Volunteering: Three-Day Weekend

I’m looking forward to this weekend. Why? I’ll be sewing! It’s been several months since I’ve sewn anything. Now that I think about it, it might be over a year since I’ve used my sewing machines. Hmm… my, how the time has flown by. What will I be sewing? Binky’s! I’m making them for a beautiful organization called Binky Patrol.

From their website…

We are an all-volunteer, national, non-profit organization making and distributing homemade blankets to children born drug-addicted, infected with AIDS or who are battling other chronic & terminal illnesses, homeless, victims of violent crimes, those who are abused, in foster care, or experiencing trauma of any kind.

I learned about them through the company where I work. My company actively encourages employees to volunteer, even granting their employees one paid day (eight hours) yearly to volunteer. How awesome is that? I have plenty of fleece fabric available. However, I think I’ll purchase some more fabric this weekend, and I’m looking forward to spending several hours creating binkies for those in need.

Third week back at work

My goodness, where has the time gone? It’s my third week back at work, and I’m slowly returning to my routine. I’m still having a few issues with some applications that I thought worked fine; however, when I attempted to use them for specific procedures, I quickly discovered something wasn’t right. That should be addressed when I return to work on Monday. Since I’m 100% remote, I don’t have too far to go to begin my work day.


It’s about that time to get ready for the planting season, and so within the next few weeks, I’ll be starting my seeds indoors in preparation for moving them outside once the weather doesn’t drop below freezing and as much as I did last year, I do believe I’ll be able to do even more this spring, and I’m excited about that.

Moving to another hosting provider

Over the past few weeks, I moved all my websites from HostGator to Knownhost. I’d been with Hostgator for about 10 years; however, I was becoming increasingly dissatisfied with their service. EIG had bought them out, and I noticed that their service was declining. I did a lot of research and found a hosting provider I’m very happy with. I’ll write more about that in another post.

I plan to enjoy my Saturday and work on some wire-wrapped jewelry this evening.

Steamed Vegetables with Jasmine Rice

Before work, I made this simple dish of steamed vegetables and rice earlier today.

The meal was ready in less than 15 minutes from start to finish. Although I occasionally prepare elaborate meals, I much prefer meals that are ready in minutes. This is my first whole week back to work. I’d been on leave since the end of August. It feels wonderful to be back at work.

The first snow of 2024!

It finally snowed where I live.

The past few years, we have had a snow drought in the area where I reside; while I’ve seen flurries in those two years, that was all that was seen. For a snow lover like myself, that was a bit disheartening. Monday, I awoke to a slight snow on the ground, and it was still coming down! In total, we received about four inches of snow. It’s now Friday; according to Alexa, it’s snowing outside. I’m back at work and look forward to interacting with my teammates and hopefully playing in the snow after my work day.

Back to Mars Edit

It’s been several years since I’ve used MarsEdit for my blog writing. I discovered that I posted more when using blogging software to create my posts. I’m guessing it’s because, at that time, I had several websites, and for myself, it was convenient to have all the websites in one place. Now that I think about it, I still have several websites, although admittedly, I have not been as active with my posts as I used to be. However, since my health has improved, I’m slowly starting to do things I enjoy. A quick search showed me MarsEdit is still around, so I promptly purchased the software.

I’m sitting at my dining room table, writing this blog post from MarsEdit using my MacBook Pro. It brings back a feeling of nostalgia, and I must say that it’s a good feeling.

In other news…

I have a plumber fixing a leaky faucet and replacing my bathroom sink, all being done as I create this post. Later today, I’ll be taking my daughter to hang out with a friend. I do believe it’s a date. The young man is in college just like herself. On their first outing, I briefly chatted with the young man. I’d initially talked to him on the phone. She’s in the bathroom getting ready, and I’m sure she’s wondering when the plumber will leave.

Amazon Astro, Amazon Ring Plus, and Amazon Echo Show 10″

Back in August, I requested an invite for Amazon Astro; while admittedly limited in its use, I was still curious to try it out and view it as an extra layer to check on our pets when I’m in meetings.Yes, I do work from home; however, I’m not always able to just freely move about if I’m in meetings or doing some of my other office tasks.

In addition, I do like the fact that it can patrol one floor of the home. We already have a security system with cameras; this would be just another pair of eyes.


On Monday, I heard back from Amazon. I met their criteria, and an invitation was given to me. I had six days to accept.

I accepted the offer on Thursday, and Astro should be here sometime next week. I’ve been an Amazon Prime member for many years, and from what I’ve read, it works with a few of their features, like their music. I’m curious if it works with Audible, too. I’ve searched; however, I haven’t seen anything that shows if it will work with the Astro. However, I do have other ways that I can listen to my audiobooks.

Ring Doorbell and Echo Show 10″

In addition to Astro, I purchased two Amazon Ring Plus doorbells with video monitors.

My lovely daughter will install them today—no need to get any other camera since we use another security service for our cameras.

I also purchased an Echo Show that works with the doorbell and Astro. The Echo Show arrived on Thursday (the same day as the doorbells). Do you want to know something?  I’ve used it a lot already. I have been using it mainly to listen to audiobooks; however, I have also been using it to listen to music. It will also tell me when my Amazon orders will arrive. Most of the items I purchase are from Amazon, so this is a handy feature.

The Echo Show 10, as the name suggests, has a 10″ screen and is motion-activated. I’m setting it up in our kitchen/dining room area and plan to use it when I follow a recipe. I’ll follow along on the Echo Show and won’t have to use my iPad or iPhone to follow along.

This weekend. I’m planning to make a pumpkin lasagna, and while I have made them before, this time, I’ve decided to follow a recipe. I’ll be sure to use the Echo Show for that, and speaking of music, I’m also enjoying listening to my Audible audiobooks on the device, and recently, I’ve been listening to Christmas music, like O Come Emmanuel, O Come Emmanuel by the Piano Guys.