Saturday, November 28, 2015

Thanksgiving day photos

Since the weather was nice enough on Thanksgiving this year, mom and I went on a walk around part of the neighborhood and took photos. She wanted some new stuff to upload to Facebook, and I wanted to get out and get some fresh air.

I used my camcorder to take these, and PlayMemories Home to edit them some from the raw images, mainly to bring out more of the colors.

One of the houses on North East St. that Mom and I like.

Nice late autumn color.

Pansies in late November? Yup!

Part of the Park near the house.

Love the details on this birdhouse. I had to lighten it up some to get them to show up, and may have to go back in to lighten it up a little more, since we were losing the light pretty quickly by the time we'd gotten to the park.

One of several birdhouses in the park.

Letort Spring Run. Always a good subject for photography, no matter the season or section you're checking out.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Photo courtesy of PhotoBucket.
I hope your Thanksgiving is memorable (in the good way), fun, and peaceful. And if you're going out to the Black Friday sales this evening (Though, we here at Casa Devonshire really wish you wouldn't encourage the stores to open on Thanksgiving.), we encourage you to stay safe, stay warm, and for the love of the Goddess, be polite to the folks working! They're sacrificing their time with their loved ones so you can get that TV, or that laptop at such a steal. Also, don't you think it would be nicer to spend the time you're out shopping with your loved ones instead? Listen to the stories your elders have, even if you've heard them a million times before. Continue family traditions, or start new ones with the youngsters. And no, beating the tar out of someone for that last tablet isn't a good tradition to start. It just shows that consumerism is what you really value. Never a good example to set for anyone. But that's just my two cents.

Anyway, that's all for this entry. Ta, Dearies!

Monday, November 23, 2015

OZZY OSBOURNE - Crazy Train (Harp Twins) Camille and Kennerly

Yup, yet more harp music.

J.S. Bach - Toccata and Fugue in D Minor BWV 565 - Amy Turk, Harp

Ran across this as I was doing a search on YouTube to answer another commenter on LeahMouse's channel about the music she uses in her intro on her main channel. It's a really nice version of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, one of the few classical pieces that is a definite 'Turn that up!' when I hear it come on the radio and hit the replay button on YouTube. Figured I'd share it with Bloggyland 'cause holy schiesse, the amount of work she had to do to learn this on harp!!!

Ta for now, dearies!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Drive by post

Just wanted to stop by to let you know why it looks a smidge different here. I've swapped out the Where can you find me header to the left sidebar, and put up a shout-out header bar for anyone who pledges a $1 or more a month on my Patreon page. It'll help with getting a dedicated laptop for my YouTube channel, making sure Mom gets rent and pay for my share of the groceries and bills.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A little break

Just a heads up. As far as health issues go, Bruce has stage 3 prostate cancer, and is supposed to start radiation treatment at the local hospital on Friday, Goddess willing the car gets repaired in time. Which I don't see happening right now...

Friday, November 6, 2015

Oh for Frag's sake!

     What is it that's said about trouble? That it comes in threes? Well, that's certainly happened here at Casa Devonshire.

Why do I say that?

     The laptop I got at WalAss that mom's been using has officially been called in as KIA by our ISP's tech guys. It originally died on us while my desktop was in to get Windows 10* uninstalled and our original OS reinstalled. They originally thought it was just the monitor that conked out, and spent a few weeks going back and forth with the company they got a new one from about when it was going to be delivered. Well, turns out it wasn't the monitor. Next suspect was the motherboard (what killed Draco the first.), but that got ruled out when they tried it out. Bruce got a voicemail to tell us on Wednesday that the laptop is kaput. So, we're back in the market for a new laptop while we share the desktop. Probably going to go with one from Target. I'll probably post what we're looking at to get feedback, and I'll be looking for one that I can use for on-the-road video editing. If anyone has suggestions, post away in the comments!
     *- I could go further into the Windows 10 issues, but there's enough there for a post of its own, albeit possibly NSFW due swearing. Quick gist is I'm not entirely thrilled with W10, and don't plan on upgrading the desktop.

On to the knits!

     I know I didn't have any in the last post, but not for lack of knitting, albeit on a knitting loom.

     Yup, this is the loom knit. I used the smallest hat loom I have to work this up and a 9 mm to do up the ends to form the cowl. I'll get photos of it being modeled in the next couple days to show you. It's the same yarn I used to make mom's loom scarf in  Tuesday's post. It's been raved over by both mom and a fellow knitter at Giant as being pretty soft for an acrylic with a reflective strip plied in. I'm planning on including this in the inaugural knits video I put up on my YouTube channel. It'll probably also become one of the $20 level rewards on my Patreon as well.

      I haven't made much progress on this since the last time it was featured, maybe half an inch if that. I'm definitely loving how the yarn's knitting up into a nice light, warm fabric that, even without the double moss stitch I'm using, is visually interesting.

