I got up at 4:25am and got on the computer to check email and Facebook.
02 - Hilary Berigan
08 - Len Meissner
09 - Isabelle Meissner
24 - Ian Smith
I got up at 4:25am and got on the computer to check email and Facebook.
I got up at 6:00am and got on the computer to check email and Facebook. Kathy got up at 7:00am and got ready for church, leaving at 7:45am. She had to drive today as it was raining out. I continued with email and Facebook, trying to help someone with an Adobe Photoshop error. However, after 20 minutes of searching the Internet and not finding anything on the error - I gave up on it. Kathy returned at 9:00am from church and we had breakfast together. I got back on the computer and found that another woman that I helped this morning thanked me for resolving her problem. She had accidentally deleted the files off the SD card in her camera and I sent her a recovery program to get them back. It worked and she was quite happy. Yeah! Kathy did some reading until noon.
I shocked the members in one of the photography groups when someone asked about formatting their SD cards after every shoot - was it necessary. I told her that I don't and said that most cameras only do a quick format when you perform that task. You really don't format the card, you merely rearrange a few bytes of data in the header and it makes you think you've formatted the card. I explained that's why one can recovery photos from a formatted card - because it really wasn't formatted. I had one guy who challenged me, but I gave him a website to prove my point and that shut him up. Everone else became silent! I think everyone is now stunned that they have been fooled into thinking their camera is really formatting their SD cards when they press the format button when in reality it's not happening.
At 12:00pm we turned on the Packer game and were surprised to see them take a lead into half-time. I got back on the computer at half-time and checked out the college AP Poll. Wisconsin is still ranked number 5, Oklahoma dropped to number 10 and Oklahoma State dropped to number 11. The Packers collapsed in the second half and lost the game, but good news for me - the Bears won today. The defense played outstanding, scoring two touchdowns and holding Carolina to only three points. After the game, Kathy read her book and I got back on the computer.
Yvonne got the minutes to me from the Beach Business Networking group and I published them on the website. I also sent them out by email, using MailChimp, to the members. We watched the national news at 5:00pm and then the local news. After that we watched an hour of game show network before Kathy found a movie to watch. I then headed back to the computer and putzed until 9:00pm. I then rejoined Kathy for a few minutes before going to bed; she stayed up until 11:00pm.
I got up at 5:50am and got on the computer to check email and Facebook. However, before I could do that I found that the computer had been rebooted during the night - probably due to the Microsoft update that I had started. I checked the logs and found it didn't work, but it did manage to hide my D:/ drive from the system. This is the drive with all my data on it. Fortunately I just took a backup of that drive yesterday so I was able to format it and restore it. I'm hoping the new drive that is coming will prevent this from happening; otherwise I'll be thinking there's something wrong with the computer itself. Once I was back up and running - I got to checking email and Facebook. I started some more maintenance on the two external drives - mostly deleting old files that were taking space. I was also having problems with a backup from last night, the one that backs up my system files, but I finally got that working. Also, because my computer was rebooted, the Internet connection was lost and my data backup to the cloud could not take place. I got that started after restoring the D:/ drive. There is just too much monkey business with this computer lately and I'm getting frustrated. If the new hard drive and USB hub don't resolve the issues - I may sell the darn thing and just buy a new one off the shelf.
Kathy got up at 8:05am and she got ready for our errands today. We had breakfast before we left at 9:10am for a craft fair here in town. We found a couple of things there and watched our spending. We then went to the grocery store where I went in on my own and came out with flowers and a card. It's Sweetest Day today and I surprised Kathy with those items. Needless to say - she was surprised! We stopped at Walgreens to pick up a couple of prescriptions of mine and then back home. Kathy put the flowers in a vase, one that she had to go back into the store and buy because we didn't have any, and then got ready to leave. She left for the store Christopher Banks, where she had $30 to spend and they had a sale going on. She also stopped at Michael's to get a couple of frames for some art work that she wants to try framing. She got home about 11:40am and immediately turned on the Badger game - can't miss that (haha).
I got back on the computer and continued deleting files from the external hard drives. I got a nice email from a lady at the Oklahoma Historical Society with some information about the book I'm writing. I sent her a reply clarifying what I'm looking for from them because I think she was a little confused about what I wanted from them. The Badgers won their game easily; this was their homecoming game. Oklahoma State had a difficult time with Texas and won in overtime. Those two teams always play tough against one another. The Oklahoma game was delayed more than an hour because of the severe weather in Oklahoma, but they finally got started around 3:40pm.
I did some research on the external drive situation and found that in my "device manager" the settings were such that the computer was turning off these devices when not in use. I unchecked the boxes for the two external hard drives that I'm using and see if that makes a difference. Kathy, by the way, spent the afternoon reading a book. She really enjoys reading and has been going through a lot of books lately. We ate dinner at 5:00pm, then watched the national and local news. After that we watched the end of the Oklahoma/Kansas State game. It was exciting, but the Sooners pulled it out in the end with a last minute drive - whew!
At 7:10pm I got back on the computer and Kathy continued watching television. She found a new movie to watch at 8:00pm, which kept her busy for a couple of hours. I was tired and by 9:00pm, I went to bed, but Kathy stayed up until midnight like usual.
I got up at 6:00am and got on the computer to check email and Facebook. I found that the restore of files that I started last night hadn't even started. Kathy got up at 8:10am and we had breakfast together. Kathy did some reading before it was time to leave for swim class and I got back on the computer. I contacted the company about the restore and they had me uninstall the application and install a newer version. I restarted the restore process and it worked. Kathy left for swim class at 10:50am and I continued on with the computer. I was doing backups to one of my external drives, but it failed due to the drive no longer being recognized by the computer. I think my USB hub is going bad as it's probably 6-7 years old so I ordered another one from Amazon. They had a "flash sale" going on for the one I was looking at, saving me 40% off the price. Kathy got home from swim class at 12:30pm, took the gasoline can and went to get gas for the car and the lawn mower from Kwik Trip. She was back in ten minutes with the gasoline and a local newspaper. I had lunch while she read the newspaper, then I got back on the computer to continue the restores and backups.
I continued to putz with the computer, with the backups and restores, until 2:15pm. Then, Kathy and I cleaned the items off the deck for the winter and stored them in the garage. I then mowed the yard for the final time this season and saw a lot of weeds in the yard. I'll send the maintenace guys an email that they should consider a weed & feed application before it gets too late in the year. After mowing I got a cold drink and talked with Kathy for a few minutes. She was reading the local newspaper and found nothing interesting in it this week other than the day/time of the trick or treating for the kids. So, we'll put that on the calendar and be ready for some trick or treaters! Hopefully a lot because we have three large bags of candy.
At 4:05pm I got back on the computer and finished up a procedure for a backup that wasn't working and the work-around the company sent me to try. I sure wasn't on Facebook much today - instead I was wasting my time with diddly stuff on my computer. We also found that Kathy's iCloud was full, which is 5 gigabytes in size. Seems that all the pictures she was taking on her phone were going automatically to her iCloud backup. Good thing I guess, but we didn't know that. Anyway, we exported all those photos to her desktop and cleared her iCloud of all those pictures. She's free to back up pictures to it again if she so chooses.
