We now have a YouTube channel

We now have a YouTube channel. We only have one video up so far and have a whole lot to learn about properly editing videos but the only way we are going to get better is to keep creating new ones and learning as we go.

Given how long we have been in the planning stage for our channel, it felt good to get an email from YouTube yesterday with a note saying:

Way to go, We Are Grateful For!
Your video is now on YouTube.
Our first thumbnail for our very first YouTube video. Clicking it will take you to the actual video.
Our first thumbnail for our very first YouTube video. Clicking it will take you to the actual video.

Once we reach 100 subscribers, we can get a custom url which will be much easier to remember than our current YouTube channel url of https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaootiG0s5bgCWPHTzfPi5g.  Since our YouTube channel is linked to our blog, we have named the channel “We are grateful for cats” and hope to get that for a custom url.   Mostly it will be videos of our two rascals but we may occasionally feature other cats on there also.

If you get a chance to check out our channel, we would be grateful for any feedback as it will help us improve.   Neither of us has ever done video editing before so we are learning as we go.

We started out with a music track on the video but took it off as it seemed too loud to me and there doesn’t seem to be any way to reduce the volume of it in Adobe Premiere Elements 15.  How important is it to you for a video to have music?

We are grateful for our new venture because

  1. we love sharing what our cats are up to with others
  2. the challenge will be good for both of us.   It is easier to keep doing what you already know but it is when you learn new things that you force your brain to create new pathways and that keeps it much healthier.

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Pacing

I am grateful that my video editing software (Adobe Premiere Elements 15) arrived yesterday.  I have never done video editing before and am spending time watching YouTube videos about it before I even install the software.

I will be using Adobe Premiere Elements 15 for the YouTube channel we are creating.
I will be using Adobe Premiere Elements 15 for the YouTube channel we are creating.

I need to be careful to find the balance though between keeping a pace that allows me to handle what is already on my plate and not trying so hard to dot every i and cross every t before I start to create videos for our new YouTube channel that it never gets started.

My goal is to find the balance between the wisdom of “We’re all on our own journey and we are exactly where we need to be today” (found at “7 lessons I’ve learned from practicing yoga“) and Roberto Blake’s exhortation to “Just get started.”

 

Today is also the first day of my online four week Autumn Mindfulness and Meditation course with Ram Dass.  I definitely need to make time for that also.    

I am grateful for these reminders on both sides of the equation so that I don’t get too frenzied as my health suffers every time that happens but I also don’t go so slow that every passing turtle and snail yells “get out of the way grandma” at me.

 

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Thank you for the music…

I did not, as some do, “grow up with music.” But music was often in the background, providing a tempo to my life. And over time, certain songs and albums have taken on special meaning for me.

I grew up listening to a certain amount of country music, but mostly, I listened to ABBA, Styx, Supertramp, Alabama, etc. Some of the songs that particularly stuck with me:

  • The Logical Song – Supertramp
  • I Touch Roses – Book of Love
  • Styx – Renegade
  • Styx – Come Sail Away
Two of ABBA's greatest songs
The two songs playing here sum up the optimism that I look for in life.

But ultimately, ABBA probably had the most influence, with two of their greatest songs:  “I Have A Dream” and, well…  the title of this post, “Thank You For The Music”

 

 

 

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One step closer to our YouTube channel

We are still working towards eventually creating a YouTube channel where we can share short videos of our cats’ antics.  We are going with Adobe Premiere Elements 15 as our initial software.

When I checked Amazon for it Tuesday, I was quite happy to find that it was Amazon’s Gold Box deal of the day.  I love synchronicity!   We picked it up for 50% off of the regular price, bringing us one step closer to creating our YouTube channel.

It is due to arrive September 21st.  Between now and then, I will continue to spend time watching tutorials on YouTube both on

  1. specifically how to use Adobe Premiere Elements 15, and
  2. starting a YouTube channel.

 

I am grateful to Amazon for the 50% off sale and to all of those who do videos on YouTube to help beginners like myself learn. Most of all,  I am grateful to our cats, without whom we would not have an incentive to begin a new endeavor.   We may be biased, but we believe others will enjoy their life stories and antics.

Johnny's reaction to learning that we are planning a YouTube channel featuring the antics of our two rascals.
Johnny’s reaction to learning that we are planning a YouTube channel featuring the antics of our two rascals.

 

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Shared Laughter

What I am grateful for today is the strengthening of the bond between Jamey and I that occurs when we share things – in this case shared laughter.

