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My Abba

April 7, 2014
When my children were born to me, I cherished them. The attachment was like nothing I’d ever experienced before. Time passes, and as children grow and mature, a separation process ensues, mostly on the part of the children, that culminates in the kids finally leaving home and establishing themselves as independent adults. A parent must let go, frankly, of everything. Though the powerful love that arose at the birth of each child never dies, that same love recognizes the need for the child to be loosed. But there always remains the hope that the child will willingly do his/her part to maintain close, intimate bonds with the parents — a loving, honest, open friendship. On the parents’ part, that door is always wide open.

The things of the natural often illustrate truths about the Lord.

I’ve permanently loosed one child, and two more will soon follow. The reality of this isn’t far from my thoughts. Last night, the Lord spoke into this. He pointed out that He made humans to procreate along with Him in order to share with Him how He cherishes each and every person that He forms. On His part, that deep love, much deeper than mine, never ends. He, too, like a parent, looses each one to make their way, their choices. He always hopes that each one will find his/her way back to Him in intimate friendship. He longs to visit with each of us, to hear from each how we are feeling and what’s going on, and to seek His advice, and help, and also, most of all, to just be with Him.

During yesterday’s sermon, the pastor pointed out that a big change is soon coming to this nation, and it won’t be easy. I have no argument with him, as I sense the same thing. When it happens, our very survival will depend on whether or not we have intimacy with God. It’s crucial to know Him, and to know how to know Him, and to keep pressing in, drawing nearer, learning to perceive His direction and guidance. He’s our Father, our Daddy. He cares more than anyone else does. And He always longs to just be with each of us.

Kindle Customizable Screensavers

April 13, 2011

Winter River

Amherst Railroad Bridge

Upon discovering that a firmware upgrade was available for Kindle 2 last night, I promptly upgraded in great hope of it having customizable screen savers. (Please understand that such a feature would be extremely desirable to a photography and art fanatic such as myself.) Well, it didn’t, much to my great disappointment. So, I decided to jump into the bottomless pit, head first, and go for a hack. Hacks are available. They come with dire warnings of “not responsible if this wrecks your Kindle.” I’ve had the Kindle long enough, and I’ve done suicidal software things often enough to not be too bothered by the warning anymore. I did a web search.

A hack called Jailbreak was first on the list and rather dominant in the searches as well. I read through the Jailbreak instructions, came upon a section where the developer pointed out that Amazon had made the Kindle source code available to the public, thus inviting hackers to hack away – like giving full permission without actually saying so. After reading that, I was extremely peaceful about doing this.

I downloaded the hack files and began to hack away, following the instructions very carefully; however, I made one mistake. Kindle 2 has a regular and international version. I assumed the international version was for foreign customers. Not so. It dawned on me later, following two failed installation attempts and then a visit to another web page (in search of a different hack) that turned out to be clarification of the instructions for Jailbreak. The international version is the one with 3G. I was not aware that Kindle 2 had a version that did not include 3G wireless. Thankfully, when one tries to install the wrong Jailbreak version to a Kindle, nothing horrible happens. It just fails to install and then promptly disappears – very convenient.

So, anyway, I then added the correct version, or so I thought. Following the first two tries, I had deleted all the nonessential versions, intending to keep a nice little folder that contained only what I needed for my Kindle, which amounted to: the hack, the screen saver function, and an uninstall file for each. Suddenly, I realize I have to retrieve or re-download some of those deleted files. Fortunately, they had only gone as far as my recycle bin. I went in there and attempted to restore them. There was one I could not find, but I thought I had at least found the one I needed first, so I restored it, trotted over to its location, sent it to my Kindle, installed it, installed the screen saver function, tested, FAILURE! It was then that I realized I had installed the uninstall Jailbreak (the files look much the same). I went digging for the other essential file, did the whole wretched thing over one more time, and this time I had complete success. YEA!!!! I then made myself a couple of screen savers from my beloved photo collection, dropped them into my Kindle, switched the Kindle on and off a few times in order to view my new screen savers, and suddenly I was happy. It was 2:00 a.m. by this time. Ridiculous!

On that clarification page, it also explained how to easily add two pleasant little processes to the new screen saver function: random shuffle and automatic reboot. Random shuffle runs the personalized screen savers randomly, as opposed to alphabetically by file name – not very important but I decided to do it anyway. As for auto, every time one adds some new screen saver, the Kindle must reboot in order to recognize them. With auto reboot, it just does it without my having to do: menu—>settings—>menu—>restart. I’m lazy and forgetful; best if the Kindle takes care of this matter for me.

There! Wasn’t that exciting? I bet you just can’t wait to do it too.

