Saturday, January 23, 2016

Nicole Arbour vs YouTubers (Everyone's Response)

I know I'm way behind on responding to this schiessecunt's idiocy, but I rand across this video when went to pull up a story/dubstep video on YouTube to knit to. And for the record, I lurve the hell out of Shawn Halpin's comments. I particularly took offense with her the first time I saw her filmed babblings because hey, there are freakin' legit reasons for someone to be over weight/obese, and you can't always know what/why they are! Mine happen to be depression, and as-yet untreated knee/ankle injuries from high school, and that was 10+ years ago.
Now, as a fat person, am I exempt from fat-shaming other fat people? Nope. I know I do it every time I'm out in public. Especially the really obese in the motorized wheelchairs/motorized shopping carts where they're practically spilling over the side, and there's nothing but junk food in the darn cart. Those folks burn me up. But that's a whole 'nother rant for a whole 'nother day.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Update on the previous post

Found this when I got on Bing this evening. Haven't seen evidence of his roomie(s) or furbabies, but I'll be keeping an eye out for them to see how the kiddo's doing.

Holy schiesse, fire!

       Thankfully, not at Casa Devonshire, but darn close! A house a few doors down had their bbq (I think) tip over and catch the gas cans and grass on fire. Mom heard the popping from the cans, looked outside and got my attention by going 'Oh my god, they're on fire!', at which point, I grabbed my phone and rushed out to get the address while dialling 911 (our local emergency number). While I was talking to the operator on the cell, mom used our landline to report it. (Yes, we all have cell phones, but we kept our landline as a just in case.) We were panicky mostly because of the chance it could spread down the duplexes to our home, and partly because the folks are furbaby parents as well (two pups and a kitty who apperently doesn't like being an indoor kitty).

      As for the tablet and case? So far, the tablet's working pretty well. I took it with us when mom and I took Bruce to get his first radiation treatment for his protate cancer. Only problem was not being able to connect to the wifi at the cancer center, but that could have been because of a combo of non tech savviness on my part, learning an android system, and maybe a glitch in the system somewhere. But I've got games and such downloading for tomorrow for mom to get used to using a tablet. She's used to using a touchscreen at work, so that part won't be as much of a challenge. It'll probably be the scrolling and switching between screens bit that causes most of the challenge for her til she gets used to it. Thankfully, she's a quick learner.
       The case though... I'm not so thrilled with it. The keyboard's a tad... Clunky as far as how much pressure I have to use on it just to get it to register what I'm trying to type. And it's certainly smaller than what I'm used to on both the laptops and desktops I've used. Heck, even the Amazon Basics keyboard's keys aren't as small, and respond better on a lighter touch. And I actually don't spend as much time going back to correct typos, no matter how fast I type. But considering the price, I really shouldn't be surprised, eh?

Well, that's all for updates for now, dearies!

Monday, January 18, 2016

New device!

       I finally jumped on the tablet bandwagon! I got two iRule eXpro X1s, along with the keyboard cases and screen protectors. One's for mom, if she decides to use it based on my experience with it. So far, it's taking some getting used to, since I'm used to using a desktop or laptop PC. While I don't see using this for full-time blogging use, it should come in handy for the odd 'I'm stuck in Giant/Laundromat' blog post. Picture and video quality aren't the best, but I wasn't expecting anything fancy, as this is a budget tablet. But I'll let yu know more as I use it.

No, I'm not recieving recompence for reviewing this product, as nice as that would be.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

A sad RIP for my circle of Stargate friends/family

       A friend of mine lost her battle with her health issues today. Connie was a dear sweet woman, one whom I and those who had the pleasure of knowing her won't be forgetting soon, certainly not without quite a few tears for a long while.

       If you'd like to help her family take care of her medical bills, they have a GoFundMe page here. I can't donate personally, but I wanted to spread the word in memory of my friend.


RIP, Alan Rickman

       He passed on in London after battling cancer. He was 69.
       He'll be best remembered in Casa Devonshire as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies, the voice of Marvin in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


       Really starting to think I need to get over to Giant to start knitting and drafting blog posts again. But I don't want to keep bumming money off mom to buy the coffee drinks I'm so addicted to. Yes, I'm a coffee addict. Especially if it's white chocolate flavored, or Pumpkin spice or peppermint lattes. So, I'm going to be getting the Patreon back up with hopefully better reward levels, and regular updates.

       Is anyone else playing the Powerball lottery? Well, mom and I have, since it's up to $1.5 billion the last time we checked. I'll tell you what, if we won, the bills would be completely paid off along with the house, and both the house and car would be completely repaired. Mom would also retire from where she's working. Mostly because of issues with the new management. May go into that in a future post, providing mom gives me permission. 

