December, 2009

  1. Holmes at 14 weeks (and crew)

    December 27, 2009 by myeye

    I’ve completed installation of all my programs on the new laptop — that is a colossal pain.  For now, the computer operates on VISTA so some of the programs won’t run, but some run a little better.  The Windows 7 upgrade is ordered.  I lost all my email addresses from the address (which is home/the laptop).  There is probably a way to sync my phone to the new computer — with the phone overriding — so I can get my contacts back.  I have a new cordless mouse and keyboard — they even came with digital speakers — WalMart — I checked out all the office supply places then went to WalMart which was $15 less expensive than anywhere else.  The printer came from WalMart as well.  It’s just a little multi-function model.  I do most of the heavy photo/design lifting at the office with the bigger printer.

    Tom spent lots of time on the phone with me today and the wireless router is back up and running.  Some of its settings had inexplicably changed.  They are all back to normal for the time being.  Thank you, Tom — and thanks for sparing him, Carolyn.

    So, on to more pleasant things.  Adrienne was here yesterday.  Santa gave her a new RED purse that is her pride.  The dogs crowded the garage door to greet her.

    Adrienne coming in the garage 12-26-09

    Adrienne - new purse 12-26-09

    Once she’d had a chance to settle in, and the dogs were settled down, she helped me photograph Holmes.  It’s difficult to believe he is 14 weeks old.  The time has gone so quickly.  He’s in a “rumpy” stage, but I still really like this little guy.

    Holmes - hands on chin 14 weeks - 12-26-09

    He knows how to sulk (like his aunt Molly).  Look at that rotten little kid!

    Sulking in the dogbed 12-26-09

  2. Continuing the Saga of the New Laptop

    December 27, 2009 by myeye

    I have 14-week photos of Holmes to post, but

    I must install my photo programs (as well as Office, Word Perfect, etc.); when I install, I must update.

    Before I update, I must add a security program.  The license key to the security program is on the office computer — so another trip to the office.  I might even upload the photos from there (just a small sigh).

    A slightly larger sigh:  my cordless keyboard, mouse, and my printer don’t work with the new operating system.  So, today I go spend a little more money — relative to the cost of the computer — for a cordless keyboard/mouse combo and a new little multi-function printer.  This laptop has VISTA, but comes with an upgrade to Windows 7 (I so love XP Pro).  I discovered the printer incompatibility when I attempted to scan the laptop receipt to submit as part of the upgrade request.  I even have the installation disk for the printer, but it was no go.

    Very Large Sigh: the wireless router isn’t working with my DSL modem to get me to the internet, so I’m corded for the moment, typing on a small (though generous for a laptop) keyboard.  Up until Tom and Carolyn’s visit last year, I was always corded (though I had the cordless mouse and keyboard).  Then Tom hooked up the wireless router and I was free.  We could all sit in the living room or at the dining room table and blog, check on the office, answer email.  I was overwhelmed by the convenience of it all.  We sure get spoiled don’t we?

    So Tom is thinking of what issue the wireless router might be having, I’ve read all the Sunday ads for Staples, OfficeMax, Office Depot and Best Buy, looking for the printer and mouse/keyboard combo.  I wonder if Ralph (my office tech guy) wants to try to fix the laptop to donate to the Boys and Girls Club . . .

  3. Why Would Santa Kill the Laptop?

    December 26, 2009 by myeye

    Last night the dogs and I were sprawled in front of the TV.  I was using my laptop wirelessly.  It turned off.  I pushed the power button, it glowed blue, then the computer turned off again.  I thought perhaps I had missed the low battery message, so I took the machine upstairs and plugged it in.  Before we went to bed, I tried again to turn it on.  Again, the blue power light glowed and then powered off.  So, I left it plugged in.  I tried it this morning.  The blue power light came on, the fan (with which I’ve had lots of problems) came on, but I had nothing on the screen.  So, I am physically at the office with Adrienne be cause I cannot remote in without my laptop.  I’m trying to decide whether it is more economical to get a new laptop or to try to have this one repaired.

    A new one:  This one is at least five years old, has only a Gig of RAM, the DVD/CD reader/burner is not reading some of the newer DVD’s (a problem because all our legal discovery comes on disk these days, so I take the computer to the jail so I can review materials with clients).  The  current laptop is pretty heavy for taking on planes and carrying around the courthouses and jails.  I use an external hard drive for saving photos and most large documents.  This one has the old version of Office.

    Fix this one:  It’s only five years old, a Gig of RAM is plenty for most applications, I could review the DVDs at the office and print out what I need to show the client.  I’d have the documents, photos, and email particularly email) that I’ve saved to the hard drive, Office converts for the old version.

    BUT if some really vital part is truly dead —

    Guess I’ll go to the Dell site and get a ballpark price to replace this one, then talk to Ralph who can fix almost anything (I believe . . .)

    Why did Santa kill my laptop — that was certainly not in the Christmas spirit.

  4. What Dogs Do After Santa Leaves

    December 25, 2009 by myeye

    We are having a very lazy Christmas Day.  For the most part the dogs are napping — with an occasional frap.  Holmes is fascinated with the mirrored closet doors.  When he’s admiring himself, he doesn’t try to lick the camera lens.  I used a little posterization for this shot to compensate for mirror distortion.

    Holmes in the mirror 12-25-09I wonder who that cute puppy might be

    Holmes has ears 12-25-09Puppy is all ears and tongue (and cute foot freckles)

    Long suffering Phoebe 12-25-09Poor, long-suffering Phoebe.  The boys truly annoy her.

    Helping in the home office 12-25-09. . . just trying to help in the office

  5. Christmas Eve

    December 25, 2009 by myeye

    We had a lovely evening.  The food was grand, the company was even better, and it seemed that everyone received gifts he/she liked.  Adrienne’s gifts included games of which I had never heard — I am SO out of touch.

    Tree before carnage 12-24-09Debi’s perfect tree

    Brock digs into the salsa 12-24-09Brock (younger son) digs into Kim’s salsa — so very good*

    Kiva fireplace 12-24-09Doesn’t the kiva fireplace look inviting?

    I forgot to take photos of the carnage as the presents were opened.  I was too busy saying oooh and aaah, and there are no photos of us eating because — we were all too busy eating.  I promise everything was so very good.  There is nothing like a laid back evening with family — nothing.

    *  Yes, Kim, we did add some Hatch green chile to the salsa.  Our tastebuds must be hardened by our regular chile diet!  However, everyone commented favorably about the great flavor — must be the garden fresh ingredients.  Thank you again for sending it down to me.