back and forth…one step at a time

Well, I have been dealing with Life, as it is called, for several weeks. A lot has happened.

Son Scott hopped a ride to the hospital in an ambulance…his first such trip. He had a stent inserted to his heart, which repaired a 99% blockage. For months he had pains off and on, usually put down as indigestion or muscle strain. He had no signs of having a heart attack, but when they did miscellaneous tests they discovered the blockage. He came home in just a couple of days and has had physical restrictions lifted. He is 59. He is fine now, says he feels better than he has for ages.

On another situation, my computer died. Really, and while it was doing that it managed to wipe out an old laptop that was about eight years old. The poor thing tried to reboot, but after Microsoft kindly installed those years of updates … from Windows 7 the poor baby advanced to Windows 10. This isn’t the first time I had a crash, but this one lasted longer than just a few days,

So I bought a refurbished Dell from Walmart Refurbs and it is a beauty! I paid around $300 for it, a tower and a really nice keyboard, and mouse. I think I have had 10 computers since 1983, when I bought my first computer, not counting tablets and other devices.

The new Dell requires a LOT of attention, installing and activating apps and programs that need to be put in. I hate to say it, but my brain is getting to the point where some of that old information in the dusty old filing cabinets of my brain …virtual as they are…will need to be jettisoned to make room for new.

It is so annoying when I find that I have to reload and restablish fonts of facts and tid bits of conjecture. Some how I have been laboring under the delusion that my notebooks with passwords and passphrases, codes, and completely foreign symbols and caricatures were still viable keys to the myriad of facts. Some times I suspect that ET has added characters and marks to my notes as I sleep.

Let’s see. Oh, I know… three days ago I noticed the little early daffodils marching across my back yard had begun to pop out in all their yellow glory. The next day it rained all day. Yesterday it snowed…and overnight it snowed even more and piled three or four inches of snow on top of the yellow flowers. Yeah, I know, no biggies really…it actually prolongs the life of daffodils. I have seen daffodils literally crawling out of a snow drift.

On that note I’m going to see if we can find a movie on TV. Good luck wih that 🙂

19 thoughts on “back and forth…one step at a time

  1. I’m glad and relieved to know your son is well. I have stents, too, and appreciate having them. I hope your new-to-you computer is a good one for you. And it’s great the daffodils are fine with adverse weather. A lesson to us all.

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    1. Thanks, Chris. I had a very similar experience a few years ago, “discomfort” (I rarely say pain) and no sign of any heart issues…until they did a scan and found a 75% blockage, and had two stents put in. So maybe its a genetic thing.

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  2. Glad to hear your son got the treatment he needed and is feeling much better. Changing computers is always a pain and takes far longer than you think it is going to do and is far more fiddly than anticipated too!

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  3. Sounds like you’ve had a stressful time. 😦 I’m glad Scott is feeling so much better. You must have been so worried.
    All I can say re the computer is…commiserations. We can’t live without them, but boy can they be a pain in the proverbial. 🙂

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      1. -nods- these days I cheat. I only install the most critical software on the C: drive. Things like my games which can take up to 80 GB go onto my second harddrive so if I need to start from scratch it’s not completely from scratch. Still a process and a half though. :/

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      2. I thought I had lost all of the photos on my hard drive, and would need to reinstate them from their original little disk. But actually when I tried to publish a new post I just for the heck of it accessed my “Media Files” and to my vast joy there were all my “lost” photos. Thanks to WordPress I think. All of my pics are alive and well. my happiness knows no bounds!

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      3. I believe WordPress stores all of our files on its own servers so they’re like a ‘backup’. Very handy.
        Speaking of harddrives, I’ve lost way too much when they die so I now have thumbdrives for ‘small’ backups and an external harddrive for big backups. Stuff will always fall through the cracks, but at least it won’t be everything.

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      4. I do have backups in various forms, thank the goddess, including thousands of slides from pre-digital days. I really need to edit all of the “junk” from over the years. That should keep me busy. I have countless slides from when the kids were young, and from the travel photos we (mostly Bob) took over the years. Back to the days when Jeri was little…when the slide projector came out she would jump up and down on the couch for joy. 🙂 Others suddenly found things to do elsewhere when “Mom brought out her new slides.” 🙂 HAHA

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      5. lmao – I didn’t inherit many slides from my Mum, but she was a demon for taking photos. I have a million from when the Offspring was little that I need to go through too. I should probably scan them onto the computer. -sigh-

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      6. Curating other people’s lives is almost impossible. My Dad’s sister took heaps of photos of friends and her colleagues from work. Dad may have met some of them on his visits back to Hungary but I certainly didn’t. Now they sit in boxes waiting for goodness knows what. I don’t have the heart to throw them out. 😦

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      7. My cousin Ruby gave me an album of wonderful photos. My side of the family I recognized, but her Dad’s side I didn’t. There’s a photo of triplet boys/men…I asked her who they were and she said “who cares?” That’s the attitude a lot of people have about family photos. 🙂 Some of my in-laws took lots of great photos of Cleveland (Ohio) back in the day…very interesting.

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      8. Yes, it seems as if photos of place are more interesting, historically, than photos of people. Unless they’re incredibly famous of course. -rolls eyes-

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      9. The thing about old photos…the people can be whomever we want them to be. In my family only a handful are interested…Jeri absolutely LOVES old photos…the image of her jumping up and down on the sofa waiting for the current slide show always comes to mind. 🙂

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  4. I hope things settle down for you in a good way. Glad your son is okay. As far as spring goes please keep your seatbelt fastened and your crash helmet on until the ride comes to a full and complete stop.

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    1. oh yes, seatbelt and helmets are a must. By the way, is it too late/early to plant my Lily seeds from last year? Whis is best, to lay the seeds out in flat trays or what? I have a small area where my “old” lilies are, and am thinking of tearing out a dubious old blue-holly shrub that takes up too much room and doesn’t look that great anymore.

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      1. I did not get distracted. What room am I in ? Anyway back to your seeds. Planting indoors or outdoors is the question ? You can plant them in the ground outside mid April. Indoors anytime. A lot of people use the large beverage solo cups and plant several seeds per cup. The deep cup gives lots of room for the daylily roots. Put in some drainage holes.

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      2. what a great suggestion…the solo cups! Also, I recently saw an idea on HomeTalk or whatever its called, they used toilet paper rolls to start individual seeds and then plant the whole thing. I’m definitely going to try the SOLO cup thing. thanks 🙂

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