My laptop crashed big time

Thursday evening, my laptop had a major crash. I blame the recent Window Upgrades on my issues. Ever since their new upgrading started, my laptop hasn’t been the same. I tried every fix I could, but it was beyond quick fixes. I was afraid I was going to have to buy a new laptop.  I determined to try everything I could to fix this one before buying a new one. I had to fix this one during 12-2016 so I knew there was hope.

I had to do a factory reset on my laptop and it took it back to Windows 8.1. I lost every program I had installed: browsers, photo editors, mail client and so on. Thankfully the reset didn’t delete any of my personal files. I think that’s amazing.
I’m very grateful to whoever made the option to keep the personal files and still do a reset. It’s a blessing and spared me from having to do a lot of uploading my personal files. I back up my personal and photo files about once a month to an external drive. I had just backed them up earlier Thursday. Thankfully, I didn’t need them though.

After the success of the reset, I decided to live with Windows 8.1 for a while, but that wasn’t to be.
I began to try to install my anti-virus and it wasn’t happening.  I went searching for a fix and on the list of things to trouble-shoot was make sure your Windows program is up-to-date, well flitter! I was going to have to install Windows 10 anyway. I surfed out the download file and began the many many hours of install. After it finished, I was able to install my anti-virus with no trouble.

I surfed around in the Windows 10 and discovered that the it’s install came with the recent upgrades (that made my laptop sick) and I don’t have to worry about them trying to install and crashing my laptop again (I hope)

It took constant work, but after 24 hours from the time my laptop crashed it’s fixed. I hope this resolves the issues for another year or longer. I’ve had my laptop for around 3 years. I’m hoping I can keep it running and functioning for another year or two. Time will tell.

Wishing you all an issue free weekend.

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Testing the WordPress App

Here’s Sheli-bean when he was trying out his new bed. He immediately liked it.
I thought it’d be perfect for trying out this app, in hopes I will like it too.

So far so good.

It’s 10:15pm 12-13-2017- I’m going to try to schedule this post for 12-14-2017 midnight and see if it works.

Wish me luck.


I couldn’t get the App to schedule this post nor could I edit it like I need too. Apparently there’s a step or two that I missed. I’m technologically-impaired, so don’t let my first attempt dissuade you from trying the app.
I went online and logged-in to my normal blog file manager to edit in some more content and finish this post and schedule it.

Anyhow, I suppose the app will be a peach for immediate posting. I realize there’s a learning curve and this first attempt doesn’t really make an educated guide to judge it by. I believe with practice the app might be quite handy. I plan to try it another day sometime.

Have you tried the WordPress app?
Did it work well for you?

Happy blogging!

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Non-Edible Homemade Scented Bakeable Clay

I made some ‘Non-Edible Homemade Scented Bakeable Clay’ to make a table-setting. It was fun sculpting the pumpkins, acorns and pie. I used cookie cutters for the leaves, hearts & stars. It came together nicely. I use battery operated candles in it just to give it some character.
I made several tiny cookie cut outs of hearts and stars. I put them in a 1/2 pint canning jar with a tea light and made sort of rustic looking candles. For this craft, I used an actual wax tea light candle.Then I thought I should make gingerbread type ornaments just out of tradition. I didn’t do too good of a job on their faces, but they serve the purpose and used up the last of my dough.

I made a short video showing the pieces I made setting together.


A few of my thoughts on making
‘Non-Edible Homemade Scented Bakeable Clay’

One of the most attractive aspects of bakeable homemade clay is that it’s a lot less expensive than commercial clays. I can ‘try to make’ bigger projects and if they don’t work out I can toss them without feeling too-bad for wasting money on clay.

One of the disadvantages to This bakeable homemade clay is that it ‘IS NOT WaterProof nor Moisture Resistant’. It Will Disintegrate if exposed to too much moisture or liquids.
You can paint and/or seal the sculpts with a finsh to help protect them some.
I’ve not painted nor sealed my sculpts, I like smelling them. I think sealing the sculpts with a finish or paint would block their aroma too much.

With all the salt and spices and considering how hard it is when it’s baked thoroughly, I consider this a ‘Non-Edible’ Homemade Bakeable Clay.

As for cleaning finished baked pieces, I suggest dusting with a feather duster or a soft cloth.

I use a basic bakeable recipe and add spices to it. It really makes my home smell like holiday baking. I used ground cinnamon and ground cloves, (but ginger, nutmeg, pumpkin spice or other spices could be used as well.)

I use ‘all purpose flour’ (it’s also referred to as plain flour). I use it to keep the clay from puffing too much and ruining the shape of my project. It seems a simple thing to say, but if you go in search of recipes for bakeable homemade clay many of the recipes will just call for ‘flour’ and not specify ‘plain’ or ‘all purpose’. It makes a huge difference in the outcome of your project.

