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Every Day Effort

Music's Greatest Lesson?

The Value of "Every Day Effort"

There are many studies extolling the virtues of music.
It helps develop a child's brain,
it improves hand-eye coordination,
it forestalls Alzheimer's;
but I think the greatest benefit of music is that it fosters an "every day effort" mindset.

In this day of montages in movies and a desire for instant fame and fortune, nothing is more important than developing the true key to success;

every day effort

I'm not a world class flute, piano, or guitar player. In fact I'm rather ordinary, but I play every day.
At 8:00 a.m., I turn off my cell, pop on my headphones and play. I don't have any other criteria than that. I don't worry about how long I play, what I play, what instrument I play, and generally, have no goal in mind.
Some days it's horrible.
Some days I don't play for very long.
Some days I end up fiddling with electronic gadgets and do very little actual playing.
Occasionally, I have a great day, but more times than not, it's just an unremarkable day.

Unfortunately this "every day effort" mindset runs counter to the "lottery" thinking that pervades our society. So many people give up on music because they are not instantly great like this montage in August Rush

Thanks to movies and TV, we get used to the idea that long and tedious tasks can be accomplished by magic. Because this is unrealistic, as we try and learn something we invariably lose our way.

At some point you ask yourself,

* "Is there any point to this?"

* "I'm getting nowhere, should I give up?"

* "This is hard. Is it this hard for everybody?"

and worst of all

* "Isn't there a quicker way?"

Cue the dramatic music and enter the purveyors of the quick and magic solutions.

We've all seen these hucksters:

  • "Make millions with no investment, time, or effort."
  • "Buy a house with no money down, even if you don't have a job."
  • "Lose weight in days with this pill."
  • "Learn the computer in one seminar."
  • "Find your perfect mate by calling this toll free number."
  • "Learn a musical instrument in an hour.

After watching Rocky run up a few stairs to some inspirational music, then skip a bit of rope, only to become world boxing champion a few scenes later, these quick and easy solutions don't seem so far-fetched.
We all know, logically, that if we want to be the world boxing champion we have to train every day, for years, but we've been so inundated with the message that everything is instant and easy, that we've lost the ability to work slowly towards our goal.

Learning music is great for re-establishing the concept, 

"The slow and steady, wins the race."

Here are some tips that have helped me develop an 
"every day effort" mindset:

  1. Set a regular time. At first you may need to move the time around to accommodate work, family, your favourite TV show, food; whatever, but once you have a time that works, stick with it.
  2. Have everything ready to go, or at least handy. Nothing stops you faster than having to re-arrange furniture or drive somewhere.
  3. Don't watch the clock. In fact, don't have a clock anywhere near you. Work until you finish or become so wretchedly uncomfortable that you have to stop.
  4. Don't fret if "today" is wasted. You will always have bad days. Things will go wrong; don't sweat it. Even if you only lasted for 10 minutes, that's fine.
  5. Goals are good but don't become a slave to them. If you start of with a particular goal and get side-tracked, that's fine; that's how we discover new things.
  6. Enjoy it as much as you can, or at least take satisfaction in knowing that you put in some effort

This is the incredibly
valuable lesson of music:

A little effort every day
and you can move mountains.

Flutegirl Music

flutegirl sewing masks to fight covid19

Covid-19 Masks

My big sister and I are making masks. We both love sewing, and one of the bright aspects of this horrible pandemic is a fun new sewing project. I think her masks are better than mine because she puts a bendy metal nose part in hers, but I don’t. I tried putting in tin foil, and it works, but my glasses still fog up, so I decided to skip that.

I’m more into exciting fabric combinations because, as everyone knows, it’s essential to look your best during a crisis.

Here in Canada, there is a lot of discussion as to the efficacy of masks, but since I’m looking after my elderly parents, I will take any steps I can to keep them and myself safe. I also carry a few extra masks in my purse and give them out to random people. My sister is making mass numbers to give to hospitals or shelters. I guess she is more altruistic than me.

