No Halloween For You!

I feel terrible even writing this out but it has to be done. I’ve got mounting bills sitting on my back and so…I’ve decided not to buy for Halloween this year. Crying face

 

The kids are going to be devastated but it has to be this way. My door will be dark this year. Instead, I’m going to watch a marathon of movies and television shows while I cry my eyes out at not celebrating my favorite holiday. Also, I hope to be finished with this sweater by then and gearing up for NaNoWriMo. I hope so at any rate.

 

As to the sweater, I’m doing well thus far. I’m into the jacket portion of the knitting and on my way to the first of the body decreases. At the rate I’m knitting, I should definitely be finished with it (or intensely frustrated by it) by Halloween. I have to believe in myself that I can accomplish this feat.

 

Aside from these things, I’ve been writing again. I’m a little further along in my Poly story. Though, admittedly, I’m making some of it up as I go along. I originally intended on moving the family to India or something but France just seemed a natural place to put them. I’ve been posting snippets of the story on my Facebook page for my friends to see but, at the present, I’m not ready for it to be seen by “The Multiverse”.

 

The Aerogarden of Hope is doing fantastic. I just pruned the tomatoes pretty heavily and the peppers less so yesterday. Hopefully, this will aid in the development of tomatoes and Jalapeno peppers. Water changing day is in eight days and I’m looking forward to it as I plan on watering my soil babies with the used Aerogarden water. I figure its better than letting it go down the drain. All those nutrients still in the water can go towards other plants and that water can quench the thirst of a lot of dried out plants.

 

Tonight’s agenda is writing and listening to a bevy of inspirational musical scores. Take care, Everyone. Later! Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

Interesting Turn of Events

Several months ago, my laptop died on me. It was a Dell Inspiron 17R for the people keeping score. Luckily, I’d backed everything up and had started using my Desktop (Dell Inspiron 560 for those keeping score) by the time the laptop became problematic.

Fast forward to last night. We had a power surge/outage that lasted several minutes. By this time, I’d backed up to various Cloud services and was still in the process of saving to get a new computer. I woke up this morning to the Amber Light of Death. I’m really hoping against hope that this can be fixed by a small replacement part. Otherwise, it’ll be months before I can save up enough money to get a system that can handle my needs.

In other news, my Equality Salsa Garden of Hope is really taking off.

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Seriously hoping that html takes. I am currently working on a tablet and cell phone for all my Internet access. Could be worse. At least I’m not completely cut off.

The Equality Salsa Garden of Hope is currently twenty-four days old. All the plants are growing in a healthy manner and I look forward to having tomatoes and jalapeño peppers in a few more weeks.

Not much else is happening here. It’s hotter than hell, so I’m pretty much staying indoors with my DVD/Blu-ray collection. Going to go downstairs in a bit to watch a marathon of Doctor Who, Marvel movies and whatever else I can pull from my media shelf.

Take care, Peoples of the Sun. 😄💚🌈

A Cautionary Tale

When you are purchasing an item from a merchant via Paypal, and yours is a confirmed account, always make sure you’ve switched to the correct form of payment before clicking submit. Even when you’re half asleep, catching sales when you should be in bed sleeping. Double check your purchase before you click on that submit button.

 

Ask me how I know.

 

I wanted to purchase a Printer stand as well as a few other household items and got so excited about finally getting the stand, that I neglected this one little step in the process of paying and I paid for it dearly. Wiped out my bank account with and even ran a deficit of almost 100.00USD. Thankfully, I was able to cancel the item in question and I should be getting a refund for the difference in balance within the next few days. I hope anyway.

 

So, Ladies, Gentlemen, Multiforms and Variations Thereupon, be sure to check before you click.

 

Later, Peoples of the Sun! Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

On Hats, Projects and Hectic Scheduling

I’ve got two upcoming appointments I’m going to by myself and an additional appointment I’m accompanying the Maternal Parental to. Apparently, I’m back to the numb feeling at the present. I suppose that’s good. It’s better than puking my guts out in nervousness.

