Oct 15, 2017

Que pasa

Well I have some good news and some bad news.  To be honest the bad news far outweighs the good.  The good news is that I put our Shaw internet on hold while we are away and so from Nov. 7th to April 14th I am saving pretty much $500.00 in costs.  I do this every year but as I seem to be on a save money kick of late I decided to work out the savings.  I was most impressed.

Late yesterday I got a phone call that a mobile Geek would be here today to set up my printers and deal with any questions I might have.  Today was to have been a major grocery shop day for me but I stayed home and waited.  He arrived about 1PM and ended up being here for 3 very long hours.  At this point there was the good, the bad and the ugly.

The good was that the new printer you see here is now wirelessly connected to the laptop, my new desktop and Colin’s old desktop.

It did take him awhile to be able to come up with the program to connect Colin’s older computer.

He then also reconnected both the new iMac and the laptop to the RV printer which you see on my desk above.  There is a bit of a problem with that printer in that it needs a physical nudge of the ink cartridges to actually print.  We are a bit concerned about this as we really need a working printer this winter as we prepare for our trip to Europe.  So we may end up bringing the new printer with us.  Problem is that things get really dusty in the RV and I suspect that the reason the RV  printer is acting up is because of the dust inside the inner guts.  If we bring the new one it will have to live in a plastic bag when not actually printing.  We have no control over the dust coming from the horses walking on the other side of our fence.  And there is no way we are going to live in an A/C environment and not open our windows.  But now that I have the new printer working for all three computers I will have to protect it if we take it with us.

The bad news is that I noticed that I had no bookmarks nor toolbar on the laptop 😯  I have not spent anytime on this computer since I got it back from crashing and they had to upgrade it to High Sierra. Not only that, I discovered that I have just 1/3 of my original mailbox folders.  A wee recap, everything worked on Sierra which then crashed as it turns out on both computers, which were then at different times upgraded to the OS High Sierra.  The desktop works just fine but not the laptop.  Long story short, the very knowledgeable geek mobile guy  ( he was an extremely knowledgeable MAC guy ) tried for over an hour with three different methods to transport my bookmarks and tool bar from the iMac to the MacBook Air with no success.

At the three hour mark he told me that he had to go ( his phone never stopped ringing ) as he had only been allocated an hour max to deal with my issues.  As it was he would have to cancel some clients who had been waiting a long time to see him and reschedule them which would affect his entire week.  Mike appears to work 12 hours per day, 7 days per week.

The ugly happened when I quietly demanded to know how this was going to be fixed.  He said that I would have to go back to the store.  No way I said.  I would not accept that.  I said that if he could not fix it then no one at the store could.  He simply hung his head and asked want I wanted him to do.  I insisted that he call Mr Geek Manager at home now mid afternoon on a Sunday.  He blinked but then he called.  He kindly put the call on speaker and let me listen in.  It was suggested by the manager that the problem was between Firefox and the new OS 🙄 Impossible!  Why is the desktop working but not the laptop?  I might be blond but  I am not stupid.  It was suggested that I will need to wait till we come back from Mexico to solve the problem.  I don’t think so.  I might have mentioned the need to call the TV stations and radio station about this issue.  I also asked Mike to please be sure to advise the manager of all he had done to solve the problem to no avail.  Next on my agenda is to confront the manager on Tuesday, his first day back.

Oh yes there is the tiny problem of the iMac  colored wheel just spinning for a long time over and over before it reacted to even the simplest command such as deleting a file.  This is pretty much the main reason that I got a new desktop as I wasted so much time watching that dang wheel spin.  And then the last few days it has been even worse.  My old computer was so much better.  However I was advised by Geek manager last week that problem was due our provider Shaw so I booked them in for a visit.  Fortunately I have Shaw coming in tomorrow AM first thing so that will shed some light on this issue.

