Heaven on Speed Dial

First things first, I got to bed by 11 and slept well all night long. I hope to have a repeat tonight.

Oranges have been pretty sorry this season. I’ve almost quit juicing them—except for the ones my cousin brought me. She picked these off a tree that belongs to some friends of hers. They look like the ones Mother would buy when we lived in the Sunshine State. They are good. I wish I had more of ’em.

Real Oranges

Juicy, juicy!

I’ve been watching the Eagle Cam set up on Berry College campus off and on and did a screen shot of Mama with Baby. We’re still waiting on the second egg to hatch.

Eagle Cam

The last several days were spent in transferring gobs and gobs of Stuff off my other computer onto this one. Gobs—isn’t that what GB is short for? This morning, I did a one last going-over to make sure I had everything. There were three more things and, after a couple of hours, I was ready.

That computer was originally a Vista system. I’d been hesitant to get Vista because of all the bad press it got. It was late enough in the Windows game that it came with a “free” upgrade that didn’t include a delivery charge of (as I remember) $25. I was tempted not to pay it but eventually did. It was a third party company and I let them know I thought it was a ripoff.

Back to my story. Getting out the upgrade DVD, I was going to do a clean install of Windows 7. It would get to a certain point and hang up. I got out the Vista DVD and it presented me with options that made me uncomfortable. I called DS1 and got his advice. Then that one didn’t work. I went back and forth from one to the other until I was just about batty.

I was texting my progress (or lack of it) to DS1 and talked to my cousin. When I told her I might have to take it to her computer guy, she said to tell him she sent me and for him to treat me right.

I’d been praying all through these trials and tribulations and finally, I just let it be. I put in the Vista DVD and went about my business. I vacuumed, exercised, did dishes, one thing and another and lo! it worked! When Windows finally came up, it looked awful. It wouldn’t connect wirelessly to the Internet so I blessed merm all over again for sending me that long, long network cable.

Rebooting the computer, it came up looking normal. I thanked God for that! The last time I checked it, it was installing 116 updates. It’s in the process of restarting now.

Twinkle has gotten in such a habit of drinking water in the bathtub, she wants it running all the time. I don’t need a humongous water bill every month so I ordered a Bubbler. It was scheduled to come today. Since there are times packages are delivered and don’t show up that way on tracking, I figured I’d check to see if it had come. Imagine my surprise when I opened the door and the UPS man had his hand up to knock! I think he was as surprised as I was. It was the same nice-looking shorts and summer shirt-wearing fellow. Later, I checked tracking again and it said,

Delivered On:
Tuesday, 02/25/2014 at 2:03 P.M.
Left At:
Met Customer Woman

So now I’m Customer Woman! I put the thing together, filled it up with water and started the pump. Twinkle came in and was curious but hasn’t drunk from it as far as I know. I took up all of her water bowls (she had four of them scattered around the house but only drank from two of them) and made sure the water was turned off at the tub. I hope she’ll use the Bubbler. If she doesn’t, it’s that much more money down the drain—literally. Surely if she gets thirsty enough, she will. I know about the horse but does it hold true for a cat, too?

2 Responses to Heaven on Speed Dial

  1. Mary Jane February 26, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

    Dear Customer Woman,

    I wish I had a fraction of your knowledge about computers! It would make my life a lot easier.

    I remember a trip to Florida many, many years ago when my family and a friend picked oranges from an orange grove owned by a friend of our friend (!) and stood eating them right then and there! Messy, but a real treat. Glad you got some straight from Florida.

    • Tommie February 26, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

      I’m still working on the notebook. It’s generated a lot of respect for computer people who do this for a living and hear, “MY COMPUTER ISN’T READY YET?!!

      Once, Mother had bought some fresh-from-the-grove oranges and put them on the ledge above the back seat. They got almost hot in the sun but they were SO GOOD! Later, I tried to duplicate the process by heating one but it didn’t work.

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