Volunteering …

I am but one of several volunteers here at the Beerwah library who give tutorials to locals on anything to do with computers, mobile phones, tablets, e-readers, camera to name just a few … at least anything we are up to speed with. To many in our area all this new technology can be both intimidating &‘frightening’ & the pressing feeling of the need to have such a device that allows then to remain in contact with friends, family & grandchildren pushes them to a purchase. After taking that first step, often a huge confusing step, they then need to know how to use ‘it’.

That is where our library comes to the fore. Both staff & volunteers set time aside to offer group tutorials or one on one tutorials for such learning. Usually these tutorials cover pretty basic stuff to help get them up & going with their new gadget. Occasionally someone will throw in a curly challenge covering a new area to us … this is good for it keeps us learning as well!! We have a variety of requests; from those who know nothing at all of what their new device does, those who just need the basics to get them started, those with a problem that has had them frustrated & floundering & those who need a little more. Most of the time it’s the basics & if there are any issues usually there is an easy fix & they leave happy. If we can point them to some extra tutorials on the internet all the better. We know they are well on their way & we’ve done our bit if we don’t see them again for a while … then sometimes they return down the track with their next step!

I find it incredibly satisfying when I see eyes light up & my ‘pupil’ go away with the ability to communicate easily again … especially with their grandchildren … wondrous. However it does scare me big time when I see how some of these folk use the internet! … teaching internet safety is a major must! Today I have a lady for basic computing.

Grafix Club Outline demo

This week in our grafix group two of use are demonstrating line drawing. My demo will be how to add an outline effect to an image & if time show how to quickly add a sketch effect. These are the results good fun to play with.

My blog beginnings …

Blogging … yes well … to blog or not to blog that is the question my dear grey bits … & if one does decide to blog the next major question is what does one blog about? I have been pondering both these questions for some time now … not being of the writer genre I don’t have any idea why I wish to begin, but from the onset, for some reason, I thought blogging was a neat idea & something that possibly I could get into if I could just settle on a topic!!!!

Bingo … lying in bed one Sunday morning I suddenly remembered, as you do, that I had forgotten to go somewhere the previous Tues … a local meeting I had, had every intention of attending. Whilst replaying the previous days over in my mind attempting to bring to the fore what I could possibly have been doing to forget said meeting another thought crept in … I thought hummm this is not good my days all blend into one here, there appears to be no delineation between them.

What to do me thinks? Would writing down what I do each day help me keep a more visual picture of my doings & goings? Well maybe not writing down everything every day but you know! I know there are calendars & diaries & yes I have a calendar & I use it … obviously not that day! … but no I don’t write a diary never been one for that. The light bulb … that’s it, I say to myself, that could be the basis of my blog … I have a website which at present needs revamping so that will be it … yes!

We all shrug our shoulders & glibly talk about how as we get older the time just flies by … the days, weeks & months morph into one long span of what … time? !!! Right now my minutes become hours, hours become days & the days become years … woooow what happened in between … just where does my time go!!! . … surely I must be doing something with this precious commodity … I appreciate the fact my time is not always filled with practical useful stuff but there must be some positive achievements there somewhere?! Now I’m not worried that I don’t achieve anything productive or positive I know I do it’s just it would be nice to be able to sit at the end of the week & say OK that’s what I have done this week.

Well beginning now June 17th 2012 I will make a concerted effort to ‘journal’ my time.

Writing on the computer is probably best as I can hear my parents groaning at my penmanship as being totally illegible … that I must agree with … the advent of the computer has meant putting pen to paper became a distance memory & my once legible writing is well simply illegible!

It’s true when I say I have never written up & kept a diary … that is until recently.

When we purchased our first 4wd 2008 we decided to design a website written round the modifications carried out on our proud new possession  truck … dubbed our ‘AdventureDefender’ … I then went a step further & decided to write journals around our travels … not quite sure why maybe so we have some written memories & photographs to read & peruse in our quiet years … & perhaps also just maybe our children or grandchildren will be interested some time in their future to read about their Mum & Dad’s or Grandparents’ adventures around Oz! Guess you could say those travel journals were the beginnings of my ‘diary’ writing & in some ways could be an attempt at early blogging minus the online comments!

There’s no doubt untold millions of blogging diaries out there & what I am adding is perhaps but another … none the less I am thinking maybe it’s not such a bad idea. In broadening my writing to include my daily, weekly & monthly comings & goings I’m attempting to put some focus back onto my days & allow me to keep track of what I actually do with my time … productive or not … help produce a visual account that will allow me to look back & say OK that’s what I did then & oh OK that day was a day for reading or oh that’s when I created that image … show me that my time is not one huge chunk of ‘empty space’. Writing regularly serves another purpose … learning a new task … writing … should help keep my brain active & push back the possible onset of the feared days of a mushy brain :)

Don’t get me wrong I’m not worried about getting older I have no control of that but I do have control of how I fill my time. At present a good deal of my time is taken up on the computer learning about photography; how to use my editing programs to create some fine art photography from our images; transcribing our journals from the illegible scratchings written taken along the road of our journeys & not to forget keeping our websites up to date. I also love reading … that includes books on photography, families / women who have carved a life living in our Australian outback, who done it physiological thrillers. Often as not I have some music playing … what it is depends on what I’m doing at the time.

My ideal vision of just how to fill my days … apart from the usual needs of seeing & staying in contact with family, many of whom I unfortunately do not see … is to travel & explore our amazing, vast country Ozz. To live out there & experience such diverse climates that ravage our desert, coast, mountains & forests … to spot some of our unique native wildlife  … & to do all this with my life long partner right there beside me is my ultimate dream. As I say growing old as such doesn’t worry me but keeping my mind & body active & healthy  trying to make each day count is I’d say very important.

So there I’ve begun my first blog …