November 6, 2020

Yesterday I mentioned that some new pictures would get posted today and here I am, late and with no new pictures. Had the best intentions yet life managed to get in the way. Heard that happens sometimes.

The tower in our desktop computer went out so was working with the laptop. Early morning we decided to replace the tower now and worry about it later. Who would have figured we’d spend so much time in an electronics store waiting for someone to get us a tower and let us pay too much for it.

Of course I got sticker shock again as a tower equivalent to the old one would run around $1,500. Seems crazy to pay that for something I can carry out to the car myself in a box that easily fits in the trunk. So since the wife made it an early Christmas gift we picked up a tower with about half of the features the old one had. Not complaining as I picked it out myself.

And as happens, I learned something. Someone once said something like ‘you never know how old you really are until you sit on the floor and try to get up.’ Boy howdy! Even just getting under the desk was a lot harder than it was when I put the other tower in. Of course the swap took longer than I first thought due to not being as pliable as I once was.

So we’re up and running while trying to figure out bookmarks we lost and other files when the old tower died. We’ll learn as we go. Enjoy our Friday, or as some call it day28 of election returns coverage. Now for some coffee. Comments are always welcome.

Just a few thoughts

September 21, 2020

Think we have the htich in my giddy up fixed now as 2020 continues
to be a pain in the butt. Said hitch was the computer crashing and
all that ensues when running Windows 7. Could be time for a new
operating system or even a new computer.

After things were back up in running order I asked the wife to
forward me a joke she thought might work for the Sunday Snicker. She
sent the joke I used yesterday but it wasn’t the joke I had in mind.

I told her what I remembered of the joke and she claims she never
heard of it, or sent it. This could be either the twilight zone or
me losing what little bit’s left of my mind. It could even have been a dream, although I don’t remember dreaming about reading e-mails before.

So yesterday afternoon I got a pizza from a real pizza joint to
celebrate the computer working again. Said pizza came from a real
Italian place called Uncle Bill’s. Ok, the name isn’t Italian but
the box the pizza came in did have a map of Italy on it!

Then I was going to get more pictures yesterday and even went outside carrying the camera. Problem was there was nothing to shoot. No clouds in the sky, birds in the trees, or feral cats anywhere. So I came back in.

So enjoy our Monday as it’s the first day of the week. Now for
some coffee.
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It’s finally here!

July 15, 2020

Picture from Car and Driver magazine.

Well, the much hyped Ford Bronco has finally made an appearance. It
has been delayed, pushed back, and the subject of much speculation,
but the news is out. The base 2-door model will run you around
$29,995 and the base 4-door around $34,995.

A standard transmission is only available on the base model and
with over 200 options your dream 4×4 could end up costing you over
$60,000. Like the looks but am not putting $100.00 down on one to
reserve it.

The base 2-door and 4-door models come with a 2.3 liter EcoBoost
four cylinder engine that makes 270 horsepower and plenty of torque.
Among the engine choices is an optional 2.7 liter EcoBoost V-6 that
puts out 310 horsepower through a 10-speed automatic.

About the only thing I don’t like about it is dial where the
shifter used to be. First used it on the wifes car and am still not
used to it. The Sport button in the center is fun to play with

If you want to know more about trim levels, costs, and more
information, go to this link.

So enjoy our Wednesday as we will. Now I need more coffee.
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Was going crazy, came back

July 7, 2020

Time to admit I’ve been sweating bullets this week as I ordered a
ring from a jeweler in New York, the wifes birthday is today, and it
wasn’t here yet. Until today. Since the wife likes rose gold thought
something made with that would be nice.

Found a ring that I thought she’d like and started messaging said
jeweler found out 18K rose gold is 75% gold, 22.25% copper, and
2.75% silver. It is sometimes called Russian Gold.

I was still in over my head but figured the copper must be what
gives the gold its reddish tint. At first sight, the one I picked
reminded me of an old Art Deco era DeLahaye. All swoops and swirls
that supposedly represented an eternal love knot.

