Friday, January 28, 2011


I'm just wondering; do you think that I might get a great  Valentine's gift this year..I'd love a new computer, this one is at least 8 years old, it works pretty good still, and it was high end, when it was bought..But on the other hand, technology has changed a lot since this was built. 
If that isn't possible, I want a new monitor...
I don't need chocolate, I don't want roses,
just give me a new toy, please...
Yes, hubby would give me a new computer, he's even mentioned it, himself.  And in a few months, when I get a few things done on the house, I'd buy one.  But just in case that Cupid is cruising the blogs, looking for someone who would not want chocolate and roses, maybe he'll leave one here, just like Santa at Christmas.

A girl can dream, can't she...???!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

It was a no go

on the computer issue.  I got the anti virus deleted, and then reinstalled, but then it would not could be that the dialup was too slow, I don't know.  Now that phone line is gone, I had it shut off at the end of the billing cycle, so I now have to get it set up to the new system, before I can try again.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Things are lookin up................

I haven't thought of you in days...
Remember that song?
Probably not, since I'm a country nut, and I'm sure you are more into classical, head bangin, or hard rock...

I had computer issues last week on the other computer...Thought I got it all fixed, then found that something had currupted my virus program.  After 4 days of trying to fix it, I finally said a prayer over it, and sent it to 'currupted program Heaven', and am now looking for a new one.  I'm hoping the next one isn't such a resource hog, that thing had something like 85.4 mgb of harddrive in it's grasp.  That is almost more than my first computer had in only had 640

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Rainy Sundays

Rainy days tend to make me sleepy, but let it be a Sunday, and I'm definately going to have a fight on my hands, to stay awake.  All the snow is finally gone, the rain just washed it all away. There is work to be done, but I'm not about to worry about it today.  Nap time is almost here. lol

Please pray for my friend, Cyndi, her son is having surgery tomorrow, and it will be a long day.  The surgery is to be about 8 hrs, but it is hopefully, his last. 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A little Birdie told Me

With the snow, we have had lots of visiters at the feeders today.  I made some suet cakes, and watched them enjoying a meal.  I'm guessing that there was at least 25-30 Pine Warblers out there at any one time.  Last spring I got my first pictures  and a couple of them were almost yellow.  Today I saw mostly mossy green. 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

OK, let's talk about something else

I really think you can stick a fork in it, it's done.
I hope I've got all the  emails changed and if not, then I'll reregister.

My friend's divorce is final, she hasn't been on a 'date' in several years, but she is going out on her first, this weekend.  She is a tiny bit nervous, but her friends are 'talking her through it'.

Another friend, after 4 years widowed, has met a man, and hopes he will pop the question on Valentines Day. I've yet to meet him, told her she had to let me meet him before she got real serious. Harold would probably have a fit, knowing she's not gone out, until now.  Sandy is now 56, Harold died at 53 of brain cancer.  I'm very happy for her, so are Harold's parents,  We ate lunch with them, today, and they support her completely in her decisions.

Oh well, I got off on a topic that may not be a cheerful one for some, but that's life.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Dang darn, dann, dingo

OK blogger, you just ate my perfectly good post.
I'm beginning to think this computer, and the other one, are haunted.

I've got most of the email on accts changed.  Today I had a wonderful experience, it seems that ebay had some glitches, and locked us out when I was changing the email acct.  Took me about 30-40 minutes on the phone with their 'help center' to get it fixed.

Monday, January 17, 2011

And she's Off!

No comments from the other side, dear sis!

I'm on day 2 of changing email addresses on accts and places that I order supplies from, regularly.
Makes me wish that that I'd stuck with dialup, NOT..
but it is a pain in the axle to try and remember all the sites I am a member of, that have that old email addy.
So far, I've got about 1/3 of them changed.
I ordered from Amazon the other day, so I can't change that one, until the 'stuff' comes in, and I make sure it is right.
The next fun thing, contacting the phone company to have that line disconnected.
You can order new service, move your service to a different address,
change all kinds of things, but, don't try to cancel service online....doesn't work.
And then there is the internet, last time I called them, I was on the line for about 15 minutes, just to order a new installation disk.
Yes, I could have downloaded it, but have you ever tried to download 5mgb of files on dialup...??
Yesterday, I downloaded a 10.4 mgb file on the new internet, in the time it takes to get to a site on the dialup.
so, once all the switch and change is done, I'm going to have fun.
Right now, dh is the only one who is enjoying the new one.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

