I was awakened today by the sight of blazing morning sunlight on dying autumn leaves. Maple leaves certainly do go out with a bang, not a whimper.
That's a first.
A few months ago I was awakened by the light of the full moon at about 1 am.
This bedroom has no curtains on the window. Its windows face West. It's the only room in the entire house that gets direct sunlight, especially in the winter, so it's a favorite with all the animals and me!
It was once my son's room and is now my 'studio'. I'm recovering from a neck injury so I'm sleeping here: the mattress suits my condition.
Anyway, I woke up and immediately thought "The leaves are at peak colour, I guess. Too bad it's a Tuesday."
But it's been rainy and windy and many of the leaves are already on the ground. So not peak. Just pretty.
The tree in the back. It goes bright red.
I wonder if I woke up because bright orange/red is a danger colour, as in FIRE.
But then it was late for me, 8 am.
I worked hard yesterday, creating an audio book version of one of my works. Threshold Girl.
I'm using my ordinary Canon camera to make the audio books, which are really YouTube videos. Here is Part 1:
Oh YouTube's Banner ad has Brad Pitt for Chanel 5. That catches your attention!
It's a great camera. I bought it in 2006 right before a trip to Europe. I have never learned how to work it properly and have only been using its video capacity lately. You see, originally, the camera was programmed to High Def, so any videos I took used up all the memory. It only holds 2 GIG.
I have but short videos of this trip to Europe. And I took none when I visited my Aunt in Farnborough UK because she didn't have a computer onto which I could dump the videos.
Still, it's a good camera. A very good one. It was expensive, around 400 dollars! But it's obsolete now, I guess. Under that audio I can hear the sound of the Big Bang. (I'm reading A Short History of Nearly Everything. Whoops, listening on audio..Who reads anymore? My son recommended the book to his father, to listen to on the way to work, as he has been listening to BBC Radio 4's In Our Times. He's dyslexic.)
There's a lot of technology out there and some of it idiot proof, like putting videos on YouTube, but frankly, I never learn any program to its capacity. Nothing close.
Well, here's something weird.
The other day, I was having trouble with my laptop. Some defaults were changed and I couldn't do proper searches, which I count on as my file folders are immense and not exactly well ordered.
Then a screen randomly popped up on my desktop. The Corel Video Program, Video Studio. I didn't know I owned it!
I knew I owned Corel Photo thingy (which has been slow as molasses lately) but not this program.
And suddenly, after 4 years this video program pops up out of nowhere, to signal its presence to me. It must be a sign! It's like my husband's old Aunt Edie saying "Get on with that interactive ebook about my life. Don't wait for my great-nephew to do it!"
The irony is, I have been bugging my husband, a professional video editor in network news, to download an editing program and help me out in my video endeavors, but he hasn't been 'quick on his skates' as they say in French Canada. "Vite sur ses patins." I mean it should be effortless for him, right? (We have a lot of skating metaphors. The RDS Tennis commentator once said of Djokovic, as he was having trouble with his footing, "Il patine dans le choucroute. He is skating in sauerkraute." She uses wonderful language.
I can't blame my husband for preferring any work, even raking leaves, over editing on his days off.
Anyway, he says the free programs are no good and the other ones are expensive and the demos available online are iffy, in that they give you a taste and then aggravate you into buying the entire program.
It's all just too weird.