I find there is some loss of detail in the baking process, so I try to make the details a bit deeper and more defined to allow for that. I don’t always get it right.

Here’s a link to the basic recipe I used:
http://www.ehow.com/how_8536912_make-bakeable-clay.html
I use ‘all purpose’ flour.
To that recipe I added:
3 tablespoons cinnamon
3 tablespoons of cloves.
I kept my dough in the refrigerator between projects.
**Because of all the spices and salt,
I consider this recipe a
‘Non-Edible Homemade Scented Bakeable Clay’

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Wishing you all fun crafting.

 

 

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2017 WordPress Photo Challenge – Cheeky – Tick-Tock

This is a clock my mil gave us for Christmas way back in the early 1980’s. It’s been a wonderful clock over the decades. The only maintenance is requires is changing the battery every year or so (well other than re-setting when we spring forward or fall back.)
We are in such a habit of looking at this clock for the time, that when we moved it, along with the corner curio cabinet that it set on, to another room, we still looked for the clock. It took less than 24 hours for us to have a corner shelf put up and the clock back in its corner spot. We shared a good laugh over it.
This clock makes a pleasant little tick-tock sound produced by a swinging pendulum. It’s a sound that we live with and never pay much attention too.
This morning at 9:39 am Shelibean sounded his alarm of barking and running around the living room. Looked around and couldn’t see anything amiss. I looked outside and didn’t see anyone around the house. I told Sheli, “There’s nothing wrong.” Kind of odd, but Sheli calmed down and I went on about my day.
A few hours later, I glanced at the clock in the corner and noticed it was still 9:39 am and it had stopped. It was time to change batteries.
It took a moment for me to realize that the stopped time was when Sheli had sounded his alarm. He had been alerting me that the tick-tock sound had stopped.
I changed the battery under Sheli’s watchful eyes. When the tick-tock started again, he curled up on the couch and went to sleep. The world here at home sounded right again.
I’m proud of Sheli for being so in tuned with our environment that even a missing small tick-tock of a clock is something that was important enough to let me know. I wish I was smart enough to have figured it out at the time he alerted me.

Our pets must just shake their heads sometimes and wonder who should really be in charge.I suspect Shelibean was feeling a little bit cheeky about being right.

WordPress Photo Challenge – Cheeky
“Find a little irreverence in your world.”

 

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Homemade canning jar Soap or Lotion dispenser

My old soap dispenser broke the other day. I didn’t want to make a special trip to the store for a new one, so I decided to make one. I went in my craft room and scrounged around and got supplies to make a canning jar dispenser. As a crafter I hoard keep things on hand for just this type of situation.

I used a 1/2 pint canning jar for this soap dispenser. I think it’s small size gives it a bit of rustic charm.
Here’s the basics of how I made my rustic canning jar soap dispenser.

Gather your supplies:
1 canning jar with with ring and lid
1 dispenser pump (I saved mine from some old soap dispensers years ago)
A tube of silicone
1 hammer
1 nail
1 pair of needlenose pliers
1 small wooden board to use as a support board so you don’t put holes in your floor or table.

Place the jar lid on the board.
Using the hammer and nail, make a close circle of holes.
Using the needlenose pliers snip the holey metal out of the lid.
Using the needlenose pliers, round out the hole.
Place the dispenser pump in the hole and measure the length the feeder tube needs to be and trim it.
Place a bead of silicone around the cap edge securing it to the lid.
Let it set for a few hours or until dry.
Flip the lid upside down and put a good coating of silicone around the pump and lid.
Allow to set overnight or until dry. I let mine set for 24 hours.
After the silicone is completely dry, fill the jar with soap or lotion and use as needed.

 

I hope you all have a great week!

 

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Updates: cornbread flats, basil, parsley, rose, Shelibean

I made cornbread flats in my whoopie pie pan. We really enjoyed them. I figure I’ll make cornbread flats a lot in the future.I’m adding this photo of my cornbread flats to my ‘Different Kinds of Flats’ post.

My basil that I transplanted and brought in for the winter, is still doing okay. It’s not a deep green, but it’s still green so I’ll settle for that. I keep it in the window, but for this photo I set it where I could get a better focus. Thankfully, it’s growing slow. I’m planning on keeping it pinched back after it grows another few inches tall.

We’ve been having some nice weather during the day, but cold and even freezing weather at night. I’m amazed at how green and healthy my parsley is staying.

Every evening I cover up my little rose cutting. And every day I uncover it when it warms up enough.
I’ll do this until it gets consistantly cold, then I’ll cover it til Spring.
Meanwhile my accidental rose cutting is thriving.

This isn’t really an update, it’s more like a bonus,
Sheli-bean is so cute with our Christmas decor.

I hope all your updates are followed with happy bonuses!

 

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