So there you have it, yet another day wasted on computer issues.  Except this is serious as the laptop is our travel computer and I need to be able to use bookmarks re train schedules, etc.  Towards the very end I asked Mike to simply set up a new toolbar and I will reset my bookmarks from scratch.  He could not do that as it seems that Firefox is corrupt on the laptop.  He even reinstalled Firefox three times.  So once again I give up.  Well for today at least.  I need to regain more energy, but I really think that I am done.  This is beyond ridiculous.

One day I would like to blog about things other than computers 🙁

Meanwhile our forecast had dictated our business future. Colin worked all weekend and has interiors scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.  Then that is it.  No more photography till next spring.

So wish I could say that I was done by end of day Tuesday.

Thanks for putting up with all this computer garbage.  I breathe deep and realize that in about a month we will be back in paradise and you will all be joining me there 😉


Oct 13, 2017

Out with the old and in with the new

I looked out the window early Wednesday morning and wondered what the heck was going on down the end of the street.

Quite the tall crane.  I so enjoy the color of this tree every fall.

It appears that they were chopping down a tree.

I headed out to Kelowna for my second long day of shopping while Colin walked up the street to check out what was happening.

Did they really have to kill such a beautiful old tree?

It was a long day for me with 2 medical appointments in the morning and a ton of errands here and there.  Wow I spent $1024.13 Wednesday but did manage to save $89.60 at the health food store as I had 15% off coupon.  They did not have everything I needed so had to request several items to be ordered in for me. Another thing I did was buy a new bathroom scale that I had decided upon after much research and reading of reviews. So I was upset yesterday to discover that it never weighed the same twice in a row.  Rather it kept upping the weight by 2 – 3 lbs each time I stepped back on the scale.  I guess that would be the perfect scale for someone who wants to gain weight 👿  I stayed home Thursday but Colin had a job way out in West Kelowna so he returned it for me and got another model.  I tried that one this morning and it appears to be functioning properly thus far.

By the time I was done both my trunk and backseat and floor were full.  So Colin met me at the RV where we unloaded everything.  I really miss not having our RV less than five minutes from us here in the storage lot in the park.  The plan is to redo the storage lot early next year and hopefully it will be open when we return in April.  The underground water from the flood really did a number on it.

Meanwhile the new sectional arrived. Note the big guy in the foreground.  Colin says that all he did was tell the two small guys what to do as he supervised.

It was a very tight fit getting it through the gate.

The guy with the sunglasses has quite the grimace on his face.  Colin said that at this point he had to move both my desks as they seemed unable to lift high enough.  Behind the big guy is our rosewood glass china cabinet that almost got smashed.  The big guy did nothing.  Just a bit further into the living area Colin apparently had to grab the sofa before it smashed to the ground.  I am so glad that I was out and that Colin was home to deal with this.  I would have been a basket case.

Colin was asked to sign a paper that the sectional had been delivered in pristine condition.  This was the first thing I noticed when I got home.  We called Scan Design and they will do a repair to our satisfaction or replace it.

As to the computer issues, etc. I went ahead and scheduled an unlimited ( as much time as needed ) home visit by a Geek for $50.00 which is for October 25th, their earliest date.  Meanwhile I spoke to Mr Geek Manager who informed me that the entire company and administration knew who I was and what my issues were.  He promised me that they were trying to get someone to come here ASAP to help me at no charge.  I reminded him that we were leaving on the 27th, which we are, but for Winnipeg.  We don’t leave for Mexico until November 6th.  So now I know I have someone coming one way or the other and I will not be paying either way.  Why should I?

I ended up being on two phone calls at the same time that evening and Colin had to take over when after holding 20 minutes on the one phone, a human came on the line.  I am multi tasking as best I can.  It was funny as we switched phones at least 3 times back and forth during the conversations as only I had the info needed for that particular call at that time.  We must be crazy but it was hilarious at the time and I got two things crossed off the list.  I expected to be caught up by now but I am not.  Maybe by Sunday night or so, I hope.

The Coquihalla had quite the dump of snow today and was closed for several hours due to winter driving conditions and unprepared motorists.  We had our bit of snow rather close to the ground as well.

