Thursday, June 21, 2012
I got a ride on Wednesday.
Today, after five hours weeding in the back yard, my yard waste container is jammed to the max. I borrowed my neighbors, hers is only half full so they are both in my garage.
The car is running, one neighbor helped with a loong extension cord, another supplied the charger. It's all good. I'm off to give the car a run and treat myself to some low fat, no added sugar ice cream.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Recently (these past 4 weeks or more),I have been bringing bad snack choices home (KNOWINGLY!)and scarfing them down quickly. Not only that but I didn't even want to remedy the situation. I was puzzling as to why, as it had been YEARS since I did this the last time.
Thanks to my Spark friend, -LINDA and her most recent blog, I had an epiphany!
1. It is winter and I have SAD.
2. This winter is weird and I slacked off on my walking.
3. My mental health professional retired in December and I feel adrift. She has kept me on a reasonably even mental keel for at least the last 10 years...... Bingo!!!
Now that I realize what the root cause is, I can start to fix it and the 7 pounds I managed to add.
Yesterday I walked and used my mini-trampoline for a total of 10641 steps and 88 aerobic minutes. I will be making a similar effort in the days ahead!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
In the past few months I've been having lots of problems with my computer locking and/or being very slow. I have a ten year old CPU running Windows XP. I ran a program (that I downloaded) that evaluated it's capacity to run Windows 7. It reported that there was not enough memory to run 7. Several years ago, I had upgraded the memory with new thingys in the CPU. I talked to a Geek Squad guy that said that adding more now would not be cost effective. He suggested adding a portable hard drive which would double my data storage. The portable HD just connects to the back of the CPU in a USB port. All of my backups are stored there now and soon I will move over all of my photos, too. This is also good in case my old computer dies, I won't loose everything. In this way, there is a lot more space in the CPU to run well.
I was still using Internet Explorer which was probably part of my problems also. When I was talking to Irene, she suggested that I switch to Mozilla Foxfire, which is a free download. What a wonderful difference that made. My computer doesn't lock up or run very slowly any more!
I also found a Dell thin screen monitor on clearance at Best Buy. It was very easy for me to switch it out. My original monitor was the tube type that weighed a ton, threw off plenty of heat, and took up very much more space. I returned it to be properly recycled, it cost $10, but I got a $10 Best Buy gift card in return.
As I mentioned on the Status Feed tonight, I connected my new wireless mouse. My old one had gotten very cranky in spite of taking it apart to clean. ( Before, just cleaning it would restore it to health.) I found a very good deal on the mouse and new wireless ergonomic keyboard at Sam's Club last month. They came as a set and are Logitech brand. I was afraid that the setup would be complicated so it took me about a month to get "a round tuit'.
Surprise, surprise the setting up the keyboard was just a matter or turning it on!!!
Tomorrow I will follow the wires on the old mouse and keyboard back to the CPU and disconnect them both. Best Buy has set up containers in their lobby to recycle this stuff, too, and they are my Favorite Price, FREE!
The new keyboard has many new bells, whistles, buttons, etc. I will have to study the documentation to figure out how they work! But for now I am very pleased with the new setup,and I very much like the feel of the keyboard.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Re : KASEYCOFF's blog, Day 209: Photo Blog # 28 - Wherein she describes her father's long-ago encounter with ground wasps whilst mowing the yard.
Wow! did this bring back memories!
Back in the early '60s we all went camping with my Aunt Marg (not Marge! Never Marge!) and all the sisters, cousins, brothers ( A s___ load of relatives). This weekend was the time of the first moon landing. The second day we were to hike out to the adjacent land owner's house and watch the event on his TV.
We were to camp in southern New Jersey on some land- (dry land she had thought) that she had recently purchased! We had to bushwack our way in as there was no road or trail. My cousin Bobby was first in with his big pick -um-up truck. Quite a way in, the truck became stuck in a peat bog area. After a lot of drat-laced discussion, it became apparent that the only way to extract the truck was to winch it out tree by tree or none of the camper-trailers would be able to dragged in or set up!
While all this was going on, the air sometimes ringing with shouts of Drat, double Drat, my Uncle Bob (Bobby's father) took all the little ones ( including my three pre- school daughters) farther in by foot to amuse them near a very shallow crick, aka creek.
Some time later I heard the panicked shrieks of my youngest daughter, who had stepped on a nest of those very same wasps, and they were stinging her all over her litle body. For many years to come the idea of them terrified her! Obviously, she was not allergic to the bites, but at that time we weren't sure of that. This tale is to be continued in my blog, "Wasps and the First Moon Landing".
A long time later, the pop up campers, and the flock of tents were set up and some were floored with a roll of linoleum. We ate a meal and settled down to drink some wine and get reacquainted with the cousins. Lucky Uncle Bob was in one of the pop-ups with the litle ones. Then later came the pouring rain, turning the rest of the camp area into a waterfilled peat bog. We, with the curled up linoleum flooring remained quite dry in our little 'boat'.
By the next morning when the light of day revealed our true plight, it was resolved to hastily abandon plan A. Plan B was to abandon much of the gear and the popup camper and return to Aunt Marg's home in Runemede, New Jersey.
There, dried out and fed, we later watched " the First step for man, a giant leap for mankind" All in all, a vey memorable story about our family and the beginnings of the Space Age.
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