Screen time

I’ve spent a lot of time sitting in front of the computer screen this past week, and I need a break, but here I am posting because I hate to miss chatting with the blogging community. πŸ™‚

There was insurance research including a two-hour webinar on a new option. That was followed up with a Smithsonian Garden webinars on Top Twenty Perennials for a Healthy Habitat and Beautiful Winter Gardens, and then a Penn State Extension webinar on Spotted Lanternfly which is the latest invasive heading our way.

I was pretty much done after that, but our insurance carrier suggested if we wanted to get a discount when renewing, we might consider the six-hour AARP Driver Safety Course. After that was completed, I was definitely fried. Good course, decent discount, but it requires some stamina to get through all six sections.

Yesterday, a friend who isn’t on social media asked if I’d try selling her nine-piece dining room set on Facebook Marketplace. It is a huge, lovely set, but I’m not so sure the buyers of today are looking for anything that grand.Β  She texts me about every hour asking if I’ve heard from anyone. πŸ™‚

Before I quit whining about too much screen time, I have an Instagram question in case someone has run across it before. I have two accounts, NewEnglandGardenandThread and our Master Gardener one, nhscmga. Up until this week, both screens have looked alike with a ‘+’ sign in the middle of the icons to add a photo, but now all of a sudden they are different. I’ve tried googling, but can’t find an answer.

Any thoughts? Yes, I can work around it, but I’m just curious.

Are you finding yourself staring at the screen more during this time at home? Anything interesting you want to share?

Stay well and stay safe. πŸ™‚

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61 Responses to Screen time

  1. Joanne Sisco says:

    Glad to hear all is well in your world … but 6 hours of Driver Safety?! Stamina indeed!

    Stay well!

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    Screen time is more of an issue as more things move online, but given that I spent 8-10 hours a day in front of one before retiring, I think I’m OK. I do notice screen-centric weeks, though.

    My Instagram page is different from both of those. I have the plus at the bottom and the camera in the upper left.

    I hope you have a week of staring into nature, Judy.

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  3. Oddment says:

    I’m glad for your mention of the driver course because I’ve wondered about it. Thanks! I don’t think I have the oomph for it right now, but it does sound like a good idea. My screen time is limited to email, news, and this blog, so I’m afraid I can’t be much help with Instagram. I applaud all that you accomplished through screen time last week; it is all hocus-pocus to me.

    So I can’t say that I’ve been staring at the screen, but I sure have been staring into space. I’m guessing there’s a big flashing sign on my forehead that says “Vacancy.”

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    • I think there’s a lot of that blinking ‘vacancy’ sign around including here. πŸ™‚ The AARP driver safety course is good for anyone wanting to be safe on the road as we age. Once you sign up, you have thirty days to complete it and can stop and start whenever and wherever you want. Our renewal is due so we endured doing it rather quickly. The second section was the longest. Once that is behind you, it moves along. Let’s face it, our bodies, our minds, our cars, and the roads are constantly changing so the advice that is offered in the course is much appreciated. Maybe this winter when you’re snowed in. πŸ™‚

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  4. Whew! Not sure I could sit through anything that is 6 hours long! Congratulations on finishing it. My Instagram has the camera at the bottom and the plus sign on the top left. Just when I get used to something they change it.

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  5. Murphy's Law says:

    Holy cow! Your eyeballs must be spinning with all that screen time! Good for you for enduring the 6-hour safe driving course. Enjoy the discount!

    Judy, if I had something interesting to share I would be a happy woman. Life here has become so mundane I bore myself! The most excitement seems to be doctor’s appointments! Ooooo, I have a dentist appointment in November. That should be good for a few laughs and several dollars. Lol.

    I have the same problem as Oddment…..a “Vacancy” sign flashing on my forehead! πŸ˜‹

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    • This morning, I finished up my gardening chores, put the remaining furniture away, tied up the hoses – gardening is over for this season. Tomorrow I have to start back on the treadmill for some exercise. Man, I hate walking on a treadmill, but… Doctors and Dentists are all that’s on our calendar. Our Covid numbers are going up so it’s back to ‘really’ staying home right now. Vacancy sign flashing for sure. πŸ™‚


  6. Judy, that is a lot of screen time, but it all sounds worthwhile. I don’t post frequently on Instagram and hadn’t noticed the change until you mentioned it. I can’t find a reason for it either. I assume that having so many options available – story, feed, IGTV, Reels, Live, etc. made a menu option necessary. It is still pretty easy to post from either location, just different than we are used to. These technology folks have too much time on their hands!! If you find a valid explanation, please share.

