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Thursday, August 04, 2011

I recently had my first computer virus, after using a personal computer quite a few more than 20 years. After a lot of expense and frustration, I formatted the hard disk and started over. I also bought a second computer so I had some way to get on the internet if something like this ever happens again. the old one (desktop) has a 64 bit processor but uses a WindowsXP (32 bit) operating system, and the new one is a notebook with a dual processor and has a Vista 7. The operating system for the desktop fits on two DVDs, which was a shock to me at the time, and the operating system for the notebook takes four DVDs.

I was a little surprised when I first had both computers running to find that the one one took about twice as long to move from one web site as the old one, but I rationalized that the new one isn't always better than the old one, and went on.

The reason I was able to recover is that I have an external hard drive for the desktop. I bought speakers and a wireless keyboard and mouse for the laptop as well as a new external hard drive. I couldn't find the CD with the Shadow software that I use to automatically back up all my files, pictures, and music, so the two computers are pretty much interchangeable, with a memory stick to carry over anything I want to move - I haven't linked them to an internal network.

I was using the "backup" command for both computers because I couldn't find the commercial program CD, and almost paid for another, but decided to search one more time, and did finally find it. I installed the backup program on both computers, which is nice because it keeps copies of several generations of your files and you can use Windows Explorer to look the stored copies over, and recover just the material you want.

The problem with that was that this computer suddenly got a lot slower, and it wasn't until yesterday that I realized that the difference started when I added Shadow to the computers. I think that the backup program and two antimalware programs watching every move that you make might be a little too much security. So far I have been living with a slower computer, but I am thinking about removing the backup software.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 8/5/2011 12:31AM

    My husband has four computers that he uses consistently. I don't know that any one of them is his insurance plan, but each does things a little differently and each has its own strengths and weaknesses. Some of the time, I think that my one computer is one more than I really want.

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MRDPOLING 8/4/2011 9:08PM

    I used to have multiple computers for that very reason and I suppose I still do. I have an old Mac laptop that I only have used a couple times when my PC laptop has had issues. I guess we can call them insurance! hehe!

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MS.ELENI 8/4/2011 8:19PM

    I don't dare try to do stuff you do. As long as it works i leave it alone

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Pretty Good Bet

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

I had turned off the sprinkler system yesterday because we got had a lot of rain Sunday and Monday - only two tenths Monday, but I didn't think we needed any more right now. We got another quarter of an inch last night, so I did the right thing. We're at the stage where the fungus starts going and eats all the grass, so I'm willing to have everything dry out for awhile.

I now know the reason my internist was anxious to get me to a surgeon quickly - if the artery isn't completely blocked the risk of having a stroke over the next few years can be reduced by 71 per cent by surgery, and it was a pretty high risk and he thought I was in good enough shape to bother with the surgery. The surgery risk is about a tenth of the reduction in the stroke risk, but you do have to have an opening left or it won't work. I look totally blocked to him, so I get an angiogram next Wednesday to see if I have the option of surgery. If I do, I think I'll take it. 10 to one probability of winning at the track would be a pretty good bet.

Getting old is getting interesting.

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TUDI4480 8/4/2011 12:33AM

    I love your great attitude. And, I really appreciate your thinking regarding the possible surgery. It sounds like you are getting good info and support from your medical providers too.

Keep on keeping on.

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MS.ELENI 8/3/2011 8:37PM

    Getting old sucks!!!!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 8/3/2011 4:51PM

    I hope the surgery is an option. Interesting is one way to describe aging. I'm not sure it would be my first choice of adjectives.

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    Wishing you the best! Let us know how things go.

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Preparation Monday

Monday, August 01, 2011

When I walked the dogs this morning the thunder was rumbling and mumbling in the west, and it was really dark - no blue showing anywhere. The gates to the big parking lot at the school were open, and there were a few cars in the teacher's lot. The sky was so exciting that I turned around and came home early, and there was someone standing with their head in a car as we passed. We only covered 1.62 miles, but we didn't get wet. Right now the sun is shining (6:10 PM).

I picked up copies of my last two cat scans and the radiologist's reports this morning. Bill printed out extra copies of the reports for me to keep, which I didn't request. The one of the neck does indeed say there is a 99 per cent blockage in the left carotid artery, and I suspect that the surgeon is going to be pushing for immediate surgery - I'll find out Wednesday morning.

Other than that, I helped the BW change sheets, called 18 people for the class, made name tags, sorted and counted books and pass outs, and loaded everything in the car for tomorrow. Then I sat and finished a book that I started yesterday. I also ate too many dates, probably. In order to get rid of them I put them in my prune jar, and the BW doesn't like dates, which I just found out and which surprised me. I have loved them since the first time I tasted them (as a little kid) and had no idea that she didn't like them after 55 years together. It's always a surprise what you don't know about people.

Tomorrow I teach half of a seminar, make up the certificates, and then pass everything on to my fearless leader so he can do the second day.

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TUDI4480 8/1/2011 11:47PM

    Congratulations on learning something new about your partner after 55 years together. That is so cool.

I'm sending lots of positive energy your way. Take good care of you.

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MRDPOLING 8/1/2011 10:12PM

    No rain here in Dayton emoticon

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MS.ELENI 8/1/2011 7:10PM

    The weather has been up and down here. Several times I thought we would get rain and it went around us. It is so hot to take dogs out.Bill has been waiting til dark and it is a short walk,

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Playing With The New Toy

Sunday, July 31, 2011

We had four tenths of a inch of rain last night and two tenths this afternoon, but in between I did get the grass cut. It was a little wet, and I had to clean the mower deck half way through, but it's done and looks better.

This evening I made the dark chocolate Sorbet - just water, chocolate, sugar, and vanilla, and the BW almost swooned. She thinks it would satisfy anyone's chocolate craving. We each had a bowl and there's a little less than a quart in the freezer. Next time I'll try the same recipe with Splenda instead of sugar and see what her reaction is - the batch is 162 calories per half cup, and most of that is from the sugar. Obviously I could make chocolate ice cream, or chocolate ice milk the same way with the same recipe, but the calorie content would be even higher - especially with heavy cream. The Sorbet is extremely chocolaty - like Hershey's special dark, but no fat.

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MS.ELENI 7/31/2011 10:13PM

    Sounds like a winner

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MYBULLDOGS 7/31/2011 8:48PM


sounds good.

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BETTONIT 7/31/2011 8:46PM

  Being a chocoholic, this sounds great

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Summer Moving On

Saturday, July 30, 2011

I need to cut the grass tomorrow - and it's hot and wet and miserable, so I'll get up early and sweat a lot. We walked past the Palm Harbor University High School the last couple of days, and they have four days set aside next week, one for each of the four high school grades, for doling out lockers and parking permits. It has been odd to look at those hugh parking lots with nothing in them, but I guess that will change soon. The summer break doesn't last nearly as long as it did when I was a kid, but I suppose not many of these kids work on their relatives' farms.

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MS.ELENI 7/31/2011 5:13PM

    It might be better if they did have to work on a farm.

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