A New Tutorial and an Observation

It has been quite awhile since I posted a tutorial.  I don’t have a video camera, but I have quite a good still photo camera that has the video option, and it just seems to take forever.  I five-minute tutorial can have as many as ten takes, and then the editing.  After all that, I always find fault with the video, but as long as it conveys the message, we’re doing okay.  This time I tackled the Magic Circle, which is one of those simple innovations that makes a big difference, and one wonders why it’s never been thought of before.

Which brings me to my observation.  I learned how to knit and crochet a few years back (euphemism for a LONG time ago!), and the main source of communicating was through paper publications.  You know, you still see the books on sale at the craft and yarn shops.  However, I’ve noticed that since the internet, people have actually been coming up with patterns and techniques never thought of before, or at least, never shared with so many people.  My question:  has the ease of communication via the internet created a more prolific crafting community?  Seriously.  Am I the only one who’s noticed this?  Let me know your thoughts on this!


Good Causes

walk for a dog

Click on this image to download the app!

Now that I’ve had 12 days to mope over my birthday, and only four more days to (hopefully) close escrow on our new house, I wanted to share a cause with you all.  A good cause.  I know, these days, everyone has a soapbox to preach on, but this is something that’s close to my heart, and obviously, many other people.

All it is, really, is an app you can download on either your android or iPhone and put in some basic information, so that whenever you walk your dogs, a portion of money is donated to your favorite animal shelter.  It’s that easy.  And no, no one is taking money from your bank account and no, you won’t be spammed to death from animal-related causes/societies, and yes, it may actually encourage you to get out more with your dog!  It worked for me.

One of my little stinkers!

One of my little stinkers!

I’ve tried putting a banner on my this website, but for some reason I can’t figure it out in the widgets section.  Anyone?  For now, I’ll just put it in this post and in the meantime, I’d love to hear if anyone can help me out on that banner!  BTW, the random text/HTML widget doesn’t cut it.

A Word, Please

Recently, I had my physical annual everything, which included imaging.  Determined to be entertained with something other than my smartphone, I took my current project, which is free-form crochet, with me for my screening.  The technician was interested that I crocheted and said she had learned a little but wasn’t confident she could do it again.  She also said that she had two friends teach her, and each friend taught her how to do the same thing differently.  I laughed and said “Welcome to the world of crocheting!”

390px-KnittingMadonnaI have noticed that the more one researches different styles of knitting and crocheting online, the more puzzling it can become.  The ancient craft of knitting has definitely grown and changed from it’s humble beginnings over the ages.  It’s like telling secrets; it’s whispered into the ear of one person, and by the time it inevitably makes it way back to the originator, it may have been changed so much that it’s not even recognized as the same information!  In the sharing process, hearing may not be as keen as it once was, or there are distractions for both the speaker and the listener, and many other reasons, so something as simple as one word being skewed or omitted will change the whole meaning of the original message.  I had my own shocker when my cousin, after viewing my crochet tutorials, informed me that I was holding my hook incorrectly.  *sigh* My advice?  Find someone with a wide and varied selection of tutorials, whose style you like, and stick with them.  If,  on the other hand, you’ve been doing something forever that works for you and your end product looks how it should, keep doing it.

It would seem that as mass communication devices become more prevalent in our world, eventually, there may be some standardization, but in the meantime, vive le difference!



So cold, so cold…

My mantra today* has been “There’s no point in being angry.  It doesn’t help anything” and repeating it ad nauseum.

For the last two weeks, I had been trying to get a prescription refill on some maintenance meds (I know, I know.  I, too, remember the time before middle age and genetics caught up with me when I could jump out of bed, brush my teeth and hair, get dressed and be done.).  Apparently, my mail order prescription company had my old doctor’s information on file.  Understandable, since the last time the company had to refill this order was about 9 months ago and I’d moved twice in that time frame.  Due to misunderstandings, people not caring and/or not doing their job and my erroneous belief that I didn’t need to intervene and screw things up even further, I ran out of an important med.

Not until I became proactive did anything get done.  I was making phone calls and trying to keep a civil attitude about the situation.  It was hard, and I did have a slip-up when I used a curse word when speaking to someone who, I know, had nothing to do with the foul up.  I apologized profusely.  That still doesn’t make up for the fact that I lost my temper and that word can now never be recalled.

So, in desperation, I called the prescription company – they were familiar with me and my situation at this point – and they told me to call me doctor so he could call in a 7-day carryover supply without any cost to me, since I was not the one who caused the problem.   I did.  About 10 minutes later, my short-term pharmacy is calling to let me know they can’t fill this.  The insurance won’t cover it.  I called the prescription company back and they said the pharmacy should be okay with, she can’t understand why they called.  I called the pharmacy back and told them what prescription company said, and they said “Ooooh.  A seven day holdover.  Yea we can do that.”

So I jump in my car with my husband and we make the trek into Auburn.  When we get there, it’s not ready.  That may have been my fault – ahem!  So we wait.  And wait.  And we finally get my meds.  As we are driving home, I get another call from my temporary pharmacy telling me that they won’t be able to fill it.  I tell the person that I just picked it up.  The person on the other end pauses and then says “Oh, yea.  I see, I see.  Well you have a good day.”  I hang up and my husband and I are both thinking the same thing:  I immediately pulled out my prescription bottle to check if, in deed, these are the correct pills.  The label looked correct, so I opened the container and pulled out a tablet and read the writing on them.

I breathed a sigh of relief.  Yup.  We had them.

My question, if there really is any, is why?  I have decent medical and pharmaceutical coverage and I thought everyone knew their job, but apparently that wasn’t the case.  And it wasn’t just one agency; it was everyone involved.  Kind of gave me the willies, when you realize just how easily information can be lost or misplaced.  Is it because everyone is overworked because no one can afford to hire the manpower they truly need or is it symptomatic of a deeper rooted problem?  Either way, I got real mad there and now I look like the villain.  At least, in the end, I got my regular ‘scrip and I lived to tell the tale…LOL!

*I started writing this post Friday, August 23rd.  I stopped, because I realized that it would be one hot mess if I published it on that day.  Now, August 27th, I think I can handle it!