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Calamity or Lesson Learning Time?

Forgive my absence dear readers, I’ve been clamoring through some misadventures lately.  😦

Within a short period of time, one of my sons broke a laptop we gave him for his birthday. We attempted to have it fixed since he only damaged the screen badly, but we were advised that it would cost more to replace the screen than the laptop was worth!

My phone has been jacked up since the last AT&T software update and I had to remove wordpress from it. So, no posting from there!

Then, the desktop PC I use for work had a brain fart after a totally random update began to download along with an unwanted piggy-backed program (Norton). The entire PC died as we stared at the ominous Blue Screen of Death right  before Halloween.  This had to be remedied quickly, because as I mentioned, it was the PC used for work!  $$$

At the same time the desktop went down, I had pulled out my trusty (yet teenage abused and overloaded) laptop to keep us in business. My laptop started acting up too.  Although I vigorously cleaned it, cleared viruses, cleaned out old files and deleted unnecessary music download programs installed by the creatures called teenagers to make memory space, and spent hours fiddling with it…it met its demise as it was knocked off its perch and went crashing to the ground. The screen was obliterated and what’s worse…I was running a complete re-image when it occurred!!  Ahhh!!!  😦

Several hundred dollars, a headache, heart burn, and a nerve rattled husband later…we have a new-to-us desktop PC (previously owned at a deeply discounted price), and my laptop back in working order with a new screen and some re-mapping done.  Blah 😦

What’s good in all of this? Praise God we had the money to do the repairs…and thank God I’m now able to “work” with Windows 7!! That old desktop PC was running my husband’s favorite Windows XP junk that I am soooo happy not to be using any longer!!

Anyway, this means that I am back y’all! I can post again!

Do’s & Don’ts of Being Crafty

Do prepare all needed materials before beginning any project.
Don’t start a project at midnight to help you sleep. It’ll just keep you up.
Do put your glasses on your face before you begin.
Don’t put them on the top of your head. You’ll simply look for them for hours!
Do prepare a safe & easy to clean place to create.
Don’t use the livingroom or common room! The kids, or grand-babies will trip over, bump into, or step on your project 🙂 Also, the cat will decide your supplies are his new toys.
Do use the right tool for the job.
Don’t use the right tool at the wrong time. Such as late at night when you can’t sleep.
Do buy quality products (like glues).
Don’t use high quality products (like glues) when sleep deprived. If you do, you may be Googling search terms like: “How to remove hot glue from pet fur”, or “quick pain relief for burns”, or “Can a glue gun start a fire” or ‘Blister relief” or…well you get the picture.

Do preplan or at least think through your project before beginning.
Don’t rush into a project on a “that should or might work” idea.
Do honestly evaluate your personal skill level before beginning.

That’s about it…I’ve gotta run now, shave the cat, bandage some blisters, and figure out how to get the hot glue out of my hair 😦  😉

Cheers!

Adventures live on!

I haven’t written much about my daily adventures, so here’s one to quench that urge.

Seeing everyday as an adventure is much more satisfying than just counting the hours & minutes until the day is done.

Let me share with ya what I learned yesterday.  I obtained the vast knowledge I will share below and ended the day worn out, heart thumping loudly in my ears, with stomach cramps.

Lesson 1: Did you know humans can’t safely walk straight up a 12/12 pitch roof with nothing to hold on to? Even with shingle gripping, save your butt shoes, no one is spider man.
Solution: when such a need arises, very tall ladders are always better than dangling in mid air with only an air conditioner unit below to break ones fall.

Lesson 2: Money does not buy happiness. Some of the saddest & lonely people I’ve let lately have a secure financial outlook. Some of the happiest people I’ve met have an uncertain financial future and very little money in their bank accounts.
Solution: Realize that not only does money not grow on trees, but happiness isn’t wrapped in hundred dollar bills. Happiness is where your heart is! image

Lesson 3: The hardest person to tell you love them, is the person you love the most. This is the person staring at you from a 12/12 pitch roof!
Solution: If the person you love doesn’t stop talking long enough for you to speak, randomly interrupt conversations with “…hey!! I love you…okay, I’m done. Please, go on.”

Lesson 4: Standing on the bottom step of a ladder is helpful for the person on the top step.
Solution: I don’t think this lesson has a solution, but it’s cool! image

Lesson 5: Decorative bushes can be brutal.
Solution: Avoid them!

Lesson 6: A waterproof cast can make a 7yr old girl more happy than a permanent marker.
Solution: Pay the upgrade fee & buy the waterproof cast…then sign cast with the permanent marker. image

Lesson 7: Live without regrets.
Solution: Pee when needed, don’t hold it.

Lesson 8: Sharks don’t live in TN lakes.
Solution: Loss fear of lake water.

Lesson 9: Snakes like to sun bathe.
Solution: Don’t hike during summer months!!

I should probably elaborate on how these lessons we learned, but I’ll let you, inquisitive reader, decide for yourself 🙂

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