Monday, October 20, 2014
Sunday, October 19, 2014
It's been a great weekend -- time with family, friends, fabulous foliage and beautiful scenery. There will be at least one other post this week with more pictures. This post is all about pumpkins, especially when they're sold in one of the prettiest settings I know, Barrington, Rhode Island. This is the annual pumpkin patch at St. John's Episcopal Church in Barrington.
Overnight the weather has gone from late summer to real Autumn in New England, which means more great foliage ahead. We are meeting family for breakfast in a little while and I'll be on the lookout for more Autumn leaves.
As ever, thanks for visiting and have a great Sunday.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
But this commemoration is intensely personal. My mother's 100th birthday would have been last week on October 11th. My mother will have been gone twenty five years next February, but October 11 is still very special to me. There are things my mother made me do -- go to Hebrew School, wear my braces and get flu shots every year -- and things she encouraged me to do -- say prayers ever night, read for fun and try things even when I was scared to do them. I am grateful for all of these things and a thousand more. Thanks, Mom, and happy birthday. You were the best!
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
My big social studies project in 1962 was a study of Austria, with a focus on Vienna. My memory of these projects is somewhat hazy, but I was a great collector of travel brochures and I'm sure there were several visits to one of the big travel agencies in downtown Hartford for brochures. A flurry of construction paper and glue must have followed, as well as sitting at the kitchen table for hours composing the text that would go with the pictures. The project has long vanished and I don't remember the grade I received, but the memory of Vienna has stayed with me.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
During a visit to Macy's last week I found the ultimate Pretty-in-Pink sneakers, complete with pink ribbons. They are part of a collection that benefits Christina Applegate's Right Action for Women. This group helps provide screening assistance to women who are at increased risk for breast cancer.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
1) I was walking home last night after seven. It was already dark and it was cold. Actually it was sixty degrees out, but it felt cold, and I was going to pass one of America's most famous coffee shops. I don't think a name is needed. It felt like pumpkin spice latte weather and I had my first one -- maybe last one -- of the season. I know people wait for them and start drinking pumpkin lattes in August, but I'm not ready until a night like last night. My drink was good and the first sip was especially delicious, but at almost five dollars for a small cup (!) my next specialty drink might be a peppermint mocha in December.
1A) I'm actually thinking of saving $5.00 every week I don't have a pumpkin latte/peppermint mocha and buying something special in December. We'll call it the Treat Fund. I've been thinking about a new camera or coffee maker. I'll keep you posted.
2) I've got Bible Study group this afternoon and tonight I have theater tickets to see Carol Burnett and Brian Dennehy. The reviews have been great and I'm so looking forward to it.
3) The next few weeks are busy with long awaited events. Next weekend I will be in Providence for a long scheduled family weekend and just ten days later I'll be joining friends for our annual autumn trip. Last year we were in New Orleans -- what a fabulous time! -- and this year we are visiting Savannah. I've been to Savannah a number of times, but I am always happy for another visit. If anyone is in the Savannah area, please let me know. I would love to try and get together.
4) I'm enjoying my new computer and I'm still amazed that I set it up. Yesterday I bought a printer, which will be delivered next week and an external hard drive. I am going to make every effort to do regular back ups. I did a quick tutorial at the store and I am optimistic that I will be able to do the backup myself.
5) On a different note, one of the groups I work with requires Google Analytics. I installed it, but it's not working right. I've been looking at YouTube videos and reading websites and I still can't get it to work correctly. I'd appreciate any suggestions that might help.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
I had three goals for the summer. The first was to start physical therapy. Check. The second was to join a gym and get into a good exercise habit. Check. The third was to buy a computer. This last issue put me into a complete tailspin.
Should I buy a PC? Should I buy a Mac? Could I set up the Mac? Could I learn to use it? I went back and forth a thousand times. I visited the Apple store and Best Buy a dozen times. I read articles and talked with friends. Everyone had a different opinion. The more I researched the more confused I became. At the same time my desktop computer was freezing more and more. I knew I had to do something before it crashed completely and I was in a difficult situation of my own making.
Last Friday I walked into Best Buy for the nth time "just to look," and I walked out with a new computer. It's an all-in-one, sort of a combination tablet and pc. It has the capability to be a desktop and it has the capability to be a touch screen. There's still a lot I have to learn, but I am happy to say I am typing this post on my new computer.
I am also working at my dining room table. My new computer just needs WiFi and to be plugged in to an outlet, and with one exception I was able to do the set up. I initially wasn't able to get the keyboard and the mouse working, but after 43 minutes with customer service I was told to go back to the store and make sure there were no problems with the keyboard, mouse or batteries. There was a problem. I had put the batteries into the mouse batteries incorrectly. But the Geek Squad staff person couldn't have been nicer and the diagram for the battery installation was teeny-tiny. I'm now very happily typing and mousing.
My next goal is to get a new printer and an external hard drive to store my photographs. I plan to do both next week and then I will devote my former computer space to a craft area. It will be great to have a place to make cards that isn't my dining room table. This has been a goal for the last year and I am thrilled to be so close.
I had a lot of plans for today and top of the list was setting up my computer. It took most of the day, but I will move ahead on everything else tomorrow.
As always thanks for visiting and take good care.