Christmas in July

Trim the Tree Stocking Counted Cross Stitch Kit
In 2010 I made some Christmas stockings for my life partner’s grand nephew’s Andrew, Jordan and Noah. Andrew and Jordan got the embroidered stockings and Noah got the felt stocking because he was a baby at the time and it was a baby stocking in my opinion.

These were all stocking kits that were given to me when a friend passed away. She was a hoarder who had TONS of craft supplies that she never used and held onto for decades. Those stocking kits (link above) were from the 1970’s and I’ve seen them recently on eBay for as high as $250 each. Not the felt one, but the embroidery stockings. I wanted to make Noah a more adult stocking in the same style, but I can’t seem to find any that I can afford, so I bought a counted cross stitch pattern instead.

I would much prefer to make the embroidered stocking like the one Andrew and Jordan have, because they are easy to make, but I will have to work with what I can afford in this case. So I sent my life partner an email with a link to a website called The Stitchery with the stockings in the search box, and he picked the one in the image at the top of this post. I think it’s a nice stocking for a child, but it doesn’t quite match the other 2 stockings, not that it has to match, but they are a family, and they should have stockings that sort of are in the same family of stockings. But, the stocking Noah has now isn’t in the same family as the embroidered stockings for Jordan and Andrew, so I guess it doesn’t matter anyway.

This stocking project will keep my brain busy and I won’t have any time to obsess over every little thing happening in the news that I see on Facebook, which is good because I’m close to having a nervous breakdown. Crafting calms my brain, and my heart, and I have high blood pressure so this will do the trick to keep me alive to see another day lol. Crafting has always been something that I’ve used to calm myself down. Everyone has their own coping mechanisms, this is mine lol.

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William Shatner Blocked My Ass

Priceline Negtiator

So here’s the story of how I found out that William Shatner blocked my ass on Twitter. I was scrolling through Twitter, as I do, and I came across a tweet from Mark Hamill retweeting something from William Shatner and this is what I see.

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My first thought is that perhaps William Shatner deleted his tweet and that’s why it’s unavailable, so just to be sure I tap it and this is the next thing I see.

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WHAT? Why in the world did William Shatner block ME? I’ve never said anything negative to him. I’ve admired him my entire life. I loved him in “Star Trek”, heck, I played with his action figure when I was a child. I loved him in ALL of the “Star Trek” movies. I loved him in “T.J. Hooker” and “Haven” and “Weird or What?” I absolutely loved him in the Priceline commercials, and I think that’s why he blocked me.

So when I found out he blocked me, I went to Twitter and searched my Twitter name which is @Xanapus and his Twitter name, which is also his actual name, and I found this tweet that someone had RT’d of my tweet. I couldn’t find my actual tweet.

 

So my tweet was referring to this article here from E Online saying Priceline Kills Off William Shatner’s Negotiator—Watch His Grisly End. So what is wrong with me saying rest in peace to “William Shatner’s character in the Priceline commercials.”???? What did I do that was so wrong? I was sad, I was upset, and I was in mourning for his character. Was what I said a blockable offense? No, it’s absolutely not. There was not one negative thing in my tweet to him.

Priceline did kill him off, he went over a bridge in a bus and his character did in fact die, but they brought him back with a daughter. Kaley Cuoco Is Now Priceline Negotiator William Shatner’s Secret Daughter. I was so happy they brought him back from the dead and I love Kaley Cuoco as his daughter.

You know what? I’m really hurt that he decided to block me over such a harmless tweet, but if he has such thin skin that me saying RIP to his character is going to make him block me, then fine, I honestly don’t care. I won’t love him any less than I have my entire life. He will always be a hero to me, so you do you William Shatner.

Update: Ok so here’s some new information. Apparently he is blocking a LOT of people. Check it out. Go to Twitter and search Blocked by William Shatner. Someone said that William Shatner is a huge Trump fan, so perhaps he is going through the list of his followers and finding out who has tweeted anything negative about Trump and blocking them. Someone else told me it is a badge of honor to be blocked by William Shatner, so I added that badge to my Twitter profile.

Dell SupportAssist Frozen (SOLVED)

If you’re in a rush, scroll down for the solution.

