Musing Aloud

Pam's thoughts on writing and life

Windows 10
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So I upgraded to Windows 10 today.  I was nervous about it but from what I read, it seemed that it might not cause big problems and be an improvement over Hateful 8 because it puts back a Start button.  I was using a 3rd party start button that was pretty much like Windows XP, and I liked it.  I may end up going back to it if I can.  While there *is* a Start button, it's much different.  It shows recently used apps or programs, which is fine, but I miss the "recent documents" list.  I did find the recent documents, it's now in File Explorer, and that's easily found, but it's an extra step that you didn't need to do in the XP or 7 start.  And the start button brings up the stupid Metro side of the apps, which I hate.  I'll have to poke around and see if I can change things more and get others back.  But overall, I'd say it's an improvement on 8.  Everything went pretty smooth, I haven't had to reload any programs or settings so far.  Well, except for the new Browser.  It's called Edge instead of Internet Explorer.  My favorites weren't saved in it, but since I don't use it that much, I only have a few saved sites anyway and most of them came up right away.  I didn't look and see if I could import bookmarks, but I'd bet I could have if I needed to.  Chrome is working fine.  Some of my old programs are kind of hidden and I'm not sure right now where they are -- I can bring up Word, for example, but I'm not sure where exactly *my* version of the Word.exe file is hidden, so if I want to run Power Point, for example, not sure I can find it.  I think my old programs are in an "Old Windows" folder, but I'm still not sure yet.  I may be returning to Classic Shell soon if I don't figure out this file structure soon.  And then again, maybe that's not the problem.  Not that it's really a problem, per se.  Just wondering and thinking at this point.  Bottom line is everything is working, just have to make sure I can find it all when I want it.

ETA:  Not impressed with the Start menu.  There is a shortcut for Apps, but not for Programs.  Programs and Apps are not the same thing, I don't care what you think, Microsoft.  The Search function is improved over the last few iterations of Windows, but that's not saying much, is it.  I still can't find the file location of my Microsoft Office programs.  I see their shortcuts, but not the file location.  Where Windows XP had it right was how easy it was to find all your files and programs.  Since, then, Microsoft has been screwing around and hiding things.  I think the Desktop will be relied on more heavily again -- there for a while, I was not putting my shortcuts to programs on the desktop, because there was no need.  I'll probably return to Classic Shell eventually.  I'll keep giving this one a go for now.

Updatery!
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Life continues here.  My headaches had increased quite a bit so I went back to the Dr. where a CT scan was done and a referral to a neurologist.  He wanted me to try a new improved migraine medication but since I have fairly crappy insurance that doesn't cover non-generic medications, I said no thanks to $200+ for 6 pills.  My Imitrex works just fine once it kicks in.  He also sent me to Physical Therapy, which I requested.  I went about 10 years ago for a shoulder issue, wherein I was informed that my neck was involved, much to my surprise.  I really liked my PT and he knows his stuff.  A couple of times I had a headache when I went in and he would lay me on my back, position his hands on the base of my head and gently pull and VOILA! headache gone.  Geez, how I've longed for Tony's fingers during the years when I've had a headache.  Anyway, I'm back to seeing him although I only expect to go a couple times.  My issue is chronic, I just need to learn better ways to sit and sleep that won't exacerbate my neck arthritis/possible pinched nerve.  He explained just what was happening, which I like, because with yoga training I know how to isolate and relax muscles and now that I know which ones are involved, it's easier for me to work on them.  Of course I was told the laptop (which I'm on for most of the day) is the WORST for neck problems.  But he's told me better ways to sit and now I have the laptop sitting on two little laptop-type desks so it's higher, and I'm focusing on not holding my head/neck in a certain way.  Oh yes and I have a folded towel around my neck that I supposed to use when on the laptop, for sleeping, and for riding in the car.  Dang thing is HOT though so I maybe have to look into a cooling towel of some kind.

Today I go with my D-i-L to my younger grandson's school to meet his kindergarten teacher.  This summer is the first time in 8 years that I haven't had a grandboy with me for part of the week.  They've been going to their summer camp thing at school and it's cheaper to send them for the whole week than part of the week, so I've been letting them go all week.  And next week (!!!!!) school starts for the little guy so I'll only have them all day on school holidays now.  Well, except for the next two weeks.  They have no day camp next week, so I'll have them both for Mon. & Tues.  Then the little guy starts school on Thurs. and the older one is going with us to the coast and then the following week I'll have the bigger guy for three days until he starts school on Thursday.  Gosh, freedome again, of a sorts.  I'll volunteer in the kindergarten class so there'll be part of a day gone, and I'll get them both after school a couple of days, but yes, I am looking forward to having more free time to myself.  Maybe I'll even get some writing done?  ;-D  Yeah, not much going on there.  Sporadic and no new stuff.  I have to get off my lazy duff.