       In family health news, mom's been to physical therapy for the limited range of motion and pain in her right arm since her surgery, and it's helped a lot. Her range of motion increased a lot at the first session, which helped boost her spirits quite a bit. 
       Bruce went in for the pre-radiation stuff today at Carlisle Regional Medical Center's Cancer Center, and holy. Shit. What a difference from Ortenzio Cancer Center. They still hadn't had a schedule up for his radiation treatments at the cancer center, whereas the folks in Ortenzio had a schedule up for mom, at her pre-radiation set-up, so she could show her workplace when she'd be going in for her treatments. So, the lack of schedule for him to show her higher-ups is stressing her out. 
       Also, small update on the posts: I'm going to be adding pictures somewhere in the post so I can get it posted on Pinterest. And I'll add my Pinterest link to how you can get follow me.

Anyway, that's all for today!

Monday, January 11, 2016

RIP, David Bowie

He passed on last night after an 18 month battle with Cancer. He was known for his music and acting careers.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Recent knitting!

       Nothing like having a sock jag and a mild case of startitis when winter decides to  try kicking in. I've currently got two separate pairs of socks on the go, along with a scarf for mom that I'm actively working on.

       Both of these are actually for mom, since the cold weather aggravates her arthritis. It's an added bonus that she likes showing off what I make her at work, since the self-checkouts are right near the exit doors.

        This is actually quite a bit bigger now, since I was knitting on it a bit in the car while we went a couple places yesterday. Mom's been asking for hand-knit socks for a while, and really liked the yarn when I retrieved it from the stash.

        Nothing particularly fancy, since a lot of the stash acquisition was done at Micheal's or A.C. Moore. But there really isn't that much choice in town besides the Hancock Fabrics that moved in last year.

        This is the (so far) only case of Startitis that I've acted on, mainly because the weather and after-effects of last years surgeries have been aggravating the arthritis in mom's neck more lately. (Yes, she's taking care of the surgery related stiffness in her arm, and that was one of the things we were running around taking care of yesterday. And the Therapist liked the sock I was working on while I was in with mom. And I think I've confirmed to mom that I will knit anywhere I can, given the opportunity.) The yarn's Red Heart Collage, the colourway of which I don't remember right off-hand. It's the remainder of an earlier scarf project, and something mom picked out when we were in AC Moore last year.

Woolly mitts

Fun acrylic mitts

        I made these a while ago to go over store-bought gloves. I don't remember what brands either yarn is, but the black is a nice semi-squishy woolen worsted weight, and the bottom an acrylic light bulky weight yarn. And yes, those really are cross pendants on the second pair. I have a slight penchant for adding decorations to my knitting, just to add a bit of flare to them.

       I'll have more photos of the WIPs for you guys and gals tomorrow, along with the socks I'm making for myself, and a couple chokers and finished pair of socks I made for myself.

Tchüss, Dearies

What was I listening to as I drafted and typed this post up? 

Both are an hour long, and pretty good for having on while cleaning, gaming, or doing anything else you need an extra jolt of energy for.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Don't worry, I didn't forget you

       I know, this post is later than the last week or so getting out. One of the features I've been trying out lately on Blogger is the scheduling of posts, and that's the biggest reason the recent posts have been coming out at 7:30 or 8 am, EST. It makes it a bit easier on me to type up a post the day or evening before and have it go out first thing in the  morning without too much worry. I'm sure those of you who are morning people probably enjoyed that. 
       I'll have a proper post with pictures and everything sometime tomorrow afternoon. Evening, by the latest. 
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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Dowager Countess of Grantham's 27 Tips on Etiquette // Downton Abbey

I swear, the Dowager Countess is the main reason I watch this show. She's absolutely hilarious in a polite way. Plus, she gets some of the best jewelry and clothing in the show. Dame Maggie truly does her justice.

Blog poll fun!

       I'm going to be posting more polls to let you folks have more of a say in what gets posted on the blog. The next one will most likely be about what you'd like to see more of in the upcoming year. But rest assured, dear knitter readers, I'll be posting more of my knitting in progress, and heading to giant to take photos of it sans family distractions. I'm also planning on cutting back the 'around-the-town' photos back to twice a week.
      And if you're curious about what happened to the Patreon, I switched it to patron so I can revamp the rewards and goals some. The levels where you'd be getting the physical rewards will be higher, to both support the blog and to cover shipping of the rewards. Also, there will still be a basic level that allows you access to the patron only posts where you'd see some pre-edited photos, updates on what's going on outside what I'm sharing on the blog, and the like. 
Anyway, Tchüß, dearies!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

New Years Day, part 2

       Day two of the photos I took on New Years. These were taken near Dickenson College. 
       Don't forget to vote in the poll I've got up, especially if you're using my photos elsewhere and not crediting the blog. Photo stealing is not sharing the love, Dearies!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Why This Winter Could KILL YOU!-Facts in 5

More Youtube spammyness, Matt Santoro edition! And if it wasn't already clear, we here at Casa Devonshire are most decidedly not fans of winter. Especially when I wind up knitting mostly to keep mom's arthritis at bay...

