Why I’m Not Absent Yet Even Though I Said I Would Be

Yesterday, I signed off by saying I was going to set up the new computer.

Which I tried to do.  I’m not a novice at setting up computers, and today’s computers are relatively simple to switch.  I was so excited that I had the old unit out, the new unit in, and most of the wires attached within minutes.

Until –

I found myself holding the cord for the old monitor which I planned to use until my new monitor comes in.  Looking between the cord and the back of the new computer, I realized there was nowhere to plug the old monitor in.  Say what?  I’ve done this numerous times, it can’t be that hard, right?

So I called the Geek Squad at Best Buy and explained I had just brought home this new computer but couldn’t figure out where to plug in the old (really old) monitor.

Which is when I learned that computer hookups have been changed, and the old VGA plug will no longer fit without an adapter.  The tech suggested that since a new monitor would be coming within the week, I probably should wait rather than buy the adapter.  Having spent more money this week than I wanted to (damn furnace), I agreed.

(Yes, I could have avoided this particular problem by purchasing either a laptop or an all-in-one, but I happen to like the power of a tower.)

So, the old computer went back into place.

And wouldn’t you know it? After uninstalling and reinstalling, that old computer seems to be running just fine now.


But the new computer is sitting in an open box, so if I returned it I would have to pay an open box fee.  And I really am looking forward to the new computer’s upgraded features and capabilities.

Just another day in Cordelia’s Mom’s World, where nothing ever goes exactly as it should.  At least the old furnace is still limping along and should make it through today (knock on wood).

Happy Sunday, folks.  If you’re a Superbowl fan, enjoy the game; if not, enjoy the quiet.


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… And That Would Be Three

Superstition holds that bad (or unlucky) things always come in threes.

First, my desk chair broke on the day our kitchen pipes froze.  I had to order a new chair.  Which, by the way, I love.

Then, my computer began exhibiting death throes, and I had to buy a new one.  We were hit by a blizzard at the same time, but there was a lull late on Thursday afternoon so I could drive over to the big box store and pick up my new computer.   The roads were icy, visibility was near zero due to blowing snow, and even my all-wheel-drive SUV did some sliding.  I didn’t venture out again, but I did have my new computer.

Which is still sitting in the box today (Saturday) because there was a third event which took priority …

Our furnace died.  Yesterday, hubby got up for work and I got up to go to my Remicade infusion, and realized the house was unusually cold.  Sure it was below zero (Fahrenheit) outside, but still.

The thermostat read 61 F.

We had recently had the thermostat installed; thus, hubby figured it was a programming problem.  But he couldn’t get the heat to kick on no matter what buttons he pushed.  We called the company who installed the thermostat (and the furnace), and they couldn’t even give us an estimated time to come over.  Nor, could they (or would they) put hubby on the phone with a tech who could walk him through the programming.  The customer service rep merely said they would try to call us “sometime today.”  Really?  We had no heat, and the thermostat was now down to 60 F.

We assumed it wasn’t the furnace because that same company  had come out in October, checked everything, and said the furnace was fine.

It wasn’t.

Frustrated, my husband called our favorite contractor, Roy’s Plumbing & Heating, which has done extensive plumbing for us.  They said they would come between noon and 2.  This, despite the high volume of calls they were receiving due to the blizzard and extreme cold.  Of course, we are preferred customers due to the amount of business we’ve given them over the past few years – remember? – they even sent me gourmet cookies after our last humungous job!

I love Roy’s.  The town building inspector loves Roy’s (because they do everything by the book).  But there’s only so much that can be done late on a Friday afternoon after a blizzard and during extreme cold.


I went to my infusion, hubby stayed home and met with the Roy’s tech.  Other patients in the infusion room were quite entertained by the stream of phone calls between hubby and me (what else can you find amusing after going through a 2-day blizzard and then having to undergo IV therapy?).

The furnace installed by the former owners was, in the opinion of the Roy’s tech (and in the opinion of a subsequent tech from a different company), an inferior model with design defects.  Yes, it could be repaired, but parts would have to be ordered.  The total cost for repairs would be around $2,000, and longevity could not be guaranteed.  (This was borne out by the second contractor we called.  We take no estimate at face value, even from contractors we’ve used before and trust.)

The guy in the chair next to me apparently knew everything about everything and jumped right in while I was on the phone with hubby.  He knew someone who could put a new furnace in for $1500.

No, I don’t trust total strangers, even if they suffer from the same condition I do, and his contact was someone who works off the books.  Thanks, but we need guarantees and licenses, and assurances that the proper building permits will be obtained.

Hubby asked the Roy’s tech to price a new furnace and was told the earliest they could get a salesperson out for an estimate would be Tuesday.

The house was now at 54 F and still dropping.

Hubby set up the appointment just to be safe in case we couldn’t reach anyone else late on a Friday afternoon.  Did I mention it was a blizzard and extreme cold?  HVAC contractors were all buried (pardon the pun).

To give Roy’s additional credit, the tech stayed and got the furnace working (more or less) and showed hubby how to keep it limping along until a new furnace could be installed.  He charged us only for the service call, and said that fee would be applied against a new furnace should we decide to go with Roy’s.

Which we would have done, except that we couldn’t wait until Tuesday to get just an estimate, with the install to follow sometime after that.

Did I mention that we had a furnace which kept dying and having to be re-set and could die permanently at any time?  It was zero degrees outside!

So, hubby called Emerald Heating, which had installed the furnace in our prior house.  The representative came out within the hour, and they can install the new furnace on Monday.  A good quality furnace at a price we can afford, and like Roy’s, they do everything by the book.

Additionally, it was mentioned that should our current furnace fail completely over the weekend, Emerald will bring heaters to us so we can stay in the house.  Which is good.  We really don’t want to take Puppy Cody to a motel.  She hates motels – and this is Superbowl Weekend (party time at motels).


We’re set up for 8:30 Monday morning.  I can hardly wait.  There will be no heat that day, but we can deal with that.

Of course, now there will be that extra expense to pay, but that’s life.  Welcome to working-class America, where the fun never ends!

(BTW, I am now going to disconnect this computer and set up my new one.  Leave comments if you wish, but don’t be concerned if I don’t respond immediately.)

Too cold to shovel any more. Let’s head back in.


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Waiting for the Final Gasp

Wouldn’t you know it – I just finished paying off my furniture, thereby eliminating one monthly payment from my budget, and now my computer has decided it’s going to die real soon.

The silly machine has been exhibiting signs of extreme illness for months.  One by one the USB ports have failed, it’s become slower and slower to boot up and shut off, and it’s constantly freezing in the middle of whatever I’m trying to do.  I was hoping to manage with it for as long as possible, despite the annoyances.

But tonight when I tried to boot up, I got a message:  “Error in loading operating system.”  Twice.  The third time, it did boot up but only after I unplugged the external hard drive.

All those lights stopped working a long time ago.

Now, I’m in no way a geeky person, but I gotta assume that “Error in loading operating system” is not a good thing.  I still remember the time a computer gave me a message that it was “unable to find operating system“, and I remember the tech support guy saying, “Well, that’s not good.”  I imagine my current computer will soon have that same message.

Thus, I’ve gone online and ordered a new computer.  (Thank heavens they have interest-free financing!)  It will be at the store tomorrow, but we’re expecting one to two feet of snow with blizzard-like conditions and sub-zero temperatures so I don’t think I’ll be going shopping any time soon.

The reason I’m telling you all this is so you aren’t concerned if you don’t hear from me for a few days.  I suspect that once I turn this computer off tonight, it will be done for good.

If I’m absent for awhile and you really miss me, don’t forget you can always read some of my older posts.  Just click on the links on the right sidebar.

And please enjoy this week’s photographic offerings:

It’s Not All Black and White (sometimes there’s a little gray)


The Tower at UB South Campus, Buffalo, NY, USA (View 1)

The Tower at UB South Campus, Buffalo, NY, USA (View 2)

And now I must spend the rest of this evening frantically copying files to the external hard drive (if the computer will recognize it).

‘Night, all.


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Winter Day Time Out

Aren’t bloggers wonderful?

Because I’m a perfectionist, at least with respect to my fledgling artistic talents, I’ve been bemoaning the fact that my photographs haven’t been … well, picture perfect … right from the get-go.  When my little point-and-click Olympus seemed to be taking blurry photos, I coughed up the cash to buy an advanced point-and-click Nikon Coolpix B700 because it seemed to have all the features I’d like, an extraordinary zoom capacity, and I wouldn’t have to carry around all those extra lenses and filters (read that story, here).

I suppose I expected the newer, more expensive camera to take professional, award-winning photos despite the lack of experience of its user.  Surely, the owner’s manual would tell me how to use all those features, and if not, there are always photography-for-dummies books in the library.

But guess what – those books are confusing!  It takes years to develop photography skills, and it takes a certain amount of talent.  Needless to say, some people have more raw talent than others.  But I’m working at it, and each photo seems to be just a wee bit better than the last one, at least in my view.

In any event, every time I’ve expressed any doubts about my photographic skills, other bloggers have jumped in to reassure me.

Especially Amy Rose.  Amy seems to have made it her personal goal to boost me up every time I slide down emotionally, even to the point of taking time out of her very. very busy schedule to write a detailed comment explaining camera functions like lighting and aperture.

And then there is Marilyn Armstrong, who commented about  editing a photo’s tilt.  That aspect had never even occurred to me; I always just assumed that if I hadn’t held the camera perfectly straight, there was no way to fix that picture.  At my age, holding anything straight is a challenge!

Today’s two photos are for Amy and Marilyn.  There maybe would have been more, but hey, it was cold out there!

Thank you to Amy, Marilyn, and all the other bloggers who have provided much-appreciated technical and emotional support for both my writing and my photos.  You are all awesome!



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