What's that falling from the sky????
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I walked in the RAIN today!  Real rain!  Enough rain that my hair and shirt were almost completely soaked through.  Rain!  In Summer! In California!  What's the world coming to?  It's way muggy today though, with temps in the 90's.  It was fine on our walk, not cold at all.  I purposely didn't take an umbrella, as a way to tempt fate and Mother Nature into raining on me, and it worked!  Yes, I can take complete credit for the rainfall.  You're welcome, CA.  ;-D

It wasn't much rain, more like a heavy sprinkle, but it did last quite a while and at this point, we'll take any moisture we can get.  I know So Cal and the Central Coast got a pretty good rain, so that's awesome.  Hoping the mountains got a really good rain, too.  But what we really need is a long cold snowy winter in the mountains.  The snow melt is what results in the release of dam water to the irrigation districts so the farmers don't have to pump groundwater to irrigate their crops during the summer.  The last couple of years, there's been almost no irrigation water releases, so the groundwater reservoirs are getting drained.  The well diggers are having a heyday, that's for sure, but it's not so pretty on the poor landowners having to redrill their wells (if they can even afford to do so).

So Much Accomplished Today I'm Already Sore
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Finally off my dead butt!  Went for a walk this morning with my walking buddy and her 6 mo old adorable granddaughter, came back and relaxed for just a little bit and then, with NO PROCRASTINATING! went to the gym and rode the bike for 45 minutes.  Went by the car wash to get the exterior washed, vaccumed the car and was a sweaty mess after.  Came home intending to shower the sweaty mess off of me and noticed all the jillions of bugs still on the front end of my car.  Was pissed they didn't do a better job.  Part of me wanted to go right back down there and the other part was curious as to whether the bugs would even come off.  This car wash has never gotten all the bugs off this car, which for some reason is a BUG MAGNET!  So I cleaned up the inside of the car and then took about a hundred Clorox wipes to the bugs.  And Lo, they did come off, fairly easily.  And I can get a little obsessive about cleaning if I'm in the mood, so for the next hour I wiped and scrubbed.  But I did get all the bugs and spots off that they missed.  It was a lot of work but not impossible and now I know that next time they do such a poor job, I'm taking the car back.  The back bumper was covered is grimy dust, didn't look like they'd even touched it, but I was almost done at that point and didn't feel like going back down there.  So, the car is nice and shiny clean and my legs and arms are aching already.  But much satisfaction at a job well done, if I do say so myself.  Since then I've been working on some organizing of files and emails for the Master Gardener newspaper article column that I'm suddenly in charge of.  It's going to be a ton of work.  I wanted to get the whole thing organized, which is what I volunteered for, but got roped into doing more than that, of course.  It'll be fine, though, and at least I won't have to worry about getting all my hours done this year (we're required to do 25 volunteer hours and 12 continuing education hours each year).

Now I have to make a serious effort to do a story for a Codex flash contest.  I only have 3 hours left, which is twice as long as I'm used to for Liberty Hall challenges.  Inspiration has been in short supply, though.  None of the prompts really triggered any ideas, so I'm going to push through some other ideas files and Pinterest and see what I can find that might inspire me.  And if not, oh well.  That's how the writer crumbles.  ;-D

Legoland
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Last week we went with my son and his family to Legoland.  the grandboys loved it.  The little guy, who's 5, is especially into Legos and he really liked it, although the older one did, too.  The rides are pretty tame and the wait times for the more fun rides are long.  The minilands were pretty awesome, BUT I was really disappointed in how dirty all the big lego sculptures were.  The colors were faded and there were spiderwebs hanging off the Eiffel tower model and a few others, but overall, they all looked pretty dirty and unkempt.  They need to replace some of the big models and clean up all the others. Plus, the whole process of getting on the rides was too leisurely and disorganized, IMO, which resulted in longer waits than was necessary on some rides.  We rode a little fairy tale boat ride, and they had all the boats jumbled together in one big line and then a long blank spot with no boats to load.  So they put my son and his family into a boat and then made a wait for the next one, and it took about 4 or 5 minutes for the next boat to appear.  And what *really* pissed me off is that they wouldn't let you ride a "fast" ride with your purse, even if it was strapped to your body where it couldn't escape.  They made you put it in a cubby where anyone could walk up and take it, and then they had a big sign saying they weren't responsible for lost or stolen items.  I have a purse with a long shoulder strap that I wear across the opposite shoulder, so it can't fall off.  I take it on all the fast rides at Disneyland.  So I thought that was a pretty ridiculous rule.  They should provide mesh bags or cubbies in the ride then if they want you to "stow" your gear, like disneyland does.