I use this pattern:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inJQexwK8Yg

2 - 9” X 7” cotton pieces

1 - 4.5” X 7” filter material (I use quilting batting)

2 - 7.5” elastic or ribbon (I found 7” a bit small if you are using ribbon)


Keep safe everyone.

 

POP / JAZZ

(Adele) Someone Like You
3 AM (Matchbox Twenty)
500 Miles (The Proclaimers)

A Foggy Day (In London Town)

A Thousand Years
A Whiter Shade of Pale
A World Without Love
Abraham, Martin, and John
Ace in the Hole (George Strait)
Adios
Ain't Misbehavin'
Ain't No Sunshine
All I Ever Need Is You
All Out of Love
All That She Wants (Ace of Base)
Along Time Ago
Always on my Mind
Always Something There to Remind Me
Angel (Sarah McLachlan)
Barbie Girl
Barney's Blues
Beach Baby
Behind Blue Eyes
Beyond the Sea
Big Girls Don't Cry
Black Bird
Black Orpheus
Blue Moon
Bohemian Rhapsody
Boys From The Bush
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (Neil Sedaka)
Breathe (Faith Hill)
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Brown Eyed Girl
California Dreamin'
Camminando
Can't You See? (Marshall Tucker Band)
Carolina in My Mind (James Taylor)
Carpenter's Medley
Chapel of Love (Dixie Cups)
Charles Martel
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Chiedimi tutto
Close to Me (The Cure)
Collide
Colour My World (Chicago)
Come a Little Bit Closer
Cosa Fai Ragazza
Crazy (Patsy Cline)
Crazy For You (Madonna)
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Cry Me a River
Dancing in the Moonlight
Day Dream Believer
Diana
Dimples
Do You Love Me
Don't Fear The Reaper
Don't Go Breaking My Heart
Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
Don't Stop Believin'
Door jou ga ik leven
Down Under
Downtown
Driver's Seat
Dust in the Wind
Easy Whiskey
Ebb Tide
El Cóndor Pasa
Epic Sax Guy
Everlasting Love
Every Breath You Take
Father and Son
Fields of Gold
Fix You (Cold Play)
Fly Me To The Moon
Friday I'm in Love
Gangnam Style
Geef me je droom
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
Head Over Heels
Heard it in a Love Song (The Marshall Tucker Band)
Here Comes the Sun
Hidamari No Uta
Home (Michael Bublé)
How Beautiful
I Can't Help Falling In Love
I Don't Want To Miss A Thing (Aerosmith)
I Giardini Di Marzo (March's Garden)
I Heard It Through the Grapevine
I Hope You Dance

I Started a Joke

I Will Always Love You
I Will Follow Him
I'll be There
I'm a Believer (The Monkees)
I'm Beginning to See the Light
I'm into Something Good
Imagine
IRIS (Biagio Antonacci)
Isn't It Romantic?
It's My Life
It's My Party
It's Not Unusual
It's Only a Paper Moon
It's Raining Men
I've Got You Under My Skin
Just Dance (Lady Gaga)
King of the Road
Kiss the Rain
La Canzone Di Laura
La lola
La pulce d'acqua
Landslide
L'astronauta
Layla (Unplugged)
Leaving on a Jet Plane
Let it Be (Beatles)
Let it be me
Let It Be Me (in C)
Livin' on a Prayer
Lollipop
Longer Than (Dan Fogelberg)
Lost in Your Eyes
Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes
Love Train
Mack the Knife
Makin' Woopie
Material Girl (Madonna)
Maybe (Yiruma)
Midnight Train to Georgia
M'Innamoro Davvero
Missing You (John Waite)
Misty
Moondance
More Than Words (Extreme)
More Than a Feeling
Mr. Blue (The Fleetwoods)
Mr. Sandman
Mustang Sally
My Baby Just Cares For Me
My Funny Valentine
My Girl (The Temptations)
My Guy
My Way (Frank Sinatra)

