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LEE 0, Technology 3

May 3, 2015

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I have said I would not let technology defeat me.  Right now technology has the upper hand, but I am not willing to admit defeat just yet.

Today is my sister Ellen’s birthday – Happy Birthday Ellen.   I made a card on my iPhoto to send to her in time for her birthday – it will arrive on the 8th instead.  I had everything ready, but when I went to buy it and have is sent, the stupid program kept telling me I had to fix the address.  I have no idea what it needs,  just a red circle with a white minus sign.  Drove me nuts, so I decided to  use Eddie’s computer because he hasn’t upgraded to Yosemite yet.  I had no problem with his computer – I wish I had thought of it sooner, then the card would likely be delivered closer to her birthday.  Yes, it was a work around, but I am determined to understand what the fix is and how to get it working properly.

There are times when I inadvertently hit a button or do something and everything starts working.  Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened with the two printers.  The Photosmart printer has been interesting – I deleted it from my computer thinking I would re-install it.  That didn’t work.  I tried all kinds of things, no luck.  I ended up wondering if an update would help and by George, it is back on my computer.  I was over the moon because I really like this printer and how well it works.  I made it my default printer and it was working very well.  Then one day it didn’t – it said the printer cartridges were missing or not detected.  I have been playing with it ever since, taking the cartridges out and putting them back in, pushing them in more to make contact – I am at a loss because I just put new cartridges in.  Looks like another trip to the HP troubleshooting page.

The All-In-One printer won’t scan any more – why, I have no idea.  I don’t fax with it because it is attached to the phone line that is only local and so far I haven’t gotten it to work with our long distance phone.  It also has a bad habit of printing things 2 or 3 times or not printing for several hours.  Eddie set up a printing job last night and it finally printed it this morning.  This confuses the heck out of me.  I miss being able to scan things, especially pictures as I unearth them from Mom and Dad’s things.  However, it still prints and I can copy with it, so it is not a complete bust.

This last week has been droopy – or is it just lethargic.  I have had time to work on cleaning out and organizing – no interest or energy.  Friday was especially so – I spent the day watching old movies on TCM.  Maybe it was one of those down days that I have had – whatever it was, I did not like it.  Maybe it was just fatigue, yet I had trouble having a liedown or a nap.

We had the hardwood floor man come on Wednesday afternoon to tell us what we can do to the living room floor.  Not a lot interns of sanding because it is very thin on the top layer.  He can sand it and then put a finish on it – but it involves living somewhere else for three days and opening up the house to remove the smell.  Plus, he said it would not look much different – we have dark and light spots and it will still be that way.  I will see what kind of floor cleaner I can find for the gummy spots under the table and the water spots.

We talked about logistics as well as the added expenses and decided not to do it.  Instead I am going to see if Brad has time to come and build a crown molding mantel and surround for us.  Well, for me.  I have always wanted one and it is a lot less than doing the floors.

We need to empty the book shelves for the painters, so it is good way to recycle books and start with just our own books.  We found 2 or 3 train books that Eddie took Friday to one of his volunteers,  He was delighted with them.  I found a couple about ships, so I will email Kitty and see if they are interested.  There is no telling what we will unearth.

I have been looking at rugs for the living room – I think an 8′ x 10′ will do it.  I want it to go under the chairs and sofa to tie them all together.  Also some runners for the living room on the high traffic area and some in the hall.  This is what I found:

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I wasn’t sure I had much in the way of pictures for this post.  Everything in the house is pretty much the same and I haven’t done much except for the two bottom shelves Eddie and did in anticipation of doing the floor.  He promises that when he comes back from the Museum of Flight this afternoon, we will tackle the book shelves.

A Particularly Uncomfortable Few Days

November 29, 2014

Boy, computers can bug the hell out of me!!!!!!!!  Yesterday we signed Eddie up for his prescriptions and they sent an email for an electronic signature.  We did it just now and nothing works to send it through.  However, it just occurred to me they are closed, their computers are too.  We’ll try again tomorrow.  And for some reason, the first time I started this post, the bugger would only let me write the title, not the post itself.   Now it’s working – technology 2, Me 0.  I WILL not let it defeat me!  I won’t even mention the printer.

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This is one of Candy’s photos, after the week I’ve had, it always brings a smile to see the rose.  Thank you Candy.

That isn’t the subject, I got sidetracked just before I started writing.  It isn’t painful, just aggravating.

