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A brand new year with the same old clunky technology

Greetings, readers. Hello from head cold land. Don’t worry, I’m probably not contagious anymore and we are taking precautions on the laptop with disinfectant wipes. I am staying in my corner and Rebecca is staying in hers. I had thoughts of calling her off today, but we have a lot to get done, my accountant is coming, and I actually sound 100 times worse than I feel. I feel dandy, but I sound like I am breathing through mud.

I have an app on my computer desktop that I really like, that lets me see new emails and reply to them without going to my email site and logging in. I like it a lot, but it has one bad drawback. I found out from an email I sent to Darren using said app that the name Lisa shows up instead of Joseph in the sender line. It doesn’t happen when I compose an email in the site itself, just from the desktop app I like so much. I believe I have found a way to fix it, but both times I’ve tried, just when I go to hit the save button, it starts to do something and then freezes. And alas, I am still Lisa. A big technology grrr. I am also having massive computer problems today with the laptop running slow and freezing. That may be the problem with changing Lisa today, I will continue to work on this issue to get it solved.

Darren and I are doing a contract for Four’s a Crowd, with a lawyer drawing it up for us to sign. We both think it makes a lot of sense to have our agreement in writing. The lawyer’s appointment that we had scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed. It gives me a week to kick this cold and us more time to flesh out the points we want the lawyer to put in the contract.

As soon as I’m feeling better, I want to take my proof copy of the book and plow through it in a week. That is my goal. Everyone else already has their edits in. As usual, I’m the one lagging behind. More than likely, I will go to Panera, find a big table where I can spread out, listen to my music under earphones, and lose myself in a good novel … and it is a good novel.

After work hours today, I have a couple of errands to do, one of which is to stop at the market and pick up items such as cold tablets, O.J., and tissues. Alka-Seltzer Cold and Flu works wonders. If I’m still stuffed up on Friday, I’ll take a couple of packets to work. At 3:30 I have to go to therapy, and then I’ll be back for the day. I have another day off from the job tomorrow to rest and recoup and be ready for Friday. Some people can do this, I cannot; I cannot be cheerful and smiley when feeling sick. I would probably turn to a grumpy customer and say, “What the heck do you want? And here’s your darn food.”

Lastly, on a weather note, our cold snap has finally broken and we have more seasonable temperatures. The week-long single-digit temperatures were actually beginning to affect my nervous system. Yes, cerebral palsy reared its ugly head yet again. Now that the temperatures are in the 20 and 30s F, I am feeling much better. I do expect more frigid temperatures, but heck, it is only January and spring time is quite a ways away.

Please send good thoughts to me for a speedy recovery. Take care, have a good day, and happy reading.

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Stop the world, I want to get off, #2

Greetings, readers. I should be a happy man. I have a girlfriend who loves me, a roof over my head, adequate food, and good friends and family. So why do I feel so depressed? As I’ve said before, my therapist is going to have a lot to do tomorrow.

Without going into all the details, most of which are private, the weekend was not what I was expecting it to be. Situations arose which needed my attention and there was no getting around it. By the time Saturday night came along, I was so worn out that all I wanted to do on Sunday was sleep. And that is exactly what I did. Monday and yesterday, I desperately wanted to continue writing, but just couldn’t. And, of course, the more I couldn’t, the more depressed I started to feel. I have absolutely nothing on the agenda for early this evening, and I am going to write new pages come hell or high water. Tomorrow is chock-full-of-everything day, so the more I get written tonight the better off I’ll feel.

I began talking with Traci and other friends about the possibility of my medicine dosage being too strong to take in the morning. I’m fine for the first few hours, and then I’m just a zombie. Show me the way to the bed. I’m going to ask my neurologist what would be the best way to split my dosage to be in the morning and in the evening. Obviously there are two answers to that question. Just go ahead and do that, or just stagger the second dose little by little until I get it to the evening. My main concern is throwing my body off schedule by changing my dosage too quickly and having a seizure. That would not be good.

On the weather front, no pun intended, ha ha, this morning when I looked out the window, it was pouring down rain. So I feed Kitty cat, did my usual email/Facebook/ Twitter thing, and went back to sleep. Again, I had several hours to write and just didn’t. Is the end of my writing career near? I would not go so far as to say that. But I got a slap-in-the-face chuckle when I saw that my total royalties for 2015 from my Kindle version of my books was a whopping 70 cents. You don’t need to look at that twice, we’ll type it again for you. 70 cents. That certainly isn’t going to pay the rent, now is it?

Now something that will cheer me up a bit. My favorite sports season, baseball, begins with spring training in about a month. That means that warmer weather is about two months from now. Even though we haven’t had tons of snow, the gloomy cold weather always depresses me.

Finally, and this is a major step for me, if my depression does not get better by the end of this month, I am going to talk to my accountant about seeking a stronger method of dealing with it. I don’t exactly know what that might be, but I have a couple of things in mind. One being a short hospital stay for 2 or 3 days where I can get care and counseling as needed. Or perhaps something as simple as an increase of my anti-depression dose, or a different med all together. Something has got to give.

So please, throw good thoughts my way, and I’ll keep you up to date on what is going on around here.