I’m on schedule for my projects at least. I’m currently in the middle of Hut von Mike die Schlafmütze with a projected completion date of Wednesday or sooner. Given that I’m not taking The Little Boy Blue Blanket with me to work on due to its size, I’m going to start Blodeuwedd The Hat (my own hat) to take with me to my appointments. It’ll be something for me to work on rather than focusing on my nervously churning stomach or palpitating heart.

Well, it’s either Blodeuwedd The Hat or another pair of socks. Though, either would make a welcome change to working with black yarn in a dark room. I must admit, I’ve mostly been knitting by feel on these projects. I must be getting old indeed to have this problem considering I used to knit in the dark, with black yarn, using only the light of the television to aid me. I’m so over that now. I could do with an Ott-lite.

If I should get paid for the Blanket and other commissioned items, It’s going directly into my anemic Savings account. It’s almost 2015 and I’m doing the 52 Week Savings Challenge…backwards. Instead of saving one dollar the first week and then two the second, I’m saving $52 the first week, $51 the second week and so forth for the rest of the year. I’m trying to stay positive about this but, between the Maternal Parental and my own greed for yarn and books, it’s unlikely I’ll save anything. Still, I’m going to try. Anything going into my Savings account is not coming out except in extreme emergency situations.

Given that I’ve gotten it down to the princely sum of $1.20, I can’t exactly complain about any savings. Now can I? 🙂

The very last book I am buying for the foreseeable future is going to be a book on socks. It’s called Think Outside the Sox: 60+ Winning Designs from the Knitter’s Magazine Contest by Elaine Rowley. I was blown away by some of the featured designs I saw on Ravelry the other day. The last DVD outside of Doctor Who (because of course, I’m getting that) I’m going to get will probably be The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which includes the hottie. You’ll just have to ask who I consider hot in those movies. :p

I am really slimming down on my purchases over the next two years. No yarn, as I am giving up on commissions due to the lack of payment and respect from so-called paying customers. No books and no DVDs outside of Doctor Who. Lest you all start panicking, I am still making things for my friends, gratis, as I have promised to. In fact, not jumping to these unpalatable commissions will probably increase my productivity for the things I like doing. Let it be known, my friend’s list is select.

Woe to those of you out there who don’t appreciate hand knitted and crocheted items enough to pay reasonable prices, in a timely manner. The thing I still can’t figure out is, why do you order things if you’re not willing to pay for them? Do you think love alone pays the bills of knitters, crocheters, weavers, etc? Yes, we love our craft but the people we owe money to in this our consumerist society don’t want to hear that we only have yarn to pay them when the rent’s due or when the electricity’s about to be cut off. Do you tell your creditors that you only have smiles to pay them in? Would you work for nothing to make something for a super cheap ingrate not willing to pony up for your hard work? No? Really?! Interesting.

Sorry, people. Rant mode off.

Tonight’s agenda is Doctor Who Series Eight and working on this hat. Though, to be honest, working on this hat might prove difficult if I’m glued to Doctor Who. 🙂

Later!

Resigned Relief On The Little Boy Blue Blanket

Based on input from various sources online and off, I’ve decided to continue crocheting the Little Boy Blue Blanket to it’s full capacity of 50″ x 50″. It’s going to be difficult but, considering the alternatives, it’ll be easier to crochet it out than unwind yards of blanket only to crochet it back up again in less than a weeks time.

I will say this: After this, do not attempt to commission me for things unless I give the green light for such things to be requested of me. I am so tired, I could scream. After this blanket is done, I want to get the stuff done for my friends and then take a long self centered break from crocheting and knitting for other people. I still haven’t made my own Winter accoutrements. I still have socks on the circular needles that should have been made ages ago.

I tend to be too open and giving with my crocheting and knitting skills. Believe me, that’s changing. From here on out, I’m being selfish. I’d really better love you or you’d better have a darn good story if I’m going to make something for you for free after this.

