I love this photograph. First off, it's of Sharon, a dear friend. We go all the way back to college which was, well, some time ago. (I will point out though that I am 8 years older than Sharon having gone back to college in my mid 20's for the second time.)
I like to joke that I'm on the trailing edge of technology. I'm probably a lot better than that but then again I tend to pick and choose what I need to know and rely on my computer savvy husband to figure out the rest for me (hey, I can cook, he can't - we all have our skills).
Sharon is spending time with her ailing mother back in Tenn. so we have started using Facetime to talk to each other. It is working out very well and I feel gives a better connection than just talking on the phone.
So, take a close look at the photo. I've got an ipod Touch, basically, an iphone without the phone. The best place I've found to "talk" is in my sewing room sitting in front of my sewing machine. The chair is good, the light is excellent. I can close doors on the animals and not end up talking with a fluffy tail or five swishing in front of my face.
The question was: how to set up the Touch so I could sit and talk plus wave my arms around. I'm an arm and hand waver. I can barely talk otherwise.
What I came up with was:
1. One of two very old bookends (It's an old sailing ship motif) for the Touch to lean against.
2. The pencil is being held in place by two pieces of tape. (I can see that I should have reversed 2 and 3 but I'm only moving forward here.)
3. I'm using a blue marking pencil to keep the Touch from sliding forward.
4. It's on top of Lily, my sewing machine.
Technology. You take what you need from it.
Old technology with touches of new.
Pots on the front steps with coleus, begonias, and lamium. A couple of petunias for two hanging baskets that need perking up.
Clematis with a small Japanese maple to the right.
Geraniums coming back from being cropped by hungry critters.
On the veggie front we would have had beans by now but.... There are plenty more growing like mad so it won't be long now. There are lots of yellow zukes coming ripe. Somehow I put in four or five plants. I was to stunned to count and yes, I may need some intervention. One plant is more than several families need.
The tomatoes were cropped but they're coming back so one of these days we'll have ripe tomatoes. We got one cucumber before the deer got to them. I think they will survive but I may not have enough to make pickles this year.
Have a Happy 4th everyone. Remember to watch fireworks and eat more than you should. It's a special day.