Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Ha Ha! I'm a genius!

Well, maybe not quite, but I feel like one. 😎

I solved my i-tunes problem all by myself on Sunday evening. I'd been staring at my computer in frustration, reading chapters of the book beside me, glancing up at the TV where I'm currently watching old Star Trek TV episodes from the 60s, and made a decision.

I would go to the uninstall program and uninstall not just the stalled download/ installation, but everything with the name "apple".  I'd tried to uninstall it several times, but just didn't notice the second "apple" program right under it. So when I did, I uninstalled that one first and had my "Eureka!" moment.

Once uninstalled it was an easy matter to simply start over and I now have i-tunes on the new computer and I started transferring my playlists right away. I didn't get very far because I kept falling asleep, so I'll continue for the next few days until done.

Now I can once again listen to this or that playlist while I surf around the real estate pages, looking at fancy $1m+ homes. Some of which are really, really nice and others make me wonder what on earth the designer/builder was thinking.
My current favourite is right on the waterfront, ocean views for miles, but close to $3m.

Still, dreams are free 😊

Musical Monday # 137

 Musical Monday

I was introduced to Musical Monday by Delores who copied the meme from another site.
 

I think it’s a fun way to show off some of the music we like and brighten up our Mondays at the same time.
 

I’ll be finding my clips on you tube, so will simply credit that site since there are often so many versions of everything and I wouldn’t want to accidentally credit the wrong artist.
 

Today’s clip is: Jimmy Barnes

Little Darling

and once again I don't seem to be able to find the lyrics  on you tube

 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sunday Selections # 312

Welcome back to Sunday Selections.

Begun way back in the mist of time by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock and now continued by me, with a drastic relaxation of rules.


Originally meant for showcasing old photos lost on your files, never seeing the light of day, the meme has morphed into photos of your choice, new or old, good or not-so-good, anything you please, but nothing rude please.


If you are participating, please leave me a comment so I can buzz along and have a look.
Elephant's Child always participates, and her pictures are always worth seeing.


Today I'm going to  focus on my computers, the new, hmmm,  and the old luv luv luv, but dying. She keeps turning herself off several times a day even when plugged in to power source.

So I bought this new one:

hp. You probably can't see it, but it has a ribbed lid, not a smooth one. Maybe it will show if you enlarge the photo.

it's matte black, with the only shine being

these few stripes on either side of the keypad. And the hp logo on the lid.

The keypad has an annoying two fingers swipe to scroll the pages up, down, or sideways.
I'm used to using only one finger at a time on the keypad. I'm wondering if this feature is an attempt to prevent RSI in fingers. It's kind of awkward to get used to, but I've had this machine for a week now, so I'm getting there.

Here they are side by side, new and working on the left, (as if you couldn't tell) and my precious on the right, turned off, by me, not by herself. When starting up for the very first time, there's an option to name your computer. The white has a girl name, the black has a male name.

The old girl is a pearl white Toshiba and not as old as I first thought. I thought she was 6-7 years old, but I searched for the purchase receipt and discovered she is only 5 1/2. Still a good age for a laptop I'm told, but I wish she'd stay with me for longer. Another 20-30 years or so would do nicely (*~*)

under her shiny surface is a delicate diamond pattern which may or may not be visible, it's hard to photograph. Enlarging the photo might help.

speakers, which I can't see on the new computer, although it definitely has some.

here we see the ONE single feature which I found annoying on the Toshiba: the left and right click buttons are right on the edge, which meant I had to be careful where I positioned my dinner plate. 

Changing to a new computer hasn't been too much hassle, it's windows10, so the operating system is the same, apart from the two fingers on the keypad scrolling thing. 

I'm having trouble downloading the i-tunes program, obviously I made a boo-boo somewhere, at some point during installation I get a little window that says: 
"an installation for Apple Support is currently suspended. You must undo the changes made by that installation to continue. Do you wish to undo the changes?"
under that is a small 'yes' box and a small 'no' box. 

