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Aug. 27th, 2015

So cannot wait.

I haven't been this excited about a sewing machine in , well, ever.}:P

My husband's paternal grandmother received this glorious machine, in the cabinet, in Dec of 1940.

Emily's Sewing machine


My sister in law inherited it when she passed a number of years ago. She no longer had the room for it and had never used it, so we took it, as I had always said if she ever wanted to get rid of it, I'd take it, with the intention of using it as it deserved.

It is now in the process of being serviced, cleaning and the motor pulley replaced at a wonderful locally owned sewing machine shop- we get it back within the week and it'll cost less than we expected too, so that's a bonus. Then, it'll be used as it was meant to be.

The really fun part about this, is that Emily kept everything- the original bottle of sewing machine oil, the original owner's manual, original attachments, bobbins, old patterns, buttons and even the original receipt from purchase.

More fun photos here- http://smg.photobucket.com/user/WolfSilverOak/slideshow/Sewing%20Machine



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Aug. 25th, 2015

I suck at keeping up this journal.

If I knew a way to get my Twitter or Instagram, or even Tumblr to crosspost, it'd be so much easier. (Instagram crossposts to Tumblr which crossposts to Twitter. Heh.) Anyone who has suggestions as to how to get any of the three to crosspost here, I'm all ears.

Lately, I've been working on finishing up the gaming bags I have made up, and needing sewn together. Out of 70+, only 11 more to go. Then I'll either make up some steampunk themed jewelry, or more gaming bag shells to sew together. Probably the former since I don't have much and I think that will sell quite well at Mysticon 2016 (I have a hallway 'fan table setup this time around).

In real life news, my dad has been having health issues. He's on the mend now, so that's good.

The new next door neighbors we thought, hoped, would be reasonably good neighbors are turning into annoying neighbors. We don't care that your landlord refuses to provide blinds, they're cheap at Walmart, go buy your own. We don't care that your landlord dumped a bunch of fill dirt in the front yard- it's his yard, he can do what he wants. Get some pots to grow shit in if you want a garden so badly. No you cannot use our WiFi, let alone have our password- we don't fucking know you. We don't care that he won't go Section 8 housing, that's your problem, not ours, take it up with the housing authority.

We don't have the spider and biting gnat issues you seem to have, but having stood upstairs and watched a huge, adult RAT come from under your house and head towards my garden- now we know what's stealing our Cherokee Purple tomatoes before they're larger than 1.5"- it's not surprising that you seem to have bug issues. However, take it up with your landlord, not us.

If they're there next year, I"ll be very surprised.


On the house hunting front, I made an executive decision last night, in that we are not really ready to go find a house, not this fall, let alone next spring. So, by mutual agreement, we have decided that, if we are ready, next fall or spring 2017 is when we will really start looking. That gives us a year or to enjoy the patio area we're finishing up this summer, pay off the credit cards and potentially have a lot more in savings as well as have a better selection, price wise , since, obstensively, we'll be able to afford more, to find the forever property we really want.

We've pretty much gotten this place set the way we mostly want, yes, there's still a bit of space issue, and yeah, can't really have a whole crowd of people over, but it works well enough for us and we can always get rid of quite a bit more as well.

So. That's pretty much what's going on here. How about you?


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Jun. 23rd, 2015

One bad experience can ruin it all.

So we signed up for Loot Crate this month. This month's theme was 'cyber' and was supposed to have stuff from one of our favorite video games (Borderlands), so we figured it'd be a great first loot crate to experience and see if we like it enough to continue.

They claim to schedule deliveries to arrive between the 20th and 25th of each month. They say this repeatedly, everywhere.

The first sign something was off was when I got the tracking number on the 18th, saying it'd been generated on the 9th. I thought, ok, maybe it's been shipped and I'll get the box early next week.

But the tracking never updated. Never changed beyond the number being generated. Look on their Facebook page and see many comments about this same issue, as well as others bragging about receiving their boxes. Some comment that this has been going on like this for 2 months now. (WTF, over?!?)

Cue frustration and disappointment. Yesterday, still no updated tracking information.

This morning, finally get updated tracking to say it's not even scheduled to ship until the 22nd and not due to arrive until the 26th.

So much for that 'deliveries arrive between the 20th and 25th of the month' spiel.

Very unhappy and disappointed. This has not been a good experience and I doubt we'll continue now.


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Oh, and now apparently, I'm not allowed to complain over 'a one day delay' according to some asshole on the Loot Crate Facebook page. No, asshole, I'm complaining over the fact that the tracking number was generated THREE WEEKS before the shipment was even scheduled to ship and that information as to WHY has been seriously lacking. And the fact that it's happened to quite a number of other people this month as well.

But noo.... fanboi says I'm not allowed to complain about something I damn well paid for.
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Jun. 20th, 2015

Facebook's 'authentic name' bullshit continues. #MyNameIs

A friend contacted me this week about a friend of hers who now has to confirm her name. This person is even a published author under the name she chooses to use publicly. She at least will have plenty of documentation to back herself up.

