Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
The first thing I did was to check to see how many fragmented files I had. Oh, Oh Oh!!! Those were supposed to be taken care of on a schedule. That took forever to get that taken care of. The next thing on my “task list” was to clean up the disk drive. I kid you not there were over two million temporary files to be compressed.
Well about seven o’clock last night when I usually write my stories, nothing worked. My laptop didn’t work. So then I went out to the desktop and low and behold it didn’t work either. I have a router that joins them together, but that wasn’t registering with me. Of course, if one didn’t work the other one wouldn’t work. So I did what I knew what to do, I rebooted them, then I rebooted them. All to no avail. My husband came to say goodnight and said, “what are you doing?” I said, “oh nothing.” Ha! I just didn’t want to admit what was going on. I was sure he would blame me for cleaning up the computer. Lol
I started try to diagnose the problem myself. Finally I went to bed. When I woke up this morning I knew exactly what was wrong. The server was down! In the old days the “server” was a six foot thing with a bunch of wires that hooked about fifty computers together where I worked. Now a server is this unknown “thing” that determines whether or not my computer works.
I checked again and there was a little red light that was flashing on the modem. Red to green, red to green, etc. I thought that it just didn’t look right. Sooo I logged off, shut the computer off and unplugged it. I drank my coffee and in about three or four minutes, YES!!!!!! I am sure that service call would have cost about eighty dollars. I am so happy with myself.
I am going to see my daughter and her family for a few days. I will miss you, but will see you soon.
Monday, March 22, 2010
I have a brand new blog on Multiply.com. My first post was this morning. I had quite a time getting it going, but thanks to my niece, she helped me quite a bit. I thought I would do that this morning after I had my coffee.
I got up this morning and dumped out a fresh pot of coffee that my dear husband had made at five o’clock and didn’t tell me, of course. My eyesight is poor so I didn’t see the coffee. Anyway, so I had to wait for fresh coffee; it made me a bit irritated. I had planned on editing a video after I had my coffee. Best made plans of mice and men you know. Our power had gone out totally, brown outs repeatedly so many times that when I went to use the big desktop, the monitor was blown. I am no expert, but I think that it was a toss up between that and the fact that it is almost seven years old. So instead of seeing a very pretty video of our really pretty snowstorm you will just have to read my “gritchy” post about my morning. Lol
Our “the day after spring” snowstorm delivered us about eight or nine inches of cold whip cream looking snow. It was absolutely beautiful. Our front bushes were heavy with snow as were the trees. That was what was causing the power to dim.
The day before, Fran and I were sitting outside soaking up the warm sunshine and watching Maggie play, go figure!
A trip to Walmart confirmed my fears. We needed a new monitor. I got a really big one. I have to back up so I don’t feel like I am in the front row of a theatre.
You know that feeling, you get this barfy feeling and your eyes cross. Yuk! So I may have made a mistake getting such a big one, but I think I will get used to it.
Any way the video I will do tomorrow, hopefully will look really cool. See you later!
This is a P.S. now my software hit the skids! I will work on it and play it for you in July. How does that sound? lol See you later.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Fran says: What are you making for breakfast?
Fran says: Would you get me a soda?
Fran says: I want you to look up my Mega Ball numbers.
Fran says: Nothing for the most part, watches television and plays computer games.
Lu says: Do you have a clue how many computer games you have played in the last year?
Fran says: I am trying to beat my score.
Lu says: (shakes her head and doesn't let him see her grin)
Lu says: I love you
Fran says: I love you too, whole big bunch
Lu: Sighs and grins at the man she loves and knows so well.
Fran says: Will you get me a bowl of Jello?
Lu says: Sure, but don’t eat it all, I want some too!
Ain’t Love Grand?
Friday, March 19, 2010
I can read again, I can play the piano, and of course, I can play Wii games, but not today. HOWEVER, occasionally these symptoms come back with a vengeance. Today, I cannot hold on to things in the kitchen; I am dropping things, so I walked out of the kitchen. I dropped something that did not break and I am so glad I was very attached to that spoon holder. I broke a sauce dish of my sister’s. I have 2 sauce dishes of a whole set she used to have. Again just nostalgia, then a jar of pickle relish went flying in the air. For some reason I caught the jar and the only thing that went flying was the lid. Friday was a horrible day because my eyesight was so bad I had to have Fran look for things for me and finish sentences for me.
I have had a card for Fran’s new great grandson for almost two months. I have lost the address four times. I am sure it is difficult for people to understand. I finally found out why I lost it. I didn’t click on “save” on the computer. Two days ago I found that the address was incomplete. What a time. I think I finally have it right. These little things I try to find with a sense of humor which helps a lot and I also tell myself how very fortunate I am, which I am. There are some days like today where I walk silently out of the kitchen and whisper my secrets to you.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Last story, I promise about the Wii in our household. Wii Fit Plus says that Fran is obese and I am overweight. Well good grief, we knew that already. Then it assigned us a trainer , but did give us an opportunity to choose the exercises that we wanted to do. We had also chosen our goal to lose the weight we wanted as well as the inches.
