The Good Week, part 2

the week is not over, people!!!  it’s barely thursday morning and…. THE SAGA CONTINUES!

wednesday night update:

i go to log into star stable, to feed my horses.  i decided not to play it much this week, as my left hand is swelling up from the repetetive stress.  anyway, i go to the site, star stable is down.

they tried to post a big christmas update, and something went screwy, and they were there in sweden past midnight trying to fix it.  :X

oh, so then i finished downloading the game tera, and i spent 2 hours playing that.  yeah, with my hand i’m supposed to be resting!  ARGH!

thursday morning:

i call…  well, i was going to be nice and not mention any company names but… TRACFONE support again.  i skip all the rigamarole and go directly ( so i thought) to the tech support.  no, they have a robot gatekeeper too.  first, i try to ‘check the status of your ticket.’  please enter the ticket number.  well, yeah, the guy didn’t give me one.   i try putting in the serial number.  it gets confused.  i try to find out how to go back on the menu.  finally i say screw it, and hang up to dial again from the start.

none of that nonsense, i go to the robot gatekeeper for the actual person assistance.  it wants my phone number.  i give it.  it goes, ‘that’s not a tracfone number.  enter the phone number of the tracfone.’  i give it.  ‘no, that’s not a tracfone number.’  and then i get into an argument with the robot voice and yell, ‘yes it is!’

the robot voice goes… ‘okay!  i will connect you to customer service.’  and flees.

i get a real person.  he wants the phone number, i give him that, but then explain what’s going on, and i’m supposed to give him my old serial number so he can look at the case notes and finish transferring my minutes.

those don’t exist.

well, what’s the serial number of the new phone?  that exists at least.  then he goes, ‘did you mean to transfer your phone number when you did the transfer of service?’  well, yeah, DUH.  apparently, that wasn’t done.

he needs to futz with the system.  fine.
meanwhile, i go onto the web site and try to log into my account.  at first, it doesn’t know me, but i might have typed in my password wrong, one-handed.

on my account i see my old phone serial number.  see, it DOES exist!  it’s status is deactivated.
where’s my new phone?  not there.  well why not?  it was the other day when i tried to switch service online, and input the serial number and a nickname.

is your phone not showing up?  click here.  i click here.  i enter the serial number.  it tells me i’m not allowed to use the serial number of my current phone.  wtf?  it’s not my current phone, it’s my new phone.  and if it IS my current phone, then where the hell is it on my account?

after 20 minutes of talking with somebody, the CS guy on the phone comes back.  he says we can’t finish transferring the rest of your minutes.  i say, ‘when can you do it?’  he says, ‘we can’t do it.  those were on the old phone when it was deactivated, so those were bonus minutes.’


bonus minutes, my butt!  i had the effing phone for like ten freaking years, i bought…  okay, i had the occassional bonus 40 minutes here and there.  but seriously!?!?  so i tell the guy, okay, can you just reactivate my old phone that has all the minutes on it?  ‘sure,’ he says.

two minutes later he goes, ‘you need an airtime card to finish reactivating this phone.’  wtf!?  oh HELL no.  i just bought a flipping one year service card!  he goes, ‘well, you can get the cheapest one, which is ten bucks.’

i can’t deal with this.  i just go, ‘know what, i’ll call you back.’  and then i hang up.  not angrily, but i hang up.  just… NO.

not today, pal!

ah, and the day is young!!

The Good Week


for your entertainment…

sunday night i said to myself: “i’m going to have a good week this week.”  the power of positive thinking and all that.

the universe said: “HAHAHAHHAHA!  you THINK that’s what’s going to happen… you poor, sad, deluded fool.”

monday:  nothing too bad, too onerous, too disasterous.  i just keep dropping things.  misplacing things.  fumbling things.  tripping.  just enough to ANNOY THE HELL OUT OF ME ALL DAY.

i get a bill from the vet.  i think, oh no!  i thought i paid for all the tests there at the office when i was there.  but… why are they charging me for my cat’s “cardiac BNP – canine”?  i can’t deal with that right now, i have stuff to do in second life.

in second life, i’m setting all my vendors for a 20% off december sale.  i select all the ones to apply this to, to mass edit them.  only… it already says there’s a 20% discount on… well, at least ONE that i’m editing.  :X  how long has THAT been there?!?!

