Monday, July 18, 2022

Life in Real Time…are you playing with a new app?

I now have a new iPad…it seems my digital life has taken a hit because of things that are beyond my control. Since last….well since me husband passed away in December 2021, I have been trying out a new life. Like most things in life, this stage is not easy either. 

First, you need to realize that half my brain is gone because my husband and I were married for 61 years. We finished each other’s sentences, interrupted stories with editing and footnotes. What I didn’t know he did and visa versa. 

Honestly, the biggest question in my mind is now how is…long will it take to recover…or will I ever. "

Back at the ranch, I am just going on without feeling-simply numb. That being said, please know that I am happy. The face you see is not put on for outward appearances. The smile is real and my interest in you is genuine…my family can find my attitude a bit annoying. It has not been easy for them. They loved their father as much as I did. We just cope differently.

Learning new things keeps me mentally healthy I think so I am very interested in what other people read or what they are doing that is new online.  

I have a couple of new apps I have been learning and using. Notability is a note taking app that holds so much promise…I get a little frustrated but for me that is a good thing. Stubbornness kicks in right away,

Notability Icon
I have also restarted with Duolingo. I play with this language tutorial app and now have a joint account with my family. They are sharing with me and I am grateful for that. I am a sucker for computer apps. You can now practice 30+ different languages, I practice Spanish. It really is fun.

Those are things that fill my day…well, in addition to my English flower garden, cooking, reading, the daily upkeep and design of my home, friends and family. And my iPad or computer.

Life is good. 

Please take note that life does go on. It stops for no man or woman. I only allow a little time for being down hearted.

I am fishing for new stuff. What new apps are you using in real time? 


Bonus Recipe:

Onion Dip

1//4-1/2 small onion finely chopped in food processor

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup cottage cheese

1 flavor packet from Top Ramen noodle, any flavor

Small amount fresh lemon. (Taste it and add more if necessary)

Blend in blender until smooth. 



  1. I love your attitude. You're real in your grief, but open to new things. So sorry for your loss...Laurie Stone

  2. I am sorry - 61 years is a long, long time to have someone in your life. As far as apps, I gave Waze (a travel app) a try years ago and found it so frustrating that I gave it up. But now I know several of my co workers use it and love it. I "might" give it a try again. My husband just got a new iPhone and installed Merlin, a free bird ID app. It has the ability to identify birds by the sounds they make - calls, songs, etc and it's so much fun to know what you've been hearing. It also works on the iPad but, to really work well, your iPad has to have cellular service.

    1. I just filled my bird feeder!!! That app is one that is worth trying. Thank you.

  3. You are a light and example to us all, Barbara. I love hearing about your husband and your relationship! I guess my plant-identifying app would be my most recommended right now. I love it! 'Picture This'

    1. I was walking this morning and withed I had an app that identified plants. I will look this one up. Incidentally I carry my iphone inside the top of my dress. :)


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