There Are Memories and Then There is Memory

8 Aug

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

We didn’t have any adventures this past week to write about but we do have a nice memory stored up. Speaking of memory.

I have a question for the ladies. Does your husband seem to have memory loss when it comes to working on his “Honey-Do” list?

Image by Greg Montani from Pixabay

Mine has an incredible capacity to remember almost every movie he has seen, right down to the actors names. The same for You Tube videos. But he can’t seem to remember his “honey-do” list.

I have been trying out some apps by Adobe Spark and Adobe Video allows one to easily make short videos. While playing around with it, I experienced an A-HA moment. I would make a video for my husband!

The video is 45 seconds long. It incorporates a video list, my voice reading it, a guitar soundtrack and a humorous photo. I could have made it shorter, but I wanted to throw multiple options at his memory bank. I chose guitar music as he finds it to be relaxing.

And it worked! Without him knowing what I was up to, I casually asked him what he would like to accomplish this week, then I secretly created a list of 10 items. Monday I sent the video to his phone and he has already completed 9 of them. So ladies, download Adobe Spark Video ASAP and start creating!

My honey-do list this week included getting estimates from tree services to have a dead pine tree removed. It blew over in a rain storm a few weeks ago and was caught in the branches of another tree. I called yesterday and this morning, a very nice young man who owns the business came out and took the tree down. I think it took him 30 minutes. The tree trimming business has changed since we last had a tree removed. They have cool equipment!

Speaking of cool, I am looking forward to fall. Fall in the mountains of Western North Carolina is magical, with pleasant daytime temperatures and crisp evenings. It is my favorite time to explore new places outdoors or revisit favorites like the Heintooga Ridge Road, a one way drive through the woods off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Before the bridge was put in, one drove over a concrete pad to ford the water. Our children spent many happy times playing in the cold water and eating a picnic lunch on the bank.

Once the bridge was built, we moved our picnic to the Heintooga picnic area which is at the beginning of the one way drive.

Heintooga Picnic Area has 41 picnic sites, each with a table and charcoal grill. Magnificent trees surround the picnic area and the higher elevation provides opportunities to see birds that live high up in the mountains.
About half of the picnic tables were handmade of stone by the Civilian Conservation Corp in the 1930’s. They made the seats from split logs. More than 80 years later, these tables still provide a nice place to picnic

If any of my readers feel inspired to create your own to do list videos, I would love to hear if they were successful. You could even do this with your children!

I'm a winnerAfter my retirement, I decided to re-learn the canning and preserving skills I learned from my mother but hadn’t practiced for twenty years. I titled the blog Old Things R New to chronicle my experience.  Since then I have been blessed to have six other bloggers join me, DiVoran Lites, Bill Lites,  Judy Wills, Louise Gibson, Janet Perez Eckles and Melody Hendrix In addition to blogging, I work as the publicist/marketer/ amateur editor and general  “mom Friday” for my author daughter, Rebekah Lyn. I also manage her website, Rebekah Lyn Books  where we frequently host the best in up and coming authors. My 2019 goal is to use my love of photographs and words to be an encourager on social media. You can visit Real Life Books and Media You Tube Channel if you would like to view some of the mini-videos I have created for our church, Gateway Community in Titusville, Fl.

2 Responses to “There Are Memories and Then There is Memory”

  1. Onisha Ellis August 8, 2019 at 9:28 pm #

    I am pretty impressed with the results. He hasn’t been up to par and he still was able to remember.


  2. divoran09 August 8, 2019 at 3:56 pm #

    you created a good reminder…

    Liked by 1 person

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