Prune, Write, Knit, Grow

Over the past few days, I’ve been continuing the clean up effort I started regarding my blogs and journals. After more than sixteen years, I’ve finally deleted my Livejournal and Deadjournal accounts. I’ve also deleted all my old posts from my surviving InsaneJournal as they’re not really reflective of where I’d like to go in life. So, I am starting from scratch as far as the InsaneJournal is concerned. I have also added a Dreamwidth account to the mix.

 

I’ve also managed to write in my hand written journal for a change. That was quite the experience after so long without writing in it. Hand writing practice. It is a thing. To give you some idea of how long the stretch between entries is, the last journal entry was from August of 2016. I fully intend to keep up with my writing this time around. I want to keep a few journals. One for writing, one for self improvement, at least one for languages, and one for personal stuff. That’s not counting the online journals and blogs.

 

I have a cousin in gestation. My cousin with whom I share a birthday is expecting a baby on or around our mutual birthday. So, I am going into crafting overdrive in making her a plethora of items. My intentions are to make at least two (maybe more) baby Flax sweaters, the Lacy Chevrons Baby Blanket, a toy of some kind, and, perhaps, a second crocheted blanket. In addition to this, if I have the time, I’ll finish the never collected Soft Purple Baby Blanket I was making in 2014.

 

In the realm of growing, my tomatoes are growing and maturing in the Aerogarden. Plant two may need to be cut back as it is getting leggy but Plant One is growing quite well. It even has a number of maturing fruit growing on it right now. My other plants, the Snake plants, Spider plants, and Pineapple are all doing excellently as well. I’m not sure when or if the Pineapple will grow a Pineapple fruit but it is now nearly three feet in diameter.

 

The one thing I would love this year that didn’t occur last year would be for me to get the garden plot I signed up for. I really want to grow different fruits and vegetables not only for my own household but for family members, friends, and people in need of fresh produce. At present, I have to take public transportation to the nearest market about twenty minutes from my home as the bus rides. The nearest community garden is slightly closer and much less travel time. My plan is to get a wagon and hike it home once the produce starts growing. Either that or save a lot of carfare for cabs, which in truth might be safer given that the roads near where I live and near the garden site don’t have sidewalks.

 

Though, at this point, all of this is mere speculation on a fantasy. I have no garden excepting my potted plants and Aerogarden.

 

I need to wake up so I can get back to knitting. I’ve been quite ill over this past few weeks with various colds/flus etc. I am now, thankfully, recovering.

 

Now, to get into this knitting. Until the next time, have a safe and fantastic journey around the Sun. Take care, my friends. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

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New Year, New Stuff

Some changes are afoot here. I’m going to be deleting some things, expanding on others, streamlining a few things, while creating some new content.

 

First the new stuff. I’ve been fascinated with the German language for some time and I’ve been on and off attempting to teach myself this language since I was ten years old. I am finally at the point where I feel comfortable (Read: Brave) enough to make attempts at posting in German and English on a separate blog. I am specifically separating the language blog from this one so as to keep me from backsliding into English when things get rough or I forget a word. I am, effectively, being hard on myself.

 

The name of the blog is IchbineineTomate’s Practice Blog and I am behind on my posts thus far. I need to allocate time in my day to do the dual language posting.

 

Onto the deletions and also expansions. For some time now, I’ve maintained the RIDigitalFic InsaneJournal under the premise that it was my story blog. In truth it has become my story tomb and refuge. I don’t post my stories elsewhere because I have a “safe harbor” in which to anchor when I’m feeling particularly low in self-esteem regarding my writing abilities. I may not be the best writer out there but I’m also not the worst. I won’t improve my skills hiding my stories in a remote corner of the Internet behind F-lock. Some stories that have/had promise have been stagnating while others either fizzled out or never got a healthy start because I’m too afraid to put myself out there. That changes this year. RIDigitalFic is going. Any stories on there will be polished and posted to story sites, any fragments will be worked on before being posted, and the journal is going bye bye.