We ate dinner at 5:00pm, then watched the national and local news together. Kathy continued watching television and I got back on the computer at 6:30pm. I was still futzing with backups to the external drives and they continued to fail on me. I really think it's that USB hub that's causing the problems. I cannot believe that three external hard drives would all fail with the same problems at the same time - unless there is something wrong with the computer itself. I continued to monitor email and Facebook, but there wasn't much going on in either place. So, I decided to finally open the letter from the Historical Society in Apache, Oklahoma - the letter I received on Wednesday. Interesting information! There were three pages of typed information and a hand-written note plus a brochure on the town. I'll have to follow-up with the woman who sent me that information.
I watched television with Kathy from 9:00pm-9:30pm as the HGTV show was in the Milwaukee area. I then got back on the computer to find my backups had finished. I copied some photos from one location to backup locations and then at 10:20pm (why did I do this) I started the download for the Microsoft update again. Even though it was late, I thought I'd give it another try. The download went relatively quick - about 20 minutes, but the install took forever. I gave up at 11:45pm as it was only at 92% and moving very slowly. Hopefully things go okay with it when I'm not monitoring it. I went to bed at 11:50pm and Kathy was just ten minutes behind me.
I got up at 6:50am and got on the computer to check email and Facebook. Kathy got up at 8:10am and we had breakfast together. She then got on her computer to check email and Facebook and I, of course, returned to my computer. Around 11:50am, Kathy left for a couple of errands. She went to Michael's to pick up a picture she had matted and framed, then did a very light grocery shopping. She got home at 4:40pm and after helping her put away the groceries she did some reading and I got back on the computer. We watched the national news at 5:30pm, then Kathy left for a sales party that one of her former co-workers was having. She did good and didn't spend a lot of money, although she could have. She got home around 8:30pm and we watched television until 9:30pm, when I went to bed. She stayed up until midnight.
The big highlights, computer wise, for me today was that I couldn't get the Microsoft creator's update to install so I gave up on it. My D:/ drive, which contains all my data, failed on me. This is the second time this month this has happened. Fortunately I have everything backed up so I was able to format the drive and reinstall the data from backups. However, I ordered a new internal drive to replace this one. Finally, I was trying to restore some data from iDrive and the restore wouldn't work. I let it run through the night and we'll see what happens.
I got up at 2:20am (not a typo) and got on the computer to check email and Facebook. I couldn't sleep for some reason and just got my day started earlier than usual. I helped one guy figure out why one of his applications wasn't working - it was because he let his membership expire with the company (Adobe). He needed to renew that for the application to continue working. Oooops! When I refilled my coffee at 4:40am, Kathy got up to check on me. She asked if I was okay and went back to bed. The computer was ready to be rebooted due to the major update, but my anti-spyware was still running as it had found some bad files (again) on the computer. Once that was done, a backup was still running and I had to wait for that to finish. Kathy got up at 8:10am and made breakfast for herself, doing some looking on Facebook at the same time. My backup finally finished at 8:45am and I rebooted the computer, but like last night, the major update from Microsoft failed at the 30% mark. So.....I restarted the download and install again - hoping third time is a charm. Of course, I had to log back into everything on my computer because I rebooted it.
The download finished on the update, but didn't prompt me to install it so I don't know what's going on. I queried Microsoft for new updates and there were none to be found. Weird! Kathy left for swim class at 10:50am and I got back on the computer. There was a request from the Beach Business Networking group to do some updates to the webpage, which I did - took about five minutes. Kathy got home at 12:30pm and we had lunch together. She had the mail with her when she got home and I had one rejected letter from Oklahoma and one with information from one of the towns.....yeah!
I got back on the computer and monitored email and Facebook, but then pulled out the Pentax camera and went through the first 100 pages of the manual with the camera. I played with the settings and re-familarized myself with the settings. Kathy read her book the entire afternoon. At 5:00pm we had dinner, leftover lasagna, and then watched the national news at 5:30pm. I got back on the computer at 6:00pm and Kathy finished her book and continued watching television.
I took a gamble and thought that rebooting the computer might install the major update from Microsoft that was trying to download yesterday and then again today. No such luck! I then downloaded the file directly from Microsoft and installed it, but the same thing happened. It gets to installing it at 30% and then fails. I'll have to investigate this a little further tomorrow. While I was waiting for the installation to happen, I took the opportunity to sort through some duplicate files that I had on my computer and eliminated/reorganized them. I cleaned up about 5 gigabytes of data that was duplicated - mostly pictures and cartoons. I rejoined Kathy watching television at 10:30pm, but only for 30 minutes - I was tired and went to bed at 11:00pm. Kathy stayed up until her usual time - midnight.
I got up at 6:05am and got on the computer to check email and Facebook. Not a lot going on this morning, but today's two big events are in the computer world. They are still trying to fix the KRACK virus that is out and about and Microsoft is releasing a major update to Windows 10 today - version 1709. I got Kathy up at 8:00am and out of bed at 8:20am. We had breakfast together and then I got back on the computer for the rest of the day. She did some reading, but then made home-made lasagna for us to have tonight and in the future. While that was cooking, she continued reading.
I heard from my friend Leslie Anne that the surprise she gave her husband Ed - the computer that I helped her buy - was a big hit with him. He was setting it up and having fun with it. At 4:10pm the major update from Microsoft was ready for my computer so I downloaded and installed it. That took for what seemed like forever because it was such a major update, but it finally finished sometime during the night. In the meantime, we ate dinner at 4:45pm, having the lasagna that Kathy made. We watched the national news at 5:30pm and then I got back on the computer at 6:00pm. Kathy continued to watch television. I rejoined her at 9:00pm and watched television for just 20 minutes before going to bed. Kathy stayed up until midnight, like usual.
I got up at 6:55am and got on the computer to check email and Facebook. I checked my predictions from the NFL yesterday and did lousy - worst week of the season for me. The city is repaving the road the next three days and they started early - about 7:20am they were here with lots of equipment and starting to work on it. Kathy got up at 8:10am and we had breakfast together. She told me to let everyone know that I made it sound that Jake and Tierney's wedding reception was at the Harley Davidson Museum. This is only one place being considered - so this is just to clarify that point. I went out and refilled the bird feeder, but the feeder perches kept falling off. I may have to pull that feeder in, clean it up and glue those on. I don't know if squirrels are knocking them off or if it's a design flaw, but this is two times in a row now that a perch has been on the ground.
Kathy tried calling Dawn to get our next couple of weekends solidified. We have a craft fair this Saturday that we want to go to so we're hoping that we can do that, see Jeni on Sunday and then Kathy can visit the Romanowski's the following weekend. Anyway, Dawn didn't answer the phone so we are still up in the air about things.
I got back on the computer and found some of my suggestions and posts had gotten more "likes." I had put out some photography tips in a post last night and people are being appreciative of that information. I forgot to mention yesterday that on Saturday, four of the top ten college football teams lost, which really shook up the rankings. Wisconsin moved up to number 5 in the AP Poll, while Oklahoma moved up to number 9 and Oklahoma State to number 10. The biggest surprise was number 2 Clemson losing and they dropped to number 7. I still contend that Bucky has a soft schedule and shouldn't be ranked as high as they are, but that's just my opinion. Kathy was playing games on her phone and checking Facebook while eating breakfast. Dawn called her and they set up a weekend in November for Kathy to visit them. I sent Jeni an email with three days in October that would work for us and to see if she's available.
