Nursing an ailing machine…etc.

Oops, another lapse in writing again. Sorry. I only have my laptop now as my big computer is in “the shop” having all kinds of pokes and prods by the computer doctor. Something happened to it a week or so ago and I lost internet access. Turned out something was wrecking havoc with my whole computer so it needed a huge overhaul. It’s taken my repairman the whole week to do stuff to it (he works fulltime days so can only work on it at night) and he informs me this morning that he is making good progress. We were afraid it might not be saved at one point but he has persevered.

Typing on the L-top is much harder for me. The keyboard is so different (flat) than I am used to. I have a mouse plugged in because I just can’t get used to the little pad instead of the mouse. But I sure am glad I got this when I did just for this type of circumstance. There are evil people out there sending nasty viruses all the time and I guess one came my way one day recently. Sometimes you don’t even know you’ve got one, too. They are creepy and surreptitious (?).

I’ve learned a technique of getting out of this big chair with as little pain/problems as possible. The dispute that I filed with my credit card company is now all over since I’ve got the chair, and we’re back to normal. They were very good about it all, too. Not many people can say they like their credit card company but at this point, I like this one. They were very helpful and even called me several times and sent letters, etc.

That’s about all the news here. P. went out lobstering yesterday and he’s left to go today too. It’s been about a week since he could get out. Wintertime is tough on fishermen, but we really can’t complain about THIS year, we’ve hardly had any snow to speak of. Unlike Europe and the UK who are in a turmoil right now with everything freezing and snow etc. I saw an article in an online newspaper from England showing Trafalgar Square with the big fountain there completely frozen over. Incredible weather.

winter 2012 Europe/UK

I am going now to try a new recipe for a carrot cake. That’s P’s favourite dessert and I haven’t made him one in years. I have all the ingredients so will let you know how it comes out.



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I think I could turn and live awhile with the animals…

They are so placid and self-contained,

I stand and look at them sometimes half the day long.

They do not sweat and whine about their condition,

They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,

They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,

Not one is dissatisfied… not one is demented with the mania of owning things,

Not one kneels to another nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,

Not one is respectable or industrious over the whole earth.

~ [Walt Whitman, from “Leaves of Grass, No. 32”] ~

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5 Responses to Nursing an ailing machine…etc.

  1. mz. em says:

    I have had my L-top since the early 2000s and I had to get used to the keyboard and the touch pad. Since then, I have trouble when I do have a mouse and the raised keyboard. I guess it is all in what you get used to. Although I do like my L-top just because it is smaller.

    Glad to read that you are figuring out your chair. I’d hate to think us ladies would have to come to you to get you out of your chair while P was lobstering.

    I loved the iced water fountain photograph. The Isles are sure getting a beating with Old Man Winter.


  2. Bex says:

    I think the picture came from here:

    Daily Mail


  3. Rhubarb says:

    That is an astonishing picture! And here in southern California the daily temps are flirting with 80 or so.

    I use a laptop with a wrist rest. The mouse? Definitely! The touch pad is impossible to use, though I forced myself to become familiar enough with it that I could use it in an emergency.


  4. Crochetlady says:

    Glad you have figured out something to help you with the chair.


  5. TopsyTurvy says:

    I’ve never gotten a laptop because I feel the same way you do, the keyboard is too flat and I can’t ever get use to the touchpad so I’d need a mouse. Nope. As long as they have desktop PCs I think I’ll have one.

    Where’s that picture from, Bex? It’s sure not Trafalgar Square. Looks more like The Flume, up in New Hampshire.


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