So of course I click yes and the little window just winks at me and stays there and nothing happens.
Not being at all tech savvy, I have no idea what I may or may not have done to suspend anything, so I'm stumped. No i-tunes for me. Yet. 
One other feature I don't like is no CD/DVD drawer, but that seems to be common to most new computers; laptops anyway. 'They' assume most people download their music etc these days, I guess, but I'd prefer a drawer to be able to watch DVDs in bed if/when I'm laid up with back trouble.

All I really need to get used to is the look and feel of this new laptop, which has a slightly bigger screen, so that's a plus.

I can say, with 100% certainty, I won't get attached to this machine as I did to the Toshiba.
 
 

 
 
 
 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Wednesday's Words on a Friday


The original Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and eventually taken over by a moveable feast of participants when Delores had computer troubles.

The aim of the words is to encourage us to write, a story, a poem, whatever comes to mind.
If you are posting an entry on your own blog, please let us know so we can come along and read it.

This month the words are supplied by Granny Annie and can be found here.

This week's words are:
1. document
2. birthday
3. network
4. removable
5. jungle
6. open

and/or:
1. quote2. holds
3. avoid
4. surrender5. grace
6. living

There is also a rather pretty picture of assorted dry pasta shapes, which I haven't used.

Here is my story:


Grace King,  from the Channel 19 network, holds her microphone closer as I struggle to answer her questions. I'd agreed to be interviewed in order to warn others of the dangers of playing on jungle gyms in the rain.


Cameras were set up in my living room, with huge lamps in the corners, so as to get the best possible light for the upcoming news program.


"May I quote you?" asked Grace. "I have a sheaf of notes here, things you said earlier."
"I don't remember exactly what I said," I replied. "Maybe you could read me some of it"
Grace read from the pages spread on the coffee table.


"I want people to avoid being as stupid as I was. I'm not a kid anymore, I'm eighteen now and I shouldn't have been in the playground in the first place, but I remembered how much fun a jungle gym could be and it wasn't raining hard, just a drizzle really. But I slipped and dropped my document folder with my new resume, my ID, a birthday gift card I'd been planning to spend on my way home from the job interview tomorrow. The whole thing just flew open and stuff went everywhere. I broke my leg and was calling for help; a young man came running and I said to him, please call an ambulance, but he scooped up the folder and everything, then took the purse from my handbag and ran off."


I felt myself going white, then red with embarrassment at what I'd done and what had happened.  "Do you want to use that quote without me being on TV? I know I said, but I'm not comfortable about it now."


Grace said that would probably be alright, but she'd have to check with the network; perhaps they'd agree to just using a photo of me instead. 

She reminded me the young man had been caught, he wasn't happy being made to surrender the gift card, turns out he's a repeat offender on home detention. The ankle bracelets aren't supposed to be removable, but he managed to get it off and his mum found it. She'd called the police, so they were already out looking for him.

Grace added "you'll get your things back as soon as the police release them."

Thursday, January 26, 2017

question time

I've heard Toshiba was bought out by a company called Lenovo, can anyone out there verify this?

My old laptop is a Toshiba Satellite, sweetest little laptop I ever owned, but when shopping for a new one, I was told Toshiba no longer make computers.
I looked around the store and all I could see were dozens of Lenovos, a brand I had never heard of,  a few HP, and a couple of Acers with a couple of Dells mixed in. 
And everything was black.

I bought what I could afford, an older model HP, on sale. No CD/DVD tray 😒

It hasn't got a smooth scrolling system and absolutely everything is covered in advertisements. Especially songs on youtube.

Does anyone else out there have an HP laptop? Are you happy with it?
I'll get used to it I suppose, but I don't think I'll ever like it. 
Definitely can't see myself becoming attached to it like I did with the Toshiba.

 



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Whimscal Wednesday # 263

Welcome back to Whimsical Wednesday!

The day for your googled giggle that gets you over the hump that is Wednesday and sliding down into the weekend.