Kathy got on her computer in the late morning to catch up on email and Facebook. She doesn't do that every day like I do so it takes her a while to weed through all the garbage emails and Facebook posts. By 1:00pm the guys were done out front with the road - they completely black-topped it and it looks nice. Now there's no parking allowed for a couple of more days and let's hope people abide to that restriction. I continued with email and Facebook into the afternoon, helping someone with a broken laptop problem. She wouldn't devulge why her laptop's screen was broken, but that was the reason the computer wouldn't start up. She wasn't too concerned about this OLD laptop, she just wanted all the pictures that were on the hard drive. So several of us gave her suggestions as to how to go about retrieving those, yet we never heard back from her. I hate when you try helping someone and they just disappear!
Kathy got off her computer in mid-afternoon and did some reading. I decided to install some software that we had purchased under Kathy's name and she helped me install it using her password and activation codes. These two applications are from Adobe and will allow me to do some post-processing with photos. At 5:00pm we had dinner, more of the delicious chili that Kathy had made yesterday. At 5:30pm we watched the national news and at 6:00pm I was back on the computer. Kathy continued to watch television. I rejoined her at 8:30pm and we watched some television before I went to bed at 9:00pm. Kathy stayed up until midnight watching television.
I got up at 6:20am and got on the computer to check email and Facebook, like every morning. Of course, I also update the webpage too and publish that. My anti-spyware software, which runs during the night, was still running when I got on the computer. It found some tracking cookies and does a deep scan when it finds things. The application then allows me to delete the offensive material, which I did. Interestingly enough, this is the second time this week that this has happened and it's been a lot of months since I've had that happen. I don't know where I'm picking up these tracking cookies, but at least my scanning software is finding them and removing them for me.
Kathy got up at 7:10am and got ready for church, leaving at 7:50am. It was cold and damp out, but not raining so she walked over there. I continued to help with questions and problems in the photography groups while she was gone. She got home at 9:00am and we had breakfast together. She then cooked up some hamburger meat in preparation for the chili fixings she's going to put together today. I got back on the computer and helped someone purchase a computer monitor for her desktop computer. I also helped a woman who was having problems starting Adobe Photoshop on her MAC. We tried a few things, but I left her with the suggestion that she'd have to uninstall/reinstall the application to see if that solved the problem.
Kathy finished making the chili and let it simmer. She started watching the Packer game and got real quiet early in the game. I was monitoring it from the computer and come to find out that Aaron Rodgers got hurt in the game - a broken collarbone. He may be out for the season. I joined Kathy right before halftime and we ate some chili. We then watched the remainder of the game, which wasn't very interesting. Without Rodgers in there at quarterback, the team struggled and lost the game to the Vikings. This is going to be a long and disappointing season I think. We packaged up the chili into containers, putting some in the refrigerator and some in the freezer. It was time for the news to come on so we watched the national news, then the local news, then some shows on HGTV.
At 7:00pm I got back on the computer and Kathy continued to watch television; HGTV for another hour and then a movie at 8:00pm. I gave up on the computer at 10:00pm and went to bed, Kathy stayed up until midnight.
I got up at 5:20am and got on the computer to check email and Facebook. Got another nice picture from Len and Marie - they are doing well in Spain.
At 7:50am, there was an Internet outage with Spectrum so I decided at 8:00am to rouse Kathy. She got up shortly thereafter and got ready for the day. I checked the Internet again at 8:30am and it was still down so I called Charter and they confirmed there was an outage in this area. A little after 9:00am we both had breakfast and then were ready to leave for Jeni's, but I checked the Internet one more time. It's a good thing I did - the Internet was back up and there was an email from Jeni asking us to cancel today's get-together. She and Wyatt weren't feeling the best and she wanted to reschedule to another time. Kathy called Dawn because she was hoping to go to Kenosha next weekend, but Dawn was not at home. So all the plans are on hold for now as to what we're doing the next couple of weekends. I let Jeni know, by email, of that so she knew what was going on as well.
Kathy did some reading to take care of the morning hours and I was on the computer. She took off about 11:00am to go to Michael's, where they are having a Halloween craft making class today. You take in a blank t-shirt and you decorate it with Halloween items. Kathy figures she'll wear that while handing out candy to the kids at the door come trick or treat time. While she was gone I continued to putz on the computer, checking email and helping others in the photography groups. I did find out why Charter was down this morning, which affected nearly the entire midwest. They were upgrading the service to the Internet so that we now have 100Mbps download service. Of course, one doesn't get that top notch speed unless you're in a prime area and/or have highly sophisticated equipment. I did a check and found we were getting a download speed of about 66Mbps, which is about double what we were getting before. I doubt we'll notice much difference when surfing the Internet, but it should be noticeable when downloading files.
I had lunch at 12:30pm and then got back on the computer. Some of my posts in one of the photography groups were getting a lot of "likes", which always makes me feel good - that I contribute back to the group. I was looking through the photo section of the Craigslist postings and found a photo class that I'd like to take in Madison during the month of November. It's four nights in duration, weekly, and on the west side of town. I found there is a lounge area where Kathy can sit if she were to drive me and wait (read) while I take the class. Kathy got home at 1:40pm and showed off the t-shirt she made in class - it's cute. She said there were a lot of people there, mostly kids, and she had to wait her turn to get to a table. Plus, they had the heat cranked up in the room and with all the people - she was sweating while doing the class. I mentioned to her about the photography class and she was okay to sit while I take the class so I signed up for it. There will be a maximum of 12 people in the class so it'll be nice for learning.
Kathy called Dawn and left her a voice message, then called and talked with her mom (Rita) for a while. Kathy found out that one of her cousins, who lived in Colorado, died recently. He wasn't close to the family so I didn't know him. Rita also said she got a surprise visit last Monday, on the holiday, from Pat and Anita. They just popped up to say "hi" and one of the bits of news they had is that Jake and Tierney are getting married in August of 2018. The reception will be at the Harley Davidson Museum - wow!
When 2:30pm rolled around, it was time to the Badger game on. They played Purdue today in Madison and it was nasty weather today - cool and rainy. It was a close game, but the Badgers hung on to win the game 17-9. Other news in college football was Oklahoma beating Texas and Oklahoma State beating Baylor. So all three of my favorite college teams won today - yeah! After the Badger game we watched the end of the Oklahoma/Texas game, then Kathy found a couple of movies to watch. I got on the computer and putzed with email and Facebook. I also rescheduled our itinerary for the potential trip we might take to Oklahoma next spring. I have us staying in Branson, MO for a couple of nights and in Oklahoma for seven nights - it's a ten day/nine night trip. I watched a little television after 10:00pm with Kathy, then went to bed at 10:30pm. Kathy stayed up until midnight.
I got up at 6:10am and got on the computer to check email and Facebook. I got an instant message from Danny that he bought a house in Stoughton. That's exciting news! Kathy got up at 8:10am and made breakfast for herself. We made a grocery list while she was eating because we'll be making a trip to the store this afternoon. Once done with breakfast, we watched the show "Project Runway," which I had recorded last night. Remember, we were out with friends so we couldn't see the show. She then got ready for swim class and I got back on the computer. She left at 10:50am and I putzed on the computer until 11:45am, when I had lunch. I then got back on the computer and helped a guy decide on a computer decision. He was wondering what to do about buying a computer and my suggestion to him was to go to his local reputable computer shop and have them build a computer for him. I gave him other choices, but his one seemed to appeal to him the most.
