Thursday, September 01, 2011
The computer continued to get better today - it wanted to update with Service Pack 3 as soon as I turned it on today, and there were several more updates. It's still a world faster than it used to be, but it has slowed up a little. I looked at three complete computer scans by AVG, and the number of files keeps going up, so I suppose it takes longer to get everything out of storage in the beginning.
We were charter members of the Palm Harbor Family Y, but had dropped out for a couple of years when the BW was so disabled that she had a back operation. After that it was the shoulder, then two torn muscles for a year that no-one could diagnose. Now she walks some and wanted to get back in the water, so we paid our money last week and signed up for the first of the month, which is today. We went over and split up - she spent her time in the kiddie pool, which is warmer (they cool the olympic one for the swim teams), then a bunch more in the locker room.
I signed up for a tour of the exercise room, where someone spends a half hour telling me how to use all the machines. That's tomorrow at 2:00, after I take Jack to lunch. I also got a strong sell on the silver sneakers and yoga classes, which I think I might try again, even if the BW can't handle them.
I was taking inventory of the backup hard drive to see what I could delete, and ran across the "Our Documents" from the last computer, which had a Windows 95 operating system. It was dated October 10, 2003, so I guess this computer is about eight years old. I don't think any of them has lasted that long before (I went through four versions in nine years). It still is faster doing the things I want than the new notebook, so I can't complain.
I also found a bunch of music in a folder, and have been listening to Strauss. It almost had me in tears, listening to music I can remember when I was four or five years old. There's nothing new like it, and it chokes me up a little because it sounds so good.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Today I walked 3.5 miles by myself, then took the dogs for another mile walk, had breakfast, and played with the computer some more. The desktop now has the version 8 of Internet Explorer (the latest version that will run on XP), no longer has Norton Antivirus (it was driving me nuts) does have AVG Antimalware, but not Microsoft Security Essentials. The Windows XP operating system was updated two or three times, and I managed to update my Office 2003 to run the 2007 software. I didn't install the latest 2003 update for Office, just for Excel, so I could open and use my home budget and P&L statement. Unfortunately I had a chance to enter the serial number of my Office copy while I was first trying to open an Excel file, and was never able to get back to have another chance, so I'm using the 60 day free trial. I'll see how it works out, but I may have to remove the program and reinstall in order to have the updates work and the program available. It's too bad I'm an amateur.
The Brother software is installed, so now I can print, scan, copy, and fax at will. That gets me down to installing my various address books (the ones I had backed up) when I finish this blog. It's getting late - I left the house at 6 this morning, and it's 3:30 now, so I'm going to knock off pretty soon and read a Dick Francis book.
Comp USA charges $160 just to set up a new computer - I have no idea what they would charge to do this (updating all the old software for an old computer) but it's a time consuming task.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Yesterday I had a series of problems with this computer, and finally ended up with it not only failing to start, but also not responding to a boot disk. I was confused, and was going to try pulling the hard drive and, if that didn't fix the problem, buy a new computer. Fortunately, I'm such a green horn that I couldn't identify the hard drive, but CompUSA was having a free computer tune-up for a week, so I took it down there this morning. Fortunately, the technician determined that the hard drive was failing slowly, and I got a new 500 Gig hard drive, brand new Seagate, for $40.
Then I had a little trouble, but finally did install it. Then I had some more trouble, but finally did get back on the internet. Then I had some more trouble, but finally got the e-mail to work properly again. Now I can receive new e-mail, but all the older stuff is lost. I have some address in my external hard drive, but I'm sort of up and running. There's still a long way to go, though.
But my computer problems may be gone for a while. It's just a shame when you lose all of the upgrades and special programs that you had, and have to do it over again. I have been at this for 10 hours today, and I know it will go on for a long time.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Thursday I spent six hours up in New Port Richey with the overflow doctor, having one skin cancer off my scalp. When I was done, the nurse told me they would rather I didn't shave my head, so I think I'll just have two weeks worth of stubble when I go back for the next one.