Nice Loafers!   aka: what to do with the left over baguettes (*~*)
 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Musical Monday # 136

 Musical Monday

I was introduced to Musical Monday by Delores who copied the meme from another site.


I think it’s a fun way to show off some of the music we like and brighten up our Mondays at the same time. 


I’ll be finding my clips on you tube, so will simply credit that site since there are often so many versions of everything and I wouldn’t want to accidentally credit the wrong artist.
 

Today’s clip is: Mike and The Mechanics

Word of Mouth

a little political and we should remember that word of mouth probably can't always be trusted either

Sunday, January 22, 2017

she died, so I went shopping

And here I am typing on my brand new laptop.

I bought it, carted it out to no-one's house and she got the set up and start going for me.
We thought it wouldn't take long.
Boy were we wrong!

As well as setting up new user names and passwords, windows10 decided it needed to download and install a gazillion updates.

Four hours later, the sun is heading west and the updates were almost finished; at the point where we could close the computer and send me home to finish up on my own.


So I've managed to sign into blogger, after first typing in my url and getting a blog of the same name in the UK and having a mild OH NO! moment.

I have absolutely no other blogs saved in "my favourites", they're all on the old computer.
I also have no songs on the iTunes page; pretty sure I don't even have an iTunes page anymore, I'm going to have to download that, but since this one doesn't have a cd/dvd tray I won't be able to restock all my songs 😞 and why are the emoticons black and white now?

Luckily I backed up all my documents and photos, so I'll spend tomorrow putting all those back on.
And I'll turn on the old computer and get all your blog addresses saved.

Sunday Selections # 311

Welcome back to Sunday Selections.

Begun way back in the mist of time by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock and now continued by me, with a drastic relaxation of rules.


Originally meant for showcasing old photos lost in your files, never seeing the light of day, the meme has morphed into photos of your choice, new or old, good or not-so-good, anything you please, but nothing rude please.


If you are participating, please leave me a comment so I can buzz along and have a look.
Elephant's Child always participates, and her pictures are always worth seeing.


Today's photos are mostly gardens:

Something odd was happening in my garden last week, with several items and plants appearing over a couple of nights, that certainly weren't mine. I eventually discovered these things belong to a young neighbour whose mother is currently visiting. Mum has gone cold turkey off her medications and is prone to doing unexpected things, like wandering away and getting lost, and taking all of her daughter's things off her balcony and putting them "in the garden". 
MY garden.

first to appear was this little plastic sweetheart, on a small concrete plinth. She was placed a little drunkenly leaning right at the edge of the garden, so I moved her to a safer spot on a flatter section.

I've named her Gloria and you can see here her water dish has a little chip off one edge, I may try to fix it one day with a little "knead-it". (that won't happen now, see below)The owner knows her things are here and is happy to leave them since she can see them from her balcony.

this beautifully glossy Peace Lily appeared the same night,

along with this blue pot which I thought was empty but have since learned there is a bulb in it.
there was also a small seedling tub with a dead marigold flower in it.

the next night, well early in the morning, just before dawn, I heard noises and when I got up just after dawn, I found this, which appears to be a Bird of Paradise,

planted in the dirt between a couple of the plum trees.These things grow to be huge stands of leaves and flowers, some as much as three metres across if left alone for many years, so clearly I can't leave it there, but I don't know what else to do with it just yet.
The thing I really minded was the number of plants the mum trampled while wandering about in the middle of the pre-dawn 😒

My apricot seedling, now 11 inches tall, from ground to top leaf, escaped trampling, thank goodness,

although it has been nibbled by caterpillars or something.

When I went out just now to measure the seedling, I noticed the blue pot and the Angel have both gone home.

My frogs are slowly getting buried in leaf litter and I can't find the fourth one at all. He's probably hiding under the Jade.

In another garden across town, I've been doing a bit of pruning.

