I’m learning

Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's T...
Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello all,
It’s Sometime in July, and somewhere in the 80’s outside. I’m sitting in the dining room, wearing a long t-shirt, and a watch. It’s just too hot to do much else right now.
Last week, I sweated through some pretty nasty weather, we all did, but in reality it’s still pretty warm outside.
I have finished a hat, and started another. I have a pair of leg warmers (for arthritic knees) on the queue, and a dog is asleep at my feet.
I fell off of the diet, dived off of it in the past week. It’s time to climb back into it, because I know that gaining the weight back is not going to be a very good thing.
Emotionally, it’s been a roller coaster. I’ve had to come back to Minnesota for awhile. Again, we are working on things, and the main thing is that the farm doesn’t have air-conditioning. I was so whipped by the heat, that I couldn’t do much of anything last week. With Diabetes, Asthma, and heart-medications, I don’t think that it would be wise to be where there is no relief from the heat.
So, today, we are trying, again.

The podcast is still stalled. I don’t think I will be picking it up again any time soon. Within a few weeks, I will make the official decision as to whether I will pick it up or let it go.
Medically, I’ve hit a few problems, nothing I can’t handle, but I need to get downtown and apply to several places for assistance. Sadly, the heat is just what it is. I’m hoping to brave the heat tomorrow morning, in order to get the forms before the heat sets in.
The garden is doing what it can. We finally tried to water it yesterday. I’m hoping that the plants got enough to revive. I’m hoping, but we just may have to mow it down. The flower garden has suffered as well. We lost one rose bush, but two of them have produced a little bloom.
Amazon.com made me a great offer, and I have a couple of books coming. I know, I know, we can’t afford it right now. But with the combo deal, and buying used, I have 6 books coming. The topics are scripture and knitting.
I’m working on the wedding afghan this week in knitting and crochet. I’m working it in a version of tunisian crochet that mimics double and treble crochet. When the afghan is done, of course pictures will be posted.
My iPad is slowly dying btw. I have dropped it one too many times, and the touch screen is not as responsive as it used to be. I do plan to replace it maybe when the iPad 4 comes out next year. But I don’t think I will be replacing it with an iPad 4. Wait, iPad 4? The iPad 3 just came out. Yes, in fact it did, but you know as well as I do that like cars, there is a newer model every year. When that particular model comes out, the iPad 3’s will go down in price. Think about it.

The dogs are all napping around me. It seems that for these afternoons, they prefer the quiet and relaxation of laying down around me. I like it as well. Valentine is growing in leaps and bounds. It seems that she’s growing inches per hour right in front of our eyes. Already she can stand taller than the table, reach her head over the edge, and retrieve whatever her furry heart desires. That’s not necessarily a good thing. We’re having to be responsible adults here. She’s too precious to get sick by grabbing something that would hurt her, and my yarn and books are very precious as well.
I feel like Bilbo Baggins, snatching “my precious” away from her every few minutes. We do work with her, training her not to do this, and training her that yes, she needs to do that. It reminds me of all the other dogs we’ve had over the years, and I wonder if we did them and ourselves a disservice by getting adult dogs that already had bad habits.

Hugs all,
Louise Ann Benjamin


Itunes or apple hell

Worked on my computer all day fixing the Mess iTunes made of my music files. Ugh.

I finally got my sewing machine fixed, and started sewing. It seems that when you thread the dratted thing right, well. Winking smile

Also, I met with my sponsor instead of going to the meeting Monday.

After the iPad is done syncing music, this lunatic is going to bed. Its almost 2 am for crying out loud.

Today’s Schedule, by the way…

YMCA, 11am-3pm.



the other thing


Meet my arse at the door saying I went there, did that… 9-10 pm-ish.


buyer’s remorse

Image representing iPad as depicted in CrunchBase
Image via CrunchBase

Again I have reason to regret purchasing something.  And again, it is biting me in the backside.  I am to the point that I am boycotting the iTunes store, as well as apple.  The iPad has had nothing but problems since I started using it.  I’ve also had serious problems with the iTunes store.  I won’t go into details, but it is time, to start the boycott.

Equipment, software, and electronics are supposed to make our lives better, simpler, easier.  They are supposed to be a welcome addition to life that works well and is a true asset.  Today, I regret every dime I have spent buying Apple.