 

More on expansions: I have been neglecting my YouTube channel greatly. While it isn’t the end of the world that I’m not posting endless videos on the growth rate of plants in my Aerogarden, I did promise to do more on YouTube and a promise is a promise. In truth, my channel will likely be a lot of different things. I’ll try to keep a general theme but I’m not making promises. A few of the things I am interested in are Knitting, Crocheting, Writing, Reading, Gardening, Doctor Who, etc. So, you can expect something in the realm of those topics. The funny thing is, I’m not doing this for the views. Rather, I’m doing it to create something artistically viable. Hopefully, I’ll get a garden plot this year so I can move beyond my room for filming locations. Yays!

 

Also hoping to get a sewing machine as I’m interested in taking that up again. The Brown Battle Beast was not the right fit for me and went back to another family member. I’m looking more for something that’s compact and computerized. All in good time.

 

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have rather a lot of crocheting and knitting to do. Until the next time, have a safe and fantastic journey around the Sun. Take care, my friends. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

I’m Baaaaack….

It has been some time since I last posted here. NaNoWriMo was and still is a success. I’m still writing my story. Though there isn’t the pressure to finish within a month like there was previously. I’m seriously considering participating in Camp NaNoWriMo when it comes up. I’ll have to read more into it.

At this point, I’m barely a third of the way into it and I’ve got so much more to write. I’m hoping I’m up to the task as it is building up to be quite a good story.

Among other things, namely my sweater. I’ve been sporadically working on that since the end of NaNoWriMo and have made some progress in the length of the body. I’ve added another cake of yarn to the Mir Ist Kalt sweater and caked the rest of it for processing as needed. I’m hoping to get this thing finished before the end of the year but, knowing my notoriously slow knitting, it doesn’t seem likely.

At this point, that’s the only project I’m working on as I wind down from the stress of November.

During my hiatus from the blog, a few things happened. I found my old hat and scarf set, so no immediate need to make a new set. I won’t freeze in the descending chilly weather.

 

I also managed to finally get my glasses. It is great to finally see things again without using my manual zoom function or having blurry vision. I also took the Sweet Pickle Organic Peppers out of commission. They’ve been replaced by Mega Cherry Tomatoes. Let’s see. What else? Gave one of the pineapple babies away and it is being cared for very well. My home got new windows. Yadda Yadda Yadda.

 

I’ve also been social. I’ve been going to *shock*gasp*awe* events held at local establishments like the Libraries. Finally, I am learning from the Khan Academy and Duolingo again.

 

I’m doing the Computer programming section and struggling through programming languages. I think I’m starting to get an inkling of it. However, only time, practice, and more practice will help me. Right now, I’m working in JavaScript but my ultimate goal is to learn Python.

For Duolingo, I am, of course, taking German. It is remarkable to me how much I’ve retained. I took to the app like a fish to water. My language level may be Beginner/Basic but I retain the words very well. Next step, an academic course in the language.

 

That’s about it. Until the next time, have a safe and fantastic journey around the Sun. Take care, my friends. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

NaNoWriMo 2017 Participation

Greetings All,

 

This is my formal big announcement (as opposed to the small one on my writing journal) that I’ll be participating in NaNoWriMo for 2017. Year after year, I only manage to get to the fifty-thousand-word threshold before losing steam. My problem is usually one of a far too complicated world for a month’s worth of writing. One story, in particular, Forsaken Paladins, has forty-seven directly referenced characters. That’s not counting the *spoiler alert* attacking or defending forces. The next year’s story is much the same. I plan on finishing both, I just need to make the time. Hopefully, there will be the time in December.

 

This year, I’m trying something different. I’m using a minimum of characters and I’m changing genres completely. I am so far outside of my comfort zone. Previously, I was writing Fantasy and now I’m writing a Romance. Well, we’ll just see how this goes. Shall we? I don’t know the first thing about writing one of those things. Erotica, sure. That’s easy enough but Romance…drawing a blank.