well, i get that done.  then i go to switch my cell phone service to this new phone i got on amazon.  i punch in all the numbers on the web site.  i punch in the codes on my phone.  i input mystic code numbers that spit out.  everything works!  then it tells me it is going to transfer 1090 minutes and 297 days of service to my new phone.  do i agree?  oh HELL no.  i want ALL of my three thousand and twenty-one minutes, thank you very much!

i call customer service.  i get put on hold, naturally.  then it wants me to see if i am eligible for a great deal!  am i over 50?  no!  gimme a CS rep.
hold music.
then it is telling me i can get a rebate coupon!  a 100 dollar rebate coupon!  get out my credit card, because this marvelous rebate coupon only costs $1.98!  wtf?  rebate coupon?  pfft.  i spent like 17 dollars on this fool phone on amazon, they ain’t gonna give me no 100 dollar rebate!!
then it gets off the hold music and tells me that if i’m having trouble with my search, i should press star and hang up, and someone will call me.  wait.  what???  search?  what search?  my search for a CS rep?  my search for a new phone?

i look at the phone number i wrote down.  i look at the phone number on the screen.  oops. :X


i call customer service. i get put on hold, naturally.  no wait!  first… the little robot guy is going to walk me through transferring my phone service, if i punch in all the numbers and yadda yadda like i already did on the site.  which i do.  little robot guy is actually pretty good, he doesn’t sound like a robot reading off numbers back to me.  except he can’t understand me saying ‘yes.’
meanwhile, we get to the end of this procedure, it says, hang on a moment while i look up information on your phone….
la la la…
then he comes back and says, ‘you need to talk to a representative.’  well no duh?  ah well, i could have HOPED.

now i’m on hold.  i’m at my job.  i put the hold on hold to answer 3 phone calls.  (actually, i put robot guy on hold. good thing he is patient and was repeating the step we were on when i got back to him…)  then after 20 minutes, i said, this is ridiculous.  i’ll call on wednesday.

tuesday:  now tuesday was good!  i painted snow!  (and it actually looks good this time!)  i painted gems.  i fixed a helmet.  i was so happy!

i finished the second try of the first part of my mom’s hat i’m knitting for christmas.  since the first one was SO huge, i thought the regular one probably wouldn’t really need a lower back hem, so i left it off.  i had to knit backwards a while, but eventually, i got to the end.  of the first part.  the next part is knitting a brim onto this sucker…  anyway, so i put it on my head.  gee, it was a bit small… :/  didn’t cover my ears, really.  argh.

well, there’s no help for it, i will have to carry on.  and if it’s too small, do it again with needles sized between the ones i first used and the ones i used this time.

i decided not to play star stable too long — in fact, not at all this week, because my left hand is swelling up a bit.  too much video gaming.  :X  so i was bored.  watched some tv on netflix.  yawned my face off.  i went to bed at 8:30.

well, sometime after 8:30, since i had to run up and down the stairs for umpteen things i forgot….

wednesday:  the power was out overnight for 3-4 hours or so.  no, i use a travel alarm, so it went off on time.  i was TOTALLY zonked and still tired even after going to bed early!

my router is finicky, and it hates being without power.  but it appeared to be working all right….  i unplugged it to make sure it reset after the modem was on. (which is the wrong order, which i will find out a few hours later…)

i could’t remember the IP address of the thing to get to the control panel.  it was no longer in my browsing history.  (it’s been THAT long since i’ve had any trouble with it!)  i turned on my downstairs computer, where i had actually bookmarked that.  that computer doesn’t like to do anything when it can’t connect to the network.

i gave up and turned it off.

i did something upstairs to make it work.  or so i thought.  i came back downstairs and turned the computer back on.  there is my router, why doesn’t it auto connect?  i press connect.  i connects.  yay!  i go to my router IP bookmark to read the router info…  wait…  why does it say: encrpytion: none?  why does it say some android something or other is connected to my network!?  ARGH!

i go back upstairs, turn that machine back on.  i try to get into the admin tab of the router.  it doesn’t know me.  it doesn’t like any or all iterations of my username and/or password.  @#($*&#$%!!!

i go downstairs, where i can google how to reset the mofo.  30/30/30.  yes, i know what that means.

