2014 has entered our lives with a bang!!!
January 1st – The toilet in the small bathroom quit ‘doing its thing’ (joy, joy, happy, happy).
January 2nd – Son left mid-day to return to Hawaii. I have never seen people so glum and not wanting to go back to perpetually warm weather before in my life. Although I do admit I love my seasons and would not like to give them up. Luckily (since it was his prime wish while he was home) Mother Nature cooperated (kinda, sorta) and we had a bit more than a dusting of snow on Wednesday evening/Thursday morning. So he did get to see snow.
January 2nd early afternoon – When going to mail some packages, we discovered that multiple electronics on the vehicle no longer worked … but then after a bit they started again … but then the next time we started the vehicle they didn’t work again. So that will be off to the shop the first of next week for repair :-(.
January 3rd: In the morning (of course the day after son left-since he is the computer person) hubbers got some kind of virus and/or malware on his computer which would not let him do anything. So I spent a chunk of time cleaning that stuff off. Yes, yes, we have a virus program – but the sly devils tricked him into believing it was a Microsoft update so he told the virus program to stand down.
January 3rd: In the evening of the 3rd while washing the dishes, the dishwasher died a horrible death [horrible only because that meant me doing dishes by hand :-)]
January 4th: In the afternoon, it was off to Lowe’s (at hubbers’ insistence – gotta love a considerate husband) to purchase a new dishwasher. It is ‘supposed’ to be installed sometime next week.
January 4th: During the evening … no nothing bad. I had my first NEW learning experience of the New Year. I formated a document for a printed publication on Create Space (a research/historical compilation). I’m going to wait to upload it until tomorrow or later [have had enough 🙁 for a while.]
[This section edited to remove names and clarify.] Actually the yuck stuff started at the end of 2013 when, during the week between Christmas & New Year, I took my old computer (and it is old-but it is also the only computer which runs several programs I use frequently) to a national company’s repair people.
I specified that I ONLY wanted them to:
physically clean the machine inside and out,
Test to see if any fans etc needed replacing,
Since I purchased the virus program/licenses via them – to install the program
In their infinite wisdom they ran all kinds of diagnostics etc. on it and “deleted a bunch of stuff that ‘you didn’t need'” … which included THE program needed for the computer to receive the communications from the scanner/printer (does a lot more than that) and which translates documents into a pdf format. No problem … just reinstall … right? NO. They managed to also remove the driver for the cd drive so that the computer does not recognize it has one … so reinstalling is a definite “no go”! Even after I take it back out there for them to fix the CD so it works … it will cost another $100 or more to get the technie to come to the house to set up all the fine points of communication between machine/computer. (If the company will even do it – they may no longer support the machine.)
With all the company visiting, things breaking and needing replacing or repair, I couldn’t say this first part of 2014 has been conducive to creative writing. BUT I re-learned all kinds of things that I’d forgotten how to do in MS Word (I used to teach courses in Word-but when I don’t use some facets of a program, I forget how to do them. And it has been more than twenty years since I worried about certain kinds of formatting.)
If the first four days are a representative sample of this year, then 2014 will be a “learning year” – so all is good.