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The computer saga rumbles on and keeps me fit.....

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

So...a couple of weeks ago I baptised my laptop and put it out of action. That was annoying emoticon but I didn't lose any documents or pictures as I now backup everything up in lots of places.

I went back to using an old laptop. It had gone in for repair a year ago and was working pretty well. Then yesterday the same problem put it out of action. It just isn't worth carrying on repairing something that is on its last legs.

My newer laptop is in bits all over the dining room table. Hubby thinks he knows how to repair it. I optimistically asked him if it was working yet. He said he needs more time which is Hubbyspeak for it will still be in bits at Christmas.

He lent me an old laptop that he doesn't use anymore. It soon became obvious why he doesn't use it. The hard drive is nearly full and it seemed to take great delight in telling me that every 5 minutes. It was driving me nuts.

I finally admitted defeat this morning and went to Argos to buy one of their good deals. I was in and out of the shop in a couple of minutes and was very pleased with my purchase. It crossed my mind that I should buy a large capacity memory stick to use as the recovery device. But I wanted to compare prices with my local supermarket.

I arrived home and the new laptop was so easy to set up. As I have a Microsoft account it simply took the settings from my previous computer and what took me hours to do a few months ago took only a few minutes.

I had some unexpected free time. So I trotted off to my local supermarket only to find a big gap where usb storage devices should be. Then I tried my local gadget shop. They had the memory stick but couldn't take payment by card as yesterday's rain had got into their phone line and caused havoc.

So I hopped on a bus and travelled back to Argos. They had the memory stick in stock.
So I paid and waited....and waited ...and waited.

Eventually it was my turn to be served. The sales assistant dropped the memory stick on the floor and I heard a definite crack. "Oops" said the sales assistant. "Can I have another one?" I asked. "These are only returnable if they are faulty" said the sales assistant. "I don't want that one; it might be broken." This memory stick was costing me 30 and it has to safely store all the recovery data for my new computer.

The sales assistant sulked and rolled her eyes at another assistant....very professional. But she called for another memory stick and swapped it for the one she dropped. I watched very carefully to make sure I ended up with the new one. Some other customer will probably end up with the dropped one.

I'm not usually a bolshy customer. But I wasn't happy to roll over and take home something that might not work.

This new computer is working better than the one I soaked. The colours and text seem to be much clearer.

Let's see how long I can keep this in working order.

The upside of today's travels is that I clocked up about 120 minutes of brisk walking.
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IMEMINE1 10/16/2014 5:43PM


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JOYINKY 10/14/2014 5:30PM

    Wow! Sounds like a successful day all around! I'm impressed with your technical expertise and proud of you for standing firm with the clerk! I would not have wanted the dropped device either! Have fun with the new laptop!

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KRISZTA11 10/14/2014 2:59PM

    Great job walking 2 hours while running errands!
I think you were right, the stick might have been broken and you didn't want to go all the way again for something you paid for.
I hope your computer will be fine.

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NEW-CAZ 10/14/2014 12:15PM

    You're not a bolshy customer Una. Only right and proper you get what you purchased.
Personally I would have complained to the manager for her whole attitude!

emoticon on your far did that take you on your virtual walk emoticon

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WIFE48 10/14/2014 11:53AM

    Yay, great job on the walking. I am going to need to check into a memory stick.

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Back in the saddle...

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

My last blog post shows me grinning happily. Little did I know that 3 days later my knee would cave in and cause me lots of problems for nearly 2 months. I don't think the knee gave in because I had recently travelled from London to Manchester and back again on the same day. That meant about 6 hours sitting on a train. I was worried it might be a blood clot, but I didn't have the right symptoms. Instead I can only blame jumping up too quickly from a chair when I was doing one of my theatre volunteer shifts.

Over the next few weeks, my whole leg became so sore that I occasionally needed to take painkillers....which I never usually do. It became so weak that I was even looking at the walking sticks in my local shop.....though I couldn't bring myself to buy one. My other leg was doing most of the walking and started to come out in sympathy.

I made a doctor's appointment (which is something else I rarely do) but the earliest was 2 weeks away. By that time, I could feel the leg getting very slowly better, so I cancelled the appointment. I also remembered a colleague who went to the doctor with a sore knee who was told "There's nothing wrong with it. Stop walking funny or you will stick like that." I think that doctor failed his "bedside manner" exams.

