New is NOT Always Better!

Have you ever thought that? You get used to doing something a certain way, perfectly content with the way that you were doing it and without your permission, someone changes it??? (Oh and by the way, you had to learn this way in the first place and that took some time to figure out?)

Sometimes, the powers to be are good about it–they ASK you if you want to update. Sometimes they don’t. And they just DO it. Sometimes you think, sure, it’s new and improved right? And you soon learn it’s a nightmare to handle.

That happened on my email program. Change to this cool background. Okay, click of a button. But after that, there was no going back. My emails nested. I couldn’t write in response to emails sent to me right on the email, which really helps when I’m commenting point by point without copying and pasting their whole message to my email. Finally, there was a way to UNnest the emails so I didn’t have this problem. But there were complaints all over the boards about it. The problem is if you’re in groups where you talk about stuff, you’re supposed to trim messages. With this new and IMPROVED email version, we couldn’t do it.

Anyway, WordPress changed something for the better, and I don’t know if I agreed to it and forgot, or they just changed it, but I didn’t like it and they gave me the option to go back to the old way of doing things.

Sometimes the old way is the best way. Sometimes I can’t wrap my brain around a new way, since I’m always learning new ways to do a million different things, and I just don’t need one more new way to do something that is working well for me.

Do you ever feel that way?

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Here are some pictures of my hot Labor Day. Isn’t this beautiful?

I’m surrounded by cornfields that look like these on three sides. The one in front of me has been cut, but guess what my neighbors were doing for Labor Day. Shooting off fireworks.

Shaking head.

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Why did the dragonfly have to be sitting on top of a cornstalk that was right in front of a telephone pole? I couldn’t move to take the picture because he flew off as soon as I did. But I still thought it was a cool picture, him pausing on the tip of a cornstalk. Next time maybe my model will stay put so I can move around and get a better background. Or, I can show it as just a slice of life–telephone pole and all.

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Do you see the scissor-tail flycatcher on the lower right? The sparrows are on the upper left. I’m not usually able to capture one in a picture.

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Here is a cardinal in the piracantha. I was watering the new shrubs and that always makes the birds jittery, particularly since my neighbor was also shooting off firecrackers.

But what I had seen that was so cool were four sparrows clinging to the cornstalks. I wanted a picture of them. But when I ran back to get my camera and returned, they were gone. It was the first time I had seen them actually doing that. The rest of the time, I’d just see them fly off.

So instead, while I was watering, with camera in hand, I got pictures of the dragonfly, the beauty of the sky and the cornfields, the scissor-tail and the cardinal.

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Oh, and a dove in the piracantha. It’s a wickedly thorny shrub, but the birds love it. Nice and protective

Well, I’m back to word count, caught up on student lessons, and I’m still keeping up on word count, behind on bears. 🙂 <3 But I did cut out two more last night. 🙂  I have 6 bears ready, just need to embroider their paws. 🙂  But that takes time too.  And somehow, I’m always running out of it.

Do you ever find that too?

Okay, back to writing!


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4 thoughts on “New is NOT Always Better!

  1. The world (especially the business world) thrives on “new and improved”, and we have never witnessed anything quite like the technology improvements of the computer age. I think we need a “defragging tool” for our brains to sort and organize our bits of info to make room for more? My rate of absorption of new info has slowed to a crawl. Especially if I fail to see how it helps me, or does not spark my interest. Certain young minds that I know would tell me, “Oh but you are OLD!!! giggle snort”.

    • LOL, we are only as old as we allow ourselves to be. 🙂 I constantly am looking for new ways to improve some things. If it’s a hassle one way, or it doesn’t meet expectations, I’m thrilled to learn new things. But like you say, if it doesn’t appear to be something that will help or just not interesting enough, I’ve got enough things I’m trying that are new to ignore the rest. And sometimes the new way isn’t all that much better. And sometimes it’s a lot worse. 🙂 But yeah, technology makes things obsolete in the blink of an eye.Defragging tool for our brains, sounds good! Hmm, sounds like a story. LOL Sometimes I just want a restore button.

  2. I don’t adapt to change well at all. I really hate it when they supposedly change something for the better that actually worked perfectly for me. Ugh!

    You’ve taken some really beautiful pictures again.

    I honestly don’t know how you managed to do all that in a day lol!

    • Thanks so much! Actually, I HAVE to set goals. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t get half as much done. Last night, I was so excited. I finally reached my 3,000 word goal by 7:30 pm, (after having to do a myriad of other tasks) and I was ready to work on my bears when I remembered I had a stack of student lessons to do again. LOL 🙂 So I finished them, and then was too tired to work on bears. But I did trace out some bears and cut out 2 more. By having a few goals, it really helps me to stay on track. But sometimes, I get burned out and I just have to quit and do something else. If I get my word count for today, I plan to work on bears and watch a movie. 🙂 That’s my reward for getting my word count done.

      I have to say that when I was working at the library, we counted out change, did everything by hand, no cash register. Not one of us was happy about having to deal with a cash register when the main library finally purchased them for all the branches Then after we learned how to use it, it was so much better. Someone locked the key inside, and we couldn’t use it for a day and we were like how could we have not wanted to use it in the first place? LOL

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