All in the Family

When I woke, it was to another gloomy day. It had rained hard last night. Twenty-four hours’ worth of precip has totaled almost an inch and a half. There were flood watches out for some areas but not around here.

There wasn’t much left to do to the Computer Owner’s laptop. I uninstalled and reinstalled Chrome and it agreed to update after that. I called her at work and asked if she had the activation code for Office 2010. The email it had been sent to was in the papers she’d left with me. I tried several times, unsuccessfully, to get into it. She’d paid for it but, according to the folder, there was no way to retrieve the key. I gave up and installed Open Office. It does everything Office does and at the low, low price of free. Unless I thought of something else, everything was done that needed to be done.

I’d opted for a backup of the data before I cleaned up the system so I went looking for it. I found it squirreled away in a folder in Windows. And, whaddya know! The activation key was part of what had been saved! I entered it and started the download. While I’m not an Office aficionado (after all the years of being forced to use it at work), some people like it and are willing to shell out the dough. I uninstalled Open Office—she doesn’t need both—and copied the key to the folder.

The phone rang. Once. I went in to check MagicJack to see who called and it was my sister. I called her back. She said she’d emailed me plus left voice mail. I have no idea why it went to VM after one ring but that’s beside the point. She hasn’t been comfortable with the notebook and our other sister has made it plain she wants it so she’d called a computer store to find out about desktops. They had a Windows 8 they could make “operate like Windows 7”. I’ve had experience with such and while it kind of behaves like 7, it isn’t very close. Would I call them and find out about the specs? She knows nothing about gigabytes and such.

I called the store and got voice mail. I left a message for them to call me and explained that my sister had spoken to them earlier.

I’d already exhausted all possibilities for cheap desktops on eBay so I went to Amazon and found a likely candidate. I sent my sister the link and—she ordered it! I don’t often recommend extended warranties but that one had four years for $29.99. Can’t beat that with a stick. I also sent her a link for a cable she can use to transfer from one system to the other. She doesn’t plan to keep her XP desktop but all of her library files (she’s church librarian) are on there as well as a wealth of Other Stuff.

The Housesitter called this afternoon and said her screen was blank. She thought maybe her cat had done something to it. I’ve never met Booboo but I understand Twinkle is a fraction of the size. I’ve narrowed the purchase down to over a year ago so I doubt it’s still under warranty. She talked about how hot it is and how she can’t get a signal when she’s inside. She moved, the signal dropped and when I tried to call her back, I got voice mail.

The phone rang again. Thinking it was the HS, I answered. It was the computer store. I told the caller I appreciated the response but my sister had already bought a computer. She said she guessed he’d learn to return calls sooner. I doubt it would have done any good. Computers from computer stores are usually overpriced. She didn’t know what brand the desktop mentioned was but it really doesn’t matter now.

My cousin called and let me know her construction partner’s daughter had lost the fight with lung cancer. So sad.

This afternoon, I finally got up the nerve to attempt another bath. The Cavalry had mentioned maybe the water wasn’t hot enough to run cold with it. I started “filling” the tub by turning on just the hot and no cold. When I got in, it was comfortably warm but that didn’t last long. Before there were three inches of water in the tub, it was beginning to run out. My bath wasn’t at all enjoyable. It’s so disappointing. The other water heater did a much better job. Maybe I should have kept it and just made a hole in the floor for the leak to drain through.

8 Responses to All in the Family

  1. Joanie April 7, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

    If you can’t get it to work satisfactorily, maybe it’s a lemon…. I’ve never heard of a brand new water heater doing such a lousy job of heating water. Pretty sure the water heater we had a Marjies’ was a 50 gallon, and it worked just fine.

    • Tommie April 7, 2014 at 10:44 pm #

      There have been a couple of theories suggested. The temp may be set too low and one of the thermostats may not be kicking in.

  2. Lila April 8, 2014 at 7:05 am #

    So sorry the lady (I’m presuming she was old enough to be called such) lost the battle with cancer!

    Hope you get an answer soon about the water heater problem.

    • Tommie April 8, 2014 at 7:22 am #

      If I’m not mistaken, she’d passed the half century mark.

      That water heater has got to be fixed! I’m tired of taking spit baths or showers.

  3. Terry in the keys April 8, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    Sorry to hear your water heater problems aren’t solved yet. Are you having your cousin call the repairman back to check it out? It should be under warranty.

    • Tommie April 8, 2014 at 10:28 am #

      Yes, it’s still under warranty. It’s one of those “round tuit” situations. I’ll live in the meantime. I just may not smell too good.

  4. Genese April 9, 2014 at 2:12 am #

    If Twinkle tries to cover you up, you’ll know that the BO got too offensive.

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