Wednesday, September 30, 2015

early bird/night owl prototype, malware and trust issues



Hey. I've been quiet but busy. My beloved and wonderful mom turned 80! I love her so much. What a lucky kid I am. We had a wonderful girls-only family celebration at the beach and it was a nice getaway from the computer and security problems I've been having lately.

Mean people infected my computer with malware and so I've been dealing with huge waves of malicious emails being sent from my personal email address to everyone I've ever emailed in my whole life and also their dogs. My apologies if you've received any of those. I don't send out patterns or updates via email so please don't click on any of those links that say 'Hey, friend! Go here," or similar. I know y'all are smarter than that, but thought I'd tell you anyway. Apparently after the initial wave they can still send emails that appear to be from me without actually being from me, which is called spoofing. Just trash them.

I've been working with my email provider and I've had to completely wipe my Mac and start from scratch to make sure the boogeymen are gone. It's left me with major trust issues so I can hardly bring myself to get on the internet anymore. And also now after the rebuild of my computer I've been introduced to the nightmare that is the Mac Photos app and I hate hate hate it. Whoever decided it would make a swell replacement for iPhotos needs to be put in the naughty corner with a cone hat. Downloading and formatting those two images up there ^ would have taken about 5 minutes max in iPhotos. It took me about 30 minutes in Photos and there were plenty of creative epithets being hurled around during that time. I hear there's a new one being released today so I hope they've listened to the myriad complaints. Oh, iPhoto, I miss youuuuuuuuu.

Anyhoo. Done with the negative stuff. Cute birds! Let's talk about cute, stuffed birdies. What you see is a tight prototype of the upcoming pattern. There were some minor tweaks made since the original one for my daughter (some I like, some I don't). So a few more little tweaks to come. But it's close.

It's almost October! That's so crazy! Where did you go, September? It seems like time speeds up after August every year. Slow down, fall, I want to savor you. I need pumpkins on my porch! Must go buy pumpkins and mums.

14 comments:

  1. I am so sorry to read this viciousness. Macs are supposed to be less likely to be infected, but maybe not 100%. Any idea when you are going to have the next 12 Days of Christmas pattern?

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    1. Hey, Rita,
      Next one is due out in November! Thanks for asking.

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    2. I have had a passion for the 12 days of Christmas for decades. Someone told me they knew someone who had made them for their Christmas tree. I heard this 25 years ago and have been looking for some ever since. I love them! I sure wish I could find wool felt locally. I have driven all over town looking for it.

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    3. Hey, Rita, how cool! I have a long time love for that song as well. I share your pain at the lack of local sellers for wool felt. It's sad I can't find it at the stores in my town. If they have it, it's usually in pretty basic colors. Not fun. Thank goodness for online sellers.

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  2. Aargh... so not fun! Your computer woes, that is. Your birdies look VERY fun! :)

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    1. :-) Thanks, Grandma G! They are fun to make.

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  3. Oh girl, I hear your frustration. My blog got infected awhile back and it took FOREVER to get it back off of Google's naughty list. What a pain. Such a joy to see a post from you though. Glad to hear you are back online even if it is infrequently and with great caution.

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    1. Skooks, I seem to recall that happened a long time back with my blog too. Mean people suck the fun right out of the internet.

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  4. I wait patiently for the birdies pattern. I've wanted it since you first posted about them. They are quirky and wonderful....like you I suspect.

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    1. Oh, hello, hello Kate! Thanks! Hugs to you. Still so guilty of not finishing that doll pattern...but I so want to. Looking at next year...yeah, you've heard that one before. :-)

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  5. I hate photos too. Or whatever Mac calls it.
    I like the idea of sharing with devices. that is about it.
    I am so busy these days I do not have time to figure it all out, I force my hubbs to do that.
    So this bird is terrific, and so is the owl.
    Sorry about the bad guys. I do get weird emails and they can ruin your life if you click on their links. It is just not worth it.
    I am glad your mom is 80 and still around. I take care of my 92 year old parents and they are a handful at this age. I call them my twins.....
    Happy Thursday

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    1. Hey, Rosemary, photos is TERRIBLE. I wish they'd just trash it and bring back iPhotos. haha. Thanks so much! wow, 92! Hugs to your twins!

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  6. I am sorry to hear about your malware attack. Those are really mean people. I agree with you on the new mac iphoto. It is like a whole new thing I have to learn again. I felt like that also with itune when they changed it. Good look with everything and I am glad you are back.

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    1. Hey, Bit by a Quilting Bug, thanks! You are so right.

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