Not taking into account what the Covid-19 has done to shipping I
ordered the ring in mid-June thinking that was plenty of time to
get here by today. I got lucky.

And that’s how this old fart from Iowa got the wife a gift. It
wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t scientific, and it sure didn’t make
much sense to me, but it’s done.

When I get the wife up for work tonight a ring box will be waiting
on the kitchen table next to her coffee. And off the chance she
doesn’t like it, driving to New York would be faster than mailing
it back.

So Happy Birthday Dear, hope you like the gift. Enjoy our Tuesday
as I’m sure we will. Now I need a lot of coffee and a cheeseburger.
Comments are always welcome.

New plan

June 16, 2020

Got a lot done yesterday and still managed to get a few pictures so
we’ll share some. Later today I’ll be back at it and hopefully get
more done if I don’t get distracted. We’ll see how that goes.

Once again the sky caught my eye and the sun seemed to split this
picture in half. Not fancy, but I like it. This portion of the
western sky stayed this way until almost sunset.

Patches was watching her kitten scamper about but didn’t seem to
have the energy to keep up. She only had the one kitten while
Mamacat had four.

For some reason the computer won’t let me load any more pictures
today so we’ll try to add more later. Once in a while this does
happen so we’ll look at all the angles, throw some ideas at it,
and see if that fixes the problem.

After I finish some more yard work it will get looked at. If
I don’t get distracted, then it would be whenever I get around
to it. But soon. Drives me nuts when I have pictures and ideas
to go with them but can’t get them up.

Hopefully there will be some birds out today as I’d like to get a
picture of something besides cats. Enjoy our Tuesday as we won’t
see another until next week. Now for some coffee and leftover
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When it rains…

April 30, 2020

My desktop went FUBAR 3 days ago and I’ve been trying to bring it
back to life. When we got said computer it was top of the line and
we were told it would be the last one we’d ever need. Bull! Ten
years later here I sit needing another one.

Not sure if the problem is fixed or it’s time to bury the dead, but
will wait and see. Worst case, posts can be done from my laptop until
another tower is bought and installed.

On the virus front it seems like SSDD. We haven’t heard of any riots
but demonstrations are up. The number of fatalities is much lower
than predicted, yet some are stuck at home. And now we have some
businesses claiming they won’t let us in if we don’t wear masks.

Don’t know about you, but I have enough trouble breathing on a
regular day to put a mask on and make it worse. I’d be panting like
like a pug dog in a tail chasing contest! Then we’re told that
social distancing is here to stay even if more states open up.

So I’m at the keyboard hoping this post will make it through the
process without the computer going crazy on me again. Developers
need to put a hood on the towers so we can open up the top to work
on them instead of taking it halfway apart.

Fodder for another day. Enjoy the rest of our Thursday as at least
the weather has been decent here today. I need some coffee no and
a pizza later to get back on track.
Comments are always welcome.

We figured it out

April 22, 2020

The wife and I thought we were handling this stay at home-safe
distancing thing rather well, until today. We had a old small TV in
the kitchen and she wanted a new one. No problem. Went to Wally World and came home with a new 32 inch Vizio smart TV and thought our problems were over.

I hooked up said demon TV from hell and the wife went through the start up guide that came with it. It kept asking for our wi-fi information and wouldn’t accept the password we use. The wife admits to knowing nothing about technology and I know just enough to be dangerous.

So envision her pushing buttons, myself telling her she was hitting
the wrong buttons, and neither of us knowing which buttons to use. A
shouting match ensued and I’m thankful nobody called the police for a
domestic problem. We are not cool headed people when things go down the tubes.

I left to get a HDMI cable and thought that would fix the problem,
but the TV still didn’t recognized the cable as being hooked up. The
wife said “then you try” at one point so I tried to think of any
kids in the neighborhood that more about electronics than we did.

I had nothing. So after several hours of trying the same thing we
tried something different, and it worked! The only problem is I
already forgot what we did to get the set up going and the wife
wasn’t paying attention. If something like this happening again
we’re hiring somebody to install anything that has ‘smart’ on
the box.