i go upstairs and do that.  yeah, while everything is still turned on and connected, so sue me.  :X  i THINK i do it.
i go to the admin with the root password.  that works.  whew!  and I’M SMART!  i have a backup file of all the router settings, all i have to do is load it.

if i can remember what it’s called…
if i can remember where it is…
uhm… i know!  i will press this ‘backup’ button, and it will give me a hint as to where it may have tried to put this backup and what it might be called.  pale moon pops up and says, ‘you’re trying to run a bin file.  how do you want to do that?’  well hell!  if you dont know, i don’t know!

i open editpad to go searching around for only txt files.  or only all files.  wait, my brain suddenly flashes!  not in ‘notes’ look in the ‘term’ directory!  whew!
i load the restore in form there and restore it.  YES!  reboot the router!


reboot the computer.


reboot the router after rebooting the computer.


peer at the router and wonder WTF?  wait… that light…. it’s… blinking.  on.  off.  on. off.
I KNOW THIS!  yes, i have a blog post exactly about this and what to do about it, and it is SO SIMPLE to fix!

presuming i could remember what the simple fix is.
it’s on the… something tab.
i poke through tabs.  no, not that one.  no, too complicated.  no… i’m sure it will jump out at me?  okay, no.

all i have to do is get to my blog post where i will tell my future self what the SIMPLE TRICK is to fix this thing.  to do that, i need to get online.  :X

fortunately, i have a work computer!  and wordpress wasn’t blocked by the corporates software :X
YES!  go to wireless: basic; hit apply.  how easy is THAT?
light stops blinking.


my orange light is not on.
the router is not working.
i press the orange light button.  noooo.  no, that never works.

i press the button on the modem to make it stop modeming.  then restart.
no orange light on the router.
should i unplug the router and plug it back in?  NOOOO, the router HATES losing power.

i can’t get it.  i turn the computer off and hope the light will come on later.
meanwhile, i have to call the vet about this bill, and the phone people about this transfer.

i go back downstairs, and hmmm…  on my ‘blinking WLAN light’ post are links to related posts.  out of curiosity, i lookat the one about how to fix ‘slow loading web pages.’
you turn on the router FIRST,  *then* the modem!  THEN the computer!

back upstairs… good excercise!
i unplug the modem, i plug it back in.
blink blink blink.
blink blink blink blink.
blink blink blink blink blink.

the modem connects, and my orange light comes on!

i turn that computer off again.  (which is stupid, i wanted to leave it on all day and download tera.)
i turn on the downstairs one.
my day is off.

yeah, way off.

good news!
the vet thinks that just MAYBE this canine cardiologist charge on my cat’s vet bill MIGHT be in error….!
they’ll get back to me.
back to the robot on the phone switching thing.  back on hold. (on the right CS number this time. :X )  i get a person!  we do all kinds of number punching.
for a long time.  he asks me how many minutes i have. i  tell him.  he doesn’t laugh.  hmm.  hey, i’m going for a guiness book of world records here.  most unused minutes on a phone, okay?

now i KNOW this is going to work.  it worked on the site, just it didn’t transfer my minutes.  come on, work, work; universe, you can’t screw this up!  finally, he tells me he can’t transfer all the minutes at once, but he can do it in like 2 or 3 goes.  okay.  he sends over the first 1100 minutes.  my new phone is activated!  it pops right up and tells me so!

then he says the new phone activated, but on the system it is still ‘in transfer.’  so i will have to call back to get the rest of the minutes sent over.  well, wish me luck with that.  he put a note on my file, and says i just have to call and give the old serial number, and the tech will see the note and know that minutes still need to be transferred.

i can call back in an hour.

yeah.  maybe tomorrow.

i’m exhausted.


Transferring Works from to Archive of Our Own doesn’t allow downloading from its archive, and Archive of Our Own can’t import stories from there.

So this is a fairly quick workaround, though you do have to do the chaptering yourself.  Get yourself two tabs, FFnet and AO3.  On the FFnet tab, go to your Doc Manager.  Note: You need your story’s chapters in the Doc Manager, so if they’re not there, just go to your story and export them to the DM.

FFnet:  open the chapter in the Doc Manager editor.

AO3:  go to your Dashboard and start a New Work.
fill in the ratings, pairings, tags, warnings, etc et al.
you can copy and paste your author notes from the FFnet editor.