     On a somewhat related note, I'm still kind of surprised by how many people will stop by the table to admire what I'm working on when I'm knitting in Giant. I'm usually in for a few hours in the evening to work on projects, write up blog drafts, and get away from Bruce's toxic atmosphere. I like it because it's got a seating area that's nicely decorated, a damn good coffee shop and I don't get as many odd looks for the knitting or taking pictures of said knitting, or even having a couple projects, a notebook and a camera out. It's also fairly close to home, so I can walk or bike there fairly quickly. The only downside, which is true of most public places, is the odd screaming kid or crying baby. And I've noticed that I'm not the only person using it for non-eating purposes, because there's a craft group in on the second or third Tuesday of the month, a chess group in on Thursdays and Fridays, and an older gent who's doing internet research most nights. I've also met one of mom's bosses here a couple times to teach her to knit, though I'm going to have to set that up as a weekly thing to keep her skills up and have at least one guaranteed night where there'll be progress on her knitting. Also, it'll be good to have one night a week where I'll have to get out of the house, whether or not I've still got things to do for my YouTube channel. I'm going to start considering that a job, since I do want to get more serious about both the quality of the videos I put out and the content showing both the crafty stuff and the non-fiber side of life here. It'll also help with getting me more comfortable with talking to people who aren't family or people I've known for awhile. (There is a slightly funny story that I'll have to share about freezing up during a presentation in class.)

     My blog notebook if you're curious. It's nothing particularly fancy, because it's usually shoved in my knitbag most of the time, and I don't want to draw attention to it. And to be honest, I prefer to write out a draft longhand to get a handle on what I'm going to say and in what order. It also helps to plot out where I'm going to put photos and roughly how many I'll have in the post. To tie into what I was saying earlier, I like to get out of the house to do the drafts, because there isn't as much net-related distraction, and I don't have to worry about Bruce wandering around and disapproving. But that'll be yet another post of its own on another day.

     And since this has filled nearly 6 full notebook pages, I'll see you next post, dearies!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

     Oh lookee here, two regular posts in a week! What a shocker, huh?

     The interview on Wednesday went pretty well, aside from me accidentally knocking over her coffee . Barring any other jobs coming up, she'll be hiring me. *crosses fingers*

     In Blogland news, I've added a list of Amazon wishlist links, of which two are relevant to here and my YouTube channel. The Knitting stuff list has Vogue knitting stitchoneries that look really freakin' cool and would help shove my knitting to where I want to take it, along with a few other knitting related books. YouTube Needs has a computer much more suited to running the software and such that I need to properly edit together my YouTube videos. It also has a back-up hard drive, film editing software, books and cameras specifically for use in the car. I don't expect anyone to splurge on the lists, but it would certainly be a pleasant surprise if anyone in Blogland/YouTube decided to invest in that part instead of becoming a Patron. Feel free to see what I'm lusting after, and if something interests you, get it!

     Family healthwise, we've got another case of cancer in the house. Not mom this time. She's feeling much more like herself now that's she a couple months out from the end of her radiation treatments. Bruce was diagnosed with stage 3 Prostate cancer, the same cr@p that killed Uncle Phil. We found out after the doc got the results of a test that we'd finally nagged him into taking since his PSA levels have been elevated for... Frack, years, and him getting up at least 3-4 times a night to piss. Hopefully, he'll continue to listen to our nagging and actually get the flipping treatments.

     Anyway, that all for now, dearies. I'll be talking to you a little later. Also, ideas for future videos are always welcomed. Even if I gotta drag mom in on it.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

And now for something completely different!

It's been a few posts since I haven't included a video from YouTube, so what the heck? Y'all need a pics'n'text post.

I got a hit on the application I put in at Giant last week, called back today, and I now have an interview set up for 10 am tomorrow, Depending on whether or not I hear back from Micheal's, I'll probably be hired. I did tell Franky when I talked to her on the phone that even should I be hired over at Micheal's, I'm more than willing to stay with Giant as well, even if I need to cut back on my hours with them.

In other news, arsehole has to take the car in to have the water pump replaced, and that's going to put us out US$1,000. And he's also got to get the power steering pump replaced, since he didn't man up and replace the leaking hose in time to prevent that damage. So, mom's going to be walking to work for a bit, and I'm going to be walking/biking to wherever I need to go. Eh, we need the exercise anyway. And from what I've been hearing, the weather should be decent enough for it.

Since it's been awhile since I posted pics of my knitting, here y'all are!

The above is something I'm knitting for a friend of mine over at Giant. It's a wideish scarf out of Zauberball yarn. I don't remember exactly which, since I didn't have the yarn band with the yarn. But it's pretty nice to work with.

Yet another stashdive scarf, this time for mom. It's an unidentified acrylic yarn with a reflective strand plied in. Should be good for her when she has to get out of her job after dark.

This last is another stashdive, with ball band this time! It's Ella Rae's Classic Superwash Heathers. I'm turning it into a hat for mom, since purple's her favorite color. And I know, it doesn't look much like a hat right now. But I'm knitting the main body sideways, and will be adding the crown and ribbing on the sides. I'll be taking better pictures to demo tomorrow and posting. 

Anyway, that's all for tonight, dearies!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

I'm NOT Donating to Breast Cancer for the Cure | SOCIAL AUTOPSY #4

This kind of thing is precisely why I like this channel. (There's a couple others, but that's a whole other subject.) I'm sure there's other organizations that don't contribute as much as they'd have you believe to the research, but this strikes home particularly hard because of Mom. So yes, what I'm saying is do your due diligence when you're looking for something to donate to. Research the heck out of organizations! If something strikes you as off, or they don't give as much of their money to what they claim to be supporting, then don't give to them.

Anyway, that's my piece for now. I'll catch you all later, Dearies!