Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Hello Again

Good morning. I haven't posted anything for the past 2 weeks, and I apologize for being absent. Now I'm grateful to be up and moving again. Do you every get bombarded with more than you can handle at one time, and you seem to sink down into the mud? Well, that's where I've been for the past few weeks, exhausted while dealing with health issues and 3 computers. (One was insane) Oh, yeah, my printer died too.

1. Last fall my old computer bellied up and died. I had it for 10 years, and we had our ups and downs, but it was friendly and simple. I like a challenge, and I'll learn when I need to, but I'll choose simple over complicated when I can. I still mourn the loss of that old friend. When it died, I went outside and screamed. Sometimes that helps, but I think I scared some birds away. I heard their wings fluttering as they made their escape.

2. Then someone gave me a brand new Windows 8, and my computer nightmares began. That new desktop responded with ugly resistance. It took 4 or 5 steps to get where my old one required only 2; when I was working on a page, a new unrelated page suddenly appeared, and I had to click, click to get back where I was; it said there was no connection when there was; I got lost in the mire of stuff I never used; etc. etc. Everyone I know who has a Windows 8 has the same complaints. It wasn't made for desktop anyway. I read that, as is, it was a mistake, and will be replaced by 2015. Duh.

3. When my printer died, I got a new one. Then after much turmoil and some choice words, I fired 'Mr. 8' and found another computer like my old one. I tried transferring new data from the Windows 8 to the new computer, but then had to get a friend to do that for me. I'd been editing my new book, Me and Granmama in the Hill Country, and I didn't want to lose my revisions. Yes, my computer skills are limited, but we can't all be endowed with the same talents. That's one reason we need each other, and we need equipment we can work with.

4. Then during my computer problems, I was also dealing with health issues, going between several doctors and running all over the place for a bunch of medical tests. I was so exhausted, even my brain shut down and wasn't running on all cylinders. (Does a brain have cylinders?)

So Now I have a question for you. What do you do when you're facing a bunch of stressful situations that need to be resolved, and you've got all your other usual stuff that needs attention? I'd really like some feedback. Like I said, we need each other. How 'bout some comments on the subject.

When problems come, I wish you one at a time with peaceful solutions.

Marilyn

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