I had to buy a new computer this year because Microsoft released an update that basically killed my other computer. I don’t know if it was a hardware issue, but it wouldn’t load Windows properly, so I was basically forced to get a new one. I mean in all fairness, my last computer was built around 2007, so I was due for a new computer anyway.

So I bought a Dell Inspiron 3668 from Office Depot. This has a program on it called Dell SupportAssist that updates your hardware drivers, scans hardware for issues and fixes them, cleans up the crap and tunes performance.

I don’t know what happened, but for the last week it has been telling me there is an update and every time I load the Dell SupportAssist program, it freezes up on me. I thought I had to close programs for it to load, and it nearly did load a couple of times, but then it didn’t. I uninstalled software that I wanted to have installed, but I hardly ever used them  because I thought that might help, but it didn’t.

Ok so I’m sure you’re like get to the point, how do I fix this? Well this is what I found on a Dell support forum.

SOLUTION:

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This fixed my problem. I went to that location and found that file and just simply removed “-small” and it fixed it. It loads now. It is that simple.

So I hope this helped you if you were having this problem.

Fallout

I watch a LOT of videos on YouTube. I mean I will sit here the entire day watching YouTube on my PlayStation 4 from when I wake up until my shows come on, then again before I go to bed. I’ve pretty much stopped playing video games to focus my attention on watching YouTube.

Most of the videos that I watch are recommended based on my viewing habits which are from searching for specific videos. I do search occasionally for video game gameplay videos, try saying that 3 times fast. I’m sure you could do it.

So one of the videos that was recommended to me a few days ago was the video I posted at the top of this blog post that was about Fallout 76. I haven’t actually searched for any Fallout gameplay videos, but I think because I do search for gameplay videos, they probably automatically recommend anything video game related to me anyway.

I watched the video and discovered that they had released Fallout Shelter on the PlayStation 4. I had no idea they did that, so naturally when I finished watching the video I downloaded the game and have been playing it a lot. I actually had Fallout Shelter on my Android cell phone when it originally came out, but I became frustrated with it because my characters kept dying and I couldn’t control the situation, so I gave up. Well, I tried again and after the 3rd day things started going bad for me, but luckily they started getting better and my Fallout Shelter is doing quite well.

Fallout Shelter PS4

Yesterday I was playing for a bit and I thought, you know, I didn’t give Fallout 4 enough of a chance, so let me search for some Fallout 4 videos, and I found a series from theRadBrad. I watched the first 2 videos and decided to go ahead and download the game and all the expansions I had purchased as well. I actually bought the season pass which entitled me to all expansions, so that was a good idea. While that downloaded last night I watched more videos and it helped me figure out what I was actually supposed to do in the game. Today I started playing it and thankfully I started right where I originally left off last year and thankfully so because I did not want to have to go through that all over again. And I had some gear that I was finally able to equip. I didn’t understand how to do that the last time for some odd reason. See, I didn’t even give it a chance, and now my character is fully clothed lol.

Falloput 4 gas mask

I don’t know why, but I couldn’t get a picture of him in the center of the screen, but that’s fine. Oh and theRadBrad also taught me something I didn’t know before, that there is a game inside the shelter that is a Fallout replica of Donkey Kong and it’s called Red Menace. It’s hilarious, but I only saw 2 levels of the game, so it’s not as exciting lol.

Fallout 4 Red Menace

Anyway, I do look forward to playing Fallout 76 when it comes out and I want to actually finish Fallout 4 before that happens. I have all the expansions they ever came out with, so it’s probably gonna take awhile, but I’ll do my best. Wish me luck!

Good Things Must End Early

When I was younger, I didn’t have enough time to watch TV. I had to work for 8, sometimes 16 hours per day, then I had the long sometimes 2 hour bus ride back home and all I wanted to do was sleep so I could start the next day over again. When I became legally disabled, I had all the time in the world, but still I didn’t watch tv because I didn’t want to start in the middle of a series not knowing what was happening.

In 1996 Buffy came on the air, then Roswell and Charmed and I felt some strange chemistry with these shows because they were all supernatural. Now, it seems like all I watch are shows that are somewhat supernatural in nature, or science fiction. I’m not much into reality show except for the occasional RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Real Housewives of Dallas.