 

Nevertheless, I’m going to try because to not try isn’t going to get me anywhere at all. If I fail, at least I can say I did try and put forth my best effort in the process. If I succeed, then I’ll have a usable Romance novel on my hands. Maybe I could flog it!

 

I’ve put the Mir Ist Kalt sweater on ice until after I’ve gotten past the fifty-thousand-word threshold. Hopefully, that will be the ending of this year’s novel. If not, I will pick up knitting the sweater once I have achieved that goal. In the meantime, I am knitting a temporary Winter hat for myself due to misplacing my Crocheted Mexicana Rainbow hat. The hat I’m making now is nothing more than a transitional hat and won’t be worn long because I have a truly epic hat in the planning stages.

 

The hat currently on the needles is based on the Beanie 212 pattern and is being knit using Lion Brand’s Fisherman’s Wool in the Natural colorway. The hat I will be making in a few weeks is the Nomad Hat and Scarf, designed by Kat Coyle. I have at least five different colorways going into this hat when it is finally knitted up. Though, Kat Coyle’s hat is for weeks from now when my sweater is finished. For now, I am only working on one project and that is Beanie 212. It is getting cold out and I really need a hat.

 

Anyway… Lots to do. Things to plan and a hat to knit.

 

Until the next time, have a safe and fantastic journey around the Sun. Take care, my friends. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

Lots of Work Ahead

Well, I know my educational path now. It will be a hard road but I’m determined to follow it through. I won’t be able to attend until at least the Fall of 2018 at the earliest. I wish it were sooner than this but at least it is within my field of vision. By then, I should have everything straightened out and I can just focus on attending classes. For the first year, that’s all I’m going to do. No distractions of extra-curricular activities or anything.

 

My whole life will be school and medications/doctor’s appointments. It may not be much but it will, hopefully, get me through this rough period. I’m going to try my level best for a full course load but six credits might be all I can afford at first. As much as it hurts, I’m cutting just about everything else out in order to make time for these things. So much for defeating agoraphobia.

 

I’m going to go finish these last projects before my schedule is regimented. Later.

 

Until the next time, have a safe and fantastic journey around the Sun. Take care, my friends. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

This Is A Surprise…

I’ve made the appointment to get my eyes checked. That’s locked in and waiting for my arrival.

 

I postponed the call to the college until I could confer with my friend. I was all prepared to go to the college and beg for a position in a career path I knew I wasn’t suitable in. I was fully prepared to do this because, quite frankly, I am sick of twiddling my thumbs, making pennies on the dollar for things due to not having a degree.

 

So, I took the assessment test on the college website a few times and was not that shocked to find myself sorted into the STEM career paths at a rather high percentage. 100% to be precise. What did shock me was the heavy Engineering lean it gave me. I’d never even considered it as a prospect before. I went to an Occupational High School where this wasn’t even on the table. Engineering was nowhere near any career path they told us about during the two Career Education classes I had.

 

Within the field I matched the highest, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the lowest salary for what I’m capable or potentially capable of is Electro-Mechanical Technician. The highest salary is Architectural and Engineering Managers but that’s not likely to happen because, while I am not misanthropic, I am definitely not a people person. So, the next down from that is Electronics Engineers, Except Computer. I guess I could go for that.

 

A good friend of mine says to brush up on my higher Mathematics because I’m going to need it. I guess I’ll have to dust off my Khan Academy account to get my mind ready. 

 

So, my days will now be comprised of Knitting/Crochet/Weaving, Writing, Khan Academy, and German Language Studies with the occasional video. I’d best change my schedule. I’d better get to it.

 

Until the next time, have a safe and fantastic journey around the Sun. Take care, my friends. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

Random Rambling for October 2017

Waiting for someone to return a DVD to the Library is such a test of patience. It was due back on the twenty-first and hasn’t been returned yet. I’m hoping that whomever is holding Intro to Lace Knitting it is alright and in good health.

