Saturday, April 28, 2012

Frogs in Bloom

Things seem to be moving out of control here at the Sheep Shack recently and I have had a hard time reigning all the madness in. I was 10 rows away from finishing my Clappy and frogged the whole thing. I just wasn't happy with how it turned out. So do-over! Don't you wish you could frog a day, a week or a month? Wouldn't it be nice to have do-overs.

Spring is a kind of do-over, each year the earth renews itself and we are treated with new beauty.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

April Showers - a Little Late

Our April has been pretty dry and the western part of the state has had wildfires already, but this weekend we are expecting a little "mini nor'easter". The clouds started rolling in last night.

You can see the wall of clouds on the horizon

This morning it is a bit overcast. 

But, the roses are still promising to bloom!  

Sunday, April 15, 2012

A Review of Things New

Hello Dear Reader,

  Today's installment of Stitches and Stories includes a book review and a tech review.

I have recently borrowed Mr. Sheep Shack's Kindle Fire because he had downloaded the Hunger Games to it and I wanted to read the book and see what all the excitement was about.

First, the Kindle Fire, I know a lot of people have said they love it as an alternative to the iPad and I was eager to check it out and see why. I'm still waiting. I don't see it as something I prefer over my iPad. Mr. Sheep Shack prefers the size of the Fire over the iPad, but I do not. There is glare on the screen when reading outside, I thought Kindles weren't supposed to have that issue, but maybe I am confusing that with something else. Also, my biggest complaint is the battery life. Holy Cow! This thing has hardly any batter life at all. I put it in sleep mode when I finish reading and still I can't go a day and a half without the thing beeping about a low battery. So it loses points with me on that, I could live with the other things, but not a short battery life.

Second, the Hunger Games, I am about half way through the first book in the series and it may be pre-mature to offer a review, but there is a possibility I might not finish it. It is a good story and I do not have any complaints per se, other than it is not a gripping story for me. It is not something that I can't wait to pick up and read again. Not one of those books I read on my lunch break and then am late returning to work because I just couldn't put it down. I know I am probably one of very few who feel this way since this book and the movie seem to be wildly popular. But, it is just not really holding my attention at the moment. But in fairness I am only half way through the book and so maybe things will change.

Third, being a fan, albeit a recent one of Apple Products, I have made the transformation complete this weekend but dumping my Samsung Intercept Droid phone for the iPhone. It may be an unfair comparison as my carrier was one of the pay as you go plans and now I'm on a "sign on the dotted line" contract carrier, but the difference is unbelievable. I love love love my iPhone 4S. Siri is truly one of the handiest things ever. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to adapt to the onscreen keyboard, but it hasn't bee that hard, but with Siri, I don't really need to use it either. I let Siri send my text messages for me! That in itself is worth the phone's weight in gold to me. Also the "notes" program which I use for making my shopping lists is also voice activated. Apps that I tried to use on my Droid phone work a lot better on my iPhone as well. So overall two thumbs up. Plus, I have total compatibility now with my other apple products for access to playlists, mags, books, and other apps.

*Disclaimer: By offering this review of Apple products I do not discredit other products such as Windows and/or Droid. If you are happy with those products, I think that is wonderful!

Personally, once you go Mac you never go back!