New York New York

Night Wang Jie
Nights in White Satin
No Woman, No Cry
Nobody Loves Me Like You Do
Now and Forever
Oh Darling (The Beatles)
One Less Bell to Answer
One Love (Bob Marley)
Only You
Patricia cha cha cha
People (Barbra Streisand)
Perhaps Love
Piccola Stella Senza Cielo
Piece of My Heart
Please Mister Postman
Proud of You
Put Your Head on my Shoulder
Rain and Tears
Raindrops
Rainsong
Red, Red Wine (UB40)
Relax (Frankie Goes to Hollywood)
Se ami sai
September (Earth, Wind and Fire)
She's Always a Woman
She's Come Undone
Si puo' fare
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours
Silence is Golden (The Tremeloes)
So I Have to Say I Love You in a Song
Somebody That I Used to Know
Somebody That I Used to Know - With Lyrics
Someone Like You (Van Morrison)
Someone to Watch Over Me
Sounds of Silence
Stairway to Heaven
Stand by Me
Stay Just a Little Bit Longer
Straighten Up and Fly Right
Strangers in the Night
Sukiyaki
Suspicious Minds
Swinging Shepherd Blues (Moe Koffman)
Tainted Love
Take it Easy
Take on Me
Tears in Heaven
The Entertainer
The Hustle
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
The Long and Winding Road (The Beatles)
The Longest Time
The Power of Love (Celine Dion)
The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)
The Sign (Ace of Base)
The Stripper
There's Your Trouble
Time of the Season (Zombies)
To Make You Feel My Love
To Sir With Love (Lulu)
Torn (Natalie Imbruglia)
Tuxedo Junction
Two Out of Three Ain't Bad

Unchain my Heart

Unchained Melody
Up on the Roof
Video Killed the Radio Star
Viva la Mamma
Vorrei Incontrarti Fra Cent’Anni
Wait There (Yiruma)
Wake Me Up Before You Go
Walk Away Renee
Walking on the Sun (Smash Mouth)
Wedding Song (There Is Love)
We've Got Tonight (Bob Seger)
What a Wonderful World
When A Man Loves A Woman
Wherever You Will Go (The Calling)
White Rabbit
Why Do Fools Fall in Love
Yesterday Once More (The Carpenters)
YMCA
You Are The Reason (Calum Scott)
You are the Sunshine of my Life
You Beat Me To The Punch
You Can't Hurry Love
Your Song
You're Only Lonely (J. D. Souther)
You've Got a Friend

 

 

 

CLASSICAL MUSIC

Air on the G String in C
Allegro Telemann Concerto in G
Allemand
An Chloe (Mozart)
Andaluza
Andante Cantabile
Après un Rêve
Badinerie
Ballet of the Swan
Be Not Afraid
Bergmask
Boirmoir
Brandenburg Concerto #1 Mvt 3 (J.S. Bach)
Brandenburg Concerto#5
BWV 10343
BWV1020 Allegro (J.S.Bach)
Canilena (Handel)
Cantata BWV 106 Actus Tragicus - Sinfonia
Cantata Domino
Canzona
Caresse sur l'Océan
Clarinet Concerto in Bb (Handel)
Come Again
Come Again (Dowland) in the key of C
Concerto GP
Dido's Lament
E` LA MIA VITA (Albano Carrisi)
Flute Sonata #7 Op.1 (Handel)
Flute Sonata in G Allegro
Für Elise
Gaelic Blessing
Gavotte # 1 (Handel)
Gentle Inspiration
Gymnopedie 1 (Satie)
Handel Sonata in F
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
La Réjouissance: Allegro (100)
La Valse des regrets
Largo from Xerxes (Handel)
Largo from Xerxes (in C)
Little Fugue in G minor (Bach)
Lute Concerto in D major (Mvt. 1)
Marcello Sonata in Bb
Méditation Thaïs (Jules Massenet)
Minuet In G
Minuet in Gm (J.S. Bach)
Moto Perpetuo (Carl Bohm)
Mozart Rondo
O mio babbino caro
Pachelbel's Canon
Pachelbel's Canon in D
Papapa - Mozart
Peter and the Wolf
Piano Concerto No.5 (Largo)
Piano Sonata No 8 Pathétique
Piccolo Concerto in C, 1st Mvt
Pomp and Circumstance (Elgar)
Quantz, Sonata No # 1 - 2nd mvt.
Quanz Sonata #1, Movement 1
Quartet #4 (Telemann)
Queen of the Night (Mozart)
Quintet 452, 3rd Movement (Mozart)
Ride of the Valkyries
Romanza (Mozart)
Rothchild Horn concerto Allegro
Salut d’Amour
Sato No Aki
Serenade #10, Adagio K.361
Serenade (Mozart)
Sheep may safely Graze
Silly Scherzino
Sing an Alleluia
Sing to the Lord (Vivaldi)
Sonata #6 (Vivaldi)
Sonata #7 (Biber)
Sonata in A (Bodin)