changing email addresses

Good gosh, it is almost worse than moving, to have to notify all those places and people that you are changing email addresses.  In the 13 years that I've had internet, I've had 3 'main' email addresses, provided by internet provider.  I've never had a lot of problems with them, so I've used them for my main email...Of course I've got 3 or so hotmail addresses, a yahoo address, and then there is Gmail...which I use for my main 'non internet provider' email. I signed up for it, several year ago...Well, I needed an email for hub's paypal acct, and I decided to do the is a lot more complicated now, they even have to call and verify you are 'real' before they activate your acct. And, unlike when I signed up, it was a lot harder to find an email address that we liked that wasn't 'used.'  Maybe we should have used 'anonyamouse',    I till have a few days,before I 'undo' this internet, and havethe phone line turned off.  In that time, I'll try and get all the important ones switched...and then his downloading into  the outlook...I'll continue to check mine online.  Or have it download to the other computer...
privacy issue, you know....

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Did you ever wonder

Who started the tradition of a bride wears white on her wedding day?
And has it ever crossed your mind, why a woman who has been married several times, would think it proper to wear white?
Personally, I think white is for the first time bride, a pale color or tea dyed (yes like late 60s early 70s)
 for #2, but no white.
#3 should be a little more colorful, and by the time you get to #5 and up, I'm thinking it should be tie dyed like a late 60's hippy dress.
I'm thinking of starting a new business, tie dyed, elastic waisted dresses for those who seem to get married annually, that way they can pack them away and not waste money on
new dresses with every walk down the runway.
Maybe something similar to these colors.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

11th Day of 2011

Yes, we have made it 11 days into the new year, and so far nothing really really bad has happened, some bumps in the road, but nothing we are not able to handle.
I stuck my foot in my mouth once this week.  Met a guy in the grocery store that we've known for at least 23-24 years.  I asked about his wife, and he said,  "we aren't together anymore, divorce in the works"...
oops, well I didn't know, and told him that I was sorry, didn't mean to seem to be prying, but I really didn't know.  He said he knew that.  Now he lives north of us, and apparently she lives just south of us.
He and my hubs used to work for same company, and we would all go out to dinner together, occasionally. 27 years, down the drain.  Makes you think, doesn't it?

And are you thrilled that college football is over?  Personally, I'm ready for baseball, Nascar Racing, and planting things in the garden.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Day 10, and all is well..........

If you like snow, and cold, that is.  Of course, after hearing about the north, and the digging out there, a little bit of snow isn't so bad.  You have to realize that few around here know how to drive in it though.  Heard one guy say that the entertainment today is watching people slip and slide on the hilly street in front of his house. 

Was hoping a few more would comment on the story I posted, guess I need to get out and beat the bushes for more followers.  I'm just not good at that, though.  

So, what is going on in your part of the world?  Hopefully you are warm and well fed...

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Day 8, and I'm still sane, kind of, anyway

2011 has started off pretty good, in my opinion.  Things have worked out well on everything we've tried to do, so far, which usually doesn't happen. I sent out notices of email change, and it seems most of my friends are still at the addresses I had in my book. I even made contact with a cousin who I hadn't heard from in about 4 years,when I sent out the message.  I didn't even feel the need, when he actually put fingers to keypad, and called today, to fill him in on the details with mom.  He asked, and I said she has dementia, and left it mostly there.

 Hubby and I have not disagreed about whose turn it is to use the computer at all, which is kind of surprising, and he's even offered the computer, when he thinks he's hogged, errr been there more than his share, lol.
Yes, so far, 2011 is going well, and there is only 357 days to go.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Ghost in the Attic (short story)

