The Kitchen Window

The Kitchen Window
Antique Milk Bottles with Herbs and Flowers


Welcome to the Frog Hollow Farm blog! I've been blogging since January 2010 and have switched from Blogger to Word Press, but I'm back to Blogger because, for me, it's easier to use. My husband and I live on a little farm in Northwest New Jersey. We have some chickens and a very large vegetable garden with asparagus and raspberries, and rows and rows of sunflowers, snapdragons and zinnias. Traveling, entertaining, gardening, spending time with family, studying Italian, blogging and reading keep us busy and happy. With all of this going on, moving towards a simpler life seems almost impossible but it's definitely a daily goal.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Visit to the Apple Store

Last fall I switched all of my computers over to Apple products, and I've been adjusting to the new systems ever since.  As part of my purchase I was able to take advantage of Apple's One-To-One Program, which allows me (for a yearly fee) to access all sorts of training at an Apple store, including 1:1 sessions with knowledgeable Apple technicians.

Yesterday morning I spent over 2 hours with Norm, an Apple tech at the Short Hills, New Jersey Apple Store.  A group of about 4 people sat around a large table right in the middle of the store, each of us working on a Personal Project of our choice.  My choice was, of course, the management and organization of my photos - in my last post I had been kvetching about not having access to my photos and my overall feelings of being totally overwhelmed whenever I went into my photo files.

My main objective was to get all of my photos in one location (rather than in an external hard drive, desktop file from older Blackberry photos, and in iPhoto).

My brain seems to become easily tipped and on overload with respect to any computer language, but Norm was great.  As soon as I understood that he was starting with the big picture, and would then help me move into the small, more intricate steps, I was good.  

His suggestion was to begin moving everything over to iPhoto, so the two hours was spent moving photos, creating events, and organizing.  Not everyone I speak to agrees with saving photos in iPhoto, but without their level of knowledge and understanding I need to listen to the Apple techs for the time being.

I still have a lot to do but feel so much better.

And of course, any visit to the Mall at Short Hills is fantastic. I also get to stop by the Whole Foods store in Madison on my way home.

I'm including some of my favorite 'lost' photos for you all to see:

My grandniece Kiara picking strawberries last summer in our garden...

  FHFB posing for me in the city last November.  Katie actually bought him the hat...

Miss Olive taking a cat nap...

Our front cottage garden last summer...

So, for the next few days I'll be organizing the photos into events, then going back to the Apple store to begin working within iPhoto, learning how to better organize and have quicker access to specific photos.  

How things looked before the living room makeover....

and afterwards....

Ciao, bella!


  1. I've been thinking that my next computer should be an Apple. I'm tired of having to pay for "protection" from viruses. Are you generally happy with them?

  2. I have an apple and will never buy any other computer. I've never had to worry about a virus, everything is easy to use, and there's always help around the corner.

  3. Hi, I'm new to your blog. I found you on the other me is sane. I agree, I think my next laptop will be an Apple. Yes, they are pricey but I do like them. I now have a dell laptop and we have a dell desktop in our home office. I bought an ipad2 last fall and love it! In fact, this is what I use the most now. Love the touch screen. I've also heard that there are less viruses with Apple products?

    I love your home and absolutely love your cottage garden. I've got to go make lunches for work tomorrow, but after I do that, I'm putting on my pj's and coming back here to look around some more.

  4. What a little darling in the strawberries! Reminds me of when my girls were little and we went to pick strawberries. They spent more time eating than picking and then sitting in the shade while I finished up. Sweet memories. Love the cottage garden too, and the remodeling pics. Thanks for sharing.
    Susanne :)

  5. I just followed you over from Mockingbird Hill Cottage, and I love your cottage garden, and I look forward to reading more. How appropriate that your entry is about the Apple Store. I sing the praises of Apple, their products, stores, and employees all the time! I have taken free workshops there on many topics, including getting started with Mac, iPad, and iPhone. The one-to-one classes would be so valuable. So happy to hear that you LOVE Apple too, and that you are finally getting your photos organized. That's a big job!

  6. beautiful work!
    Can we follow each other?:X

  7. Hey girl.....where are you....I still have you on my side bar. Hopefully we will hear from you again soon.



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