Honestly, I don’t know what I’m going to do with this blog. I love this blog, but it’s got this weird glitch–not only does it often not show the current posts, but it’s draining a lot of bandwidth–way more than my modest little blog should pull, which makes my hosting provider very unhappy. (They’ve cut me off twice for going over my bandwidth allotment, and since I can’t figure out what the problem is, I wouldn’t be surprised if they cut it off a third time. At which point I’m in serious trouble because they’ve also got a three-strikes-and-you’re-out policy, of which I am currently living in terror.)
You see my dilemma. I WANT to write new posts, share pictures, tell you folks what I’m knitting and doing, but am terrified that inviting you to come, you know, read stuff is going to cause me to exceed capacity.
So, you know, try not to crowd.
Ideally, I’d re-install WordPress completely on the server and re-install my blog (with the hopes that the problem isn’t stored inside any of the blogpost/comment code), but I have no idea how to do that. I know how to do WordPress upgrades, but stripping the entire site back to the beginning and starting fresh? Way outside my coding skills. (Considering my programming skills are of the “click here to install” “Yes, okay” variety, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.)
Or, I could change hosting providers, which is an option but certainly involves a fair amount of work–the research, the agony of moving everything. And it’s not just Chappysmom, either. It’s Knitting Scholar, too. But there’s no way I can afford to switch to their more expensive hosting plans, so…
Anyway, in other news and speaking of being able to afford things, the newest thing here in Chappy’s house is the living room television. Our old TV, which dates back about 18 years, finally gave up the ghost yesterday. It’s not entirely a surprise because it’s been showing signs of failing for a while. We weren’t even sure it would survive the jostling of the move 14 months ago, so we’re grateful to it for hanging in there as long as it could. But, obviously, we need a television, so last night the three of us went out to buy one.
As much as I prefer to buy things on the internet (if only because of sheer laziness and entropy so that, once I’m home from work, I want to STAY there), this required an in-store purchase. Like trying on shoes, it’s definitely best if you can SEE the screens beforehand–the clarity, the brightness, the color. All that stuff you can’t see on a computer monitor.
More importantly, buying from PC Richards means that they not only deliver (and install) the television, they take the old one away. I can’t over-emphasize the importance of this. Our current television is, in a word, huge. Massive. Monolithic. It’s an old-style console tv with shelves, speakers and screen all in one, big piece of furniture. And I mean big. Not only that, it has a swivel base–the bottom inch is a piece of wood on which the rest of the (enormous) unit sits. This is handy because, sure, if you want to turn it an inch or three because of glare from the sun, you can do so without having to move X-number of pounds of electronics. But it’s also incredibly UN-handy because it means moving the actual television becomes impossible without actually lifting it. If you want to move it 6 inches to the left, well, you’re out of luck unless you have a body-builder in the family. (Especially when you’re in a townhouse with wall-to-wall carpeting so you can’t even slide the thing.)
So, Saturday, they’ll bring us our new television and take away the old, and in the meantime, we’ve got this little 14″ television that used to live in our old kitchen balanced on the top for our television-viewing pleasure.
Oh–the other thing? Since we’ll now have a flat-screen tv, we need someplace to put it … which means a table. So today, Mom and Dad headed to IKEA to buy a television stand that I’ll put together on Friday to be ready for the PC Richards delivery sometime on Saturday.
The delivery also includes setup, but I don’t think they’ll be able to handle it. Not really. Because we’re still so old-school a family that we still own and use our VCR. Not only for watching old VHS tapes (yes, we still own a few dozen), but also to watch basic cable when the DVD-recorder is busy recording something on another channel from the cable box.
We also have a DVD/hard-drive recorder that we use to temporarily record shows … it’s not a DVR. (Much as I would love one, that’s not an option.) No, this is the kind of recorder you need to manually program, but it gives the option of recording to the hard drive (like a DVR) or to a DVD. Which is great, because I like having hard-copy of shows I want to watch again … except the actual DVD drive broke last summer, so we also have a stand-alone DVD-recorder which stands between the HDD-recorder and the television so that we can, in theory, play something off the harddrive, record it to DVD on its way, and watch it all at the same time.
Hey, I told you we were old-school. It’s a fairly elaborate system of not-entirely-current technology, but it works.
The trick is that I am the only one in the family who understands where each item stands in the system. The cable comes in from the wall and gets split to the VCR which goes directly to the tv, but also into the cable box, to the DVD/HDD recorder, to the DVD recorder (which we also use to play movies) to the television.
Adding in high-def into this mix is going to be interesting. Because it’s not like we have a multitude of high-def cables for all of this!
So, there’s that. I wanted to buy some of the pretty newly-dyed yarn from Juniper Moon Farm, but, well, I just bought a television. (Or half a television since Mom, Dad and I are splitting the cost, but still. You know what I mean.)
In knitting, I’m making the Celtic Dreams again, did I tell you? This time in Juniper Moon Farm yarn.
The difference is that I’m turning it into a cardigan because, let’s face it, I wear cardigans about 98% of the time and pullovers almost never. This means I need to choose a cable for the front edges, even though I love the center-back cable. I thought about just putting it at both front edges and overlapping them with buttons, but it’s 22-stitches wide and I don’t think it would look right. (I think it would look dreadful, to be entirely honest.)
We celebrated Dad’s LXXIVth birthday this week, too. Just in case you were keeping track.
I also spent a lot of time last weekend going through my recipes. I’ve got lots of recipe. I’ve shown you before, a long time ago.
So, I went through all my recipes … all of them … and weeded out the ones I didn’t need anymore. And I went back to the original sites of all the ones that came off the internet and then copy/pasted the recipes into Word, so I could throw away the paper printouts. Then I went through yet again and took all the photo copies that I had taken of recipes from magazines and typed all those recipes into Word, too so I could throw away THOSE paper copies.
What’s left is just index cards. SO much neater! I can actually flip through my recipes without having to cram my fingers between cards. Ultimately, I’d like to get all of these typed into the computer, too (for backup if nothing else),but at the moment, I feel I can live with this (grin).