Friday, August 01, 2014

Ah - weekend,. like it's really different.

But I guess it is different because it means I will have to be chief chef.  But that's ok - I will only be cooking for 4 (and three non-eating kiddos).  The others will not be back from California yet.  I will post some pictures taken from Facebook about them (Katie) at the end.

My beautiful flowers are fading, but those lillies are still opening.  The whole thing is thin, but still sort of pretty!

G's birthday present for me arrived today.  It is a Ninja cooking system.  It looks like a slow cooker, but browns, bakes and does the usual slow cooker stuff.  It is really neat.   And with all the chicken and fish I have been doing in the oven that is a great thing.  Our summer has been unusually mild, but it has been trying to get to 100. I am sure it will happen before fall!  Really looking forward to using it!

OK - now PICTURES!!  I guess I am worse than showing vacation pictures to a captive audience.  And it isnt even my vacation.  Just my Katie!!
The whole family taking a side trip.  Selfies really distort!

Katie is the one on the right.  This is after a game  - and right now it seems they are 4 wins and 2 losses

G and I disagree, but I believe Katie is the 4 th from the left. 

A little pep talk before the game. 
So have a great weekend if I don't come back this weekend to strain your eyes with my stuff!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Silly me

When the last computer crash happened, I joined a 'Cloud' group.  I could store my "stuff" off line - in a safe place.  When the hardware crashed, I would be able to access my data.

Well., yes this is true.  What I didn't know in my Polly Anna state was that it would take hours.  It's kinda like losing weight.  It took a long time to put it on (which is really not so much my case - I can gain a lot of weight in a very short time), so it will take a long time to take it off.  To translate this into this situation: it took a long time to gather and save this data, it will take a long time to put it back after a crash.

I have the Dell upstairs, like I intended.  What is killing me is putting the designs back on it.  I am getting there, but I want to reload things that are on the SMALL external drive onto it.  Notice I said small.  I don't know what will happen if I decide to go to the big one.

Oh - what happened with the cloud.  That takes forever and a day.  Downloading from the cloud is tedious at best.  I did get some down, and really it is comforting to know that it is there and safe.  If I need to spend the time and effort, I can do it.  I just don't want to right now.

Today's wonderful activity was to visit the vampire lab.  I have four appointments this month - two of them require blood work.  One is especially important.  This is the time for the check up with Dr Poison.  I really want to know the CA25.27 number.  That is the breast cancer marker, and I am always worried about that number.  I am a seven year survivor.  That, in itself, is good.  But it seems that the villain of breast cancer always comes back.  G reads the obits, and there is usually someone who has died after an "x" year battle with breast cancer.  So...

I am realizing I am a spoiled brat.  Krissi has me so spoiled by calling everyday.  I knew it meant a lot from me, but gosh just because she is having a great time in California ...  See?  I wondered why she didn't call on Monday.  I thought she was ticked off that Brian and Christina had given me those flowers - she does things like that.  Then she posted pictures on Facebook.  They visited  The Golden Gate Bridge. 

She didn't call yesterday, and so far nothing has come on Facebook - but I haven't gotten there yet.  There were pictures from the polo swim club - I think they went to see the Redwoods. 

I just miss talking to her.  Spoiled!

So that's what's up around here.  I just don't see how I can stand this exciting life.

Monday, July 28, 2014


These are from my son and daughter in law.  We had a mini celebration with them last night, and these were a little something for my birthday that was Saturday.  We will have a real celebration for my middle granddaughter about August 9.  That will be before Brian and Christina and kids head to the beach with her dad, and Krissi and Steve and kids will be back from San Jose.

Karrigton's birthday was on the 20th.  We have a total of four birthdays in July.  We get Brian and eldest grandson the first part - the 6th and 7th.  Then Karrington and I have the later ones.  Krissi and Steve's wedding anniversary is the 27th.  Busy month.

Christina didn't want to bring my present because it was a group present.  And she still has Karrington's.  I still need to take her shopping and lunch too.  So another big do in August.  It seems like July birthdays are getting really spread out!

I do so love cut flowers.  Lillies and hydrangeas are among my absolute favorite flowers too.  I will really hate to see these fade.  I think I love this arrangement more than if it had been roses!  BYW - please overlook the "puppy bombs" and other bits of things on the bar with the flowers.  Things just seem to land there!

On the water polo front in San Jose, Reagan's team has been beaten soundly in the games I have heard about.  Water polo is just gaining popularity here in Texas.  Don't know why - seems like the perfect sport for Texans.  Rough and tumble.  But it's a different story in California.

The folks from here are suffering a bit, which is surprising.  The pools are outdoors.  Here our Natatoriums are indoors.  Plus, California is having a hot spell.  Tough sitting in the stands.  No shade!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Ta Da!

Fourteen years ago, before I retired, I was pretty much a whiz with electronics.  At that time, we had the forerunner of today's compact CD.  It was called a laser disc, and it was about the size of a 33 1/3 record album.  That replaced our text books.

A lot of our teachers had problems using the disc and machines.  They were supposed to call on the librarians for help.  The problem there was that the librarians didn't know what they were doing. 

I had figured out that if we had these machines and that gave us a TV as well, we could hook up our own VCRs meaning we didn't have to get to the library quickly to sign up for one of the three VCR/TV sets.  Freedom with movies that we could check out from the regional educational service center.