AO3: down in the Work Text area, switch to Rich Text.

FFnet:  select the body of your chapter in the editor, and copy.

AO3:  paste.
NOTE: if you use center tags, these will not stick.  go to each line (or block) that is supposed to be centered, select it, and press the Center Text icon.  this should lock it in.

AO3:  preview.  if it’s messed up, edit.  if not, post.

Repeat for each chapter.

Divinity Talent List

 Divinity: Original Sin Quick Skills List

Just notes to myself on who has what.  At least, to start.  These can’t be ALL the spells…!



MAN AT ARMS======================

Battering Ram: straight-line rush through enemies @ 50% damage

Crushing Fist: smush! 3-4 dmg

Cure Wounds: +40 vitality nearby target

Divine Light: decrease will & str

Dust Devil: whirling blades @ 90% dmg

Encourage: Str, Dex, Int boost to allies

Melee Power Stance: dmg +25% toHit -10% +1ap


Ranged Power Stance:  dmg +25% toHit -10% +1ap

Ricochet:  10-15 dmg, branches to near target(s) <= 4

Tactical Retreat: jump 15m out of danger.


Fast Track:  temporary haste

Razor’s Edge:  stun target; 50% dmg

Walk in Shadows:  hide/invisible


Burning Touch: set fire 5-6dmg to nearby target

Flare:  7-8 heat damage


Minor Heal: 8 vitality to target over 4 turns

Slow Current:  slow a target


Bitter Cold: set chilled status, slow

HeadVice:  9-11 air damage; may cause blindness

Teleportation:  move target 15m away.  (15m up, drop for crushing damage)


Magical Poison Dart: 7-9 poison damage, may cause poisoned status

Midnight Oil:  create an oil spill

Summon Pet:  summons a spider


Bloodletting:  5-6 slash dmg, bleeding

Enfeebling Touch:  weaken target

Oath of Desecration:  give dmg boost to ally


Divinity Talent List

 Divinity: Original Sin Quick Talent List

Because I couldn’t find this when I did a search.  I just real quick copied down what each thing does.  I didn’t include pre-reqs.  Which, yeah, is probably important for designing a build.  :X

Elemental Affinity
-1 AP cost for spells if standing in/on element.

disengage and flee combat.

Arrow Recovery
20% reclaim of special arrows.

+50% dmg vs slow/cripple/knockdown-ed

Far Out Man
+2m range on spells & scrolls

Five-Star Diner
2x effects from food

attitude -20, int +1

heal if standing in blood

Light Stepper
+2 perception of traps

Lone Wolf
no companions possible, +80% base vitality, +2 Recovery, +2 max AP, +1 ability point at level.

My Precious
50% chance of gear not losing durability.

increase in weight you can carry.

Pet Pal
talk to animals.

+2 charisma -1 int

+1 blacksmithing, +1 crafting

-25 attitude, lowers chance of being attacked in melee.

Walk It Off
-1 turn duration for all status effects (good and bad)

What A Rush
+2 max AP, faster recovery when health <30%

heal from poison, take damage from healing

All Skilled Up
2 extra ability points

+10% dmg, crushing weapons

backstab with daggers and knives.

Bigger And Better
1 extra attribute point

Comeback Kid
if HP >1, a killing blow will leave you with 1 HP

immune to fear, can’t flee combat

-25% water resistance, chance to set melee attackers on fire.

Elemental Ranger
bonus for elemental arrows if target standing in/on element.

Glass Cannon
vitality -50%, 2x recovery AP

2x attack while sneaking

+20% vs stun, knockdown, petrify, freeze

Ice King
-25% fire resistance, chance to freeze melee attackers

Lightning Rod
immunity to stun

Morning Person
full health on resurrection.

attacks of opportunity

Picture Of Health
+5% x Man-at-Arms vitality

-1 AP for ranged weapons

+10% evasion

no defense penalty when flanked

normal speed while sneaking

Stand Your Ground
immune to knockdown

Swift Footed
+20% movement

Thick Skin
+5 base armor + Man-at-Arms x2

Voluble Mage
immune to muting

Weather The Storm
+5% x Man-at-Arms magic resistance

immune to environmental effects




I seem to have energy this week.  …!  How?  How did this strange turn of events come about?  I dunno, but let me list a few possible culprits.