Sonata in Bb (Telemann)

Sonata in F (Fasch)
Sound the Trumpet (Henry Purcell)
Suite #4 (Anon)
Tambourini (100)
Te Deum
Telemann Allegro
Telemann Cantablile
Telemann Sonata in F
The Flight of the Bumble Bee
The Swan (Carnival of the Animals)

Time to say goodbye

Time to Say Goodbye in D/C
Trio Sonata #4 (Handel)
Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)
Turkish March (Ludwig van Beethoven)
Turkish March (Mozart)
Vocalise, Op.34 No.14
Wachet auf (Sleepers Awake)
Waltz of the Flowers
Water Music
Water Music Part 2
Wedding March (Mendelssohn)
Winter (4 seasons)


Cracking the code

FOLK MUSIC

3 Sea Songs
Abide With Me
An Emigrant's Daughter
Annie Laurie
A-Roving (English Sea Chantey)
Baloo My Boy
Bonnie Kellswater
Bouncing Bess
Caledonia (Dougie MacLean)
Cockles and Mussels
Come By The Hills
Danny Boy
Early One Morning
English Country Garden
Finnegan's Wake
Four Strong Winds
Gartan Mother's Lullaby
Ghost Lover (Cycle of 5ths)
Hole in the Wall
I`ll Fly Away
Larry O'Gaff's Jig
Latin Dance
Lazy Harry
Lord MacDonald
Mairi's Wedding
Mo Shuil Ad' Dheidh
O' Carolin's Concerto
Planxity George
Portsmouth
Rotha's Lament
Roxborough Castle
Scotland the Brave
Scottish Ballad (Thomas N. Thurston)
Scottish Jigs and Reels
Shenandoah
Shetland Fiddler
Shinsadong Geu Saram
Simple Gifts
Since First I Saw Your Face
Squirrel Party
The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond
The Boys of Wexford
The Bushman's Song
The Gypsy Rover
The Ladies Dressed in Garments so Green
The Minstral Boy
The Parting Glass
The Salley Gardens
The Star Of The County Down
The Unquiet Grave
The Water is Wide
The Yellow Rose of Texas
Tramps and Hawkers
Turks March #1
Turn Around
Un Canadien Errant
Universal Soldier
V'la l'Bon Vent
We Rise Again
Wild Mountain Thyme

The EWI

MOVIE / MUSICAL

A Whole New World
Age of Aquarius
All I Ask of You (Phantom)
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Amelie Poulain
Andy Griffith Theme
Any Dream Will Do
Baby Elephant Walk
Beauty and the Beast
Benny Hill (Yakety Sax)
Born Free
Bring Him Home
Cabaret
Can You Feel the Love Tonight
Candle on the Water
Cats (Memories)
Colours of the Wind
Colours of the Wind in G
Come and Get Your Love (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Dances with Wolves (The John Dunbar Theme)
Defying Gravity
Do Re Mi (Sound of Music)
Doctor Who
Dreaming
Dulcinea (Man of la Mancha)
Edelweiss
For Your Eyes Only
Gabriel's Oboe (in G)
Gabriel's Oboe (Mission)
Game of Thrones
Give It Up (The Kingsman)
Hair
Hallelujah (Shrek)
Happy Talk (South Pacific)
Harry Potter
Hawaii Five-0
Hey Let's Go
Hogan's Heroes

