Back on line (I hope)

Sorry for the posting gap – computer/software issues.

Christmas was fun at Tom’s – an extension of the festivities we’ve been enjoying all month. All the grandkids were home which may not always happen in the future.

Nancy got out of the hospital a few days before the event so it was touch and go as to whether or not we’d make it but she felt fine and we decided to chance it. No problems. We got some really nice things but one thing of particular interest, simply because we’ve been looking at them for years but have never pulled the trigger, a Roomba robot sweeper. Nancy is a real floor nazi and I am forever in the dog house for dragging dirt in the house so perhaps this will relieve my heartburn. With this and the new laptop we bought a week or so back, I’m in high tech purgatory – where nothing is as easy as it seems.

The old mac book was just getting too far behind and starting to cause issues so while we were in Orlando for the graduations, Tom picked up a new mac book Air at the University book store. You would think it would take only a minute or two to bring up the new machine and transfer information but deep down inside you know anything that has to do with computers is fraught with potential disasters. And so it was. One of the casualties was the ability to post blogs updates. The new machine had some kind of problem with Word Press, the blog application. I knew Tom could eventually get it all straightened out – it was just a matter of him finding the time amid all the end of year events going on. I think it’s done. I feel ok not being able to do it myself since it took him several hours of high intensity banging away on the keyboard. But right now I have the new laptop and the desktop mini in sync.

The Roomba also created some heart burn when the first directions involved wi fi and the internet. I told Tom my fall back was to figure a way to attach the Roomba to a broom stick and push it around the house manually. After a call to Roomba land, I learned that it has a totally manual mode (for the technically challenged) and we set it off to clean the house. There are a few traps that we’re now aware of but it did get the job done. For example the showers are a step down from floor level and it fell right in but couldn’t get back out. The first trial was interesting as it wandered around the house doing it’s thing including underneath the beds. When it finished the first pass, I opened it to check the filters. It was chock full of dust and sand- so it does work. A couple days later we set it loose again. We closed the bedroom doors so it wouldn’t do those again but still, after a couple of hours, had a fairly full dirt trap. I think this is going to make Nancy quite happy on a daily basis with only an occasional full manual job.

Great end to the college football season. SEC rules and my gators did the job on Michigan; Simon’s Auburn Tigers downing Purdue. Also Clemson drubbing the feared and dreaded (and over rated) Notre Dame. We don’t have cable out here in the woods so we were forced to visit Persimmon Hollow to watch a couple of the games including the Gator drubbing of Michigan. Way better than cable. UCF put up a valiant fight with LSU but the 25 game winning streak had to come to an end. Losing to LSU was certainly nothing to be ashamed of. Even Utah and even Kentucky prevailed so it was great season for us overall.

3 thoughts on “Back on line (I hope)

    1. denis, Tom just pointed out there’s a way to deal with comments. you probably don’t have to change bookmarks. tom figured out a way to have it automatically forwarded to the correct place, transparently to the user


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