Welcome To Orca Cove

In keeping with a "Free Willy" spirit that everyone usually associates with the orca whale, I intend for this blog to be a "no-holds-barred," honest and open forum. Where I hope to post on any and everything from my long battle with severe chronic pain, my newest and favourite crafting hobby, Rainbow Loom (and maybe even some of my old hobbies too, like knitting, cross stitch, rug hooking etc.). I hope to also share some general and/or interesting life hacks, favourite video/YouTube links, parenting tips (which will most likely be me asking for help than the other way around), and any and everything in between.

Look for my (hopefully) weekly QOT…W and FLASHBACK FRIDAY posts, notices about tutorials posted to my YouTube channel, and the occasional comment on an interesting Pinterest/Instagram post. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015



In my most recent Instagram post, "Any 'Ol Craft Will Do", I talked about making broken disc mosaics. I make a point to mention that I was kinda sticking my tongue out at our satellite service provider. As I mentioned in that post, any time you record something to a PVR (personal video recorder), even if you have saved to an external hard drive, there is special encoding that prevents that recording to be played on any other device or computer.

But, I figured out a way around that (hence the sticking out of the tongue) and have been recording a lot of my son's favourite movies and programs to DVD's.

Even though I only posted that article to a Instagram today, think that somehow our service provider must have found out about what I had alluded to, (even though I intentionally avoided mentioning them by name), because last Thursday, we started having problems with our PVR!!

I don't "really" think that our service provider found out about my comments, but I also can't explain why, NOW, things started going wrong with our PVR. I'm not even sure what exactly IS wrong. All I know is that all of a sudden our PVR will stop working, we can't access it and any programs or movies scheduled to record, don't. 

When we try all of the suggested remedies, unplugging the receiver, removing and reinserting the smart card etc., unplugging the receiver for a minute seems to be the only thing that works. But, it only works temporarily, and there is no rhyme, reason or pattern to the problem.

The fact that it doesn't record scheduled programs is what prompted this post. Tonight I stayed up late to make sure the PVR working so that it would record the SEASON FINALE of The Whispers, a show I have been watching all summer.

I waited for 20 minutes, all things looked okay, the show was recording properly, so I went to bed. Only to wake up an hour and a half later to find out the PVR stopped working SEVEN minutes after I went to bed!! (So now I only have the first half of the season finale of one of my favourite shows! I'm glad my daughter is home tomorrow. Maybe she can help me find the show on the Internet)!

You really must be careful of what you say (and think)!! As the title says, don't poke a sleeping bear!! 

I've always tried really hard to say what I mean and mean what I say. But I think there must be something to the expressions, "silence is golden" and "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."

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~ TICKED OFF TUESDAY ~ August 25, 2015 ~ "THE ROAD TO HELL IS PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS"  ~ It's been a couple of weeks since I opened this file and I almost laughed when I saw what my last post was about. My mom used to tell me all the time that "the road to hell was paved with good intentions", and today's post more or less proves that. So much for "venting one LAST time and keeping the grumbling to a minimum!!" 

I am SOOOOO annoyed with my health problems right now (AGAIN)!! We have had several weeks of horrible weather, super hot days, thunder and lightening storms, hot humid, muggy, dry, icky ~ I could go on and on. But what it amounts to, is a terribly miserable me. The heat is compounding my hot flashes, the storms are exacerbating my migraines, which along with the pre-menopausal symptoms, limit how much I am able to participate and be active with my son. He has only a little over a week left of his summer vacation and he and I haven't hardly done anything together!! Even my daughter, whom I'm not sure is ready to admit that we ALWAYS need our mom's, is going through life without me.

And the final straw, I let down a very close friend the other day by dozing off in the middle of a text exchange, during which she really needed if not my advice and support, at least my presence. 

I've been going through yet another "crash" phase, which are coming far more frequently lately and I've been flaking out and "sleeping" all the time. I say "sleeping" lightly because if you could listen to the amount of moaning, groaning and whimpering that I do, I'm not sure just how much actual sleep I'm getting!

The only thing that I have to look forward to is the severe bouts of insomnia that always follow my crash phases.

I haven't been able to loom anything, which sucks the most because I feel that all desire, inspiration and motivation has simply vanished.

As you can imagine, there isn't much that I am able to do in the run of a day. Therefore, I really cherish the moments that I can steal away that bring me pleasure and joy. Spending quality time with my family is one, looming and crafts (but mostly looming) is another.

In the past several weeks the ONLY crafty I've done was make a couple of "Broken Disc Mosaics." (See my most recent Instagram post, "Any 'Ol Craft Will Do" @orcanut).

I really resent that I haven't even been able to keep up,with my blog articles of Flashback Friday, Ticked-Off Tuesday, and Wacky Wednesday. 

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