Sunday, December 23, 2018

Still Stinging From The Blow

No.  No one hit me physically.  But I think Windows did me in.  What ELSE could it have been?  When you go to bed and your computer works fine. But wait.  Here's the story.

I saw a little pop-up message in the lower corner of my computer screen that informed me that Windows had a update and my computer would need to be restarted after it was installed.  I clicked "later" or whatever the "not now" option was.

The next day when I woke up the sign-in screen was on my monitor, so I signed in thinking the update had been done.  Off I went to get a cup of coffee and when I came back my mouse was dead, or so I thought.  My "before I have a cup of coffee brain" told me to traipse down to Wally World to get a new mouse.  One hour later I returned (mouse and Rib Eye Steak in hand) only to find the mouse would not work.  **!!$$#@#$^&     later, I determined that my computer was getting locked in the Start Up process.  Windows told me to access Start Up Repair.  The next notice said it could not be repaired.  Then a window told me to I could Recover to a date prior to the last update.  It gave me two choices.  Both told me "Nope" it could not recover because the last update had been removed in the repair process.  I thought "WHAT" in my Amber Ruffin voice.  Another choice was to perform a system restore back to factory settings or whatever...it meant every single thing gone..poof...see the smoke rising?  oh well, I did.   BUT  I do back up to an external hard drive.  In all that bugging around when my Start Was Stuck, it would not read the external drive.  Fingers, legs and toes crossed I plugged it in and Vwallah there it was.  An Updating I did go.  Not real sure of what I was doing I clicked on COPY somewhere and that's a whole NUTHER story. Honestly I spent about the entire day getting apps loaded and settings adjusted and stuff moved around to a cloud where I HOPE it's safe.  Don't forget the breaks I took when I periodically broke out in a cold sweat.  This all was totally interrupting the sewing time I had planned.  The final tweaking was finally done 3 days later because at times I could not STAND to look computer files one more minute.

Though I have diligently backed up my computer to an external hard drive, I have tweaked settings through Windows as well.

Grateful:  Today I am grateful that I know just enough about computers to be dangerous. BUT I am truly dreading when I have to buy a new computer with a Win 10 OS.  Maybe I should get a Chromebook.

Merry Christmas!!  And.....Be Sure To Back Up!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

A shawl and a Carhartt

While shopping at Joann Fabrics, I noticed in the flyer that if I spent $25 I could buy an acrylic shawl for $10.  There were a couple of color choices, but I chose black thinking it would be good to throw on when I went out to get the mail, paper, or to take the dogs out.  Sometimes at night I wait outside them or they will putz around or find something to bark at.  Well, I just wanted something a little warmer.  So I searched through my stash and found this heart fleece fabric and made this shawl reversible.  I really like how it turned out.

My husband, daughter and grandsons all swear by Carhartt jackets.  I have never really looked at one for me because I just don't like the bomber style I have only seen.  A local store had this style in their Black Friday sale for 25% off.  I tried one on and LOVED it.  I loved the fit, and loved the color which is totally out of character for me to like Olive Green.  I prefer to call it Army Green.  There, one hurdle overcome.  But I just could not justify paying more than $100 for a jacket I just didn't really need.  Oh boy, did I battle with myself.  Went home and surfed the net for 3 days looking for a different color...had to be sure the shipping was free....convincing myself I deserved the coat whether I actually needed it or not since I hadn't bought a new coat in probably 10 years.  BUT it is waterproof, it has two zipper pockets on the front, it has a zipper pocket and velcro closed one on the inside.  I could avoid carrying a purse.  Just slide my card into the inside zipper pocket safe and secure.  Put my phone in the other one.  It is warm.  It fits great!!

So, I ordered it on line.  Same price and free shipping.  Just one click.  By this time it was no longer on sale at the store.  I would NOT pay full price.  It came yesterday.  Terry is proud of himself because he had been urging me all along to buy it. 

Do you try to convince yourself that you don't need something that you want badly?  What have you recently bought that you really don't need?  As far as the shawl goes, have you ever bought something and upcycled it into something better?

Grateful:  Today I am grateful for patience.  I sometimes need to remind myself to be patient, with myself and with others.