But all that griping aside, the grandkids and my son really liked it.  They really liked the water park.  The hubby and I didn't go in there, so I don't know how it was, but they said it was good and would go back.  For me, I won't go back.  I wanted to go with the grandboys and so I did and now it's done and if they want to go back they can go without me next time.  ;-D  Traffic was horrendous coming home.  Took us 4 1/2-5 hrs to get there and over 5 !/2 to get home -- which was mainly the first 31 miles of stop and go; stop and go.  Ugh.

Overall, a good once-in-a-lifetime experience for me.  Oh, and the park tickets we got a great deal on at Costco -- $99 for a 3 day pass to all 3 parks (Legoland, Waterpark, and Aquarium).  The aquarium was pretty nice, but only takes about 30 minutes or so to go through it.
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The Shores of Spain by J. Kathleen Cheney is out today, with a special debut price at Amazon!



A better place to be
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Damn it!  I had 3 paragraphs of a post and lost it.  grrr.  Some kind of  "hidden" key or something, not sure what I hit, but I lost the page.  Well, as I was saying ... I got up off my butt after my last post and did what I needed to do.  Except for cleaning. ;-D  But today, I got the floors vaccuumed and mopped and the kitchen counter somewhat cleaned off, so am feeling so much better.  Activity is good for my soul, even though I rant and rave and fight against it.  I also went around with a feather duster and got the worst of the spiderwebs off all the wood blinds because I have window cleaners coming on Tuesday.  I don't mind being a *little* embarrassed by the state of my windows, but I'll be damned if I let them think I never ever clean them.  Even though I haven't for over a year.  Not that I've ever been that good at washing windows, but I did used to do them once a year, and sometimes twice.  Actually, I'm not sure how long it's been this time.  Maybe even 2 years.  I do know they're disgusting.  I used to be a much better housecleaner than I am now.  When my kids were young, I vaccuumed at least 3 times a week.  Now, maybe three times every six months, I kid you not.  Of course, we don't have any pets any more, and the grandboys are only here sometimes, and then we're gone a lot, too.  But still, I find the older I get, the more able I am to overlook the dirtiness, or to put it off until I can't stand it anymore.  Now I'm beginning to understand why old people let their houses get so dirty.  You just stop caring about that stuff, or I guess cleanliness loses its importance in the grand scheme of things.

Saw Jurassic World this morning.  I enjoyed it, but am stumped by the ending (motivation-wise).  I won't say more because I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it yet.

When I woke up, I was afraid I was going to have yet another headache today, but it never really went anywhere and by the time the movie was over, I felt much better.  I slept HORRIBLY last night, waking up every 2 hours and unable to get back to sleep after, so only got maybe 4 hours sleep.  Maybe I just needed to relax at the movie.  Still feeling okay right now, and it's 7 pm already.  Fixed the hubby a nice Father's Day dinner of steak, rice pilaf with mushrooms, asparagus, and twice-baked potatoes, and now I'm stuffed.  Haven't been eating much because I need to lose about 5 pounds.  I've lost 2 or 3 in the last several days, but that's with eating hardly anything and exercising every day.  Damn, I used to be able to lose weight so easily too.  I've never weighed this much.  I'm ok with putting on a little weight, but I'm at the point of having to consider going up a size in all my pants and that's just too much.  I can tell a little bit of difference already, so maybe that'll motivate me to keep going.  The first few days are always the hardest, especially with my sweet tooth, but I'm getting that calmed down.

I should post more often, and then I wouldn't have these huge lost posts, huh!  ;-D

Unmotivated
catfish
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Ugh, am feeling so unmotivated to get going this morning.  Went for a walk already but need to go to the gym to lift weights, by the nursing home to check on mom, grocery store for supplies for our trip up to a mountain lake tomorrow for Father's Day, and good lord, my house is a filthy disgusting mess.  And I'm looking for excuses to read stuff online, but am running out of things.  *sigh*  I need to just get moving already.  This is probably the aftermath of my day in bed yesterday with a headache.  (I wish, unfortunately, it's the way I feel most days about getting going -- always looking for excuses not to do so.)

Ok ok, I will.  Move, that is.  Bah!

Raised Garden beds
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The hubby was getting tired of rototilling the garden plot each year, and besides, the rototiller broke last year.  So he built me two raised beds.  The plan was for three, but I think the two might be sufficient.  We'll see how it goes with these two.  Although, I meant to plant just a couple of things in the second one and save most of the space for winter veggies, but I seem to have filled it up already.  There's 4 tomato plants in the taller planter, plus a bell pepper and some cilatro.  In the shorter planter, there's a red bell pepper, jalapeno, thyme, parsley, and then we sowed some carrot and radish seeds.


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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Watching the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.  The highlight?  Green Day playing backup to Ringo Starr, singing Bop-shoo-wop chorus to "Boys" by the Shirelles!  Awesome.  And I must say, Ringo looks damn good.  He's aged well.

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