First… I decided that when I got out of a depression and felt better, I would NOT stop taking my maintenance dose of St John’s Wort, which I take 3 times a week.  See, self, that’s what a ‘maintenance dose’ is for… maintaining a mood!  Normally, I would try to let my natural brain chemicals allow me to coast.  Which works, yeah.  Until the next mood crash.

Secondly… I’ve been trying this trick from The Water Diet.  This book is kinda iffy, since the author plugs his (expensive) water filtration doohickey quite a bit.  But in the interest of fairness, he includes other methods, such as the cheapest one… drinking lemon water.

I don’t understand exactly how it works… the lemon is citrus, which has citrus acid, but by drinking lemon water, it helps your body become more alkaline.  Go figure.  Now, biologist amonst you will know, it’s not possible to change your body’s pH balance.  See, but that’s the thing about the book.  It says that people are too acidic, and the body spends a lot of energy keeping it balanced to be more alkaline.  The theory is, if you become less acidic, you’ll stop using up all that energy.

Be that as it may.  I have a cheap bottle of (reconstituted) lemon juice, and I have a capful in about 8 oz of filtered water.  I don’t have it every day, but I’ve been drinking it for a couple of months, now.  I hadn’t really noticed anything… amazing.


I have noticed that… since the Daylight/Standard time change, I have been setting my alarm for my usual 6:20-ish-or-so.  But I’ve actually been waking up a bit before six.  (No, not from the cat. :X )  So I’ve been setting my alarm for like 5:50 and getting up.  Normally, that schedule keeps slipping later and later, but… haven’t had to do that.  Except on the days after a late night….

Want to hear something really freaky?  (Well, freaky to my future self reading this, not to you.)  This weekend:  Saturday… well, I was supposed to go to the grocery store and mow the lawn, but I got into a writing spate, so I did that until noon.  I also had to make pancakes….  Well, figuring I’d be wiped after mowing the lawn, I did those first.  And, somehow, still had energy to mow the lawn afterwards.  (Though I was contemplating skipping it and heading into a nap.)

I mowed (half) the lawn.  And… wasn’t all that tired.  I think I laid down for a couple of hours, or I had a bath (or both?).  But anyway, I didn’t even get on the computer until dinner time!

Sunday, I went to the grocery store, I sawed some branches off the tree/bush we have going by the porch.  Then I came inside and was on the computer, playing with my horsies.  Driving trucks in the mud.  I was going to meet Jester that night, so I should have taken a nap, but… I didn’t feel like it.  !!

So I worked on my digital painting a while.  And not only did I not have a nap, but I stayed up until 11-freaking-o’clock at night, typing in a chapter for G&B:R.  I totally was not tired.  Neither tired nor sleepy.  In fact, to me, it felt like around 7 or 8 pm!  In fact, I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to fall asleep, and it wasn’t easy.  (I didn’t read, I wanted to rest my eyes.)

And I wasn’t even tired the next morning.  Wha???  How does THAT work?


I have also rebooted my creativity schedule.  Years agone, I figured out my optimal work schedule, which was to work 3 days and have a day off.  As a sort of experiment, I reinstituted that, on top of my job schedule.  Which is a little wonky, but on a work day, I will do my “work” (3d modeling, working on the digital painting techniques, and/or writing), and on my day off, I’ll goof off or do hobbies (ie: making jewelry) and stuff.

I didn’t think it was going to work on top of my job schedule.  I mean, I’m stuck at job whether I’m ‘working’ or not.  But actually, it has allowed me to buckle down and actually get stuff done.  Or at least work on it.  And sure, some days I get real frustrated real fast and have to quit, but… so far… I’m liking this.

In fact, when I’m stuck at job on a day off, I have a lot of time to waste, so… you know, I can even get back into Horse Racing Fantasy and stuff.

Actually, for my past two days off… I’ve been doing work.  Not cuz I had to work, but because that’s what I wanted to do with my free time.

First… I went to look at buying the hair that Seedee DeeDee uses all the time that I keep saying, “ooh, what hair is that?”  Well, I didn’t buy it because… frankly, I don’t have a character that needs it.  But RuntimeDNA was having a sale, and I happened to see a semi-related product… Little Fox’s Hair Modeling and Texturing tutorial bundle.  ON SALE.