The wife is happy now, I’m happy, and we hope you got a smile out
reading this. Enjoy our Wednesday as we’ve marked it off on our
calendar as a day to remember.
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Happy day

February 15, 2020

Well we finally have our computer back. After trying several different
things, a lot of praying, and a little bit of cussing, the desktop is
working again. Not sure who hacked us but will find that out also. The
last time this happened the hacker was tracked to a fine arts college
in Florida and I emailed said college to let them know their system
could have a problem.

We’d like to thank everyone who offered suggestions as we were a
little overwhelmed at first.

Yesterday the wind chills were below zero here yet today we’ll get
into the middle thirties and close to 40 tomorrow. That didn’t stop
the birds from coming out though. The cardinal kept singing for his
mate but she didn’t show up while we were out.

Even the feral cats were out enjoying the sun. They didn’t look
happy to be doing so but they did it anyway. Patches, on the right,
seems to have an attitude problem on a good day.

Before getting the problem fixed I considered getting up into the
neighbors tree house and just look around. My mind changed when an
idea came to me that actually fixed our computer problem. Perhaps
next time.

The Daytona 500 is tomorrow so enjoy the rest of today as we should
now get back to regular postings, again. Now for coffee and a snack.
Comments are always welcome.


February 10, 2020

Was going to post earlier until everything went FUBAR. My desktop would not let me sign in and refused my password so I’m doing a scan. Said scan will take at least 24 hours so I got the laptop out. Every time I do that I’m reminded of what a dial up modem moves like.

My desktop is running Windows 7 which means an update to something a little more modern may be in order. The computer was still fast before it wouldn’t let me log on so it should be worth saving. At least my pictures won’t be affected as I also load them onto a flash drive just in case of glitches like this. I may have my work cut out for me.

I did get one picture of the full moon but it is still in the camera and will be uploaded after the desktop is back up and running or replaced. We’ll have to wait for the scan to finish to find out. Also got pictures of cardinals, a sunset, and some other neat things still on the camera.

Hope to get the desktop running strong again as I don’t like posting from a laptop. My fingers seem too big for the keyboard. And when I move my hands around the curser jumps all over. Yeah, I’m old school. So I’ll be working on the problem until I either fix the desktop or shoot it. Enjoy our Monday as at least the weather is nice here. Now for a lot more coffee.
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Phone confusion

December 9, 2019

So my old flip phone isn’t staying charged like it used to I’ve been
looking for a new one. Last night when our youngest called he said
something about a new phone that has a 64 mega pixel camera in it
so I had to check that out.

Turns out the phone has a 64 mega pixel sensor that quads something
which results in 16 mega pixel pictures. Not near as earth shattering
as first thought. I just thought that a phone would be easier to tote
around than my dslr camera for an occasional photo. The camera can
get bulky when paired with the zoom lens I prefer to use.

But I’m also partial to the flip phone as I’ve had it so long it can
no longer get updates and needs charging more frequently than when I bought it. Have to figure something out before it gives up and quits on me.

For an old fart like me a trip to the cell phone store is akin to
torture. Seems like the sales staff are pushing the high dollar, able
to do everything except cook your dinner and do your wash, while I
like to keep things simple.

Last time we went the sales rep was pushing the fact I could check
my emails and surf in the internet on a fancy phone. So I told him
that I had a desktop computer, a laptop computer, and a tablet and
didn’t need anymore access to the internet.

Evidently the guy had never such a notion and asked what I used my
flip phone for. I replied that when it rings I answer it and will
occasionally make a phone call with it. I don’t need to be able to
check my email or play games on the thing. I’m one of those that will
not answer the phone while I’m driving also.

So we’ll see how it goes when we make a trip out to see what they
have that they think I can’t live without. Until then I have my old
flip phone.

Enjoy our Monday as we will. Now for some coffee and more
research on the latest phones.
Comments are always welcome.