19 November 2016

Facebook is out for me -- at least for now

Over the last month, my Facebook feed has become uncomfortable for me to read. The political posts are crowding out the lifestyle posts more and more. Even people whose posts are normally about kids and vacations began sharing their political views. I thought it would calm down once the presidential election was decided, but instead, it heated up. The most unexpected occurrence was that my more liberal friends, in an effort to show how bad the Trump supporters are, started sharing the most awful posts they had seen from the opposition. As a result, my feed became filled with sickening racist garbage. I felt like I was trapped in the middle of a street with the busy traffic of angry words coming at me from both sides. So I decided to stop checking in with Facebook for a while.

It has only been three days since I deleted the Facebook app from my mobile devices and stopped checking it on my laptop. I wish I could say I don't miss it, but I do. Several times a day, I have the urge to post something about a movie I watched or a book I read. I miss seeing posts from my online pals about what they cooked for dinner or where they went for date night. As much as I disliked Facebook at first, it has become my place to interact with people and break up the isolation of being home alone for several hours every day.

I will probably post here and on my book blog more often while I am waiting for everyone on Facebook to calm down and go back to normal, but I know it won't be the same. Nobody really reads my blog so writing here feels more like shouting into the wind; there is no interaction. Still, I need someplace to offload all my thoughts or I will go mad, so this will have to do :-).




24 October 2016

S.H.E. -- Here we go again!





If you are a long-time reader of this blog, then you know that I have been here before. When I have a job, I can't be bothered to think about organization. It is times like this, when I've been out of a job for several months, that I start wandering around my house aimlessly. The box to the rescue!

Taking stock (cross-stitch)





In an effort to get back into my hobbies, I've been going through the supplies I have on hand to see if there is anything still usable and if I need to buy anything. I thought that I had a lot of half-finished projects just waiting in my storage containers, but you will see in this and the next few videos that I was mistaken.

26 September 2016

Playing around with YouTube



For a self-professed introvert, I love to talk. I just want to do it from the comfort of my home instead of being face-to-face. That's why I've tried blogging and podcasting. Now, at the urging of my daughter C2, I'm giving YouTube a try. I'm curious about the process more than anything. Anyway, if you want to see me talk awkwardly into my iPhone 4S, click on the video above.

25 February 2015

Finally working on my February square

Progress photo for February block of 2015 Block a Month Crochet-along.

This has not been an easy month for me. My MS symptoms, which have been non-existent for months, are showing up again. The symptoms are mild compared to what others with this condition suffer with, but they are still annoying to me. Add them to the daily misery of my job, and I haven't had much motivation to work on my afghan squares. Then this week, I started getting yarn fever again so I finally got started on my February square. I'm still feeling a bit down, but I think I would feel worse if I didn't meet my goal of finishing at least one square a month.

As usual, my photography skills are sub-par. The yellow is true, but the outside color that shows as blue is actually purple. I'm trying to find a green that I like in my stash to be the background for this flower. I want to utilize what I have on hand rather than buy more, so I may end up using a shade I am not totally satisfied with. My instincts with color are not the best; I may dislike the color in the individual square, but the combination of colors in the finished afghan usually grows on me. I shall push forward through my misgivings so the project won't grind to a halt.