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08-14-2016 Journal – My Almost Friend!   Leave a comment

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Mother Nature is normally not my friend.

We celebrated yesterday because it finally rained.  Not like the dozen or so sprinkles we’ve received in recent weeks but an honest-to-god rain shower.  The rain cooled things off overnight but ten minutes after the sun came out this morning the temperature zoomed back to 90 degrees.

I should be happy . . right?   Not very.  We need a good five or six days of rain just to get the water levels back where they belong.  Early this morning at 5am both my better-half and I were awaken by the sounds of tree branches cracking. Just outside our bedroom window a rather large tree branch snapped and barely missing the house.  This portion of the tree was obviously dead and we knew it was only a matter of time before it fell.  I once attempted to climb the tree with a chain saw to cut it down but it was just too dangerous.

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The house is just a few feet to the right of the photograph.

How it missed the house is a mystery but thank god it did. That’s the second time in the last year a tree has fallen close to the house and missed it completely.  We must have a guardian angel keeping an eye on things.

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Mother Nature isn’t usually this kind.  I remember a time in Massachusetts that we had a storm that dropped a 100 foot tall oak tree onto our backyard and took the corner of my house with it.  At the same time a giant pine tree fell on my car in the driveway and crushed it completely.  I count my blessings any time she chooses to leave me alone. Today was one of those days.

MOTHER NATURE IS NOT NICE

05-30-2015 Journal – Computer Nightmare!   Leave a comment

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Gardening and other outdoor pursuits have taken a spot much lower on my priorities list today. Yesterday we had a very short thunderstorm (badly needed) but with it came many problems.  Some sort of power surge crashed my home network and fried my router. I spent most of yesterday attempting to repair and correct the problems.  What a pain in the butt.

My home network is quite comprehensive (when working) and an absolute nightmare when it isn’t.  Losing the router shut down our alarm system, the telephone system, the Xbox, the DVD player, the MyCloud, the Internet, and all printing capabilities.  It’s times like these that force me to realize just how much our household relies on this damn technology.

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After doing a lot of testing I determined the router had truly been destroyed.  Since it was rather old replacing it wasn’t that big of a deal.  Unfortunately that old router had been attached to the Time Warner modem on the Internet feed which was also badly damaged. It was off to my home-away-from-home, Best Buy, to begin the rebuilding process.  I upgraded to a newer model of  router and also purchased a network battery backup system. Then I stopped off at Time Warner on the way home and traded in the old modem for a new data modem.

I returned home and installed the new equipment which turned out to be much easier than I anticipated.  Good news, right?  No effing way.  As I began the process of making sure all of our devices were reprogrammed to the new system I found a new problem caused by the upgrade.  My “Old Faithful” of a desktop computer refused to connect to the new and improved network.  Unfortunately this desktop is four years old and is my main storage device  for over five thousand music files and an additional twenty-five thousand photographs. Please, just shoot me now.

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The desktop also has my only working copy of Windows Live Writer which is one of the best programs ever created for posting blogs. Microsoft in it’s infinite wisdom has discontinued the product and that puts me in a serious bind.  If I can’t resolve the network issues with this computer I’ll be totally and truly screwed.  The repair work will continue today and this posting will probably be handled through the WordPress system.

I love computers but OMFG can they be frustrating.  Between virus protection, firewalls, hackers, and network requirements, it can make a person crazy.  Hopefully I’ll figure things out quickly but as always with computers I expect the worst. I’ll keep you posted ( no pun intended).

06-23-2013   Leave a comment

Maybe my lucks changing.  After being flattened for almost a full week with some kind of flu I’m almost back to normal (whatever that is).  Someone asked me if I was back to 100% yet and I could only smile.  I stated the obvious that I hadn’t been a 100% since 1996.  It was a vicious little virus that did a real job on everyone who was unlucky enough to catch it.

I started feeling much better and what did I hear next.  Thunderstorm alerts and warnings for our immediate area.  You might think that’s a bad thing but not for me.  I freaking love thunderstorms.  They started just as it was getting dark and they were beautiful.  I wanted to sit  out on the deck for a while but the rain was a little too intense for that.  For almost three hours there was crackling lightning, heavy rains, and a howling wind.  It was fantastic and I enjoyed every second of it.  Unfortunately we get very few of these storms so I have to take the time to enjoy them when we do.

There wasn’t much else for the better-half and I to do but sit quietly, enjoy the storm, and talk about our day.  I love our satellite  TV system but even it can’t stand up to heavy rain like we were getting.  It took hours for the signal to get through the heaviest of the downpours so we could be blessed with the standard list of reruns and crappy TV.

We’ve been buying more movies of late because of all the disappointing TV that just never seems to get any better.  Recently during a weekend of free HBO and SHO I watched one of the recent ridiculous remakes of our beloved fairy tales, Snow White and the Huntsman.  It wasn’t totally awful thanks to Charlize Theron but peppering our childhood tales with massive amounts of violence tends to make me uncomfortable and more than a little concerned for the young kids who are watching them.

As I was out shopping the next day I saw a sale for another insane remake of a fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel.  I took a chance and paid good money for it.  What a mistake.  The entire story was so badly rewritten that I walked away and refused to watch the last twenty minutes.  Badly used profanity by the female lead was laughable.  I understand using appropriately blunt profanity to make a movie feel more authentic but this was just really stupid.  It did seem they were setting it up at the end for a possible sequel but I hope that doesn’t happen.  Two wrongs have never made a right and these two would be no exception.  If you haven’t seen it, don’t waste your time or your money.

I can tell I’m on the mend because the urge to criticize has been growing steadily for the last few hours.  I should be back in fighting form soon with my keyboard in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.  Life will soon be good again.