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The coast

I posted awhile back about the husband going to the coast yet again to help with his friend's house.

Well, a few months ago they finally finished and are moved in. I went a few times when he went and even helped a little bit. My help was generally handing over tools or fetching some water. Sometimes it got ungodly hot in there before they finally got power and a/c. The house is beautiful, but I'd never want one like it. It's huge, with upstairs/downstairs, room after room, including several bathrooms. Now, I'm lazy, I admit it. I barely keep my little one-floor, three room, 2 bath house presentable, much less clean, so I would definitely not want to be the one to clean that huge house. Still, it's beautiful. I'd visit anytime, but live there and clean it? No way, Jose.

On the upside, no more working visits to the coast. We may plan on a weekend down there now and then, if we can get the daughter's family to feed the animals for us. I do like it down there, and they have several restaurants I like to visit.

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Knitting fast

I was browsing youtube the other day and ran across a knitting tutorial on knitting faster. My first thought to this was "Why?" And to knit faster they advised changing knitting style from one style to another.

Now, there's no way I can change styles and knit faster. Changing styles means a period of adjustment first. Besides, I know how to knit in the style she was showing and I do it better than she does. Namely I can wrap the yarn on the needle without all the acrobatics she used with her fingers. Not saying she's bad, she has her own style, as do we all. I learned to knit English style, holding the working yarn in my right hand. Now, I'm a crocheter, so one would think I would be more comfortable holding the yarn in my left hand Continental style. But the lady who taught me taught me English.

I'm no speed demon, but I'm not that slow either. I like to enjoy my knitting, not see how fast I can do it. I once watched an entralec tutorial and the lady knit so fast I got dizzy watching. If I knit that fast I'd probably die of a heart attack. But if that's the way she likes to knit, that's fine for her. I'll simply plod along and knit at my speed.

Sit back and enjoy your craft. The only way I could see needing to speed things up is if one is on a timer and time is running out. Other than that, no.

Same goes for crocheting. I don't need to set no speed records to do my crafts.

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Quiet week

The husband has left for the coast to help his former boss finish up his new house. That's been going on all year. He's been helping with the wiring and some other stuff. The house is almost finished, so he'll be hopefully getting the money for doing it. Not that he hasn't gotten some money for the times he's made the four hour trip/stay for days times he's done that, plus Matt does either put him up in a hotel or just lets him stay with him during those times. He's a very nice, generous guy who owns a chain of Dominos pizza places.

That's where they met, Ricky took a job delivering and they found out he can fix things lol. So even after he retired a few years later they still call him back when things go wrong, whether it's here in Natchez or off in McComb, Brookhaven or Vicksburg, to name a few places. It helps when we can also get free food whenever we want there, part of Matt's generosity and Ricky only charging them basically for parts and showing up to fix what's broken.

So, I'll have a nice quiet week this week. Except I'll need to go to the bank and get another debit card and to the DMV to get another license since I can't find my wallet anywhere. Thankfully it didn't have any money in it. Only my card for my next dr. appt. Which I can fix by calling when I know it's getting close, in about six months.

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Wow...been at least six years since I've posted here

But it isn't too surprising. I don't put my entire life out there for others to read, just bits and pieces when I feel like it.

I still play Oblivion, also Skyrim Special Edition, Fallout 3 mostly. I'm also knitting and crocheting more. Usually when the weather turns chilly, like it's started doing.

My best friend, who lives in the UK, just bought me Fallout New Vegas Ultimate Edition. It's supposed to be similar to 3, only better. It'll be a couple of weeks or so before I get it, since it's coming from over there, but I can wait.

Also got a new pair of glasses after nearly ten years without a new pair. Turns out I have the beginnings of cataracts as well. I opted for the more expensive UV coated/scratch resistance lenses and I bought a pair of clip on driving sunglasses to protect my eyes from the sun better. Hopefully the cataracts won't progress too quickly.

I still prefer Oblivion to the other games I play, but the others are also fun, I guess I just like fantasy/sword games over guns n post apocalypse. Still, I don't dislike the others, so I'll give NV a try when it comes in.

I also like puzzle games. Bejeweled 3, jigsaw, solitaire, etc. Jigsaws are especially fun, so long as I don't have to rotate the pieces as well lol. I also like mahjong, or however it's spelled.

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Hats

As most of my friends know, I like to crochet and knit. Also, I tend to put projects down and pick others up, or simply don't knit/crochet for awhile, and then pick something back up later. Sometimes much later. I'm not a person who has a house full of knitted/crochet things simply because it takes me a long time to finish things, but I do have some things, and a lot of things I've given away as gifts.

Now, at the moment, I'm working on a Braid-Edged Cap. I've finished one up to sewing the seam and have another almost finished (just another couple sections to go).

As noted in the pattern, it is worked sideways and sewn up. Just a few minutes ago, I got to thinking (a bad idea, I know). My thought was, [why not do a provisional cast-on and graft the hat together?].