Now it seems that I have too many shows, and it’s hard sometimes to catch up. Almost every night I have 2 shows recording on my DVR at the same time, and I may have up to 6 shows recording on any given night. How did this happen? So, I need to make a choice and stop watching certain shows because it’s just too much.

A couple of years ago I stopped watching The Walking Dead, and the reason I stopped watching was because they added a new character on the show named Negan. Negan is played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan and I have had a major crush on him for years since he was on the show Supernatural. His character is not a very nice guy, and he is why I had to stop watching. To me, The Walking Dead was a show that was about surviving the zombie apocalypse and it changed so much when Negan came along. It was no longer about surviving zombies, now it was all about surviving Negan. I did not like that. If Jeffrey Dean Morgan is going to be in a show that I like, I would like his character to be a guy that I watch the show for. I would like to be able to watch the show because my favorite actor is on the show that I’ve loved for years. Instead, the writing of his character turned me against the show. I no longer wanted to watch to see Jeffrey Dean Morgan taunting everyone and burning their mattresses just to be a dick. It went from horror genre to psychological thriller.

There are some shows that I watch now that are turning into psychological thrillers, shows like Arrow, The Flash and Riverdale. I have the last 3 episodes of Arrow still on my DVR and I don’t want to watch them, and I don’t see myself wanting to see the next episodes until the season finale. I’m still watching The Flash because I still love the beloved characters. I am SO over the bad guys, DeVoe who murdered all these dark matter metahuman’s from the bus, and his wife Marlize, although I think the only reason I’m still watching is because I feel sorry for her because she’s trying to leave him, and she finally used his own technology to get away so yay her. But I am mad that they took stretchy man from us because I loved his character and I am holding out hope that the team will find a way to get him back because he was the last guy DeVoe killed, and he’s still using Ralph Dibney’s body. Riverdale is almost finished, and then I think I’m finished. I think they’ve raped the comic book and turned it into a nightmare that I can’t seem to wake from. The latest episode has me done with the show, but I will continue until the season finale.

If I continue to watch Supergirl, I’m going to end up having to watch crossover shows because Supergirl crosses over with Arrow, The Flash and The Legends of Tomorrow, which I think has already ended for the season. I don’t have an issue with Supergirl or the Legends of Tomorrow, so I think I would like to hold onto those and just deal with crossover episodes I guess.

iZombie is just silly and that’s why I love it. I think it’s sad that they have walled off Seattle and are using a guillotine to kill anyone who tries to turn people who are dying into zombies because they don’t have enough brains to feed the zombies they have now, and now Liv is the one turning sick people into zombies. It’s pretty much HER show, and they can’t kill the main character, so I think she’s safe.

The Originals just came back for their final season, and they haven’t done anything wrong to make me stop watching, and I kind of want to see how that show ends.

The 100 just came back, and they’ve already started with a ship full of prisoners who’ve been asleep for 100 years and are looking to basically take over the entire planet, which seems to be one little tiny green spot on a planet that is otherwise unlivable. I kind of just want to see where they go and if I don’t like what they do with these new characters, well then I’ll just stop watching. I have very little loyalties to The 100, so that one will be easy to stop watching.

Colony just started up again and I seem to be fine with that show, for now.

Krypton is a new series and I have 4 episodes on my DVR mainly because I just don’t have the time. If shows will just stop coming at me bro, then I might be able to watch them so I can clear them off my DVR.

Then there are shows I watch only on Hulu like Once Upon A Time. I almost abandoned that one because they went in another direction, but I’m sticking with it. Gotham is still a very good show. I love Lucifer. Last Man on Earth is just too hilarious. Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, The Simpson’s, The Orville which is currently filming their next season is hilarious, Will & Grace, is that over already? And, will it be back? Then of course Saturday Night Live.

Then there are Hulu shows not currently airing such as Rick & Morty, Future Man, The Exorcist was good, The Gifted, Inhumans, Midnight, Texas, Ghosted was hilarious. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is one I have in my queue, but haven’t started watching because I’m overwhelmed as it is, but I’m curious, so it’s there waiting. Those are the only Hulu shows and they aren’t on my DVR which means I have to be sure I keep up with them because I think they only keep the last 4 episodes on their site and then delete them, so if I stop watching, I lose out on them. I haven’t seen the last Lucifer or the last 2 Once Upon A Time, but I’m still catching up lol.