Here is where I cut off a large branch from the Polygala, you can see the brown spot on the water meter, where the branch had been laying for some years and I noticed it was beginning to grow around the meter and would have damaged it. Water meters are expensive to replace.
 



other less thick branches are growing across in front of the gas meter, so they will have to be removed also. The meter readers need easy access.

It's hanging out into the driveway and covering the garden tap where the hose is attached, so of course no one can reach the tap with out getting poked in the face by branches.

I dragged the cut off branch over to the wildly overgrown Buddleia and left it there until the green waste bin was emptied of lawn clippings,

then began stripping off the leafy smaller branches and dead twiggy bits. Once those are all gone, I'll let the main branches dry a bit longer before cutting them up with the pruning saw.

Here is the base of the cut branch, as thick as my upper arm, hiding behind the Buddleia, which looks thriving and healthy from the outside, but under the canopy there is a ton of deadwood. This shrub has overgrown into the lawn area by two metres at least, and all the grass that was there is now dead.
It does shade more than half the porch nicely though.

Over in the other corner,


a very fragrant Lemon Verbena.

the flowers are tiny and white with a purple centre that can barely be seen here.

I used to pick handfuls of these leaves, crush them slightly to release the lemon fragrance, then place them in bowls in the bathroom and kitchen.

We'll finish today with no-one's cat, Missy,

once a glossy jet black, now a little rusty around the edges at almost 18 years old. 
She's quite sprightly still, galloping down the hallway to be let out after eating.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Friday, January 20, 2017

Wednesday's Words on a Friday


The original Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and eventually taken over by a moveable feast of participants when Delores had computer troubles.

The aim of the words is to encourage us to write, a story, a poem, whatever comes to mind.
If you are posting an entry on your own blog, please let us know so we can come along and read it.

This month the words are supplied by Granny Annie and can be found here.

This week's words are:


1. honest
2. worth
3. another
4. parallel
5. fan
6. intention

and/or:

1. blue
2. electricity 
3. cash
4. outrage
5. potential
6. memory

Here is my story: 

Remy closed the door behind Steve Brendan and took a good long look around his apartment. It didn't look good, that's for sure. His current life had no parallel at all with the one he used to have.
He began talking to himself as he wandered around picking up stuff and shoving it in a large black garbage bag," I had no intention of living like this when I moved in here. Maybe Steve is right, maybe there is potential for me to get back into review writing. It's certainly worth a try."

Remy sealed the now filled bag and shook open another one. "I've been in a blue funk far too long, that one preview I wrote might get picked up and bring me a little cash, then I can get at least a new shirt and start doing the theatre rounds again. If my memory serves, Alicia still writes for Harlequin Magazine and she has contacts that may be willing to talk to me."

He sealed the second bag and cleared a pile of dishes off the table, then started hot water running into the sink, ready to start washing up. "Thank heavens I always remembered to pay my electricity bill, even when I was drunk or stoned, mum's teaching must have sunk in pretty hard. I can just imagine her outrage at the way I let things go here."

Before starting the washing up, Remy crossed to the living room and opened some windows, then turned on the pedestal fan he brought out from the bedroom. "Time to clear the stink out of here," he said to himself. 
"I'm actually glad Steve dropped in, his honest words have been a wake up call."

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Whew! I'm back for now, but who knows for how long?

Sorry to give you all a scare like that, but I was a bit scared myself too, so hope you'll all forgive me.

My sweet little laptop has been acting oddly for  a couple of weeks now, I'm happily doing whatever and suddenly she turns herself off. I let her nap for a while then start up again.

Today? She took a nap, so I went off and did other houseworky things, then turned her on again and all was well for a while, then  off she went again, but with a tiny popping sound this time. 
So of course I got all panicky and texted no-one for help, she talked me through finding blogger on my phone and from there I managed to sign in and leave the previous message.

I have to say, typing on that tiny screen is something I'd rather not do again, so of my lovely does die, you won't hear from me until I replace her.
Let's all cross our fingers that doesn't happen okay?