New Year's photos

       As promised, the start of the pictures from New Years Day. Lemme tell you, it was chilly when I took these. Mom and I originally went to go get one of the local papers and mail something for mom, and wound up taking photos because the sun was finally coming out after a couple weeks of cloudy grey blahness, which really only made mom's Seasonal Affect Disorder worse, along with mine. 
       Also, don't forget to vote! The poll ends in 2 days!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Christmas Day Photos, part 5

       Here's the second to last set of photos from Christmas day. I'll be posting the New Years Day photos starting Tuesday. I hope you enjoy, and don't forget to vote! -->

A slightly better shot of History on High


Oooo, stained glass!

Bell tower on the Old Courthouse

Mom taking photos
And yes, there really weren't many people out. Usually, the street's packed.

Old Courthouse and Veteran's Square

St. Paul's Lutheran Church and Mom

St. Paul's bell tower

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Christmas Day Photos, part four

       Or, 'how many d@mn photos did you take?!?' It's just something I do when I'm out with mom. It's a good way to have an excuse to get out and walk around town, even when it's cold, and I'm the idiot wearing shorts. Well, not on Christmas, but on New Years Day. On to the photos!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

New Poll!

       I've got a poll up over in the right sidebar that I'd appreciate you folks voting in.
       Why am I asking for support? Because I'd like to be able to bring you more than just the 'random photos from around town' or 'what am I turning the stash/yarn mom buys me into now?' posts. I'd like to be able to bring you guys reviews of movies, local eateries, knitting/other books I like, music, and possibly yarn. And I'd like to get more tutorials and 'this week in knitting'-type videos up on my channel. But til I get a job, I need support, and not just from the folks. And I'll be damned if I beg on the side of the road. I've got my pride, dammit. Let me know what you think, even if it's that I'm being too much of an attention-whore with spreading this post everywhere.
       Please note that the poll ends on January 8th, 2016, so vote now!

Tchüß, Dearies!

New Year Resolutions, 2016 take

       Yep, it's that time of year again! Time for making resolutions to change some part of your life you don't like, or that are needed. Of course, there's always the risk of breaking them by the second week of January, but it's worth taking a good look, hm?

       For this year, I'm keeping it fairly simple.

  • Get out and walk more. Why? Since I got laid off, I've been putting the weight back on, mostly because I haven't been walking nearly as much as I had been at work, and eating way more than I really should. So, I'm going to get out two to three days a week and walk for at least half an hour, even if I have to use the pretext of getting photos for the blog. That usually ends up taking a couple hours if mom and I are out together, given that we're both taking photos, me for here, her for her Facebook page.
  • Get employed. I need to get some income coming in to help with bills and to get stuff I want instead of burdening the folks. Plus, it'd mean some better quality outfit shots for the blog.
  • Post daily. Even if it's a few pictures, just to prove I'm still alive.
  • Actively use the composition book I bought to journal in like I intended to when I got it in Whistlestop Books. I can't let my own negativity get the better of me and spill over onto my Facebook page and here. It's not fair to you to deal with my negativity vomit.
  • Work on cleaning out a dedicated work space for the blog and my YouTube channel. It won't be all in one huge marathon, but several 20 minute or so blocks through the day. It isn't worth it to drive myself nuts trying to do it all at once and neglect everything else.
  • My final resolution is to get the current projects off the needles before I start any new ones. The only real exception will be socks, both because they're portable and fairly quick, and because I'd much rather have socks that last longer than the commercially available ones. Plus, the handknits are easier to customize to my foot size, more comfortable, and I can pick the colors I want in them.
       That's it for my resolutions this year, dearies. Do you make some for yourself, and if so, what are they?

Eisenfunk - Pong

I know, I know... I'm spamming Bloggyland  with Dubstep. But this stuff's so. Damn. Fun!

Herobust - Smother Shit

Again with the dubstep, I know. but it's what I've taken to listening to at home when I'm drafting blog posts longhand. I absolutely cannot stand silence, even when I'm going to sleep, so I've usually got a radio, YouTube, a podcast, or music I've saved to the computer going. I'm probably not the only one out there, but in my family, I'm definitely the only one who absolutely has to have music going to be able to sleep halfway decent. Mom's figured it's probably because she had the radio tuned to the local NPR station a lot when I was a baby/toddler.
Tata for now, Dearies!