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  7. This was helpful. I’m going to check with my car insurer to see if they give a discount for the course. I’ve been researching Medicare options (think we are staying with what we have) and I always resent the time because no matter how hard I try to nail everything down, we get bills that make no sense. Sometimes they are in our favor and sometimes not. I sometimes play solitaire before bed to “calm me down” but I’ve read you shouldn’t have screen time for at least a half hour before sleeping. I’m working on that.

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    • According to our insurer, the discount is divided over three years. Our renewal was due this month so we got 1/3 of the discount. Then to receive it after that three year period, we take it again. I have to say it is an investment in time, but there are things that are new and I think we’ll both pay closer attention after having been through it. Medical insurance we’re still working on. It’s like reading a product review – six say it is the best and six say it is the worst. Hurts my head. I do solitaire in the evening as well. πŸ™‚

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  8. Joyce says:

    LOL – remember during the working years sighing over the thought of being retired and free to do whatever we wanted all day long? Yeah. Well here we are – health insurance choices, computer issues, arthritic knees……! I am trying to get the energy to report when and where I got my flu shot in exchange for a $15 gift card (to who knows where!) from Blue Cross, so no, I probably wouldn’t make it to the AAA seminar!…but I’m mighty proud of you, sister!
    Good luck on the dining room set sale! I’ve read many articles about how gen x-ers and millennials don’t want our stodgy “treasures” after we’re dead! Just the cash, please! I’m working on a list of stuff the girls HAVE to keep in the family OR ELSE! (i.e. “no cash for you!”). Just a few things and not offensively outdated or ugly, but they belonged to MY grandma and by golly they’re are gonna stay in the family if I have to come back to haunt them all!
    Oh gosh, I just re-read the manic-ness of what I just wrote and should qualify it with declaring, no, I’m not on drugs!
    Enjoy the fall, Judy!

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    • Joyce, Joyce, Joyce. I have been chuckling out loud here because I filled out my insurance ‘rewards’ and have a $20 card coming that includes my flu shot. My flu shot was only worth $5. LOL The online driving course was an endurance test, I’m positive. If you endure, you get the discount. πŸ™‚ There has been zero interest in that big dining room set because as you said the group buying are not interested in this big old stuff. I also laughed out loud at your ‘treasures.’ I have some things that were my grandparents that I’m sure no one after me will be interested in so I put the address and contact for the historical society and asked that they be sent there. I just can’t bear the thought of them being chucked. Take care, friend, and stay well.


  9. Marilyn says:

    I get a weekly message telling me how much more or less time I’ve been online than the week before. Yes, i do spent more time on the pad but not doing what you do. I spend several hours doing my exercise classes, reading the news and doing my board work for the condo.

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  10. I don’t use Instagram so I can’t help you with that problem. Sorry! As for screen time—yes, yes, and another yes. Wouldn’t want those screens taken away from me, but sometimes I feel as though my eyes are going to pop right out of my head. Fortunately, they don’t. πŸ˜‰ Still, being able to Zoom with my best beloveds in New York and North Carolina is a priceless gift.

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  11. Eilene Lyon says:

    One reason I became a field biologist was because I was tired of spending my life at the computer. Now here I am again, spending my life in front of a computer! At least I get more pleasure out of it now. (I was previously an accountant.)

    Can’t help you with Instagram – one of those social media I’ve not adopted. I don’t think I could do the drivers’ course. That reminds me of all the safety courses I had to take when working for a big corporation. Ugh.

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  12. Ally Bean says:

    Yes, I’ve been staring at my phone screen more during these last 8 months than in the years before. This bothers me that I am doing it, but I find that it’s a good way to have a few casual conversations during the day. I’m on IG and I’m on Twitter, both of which appeal to me. I am not on FB so no idea how quickly things sell there.

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  13. Eliza Waters says:

    Impressive online stamina, Judy. I would have crossed eyes after all that!
    Have a nice week, hopefully, with more outdoor time. πŸ™‚

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  14. Lavinia Ross says:

    I am only on WP, so I am unable to offer any observations or advice about other platforms. I am trying to catch up on sleep these days after a rough summer and early autumn. πŸ™‚

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  15. My screen time is about the same. My IG page looks the same the “+” is on the lower part of the page in the middle of the icons. I did an iPhone update and now all my icons are in a different place on my phone so I’m getting used to that on top of the other things Apple changed in this update. Sigh.

    He-Man made his choice with healthcare now I am waiting for some information to come in so I can make mine. It’s been awful wading through all this stuff!

    I hope you have a good week!