However, the friend of mine who was hit yesterday with the 'confirm your' name bullshit, doesn't.

I've known her by the name she uses online for as long as I've known here- 7-8 years now. She, however, doesn't have near as much documentation as I had. But you know what? That shouldn't matter. The fact that THIS is the name she chooses to be known by is all that should matter.

Facebook shouldn't be forcing people to go through this humiliating, demeaning and invasive process just to prove that yes, they are using an 'authentic' name according to whatever halfassed algorithm they have decided to use.

People's FRIENDS and FAMILY are the ones who should decide is the name is authentic or not. The person USING the name should be the one to decide whether that name is authentic or not. Not some faceless entity on a damn computer.

This is absolutely ridiculous and it needs to stop, not increase. People really need to start speaking up about this, not waiting until Facebook comes for them or their friends. Otherwise, soon, there won't be any friends to speak up for them.



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Jun. 11th, 2015

Woo, go me!



Thanks to Unplanned Peacock Studio, I learned the basics of drop spinning last night. About half of that is all me. It's not perfect, but that'll come. Need to work on the draw as I spin. Watched someone demonstate Navajo plying last night too, so eventually, I'll try my hand at that.

It's fun, once you know what you're doing and I learned quite a bit last night. Of course, having a couple great teachers helps.}:P

And yes, that is a The Spanish Peacock top whorl drop spindle.

I'm going to need more Romney roving, methinks.



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Jun. 3rd, 2015

I won. But it is a hollow victory. #MyNameIs

Copy/pasted from what I posted on Facebook-

I'm trying to figure a way to couch this in not quite swear laden terms. This will be *very* long, but *everyone* needs to read it, because it could happen to you and it *is* happening to others. I got lucky.

Essentially, last Monday, Facebook, either through someone reporting my name or their screwy algorithm, decided I was not using my 'authentic' name. I had 7 days to gather documentation and confirm my name.

Only, you don't get to confirm your name. You get to submit all the documentation they claim to accept and then *hope* that some faceless entity at Facebook HQ will approve of the name you choose to go by. You don't get to have your friends vouch for you because they don't get asked. And if you follow the rules as I did and submit documentation they require that shows your birth date, ie, a government issued ID with your legal name on it- which can be very different from an authentic name- then *that* may well be the only thing they look at and they will deny your authentic name and require you to change to that legal name on the id they requested. In fact, they will even change it prior to whether you appeal or go ahead with the change- I received a weekly stats report for my business page with a name on it that has never been associated with that page.

In the meantime, after you've submitted the documentation they require, at the end of the 7 days- to the minute that they first request the confirmation- you *will* lose all access to your personal page. The media is claiming you can still access it. No, you cannot. To rub salt in the wound, you will also, if you set it up that way, receive email notices of friends' posts that you cannot even view.

A little less than 24 hours after I submitted the required 3 pieces of documentation, Facebook emailed me back and denied my authentic name. They claimed it did not match the ID I sent them. They asked if I wanted to change to my legal name, as per the ID. Of course I did not. THIS name is the name I have used since the day I first got online in the mid 1990s, back in North Carolina. It is the name associuated with my business. It is the name 99% of my friends and quite a few members of my family, to include my husband when he introduces me to new people, calls and knows me by. It is the name that the estranged members of my maternal birth family cannot find me under- had one track me down about 5 years ago and I do not want to relive that experience. There are many friends here with whom has experienced Alzheimer's in their family and we tend to rely on each other for support sometimes- Facebook cut me off from that. Facebook cut me off from family members I otherwise don't get to interact with often. Facebook cut me off from friends whom I've known since 1992 (I'm looking at you, Ackerly).

I sent them *more* documentation, 3 pages of cut and pasted screenshots from various places I use this name online, showing length of use, birth date, etc. It was not enough. They denied it again, out of hand.

I then sent them- as Mark called it- a very impassioned letter stating that this was unacceptable and that they *do not* get to take my name from me. I also included roughly 2 dozen or more pages of documentation- those same screenshots that I'd cut and pasted into 3 pages. As my brother said in a comment here- they picked the wrong person.

I'm not sure which did it- the letter calling them out or the mounds of documentation. But they confirmed my name and gave me access back to my page.

However, I found this entire experience to be horrifying, demeaning and invasive. It stressed me out, made me depressed and gave me anxiety induced insomnia. As a result of this experience, Facebook has soured for me. For the forseeable future, this will be my last post here. I will be disconnecting Twitter so it no longer crossposts. My blog rarely does, so no worries there.

This should *not* have happened in the first place. And yet, it is happening to someone, right now and they may not be as lucky as me and have 20+ years of documentation to back themselves up. This policy of using authentic names and then accepting it when Facebook is presented with the proper documentation, repeatedly, until either the person wins or they give up, needs to stop.

They tried to take my name from me. I won. But someone else won't be as lucky.

Enough is enough.



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