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Monday, November 11, 2019

Lampshades

My mother's birthday is right around the corner. This year, I decided to get her something she said she needed, however was unable to find. I researched online, offerings of the lampshade replacements she wanted and asked her about certain styles before I ordered.

I am glad I did. The new lampshades arrived today, and though not her birthday, I decided to give them to her a bit early after first ensuring the shades were undamaged. Illustrated below, the etched-like ginger jar lamps and the old versus the new lampshades.

Though the older shades do not look that bad in the photos, some of the pleats had separated from the lower hem of the shade, giving a slightly frayed appearance. She did not see the final gift selection, so I am pleased she likes the new lampshades.

I used to know where lighting stores in my area were located. I love finials, lamps, lampshades. I am not sure now, why it is hard to find things like lampshades and even online- the research was a little more difficult than I anticipated.

Now, what to do about dinner and other birthday activities...


Saturday, November 09, 2019

The Start of Something New (Research Phase)

Recently, I have been giving serious thought to the start of something new. Two years ago, I registered two new domains:

  • Hanover-Magazine.com
  • hanovermaryland.org

My thoughts at the time were to expand on my efforts related to the Hanover MD Businesses page, I maintain on Facebook.

The expansion would include an online magazine with hard-copy editions for the eleven or so area hotels, features related to the areas many social and media events, community events, the exponential growth in the real estate market as well as the business environment which has always had a strong presence in the community.

The related hanovermaryland.org site would be more of a directory, dynamic information site about the area and businesses. What's new, business listings, events calendar, etc.

Recently, I also started two new social media accounts (in addition to the older account, also listed):

  • HanoverMagazine on Instagram
  • HanoverMagazine on Twitter
  • HanoverBusinesses on Instagram (older account)

Shown below, existing pages associated with my Facebook account which may also- be of use with this project.

I love Autumn, so with the onset of the new season, I thought I would roam the area, researching and gathering ideas for this magazine project. Below a collection of some of the photos I have taken.

The area has all of the right elements to take seriously a project of this nature, including location, an international airport, one of the largest malls in Maryland, a major casino and easy access with plenty of parking.


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Echo Input... This Works For Me.

Recently added to the collection of Alexa devices used in our home to include two new Echo Input units-- reference Instagram Post.

As noted in the above illustration, the order included RCA Splitter and RCA to 3.5mm adapters.

Pretty pleased with how this worked out, in that we already had the bookshelf stereo system and standalone amp speakers we wanted to use with the new devices. Note: I needed the RCA Splitter Adapter to allow both the Verizon Set-top box and Echo Input to output sound to the bookshelf stereo system.

Alexa devices currently used in our home, include:

One of the new Echo Input devices was setup in my office.

I love being able to put on a smooth jazz station while working. The bookshelf stereo system that was already in the office, offers a lot of sound, in that the on-board equalizer offers plenty of options.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Using My Photos

Fall arrived and I have taken the opportunity to get out to take photos with my recently acquired Canon EOS M50 Camera and Canon EF-S 55-250mm F4-5.6 IS STM Lens .

I use photos quite a bit for graphics. In 2010, I started a Facebook alumni group for my high school and periodically visit the school to take photos. Recently, I updated the header graphic for the group using one of the photos I took on a recent visit.

In addition, the following illustration shows another photo used as a new graphical element for the WiredPages Real Estate page.

And it goes without saying, I post regularly to my Instagram and other social media accounts.

In my area, autumn color is just around the corner, and I plan to get out and enjoy the season.


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

CD Rollover

I provide a lot of information relating to my private, business and financial interests. I provide this type of transparency as related to my business and financial affairs because of ongoing investigations.

Quite frankly, I thought my legal issues would have been over a long time ago. That said, the promises from both Washington, and some of the corporations involved have not as of today, come to fruition.

Promises are still offered, however I am not sure of many of the issues still remaining.

The other problem? I have been out quite a bit working on community business projects rather than software development. Mostly taking photographs (next post).

That said, I have noticed odd things from some people who have gone out of their way to engage me. This should not begin again. I have had assurances from law enforcement that what I have noticed should not be happening and some of the people have been dealt with.

I have also noticed odd things with posts from Q's Wire. I continue to maintain the WordPress blog online, though law enforcement and judges have indicated the blog posts have been tampered with too much over the years.

I simply want to provide this disclaimer of sorts. That said-- because of the nature of my case and the amount of time involved most agree- the blog (Q's Wire) is only there to provide background to the horrific nature of all of this. Legally, experts agree I do have the master copy of all posts for that blog, and timely issues insofar as tampered posts should not be an issue.

This blog and my business blog are Thingamablogs and harder to tamper with.

Now back to a financial matter that I wish to provide transparency on. I use Synchrony to maintain two CDs and a Money Market Account. Recently, one of the CDs came to term. I decided to allow the CD to rollover, however knew because the interest rates were now lower, I would need to add more funds to maintain the same interest payment. The following illustrations provide the process I used to rollover the CD with more funds.

With my meager income, credit rating, business credit rating and a penchant to mind my own business, I should not have the problems I have. A hard look continues to suggest too much is wrong-- and I said no. I thought a lot of this was about "clean up".

Not sure why, some of the issues I have noticed recently are happening, however I am not one to be shy about why law enforcement owes a lot of these issues.


Monday, September 30, 2019

Incorporating a Budget Piece

Yesterday, I received a new pair of Aerosoles Women's Octagon, Black Suede Pumps and a Urban CoCo Women's Long Sleeve Coffee Dress (inexpensive budget item).

I was not sure whether the dress would work with some of my existing items, and quite pleased when most of the pieces I tried with the dress, worked.

Here are similar items that worked with the dress:

I added a body shaper slip to the above list of items. The dress is rather transparent. I wore the following cami/slip set with the dress.

I am always looking for items like this. No worries about dry cleaning and I can easily add a blazer, scarf or coat to make it office/meeting friendly. Though I am dieting, I am still not in my older suits and right now, solutions like this work for me.




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