Update May 2021

I have several things to update you on. 🙂

MSAL

That image is of April’s square on the Mystery Sampler Stitch-Along I’m working on. I think it came out pretty interesting looking. I already have the pattern for May’s square, and I’ll be working on it tomorrow.

Personal Stuff

I’m taking classes from Shaw Academy in Bookkeeping and a mini MBA in Business. I am nearly done with the second of four modules. The classes are about 30 minutes each, and they put a lot of information into those time periods. I am really enjoying them.

I’m also taking Personal Development classes over on Skill Success. They are mostly beginner level courses, but I’m still learning a lot from the classes I’ve taken so far. I’ve taken several different time management courses as well as memory and productivity classes.

I took those courses because I really need help being more productive and use my time better. I need to hustle and make every day, every hour, count in order to reach my goals, and those classes have helped me figure out how to do that.

I visited with my gentleman friend as well this past weekend. I had fun, and we didn’t really do much. Just getting away and spending time talking and being together was enough for me. We were hog hunting at night, basically watching the feeder and waiting to see if they showed up. He has a scope on his rifle that links to his phone so I could watch what the scope was seeing too. It was actually pretty entertaining – like watching a black and white horror movie. 🙂 We didn’t see any pigs, but we did get to watch some deer and raccoons.

Book Ends

I am making a pair of LOTR inspired bookends. My son came up with the ideas for them. They are going to be small dioramas of two scenes in the LOTR sage. One is going to be the table where the hobbits sat in the Prancing Pony when they meet Strider. The other will be the white tree where Aragorn and Arwen got married. They will be done in 1/24 scale, and I’ve already begun work on the Prancing Pony bookend. I am taking it slow so I get them done as nicely as I can.

Writing

I’ve begun the long task of putting my second draft of Golden Knave on the computer. I do several drafts in long hand and then, I put it all on the computer. With my back the way it is, I can’t sit in from of the computer for too long before I have to get up and move around. This means taking breaks and staying focused when I get back from the breaks. Actually, my neck has begun to bother me as my condition worsens with age. Still, the story is getting closer to being published.

I am still working on getting cover art for The Inbetween, my supernatural thriller. Any suggestions on an artist to work with would be greatly appreciated.

That’s about it for this month, I’ll have more to talk about next month I’m sure.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Blog Sharing: Wayward Pineapple Creations

I just LOVE the name of this blog!! Julia is Canadian and is a fantastic crochet designer! She does a lot of cutesy stuff like dolls and the like. You can purchase her work directly from her blog too so that’s a plus!

Wayward Pineapple Creations

She has a free pattern archive, and I was able to get a really cute Deadpool pattern! 🙂

Let me know what you think of Julia and her work!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Reading Patterns

I decided rather than share another free pattern, I’d share this blog post I read about pattern reading and how to do it. It’s written by Hortense over at Knitting With Chopsticks. If you haven’t found her blog by now, you’re welcome! 🙂 This blog post is well worth a read:

5 Reasons why you need to learn how to read crochet patterns

Let me know what you think. Personally, reading a pattern with symbols is hard for me, but I’m willing to work on it if I can make some great things!

I hope you learned something new today, and I’ll be back next week with a new free pattern!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

The New Mutants – Movie Review

Produced by 20th Century Studios and released in 2020. It’s directed by Josh Boone who cowrote the screenplay with Knate Lee. It’s loosely based on the Marvel comics series The New Mutants. It stars Maisie WilliamsAnya Taylor-JoyCharlie HeatonAlice BragaBlu Hunt, and Henry Zaga.

The movie is about five teenage mutants being kept in a “hospital” of sort and looked after by a “doctor” who not only tends to their physical needs but their mental states as well. All five have killed people whether by accident or on purpose. They are all quite powerful though Rahne Sinclair is the lowest on the scale with her werewolf alter ego. The most powerful is Danielle “Dani” Moonstar whose psychic abilities are on par with Jean Gray pre Phoenix.

