Drastic times

Drastic times …

Drastic times call for drastic measures. Actually, looking it up it turns out the saying is “Desperate times call for desperate measures” (still works for me). Originally, the proverb was “Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies” taken from Latin– the most apropos. So, why this useless bit of information?

Computer problems. Dum dum dum.  Diseases, viruses, black screens, freezing, just not doing a damn thing – arrrrgghh. First you should know I’m not computer illiterate. I have and run computer backup files, special Internet safety, re-create capabilities and so forth. I also have a pretty current little laptop with lots of storage. However, given that I tend to be busy and work with computers daily – I generally don’t read all the instructions for my “personal space” items. Pop in the disc, hit agree with license, next, next, next, be done. There is the gotcha. Not everything is as idiot proof as we think in this day and age. Who knew that although I have regular file backup capability, creating a complete rewrite recovery point is something that is not automatic and should be done, I now know, with much more frequency. I always thought folks whose computer “crashed” had older “not major vendor” machines and randomly opened files from people they didn’t know. I was wrong.

My mountain computer repair place informed me that fixing anything generally takes about three days (after a preview $$ & few day hold where they determine what might be wrong) – they can push it for a rush fee but they don’t guarantee return earlier. They close on Saturday and Sunday, those days aren’t counted. Say it with me – arrrggghhh.

So, with a recovery point of about one year ago (didn’t I just do that? I was sure it was only a few months ago…), I opted for my doing the complete rewrite in case it was some dastardly issue worming its way through everything on my disk. I was lucky in that I could get the machine to startup from the recovery disk. The laptop is alive again, but it turns out, I did a lot in that year. More than I realized when I opted for the rewrite. A lot. Sigh…

So, you haven’t seen me blogging lately and my near term personal computing time is now taken up with downloading (things like mucho embroidery design purchases, Kindle for pc was easy- quick nod to Amazon), all those ‘automatic’ program updates, rewriting, going through the pictures external drive for things I meant to blog about that were in nice little folders on the laptop, trying to recreate the landscape plans Excel and Word docs from printed copies. I’ll let myself forget all the recipes, crafts and bloggers I had flagged – perhaps I’ll stumble across them again.

But, I did find pictures from a year ago that I hadn’t yet shared – so here goes. Something a little fun, more upbeat for crafters and my blog post – a creation: Hummingbirds embroidery design from Embroidery Designs.com done up in my home colors:

Sulky 40 weight embroidery thread, tear away stabilizer on the back, wash away on top – Costco Martex towels. For complete tutorials, just click on Embroidery Library’s project page – they do a great job so I won’t recreate the details here.

If you don’t know – you can check your own “recovery point” in Microsoft, Norton or HP (key in “recovery” to your laptop/computer search and see what you get. It’s different than your file backup).

This post is participating in the parties linked below. My Sunday morning is again, a/c on, computer on, coffee and away we go. Trying to post this I get: “your browser is out of date blah blah blah please update your browser.” Say it with me again, arrrrgggghhhh!

9 comments on “Drastic times

  1. sheilaburke says:

    ARRRRRGHHHHHHHHH FOR SURE! sorry about the caps, didn’t mean to yell, lol. But yes, very frustrating! Lovely hummingbirds though!

  2. Unknown Mami says:

    I’m so sorry. I hate having computer issues.

  3. Me, too. Though I have to say… it just doesn’t happen too often on a mac!

  4. LaVoice says:

    Computers are great when they work. I am keeping my fingers crossed at how long mine will last. However, I keep no files, just photos. I am not too swift on these things.

  5. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    The hummingbirds are precious! 🙂


    For red my affection is great,
    It’s puce and chartreuse that I hate.
    I’m fond of cerise,
    It makes a nice piece
    Of clothing that looks just first-rate.

    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Lost Red Spoon

  6. Arrrrgh, for sure! There’s not too many things as frustrating as computer trouble!

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