Not just that, but… she uses Modo (which I actually have!) and Photoshop.  (Yes, I have that, too :P )  Like… OMG, a tutorial I can follow step by step!  (Well, I don’t have that UV thing she keeps talking about… :X  Yet…)  And, like… HAIR.  Hair for HUMANS.  Humans = Big Money.  (Animals = Niche Market.)  :X  I can make it for Poser AND Second Life.

So, naturally, I’m excited about that.  Always get excited about my “get rich” schemes.  :X

Where was I?  Oh, right!  So my first day off was on a job work day (try to keep up and not get confused between work and job), so I could work on the tutorial.  Which I did.  (Okay, it was slow going, because, frankly, I don’t use Modo that much that well.  But then when I switched to Lightwave… Boom, Baby!)

Today was another day off.  I went to the grocery store… contemplated going to WalMart….  But what I really wanted to do was work on my digital painting.  BONUS!  That went really well for me today!  Yes, not only did I not get frustrated, but I was actually happy with the results, and wanted to keep working.  I had to stop, though, because I was getting tired and unfocused.  But I feel so good!

It was even so nice outside when I went to water my salad garden, I was tempted to work out there a bit.  …!  Yes, I could have died from sunshine and fresh air exposure!  Eep!


My plan with staying on the SJW was to launch myself into a manic phase and try to stay there.  That didn’t work… But something is going right for me….  I’m happy AND awake.  Wohoo!



Salad Garden 2014

Yeah, not doing a good job keeping updated, here.


Celery:  we had two really hot days, and I was sick and didn’t water the poor thing… so the celery has gone kaput.  But it was growing along pretty nicely, I think.  I think better than ones that are cut all the way off.  They weren’t skinny little stalks, anyhow.

Cucumber:  we seemed to have fogotten that “Burpless Hybrid” is, in fact, a bush cucumber (well the label didn’t SAY, now did it?).  So my poor mom trekked back to Walmart early one morning only to find… they were all gone!  So.  back to the cucumber seeds.  These are Burpee Space Master, btw.

She put some of hers in a bucket and put it outside.  I think that’s how it went.  No, she had a terra cotta pot with no drainage holes.  So hers are in…. mud.  I put 3 in a plastic cup where I had punched holes, with some of my potting soil.  I got 2 sprouts.

I put the sprouts out in the pot today.  Plus I planted 3 more seeds in there, cuz it appears each seed only has one vine?  Last time I had cucumbers, I had five vines.

Carrots:  So what to do with this empty pot with no celery?  I figured what the heck, I will try to grow some carrots in it.  They’re vertical.  How much space could they need?  :X  They do want sandy soil, so I mised some sand in.  My mom didn’t know what kind of carrots to get (we totally didn’t research these things), so she got a medium-sized one.  75 days til harvest, it says.  Well… that’ll be in October or something… :X

Strawberries:  I dunno who’s been eating these, but it ain’t been me :X   They’re still putting out lots of flowers and I see plenty of tiny green fruit.  There’s one big fruit on there now, but it’s not all red yet.  And as of today, it hasn’t vanished.

Tomato:  I have to read the instructions on how to top my Early Girl, I think.  This thing is HUGE.  I have pruned off the lower branches, below the flowers.  I didn’t clip it down to five main stalks, though.  And yes, there are flowers, but last time I don’t think the first crop fruited, so I’m not holding my breath.  I am, however, trying to get them to pollinate.

Star Stable Racing

Wish I had been taping tonight’s race…


I went to Jorvik with Topaz.  Bolted out of the gate… ran my golden horse through the golden wheat.  Of course, everybody else goes straight over the jumps.  So I caught up to a white horse, who was faster than us…  except when I hit the slide(s) on that hill!  Whee!

I had the interface turned off, so I could see the paddock pretty well.  Looked crowded.  I went around.  The white horse cut across — and got stopped.  Sucker!  :X  Tearing around the houses, the well, down the straightaway…  Then a dark horse was coming up behind us.

Not faster than us, though.  But!  I clipped the car!  They passed us.  Now it was a chase through Stablebucks, and up the zig-zag.  Corner like a jaguar, baby!  But we still couldn’t catch up.  Then zipping around the fountain, serpentining under the stairs…. suddenly, we cut a sharper turn and came ahead on the inside!  We got ahead down the stairs, across the city.