I read articles that said sore knees need some rest and also some gentle exercise. Going to the gym was out of the question as it takes me 30 minutes to walk there and 30 minutes to walk home again. However, I carried on at home with some gentle Pilates exercises, decorated 2 rooms and put my front and back gardens into hibernation.

A couple of days ago I realised that I no longer needed to hop up and down my stairs at home. We recently had a builder visit to give a quote for renovating or replacing the stairs. He was surprised at how deep each step is and said it was a long time since he had seen any like it. That made me feel a bit better about not being able to run up and down them like a gazelle.

Yesterday I received an email from the gym saying how much they missed me. Yeah right. I know it was just churned out by a computer. However I had already decided to go back there today. I walked the 60 minutes round trip and all for the sake of 15 minutes in the gym. But I am going to take things very gently. Whatever I pulled in my knee doesn't want to be pulled again.

So far I feel great and I will go to the gym twice a week for a month and then build up to my usual 4 times a week.

Legs are great. We really need them and I want to make mine last forever.

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IMEMINE1 10/10/2014 8:39PM

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KRISZTA11 10/9/2014 3:05PM

    I'm sorry you had such a hard time with both of your knees.
It is amazing how you managed to heal without medical help, just using your own knowledge - and a lot of patience.
Enjoy your walks and gym workouts!

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NEW-CAZ 10/9/2014 2:53AM

    I am so glad you're back on you feet Una, you handled that well.
We've got to keep everything working for as long as possible huh?! emoticon emoticon

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JOYINKY 10/8/2014 8:36PM

    WOW! I had no idea! Seems you've handled it just right. I'm with you; I want these old legs working a loooooooong time! Glad you are mending. Be well.

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PICKIE98 10/8/2014 2:45PM

    It is amazing how we seem to take something for granted until it goes away. I would not dream of walking across glass without shoes, but the largest organ in my body, my skin, I sometimes forget to cover with sunscreen to prevent cancer.

You are blessed that your knee is very patient and you are too. Maybe the next time you DO go to the doc, you may tell him about your knee incident and he could give you some exercises to do if it happens again..

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A brilliant Corrie tour....

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Here's me having a fantastic time on the Coronation Street Studio Tour. I am literally standing where hundreds of actors have stood over the last 50+ years. I think I spent the whole tour beaming from ear to ear.

I recommend the tour to any Corrie fan who can travel to Manchester. It was a bit of an eye-opener as the sets are so SMALL and the actors' dressing rooms and Green Room were very basic.

I took loads of photos but the best is the photo that was taken by the tour guide. On the way home I saw a beautiful rainbow. The train was travelling through open countryside so both ends of the rainbow were visible. I saw it as an omen that the next year is going to be a good one.

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IMEMINE1 8/13/2014 5:30PM

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ANNEMAC5 8/13/2014 10:59AM

    Looking good, I use to watch Corrie about ten years ago but shift work got in the way and don't follow any soaps now. You look right at home you could have stolen the scene. We drove back from LIverpool and there was a beautiful rainbow so vibrant
It went right across the motorway and I looked for the pot of gold as I could see the end of the rainbow. We might have been looking at the same one. emoticon

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JOYINKY 8/13/2014 9:30AM

    I don't know anything about Corrie; but YOU look GREAT! Glad you had a great day! Love those rainbows, God's promises! School starts here today so it is the beginning of that new year. I do hope its a good one.

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MARITIMER3 8/13/2014 8:49AM

    What fun - would love to do the tour

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NEW-CAZ 8/13/2014 6:02AM

    emoticon I'm a Corrie fan myself, might pay a visit myself!

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For the knitters among you....

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I have designed and knitted a little keepsake or gift bag in memory of the child who touched so many hearts in 10 short years.

Here is the link to the free pattern:

I published it on Ravelry which is a free crafting website and well worth a look for knitting, crochet and other crafting ideas.

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IMEMINE1 8/10/2014 10:01AM

    emoticon really beautiful.

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NEW-CAZ 7/30/2014 2:51AM

    Fantastic! Love it Una

Have a great Wednesdsay emoticon

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JOYINKY 7/29/2014 11:02PM

    It's beautiful Una!

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Uplifting triathlon story....

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Here is a moving story about an 8 year old boy who brought his disabled 6 year old brother along with him in a youth triathlon....

Here's an updated link:

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JOYINKY 7/27/2014 10:31AM

    Beautiful story; you can see the joy in BOTH their faces!

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NEW-CAZ 7/27/2014 3:31AM

    It touched my heart, beautiful story emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 7/26/2014 4:23PM

    I can't access the link Una! Shame.

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