I know, I know, grafting usually has knitters scurrying for cover, but every knitter will tell you that invisible seams (where appropriate) are better than seams that stick out like a sore thumb. And hats that are knitted and then sewn together will have a visible seam no matter how careful you sew them together. Grafting will give the hat an invisible seam and make it look more like it was done in the round. Okay, grafting mixed stitches will be a challenge, but I think I can do it.

Now, for non-knitters, a provisional cast-on gives you 'live' stitches where you cast on at. It's useful for things like socks and scarves that you start in the middle so the pattern goes the same way on both ends. Anyway, I'm going to try this once I've finished and sewn up both hats so I can compare.

I've also done a couple modifications to both hats as I knitted. For one, I added a couple stitch markers to avoid having to count stitches for the shaping and to know when I've reached the stitch I'm supposed to purl at the beginning of the braided edge. I've also just slipped the first stitch on the short rows when I knit back after turning to minimize the 'hole' that short-rowing without wraps always leave.

I hope to have more on my modified hat in the near future.
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Did something new

I opened a Ravelry store. Well, the first pattern is a freebie, something simple to cover a bun (hairstyle, not dinner roll) with.

http://www.ravelry.com/designers/julie-hicks

I don't think you need to be a member to view things there. I hope to add more in the future, possibly even some for sale, though I doubt I could make much of a living selling them, but it would be nice to get a little spending money.

Anyway, once I figured it all out, I'm pretty proud of myself. It's a pretty pattern, and useful.
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Which TES Race are You?

Me? I'm...

Bosmer (Wood Elf)
Bosmer (Wood Elf)
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The Bosmer are the various barbarian Elven clan-folk of Valenwood, a forested province in southwestern Tamriel. In the Empire, they are often collectively referred to as Wood Elves, but "Bosmer", or "the Tree-Sap People", is what they call themselves. "Tree-Sap" suggests the wild vitality and youthful energy of Wood Elves, in contrast with their more dour cousins, the Altmer and Dunmer. Bosmer reject the stiff, formal traditions of Aldmeri high culture, preferring a romantic, simple existence in harmony with the land, its wild beauty and wild creatures. These country cousins of the High Elves and Dark Elves are nimble and quick in body and wit, and because of their curious natures and natural agility, Bosmer are especially suitable as scouts, and thieves. But most of all, the Bosmer are known for their skills with bows; there are no finer archers in all of Tamriel. Their ability to command simple-minded creatures is also well known.


It's pretty accurate, as I prefer stealth and sniping with a bow to running in full tilt and swinging a sword (though that's fun too).
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Update

I got my computer back, well a computer.

My son said that his son threw up on it just as he got it apart. So, he had his wife's old computer (which was practically new and identical to mine) which just needed a new screen. He also had to order a new kb for it since my grandson's 'contribution' messed up the kb. Eventually I got a working computer again so I can play my games.

A bonus is now with this one (and it's much better video card) I can now also play FO3 (Fallout 3 to those who don't do abbreviations) in addition to Oblivion. I got the both of them together, but could only play Oblivion because FO3 was incompatible with my onboard video.

So how's it going? I'm still dungeon-crawling with four different avs in Oblivion. I'll finish the quest in one of them (eventually), but there's no hurry.

I've just gotten going in FO3 and am finding it interesting despite the various shades of grey that is the Wasteland. When I want color, I'll go back to Oblivion or DA.

Between them, I'll be busy for awhile, even though my friend keeps trying to get me into FO:NV or Skyrim as well. Those two will have to wait, I don't even have the DLC for FO3 (except for Broken Steel since it fixes the ending).
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Computer woes

My laptop was acting up, so my son took it home with him. Turned out it wasn't what I thought it was. He said my cord was shorting out, so I have one ordered.

Then he messaged me back and said he had to go ahead and put the other motherboard in because Braxton (my grandson) threw up on it. Okay, fine. It also needed to be reformatted with the motherboard change. Fine, I can live with losing some of my savegames.

Then he said the keyboard no longer worked, and he found another and ordered it (I assume) and said he'll bring my computer back tomorrow, along with his wireless kb and mouse.

Ah well, hopefully everything will turn out all right.

Personally, I think Someone is having a chuckle at my expense ;)
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Six months later

At least it's close enough. That's when Little Bit was born and had a very rocky start, being half the size of the other kittens. Well, he's grown a lot since then. He's gone from about the size of the palm of my hand to about a pound or two. I don't think he's ever going to be very big, though. His brother, Twinkie, is still the monster of the group and will probably get bigger than Pepper, his mama.

I don't see Little Bit getting even as big as Pepper, but he's a scrapper. He's on the clumsy side, especially for a cat, but he's so adorable. I think the clumsiness comes from having bad eyes, I don't think he sees as well as he should, see, his eyes opened about two days after he was born.

Otherwise, he's a healthy, loving, affectionate kitty cat.