Ghost in the Attic
I really can't remember when I first noticed the ghost. It had been several months, maybe even a year, since the first time the water pipes clanged, or the lights flickered. I'd called my neighbor, and he'd checked the pipes, drained them, when he thought it could be air in the lines, and, even checked them again, when that didn't work. Ernie is a Jack of all trades, and a confirmed bachelor. Do you remember when unmarried men were called confirmed bachelors? I'd called the Power Company, after the blinking lights for several days, and they could give no explanation. They did finally send someone out to see if there was tree limbs touching the lines anywhere, and he'd found nothing.
I woke one morning to the alarm clock clanging, which hadn't been set in months. And it was 4:00am. At first I figured it was just the result of one of the power blinks, so when it happened the next morning, at the same time, I unplugged the clock. The third morning, when it went off, I knew something was going on, especially when I found that the clock was still unplugged, and the battery back up had no battery installed.
Then there was the issue of things disappearing and then reappearing right where they were supposed to be. My car keys disappeared; they were always attached to the inside of my purse by a clip. After searching for them, I just grabbed the 2nd set of keys out of the key box, figuring that I'd accidentally left them in the car. They weren't in the car, but when I opened my purse, later in the day, there were the keys, attached to the same clip as always.
I'm guessing that about now, you are thinking that I am a little short on blood flow to my brain, that it took so long for me to decide that something was going on in my house. Ghosts usually don't have to hit you in the head with a skillet, to get your attention, if it is your attention they are wanting. But, I knew the complete history of my house. I'd been here 5 years, and in the first 4 or so years, things had been pretty calm and peaceful.
My husband had left me 6 years ago, for the big bowling alley in the sky. He passed away, while bowling in a tournament in another state. They say he had just bowled a perfect game, I guess that is a good time to go, don't you? We hadn't had the perfect marriage, whatever that is, but we had been content. Anyway, after about six months, I decided that I was tired of rattling around in the larger house, and I didn't need that much room, anymore. I put a For Sale sign out front and it sold in 10 days.
I kept a small piece of land that abutted the highway, where I'd always planned to put a small craft and hobby shop, when I retired. I quickly had a small shop built, about 800 square foot, one large room, with a bathroom, and lived in that, while deciding on the floor plan, and finding a contractor. I'd given the kids the pick of any furniture that I would no longer be using, then sold what they didn't want. I kept just enough to get by, figuring that I'd pick up a few antiques if I needed anything more, later on, when the house was finished.
I moved into the new house exactly 18 months after Carl's death. Shortly after I moved in, I went to visit Carl's 'Aunt' Ruby. She had bought and sold antiques up until she had married Carl's Uncle Herbert, which was about 20 years ago. They had been childhood sweethearts, but each had married someone else, then after 2 wives for him, and 3 husbands later for her, they had finally both been single at the same time, and had married. Hubert had recently passed away, and she was considering a move to Georgia with her son, and I was hoping to buy the big walnut sideboard that Ruby had kept, along with the Hoosier cabinet that she had in her kitchen. Even though Aunt Ruby was in her mid 80s, she was as sharp as ever.
Maybe here is where I should add a little of our history together. You've met people that you connect with immediately, haven't you? That you feel you've known forever, after about 2 meetings? Well, that was Ruby and I. We both felt it, and both were really surprised, considering the big difference in our age. I hadn't even really liked Herbert until after he married Ruby, but he was a changed man, he still enjoyed a drink or two, but he wasn't the rounder he had been, before they reconnected.
I knew Ruby believed in Spirits, and though I'd never really thought much about it, I didn't argue when she pointed out things that had happened. One day when she and Carl's sister in law was at my house, I heard my dog bark, and Ruby heard it, too. The only problem was, White-Eye, my dog, had died a week before. Ruby looked at me and said, "White Eye's barking, I thought you said he had died." I know I turned white as a sheet, as I whispered, "He did". The sister in law looked at us both as if we'd lost all our marbles and said she didn't hear a thing. Ruby told me that he may be gone, but his spirit was still with me.
I didn't end up buying either of the pieces, but I did promise to come visit more often, which I did. Then, about a year later, Ruby became ill. I really think it was more grieving for Herbert, but she didn't improve. I went to the hospital to visit, and then I went to visit her at her home, before she moved to Georgia with her son. I took her a stuffed dog, and told her I'd sprinkled some Woofle Dust on it, and it was to be her protector, while she was gone. Woofle Dust, for those who don't know, is invisible and magic, Ruby had also introduced me to it, and she had always sprinkled it on our cards when we were playing, so we would win. It didn't always work, but it was good for a laugh, and we always enjoyed our card games, even when we lost.
I managed not to cry, until I left, but in my heart, I knew it was probably my last visit with my favorite person in the whole world. Sure enough, about 10 months later, I received a call from her son, that Ruby had passed away, and he was bringing her back for burial, beside Herbert. And it seems, knowing my love for the old Hoosier Cabinet that she had kept, she had requested that it be given to me. Since it wasn't a high quality piece, both of her children had agreed, so I became the proud owner of one Hoosier Cabinet, now to get it home, from Georgia. Luckily, her son said that he would be coming back in about 4 months, to visit his granddaughter, and if I would be willing to wait, he'd bring it to me. He also told me that Ruby had kept my letters to her, and a few old photos, and a few other things that she'd requested he give to me.
The day the cabinet was delivered, I put it in the shop, knowing that I wasn't quite ready to see it in my kitchen, the memories would be still a little too fresh. The other 2 boxes, I just left to open later, when I was alone. With all that was going on, it took me about 2 months to get back to the boxes. The first held old photos, some of Carl and me, our kids, Carl's mom and dad, and all their siblings. Those, I knew, would eventually go to my kids. The second box, I had to laugh, when I opened it, there was the 'dog' that I'd sprinkled with Woofle Dust, even some letters she and Herbert had exchanged over the years, before they married. There was also some old costume jewelry, yes, Ruby knew me well, knowing my love for jewelry. It didn't matter that it had no real value, just knowing it had belonged to her, was all that mattered to me. I packed the box back up, and took it to the house, placing it in the upstairs closet, until I could decide what to do with it all.
And shortly afterward, is when the ghost started making it's presence known.
I finally got the Hoosier Cabinet moved into the kitchen, and it looks really nice in that spot. The top only has one little chip in the enamel, and a doily that was crocheted by Aunt Ruby hides that. It was in one of the drawers, when I went through them. I put some antique tins on the top, and a small flower arrangement in the center. And the ghost still played games with me, moving the tins, flowers, and even the doily on several occasions.
I still hadn't figured out what was going on, and though it wasn't frightening, it was disconcerting. Finally, one day, while looking for something, I happened to spot the box in the upstairs closet. I sorted through the letters, and picked up the doggie, intending to place it on the dresser in my room. The phone rang, and I took it to the kitchen, and set it on the doily, while I answered the phone. When I turned around, I could swear she winked at me. So, there is the story of how my ghost came down from the attic to stay.
Aunt Ruby was now home, with her Hoosier Cabinet, and as long as she is allowed to stay downstairs, she doesn't play tricks on me. I did finally move the tins, and place her on the top of the cabinet, because she tolerates children holding her only for short periods of time…. but that's a whole different story.

