This past Saturday, September 12, 2015, was my husband, Ron, and my 34th Anniversary. We typically do not celebrate anniversaries or our birthdays, but this year we both had gifts for each other. Possibly because Ron is currently battling his 3rd round of cancer and you look at things differently.
I had decided while Ron was away on his trip west, which I talked about in When Your Husband Returns, to make him a video of photographs of us as a couple over the past 35 years (from when we met to now). I gathered the photos into a folder, found the song I wanted to use, “Grow Old Along With Me” sung by Glen Campbell, and began putting together the presentation.
First problem arose when my daughter found me the song I wanted and obtained it as an MP3 on her phone, then emailed it to me. I couldn’t figure out how to download it, but someone showed me how and that was fine. Then I put the slideshow together in a PowerPoint presentation, figured out how to convert the MP3 to a WAV file for imbedding into the PowerPoint and then used the drop-down menu to convert to a video. When I played back the video version it had an echo and played the music twice in an echo format. Not good! The PowerPoint played fine, but I wanted to be able to share it with family and friends on Facebook which required a video conversion.
I questioned a friend who does not live near me, and after a series of questions he asked me to email him the file so he could attempt to remove the music file from the video. Unfortunately he was unable to do that, so I had to download a free video slide show program and re-build the presentation. I got it re-built in a slightly different version and it played well, I was able to upload it to YouTube and then share on Facebook on the appropriate day.
I next purchased a flash drive, which I saved the original PowerPoint presentation on and placed that into an Anniversary card for Ron. Then after midnight the night before our anniversary I switched the YouTube version from private to public and shared the link on my Facebook page, tagging Ron, in Happy 34th Anniversary. Everyone enjoyed viewing the video, and I have also taken all the photographs and built a Shutterfly book with them, which will be arriving here soon.
Now Ron also had gifts for me this year. I received a sapphire necklace (my birthstone) and an amethyst bracelet (my favorite color). We spent the day together visiting an art fair we enjoy attending every year and then going out to dinner. A great 34th Anniversary.