Ribbing, Lower Border, and Body Start of Norwegian Sweater

January 14, 2011
Ribbing, lower border, and body of sweater

Progress of sweater from bottom up

It’s late and I’ve worked on this sweater off and on yesterday and today to get this far. The ribbing is completed. I added some color to the section just above the ribbing and am now working the lower body. The view is of the round join. It’s a little globby because I haven’t tucked yarn ends on the back, and those ends get loose. I’m doing jogless rounds, just because it’s fun, even though this section will be along one side and sort of hidden by the left arm.

Because of the corrugated ribbing, I used an increase other than work front then back of stitch, because that method would not have disappeared well into the ribbing. The color section is based on a four-count and the section above that a five-count; therefore, I had to adjust the total count slightly so that each section would be continuous all the way around the tube. These two counts do not center over each other; the important thing is to make certain the center stitch at front and back is centered continuously all the way up.

My ribbing was worked with Peer Gynt yarn. Above that, the black and green yarns are Heilo. For the body I’m knitting with an Inox Express circular needle — a poor man’s version of Addi Turbos. I do not know how their prices compare now, but when I bought the Inox, there was a significant difference in price. I love that Inox needle. It is so fast and smooth to work with.

Corrugated Ribbing – Norwegian Sweater Project

January 13, 2011
Ribbing with two colors

Working corrugated ribbing

I’ve moved on to corrugated ribbing, worked with two hands. Adding the white makes the project much easier to see. I persuaded one of my sons to take this photo — much easier than setting up the tripod.

Step-by-Step Progression of a Hand Knitted Norwegian Sweater

January 12, 2011

My son, who had never liked sweaters, suddenly got the urge to request a Norwegian pullover. My husband takes partial credit for this, claiming he talked the stubborn kid into it. That’s probably true, but no one talks Andy into anything he doesn’t want to do. Therefore, I’m encouraged.

It’s been several years since I’ve knitted one of these things, mostly because there’s been no need. Everyone in the family who wanted one has got at least one. I have a little stash of Peer Gynt yarn. Some phone calls and web searches kind of came up dry. No local stores carry Peer Gynt or do business with Swedish Yarn Imports. An internet search produced few results and no bargains. I decided to mix what I’ve got with Dale Heilo. There’s a slight weight difference, but I can adjust for that (I hope). I ordered Heilo from Yarns By Design and it arrived yesterday. I picked it up today — 15 skeins of black at a cost of $80. Did I mention son wants a black and white sweater?

Been too busy to do my calculations ahead of time, but I will tackle that maybe today. I’m getting excited now! I let the family design their own sweaters based on a collection of ancient Sandnes “Til Fjells” books I have, courtesy of Jane Hutchinson, so I always have to calculate stitch counts rather than just work from some nice pattern with all the counts already established. No matter; it ain’t that hard. The family can have whatever combination of motifs, borders, and styles that they want.

Tube Hem

Tube hem for start of sweater

Spent evening working on a tube hem for the sweater. Brutal thing! Tube hems aren’t bad on flat knitting, but they can be dreadful to work in the round, especially on dark colors. It doesn’t get any worse than black! In the round, one must watch carefully for twists to develop (unwanted) and misalignment of stitches. I look forward to adding some white to this, as it will help me to see the work better.

I love tube hems. They are sturdy and so very aesthetically appealing in fine hand knitting. Though they require extra effort, the end result is sufficient justification.

I prefer to keep the edge of my multicolors dark because edges attract dirt, so that is why I’ve endured tube hemming in black.

Nativity Painting

December 13, 2010
Nativity Painting

Outdoor Christmas decoration

My totally secular collection of outdoor Christmas sprigs and lights was really bugging me, so I decided to paint this nativity on a pine board and tie it to the iron chair on my porch. I love it. My model was an old Christmas card, so I can’t say the scene is an original developed by me. I did take liberties with it, including giving Yeshua darker skin and black hair, as opposed to fair and strawberry blond. It seems not to be well known that His ethnicity is Israelite/Jew, tribe of Judah/Yudah, royal lineage of David.

I used exterior house paints left over from our recent extreme makeover, a result of hail damage and a big insurance payout. Though I wasn’t thinking “primary colors” when I chose my palette, that’s what I sort of ended up with, though not precisely. They were close enough, though, to let me successfully mix most of the colors I needed for this painting, with some minor headaches.

Extreme Home Exterior Makeover

November 23, 2010
Hail damage necessitates new exterior look

Many months of work result in new house

A hailstorm in July resulted in a large insurance payout. I was able to completely remodel the exterior of this home. I decided to be radical about it.

This siding color is called “clay.” It’s amazing how many clay colored houses suddenly turned up in this neighborhood following the hailstorm. Most are clay with white trim. One added black shutters and another has a door painted red.

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