This is a short story that I wrote that has some true parts, and some is made up along the way.
Ruby was real, and she was a very special part of my life for about 25 years.
The stories about her are real, she definately believed in spirits, and
Pound Puppy is real, he's been a part of my life for several years. But, he never met Ruby..that is another stuffed animal, that never returned home, when she passed away.

Up and working

Our new satellite system is up and running.  I have one issue.  They set up an email and password for me.  Well, I can log into the system, but I cannot log into the email.. So I am really not sure what to do now.  I know it has a 'secret question' which I have the answer to, but, I never get that screen.
Oh well, I have 4 more email addresses to screw up. lol.  And I'll probably just use the Gmail one I already have..  The fun part is going to be switching all those site emails, you know you forget half of them, and won't be able to get to them, again.  But I'll just reregister, if I have to, when I go to buy from those companies again..
Videos actually load, and I'll check to see if  your site loads better, Nana.

Ive been sorting through email addresses, a lot I am deleting a bunch, no need to contact them, or them, me, anymore.  I sent the uncle who is a pain, a message that I no longer could be reached at 'this' email address as we no longer had internet service here.  No, he isn't getting my new address, as he'll just spam me.  lol. 

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A new Era

After years of waiting, trying to find something that is affordable, and still being stuck with dialup internet, and at the end of the line, at that, we may be getting something that is faster than molasses in January.  I'm talking 28.8 speed, which is almost impossible, except that is all that we could get.
We will know tomorrow about noon, if it will work here.  I'm not going to hold my breath, as we've been so sure before, only to find, when they came to test, that it wouldn't work here.  The last time we had someone out, about 2 years ago, I can tell you that I was so disappointed that I cried, after they left.  That won't happen, this time, if we are stuck with this, then at least it is better than nothing,
Anyway, if all goes well, I'll post tomorrow afternoon, from my new internet.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Day 2,

The service this morning was about starting over...No, that wasn't the topic exactly, but that is what I got out of it.  How a new year is like a clean slate, that we can write on daily, and that is how I feel about it, too. Last year started ok, but by the time we hit mid way, it had really gotten littered with a big load of  redos and won't dos, and it was just a relief to leave it behind, and start again.  My mood lifted greatly with the new years arrival.
Now, if we can make it through football season, basketball season, and into gardening season, we'll be on our way.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

It's Here, It's Here!

Yes, it is officially here..
I know it won't be perfect,
but make of it the best you can,
live life to the fullest.