Sunday, July 3, 2016

One of those days -

Boy, today was just one of those days - you know - the ones your Momma was talking about when Mama said there'll be days like this - ;))

Last night when I shut down my new computer as usual - it seemed to be taking a verrrrrrrrrry loooooooooong time in Shutting Down mode - so I tried hitting the Power button to shut it down - that didn't work. Then I tried Control-Alt-Delete - that didn't work, either. So - being too tired to care - and too tired to want to deal with it - I went to bed - ;))

This morning after I made my coffee and then checked the computer - it was still in Shutting Down mode - terrific!! - I can't get on the computer to check out how to fix the computer if I can't get on the computer - ;))

So I pulled out the paperwork on the Geek Squad Protection Plan that I bought when I bought the computer and found the dinky little owner's manual that came with the computer - and then I had an idea. I could get on my OLD computer to see if I could find a fix - ;))

It's been a while since I turned on the OLD one - so of course it had some UPDATES it needed to load. And then the security software said it had some UPDATES - so OK - loaded those. Then the security software said that it couldn't complete the UPDATES because the subscription expired - WRONG!! -

So I logged into their site and the subscription is just fine - ;))

Back to the desktop to redo the updates. That seemed to take forever but completed successfully - ;))

Back to the internet to check out the support website for the computer. I had to enter the model number of my computer. Got an error message - couldn't find my model - turned out that I needed to put a "dash" in the middle of the number - who knew? Then I found a forum page with a question regarding my model having a problem booting up - sorta got locked in boot up mode and wouldn't finish the task. So I checked the answer to that one - it sounded like it might fix my problem. Then I tried to print it out. That didn't work - it couldn't print because it's networked to the printer attached to the computer in Shutting Down mode. So I went old school and wrote it all down - in cursive - ;))

Then I tried the solution - and it worked!! Yay, me!! - I didn't have to call the Geek Squad on a Sunday on a Holiday weekend - ;))

Once the new computer was up and running - it printed out the pages I had requested - they were in the queue. I had wanted a copy for my file just in case it ever happened again - I could check the file if I didn't remember the solution - and wouldn't have to worry about trying to gain internet access without a computer - ;))

But the pages were printed landscape and I wanted portrait for my file. AND the landscape pages were only half printed because both ink cartridges were low on ink. I have been ignoring the Low Ink warnings for a while because I'm cheap and run those suckers until they won't print AT ALL. So that meant that I had to change the ink cartridges - not difficult - just not what I wanted to do at the time. Then I re-printed the solution and filed it - ;))

NOW I could start my day - and check my email - and sew - ;))

I added another section to all of my little Foundation Paper Pieced blocks -

AFTER I pressed them ALL open -

THEN - I realized that I hadn't shortened my stitch length and had to press them all back closed - so that I could re-stitch them at the shorter length - ;))

This would be a great "Poor me" post -

If I wasn't laughing so hard - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -


Karen M said...

What a frustrating day. You persevered!

Gene Black said...

I am even cheaper with the ink. I bought refill ink for mine on Amazon - and it works better than new cartridges. (I think that is because with my older printer - those "new" cartridges have been sitting a while)
As for the stitch length issue - been there done that -kinda. I just took extra time ripping out the paper on the longer stitches ( a sharp pin helps to score the paper.)

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

It was one of those - "if I don't laugh, I'm going to cry" - kind of days. I had no choice but to keep on keepin' on - the computer wasn't going to fix itself - and I didn't want to call someone on a Sunday to help me. The sewing part was what sent me into hysterics - I was laughing so hard I knew that I had to share my "adventures". Have a Happy 4th of July - ;))

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Oh, I'm just as cheap with the ink - I get them "refilled", too - they work just as well and at half the price - so why not? And the re-pressing and re-sewing was actually very re-laxing - it gave me time to re-flect and re-cover my sense of humor so I could post my "poor me" post - ;))

Katie M. said...

I hate days like that! Mine usually involve not being able to hold on to anything - that's when I pull out the plastic glasses and don't touch sharp objects! As for the shorter stitch length - takes a while longer but keep a short metal ruler on hand and tear against it but putting the edge on the stitch line - Not that you'll ever have something like that happen again ;-)

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

"Mama said there'll be days like this" - and Mama was right - ;)) Some days just go so haywire that I wonder why I even got out of bed - but then it becomes a comedy of errors and I have to laugh. Believe me - I was VERY careful with the rotary cutter that day - and I stayed away from the stove. And thanks for the ruler trick - not that I'll ever have something like that happen again - ;))


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