My MVP – so close and yet so far

I’ve gotten a ton done on my Recipe Bee app. I’ve gotten the client written except for creation of the logos and other images to use with it (and their corresponding config.xml file) and the server-side is largely done. I’m having database issues, however. Right now, I can’t even spin up the server.

Last night, I was able to track down and fix four major problems, two of which were caused by very minor glitches (get the girl a spell-checker!). I’d forgotten to create my env file. Argh. I’ve got to use a different gui and am on the trail for a replacement. I’m going to be doing a deep dive into the Mysql documentation this week to try to sort things out.

Currently, the project is using Angular with (I know, kinda ‘cheating’ but it makes life a lot easier) the Ionic framework. Server is node with express and the database is MySQL.

Once I get it done and fully functional, I’m going to do a re-write, and create it using React rather than Angular.

Gardening, knitting, coding, kitties update

Today I started seeds: 20 Swiss Chard, 20 Buttercrunch Lettuce, and 20 Arugula. I got a nice-sized Cilantro and a dill transplanted. I also planted some flowers- a big Lantana and some pansies and Johnny Jump Ups. I mowed the yard and it looks very nice and neat, if I do say so myself. The weather has been so warm that we are still getting green beans, okra and peppers and the peppers, tomatoes, and two remaining eggplant plants are still flowering and setting fruit. Every morning I rush out to check the progress of the butternut squash –getting big and looking good🙂. This week I will probably go ahead and pull out the green beans, though, and plant in some sugar snap peas. Cutworms got all 15 of the lettuce I planted out last week and in just one night! Grrrr.

In every spare minute I’m working on Hanukkah gifts. I’m knitting a shawl for my Ema and have finished an identical, smaller one for my niece –a Mini Me (Maw) shawl. I plan to sew some glittery beads on the little ones’ version so it looks like something “Anna” –yeah, Frozen and Fairies are ‘the thing’ at the moment — might wear.

I taught myself how to crochet last night and have gotten a good bit finished on a play sandwich for her. I’ve got the two slices of bread done and now just need the cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickle. I also want to make her a fried egg, spaghetti, french fries and sushi pieces so she can go to town in her play kitchen with washable and non-toxic toys. If I get those all done, I might try my hand at a doll.

I’m doing two versions of my MVP. One version is with React and the other is using Angular and Ionic. I’ve completed the database and server-side code for both. I’m 90% done with the API for the Angular version –it is going to have some more bells and whistles, I think, than the React version just because I know how to implement them already (ability for the user to add pictures and so forth). Not sure if I’ll go to the bother of doing that with the React version. I’m going to finish the Angular version first (still have the client to do), and then get to work on the API and client for the R version. React still feels like a foreign creature.

On the cat front, Batya has gone back into a diabetic phase and so is getting insulin twice daily and can only be on wet food. Shyla we are worried about. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given 3 weeks to live — but that was 6 months ago. I think she just has pancreatitis. She has, however, in the last week, needed to have a pepcid (heartburn) pill twice a day rather than just once and she is a bit off her food. We’re watching her closely. Gypsy, who was also diagnosed with cancer, is responding really well to the liquid steroid he’s getting once a day and the swollen lymph node (it was the size of a softball!) is now back to normal. I’m not sure I am buying the cancer diagnosis.

Israeli politics is corrupt but not as corrupt as Hillary Clinton and co (video)

I’ve not said much on the political front of late, largely because I barely have time to eat much less blog politics. This latest video by Project Veritas, however, has pushed me to make time. It is worth your time to watch the first 3 investigative videos that preceded this (slogging through the so far 30k Podesta emails is asking a bit much, but definitely don’t expect the MSM to be covering them either a) at all, or b) with any sort of accuracy –and those leaks show exactly why you won’t be seeing the MSM covering them). If you check nothing else, check this:

A fairy coat handmade by my Ema –my niece is over the moon with it!

My little niece, who has just turned five, is currently all about Tinkerbell and fairies. This past summer, when she visited, she made a point, every single day, of reminding her ‘Mee Maw” that, for Halloween she would be needing ‘my fairy coat’ to go with her Tinkerbell costume. ‘Mee Maw, have you started sewing? It might take a long time. I’m a fairy and I need a coat. Have you started making it?’

Her grandmother/savta (aka Mee Maw), of course, went into action. My Ema is an amazing seamstress. She got a look at pictures of the fairy costume my niece will be wearing and went into action. She found complementary fabrics that matched for the outside and lining (the coat she made is actually reversible as it is as beautiful inside as ‘out’). She studied videos starring the cartoon Tinkerbell. She created her own pattern and design.

My niece got her coat in the mail this past week and is over the moon about it (she had to be prevented from sleeping in it!). Alisa is a taskmaster when it comes to detail (she wants everything to be ‘exact’!). Her Tinkerbell coat has clearly passed muster. Below are a couple of photos of the fairy coat creation:

This pic has the “in person” colors –yeah a bit ‘bright’ but perfectly matches the costume it will accompany:

THANK YOU to the Dara Sanctuary Donor!!!

I wish I knew who donated $100 to the Dara Sanctuary back in August of this year because I would like to thank you 100 times over and more! Without a doubt, this really helps in the caring for every single animal that we have in our care. Thank you, thank you, and thank you again!!!

In the weeds on my MVP

I’ve gotten a respectable start on my MVP project. I’ve gotten a lot of the basics done –as in, this is basic, now you need to add/change …

Easy stuff like creating a readme file, spinning up a node with express server on my localhost (e.g., running off my computer only) for testing and development, setting up bare-bones route files and client files are done –lots of changes will happen within those files though. I’ve written a few tests and need to write a whole lot more.

I’m re-thinking my database decision. Because my app will need real time inserts into the db (and being able to have dynamic table creation would increase functionality and allow for adding in later bells and whistles), I am thinking that I really should be utilizing a NOSQL database. I’ve got the mysql tables and their joins all mapped out but am seriously thinking of scrapping that plan. I’m going to take a day to mull it over.

Today, I am brushing up on ES6 and reading, reading, reading documentation on React.

A garden update: Where we are in reaching our goal

I’ve finally had time to put up both the August and September garden savings over at the DARA Sanctuary (

With just 3 months to go, it is looking touch and go for meeting my $1500 in savings goal with growing our own food. In large part, it is because I’ve not had time to water/plant or even harvest much since the 6th of September. Some of the ripe goodness was left too long and was over-ripe, some of the ripening stuff thirsted to death and, importantly, I’ve not gotten even half as much fall plants started as I’d planned.

I’ve pulled up all but two eggplants (both Gretels) so we won’t see much of those and are already missing them. I do have 40 lettuce and 40 arugula plants going and will be getting more started, along with radishes and other fall greens.

My one hope for meeting the goal is that fact that our okra has kicked in like gang-busters, the green beans are producing heavily, ditto for the cucumbers, there are a bunch of cherry tomatoes ripening (I just picked our first 4) and the plants are flowering like crazy, the pepper plants are nearly falling over from the number of peppers on them and still setting, the basil plants are huge, green onions are up and ready, and the butternut squash is squashing out.