Happy New Year!

January 1, 2012

May 2012 be a wonderful year for each of you!

I’m not really a person who makes resolutions, but I AM resolving to start posting here regularly again. ¬†Surrrrrly, I haven’t finally run out of things to say! ūüôā


How far is it around the block?

June 8, 2011

writer’s block: ¬†the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing.

For the first time in my life, I think I have this malady, writer’s block. ¬†The day after I did Psycho Mom, I had decided to do a post about a picture that our oldest granddaughter had put on her Facebook page of her hugging her husband, who was leaving for his third tour of duty overseas, and crying. ¬†It really touched my heart, so I wanted to write about it. ¬†But I tried and tried to copy the picture so that I could post it, without success. ¬†So I decided to take a day or two to think about it and maybe I would come up with a way to copy it. ¬†That sounds trivial, doesn’t it? ¬†I can hear you saying, “Well, just move on and write about something else!” ¬†But for some reason, that “failure” stopped me in my tracks, and I just sort of gave up blogging and really the computer in general for a week.

So, to answer my own question, “How far is it around the block?” ¬†I’m not sure, but I think I can smell dinner cooking, so I hope “home” is just around that next corner.

As my friend, Suldog would say, “Soon with more better stuff.” ¬†Or something like that.

Have a plan, man!: One more really good suggestion

January 25, 2011

It has occurred to me that when I wrote about activities to look into at the time of retirement, I didn’t mention the most important one that I took up after retirement … blogging!

I so admire those of you who still work or are young mothers, and still have the time and energy to write your entertaining blogs that I so much enjoy reading. ¬†But I just don’t think I would have had the energy … or attention span … to write a blog while I was working. ¬†But, since my retirement … what a blast!

So I hope any of you who are readers but not bloggers will give blogging some serious thought when it comes time to retire.  It  has added immeasurably to my life.

I enjoy a Mac to go, but hold the fries!

October 29, 2010

I admit it took me a little while to get used to my first laptop, which is also my first Mac.  But I think our recent trip was a turning point.  It was sooo nice to be able to take my computer with me. I had no idea what I was missing before.

And at home, it’s given me such flexibility. ¬†Before, when I wanted to write my blog, read e-mail, do my on-line banking, etc., I was tied to one place — the loft above the living room where our trusty Dell resides.

I’ve spent many enjoyable hours up there.

And, when I first got my laptop, I still had the mindset that a computer had to have a home.

So I decided that once again the TV cabinet in an upstairs bedroom, which had been adapted to first host scrapbooking, then sewing, would now serve a new purpose — it would be home to the new computer.

But it didn’t take me long to realize portable meant, well … portable!

I can sit in the living room and watch TV with Hubby while also playing with my computer.  (Sorry for the grainy picture. I forgot to use a flash.)

One of my favorite spots to use it is sitting at the kitchen island, as I’m doing right now. ¬†There’s a power strip that runs under the overhang of the island — perfect for plugging it in.

But if I sit there too long and get uncomfortable without a back rest, I just move to the table in the eating area.

But my very favorite spot to use “Mr. Mac” is in my favorite reading chair.

Nothing feels better to a woman than multi-tasking, does it? ¬†I can sit in this corner of our bedroom and watch TV, talk on the phone, do my knee exercises, read a book, work on my cute little computer … or any combination of those. ¬†Perfect.

I’m still learning the ins and outs of my new computer, but I’m getting the hang of it. ¬†And it’s definitely been worth the effort.

I just love a good Mac to go, but I’m dieting, so hold the fries!

Running around the block

October 6, 2010

Have you noticed I have really slowed down on writing blog posts recently? ¬†I have, and the reason is because I’m busy running around several blocks. ¬†Not city blocks, but writer’s block and technology block!

I started to go into detail but it was depressing to type (and also sounded realllly whiney!) so just suffice it ti say that I have lots of questions/problems changing over to my first-ever laptop, which is also my first-ever Mac. ¬†I’ll be calling the Geek Squad today and hope they can fix the relationship I’m trying to build with this new (and sometimes aggravating) piece of equipment.

The saying that comes to mind right now is, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

In the meantime, I’ll just keep running around these “blocks” until I find a new place to settle in, where I will again be comfortable and able to think of things to write about — besides this blasted computer!

Learning the Mac is a new adventure …

September 21, 2010

… exciting but scary too!

Today is our first day back from a fun weekend with DD and her girls in Chicago.

So, I’ve now taken some time to learn a little more about my new laptop.

Today’s experiment is uploading a picture from the ones I have saved on this computer. ¬†Wish me luck!

Ta Daaaa!  I figured it out!!

My first photo to upload from and edit in the Mac’s iPhoto.

Phewwww, I’m exhausted. ¬†That’s enough for today.

I’m back!

September 14, 2010

This morning I told Hubby that I would be just as happy if the internet would never have been invented.

For reasons I cannot fathom, my blog suddenly became unaccessible to me after I posted on Saturday. ¬†Also on Saturday, my SIL, the other Sandi, and I went on a much more expensive than usual shopping trip … and both came home with Mac laptops. ¬†So we are now attempting to navigate the Mac learning curve together.

And today, just to make things more interesting, Frontier, our new e-mail service, decided to shut down our e-mail service right in the middle of my “conversation” with two very smart people at wordpress who were trying to help me figure out why in the heck I couldn’t get into my blog.

But, as they say, “All’s well that ends well.” ¬†I am finally back on my blog and am actually typing this on my new laptop. ¬†Wahoooo!

It’s a good day after all — I have learned some new things and succeeded at a couple things I didn’t think I could conquer. ¬†All because of the helpfulness and patience of some very knowledgeable miracle workers at wordpress and the geek squad. ¬†God bless them all.