. The chat boards for help all said that Blogger doesn't have a way to let one select which email is the primary on Blogger. Blogger will select their gmail as the default. You can't change it.  I think Goggle is very invasive. I don't have a gmail account myself. 
Anyway, that is why I stopped blogging. I want to come back. I will just have to over look that my user name is a childs email address. Grrrrr