Kathy got home from swim at 12:10pm and we were off to the grocery store by 12:20pm. We decided to try Woodman's today to see if we could save a little on cost of goods. Once there, we noticed not only a difference in prices (for the better), but there was also a better selection of items. Things we had been looking for at other stores, including Wal-Mart, were there at Woodman's. We did a big shopping, with several multi-meals in the plans, and we even purchased three large bags of candy for the kids on trick or treat day. We have no idea what volume to expect that day so we got three large bags with hopes this will be enough to get us through. We got home about 2:30pm and unloaded the car, putting items away. We just beat the rain too as it started coming down around 3:00pm - good timing!
One thing we noticed on the street were signs all up and down the road - no parking for three days starting on Monday of next week. They are going to be repaving the road and this should be real interesting to see how we are going to get out of our street to go do things. Fortunately, we don't have anything going on those three days, including craft workshops for Kathy, but she has swim class two of those days. We also don't want to get tar or whatever they are using on the road - on our car.
After we put the groceries away, I got on the computer to catch up on email and Facebook. Kathy did some reading until it was time for dinner. We ate at 4:45pm and then watched television together until 7:00pm. I got on the computer at that point and Kathy continued watching television. Once 9:00pm rolled around, I went to bed; Kathy stayed up until 11:15pm. On Facebook tonight, there were some very nice engagement pictures of Matt and Anna. To see the ones they posted, click here.
I got up at 6:10am and got on the computer to check email and Facebook. Here are some pictures from this morning's email and Facebook:
Kathy was awake at 7:00am, but didn't get out of bed until 8:15am when I roused her to "move it." We left at 9:00am for a dentist's appointment of mine. I thought I was having a crown done today, but instead, because of the time frame alloted, they only put in a temporary crown. I go back in a couple of weeks to have the permanent put in. Kathy read her book at the dental office while I was having that work done. We got home about 11:15am and I got something to eat.....so did Kathy. She did some more reading as she's sitting on four books from the library, three of which are due back in two weeks. I got on the computer and putzed with email and Facebook until 3:00pm. There was a photography show online at 3:00pm and I was featured with a couple of my pictures. I was able to watch the first 30 minutes of the show, but then had to leave.
At 3:30pm, we left to join our friends the Bryske's and the Meisenheimer's in Sauk City, at the latter's home. We got there about 4:15pm and chatted with everyone until 6:00pm, when we left for dinner. We went to the Green Acres Restaurant, but found they had a 45 minute wait. After a phone call, we left and went to the Dorf House Restaurant in Roxbury, where we were seated right away. We had dinner and talked afterwards, leaving at 8:45pm. We left and got home at 9:30pm, where I got on the computer to update the webpage and check email. I didn't even look at Facebook because it was so late. I stayed up until 10:30pm, then went to bed; Kathy came to bed at midnight.
I got up at 1:00am - couldn't sleep - and got on the computer to check email and Facebook. I got good news from Jeni in that we'll be able to stop over this weekend and see her and Wyatt. Yeah! We haven't seen each other since Father's Day and I'm really excited. I also updated the database and spreadsheet with the contact information from the Beach Business Networking group. Alan had sent me the attendance sheet on Tuesday afternoon so I had the information. I went back to bed at 3:45am and then got up again at 8:20am. Kathy was awake, but had a terrible headache so she stayed in bed until 9:25am. She got up and played around with a picture of ours and a matte/frame she bought for it last night at Michael's. We had two choices on the matte and we both agreed on one so she worked on that until it was time to leave for swim class at 10:50am. I had started a photography webinar at 10:00am and it was interesting and I picked up a few pointers, but it was a style of photography that may take a little getting used to. The photographers, in the webinar, seem to under-expose the photos, and then call them "light and soft." I thought they were too light, but that's just me I guess. I started another photography webinar at 11:00am, one on Adobe Photoshop, but gave up on it within ten minutes. The guy was using his personal shortcuts to get around in the application and was moving so fast that it was hard to follow him. Oh well!
I had lunch at 11:45am and then got back on the computer. I'm "jittery" today, probably because of the bad night of sleep. Kathy got home at 12:30pm and had several returned envelopes for me - ones that I had sent to Oklahoma. Obviously there was no "historical society" in those towns and the postmaster had no clue what to do with them except return them. She also had three packages for me; a package from the Oklahoma Tourism Department with brochures and two books on Oklahoma that I had ordered. Kathy made some lunch for herself and did some reading. I was back on the computer, but not a lot was happening so I opened my packages and looked through the things I got. Interesting! I needed to reboot my computer today as it was "patch Tuesday" from Microsoft yesterday and there were some updates to the PC. That killed about ten minutes - haha.
We ate dinner around 4:30pm and then watched the local news and national news. Kathy continued watching television while I got back on the computer until 8:00pm. I talked with Kathy for a few minutes before going to bed; she followed at 11:00pm.
I got up at 5:00am and got on the computer to do my usual - update the web page, check email and Facebook. Kathy got up at 8:15am and got on her computer to show me a problem she had with Yahoo, but the problem had disappeared. She stayed on her computer for a little bit, until it was time to leave for her haircut appointment. She left at 9:35am and I tried installing some software on her computer; however, I don't know her MAC password so I couldn't install it. It'll have to wait for Kathy to return and enter that information. I got back on my computer and looked at some freebie courses that were made available today. I also kept up with email and Facebook.
I had an early lunch and Kathy got home around 11:40am - she had a full coloring and haircut done and it looks nice. She gave me her password so I could install the software on her computer and run it. She then made lunch for herself and did some reading. I got back on the computer and was helping out in the photography groups where I could.
We started watching the national news, but Kathy left for her craft class at 5:45pm. I got back on her computer at 6:00pm and installed another program, then got on my computer to check email and Facebook. At 7:00pm, there was a replay on the NFL Network station of the Packer game. Since I only watched the first half of the game, and since they play the whole game in an hour (no huddles and few commercials), I watched the game. I then layed down in bed until Kathy got home at 9:25pm. She showed me the necklace she did in class, nearly complete, and it looks very nice. I stayed up about 15 minutes and then went back to bed. Kathy stayed up until 11:00pm.
Happy Birthday Isabelle Meissner!
I got up at 5:05am and got on the computer to check email and Facebook. About an hour later, there was a post from someone looking to buy a camera that was 13 years old. I talked him out of it, stating it would be like buying a "clunker" automobile. Kathy got up at 8:25am and got on her computer to check email and Facebook. She also canceled our appointment this afternoon with the woman who was going to talk with us about essential oils. We felt we'd probably drop up to $200 on a diffuser and oils and didn't want to spend that kind of money right now.
Kathy left for swim class at 10:50am and I remained on the computer - mostly putzing. She got home at 12:20pm - a little early because there was no stopping at the post office today since they were closed. She made lunch for herself, then read the rest of the afternoon. I continued to work in email and Facebook, helping where I could in photography groups. A couple of people had techie problems and I was trying to work with them.
