Category Archives: Warnings

No Comment – found a “bug” on the blog, my apologies!

I thought it was a little quiet around here, and in all honesty, I’ve not really had a lot of comments in the past, so I thought it might be normal.

Turns out one of the many many many recent updates to one of the WordPress plugins I use here broke the comments feature, and the software couldn’t be bothered to tell me!

“This piece of the blog is generating copious errors, I thought you’d like to know” would have been enough. 😉

A big thanks to leighway from the QB for letting me know that there was an issue that made me decide to investigate.

The problem that occurred would have looked like this:

  • You click in the “Leave a Reply” box, and proceed to type up your message.
  • When you’re finished, you click “Post Comment”, then the dreaded “ERROR” appears.  Something about not providing the right captcha code. And of course, your comment goes into neverland.  How rude!
  • But wait, what code?

And therein lies the problem.   There was no captcha code for you to enter!  I’ve made a change to the software to get around it for now.  The captcha won’t appear still, but it won’t check for it either.

Comments of course will have to be moderated as a result, but I filter nothing other than porn and spammers.

I will update this post if I find a proper fix, or I find out that captcha or WP have fixed the issue.   I suspect captcha, so I will report the issue this week.

In the meantime, chat amongst yourselves. 🙂   And please accept my apologies.  I wasn’t being rude on purpose!

Love becomes Electric – Electrical Safety and your sewing machine

*Note:  The photo above is of a mis-assembled power connector.  This is an example of what not to do, or Love becoming Electric – which is the topic of this conversation today.

Today, I want to talk about the electrical connections in your vintage machines.  In particular, the topic will be when you’re using the machine and you feel a tingle, or a light shock, or buzzing sensation. Continue reading Love becomes Electric – Electrical Safety and your sewing machine

“Machine works and is in good condition”… really?

I had a lady contact me about a few machines she wanted to sell.
I wasn’t interested in all of them, but 2 piqued my interest, the Singer 185J, because I knew someone who wanted it, and the Pfaff 362, because I thought it would be interesting to play with. Continue reading “Machine works and is in good condition”… really?

Ouch! Watch those hinges!

Ronnie - 1950 Featherweight 221
Ronnie – 1950 Featherweight 221

On Monday I was packing up my things to go to our Sewing Circle.  I was in a hurry, and when I grabbed the case of the featherweight I found last month, I managed to rip a 1.5″ long gash in my left hand.

Now, I’m naturally clumsy, but this only happened because Continue reading Ouch! Watch those hinges!

Uh oh

OK, I can’t keep a lid on this one anymore.   I went to the Post Office on the weekend to ship a package.  I was told the weight was 14.62 kg.  It had been a long day, and I was trying to mentally figure out what that was in pounds and had reached the “2x 14.62” part and was about to add the 10% to make the 2.2 pounds per kilogram part.

I was talking out loud at the time, and “mistakenly” said, “OK, so what’s that in pounds?”

The girl at the till, who I’m sure is a recent graduate of our local high school, tells me “Well, I think it’s 6kg to a pound…..” Continue reading Uh oh

Chaney and Sons Contracting Warburg Alberta – Serving Edmonton and Area caused $4000 damage to our truck

$4000 damage.  That’s what the estimate said.  Thanks to Chaney and sons, also doing business as Y4 Workin Ent Inc, and 1383726 AB Ltd, we have significant damage to our vehicle.

We decided that this year, we would stay close to home.  Business is a little slow, so money’s a little tight, so we’re trying to do a small reno to the backyard on the inexpensive.

I don’t want to say cheap, because1. It isn’t and 2. Cheap has a a bad reputation.

We’re reusing some things (rebuilt and expanded the deck.  Ahem,.. Patio.), and trying to save money by picking up our own dirt, when it’s offered on kijiji, etc.  Well, last week this backfired on me. Big time.

On July 31, 2012, I answered a kijiji ad for free top soil.

http://edmonton.kijiji.ca/c-resumes-construction-trades-Free-Top-Soil-W0QQAdIdZ389795890 Continue reading Chaney and Sons Contracting Warburg Alberta – Serving Edmonton and Area caused $4000 damage to our truck