 

  • 45+ knitted cast-ons & bind-offs with Ann Budd (Held)
  • Knitting daily workshop : one knit design, many versions : a guide to knitwear pattern and garment making (Held)
  • Aran lace knitting (Held)
  • Knitting daily workshop : getting started, basics and beyond, with Eunny Jang (Held)
  • Yarn to fit : keys to successful knitting. (Shipped)
  • Continental knitting (Shipped)
  • Join as you go knitting (Shipped)
  • Knitting workshop (Shipped)
  • More than two : a practical guide to ethical polyamory by Veaux, Franklin (Shipped)
  • Intro to lace knitting Active (since 10/19/2017) (Hold in Waiting)

Not much else is happening in my life.

 

I have read almost fifty books this year. I’m presently at book number forty-eight.

 

Tomorrow, I’m making a telephone call to start the process of re-entering college after untold years of being out. To be honest, I am not looking forward to this but my life cannot move forward without facing this. In order to get the jobs that will pay for the medications which keep me functional AND in the lifestyle I’d like to maintain, I need to go to college or trade school. Living the way I am now just isn’t sustainable in the long term. Doing studies, while fun, takes a toll after a while, especially regarding traveling. 

 

The second call I make will be to get my eyes checked by an eye doctor for the first time since I turned eighteen. I’m now thirty-six. My primary care physician was insistent that I do this. My vision has been blurry for going on two months now only I didn’t notice it until I started knitting the sweater. I was spending so much time being uncharacteristically happy and outside prior to then. It didn’t dawn on me that everything was getting hazy. Thankfully, as best as I can tell, there are no blind spots in my vision, so it could just be a matter of my age catching up to me and me needing glasses.

 

In the meantime, I work as best I can. I’m taking a short break from working on the Flax sweater to work on a Hobbes doll. The Pharmacy delivery guy will be coming within the next two to three days and I want to have his replacement gift doll ready for him before tomorrow is over. Seeing the stitches is a bit of an issue but, thankfully, I have been able to use a combination of feeling for them and seeing the light coming through the holes in the crochet work.

 

Mind you, look at the progress I’ve made on the Flax sweater. I still think that I’m going too slow for what I know my abilities to be but considering the distractions I’ve had over the past few weeks, I think that this is pretty good progress. Not bad for an English thrower, eh?

 

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Speaking of my knitting style… that’s about to change. As soon as the library gets that video on Continental Knitting in, I’m switching on all projects except this sweater for tension reasons. I want to knit faster and more efficiently. I’m also sick of getting this callus on the tip of my index finger on my left hand whenever I knit. Hopefully, learning to knit in the Continental style will eliminate the appearance of said callus. Once my tension matches, if I haven’t finished the sweater by then, I’ll switch hands.

 

My plants are all growing well and my plan is to give one of my Pineapple babies away. I’m just hoping that it isn’t too cold outside when I’m due to give it away this coming November.

 

Oh yeah, I’m back to posting videos on YouTube with a new and improved introduction and a video about…my Flax sweater…up so far. I don’t really know where I’m going with this. Everyone is pushing me to do a podcast but I’m lacking in ideas and stamina to keep it going by myself. Now, if I had a partner or a regular interview segment or something, maybe it would work. I’m not sure but I’d be willing to give it a try. I’d be the first to admit that I’m not the most charismatic person on the planet but I can learn and am willing to try.

 

If I do start a show, I’d be spoiled for choice on subjects. I have so many things I’m interested in or involved in. From Gardening to Fiber Arts to Linguistics and beyond, I’d never run out of topics, that’s for sure.

 

Well, I can’t blog all day. I’d better get cracking on this Hobbes doll.

 

Until the next time, have a safe and fantastic journey around the Sun. Take care, my friends. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow