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Monday, March 11, 2013

Monday Musings.

I am both frustrated and relieved that my computer is almost terminal.  I tend to have a love/hate relationship with all things electronic - love that my computer allows me to reach out into the blogosphere where all you wonderful people are.  Hate that it devours so much of my time (if I let it) - and that it is so, well, one dimensional.  I find that the internet crowds out any chance I may have of deeper thinking.  It's like instant gratification and, while I admit to being a fan of IG, it reminds me of cheeze doodles.  You crunch into one and, WHAM!  There's that intense cheezy flavor.  For a second.  Then there's nothing but orange dust and air.  Hmm.  Is that why it's so important to shovel hundreds of them into your maw?  Personally speaking, of course...

Then there is my beloved Lulabelle.  That would be my ten-year-old-this-year Ford Focus wagon with 210,000+ miles on her little chassis.  Driving from the feed store to VT this weekend, I saw that the Check Engine light had winked on.  Not good.  So I drove her straight to my mechanic, where she was hooked up to the computer for diagnostics.  I waited a tense 45 minutes (thank goodness for tote-able knitting projects) for the diagnosis.  Seems it has to do with air intake.  There's a leak(s) somewhere - gasket?  manifold?  Whatever the problem, there is a great deal of Cha-CHING involved.  They reset the light for me and we are taking a wait-and-see approach.  Have I mentioned that I love my mechanic?  I do.  Nicest guy ever, hands down.

However, the Universe has tucked me under her wing this week.  I sold my old riding mower, as I inherited my dad's.  And it should be almost enough to cover Lulabelle's recovery.  Life is interesting in that way.  I was very happy to notice that I did not do my usually hand-wringing and thinking it was the EOTWAIKI (end of the world as I know it).  I was calm.  I was allowing myself to feel that all would be well.  What a nice change.

So, my dearies, there may be a lack of blogging on my part for a while.  It is not because I have taken a long walk off a short pier.  It's more of an access thing.  I will sneak some blogging in, here and there, until I resolve my computer dilemma.  New vs. more patchwork.  I will pop up in your comments, just to let you know I'm still around.

11 comments:

  1. Having visited someone who has a brandy new laptop with the latest software, I, for a moment, contemplated getting a new one myself. But, since mine still works fine, I will wait....but it was exciting to see all the new bells and whistles.

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    1. Heavens! I think YOURS is the cat's meow! I am going back and forth over whether or not to get one. I don't think there is much 'fabric' left on the old one to patch up.

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  2. I spend so much time on this computer that I'm actually contemplating asking DH to ration my keyboard time!!! Now, that's drastic action. I miss it something fierce when I can't touch bases with all my blog pals throughout the world. But, it sure eats up time for other things. Alas. Self-discipline never was a strong suit.

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    1. That's the rub, isn't it? I feel isolated if I don't read all my favorite blogs - which sometimes lead to other exciting and interesting blogs, which lead to....you know. I could never give it up.

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  3. Thanks for letting us know what is what in case you do disappear for a while. (We will know you have just taken on a second job -- probably an hour's drive away in the opposite direction from your home and "real" job -- to pay for your new computer and car repairs!)

    We are also facing having to replace both my and hubby's computer. Ours are truly so old that our computer guru daughter just shakes her head and wonders how ours have ever managed to last so long being as old as they are. (Kind of just like her parents.) She maintains they should not still be functioning. (The computers, that is.) And car repairs? We're motoring down the road this afternoon to pick up one of our vehicles that was sick but now has been healed and is ready to go. Sigh.

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  4. Mama Pea - My computer is about 10+ years old. I like it (can you tell I hate change?) but it's freezing up almost constantly. Sort of like my knees.. :) Yes, we can always count on car repairs and every other thing breaking down. Keeps us on our old creaky toes, right? Speaking of mine, that is...

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  5. You know it actually makes me mad that you can not live in America 2013 without a computer. I just had a doctors appt and everything needed to be filled out on line. Many professional companies will only deal with you through email. It is becoming impossible to conduct any business like a human being. So making a purchase that can run up to $1000+ has become a "need". I hate it. And computers seem to have brought so much more filth, theft, bulling, mis-information, lies, scams, etc into ours and our childrens lives. And we have to PAY for this. Sigh.

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  6. Susan, don't fret over the check engine light.... I drive a '95 Dodge truck and the light comes on whenever I get down to a quarter tank of gas. I had it into Dodge for service and they could not get it to come on. Two things I do .... stop, turn off the key and it will restart without the light, other thing is stop turn it off and take the gas cap off and put it back, found the gas cap trick on Mercury wagon. Good luck.

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  7. I went the new computer route a couple of years ago. Once I got used to the new things, I love it! You will too.

    I do spend too much time on it and on reading. Sometimes i feel guilty that I am 'wasting' too much time. Then I think, at my age, I deserve it! I will take some time off from both when yard and gardening season hits.......maybe.

    Glad the car wasn't a high dollar repair. We went through a similar thing with the truck. Sometimes it just wouldn't start; it is supposed to be fixed now but I still worry.

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  8. Shoot, my check engine light on my 2006 Kia has been on for almost a year now! Luckily, my mechanic says there is nothing wrong, it's just a computer thingy.
    At least computers are not as expensive as they used to be. You can really get a lot of bang for your buck.
    I do find myself spending way too much time in the blogosphere but being home alone five days a week, it has become my social outlet. (sigh)

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  9. I too am now having car "issues", will be taking my baby in soon to see if she can get what she needs to make a Minnesota trip - I thought about renting a car but when I saw it would be about 1300 for the amount of time I need it there is no way... that money could bring my own car back to tip top shape again LOL! This too shall pass, right? Sorry to hear about your computer issues, that strikes terror in me since I have been procrastinating backing up and organizing my stuff... better put that on the list too!

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