Until Friday, enjoy your couple of days, take care and happy reading.

I brought my girlfriend into the 21 century

Greetings, readers. My girlfriend, Traci, and I are getting along splendidly. I’m enjoying every minute of it. When she told me last week that she didn’t have a computer, I realized that, unless she visited the library often, she probably wasn’t on social media. I was correct. I asked her if she would like some help getting an email account started and getting on Facebook. She thought that would be a good idea but wondered how she would check Facebook every day. I told her that we would check it together from my computer. I got a big smile.

The first thing I had to do was take the information she had written down and create an email account for her. Once that was completed, I had to log out of my Facebook account and create one for her. I had completely forgotten how strange Facebook’s opening page is when someone is just starting out. No news feeds, just a lot of questions and friend suggestions.

I invited her sister Roni to be her Facebook friend and she accepted within five seconds. Either Roni was on the computer at that moment or she had it set up to automatically accept anyone. Then, from her account, I sent myself a friend request, popped over to my account, and accepted it. She now has two friends and a whole bunch of David’s family waiting for requests.

I must admit I feel strange doing too much with her account without her being in the room. So I think tomorrow, when my schedule is less hectic, we will sit down in the community room and work on it. I will show her the ins and outs of Facebook and Mail.com.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to purchase Traci a computer of her own, so for her own privacy sake and mine, I will probably have to teach her how to explore email and Facebook on one of the library’s computers.

Traci is a lot like I am, she knows what she knows but neither of us knows everything. Since I’ve been working with a computer with Rebecca for five years, it won’t be that much of a difficulty to get Traci up to speed, at least on the basics. In no time, I’m sure I’ll have her checking her email, seeing everything Facebook has to offer, and maybe later I’ll get her involved on Twitter. Traci, welcome to the internet.

Until Friday, when I’ll have a top ten list for you, have a great couple of days, take care, and happy reading. P.S. Thoughts and prayers go out to the people in the Carolinas and surrounding areas that were so badly flooded.

Time to open up my chakras and more thoughts since yesterday

Greetings, readers. Thinking back to yesterday’s entry, I realized that it has been quite a long time since I’ve done chakra work. In years past I had someone who did massage and energy work on me, including clear out my chakras. Since he retired, I’ve had to do it myself with the aid of a very good YouTube video. It wasn’t quite the same, but I still think it worked.

After work hours yesterday, I was blown away by the fact that I slept from 4:00 pm until almost 7:00, then called Bingo, and shortly after my light supper, could again barely keep my eyes open. Research must be done.

I could be suffering from anemia, although I’m on a multi-vitamin. My blood sugar could be off, or it could be any number of things. That is why I am not the doctor making $50 an hour. After this blog entry is posted, Rebecca and I are going to type an email to my general doctor. I’m quite certain that he will want immediate blood work, which will require a bus or Zipcar to get there. I feel it is more than worth it. I do not wish to spend the rest of the winter lying around like an old rug.

Yesterday on Facebook a couple of friends did chime in and said that I was correct that the change of seasons might have something to do with it. Both of them suggested taking walks. I cannot run or jog, but I can indeed go for a stroll. I think I will take their advice.

This morning was dark and cloudy, and 41 degrees F. I’m still hoping for indian summer. I’ve lost track on whether we have had our warm weather for the year, or if a little more is yet to come. I would hate to think it is going to be cold from early October until April.

After I do my chakra work today, I will see how my knees feel and get a little exercise in. I have a couple of errands to do as well as go for coffee with Tracie. We will be going to our new Sheetz, which is close by and has great coffee.

In conclusion, I am going to write a note to the creator of the chakra video I watch to ask how many times a week or month that video should be viewed for optimum health. I am hoping he doesn’t reply with something like, as often as you need it. A more direct answer would be helpful..

I bid everyone a great weekend. Stay warm if it is cold outside. Take care and happy reading.

Email woes and show update

Greetings, readers. I just threw a major hissy fit in front of Rebecca after trying four times to attach a picture to an email. What should have taken someone else 5 minutes took me 15. I don’t quite understand what is going on. The email kept wanting to reset itself. I’ve never seen it do that before. Rebecca thought possibly that it timed out in the browse attachment mode. For me who has to take time to do things properly, the phrase timed-out and me don’t mesh.

Now that the email has been sent to Zipcar, I can relax and quit being a nasty bastard. I try to control my anger, but when I can’t do simple things, it makes me horribly upset. The task was to attach a photo of a gas receipt for hopeful reimbursement. We shall see. Upon calling them I learned that they sent me an email two days after my initial inquiry. It must have gone to my spam folder and I never saw it. I will keep my fingers crossed and hope that I get my money back.

Lastly, before Rebecca and I get onto other chores, my Addison Court performance is nine days away. I will ease into the show, singing the theme from The Love Boat, and end with Billy Joel’s “Piano Man.” For anyone in the State College, PA area wishing to hear some good 70s and 80s music, the show is Friday, September 12th, from 1pm to 4pm in the Arnold Addison Court apartment building. I can’t believe that it is this close to show day. I’ll be ready. If any of my blog readers do wish to attend, please let me know that you are a reader when you arrive.

Until Friday, take care, have a great couple of days, and happy reading.