I’m just tired of doing things for free for most people or of being taken advantage of when I actually do charge.

I will, of course, continue to knit and crochet for charities I’ve garnered a working relationship with over the past decade. That should go without saying. For everyone else, consider carefully what you think my work is worth. Don’t ask for the Sistine Chapel of knitting and crocheting and pay me a 3 year olds finger paintings worth.

Schedule Keeping and Other Tidbits

It’s been one week and I’m finally on schedule. I woke up at 2:31am and just didn’t go to back to bed. This probably isn’t good in the long term but, for today, I think I can swing it. I just wanted to make sure I was up to begin my schedule properly in the new week.

  • 5:00 – 7:00 Writing
  • 7:00 – 8:00 Exercise
  • 8:00 – 9:00 Shower/Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 10:00 Knitting Daily/Closer to Truth
  • 10:00 – 12:00 Mathematics
  • 10:00 – 13:00 Kindle Reading
  • 13:00 – 15:00 Science
  • 15:00 – 17:00 Cooking Shows
  • 17:00 – 19:00 Linguistics
  • 19:00 – 20:00 Internet
  • 20:00 – 21:00 Shower/Medication

There’s just one thing perplexing me about this enterprise. I don’t know what to write. I have absolutely nothing on my mind apart from this blog post. The writing I do today may be in my journal rather than any kind of story. Sometimes a dawdling doodle can do one good. The fact of the matter is, I’m so out of practice writing, I don’t know where to begin to get my mojo back. I dealt for a long time with a massive case of writer’s block, to the point where even basic journal and blog entries were a struggle to maintain.

The only difference between my very productive younger years and now is that I get more sleep and I take different (in this case any) medication. Going off of my medication isn’t an option to get my mojo back though and a long term lack of sleep would make me seriously ill to the point of hospitalization. I’m older and more informed about my medical condition now, so I’m going to have to find a new means of driving inspiration to get me motivated to write. I’m also going to sit here daily for my alloted two hours and write stuff out regardless.

Aside from keeping my schedule and trepanning my brains for writing inspiration, I’ve become interested in maintaining my personal finances vis a vis a personal accounts manager. I downloaded some software called GnuCash and I’m currently trying to make heads or tails of what I’m doing. You see, I wasn’t taught financial literacy either at home or at school. The only financially literate input I recall having in my life was from PBS. Years ago, they featured a program called ‘It Figures’ and now they feature a program called ‘Biz Kid$’. Both are aimed at children with the goal of teaching them financial literacy and basic math skills. I really wish they’d taught this in school. It would save me a lot of heart ache and help me figure out how to balance my budget.

I did manage to find a few videos on YouTube detailing some aspects of how GnuCash works though. I’m hoping it will give me enough of a foundation to figure out what I’m doing. If anyone out there knows a good and free tutorial I can look at to learn about personal financial accounts management, I’d be much obliged.

The socks are a little further along than they were yesterday. I managed a whopping three rounds on them before I got antsy and obsessed with my finances. I may switch off a part of my schedule today to knit instead in order to get caught up by the end of the month on the progress of this project.

I really need to become a more effective knitter and crocheter as it pertains to project management. I start one project, then another and then a third before jumping between the three or more of them. Startitus isn’t good for the mental outlook.

On the fitness front, today marks one full week of exercising. I haven’t done it yet but I fully intend to. In fact, I’m not going to lay down (despite my sleepiness) until I have completed that one hour of exercise. I’m actually at the point where I’m going a bit beyond the one hour mark when I workout and I’m pushing myself a little further in how much I exercise. That feels good that I can do that.

Even so, I need to develop an effective exercise routine to follow. Right now, I’m doing a mishmash of exercises I’ve learned over the years that have benefitted me in the past. In a few weeks though, when these grow stale, I’m going to follow along with the Fitness Blender YouTube account. Even with that, I’m going to write down a list of basic exercises to follow and keep track of what I’m doing to suppliment the tracking of what I’m eating.

So many management issues and one me. I really need to get my stuff together.