The day got away from me today.  It was supposed to be another shopping day but I wasn’t ready with that list so I stayed home to get that end of things organized.  Instead I had unexpected lengthy phone calls and two sets of unexpected visitors.  The last one brought me two lovely bottles of wine as a thank you for something 😀  Our clients are now on official notice that photos will now be done in clouds or rain.  No more promises of sunshine or they are welcome to wait till our return mid April.  Then there was the moment that I thought I had killed my keyboard.  I could not get it to work.  Finally I realized that it needed to be charged 🙁

The snow is very low to the ground for this time of year.  The white at the bottom is the lake.  I decree that this is a wine night, first in a long while.  I need to move away from my desk and the computer and sit with my feet up and enjoy my book and a lovely cool glass ( or 2 or ? ) of Pinot Grigio.  Oh gosh, where does the time go, it is 10:30PM already.  Adios for now.


Oct 11, 2017

Getting it done

It was a long day on my feet yesterday but I got everything on my to do list accomplished.  At the end of the day I realized that I had walked just over 10,000steps, my first since the end of August.  Best of all my foot did not hurt.  I cautiously say that I am good to start my walking again.  I’m glad I took the time to let the injury heal and to restart my walking a bit at a time.  Of course this is not the right time of year for me to be out walking on a daily basis but I know I am in good shape for walking in Mexico.

I spent $351.68 yesterday and saved $46.95.  My biggest deal was on cheddar cheese, I bought both old and medium as they were on sale and marked good until the end of April.  1.5lbs of old cheddar cost me $6.99CAD.  After much back and forth I ended up buying 6lbs which will travel to the Isla for happy hours.

One of the neat things I did was finalize everything I want to bring to Winnipeg the end of this month.  Mommio is going to have so much fun.  The first day theme is going to be Halloween which she loves.  I got a few things to decorate her room.  The next day is her 103rd birthday and of course it will all be about her and the many many gifts we have for her.  Our last day there will be centered around a Christmas theme.  We won’t be there long but it will be over the top entertainment while we are.

Yesterday was a very full day and today is going to be even busier.  Fortunately my last two medical appointments are today and are just routine things.  No computer news at all.  I did leave two messages to contact me before 11AM today on my cell so we shall see what happens.

We got our new coffee table yesterday. Waiting for the sectional.


Oct 10, 2017

I continue to remain jinxed

My hot air brush which I have owned as long as I can remember electrically committed suicide Saturday.  I only used it about once per week.

Then yesterday morning my bathroom scale also died a painful death.  To add to the mix my weather station  also took a dive but that one should be resolved with a new battery.  It goes without saying that my computer issues continued.  Something to do with Apple mail and G mail not being able to play together.  Then there is the constant churning of the wheel as my computer ponders whether to to what I asked it to, even just writing out a word or a lot of words such as this post.  It was enough to make me cry yesterday.  So that is four electronic devices in 36 hours.  I will restate that I really truly was happy with my old 2009 desktop that was slow.  Maybe I should have just purchased a new hard drive.  I do intend to get down to some serious yelling to the geek guys about the desktop issues at some point today.

However I am off in a very few moments as I have one medical appointment this morning and eleven errands.  Yes that is 11 errands, from purchases for our trip south, to picking up printer paper, to dropping something at the lawyer’s office, to picking up pesos at the bank.  I figure I will be gone over five hours then I have to come home and work 😯

That is snow up there.  We have snow flurries in our forecast down here later in the week. Groan.

Loved hearing the chorus of coyotes out in full voice last night.  They entertained with a full range of yips and howls.

The devastating fires in California leave me speechless.  So glad that we got to enjoy Napa last fall.


Oct 09, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Today is the last day of a three day long weekend here in Canada and it is the official Thanksgiving Day.  Colin and I don’t celebrate in any special way as it always falls during our busiest time of year business wise.  I guess you might say that we are thankful to have enough work and to have these three days to catch up.  We both put in a 12 hour day yesterday and will be doing that again today, me at my desk and Colin doing photography of a home three hours away.  I won’t see him until close to 11PM tonight.

I wish all of our Canadian friends  a very……….


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