A departure from the usual, today I’d like to share… mostly pictures. I’ve shared a lot of these on Facebook, but I thought it would be fun to do a catch up of sorts for people who don’t see me over there. Enjoy!
My book’s cover appeared on Amazon a few weeks ago. I’d been watching to see when the generic grey “no photo” image would be replaced. Eventually it was! The book comes out on April 3. You can pre-order here.
I’ve been doing Q&A videos right at my desk off the kitchen. See that colorful painting behind me? A friend painted that for me in December as a birthday gift. If you could see it more closely, you’d see my curly head in the kitchen hanging cheese and baking bread, chickens free ranging outside, and quilt blocks and Bible verses inscribed all around. I love it! It ranks up there with one of the most special things I’ve ever received.
I was able to purchase a new computer at the beginning of the year, an iMac. I started out making eCourse videos on a MacBook Pro, but outgrew that when I started working with HD video. Still I used it for two more years. Where videos would take 5 to 6 hours to export on the laptop, my new computer takes 20 minutes to an hour. This boost has enabled me to get my daily work done more efficiently, and also to (almost) complete the huge project of redoing all past eCourse videos to be mobile compatible. Yes, even on iPads and iPhones! (This project is about 80% complete.)
I don’t know how I lived without the extra monitor space!
It also has a better web cam. At the last webinar, you all told me you noticed the better video quality. I was glad to hear it. (Speaking of which — have you registered for our next webinar on grain mills? My guest will be Vickilynn Haycraft of Real Food Living.)
Do you see my wool glove clad microphone? Wonder what’s going on there? I am holding off on buying a “pop” filter and this seems to work just as well to reduce “p”, “t”, and mouth sounds when I’m doing audio recordings. When the kids saw it for the first time, they said, “Mom, what ARE you doing?” In a nutshell: just trying to make do.
I’ve worked in enough crafts to know that I get bored just churning out the same stuff all the time. With the online classes, eBooks and menu plans, I do a lot of the same stuff over and over. Improving what I do is how I keep myself interested — besides getting to work with all of you, of course! That’s partly why I decided to rig up a green screen in my house. (Another reason is I just think they’re cool and I wanted to try it!) A green screen allows me to swap out the background for anything, even a plain white background as you see below. For a first try — just yesterday — I am pretty pleased with the results!
Today’s eCourse lesson on naturally sweetened desserts — aptly released on Valentine’s Day! — features my first video using the green screen. I look forward to doing it more. (I’m working on a Ron Paul video and plan to use the green screen for it, too.)
And here are a few personal pictures. Here I am, comfortable and content with a cup of tea at a friend’s house. I’ve gotten to visit more than a few times lately, and I’m thankful for the nourishing soul food.
One evening, the kids and I drew together. I felt so blessed right then by my sweet family and this is what spilled out of the pencils.
I received a review copy of Michael Bunker’s new book, the fictional end-times story called The Last Pilgrims. It is actually the first of a series. I started reading it this weekend — and I’m hooked. (Michael Bunker is the author of Surviving Off Off-Grid.) Visit The Last Pilgrims website to learn more or read this review by Shannon at Nourishing Days.
The scheduled book bomb date on Amazon is February 24th. If you’re going to buy The Last Pilgrims, buy it then to help it rank highly on Amazon. In fact, consider buying several copies and sharing them with family and friends.
Here’s the trailer. You’ll want to read the book after watching this!
What’s been happening with you and yours lately? I pray you’re knowing and experiencing God’s mighty presence in your life!