Thursday, July 7, 2011
Oh, and I've learned to knit, sorta! I can now "cast-on" and do a "knit stitch" with fairly accurate results. I cannot for the life of me figure out the danged Purl stitch though! My brain just won't wrap around it, lol. I'll most likely go looking for a better tutorial than the book I have been working out of, but not until the nephew goes home, next week. I almost bought myself a "sock set" of knitting needles yesterday...but I decide I should learn the stitches before I start dreaming too big about what I might create with my new found hobby (like I really needed another hobby).
I am at this point assuming something happened last night with my computer. I got up this morning to do my normal "internet-crawl" while my nephew is still asleep (he wants on my computer to play World of Warcraft almost constantly) only to find my mouse "playing dead" and my keyboard only half working. I say the mouse is "playing" because the software for monitoring the batteries in my mouse and keyboard both say everything is holding a "good level" of charge. Yet, there my mouse sits, hooked up to it's little life support cable, with a red battery light blinking furiously, and not one "mousey movement" coming out of it. I miss my mouse... I am currently "stuck" using a corded mouse (shudder) that is one third the size of my nice mouse. I did a lot of looking and test driving a new mouse before I shelled out (or rather begged my other half to buy me) the $90 (on sale) for my wireless keyboard and mouse combo. Of course, that was long enough ago that my "w" has a dent in the top of it from where my fingernail hits it...(it's the "walk" button for WoW...yep, girl-gamer here!) so, it may be that it's time to start thinking about replacements, but I don't wanna! I love my setup! It "fits" me! Anywho, I got most of the keyboard to come back with a quick "turn off, turn on" with the switch on it...everything but the multimedia buttons on the top...so no volume control for me right now! The mouse is still hooked up to life support and showing no "brain" activity. When my nephew wakes up, I'll ask him if something happened and/or what he was doing when they stopped working. It could have been something overnight as well...power surge that only crapped out my mouse/keyboard? My text in to my local tech support (aka my other half) has yet to be answered, so we'll see what happens later today.
For now, I'll settle in to count down the days until I get my first egg. I know it isn't an exact science and each bird is different...but if we go with the "typical" 18-22 weeks for first egg, that's between July 20th and August 17th! Still no crowing, though at times all three act "rooster like" and once about 2 months ago, while my Mother was here (she had a pet rooster as a kid), one made an attempt at a crow. But, nothing since or before that...I would hear something wouldn't I?
Well, by request of our nephew, tonight's dinner is going to be "Orange Teriyaki Chicken"! Another recipe to try from the slow cooker low carb cookbook! Except...the two stores I went to yesterday do not carry the no sugar Orange Marmalade, so I bought a jar of no sugar Apricot Preserves to use instead. I may make another attempt at a few more stores this morning before I go ahead with that substitute though. I'm actually trying out 2 recipes from the cookbook today...the other recipe is the recipe for low carb Teriyaki Sauce! I actually got carded yesterday while buying a bottle of cooking Sherry, lol.