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    • Some day in the future, these young programmers will retire and realize how frustrating it is to have things change just to change or maybe their base of technical knowledge will be so deep, that like Dan Anton, they will be able to figure it all out. πŸ™‚ Today is our final day of insurance research, and I can hardly wait to have it in the rear view mirror. πŸ™‚

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  16. John Hric says:

    Judy – my guess on instagram is that is where you left it. It shows the image in the magnifying glass. unselect the image and the camera icon should disappear and the plus sign should return. just a guess. i love intuitive software and sometimes not. especially when i cannot intuitive the recovery or the next step…


  17. It is good you are continuing to learn about things; it will keep your mind active. The first winter storm passed by over the weekend. It is now cloudy outside and cold. If you are ready for medicare, doctors care as you will be giving an option of what you want. Be sure to take the part a for doctor care. My sister as she federal insurance. She had a lot of trouble because she didn’t. Chose a insurance you feel will be around when you needed. We didn’t many problems until we turned 70. We live in a low cost retirement home. No one I know consider we have a great retirement. Medicare changes almost everyyear and is different medaide which is run by the state. Here they worked together which is not true everywhere. We may get a hard frost this month. Take care and be safe!

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    • When I was working in HR, medical insurance was part of my responsibilities, but the further you get away from it, the more challenging it is to wade through the options each year. But, then, as we age most things aren’t simple anymore are they? πŸ™‚ Our temps are dropping but we haven’t had a ‘hard’ frost yet. I’m ready though because I have all my chores done. Stay well.

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  18. Nancy says:

    Wow! That’s a lot of screen time but look at the discount on your drivers insurance now! Woo Hoo!
    I had a wee bit more screen time the other day as I was adding new things to our Rock and Mineral Club Website. It took me hours! The rock and mineral website uses Square Space and it’s not easy to navigate.

    I can’t help you with IG as I do not have the camera at the bottom. Sometimes IG likes to try things out with certain accounts. Looks like you are one of them. Good Luck.

    It was a much better week for us and I’m glad for that. Take care Judy! Happy week to you!

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  19. I don’t really know anything about Instagram, Judy. Sorry I can’t help. I’ve actually been online less. I’ve been reading, e-books supplemented by actual books from my home library, spending more time with my parents since we’re 20 minutes not 3 days away, and just trying to stay offline more. I do however love blogging and keeping in touch with friends who have blogs, so that does keep me online somewhat. My s-i-l said she was thinking about taking Sunday off from being on devices, but I like One Word Sunday and if I get an entire day behind, it’s rough catching up.


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  20. germac4 says:

    Well done for finishing long courses online Judy, that does take some stamina! I have a FB and Instagram account, but don’t use either much, blogs are just more interesting.
    I should have a treadmill, especially as we are in quarantine for two weeks. It is amazing how many things I have to do rather than look up some Utube exercises.
    Hope your autumn leaves are still beautiful.

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  21. slfinnell says:

    My phone tells me how much screen time I use per day and I cringe. On another note, the childcare trainings from Penn State are top notch! Love ’em! I hope you’re enjoying the New England autumn!

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  22. Heather says:

    Screen time is definitely growing and I suspect will be the case this winter. One interesting option are the free courses being offered from Longwood Gardens – dreaming about aquatic plants! Uh oh.

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    • You are so right about the online gardening classes. I have really benefited from the ones offered by Smithsonian Gardens. Thank you for the reminder to check out Longwood Gardens. I looked into some aquatic plants this year and while the weather here sure isn’t conducive I keep thinking about it. πŸ™‚

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  23. tonytomeo says:

    No; I have not been staying at home. I am working like I always have, and have been busier than before all of this.

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  24. Tina Schell says:

    Hmmm…’s an interesting question Judy. I do have quite a bit of screen time (just ask my husband) but I tend to do it with my laptop so that I can be doing other things at the same time. Probably not the best idea but it works for me! Also I read books online so does that count as screen time ?!

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  25. I am either working like crazy or sitting in front of a screen so glad our fall colors arrived and I pushed myself to go grab some downtown among them ❀ I have many instagram accts. as well now I must go check lol We had our first hard frost so I am worried about the potted Bubblegum and my glorious Black and Blue Salvia. I had my crew of bluebirds here this morning but had forgotten to plug in their heater so I had to bust up the ice in their water bowls. Warmer days ahead I know but I hate seeing all of my blooms go 😦

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    • My place is set for winter, and it’s dreary out there. It was 32 here this morning when I made coffee. There’s definitely frost on the pumpkin, and you’d better get that shed roofed. πŸ™‚

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      • He was almost done with welding when the spool of wire ran out so off to hardware shop tomorrow for more wire for his welder and more self-tapping metal to metal screws πŸ™‚ The metal is here yesterday winds too rough and today gorgeous but he had welding and fabrication to do so we can start putting up the walls and now they say a chance of rain for us each day. lol I can use a battery operated screw gun in the rain πŸ™‚

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  26. My Instagram still has a + sign. How odd that it would change on one account but not on the other. Happy new week, with less screen time and more garden time.

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