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Do I Hear Bells?

This has been a long, long week.  I don’t sleep well on a normal basis.  This week, being the teenaged person that I am, I stayed up too late on a couple of nights and stay extra late with Dad (probably those same nights).  I still had my normal MWF routine with Mom, so sleep was rather rough until Friday night (or, more precisely, Saturday morning).  I hit the bed around 4:30am, read until 5:15, then passed out around 5:30.  From there it was sleep off/on until about 1pm.  I got up and took my sugar reading.  Seeing the 164 show up (130 is the upper border), I took my other meds and lay back down.  I slept heavily and woke up around 7:00pm.  I promptly got up, took my sugar, which read 110 this time, and decided to eat.  I kept the carbs down more and decided to have Raisin Bran.  In getting ready, I knocked a glass to the floor, covering the kitchen in shards.

Now, came the deal:  I am diabetic.  Cleaning the kitchen floor is much more difficult when you MUST make certain EVERY shard of glass, a potential foot-loss problem, is cleaned up.  I swept the floor twice, then mopped it twice with the Swiffer cleaner.  That and wearing Clogs for the day has, so far, kept me glass-stabbed free.

I tell you all that to tell you why I am writing about today at 8:47pm when the idea came at 1pm.  I looked out the bathroom window this morning to see … SNOW!  This was not the expected day-ruining downfall I expected.  This was very light, big flakes, and softly falling white stuff.  You know, the stuff Christmas morning is made of.  So, I share with you 2 pictures I took out said bathroom window and tell you people who live in 50-110 degrees all year that you don’t know what you are missing.  Yeah, it could be 5-6 feet of packed nastiness, but this almost makes all that worth it.  Add to it the fact that I can walk this winter and can dig myself out in much less time than last year, as well as simply move around in it better, and you have a pretty darn good winter expectation coming up.  Doesn’t hurt that the NWS says we should have less snow and higher temps here all winter (well into January, anyway).

I know we don’t ski here and I know we don’t spend weeks digging out.  Those two extremes put us in the middle of the snow mess/beauty.  Enjoy the pics:

IMG_3701 IMG_3702I know, you can’t see the falling stuff, but it was falling, light, white, and fluffy.  Still, even with the dingy day (overcast), it looks nice to me and brought back all kinds of memories – like hearing the Christmas bells at church or on the TV or radio.

Namaste,

Scott

Trouble in Computer Land!

Well, it had to begin; now, we will see where it goes.  I won’t get all technical here, but I will tell you that I have computer problems and still have them.  I will explain and try to do my teacher’s job at it for everyone’s sake.  It will just be my post for today.

A few weeks ago or so, I was listening and I began to hear my computer make that high whining noise that they all make eventually.  Just for most, that usually means the hard drive (the part that stores the information that’s not kept on the Internet) is going to go.  It is about 4 years old, so I can understand it.  So, I began to make plans.  First, I emailed my daughter’s husband and asked him some specific questions.  He told me I was on the right track and to make sure the new drive works before getting rid of the old one.  So, I bought a huge brand new hard drive.  It is about 8 times bigger than the old one.  Now, the fun began.

I downloaded several free programs while doing this -ahem- disaster project.  I downloaded a program to copy information from one disk to another, exactly, or sector by sector.  I also ended up downloading a program to “slice” the disks up in to smaller virtual disks.  These are called partitions.  Okay, most of the technical part is over.  From there let’s just list what I did and what happened:

1)  Copied the information to my external (USB) hard drive (twice as big as the new one).

2)  Copied the information from that disk to my new one after I put it in the computer in place of old one.

3)  When I looked at the disks all the sections were gone but one on each (that one was the same size as the old disk).

4)  I used the new program to stretch and add the new slices back into the 2 disks.

5)  Computer now came up fine on the new disk and all the space was there.

6)  I found that I had lost all email functioning (I use Windows Email).

7)  I downloaded Windows Live Mail (supposed to be better).

8) This wouldn’t start either (said my “calendar” was corrupted- funny, I could bring up the calendar).

9)  I formatted (cleaned) the sections on the 2 hard drives and resliced them (or vice-versa).

10) I am now copying the old info to the external drive once more.

11) Tonight, I will copy the external drive info to the new drive and both have the right size slices.

12) Tomorrow (probably after church), I will check and see if it all works now. hopefully!!!!

Result:  I am now about 100 posts behind and had only done a little bit of my monstrous wonderful email today.

Result:  I am also now behind in cleaning for New Year’s Day and wrapping presents for Christmas Eve.

Result:  I am also tired and a bit grouchy.  Using this laptop for everything is not that much fun.

There you have it; I am hoping this all works fine.  I know I don’t have work to hold me to a busy schedule, but this seems to be doing just as much.  The only good thing is that I am learning more about how this all works.

One last note:  There has been a fairly serious problem with another member of my family.  I can’t talk about it now, but would ask for your prayers.  Thank you very much!

Namaste,

Scott

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