I also made a pot of soup today, but maybe it's really a pot of vegetable stew. I have about three gallons of very thick (but not burned) soup. I don't like runny soup, so to avoid the need to throw crackers in it to stiffen it up, I make it thick from the beginning. I have about three gallons of stuff made from the following ingredients:
two pounds of split green peas, one cup of pearled barley, one bunch of celery (chopped up), three onions and two turnips (all I had left of either, peeled and diced), six big cloves of garlic (all that I had on hand) a pound of mushrooms, two 16 oz. cans of diced tomatoes, two pounds of carrots (pealed and sliced), a one pound smoked turkey drumstick, two bay leaves, a couple of good shakes from my big jar of crushed red peppers, and a good dash of dried basil leaves, and enough water to just see it through the stuff in the pot before it's cooked.
I put the pot on a two burner hot plate l had left over from our RV days, when the BW didn't want the smell in the trailer (I would cook outside under the awning), and checked it after an hour and a half. It finally took nearly three hours to get the turkey leg done enough to pull the skin off and pull the bones out of the meat. I weighed the meat, and I got 4.74 oz of meat from a 13 oz drumstick, so I don't think it's too far away from a vegetarian soup, because the pot is really heavy. It's the biggest one I have, and I should have enough soup to last me for a couple of weeks because the BW is allergic to tomatoes, mushrooms, and red pepper, and she is working on an Atkins diet anyhow. We are buying two kinds of groceries, and she is eating steak while I eat soup and salad. Fortunately, I learned to cook a little a long time ago, when I first wanted to lose weight.
I tested about a half cup of the stuff, and with just a tiny bit of salt it's delicious.
PS - I forgot the two pounds of sweet potato that I peeled and diced.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
A few years ago I had small plaques in both carotid arteries. Two or three years later I had no plaques in either artery. At that time I was riding my Aerdyne at more than 400 calories per hour for an hour at least five times per week, and not skipping two days in a row. That was the prescription in one of the newer books on heart disease reversal from a Norwegian study. I had three or four recent books by cardiologists, and took what I could from them. I was also following the Pritikin program as fairly closely.
Then I had the heart bypass operations (which I still think was a mistake) and got off of the glucosamine supplements, and my left knee started bothering me this time. I eventually took up walking (three doctors told me not to run) and time passed. I had one perfect nuclear stress test, a second one a couple of years later that showed an area of the heart that was not fully oxygenated, which caused a catherization. That showed that both bypasses were perfectly clear.
Immediately after that catherization, my blood pressure went up into the stroke zone Ė 198/102 to 195/98. It turned out that the artery for my kidney was 90 per cent blocked, and my cardiologist put a 7 mm stent in and blew it up to 7.5 mm (0.3 inches). That brought the blood pressure back down to normal or less.
Time passed, and I started having a beer once in a while, eating low fat frozen yogurt, buying fat free yogurt for snacks at home, and eating out a couple of times a month. Then seven or eight times a month.
Then I had another nuclear stress test last year, and the blood starved area was larger than it was in the last test.
Then (recently) my internist said it had been a long time, get another angiogram. The end result of that was that my left carotid artery turned out to be totally blocked, and the small plaque is back in the right carotid artery. Also, my blood pressure seems to be creeping up again.
My conclusion is that the beer and exceptions need to stop. Not only that, but the latest book (with 45 pages of references) says that this program cuts many cancer risks, as well as artery risk. My take on the history is that I have been too slack for too long, and Iím now walking with the dogs and planning to sneak up to a jog. I do eat one ounce of raw nuts a day, and a tablespoon of ground flaxseed with my oatmeal, but other than that I focus on fruit, vegetables, and beans with not much lean meat or grain. The preference is for no meat and take a B12 supplement. Iím just trying to get some more years out of the body I have left. This wonít help with breast cancer or prostate cancer because theyíre most affected by the diet in puberty, but just because you smoked for 30 years doesnít mean that you donít get a benefit if you quit now.
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