I Believe (My Sassy Girl)

I Could Have Danced All Night (My Fair Lady)
I Don't know how to love him
I Don't Want to Wait (Dawson's Creek)
I Dreamed a Dream
I See the Light (Tangled)
If I Only Had a Brain

I'm Not That Girl

In Dreams (LOTR)
Jeopardy
Jurassic Park
Knights of the Round Table
La valse d'Amelie
Let it Go (Frozen)
Looking Through the Eyes of Love
Love and Marriage
Love Changes Everything
Man of La Mancha
Masterpiece Theatre
May It Be (Lord of the Rings)
Memories
(The Way We Were)
Memories
(The Way We Were)
With Lyrics
Mission_Impossible
More (Theme from Mondo Cane)
Music of the Night (Phantom)
My Heart will go on
My Neighbour Totoro
Never Ending Story
Oklahoma! (Richard Rodgers)
Ol' Man River (Show Boat)
On My Own (Les Misérables)
On My Own (Les Misérables)
Over the Rainbow (Australia Version)
Over The Rainbow (Jazz)
Over the Rainbow (Version 3)
Past the Point of No Return
Picard's Flute Song

Pink Panther

Power of Love
Rainbow Connection
Raw Hide
Remember Me (Coco)
River Flows in You
Schindler's List
Secret Agent Man
Send in the Clowns
Shining Friends
Singin' in the Rain
Smile
So Long & Thanks for All the Fish
Somewhere Out There
Speechless (Aladdin)

Spirited Away

Star Wars Imperial March
Tara's Theme
Teletubbies
That Thing You Do (The Wonders)

The Secret Garden

The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Impossible Dream (Reprise)
The Lady Is a Tramp
The Wind Beneath My Wings
Theme from Laverne & Shirley
Theme from Mash
There's No Business Like Show Business
Think of Me (in C) (Phantom)
Think of Me (Phantom)
Tomorrow (Annie)
Top of the World (The Carpenters)
Under the Sea (Little Mermaid)
Under the Sea (Little Mermaid)
What A Feeling (Flashdance)
You'll Never Walk Alone

Transposition

VIDEO GAMES

Angry Birds
Chronos Cross
Tetris


Midi files

PENNY'S COMPOSITIONS

All of My Day Dreams
Annoyance
Dreamland
Everything's Gone but the Tears
First Day of School
Grasshopper Blues
I Want a Dog
It's Winter
Never Goin' Home
Reflections


Melody Instruments

OTHER MUSIC

O Canada
The Star-Spangled Banner

Undo errors

 

CHRISTMAS MUSIC

12 Days of Christmas
All I Want for Christmas is You
Angels We Have Heard on High
Beginning to Look Like Christmas
Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella
Christmas Song
Christmas Time (Bryan Adams)
Dadme Albricias, Hijos d’Eva
Ding Dong Merrily on High
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Feliz Navidad
Frosty the Snowman
Gloucestershire Wassail
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
Grinch Medley
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Here I Am, Lord
Here We Come A-wassailing
Huron Indian Carol
I Saw Three Ships (English Carol)
I'm Walking in the Air
In the Bleak MidWinter
Jingle Bells
Let There Be Peace on Earth
Little Drummer Boy
Most Wonderful Time of the Year
O Christmas Tree
O Holy Night
Old Toy Trains
Santa Baby
Silent Night
Silver Bells
Still Still Still
The First Noel
The Holly and the Ivy
Unto Us a Child is Born
Walking in a Winter Wonderland
Walking in the Air

What Child is This?

White Christmas

flutegirl uses chrome canvas to do drawings

Google Canvas

https://canvas.apps.chrome/

Google Canvas is a super nifty, light app for android. You can start with a new drawing, or use an existing image and alter it.

The drawing tools are pretty standard, and I mostly use the marker and eraser.  

The layers selector is to the left of the three dots at the top right, and you can add layers and move layers as required. The background layer can’t be moved, but if you click on the eye icon, you can make that layer transparent.