We had dinner around 5:15pm, then watched the national and local news. Kathy left at 6:20pm for a craft class here in Oregon. I got back on the computer to check and see if any progress had been made with the techie problems I was working with. Nothing! I stayed on the computer until 9:15pm, when Kathy got home. We then watched television together until 11:00pm, when I went to bed. She stayed up until 12:15am.
Happy Birthday Len Meissner!
I got up at 6:20am and got on the computer to check email and Facebook. I immediately began helping others with photography issues - "the place was hopping early this morning." Kathy got up at 7:10am and got ready for church. She left at 7:50am and walked over there; the rain has stopped and while it was chilly out, it was dry. Kathy got home at 9:05am, stopping at Walgreens for some clothes pins for a craft project she has this week. We both had breakfast; then she took her book and read while I got back on the computer.
The Packers/Cowboys game started at 3:25pm and we watched that together up until half time. I then got back on the computer to catch up on email and Facebook. Kathy was still reading while keeping an ear on the game. Today was also laundry day for her and she was doing that throughout the day. We had debated going to Mount Horeb for their Fall Fest, but the weather was crummy enough that we decided against it. Besides, I was too busy with things on the computer!
The college AP Poll came out today and Oklahoma dropped to 12th, from 3rd. Their chances of a national title are gone with the loss yesterday. Still cannot believe it, but they always have a tough time with Iowa State. The Oklahoma State team moved up to number 14 and the Wisconsin Badgers moved up to number 7. I wish the Badgers had a little bit tougher schedule so they could prove to everyone they are truly one of the elite teams, but (in my opinion) they have a soft schedule and really are lucky to be ranked as high as they are. Kathy was whooping and hollering when the Packer game resumed; I remained on the computer for the remainder of the game. I did monitor it on the computer though and saw the Packers pulled it out in the last 30 seconds to win the game. While that was going on, I was helping someone set up their camera to settings that could shoot pictures in low light. I also gave her a 30 minute lesson on photography settings. She, of course, was very much appreciative because she didn't realize her camera could do the things I was telling her to do with it. She was excited to try it out tomorrow when her son is on the trampoline. I told her what settings to start with and that she may need to adjust them depending on how the pictures come out - but she now knows how to make those adjustments. Yeah!
I was done on the computer at 8:00pm, watched a little television with Kathy and went to bed at 8:30pm. I was back up at 11:00pm and watched HGTV with her until midnight. We then both went to bed.
I got up at 5:10am and got on the computer to check email and Facebook. Kathy had a bad night of sleep and didn't get up until 9:05am. She putzed around the house some, then left for the post office and Michael's Craft Store. At the former, she was sending back a sweater and at the latter she was not only doing a return, but she was looking at getting some pictures framed. Michael's has a sale going on, that ends today, on matting and framing so Kathy wanted to take advantage of that. I continued on email and Facebook, keeping an eye on the Oklahoma/Iowa State game, which started at 11:00am. The Sooners were favored by 26, but they must have found every stick in the parking lot and inserted it up their you know whats - they played for crap and lost the game 38-31. So much for being ranked #3 in the nation and being in the final four for the playoffs. Geez!
Kathy got home about 3:30pm and we unloaded a couple of bags of groceries. She then showed me a picture of what the print will look like once the matte and framing is done to the pictures she took to Michael's. It looks nice, but it was expensive! She got something cold to drink and relaxed; I got back on the computer for awhile. We ate dinner at 4:30pm and watched television until 6:00pm. I then returned to the computer and Kathy continued to watch television. At 7:00pm, the Badgers game was on and they played Nebraska at Nebraska (a very loud stadium) tonight. Nebraska had a 21 game winning streak at home, at night, going into the game so the Badgers had their work cut out for them.
I monitored the first half of the game from my computer while posting and reading in Facebook. Kathy was whooping and hollering at the television because she was watching the game. The Badgers won the game handily, 38-17, breaking the Nebraska winning streak. After the game, I joined her and watched some television before going to bed at 10:30pm. Kathy watched the some additional television until midnight.
I got up at 5:10am and got on the computer to check email and Facebook. It didn't take long for me to realize that things weren't right with the computer. For one, my backups didn't run at 1:00am like they normally do and for two, the Internet connection was very slow. I recycled the router, but that didn't do any good so I rebooted the computer. That's when the real problems began! I couldn't get my computer to come back up - it kept rebooting itself. Eventually I had to do a restore from a system backup (fortunately that worked this morning) and I got my computer back. So with that, I didn't lose any programs on the computer, but because the data backup didn't run - I lost everything I did yesterday on the computer. I had to download a file that I had obtained from a webinar I took - fortunately the link was still good - and I had to search the "Mangum Folks" Facebook page for pictures I had downloaded. Then I come to find out my data drive had been corrupted so I had to restore it from backups after formatting it. But once I formatted it, I lost the encryption to the drive so I had to re-encrypt the drive. I've got my computer on a battery backup system which is supposed to have a surge protection on it, but I'm starting to wonder if the battery is dead in it. The storms that rolled through the area last night were not severe in any way, shape or form, but who knows. Long story short, I only lost about three hours time and nothing more. Thank goodness for backups!
Kathy got up at 8:25am and we had breakfast together; her some oatmeal and me a bagel. She did some reading until it was time to leave for swim class at 10:50am and I was back on the computer. I had contacted the historical society in Oklahoma and was working with them on the legalities of using information from their webpages. I also downloaded some YouTube videos that I had done yesterday, but were lost - all on photography.
Kathy got home from swim class at 12:30pm. She mostly did reading in the afternoon and I spent that time on the computer - mostly researching articles and pictures on Oklahoma. I had two rejections today from the Oklahoma Historical Society and from an online travel magazine to use information they publish in my book. The former was a real let-down because this is a real source of information for me. I responded to them asking for clarification on the websites I plan to use and hopefully I hear back differently. I also found that the website Flickr has a public domain section and there are many photographs of Oklahoma in that section. I need to ensure it really is public domain, but I think a lot of what is there I either already have on my own or will be taking. I need the really old historical information and pictures.
We ate around 4:30pm, having fish, potato and a vegetable - really good. We then watched television together until 7:00pm, when Kathy found a movie to watch. I got back on the computer and made some backups of what I had done today - just in case the computer fails me again tonight and my online backups fail. I don't want to lose all the data again. That process only took about 15 minutes to do. I then worked on email and Facebook, which was severely neglected today (haha). I stayed on the computer until 10:00pm, when I went to bed, and Kathy kept watching television until midnight.
I got up at 6:10am and got on the computer to check email and Facebook. I made some comments early today as people were looking for "what's the best DSLR camera for me?" questions. I have a canned answer that I put together and answered the five similar questions, getting favorable responses back on all of them. If only they'd look at past posts, this question is asked like ten times a day in at least two groups. Sigh! Kathy got up at 8:30am and got ready for our appointment at the bank. We had some financial business to attend to and left for our appointment at 9:10am. We took care of business and were home by 10:30am, stopping at Walgreens on the way home for a prescription of mine.