I am a big fan of the comic book series this movie is loosely based on, and I can tell you they mucked up the backstories on ALL of the characters. Illyana is very powerful in the comics and she’s also the youngest of the group. Her dragon, Lockheed is real and not a sock puppet. Illyana, in the comics was never abused in any way, she’s actually a devilish little git with the ability to go to hell and control demons.

In short, the comics are way better than the movie as far as stories go.

Still, the show had a decent plot, and the action was good. The actors were okay too, nobody really stood out as an Oscar winner – not to me. Still, it’s better than a poke in the eye.

As always, don’t take my word for it. See the movie for yourself and then, let’s chat about it. I love discussing things with people, even if they have different opinions than mine – even more so in fact.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Odd Colours in The Odyssey

This is something I’ve never actually thought about before….

Odd Bits About Books

Homer was a Greek poet writing around 750BC and we think he’s the author of The Odyssey.

It’s an epic poem about Odysseus and his ten-year journey back to Ithaca after the fall of Troy. There’s an awful lot of intelligent discussion to be had about this important piece of literature but today I’m just going to look at Homer’s use of colours. It’ll be fun, I promise!

If you know bit of trivia about The Odyssey it’s likely that it’s about Homer’s repeated description of the wine-dark sea. Ancient Greek doesn’t have a word for blue, but then that’s lacking from a number of other ancient languages too. Blue is notable by its absence in things like the Vedas, the Icelandic Sagas, even the Bible.

Did he intend wine-dark to mean blue? Well, do you know what else he described using that wording?

View original post 409 more words

YouTube Tuesday: Treasure Books

I found another fantastically talented creative I want to share with you today! She makes journals and a great many of the lovely bits that go inside the journals. She has an Etsy shop where she sells most of her gorgeous creations so please, have a looksee – you’ll love it!

I am sharing the following video because she does something I haven’t seen the other journal/paper crafters do yet. Let me know in the comments on this page if you have seen this done on other channels.

I think this is a very cool thing to do and a great way to recycle!! This is a project I plan to try when I get an empty tissue box. 🙂

If you like what you see in this video, please subscribe to the channel, hit the Like/Dislike button(you can be honest, she can take it) and leave a comment as well. Creatives LOVE feedback of all sorts, good or bad, as long as it’s respectful.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Something to think about

I have written several posts about green ideas like the Forest BioEconomy initiatives happening in the United States and in Europe. I’ve also written about a hybrid energy producing systems which are even now being created and tested. I foresee several of these systems being put to use in geographical locations where they make the most of their parts. Places that are mostly plains with plenty of wind would be ideal for hybrid energy parks featuring solar and wind, mostly wind, systems in addition to fossil and nuclear components.

I found an article in the online magazine, Engelsberg Ideas, written by Helen Thompson called The geopolitical fight to come over green energy. I recommend reading it.

This article talks in broad terms about the way different countries are handling the move towards a green energy future and how they are viewing this inevitable shift. The entire world is moving towards a future with less pollution and more efficient energy production while also building the global economy.

Change is happening right now

Helen Thompson rightly points out there are going to be issues, political mainly, as things progress. It stands to reason that there will be. People don’t like change, and big business hates change when it affects their bottom line. Governments also hate change because it can threaten the power they hold over their people, can threaten their status quo.

Still, the world’s population is demanding a greener future no matter the cost. Climate change is not entirely man’s doing, it’s part of the earth’s cycle however, Man has helped speed up the time table so that this change is occurring a great deal sooner than it should be. In order to slow things down a bit, as well as provide a future that is cleaner and healthier for its people than it is now, Man has to make some hard choices and some big changes.

Accountability is for everyone

This means the citizens of the world must hold their governments accountable, as well as themselves. No one country can do it alone. No one person can do it alone. We must all do our part to assist in the changes that are needed to be made. We cannot ask one county, much less one person, to do something we are not willing to do ourselves.

Change must be done globally with governments and citizens doing their parts to assist with the changes.

What can we, as individuals do?