I use my HP Chromebook 14” x360, and Google Canvas is very smooth and responsive. However, it doesn’t work as well on my mobile phone.  

You can access your drawings via the web, but that seems to have issues, so I usually just run it as an app on my Chromebook. https://canvas.apps.chrome/

A few tricks

  • Sometimes a lag begins to creep in as you are drawing. If that happens, close the app and restart, that fixes this issue.  
  • I use the default colours because if you do have to close the program, it can be challenging to find strange colours.
  • In the Home area (click on the little house), three dots appear at the bottom of your drawing, and this is where you save and duplicate your work. I use the duplicate function a lot because if you make a mistake, you can easily pick up where you left off especially, as the autosave is destructive.
  • Move layers by click and hold the layer until a blue line appears under the layer, then you can drag it.
  • I save the finished drawing to an SD card, rather than using the cloud because sometimes there are some issues with my desktop accessing Google Canvas
  • I use a Dimples Excel Precision Stylus rather than my finger. Once you get used to the drawing with a little disc on the end of the stylus, it’s perfect and is an absolute joy for drawing.
    On Amazon
  • There is no palm rejection, so a drawing glove helps, but it’s not much of an issue for me.

There are not a lot of functions, like scale, editing, and copy/paste, but if you want to have a nice responsive sketch pad, the Google Canvas is AWESOME!


Snakes in the pool flutegirl blog about Altzheimers and some tips

Snakes in the Pool

My Mom has Alzheimer’s and is in the middle stage. Probably a 5 or so, but it changes day-to-day. The thing is,
PWA’s (Person with Altzheimers)
lose their logic and rely entirely on emotion. That is why it’s pointless to argue with a PWA. Even if your reasons are perfectly clear, but your tone and emotions are those of frustration, all the PWA will hear is that frustration.

It’s all about me


I am the quintessential INFJ. I am extremely logical and love to plan for the future, meanwhile being extremely sensitive to the emotions of others. This probably makes me pretty good with PWA’s, but it really takes a toll and runs my ‘batteries’ down within a few hours.
My Dad is the primary caregiver, and I worry about him, especially since he’s had a couple of strokes because of the stress. He kind of tunes out, so I guess that’s how he deals with the situation, but as I said, it’s all about me.

There seems to be a lot of crying with PWA’s.

My kitchen renovations finished up a few days ago, and I had an extra microwave. So, my plan was to have Mom and Dad come over in the car, see my renovations, have a cup of tea and take the microwave home to their place. When I got to their place, though, Dad was sulking, and Mom was in the bedroom crying because she thought Dad was plotting something.

PAW’s really believe they are fine.

They think the rest of the world is crazy and they are perfectly normal. For a PWA It’s perfectly reasonable to go out in the winter in your sock feet to walk hundreds of kilometres to your Mom and Dad house, even though they have been dead for 20 years. The fact that you don’t even know the direction is no problem. Off you go.
Sadly, you can’t explain how irrational that is, because PWA’s have zero logic and understanding of reality.

Back to my original plan. “Hey,” I said to Mom, “I would love it if you came over to my house to see my new kitchen!” with all the enthusiasm I could muster. The tears dried up and off we went. It turned into a good day.

Snakes in the Pool

This is probably the most excellent tip for anyone dealing with a PWA, and it came from my sister’s family many years ago.
My Niece was afraid to go into the swimming pool because she was afraid there were snakes in the water. I don’t know why she thought that, but she believed it with absolute conviction.
My sister tried explaining, logically, why there were no snakes in the pool, but no matter what logic my sister used, her daughter wasn’t going to get into THAT water.
Then my nephew said he had a magic towel, and if he waved it over the pool, all the snakes would disappear, FOREVER. He made up quite a wonderful and positive story about the magic contained in that towel before waving it over the pool and poof, just like that, all the snakes were gone.
His sister jumped in the pool, and they had a terrific time frolicking in the pool and not a single snake was ever seen again.

 

INFJ Burndown Flutegirl happily destroys her work

INFJ Burndown

My Myers-Briggs personality type is INFJ. 