We both had breakfast and I got back on the computer to see how things had progressed in the land of Facebook. Seems that Panama is being affected some by Hurricane Nate. They have some high winds and surf, which is unusual for Panama because that country is usually not affected by hurricanes. I did some reading in the book I got the other day - the history of Lawton, Oklahoma. It's a quick read because it's a textbook for young children so it doesn't go into depth too much. However, it is an interesting read. Last night, I also sent off some emails to various places asking for their legal permission to use wording and pictures from their webpages for my book. Hopefully I'll hear back from them soon. Once I get some responses in the mail (or by phone) from the letters I sent out, I'll follow up with them as to doing the same - legal use of things from their websites.
Kathy read this afternoon and I watched a photography webinar on the computer, in addition to keeping up with email and Facebook. I also read some more in my historical book on Lawton, Oklahoma. I got a call from a gentleman in Altus, Oklahoma - a retired Air Force man - who lives in Mangum, Oklahoma. He is the main person keeping the museum up in Altus and got my letter about writing the book. We talked for about 20 minutes and he gave me some information that was useful, to include a couple of Facebook groups (just what I need - more Facebook groups, right?) in the Mangum and Greer County Oklahoma area.
We had dinner at 4:30pm and watched television until 6:20pm. At that time I got back on the computer and joined the two Facebook groups I mentioned earlier. I posted in one and got some responses back with interest - people seem willing to share historical information about the area with me. Awesome! I also learned that the rattlesnake hunt in Mangum is the last weekend in April, not the third weekend - so if we were to travel there for ten days, the whole trip just got pushed back a week. That's probably a good thing too because the guy I talked with from Altus said the museum is closed the week of the rattlesnake hunt, but would make an exception for me and open up the doors special so that I could look around and take some pictures. Wow!
I returned to watching television at 8:00pm since the show "Project Runway" was on. After that, one episode on HGTV and I was in bed at 10:00pm. Kathy stayed up until midnight watching television.
I got up at 6:20am and got on the computer to do my usual morning routine of checking email and Facebook. Kathy got up at 8:20am and we had breakfast together. She did some reading and putzing around the house until she left for swim class at 10:50am. I was back on the computer during that time. I had lunch at 12:10pm and Kathy got home at 12:35pm. She said she had a good workout at swim class today and that there were only about 45 people there today - typical for a Wednesday. Like usual, she got the mail and there was a package for me - a book about Oklahoma history that I had ordered. The woman I purchased it from felt so bad that there was a slight tear on one of the pages that she expedited the shipping to compensate. She didn't need to do that, but I appreciated the thought and effort.
Kathy made lunch for herself and did some reading in the afternoon. I continued to assist others in the photography groups with questions or problems they had. Of course, with other posts I simply would put my two-cents into the conversation. I see, by some posts from friends in Panama, that many are without power again today. The electrical company is working on the lines and of course, they have to cut the power to the tenants. The problem, in some cases, is that this work could go on for more than a day - so people are without power for long stretches of time. I have to laugh that they keep telling themselves that that is "Paradise!" and just something that they have to put up with on occasion. We found there were too many "glitches" in "Paradise!" and it became frustrating at times - especially for me when the Internet went down (grrrr!).
In the photography group I'm hoping to be a moderator in - I put on my pre-moderator cap and alerted one of the Admins of a person who abused a post with inappropriate pictures and language. The admin removed the postings and then removed the person from the group. See ya! I had dinner at 5:10pm and we watched the news at 5:30pm. I got back on the computer at 6:00pm; Kathy left for a craft class at 6:15pm - one here in Oregon. She got home at 9:00pm with her new creation - a wool pumpkin. We watched television together until 9:30pm, when I went to bed. Kathy stayed up until midnight.
I got up at 6:10am and got on the computer where I checked email and Facebook. Kathy got up at 8:30am and we had breakfast together. She then did some reading while I got back on the computer. At 10:10am we left for a doctor's appointment of mine. He dropped the dosage on one of my medications because things continue to improve with me. It was a short meeting and we were out of there in 20 minutes. We came back home where I refilled the bird feeder and watered the shrubs/plants/tree. Kathy continued reading and I got back on the computer. I helped one person with purchasing a computer, maybe she'll take my suggestion for the choice I made. I also helped another person who lost all her photos when her dog caused her hard drive to fall off the table. She didn't have any backups (duh!) so I recommended she take the drive to a computer store (not Best Buy - yuk!) and see if they do data recovery.
At 12:30pm we had lunch, then left at 1:35pm for a dental appointment for me.....just a cleaning. We got back home about 3:00pm and Kathy continued reading; I got back on the computer. Nothing really new happened on Facebook while I was gone. The online TWIT TV show "Security Now" was supposed to start at 3:30pm, but like usual they started late - like 4:00pm. Leo tends to talk too long on the previous show and runs long. Sometimes I watch these shows in video delay because I can watch it at my leisure for one, and for two - they clean up some of the goof-ball antics that go on. It's a two-hour show so there was no way that I could watch the whole show because of my watching the 5:30pm news.
We had dinner around 5:10pm, then watched the national news at 5:30pm. At 6:00pm, I got back on the computer and continued contributing to conversations in the photography groups. A little after 8:00pm, a gentleman from Saddle Mountain, Oklahoma called. He was one of those recipients of the letters I sent out and he wanted to talk about his community. We talked for about an hour and he gave me all sorts of good information, to include his phone number and email. Wow! This is really happening! I rejoined Kathy at 10:00pm and we watched television together until 11:00pm, when I went to bed. Kathy had been watching television the whole evening and did so until midnight, when she came to bed.
Happy Birthday Hilary Berigan!
I got up at 4:25am today - yes, 4:25am and got on the computer to check email and Facebook. Obviously not a lot going on yet because it's so early, but there were some posts from the nighttime hours that I was able to read. I also looked over some photography webpages and articles until Kathy got up at 8:10am. We had breakfast together, then she did some reading while I got back on the computer.
At 10:30am, Kathy left to go pay the rent and then head off to swim class. I perservered on the computer as there were a lot of posts about the mass shooting in Las Vegas. More than 50 people were killed and 400+ people injured. The gunman killed himself when police approached him and at this point in time the motive, if any, is unknown. They do know he is a 64 year old man from Mesquite, Nevada. Sad - this world is becoming sadder by the day.
I had lunch at 12:10pm and Kathy got home from swim at 12:20pm. She had a package from the post office with a bridge for the Nikon camera that I want to try. The screw hole on the camera, where you mount it to the tripod, is off to the side. This bridge will center the hole so that the weight is more evenly distributed on the tripod. The bridge had good reviews and I'm hoping it works so we can use that camera on the tripod. Kathy read during the afternoon and finished the 500+ page book she was reading. I continued on with things on the computer; however, I switched over to reading things about Oklahoma for the book I'm writing. I got an email back from someone at Altus Air Force Base with some information and I was looking that over. I also put together an itinary for a vacation to Oklahoma for next year - a ten day trip that we might take if money allows us to. Since we want to also go to Panama in the fall, this might be kind of rough on the budget. I'm willing to cut one week off Panama to go to Oklahoma for the ten days - this is going to help me get pictures and materials for that book. Like I had previously mentioned, I hope to have this eBook written and published by early 2019 if at all possible.
