Monday, January 28, 2013

Oil Painting of Mario and Taming Of The Dragon

Dear Readers,

Isn't that a gorgeous oil painting of Mairo.  It was done by a Twitter/Blog friend - @MaxTheQuiltCat's mom, Lou Belcher, Artist and Writer.  Lou is going to run a special on her 6" x 6" cat portraits for the month of February for $40 + shipping.  She isn't gong to do the one-a-day challenge this time and only wants to do cats presently.   If you have a special kitty living with you and would like to have his/her portrait done, see her kitty's blog for details:  She does beautiful work and at $40 + shipping, this is a real bargain that you'll probably never find again.  Just look at the attention to detail - even little hair on the edge of his ears!

Taaadaaa!  This post is coming to you via Dragon. Woo hoo I think we are finally getting there.

Dragon and I are getting along quite well. Last week I had about five different calls to their help Center to the point where I'm sure each help person was thinking – quote "Oh no, not her again."   But I did learn a lot and hopefully I won't make stupid mistakes so I get into trouble anymore. I don't know why but the user profile and I just do not get along – I guess I just don't understand it. But the help Center walked through it with me so now I hope I'm on the right path.

I do find dictation is easier as long as I try to think ahead about what I want to say. I do have to do better job on  punctuation however.  And I'm still a long ways away from using the commands with the microphone instead of my hands to make corrections. I guess I'll have to copy down all of the commands and keep them in front of me if I want to go that route. In the meantime I'm stable enough with my shaking that I can use a combination of microphone and typing.  So for now Dragon is a keeper.

Hope all of you are staying away from all the many viruses that are out there and staying healthy.

Until next time,



  1. Yay for you!!!
    Yay for Dragon!!

    Hopefully with time and working with the program it will become second nature and very easy for you to use.


  2. I am so glad you are slaying the Dragon Mary! Congrats!!

  3. That Dragon needed to be slayed and you did it! Concats! But we always had faith in you.

  4. Yay! You got the better of that mean ole dragon. Good for you!

    I love Mario's portrait. HH really does do nice work. I'm very glad I had mine done.

  5. Wow, when I read your post and realized you were dictating this I was really impressed. I couldn't possibly dictate as flawlessly. As it is, when I'm typing I'm always going back and re-editing. You really have totally slayed the Dragon! Hooray for you! xoxo

  6. Great portrait of the yummy Mario! Jessie is swooning! Congratulations Mary on your ability to use Dragon. The verbal commands will become a habit just like keyboard commands are to us. Also, am so pleased to hear you are going through a period with shakes which is great news ... xxx's with love

  7. Oh, that is SO beautiful!!! Max the Quilt Cat's mom is incredibly talented. We've loved seeing her new portraits! Mario is as handsome as ever...and we love that she included his red heart tag.

    Congrats on making friends with the Dragon!!!

    : ) Glogirly

  8. I'm glad Dragon is working out well for you. Mario, let me tell you, he never looked better! We love his portrait, his ears and his heart.

    Hugs from us,
    Julie, Mitty, Tinker, Anastasia and the old Tom (cat) hehe (we gave ourselves top billing this time)

  9. Thank you Mary and all of you for the wonderful comments about Mario's painting. It was such a pleasure to paint it.

  10. Gorgeous painting! I really have to get my Dragon set up too. I'm glad you're doing well with yours! *high wing* as George would say.

  11. I'm also impressed that you're dictating this through Dragon! I'm so glad that you're not letting anything slow you down Mary! You are an inspiration to us all!

    1. Oh, and I forgot to mention that it's a beautiful painting of Mario!

  12. Oh, isn't that a pretty kitty?!

    I've heard good things about the speech recognition programs. Like anything, though, there's a break-in period. You'll get it!

    Greetings from Minneapolis!


  13. That is a really nice painting.

    Glad you and Dragon are getting along. I knew there was a program or two out there but never knew anyone who'd used it. It's good to know it helps.


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