Here is a link if you would like to take the test [https://www.16personalities.com/personality-types].

As an INFJ, I suffer mightily from the urge to burn down all my work. 

Phew! It feels good to get that off my chest.

Frank James, one of my favourite INFJ YouTubers, has an excellent video on the INFJ Burndown 

INFJ’s love to share, perhaps even over share, only to think better of it at a later date. 

Reasons:

  • Being a perfectionist
  • Being too sensitive to negative comments
  • Feeling the message is unclear
  • Simply changing one’s mind

Whatever the reason, I find this “Burn it all down” tendency a real problem for me, especially when I am working on a long term project.  

If you are trying to build a house and begin every day by burning down yesterday’s work, you have a problem.

Right now, I’m trying a new strategy here on Flutegirl.ca. I am posting something new every day, or as often as possible. My post could be a song, a helpful hack, some techie information, or just something interesting going on in my life.

The new addition is “above the fold,” and the previous work drops down the page. 

I am going to resist the urge to delete things.  

Though this is incredibly difficult for me, I think it will be interesting to see the changes in my drawings, writings and music.

Join me on my journey by checking out flutegirl.ca every day.


 

Moving tips from flute girl creator of flute music

Moving Tips

So, I accidentally barricaded myself into my place yesterday and had to call my parents and tell them I wouldn’t be able to go and visit today. Nothing like planning.
I’m a very organized person, except when I get working on a project.  
Things spiral out of control, no matter the endeavour. Perhaps that is why I am very organized from the outset because I know what is about to happen.
I have found a few gems that really help me keep my sanity amid the chaos.

A Zone of Tranquillity 

I need a small zone of tranquillity
A place with a chair, a small table and maybe a cooler with some drinks. I also keep my phone in the zone of tranquillity
When I am surrounded by the horrors of moving, there is nothing like retreating to my zone of tranquillity

Pro Tip: Don’t barricade yourself from your zone of tranquillity.

Wear Shoes

Even though I’m inside and more sorting than actual hefting, I still step on prickly stuff. I don’t normally wear shoes in the house (perhaps that’s a Canadian thing). However, there is nothing more painful than stubbing your toe and having to carry on when all you really want to do is sit and cry.

Wear an Apron

Ok, I wear an apron from the moment I get up to when I go to bed because I wouldn’t say I like washing clothes. I believe there is a direct correlation between the newness of your outfit to the likelihood of slopping on yourself. Aprons are also essential for playing EWI. I used to put a small towel on my lap to catch the spit, but an apron works much better. And then there are pockets. Whether it’s my phone, a pair of scissors, or just something I’m carrying from room to room, there is nothing like an apron.

As my moving and renovations progress, I may have more tips, I think, though, I’m stalling.
Out of my zone of tranquillity, I go to attack the mess once again. 

Wish me luck.

 

 

Netflix and Amazon Prime screen going black fixed 2020

Netflix and Prime
Random Black Screen

I have my Chromebook connected via HDMI cable to a big monitor. I use this mostly to watch YouTube, Netflix, and Prime. YouTube seems just fine, but both Netflix and Prime randomly turn the screen black for a moment, then it comes back on.  

The random black screen makes watching Netflix or Prime nigh-on-impossible.  

At first, I thought if I mirrored the Chromebook screen, instead of extending, while leaving the Chromebook screen on, that would work. Nope.  

Then I thought it was my monitor and if I turned off the auto-scan that would fix the problem. Nope.  

I watched a few videos on this problem, and they all said if you had something other than 60hz on your monitor settings, that would cause the problem. Unfortunately, my Chromebook didn’t let me change that, and besides, by default, both my Chromebook and monitor are 60hz.

Solution:

I finally found that you have to set your screen size to the same size as your monitor (or TV). I guess it blacks out when it’s trying to adjust between the two, so if it’s sending the same resolution to the monitor, this problem is averted.
For a Chromebook, you can go to:
Settings>Device>Displays>Display Size
I have mine set at 80% - or 1920 X 1080 (native),
and that has fixed the problem.

 

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