We had dinner around 5:10pm and watched the national news at 5:30pm. The entire show was about the shooting in Las Vegas, which obviously was serious, but there has to be other news to talk about. I gave up on the show at 5:55pm and got back on the computer. Kathy continued watching television. I went to bed about 8:30pm and Kathy followed around midnight.
I got up at 5:10am and got on the computer. First of the month so I updated the bizarre, history and jokes pages on the website, as well as the birthdays on the main page. I then checked email and Facebook, catching up on what happened overnight. Kathy got up at 7:15am and got ready for church, leaving at 7:50am. She walked over there as it was nice enough to do so - a little chilly, but at least no rain. She got home at 9:00am and she made breakfast for us. Kathy then played games on her iPhone while I went back to the computer. I started running backups, which took about three hours to complete, and renewed my ads on Craigslist, which had expired. I also kept up with email and Facebook while the backups were running.
When I went to refill my drinks at 1:30pm, Kathy was curled up on the couch reading a book. I told her the college AP Poll had come out and Wisconsin was ranked number 9. Oklahoma remained at number 3 and Oklahoma State remained at number 15. Oklahoma State, as I previously mentioned, had a tough go of it with Texas Tech, but did win the game. Oklahoma had a bye week so they didn't play. Wisconsin beat Northwestern, but I think if the game had gone on any longer it might have been questionable - Northwestern was looking good near the end of the game.
We had dinner at 4:30pm so that we could watch the news at 5:00pm. I watched a little of the local news at 5:30pm, but then went back to my computer, where I took another class in photography. I also watched some videos on some Nikon cameras. There were questions in one of the groups on those cameras and I was able to answer them after watching the videos. I stayed on the computer until 9:00pm, then went to bed. Kathy was still watching television and did so until nearly midnight.
Last day of the month and three-fourths of the year is over - amazing how time flies by! I got up at 6:45am and took breakfast with me to the computer where I checked email and Facebook. There was more activity in Facebook today than yesterday because I had participated in more conversations. The house is cold this morning as it got down into the mid-40's last night. That time of year where the temperatures are all over the place. With these colder temperatures though - our annual plants, in the planters on the deck, are taking a beating. I think they will be thrown out in the next couple of weeks. Kathy got up at 8:15am and had some breakfast and at 9:30am left to go get her glass project that she made last week. She got home a little after 10:00am and played with the glass project some, adding some artificial flowers to it - as it's shaped like a small vase that can be hung from a window or on a wall.
Then the whooping and hollering started at 11:00am - the Badger game was on and Kathy gets a little animated (haha). At least it's not a night time game where I'm trying to sleep. The Badgers played poorly in the first half, but did better in the second half and won the game. Kathy was happy! I had lunch during halftime, when it was safe to be in the same room with her - haha. I spent most of the day downloading the videos from the class I took on photography recently. It's a 4.5 hour class and I thought it was worth keeping. I had some issues downloading some of the segments and had to try downloading them multiple times. I don't know if it's the computer, the download connection or the site I'm downloading from. Anyway, I was able to get most of the segments downloaded today and I'll finish them up tomorrow.
Kathy made dinner for us and we ate at 4:30pm. Once done, she continued watching the movie she started and I got back on the computer. Kathy found two more movies to watch - it was a movie marathon for her after the game. I remained on the computer and I persisted with the downloads from that class I took and I was able to get all 36 segments to the class. So I now have it in my possession and can view it again anytime I want - without worry that it'll be removed from its online source. I also kept up with email and Facebook until 10:00pm. I stayed up and watched the Oklahoma State team beat Texas Tech in a thriller, then went to bed around 11:00pm. Kathy stayed up until midnight watching television.
I got up at 6:50am and took breakfast with me to the computer where I checked email and Facebook. Since I didn't participate in hardly any discussions on Facebook yesterday, I didn't have many posts to follow this morning. Usually I've got 25-35 posts to follow-up on, but today I only had nine. I addressed more than 50 envelopes to places in Oklahoma and included printed letters asking for historical information about their community. I then put return labels on and Kathy will be picking up stamps for me at the post office. She left for the hospital about 9:55am to drop off her heart monitor, then went to swim class from there. I finally got caught up enough so I was able to get out and check email and Facebook. Yvonne sent an email without the minutes - which she does a lot. She forgets to attach the minutes - ooops!
Kathy got home about 12:30pm and said that swim was really good today - she got in a good workout. She had lunch and read a little bit in her People magazine before we left to do some errands. We went to the post office to drop off all the letters I had prepared for towns, counties and museums in Oklahoma. We then went to the post office to get some cash and then back to Oregon, where we stopped at the grocery store. We picked up more items than anticipated, but needed. We got home about 3:30pm and unloaded the car and put the groceries away. I got on the computer to see what was happening in email/Facebook land - not much. Kathy did some more reading in her magazine and went through the mail.
Yvonne sent me the minutes to the meeting from the Beach Business Networking group and I updated the webpage and sent them out to the members by email. We had dinner around 5:00pm, then watched the national news. It is so sad that relief efforts aren't running smoother in Puerto Rico. They talked how the supplies get to the island, then sit in trucks on the loading dock because of lack of coordination in getting those supplies out to the people. What a waste! Where is FEMA or the Red Cross to help expedite these efforts? I got back on the computer at 6:15pm and remained there until 8:50pm, doing email and Facebook. Today I was proud in that I helped someone buy a computer and helped two people with computer issues - all in the photography groups (haha). There aren't too many others that take a stab at the computer technical questions in the photography group so I'm out there on my own. Besides email and Facebook, I also did a little writing for the book I'm writing. I got two pages written and want to add about ten pictures to that writing, which will be a chapter in the book. When I got on the computer, Kathy continued watching television and did so until midnight.
I got up at 6:10am and got on the computer, breakfast in hand. I checked email and Facebook, and updated the family web page - like every morning. Kathy got up at 8:15am and had some breakfast - a smoothie. She then got ready to leave for her doctor's appointment where they put the heart monitor on. She said she had a hard time finding a place to park at the hospital because there were so many cars there, but there were two spots available on the very top floor - whew! She then went to Kohl's and got a robe; the one she got mail order is going back because she didn't like it. She went to Hobby Lobby after that and got some craft items for things she's working on at the house. She got home and we had lunch; she finished the sandwich from Red Robin and I had a bagel with cheese.
The afternoon was spent by her working on a necklace, which turned out real nice. She then did some reading to pass the time before making dinner. I spent the entire afternoon researching material for the book I'm going to write. I've decided I'm going to complete that book I started 35 years ago on the history of southwest Oklahoma. So I spent the afternoon researching sites and gathering links to websites with all sorts of information on the 30 towns/cities that I'm including in the book. Besides those, I'm also mentioning five counties, two museums, two military bases, and the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge - the highlight of the book in my opinion.
We had dinner around 4:00pm, then Kathy turned on the television and watched. I returned to the computer and continued my research for the book. At 5:30pm we watched the national news together, but at 6:00pm I returned to the computer where I got caught up on email and Facebook. At 7:30pm we turned the Packers/Bears game on and watched that until the game got delayed due to a threat of lightening. We then turned the station over to our usual Thursday night program, "Project Runway" and watched that until 9:30pm. The game had resumed by then and I went to bed at halftime - about 9:45pm. Kathy watched the Packers win the game, staying up until around midnight.
