Tuesday, May 5, 2015

207, Parts 1 and 2: On the Way to NoCKRs Retreat

Loving Alexa, my new Amazon Echo. Great at the discounted price, but I don't think I'd pay the full $200 until a few more features are added. But I am loving her as a voice-controlled speaker.

Alexa has joined us on the Farm.

Camp CogKnitive Camarillo will be happening again in August! .Aug 21-23, 2015. WE HAVE SPACES! Info and how to sign up are HERE.
1. Call hotel, tell them you are with us, reserve room.
2. Message me that you are coming and use the DONATE link at www.cogknitivepodcast.blogspot.com to send $75.

CFR 7 is coming! Oct 10. 2015!
If you have attended before, sign-ups start on June 1.
If you have never attended before, sign-ups start July 1.
More information here!

KNIT 15 BEARS IN 2015!!! Post a group pic of the 15 bears you've made for Mother Bear Project in 2015 by Dec 31, 2015 on our thread to compete for prizes.

Add yourself to our CogKNITive Listeners Map.

We have a website at http://www.cogknitive.com/. You can find older episodes there.

You can now subscribe to the BLOG on your Kindle or Kindle app.

I am gemmadw on  Twitter and Pinterest, DoeWalking on geocaching.com, and DrGemma on Plurk and Instagram.

What's On My Hooks, Needles, and Spindles:

Warm thanks to Brenda Castiel/Goodstuff on Ravelry.

In progress:

The OHM Shawl by Michelle Miller. In time out.

Tardis Tribute Socks: in time out

Nancy's Coronet--my handspun and Cascade 220 in cream.:

Latest hat in progress...dark green is not very elastic, so I am having to limit it, but more to come.


The Improvised Brown Coronet:

It's done and it's pretty darned cute. Happy knitter! Basic Coronet pattern with slipped-stitch crown using brown Cascade 229 and my Handspun from Zarzuela Fibers from Etsy.

Knitted Knockers: www.knittedknockers.org. And free patterns abound; try Tit Bits on Knitty for the general idea.

Dizzy Blondes: 

No spinning...

1, 2, 3, Magic by Tom Phelan, Ph.D.
A simple guide to using the most efficient form of discipline developed by parents and tested by psychologists.

Put a Lid On It:

Thechaosandtheclutter.com--ChickenDump Recipes. Reduce the sugar and add water if you put them in the Crock Pot.
Canning: White beets in pickling brine, followed by a swift batch of Shiraz Red Wine jelly

Once the canner is heated up, you might as well slip in a quick, easy jelly recipe. Here is Red Wine Jelly (Shiraz)--5.5 cups.

Aw Shoot!
Runner in Paradise.

Something I Really Like:
Amazon Echo. "Alexa" has joined the family. For $99., a great deal. For $199.....well, you might want to wait until it gets more skills, and you do have to have an Amazon prime membership to use this well...and until you can buy it now, in real time.

Alexa is currently:
Playing free streaming music to me
Turning my lights on and off
Training my son to speak more clearly
Helping in the kitchen by setting alarms, reporting the weather, and giving me useful info
Helping me play tricks on my boys

Related apps (on iOS and on Android):
Amazon Echo app
WeMo--turns on the lights with proper switches installed
IF--app that relates to If-This-Than-That functions that link 2 apps to each other
Amazon Music--stream a good-sized library of music through your phone for free, although data limits may apply (not to me so far on Straight Talk)


Annual Rattlesnake Training clinic for Eleanor and Baron. He's outstandingly loyal, and she is Scottish.
The drought: so far so good. The well is doing okay.
Fiji Tix have been purchased!
Preparing for SCUBA lessons and certification!

Yes, the mirror is very messy in son's room. But the gear seems to all work together!

The Calendar for 2015:

April: Northern CA Knitter's Retreat
May: PADI Diving Course
June 6-7: Retzlaff Winery Spinning Day/SCUBA expo in Long Beach
August: The gathering at Sunnybank in Patterson, NJ  (Aug 13-18) AND
              2015 Camp CogKnitive (Aug 21-23)
Oct. 10: CFR7!
Feb. 18,  2016: Fiji once more!

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