  1. Petition your authorities on all levels from local all the way to the top, demanding they support green energy initiatives including technological developments like the hybrid energy systems being developed by the Department of Energy in the United States.
  2. Invest in green energy systems in any way you can – if you can afford to get solar panels and small windmills to help you offset your energy bill you lower the overall need for fossil fuel energy.
  3. Demand companies reduce their emissions and carbon production through petitions and if necessary, boycotts. Companies are boycotted for less so why not do it for something that would benefit everyone?
  4. Find ways to assist in the development of economies that help your local community, ways that can be scaled up to help other communities in your country as well.
  5. Research the issues facing the move towards a greener future – don’t let big business and governments control the narrative, the flow of information. The information is out there, you just have to educate yourself and not believe everything told to you by those in power and in the media.

The future is being born even as I write this. Europe has already begun making the changes, and the rest of the world needs to follow. Changes can be made and not hurt local economies. In fact, the changes could actually help local economies, they just need to get out of their own ways. The past must be let go off in order for progress to be made.

The Industrial Revolution would not have happened if people weren’t willing to take chances and embrace change. We are in the beginning stages of a new revolution. This revolution will encompass technological changes, political changes and even economic changes as we demand a greener, healthier future for ourselves and our families.

This is something to think about but make no mistake, change is coming, it’s already on its way.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Blog Sharing : Knitting With Chopsticks

Blocking for Knitting and Crochet: Everything you Need to Know

I couldn’t copy and paste the above post because that would be very wrong. I did however, link to it because I found it so very helpful. Hortense is the person behind the blog, and she’s not only a blogger, she’s a designer. She makes patterns for both knit and crochet, and I am so thrilled to be subscribed to her blog and newsletter because I learn so much from her.

She also offers free patterns, free tips and tricks, and she’s a part of a lot of bundle sales and group giveaways. It’s well worth it to subscribe to her if you’re a crafter.

She has things for all experience levels as well so never feel intimidated trying to do something new.

Check her out and let her know what you think about the above post! I know she’d be thrilled to hear from you, good or bad!

If you have blocking tips/suggestions she doesn’t share please, feel free to share them in the comments below! I’d love to talk to you about them!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Free Crochet Pattern : Country Fields Throw

https://www.allfreecrochetafghanpatterns.com/Throw-Patterns/Country-Fields-Throw-from-Red-Heart-Yarns

This is a fun and easy throw pattern!! I haven’t made it myself yet, it’s one of my bookmarked patterns. 🙂

Several of my friends have made it however, and they really enjoyed making it.

If you make this throw please, post a picture of what yours looks like so we can also see! I’d love to see your work!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Ready Player One – Movie Review

This is a Warner Bros. film that is based on the book by the same name. It was directed by Stephen Spielberg. It stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Phillip Zhao, and Win Morisaki. It was released in 2018.

This movie is a futuristic sci-fi set in 2045. The world is overcrowded and pretty miserable. They use online games as a way of escaping as well as a worldwide hub called Oasis. Oasis is a pure world for gaming, no ads, no marketing just fun. It provides access to even retro games like Adventure Quest and Pong. Avatars are fully customizable and can be anyone/anything the player wants.

The creator of the game died and willed that the winner of a contest he designed would win control of the Oasis and all it’s games. The contest has clues leading to three keys, and each key leads to another area of the contest with its clues and keys. The clues are based on the life of the creator and all sorts of data on his life is available in the Archives of the games should the players want to go through them. The clues are very tricky as are the games you have to beat.

I was with my gentleman friend when it was on cable, and we only caught the last 30 minutes of it. We had fun trying to identify as many of the avatars from our days playing old school games, and there were quite a few of them. The main character uses an avatar that looks a lot like those used in the Final Fantasy franchise.

Just recently, I was able to watch the entire show, and I quite enjoyed it. I liked the plot, and the idea behind the movie. It was geared more towards kids I guess, but it was still a great movie to watch. The actors were quite good and though I didn’t recognize any of the kids, I did recognize two of the adult male actors. They did fantastic jobs in their supporting roles as the antagonists.

I highly recommend seeing this game if just for the fun of seeing old games from your past – if you’re older than 40 anyway. 🙂 Don’t take my word for it, check it out, and I hope you have as much fun watching it as I did.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!