And now to business.  A week ago Thursday I was here in the office and ended up with another splinter in my foot from the hard wood floor.  It is the only place it happens and this time I couldn’t pull it out.  I could feel the end but since it was on the bottom of my heel, I couldn’t see it or bend enough to see it.  Eddie tried getting it out, but he couldn’t either.  It wasn’t that uncomfortable, I have had other splinters that stayed in my foot and have not given me trouble.  By Saturday I could feel it, it seemed to be pushing itself farther into my heel.  I began to feel as if I had a twig in there.  By Monday it was so uncomfortable and I didn’t want to walk on it.  I was sitting here and Eddie said “You have that look.”  I asked what look.  He said the look of “I don’t like this”.  Spot on, he was so right.

Tuesday I was really limping – fortunately I had an appointment with my rheumatologist and my infusion.  When I saw Jennifer – the doc’s nurse – I found myself ready to cry.  I had been having a really bad time and I so appreciated Jennifer as she took the splinter out and cleaned all the junk in it – it had become infected.  It hurt like crazy when she took it out, but I was so relieved to have it gone and cleaned up.  As it was, I did  start crying a bit from relief.

They put a bandage on it and decided I wouldn’t get my infusion.  Fortunately I also had an appointment with Doc Pierce in the afternoon – could I have timed it any better?  He checked it out and gave me a prescription for antibiotics and orders to soak my foot in Epsom Salts.  I have another appointment with him on Tuesday, then an appointment on Thursday for the rheumatologist and I hope my infusion.  Not the most comfortable week, I spent a lot of time sleeping or napping to rest from all the pain and stress.

I am still soaking my foot and everything is so much more comfortable.  I hope it looks good to both docs next week.  As for me, it feels so good to walk comfortably again.  The antibiotics are for 8 days, 3 a day.  Tuesday night, Eddie was ready to cancel our dinner reservation for Thanksgiving  “because you can’t walk”.  I’m glad he didn’t because I was doing much better Thursday afternoon and we had a lovely dinner at Il Fornaio.  It was amazing how quiet it was on the viaduct and downtown, hardly any traffic.  We were half an hour early and they gave us a table right away.

We decided to do the traditional Thanksgiving dinner of 3 thick slices of white meat, yams, stuffing, mashed potatoes, haricot vert and cranberry sauce.  I couldn’t eat all of it, but I did enjoy it.  We decided to have pumpkin pie as well, though it was one thing too many.  But it was a great dinner all around.  We just relaxed all day, reading, working the computer and watching some tv.  It really felt good.  We were glad we were home before it started raining.

However, Friday we were out paddling around in the heavy rain, didn’t go too far a field and were glad to come home and be warm and dry.  This morning we woke up to snow – really coming down for a while.  I think we had an inch or so, the roads were bare and wet fairly quickly.  Good thing because the temperature has dropped and anything liquid is going to be ice.  We saw so many people who had left their car outside, full of snow not very well cleared off.  What a difference to keep our cars in the garage so we don’t have to scrape.

Today we went out for a bit, the wind was really cold and it is due to be colder tonight and the next few days.  It will be drier, clearer and colder – not much fun being outside in that weather.  Not much else to report, we haven’t been doing much these days of the holiday but we have enjoyed it.

Playing With Photos

April 24, 2014

I am a little slow when it comes to some technology – especially when I don’t know something can be done.  I found I have a camera on my iPad (I know there are a lot of you thinking “Well, Duh!”) and by accident found out how to do it.  So I was out in the garden the other day when we had a bit of sunshine before the next rain showers and I tried out my iPad.  It took some finagling because I kept having the screen blocked – I found I had my finder over the  lens.  Plus I have a case it sits in and the cover was a bit of a problem because I have to  make sure it doesn’t block the lens.

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So there I was, one hand keeping the cover out of the way, holding the iPad with the other and trying to take  pictures.  It was hard to find a finger to push the shutter button and also not end up have it take three or four pictures in a row.  Next thing I know, I am ready to take a selfie – now how did that happen and how do I go back to pictures of the garden.  I finally figured that one out, then found I was doing square pictures – it’s been an experience and an education.   Would you like to see what I took with my iPad?  All I have to do is figure out how to down load them.

I just connected my iPad to my computer and guess what!  The pictures on are on my computer.  Will wonders never cease!


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The Scillas in the porch flower bed are more profuse and thick than this photo

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The blueberries are blossoming so I am hoping for a good crop.

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The Scillas by the garage are doing very well.

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They also are blooming by the corner of the garage and where the cherry trees were.

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We don’t really have pear blossoms left after the wind and rain.  We’ll wait to see if we have pears this year.

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The apple tree had fared fairly well, all depends on how much the fruit set before the rain.

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Even so, the apple blossoms are still lovely.

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Delores bought a couple of tulips at the tulip fields up north last year – they are beautiful.

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It was a sunny bit after the rain and before the next bout of rain.

As you can see, I did better than I expected, even managed to somehow turn it back to rectangular pictures.  I also took photos with my camera, I’ll show you if there is a difference in the next post.

 


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