I got up at 6:25am and got on the computer, checking email and Facebook. I continued to help my friend Leslie Anne buy a computer for her husband Ed - a Christmas surprise. She's settled on a computer from Best Buy and will be ordering it today or tomorrow, then picking it up at the store on October 8th, when they are back in the States. Kathy got up at 8:15am and putzed a little around the house, then got ready for her doctor's appointment. We left at 9:30am and Kathy's appointment went okay. She has to go back tomorrow to have a heart halter put on. This is the same thing I had a couple of weeks ago and will hopefully help in determining why her heart rate is so high. She'll wear it, like I did, for 24 hours and the doctors will look at the readings and come up with a plan for her - hopefully. We left the doctor's office at 10:45am and went to get the car cleaned (vacuumed and washed). We then went to lunch at Red Robin, where Kathy got her burger for free because it's her birthday month. We had some leftovers that we brought home, dinner for Kathy.
I got on the computer and got caught up on email and Facebook. I then watched the online computer show "Windows Weekly" from TWIT TV from 1:00pm-3:00pm. Kathy was checking email and Facebook for awhile, then got her book and did some reading. Our garage door had a problem again today in that it wouldn't open - the circuit tripped. I had to reset the GFI breaker on the circuit. I had contacted our maintenance team and Herb stopped by at 5:05pm to put in another GFI plug. He's hoping a new plug will make a difference.
Kathy was watching television when I got off the computer at 5:30pm so we watched the national news together. She left at 6:00pm as she needed to stop at Walgreen's for a prescription, a yogurt shop for some yogurt (some special they had going today), and then to her craft class at the Senior Center. I stopped watching television at 6:15pm and had dinner, then got back on the computer until 8:30pm. We watched television together until 9:30pm, when I went to bed. Kathy stayed up until 11:00pm.
I got up at 5:10am because the refrigerator was making all sorts of noises this morning and it woke me up. I got on the computer until 7:15am, when I had breakfast. Kathy got up at 8:20am and got dressed because we were expecting the maintenance guy to show up around 9:00am to fix the front door. She had breakfast and then at 9:20am Herb showed up. It took him about 90 minutes to not only fix the door, but he also put a new electrical plug in the garage that will work strictly for the freezer. Hopefully this will prevent the freezer from "blowing the circuit." Kathy spent the morning and part of the afternoon working on craft items - bracelets and really put together some nice things. I continued on the computer the whole day, but at 3:30pm I watched the computer show "Security Now" from TWIT TV. I gave up on the show at 5:00pm as the items I wanted to hear about were discussed. I then watched a couple of segments of the photography class I'm taking and the download of it today was much better than yesterday.
The whole day today we had three guys working across the street from us. They cleared a lot by taking out a lot of trees and shrubs (sad), making way for what appears to be a structure going in. I contacted Jeff, from the city of Oregon, and he was unaware this was going on. He did say that there were two lots across from us that were plotted as business. Great! We might have two businesses across the street from us. More traffic!
Kathy left at 5:45pm for a class on essential oils, here in Oregon. She came back at 7:00pm with one tube of essential oil and a booklet with information on more oils and a website with all sorts of information. She is going to schedule the instructor to come to the house and talk with us about essential oils and we may possibly be ordering some from her, including a diffuser that we'll use in the living room. I continued to putz on the computer until 10:00pm, then watched television with Kathy until 11:00pm when I went to bed. Kathy watched television until midnight - like usual.
I got up at 6:40am and took breakfast with me to the computer, where I checked email and Facebook. I also checked the scores of yesterday's football games and found I did lousy in my predictions this week. Yikes! Kathy got up at 8:20am and had breakfast, another smoothie. She putzed around the house for a bit, then got ready for her swim class and left at 10:50am. I was still on the computer and discovered that my printer wasn't working. I think when I did the major update the other day, it caused my printer to lose it's connectivity with the computer. I tried turning it off and on, and even tried "discovering it" in Windows - nothing. I uninstalled the drivers and reinstalled them with the disc, but that didn't work. So, I contacted Brother Printers support via chat and he gave me two updated programs to uninstall and install the printer. They worked! I had my printer back by 12:30pm, which was about the time Kathy got home from swim class. She said there were 61 people in the class today - way too many really to do all the exercises.
We both had lunch and then each headed to our respective computers. She looked at email and Facebook while I took some classes on photography, then checked email and Facebook. I discovered the group that I'm probably dropping on Facebook is run by three admins, none of whom I've seen post in the group. There are no moderators to help out which explains why the group is so mis-managed. There are more than 14,000 members and three people cannot handle that amount of posts. In the group that I am going to be a moderator in, as an example, there are three admins and about 15 moderators with more moderators coming. That group has about 10,000 members and is managed quite well.
I had dinner at 4:00pm, then got back on the computer until 5:30, when I watched the national news. Kathy left at 5:45pm for a craft class at Michael's, where she's making a fabric pumpkin tonight. At 6:00pm I got back on the computer and tried taking some more of the segments in this one photography class, but the segments were buffering on me. So I don't know if my computer was not downloading fast enough for some reason or the two segments I looked at were having issues. Anyway, I quit and will resume with the class tomorrow. I then got back to email and Facebook until Kathy got home at 9:00pm. We watched television together until 10:00pm, when I went to bed. While we were watching television, Kathy made several more knitted pumpkin balls. All she has to do is hot glue the bottoms tomorrow and they are done. Kathy stayed up until midnight.
I got up at 6:40am and took breakfast with me to the computer, where I checked email and Facebook. Kathy got up at 7:10am and got ready for church. She left at 7:50am and returned at 9:00am, with a newspaper in hand - she stopped at Walgreens on the way home. She made breakfast for herself and then sat down to read the paper. I continued on with the computer. Kathy left for her craft class at 1:15pm, this one being blown glass. I watered the shrubs and plants right before she left as they needed it - with all this heat we've had.
I scoped out the college AP Poll and saw that Oklahoma stayed ranked at number 3 - yeah. Oklahoma State dropped to number 15 with their loss this week and even though Wisconsin didn't play, they dropped to number 10. The important one is the Sooners though - haha! I started watching the Packer game, but gave up at halftime since they were doing so poorly. Kathy came home just as halftime started and she watched the end of the game. I could tell by the whooping and hollering that the Packers were doing well. I was monitoring the game from my computer anyway - haha. They ended up winning in overtime. Sad that they played an 0-2 team, at home, and had to win in overtime. It's going to be a long season I think. The Bears won though, so that was good news for me.
I continued futzing on the computer until 10:45pm. I am dropping out of one of my photography groups on Facebook. There are about a dozen members there that are just nasty and they just antagonize each other to no end. This weekend was just terrible with the things they were saying. Then, in other posts, they are smart-alecky with new members. There is no place for that and the moderators don't do anything about it. I spent about an hour deleting all my posts that I made in the group - so I have no traces left there. Tomorrow I'll send one of the moderators a chat and let her know that I'm leaving the group and why. Probably won't matter, but when I was cleaning up my posts I noticed there were at least two dozen other members who had dropped out of the group (their names were grayed out). They probably had had enough of the pettiness as well. I watched television with Kathy until 11:30pm, then went to bed; she stayed up until midnight.
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