Category: Personal

I wish I knew databases

As time goes on I wish I knew how to make a database to house the data for my patterns. I also wish I knew how to put said data on a page to make it look decent. All I want to do is go to a database and fill in the form to add it when I publish a pattern or update it. If I had the money I would pay someone to do this for me. Until then I read about things I have no understanding of and I don’t think I will ever understand. I should have learned when I had the option to when I got out of school. It’s a big regret of mine – not going to some form of college to learn anything.

If anyone knows of a program that already does this and could point me in the direction I will be forever grateful.

A New Family Member

this last Friday I went to PetCo to get Totos nails done. I always go look and talk tot eh cats while I am waiting for her to get done. This day was different. There was a cat who ‘called’ to me. She followed me everywhere, she meowed at me like I understood her, she just all around wanted me. I felt a connection to her like I did with Sam. Sam is a cat I spent 3 days at the local animal shelter with before I took him home 17 years ago. Anyhow. I decided screw the rules and adopted her. I planned on adopting another cat so Gretchen would have time to get used to her as I am sure Toto won’t make it another winter. I had no intentions of getting one now but I couldn’t resist. its like my life in complete – I have 2 cats.

Her name is Elizabeth. She doesn’t like Gretchen or Toto. Her papers says she was a friendly stray most of her life. That means a stray that wasn’t completely feral. She loves being petted & held if she allows it. Otherwise she gives you a look – that if looks could kill you would be dead & buried. She hates her picture being taken – it’s like she know when you are going to take one. She has earned her nick name well – Miss Hissy Pants. She’s already had kittens and she eats far too much just to throw it up later. It will take time and a lot of love. Once she realizes we are keeping her & there will be food at certain times of the day – a bowl full even – she will settle. Then we can work on more socializing. She is a project but one I won’t give up. At least she is litter trained.

As soon as she lets me take a decent picture of her I will add her to the My Girls Page. But for now here is a picture from this morning I posted on Instagram. She wasn’t a fan.

If looks could kill Elizabeth would kill us all.

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A note about the feeding/food availability: Gretchen is a glutton. Once she herself realized we where keeping her & there was food all the time all she would do is eat. I had to put Toto on a schedule so Gretchen decided she needed a schedule too along with her all the time available food. She gained far too much weight too fast. If Gretchen wasn’t a glutton I would have cat food out for them both all the time. However I might as well start Elizabeth on the same schedule. So far Elizabeth already feels heavier and her hips & ribs aren’t so pronounced.

It’s Been A Long Few Weeks

These past few weeks have been long for me. I have slept most of the past 2 weeks. If you don’t know I have the photosensitivity side effect of Lupus. if I am in the sun it makes me tired enough to take very long naps. It’s usually the morning sun that gets to me. It hasn’t been this bad in almost a year. It was especially bad last week when I went out at around 7am to do laundry & got home around 10. I slept all day & that night & most of the next day. There is more to it then sleeping. I’m just glad I slept through most of the other parts of what happens when i’m in the sun.

This has made it so I can’t read & do book reviews. Today is the first day I haven’t been out in the sun for a few days so I am hoping I can stay awake today. I got up & decided to try to stay up. So far so good. I have 3 books on netgalley.com to read & review. I will get to that. I feel bad because I like to read books & review them. It is fun. I haven’t even been able to read fanfiction. Before you mention it – yes I was up enough to knit. I told Grace I would make her gloves for her work & I thought it was more important then reading. They where sent off to her yesterday. I also haven’t posted the FO post I said I would do every other month. If I can stay up today I will get that out too. I don’t think I have many things to show but I will keep that up.

If you really want to know how bad it is I haven’t been able to play WOW much. I log on & just fall asleep at my desk. This is the longest I have been up where I could fall asleep & not fallen asleep.

Mom: If you read this I am still going places with you in the morning. I don’t mind. The only time I venture out in public is when I go with you. Even if I just sit in the car while you do your stuff I still want to go. And we need to do laundry still – just maybe not when they open.

Things Need To Be Done!

I am a bit overwhelmed right now. I have many things to do. I have 6 book reviews to do which means I need to read 6 books. This is not normally a problem. This leads to another thing – photosensitivity. Yesterday I finally crashed. I slept around 20 hours yesterday because of the sun. In a previous blog post I discussed all that goes with my sun issue so i won’t repeat myself here. Then Robert broke my tablet last week. I had to order a new one from Dell. I got a Samsung Galaxy Tab A. yes i know it’s not the best but it suits my needs as I only really read on it. I had issues with NetGalley too. The issues with the book downloads are supposed to be fixed so when I can stay up longer then a few hours at a time and I have time I will retry to get the books to work so I can review them. As well as all that I stated Orencia last Tuesday. It has already started working. usually when meds start working right away they don’t last long. I’m hoping they do. I didn’t realize how much I stopped doing things (using my hands) until this past week. If my flare lasts the rest of the week I will have no choice to call the Rheumatologist and get steroids. Not exactly what I want to do. he may also think it was brought on by the Orencia & I may have to stop taking it. One good thing about this hellish week is I am on part 4 of the Arizona CAL – I was on part 2 last week. I will get caught up.

I will get everything caught up & going back to how I had it soonish. A week or two.