When I turned her on and she booted up oh-so-slowly, I got busy and wrote, then scheduled, my Wednesday's Words on a Friday post, so you're in luck, there's a story for you to read tomorrow.
With a little more luck, I'll get a Sunday Selections scheduled too, I usually do that on Saturdays and I don't see any reason to change my routine too much.

I should probably start putting aside whatever spare cash I can towards a new laptop, just in case.

MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY

My computer appears to have died, which means my Wednesday's Words on a Friday won't appear since I haven't written it yet and I'm not typing out a story on this tiny phone screen, sorry. I'll try starting up the computer again later, maybe it just needs a nap, but is has been acting oddly these last two weeks.  I probably won't be able to see your replies, I had a hard enough time finding out how to do this much :(

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Whimsical Wednesday # 262

Welcome back to Whimsical Wednesday!

The day for your googled giggle that gets you over the hump that is Wednesday and sliding down into the weekend.

Yeah! Let them try it for a while, see how they manage without all their perks and rorts.
 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Musical Monday # 135

 Musical Monday

I was introduced to Musical Monday by Delores who copied the meme from another site.
I think it’s a fun way to show off some of the music we like and brighten up our Mondays at the same time. 


I’ll be finding my clips on you tube, so will simply credit that site since there are often so many versions of everything and I wouldn’t want to accidentally credit the wrong artist.




Today’s clip is: Psuedo Echo:

Funky Town
one of my all time favourites

Psuedo Echo is an Australian band formed in Melbourne in 1982
 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Selections # 310

Welcome back to Sunday Selections.

Begun way back in the mist of time by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock and now continued by me, with a drastic relaxation of rules.


Originally meant for showcasing old photos lost on your files, never seeing the light of day, the meme has morphed into photos of your choice, new or old, good or not-so-good, anything you please, but nothing rude please.


If you are participating, please leave me a comment so I can buzz along and have a look.
Elephant's Child always participates, and her pictures are always worth seeing.


Let's begin today's selection with :

agapanthus, the white variety which is finally blooming at the end of my path

Sir Sleepyhead, taking up valuable table space

how can I say no to a face like this?

here's something unexpected, a large cobweb growing from my ceiling down into the smoke alarm. I can't believe I didn't notice it! And I wouldn't have if one loose strand over by the cornice started blowing in the breeze from the fan.

a row of hanging pots, each with cuttings of Christmas cactus, standing tall and strong. As soon as they show evidence of growth, I'll hang them somewhere.

this strong little jade has grown from a single leaf tossed into this pot some time last year. It's about four inches tall.

my pelargonium cuttings got off to a good start but seem to be at a standstill, tiny buds of green have disappeared on some while others now have tiny leaves. Possibly I let them dry out too much😕

my porch pots are beginning to resemble a small jungle

the pot at the bottom of the steps has a bunch of self sown marigolds doing well

the white geranium cutting in the same pot took a battering from rains

but another tiny piece of stem has set down roots and now has plenty of leaves.

moving inside:

an unusual shadow on the inside of the front door

made by this windchime; the shadow is thrown by the kitchen light which now has a new glass shade,

which throws a really pretty pattern

this fabric was option #2 when I was shopping for fabric to make a bathroom curtain.

option #1 was the eventual choice for the curtain, because the teal and white matches her shower curtain, while the grey squares are the same shade as her towels. But she also really liked the striped fabric,

and asked if I could make her some pillowcases.

"of course," I said, "just let me try to remember how." I haven't made a pillowcase since this child of mine was a baby. Turned out well, didn't they?

I even got the stripes to match up really closely 😀

Angel has a new placemat, I wondered if he would shy away from it at first, being new and having that "new" smell, but he came inside really hungry and couldn't have cared less. 

here's my tea infuser, I've named him fishducky 

and my minions mug. some of you may remember I posted this cartoon as a Whimsical Wednesday entry and said at the time I was going to have this printed on a mug. And here it is, the print is on both sides, because the cost was the same for two sides as one.