I turned into the wheat fields, but they didn’t.  Probably gambling we’d clip the applecarts or the fence — which is a decent gamble, because lord knows I do all the time.  But NOT this time!  Sailed over the carts and fence and came in FIRST!





Butterfly Tests

I decided I wanted to use my polymer clay to make a purple butterfly pendant for a necklace.  How to do that… eh.

I traced the outline onto a piece of waxed paper and taped it to my WigJig.  Then used my 20g practice wire to make an armature.  It has two right angle bends that stick out the back, which is why i need to build the pendant on the jig, so those bits have somewhere to sit while the rest is flat.

The test butterflies are in green and yellow.  So I don’t waste my good purples :X  The first one is cut in the shape of the wings, the second one is free-form molded by squashing.  It’s a little difficult to put the wire through the clay and hit the jig holes just right… but I managed.

Then some really hideous attempts at making wing pattern designs.  BTW, they are 2″ wide by 1 1/2″ tall.  Hard to tell with the close-up photos.




Opacity test.  Magenta, Rainbow Glitter, and Infrared over green.

Opacity test. Magenta, Rainbow Glitter, and Infrared over green.

This is Sculpey.  I set it by boiling them 10 minutes.   Then painted with glitter nail polish that I got at the dollar store.  With the camera flash, they look kinda grungey.  But it’s Seashell gold and Green Glitter.  The Green on green turned out the best, I think.  The gold on yellow and green wasn’t bad, either.  Making dots was a bit iffy; I need to be more careful if I want to try that.

The bodies are Wired blue, and Diamond covered with Green Glitter.

I definitely need to try to make the wing pattern from a cane method.  But I’ve never done that, and I don’t know if I even have enough clay.  Oh, and my mom thought they should have antennae, so I suppose i should put a wire in for that, too.


I haven’t tested the breakage likelihood as I try to bend the posts into rings.  I’ll do that now….  Okay, they were sturdy enough.  The amount of wire sticking out, though, is not enough for a full ring.  I can attach a jump ring to the curve, though.  I suppose I should string one up and wear it around.

Salad Garden 2014


This year’s salad garden is… um, 3/4 here!  Apparently, bush cucumbers aren’t started yet.  I’ll be using my two huge pots and two buckets my mom gave me last year.  And in addition to my tomato and cucumber plants, I will be adding celery and… strawberries.  Okay, those aren’t for the salad.

I was thinking of trying for carrots, but they need thinner soil.  Plus, you can only start them from seeds.  Or broccoli or spinach, but…  that all seemed kinda complicated.  So I got Quinault Strawberries, which are supposed to have good harvests in the spring and fall, and some sort of trickle of production through the summer.  We’ll see if the birds get any….


Here’s my cost list so far… keep in mind, I’m reusing potting soil from last year.  Plus, of course, all my pots and buckets I already have.

  • $12.00     2 bags compost @  5.99 each  (I ended up only using one.)
  • $9.67        3 strawberry plants @ 2.98 each
  • $1.61         1 early girl tomato plant
  • $1.29        grocery store celery
  • $24.57     TOTAL


The celery I have is from the famous regrowing celery blog instructions, which you may have heard of.  Um, I didn’t use organic celery.  And I didn’t chop off all the stalks, I left the center ones intact.  They’re too small to eat, anyway.  It seems to be okay…. I had it in water for a week, but I didn’t see any roots or “amazing” fast growth of the leaves.

It didn’t die, so I buried the base in new potting soil in one of the buckets.  It still didn’t die, and the leaves seem to be getting some more height to them.  We’ll see how it goes.  I’m a little worried that it’s too hot here in the summer for it to do well.  Celery seems to like it cooler.

The celery went out… uhm, in late April.  The strawberries and tomato went out today, May 10.

The strawberries already had a ripe fruit that I ate on my pancakes, and there’s another one ripening up now.  To Early Girl tomato is a smaller plant than I usually get, not even any flowers, yet.  But I think this is a bit earlier than I planted last year, so I went for a less advanced (and cheaper) one.


Oh, here’s a question… my bucket soil had a lot of centipedes in it.  I don’t know if those will hurt the plants, but I chucked out as many as I could, since I don’t like bugs.  Worms, okay, but centipedes?  Euw.  That was from them being stored in the basement/garage.  Next time I’ll put the lids on the buckets.