As noted in other posts, 11 month old Johnny, who we have spoiled because we almost lost her as a very young kitten (see Pictures for a bit of her history), firmly believes that anything she wants is hers by right.   She regularly goes on alert when I start to pet Night and often comes over to insist that I should be petting her instead.

Last night, Johnny started to look interested when she noticed that I was petting Night. Jamey told her “if you want, I can pet you too.”   Johnny promptly sat up and changed position – facing away from Jamey and giving a big yawn.   We both burst out laughing at her timing. 

Johnny turning her back to him after Jamey offers to pet her.
Johnny turning her back to him after Jamey offers to pet her.

Jamey said he could just picture her saying “right” in the same tone that Bill Cosby used in his Noah skit.    This used to be a very famous comedy sketch but I don’t know how often it is played now-a-days, so for those who may not know the tone of voice that Noah used when saying “right,” I am including a YouTube video.

 

We would love to hear about something your pet(s) have done that made you laugh.

 

one second gratitude practice

I am always on the lookout for other daily gratitude blogs and blog posts.   Earlier today I found one that taught me a completely new gratitude practice: Recording one second of your day for 365 days.      You can read the actual post at https://medium.com/@timsaekoo/i-recorded-1-second-of-my-day-for-the-last-365-days-here-are-10-things-i-learned-146defe3e6bb

I enjoyed the post thoroughly and was intrigued by the idea of one second videos.  I watched the Ted video on the topic then sent a note to Tim Sae Koo to ask permission to reference his post on our gratitude blog as I think this great idea needs to be shared in as many ways as possible and his “10 things I learned” post was quite well written.

 

 

If I was going to do a one second gratitude video today, it would be on the half cup of hot coffee that I spilled as I was preparing to log into my desktop computer to write today’s post.  Why am I writing about that in our gratitude blog? Because my “Find the Silver Lining/ Gratitude Practice” kicked in immediately and I didn’t get upset at all.

 

What was good about spilling hot coffee?
  • As I wrote about in I love to laugh, I enjoy anything that makes me laugh. This did because right before turning the computer on, I had been watching some weight loss videos on my Chromebook while waiting to find out if I would receive permission from Tim Sae Koo to refer to his post.   (Thank you for the permission.)  The first thought that went through my mind when the coffee spilled and I rushed to clean up before it spread further was “well, this is one way to burn calories.” The irony of the situation made me chuckle and instantly put me in a positive frame of mine.

 

  • The second thought involved the fact that some of the things that got soaked with coffee were things I had planned to wash this week anyway so this was the (rather emphatic) nudge that I needed to do so immediately.

 

  • Then, of course, both cats were attracted by my flurry of activity and instantly went into their Snoopervisor cats mode. They were particularly attentive this time as the coffee spilled on three of their favorite toys and they followed me as I rushed to clean them up wondering why I was doing something with their toys other than playing with them.  I always get a kick out of watching them in Snoopervisor mode.

 

There are other positive thoughts that went through my head (such as “thank goodness I had just been using the Chromebook as if it had been in its usual place, it would have gotten soaked with coffee”), but I think this is enough to show why I included spilling my coffee in today’s gratitude blog.

 

Experience is the best teacher

I can read about lots of scientific studies on the benefits of gratitude but it is things like this happening in my own life that actually show me why my “Silver Lining/Gratitude Practice” is so important.

 

How about you?

I would love to know about a time when your gratitude practice kicked in and allowed you to focus on the positives of the situation instead of getting upset.

 

 

 

 

 

Overdrive ebooks, audiobooks and videos

 

To The Bright Edge of the World novel about 1885 Alaska
Overdrive is a great place to borrow ebooks, audiobooks and videos such as “To The Bright Edge of the World” a novel about 1885 Alaska.

Something else that we are both grateful for is Overdrive, a free service provided by our public library that allows us to borrow ebooks, audiobooks and even videos on our mobile devices.

I’ve found quite a few things to enjoy on there including the audiobook I just finished of the Alaskan based historical novel To The Bright Edge of The World by Eowyn Ivey.  Set partially in 1885 and partially in the present, the book is an intriguing mix of history and folklore with a touch of magic and an emphasis on nature’s beauty.   While many of the main characters are men, the book includes two strong women, one of whom is a native Alaskan, a dog, and a raven – or is it a raven?

The author (a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for “The Snow Child”) lives in Alaska with her family. In this short interview, she discusses her fascination with her state and how much of her novel is based on historical events.