I worked on the exercises for about 4 minutes. I probably won’t be able to walk tomorrow. I am not kidding
First of all I have not done the hula hoop since I was twelve. I did twenty one swings at that with my hips and Fran did nine. I bragged. I will not be able to walk with out groaning and moaning tomorrow.
I also did Yoga today. I have always been given that Yoga and meditation go together. NOT! There was an animated trainer that said to me, “ Evidently you are not taking exercising seriously, I know that you quit.” How did he know that I quit? I cannot believe that he and I will ever be friends.
Fran says he needs more music to make it more fun. Hmm, I just don’t know if it will ever be fun, but surely if I keep looking at different exercises I might find something I like and even something that HE does not know if I don’t do it. lol
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Once and for all my brother has discovered our ancestry and or heritage on our father’s side. It was pretty much a Hodge Podge of things our dad told us with a few ahems and clearing of throat and tilting of his head. Generally we knew dad didn’t have a clue. Keith had been looking and deciphering and finally found that some of our ancestors did come from Ireland. Can you even believe it? I know my brother desperately wanted to be Irish. I could have cared less.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
I didn’t go fishing mainly because I wasn’t asked. I WAS asked to cook the fish. It wasn’t a big deal to me because I really didn’t want to fish. When the kids were little, the guys went fishing and the girls stayed in camp and gossiped and giggled and watched our kids and had a really good time.
As long as I went with my guy fishing he was completely content as was I armed with my girlie magazines or anovel.
I remember one day we had pulled into a cove about a mile or two away from our lake home. At this time it really doesn’t make any difference how far away it was to the house, but that day it could have been the difference between life and death. He was having a wonderful time catching great big fish that were not fit to eat. Carp, drum, gar in my opinion were thrown back in the lake but lots of fun to catch because for one thing they are so big.
People that know me well know that when I read a really good book or story I am lost into the moment or hour as it is or was. I can remember to this day, I was gently but with some urgency told to put my book away and get my life jacket on. I did that, but really didn’t like it because it was hot. He backed out into the lake and at that point I saw the clouds. They were black as coal the wind was howling, and we were racing across the lake as fast as we were able. We were “cutting” through the waves for a smoother trip if that was even possible. I just couldn’t understand this horrible storm that was brewing. It was so calm and cool in the cove that was protected by trees and tall lake reeds.
As we were getting closer to the house I started screaming wanting to know if we were going to capsize. He said, “no everything will be alright.” When we got back to the house we were drenched by the torrential rain and huge waves. It took both of us to get the boat into the boat lift and secure it. We raced into the lower level of the house and proceeded to down a rum and coke in two gulps. I then asked if he had been lying about the boat capsizing. He said, “Absolutely.”
Interesting about life’s memories isn’t it, a person just wonders and shakes their head thinking only by God’s mercy and loving care am I here today.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
When my youngest son was about ten or eleven, we had an opportunity to buy a house on a lake in South Dakota.
The house was just a few steps from the lake. It had two stories. The lower level had a big picture window that overlooked the lake and had a living room and kitchen and bathroom and a screened in porch for gazing and people watching.
The second level had two bedrooms and really big living room, a cedar bathroom that smelled heavenly, a fireplace and a deck where you could see practically the whole lake.
We had more company than we had ever had before. Almost every week-end there were several couples to swim and eat. I cooked and cooked and barbequed and we all had a wonderful time. People brought their boats, and knee boards, and flotation devices. We had rowboats that we tied up to the dock so the
In that house, we had a wedding shower for my daughter, and my oldest son had an outside wedding. I have such wonderful memories of that house/home. It was about seventy miles from our home so it was an easy trip for the week-end or for a week’s vacation.
The next few posts will be about this little house and some of the fun things that happened there.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
God gave moms the most difficult job in the world. That’s because it sets the precedent for the future. I had three children, but just two of them that were close in age.
My oldest child was a girl and was very literal. When I told her something she thought that the rules were black and white; there usually was no gray area as far as she was concerned.
One of the things that really bugged me was that she was a tattle tale. She was about four years old when she got to be the epitome of tattling. It seemed to me that her little brother could not even breathe without her running to me to tell me about it. Sooooo, I told her that I would not stand for any more of it. Like I said, she was a very good little girl and took me very seriously because she didn’t like to get into trouble.
One day she came running to me and said, “Mama Mama would it be tattling if I told you that my little brother is out in the middle of the highway in his lawn chair?” I went tearing outside to rescue the dear child. He was sitting there in his little chair waving to the cars as they drove by. Of course, I had a
Footnote: He grew up to be a man and my daughter grew out of her tattling, but that day I was very very grateful, Not only for her message, but that he was okay.