I stopped watching all but one Bravo show. I stopped watching The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, OC, New York, New Jersey, I never really watching Miami or the other 2, I forget where they are, but I do watch Dallas ONLY because of LeeAnne Locken and D’Andra Simmons and her mother. If it wasn’t for them, I’d stop watching. I liked Tiffany Hendra, but she wasn’t on the 2nd season. I CANNOT stand the rest of those biatches on that show AND their husbands. I also stopped watching Lisa Vanderpump’s show Vanderpump Rules because it’s the same thing every year. A bunch of spoiled waiters and waitresses who can’t stop drinking, sleeping with EVERYTHING THAT MOVES (Jax) and tattling on each other. Ugh! Talk about psychological. It’s more psychological for me. I stopped watching The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills specifically because of Lisa Rinna. All she does is start trouble and then tells people stuff that are bold face lies, then she sips her drinks and watches them all yell at each other while she basically laughs at the chaos she started. Um Lisa, this isn’t one of your soap operas, this is real… scripted… I’m sure. Whatever, I’m over it because of her.

See? I told you I had a LOT of shows to watch. Too many on my DVR, then quite a few on Hulu. I don’t want to abandon the entire idea of watching TV like one person I know who said TV was TOO addicting and she literally got rid of it because it was taking over her life. I feel like it is starting to take over, but at the same time that’s why I have a DVR and why I watch the rest of my shows on Hulu. It would be nice to stop cold turkey, but how will I know how all my shows ended?

Anyway, I took a break from watching my shows to type this and now I have to go back and edit, then I can go back and take some more shows off the DVR or my Hulu Queue lol. UGH!

Friendship Bracelet Patterns

I don’t make Friendship bracelets very often, so when I do it’s usually a custom order where someone requests that I make a bracelet. They usually ask what patterns I have, and I privately share the images, but I think what I will do now is just write a blog post with all the graphics and their names.

I have an i-Loom that has its own patterns, and I have a list of patterns not in the i-Loom, so I will show the patterns NOT in the i-Loom first. If you are interested in buying a pattern with a special button, please let me know by contacting me through my Etsy shop. My Etsy shop website is GayNerd.Etsy.com.

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These are the patterns that are in the i-Loom. These are broken up into their star ratings. The ratings aren’t rated by difficulty because a 4 star pattern might be just as easy as a 1 star pattern, and a 1 star pattern might be more difficult, so I think they are rated based on the amount of strands in a bracelet.

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2 StarsiLoom 2

3 StarsiLoom 3

4 StarsiLoom 4

Hercules Candy Company

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I have become addicted to watching a candy making family on YouTube. The channel is Hercules Candy and if you click that link, you can watch their intro video which tells the history of the company. The company is owned by Steve and his wife Terry Andrianos and their son Craig records all of the videos for the channel. He also has his own channel called NoEggCraig.

Why do I watch their videos you ask? Well, my life partner is quite curious to know as well. Every time he walks in my room and he sees them on the tv he says “OMG are you still watching them?” Well, here’s why I watch their videos. Because I want to. Don’t argue with me!

I honestly don’t need a reason. They are funny and more entertaining than any reality show on TV, and it’s educational. I mean, I don’t need to know how to temper chocolate, but just in case I ever want to make my own chocolate covered cherries, now I know how. If I ever wanted to make my own pretzel sticks covered with peanut butter and then covered in chocolate and then rolled in potato chips, now I know how. If I ever wanted to make chocolate covered potato chips or chocolate covered pretzels or chocolate covered nuts, now I know how.

They actually sell bags of different types and colors of chocolate at Michael’s and they even have chocolate molds, so all I need is a small enough double boiler, which I’m pretty sure I can get away with using a small saucepan for the hot water and a small glass bowl on top and let the chocolate heat up enough to melt. The chocolate has to be around 85-87 degrees to cover things then just cover it, put it on wax or parchment paper and put it in the fridge.

I would love to buy some of their candies and I hope that one of these days I might be able to afford a trip to New York because I’ve always wanted to visit. For now I can just watch their videos because they have so many.