I was often all over the building getting things to work.  I was pretty good with the computers too.  Now, our technician in the building wasn't always so sure because I took the attitude that I really couldn't break the computer.  I did however erase a few commands when I would get into the deep part of the operating system.  But it could always be fixed again.

Now technology has changed so much, and I don't feel  comfortable doing much more than pushing play on the DVR system.  Hooking one up - no way.  I have tried on the one in the bedroom, and it still doesn't work.  HD and DVR is just too much for me - plus I don't have the physical flexibility that I had 13 years ago.

But I wasn't going to let the Dell get to me.  First it really wasn't something I did wrong, and second, Dave is in California (gee - who isn't!) visiting family.  I knew what the problem was.  I just had to figure out how to fix it.

I completely disabled (thought about erasing it completely) AVG.  Then I got into the Control Panel (dangerous ground) and looked into the internet part.  I did a system restore that put me back to the point where I got the computer.  That meant I had to re-install Office. 

I didn't re-install Firefox.  It isn't important on that computer.  It is to be the backup for my embroidery files.  So I will go to Cloud to see if I can download some of the embroidery files that I need on a computer.  I have a few tricks up my sleeve for getting the programs I want on there, but I will try.

So to some extent, even though I have been left in the dust by technology, I still can putter along.  And there is always Dave waiting in the wings to save me.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I give!

Got the Dell back on Tuesday.  I promptly loaded Microsoft Office.  All was well.  I don't like Chrome and especially Window's Explorer for surfing, so I downloaded Firefox.  That's when the trouble started.

I often have used AVG on computers.  Dave installed that one on both G's and the Dell.  It was immediate that it grabbed part of Firefox as malware.  It took out parts of the program, and one of those parts is essential for the functioning of the internet.  &%r*(&^(%(&^%(!!!!

So I have been working on re-setting the downloads.  Hasn't helped.  Went back to Monday to reset the computer.  No.  Help.

Blast it all.  But in reality with the exception of one program, I don't need it to surf.  I want it to hold my machine embroidery designs, and I can get them on this computer and transfer.  I just need the special program that allows me to see the design without using a separate program that I have to open - then open the design.

Krissi and crew are leaving by 7 tomorrow morning.  With all these crashes I am a little beside myself today.  I KNOW in my mind there are other circumstances here, but still.  With the threats to America, I am still worrried as the devil. 

So that's my funk for the day.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Home again

And I am more than glad.  While we were gone, the local web page was full of car burglaries that happened Saturday night.  While they were concentrated in another part of the Village, and they were cars left unlocked (and usually on the street), I was a little concerned.  We had our alarm on, and the truck was locked and far back in the driveway, but still.

Last week or so, a guy came to the door while I was gone.  He asked G if he "wanted to sell the car in the garage."  Now that isn't really visible from the street - especially with the truck parked in front of it.  G answered the door with the pistol in the other hand.  Obviously the guys were casing the street.  Oh, and the car - - he said VW - no it is a 1965 MGB.

But everything was as I expected - just fine when we got in.


My poor little Dell laptop that was dropped in Alaska came home again last night.  We found a great guy to fix these little devices that can become so sick.  The idiots that worked on the Dell before - and lost all my pictures, the thing I really wanted - didn't replace the hard drive.  And really I am glad.  Dave did the hard drive and put Windows 7 back on all for $144.  That is a good deal in these parts.

So home again for a month.  Krissi and family are headed to California on Friday for 10 days.  I really wish I were going with them, and had I really gotten on the ball I could have.  The older two are swimming in the Junior Olympics there.  It should be a lot of fun.

Me?  It is doctor appointment month.  I have FOUR!   Gotta have my three thousand mile check up.  I begin with the eye injection, and finish with seeing Dr Poison.  I hope my cancer enzyme number is still within range.  It is always a worry.

But today - hair cut.   (So it doesn't stick out too far out of the wig)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Here in the outback

I did have success warding off a flare up of gout.  I am drinking about four gallons of water a day, and perhaps the other pills worked.  I still don't have eye drops.  Even IF I could call the problem in to Walgreens in Fredericksburg, it has been raining too much these last two days to make me want to leave.  The roads are quagmires.     It will certainly be a reminder the next trip.

Wouldn't you know that I forgot my camera this trip too.  (Makes one wonder just what I did remember!!!) We are surrounded with wild life that is attempting to come in the house, or so it seems. 

We have a pair of road runners that apparently have a next somewhere close by.  They are up on the decks - front and back - looking in the glass doors.  Shadow is curious, but I know he is intimated by those BIG birds.  He gets about three feet from the door and chirps at them.  If you have ever had a cat that looks at birds out the window - you know that chirp.  Clyde is very, very interested.

We also have a whole bunch of cotton tail rabbits - whatever that bunch is called.  I think a warren.  Anyway, they have no fear.  Last night I took Clyde out to relieve himself and there were two rabbits nt more than four feet from us.  Mr Clyde, who has no prey drive for the pesky squirrels that eat all of out pecans and damage our house, wanted to chase those rabbits.  And those fool rabbits kept coming closer and closer.  That was not a pleasant trip outside.  Then he wanted to hit every stand of high grass.  I had enough wildlife at that point, and a rattle snake was not in my plans.

This morning, we looked out the front glass door - and low and behold - a rabbit!  This time Shadow felt it was more his size, and he was quite interested.

Ah, yes - fun and games in the outback!