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A 33 GB hit    (Click for full story)

Posted: Saturday, November 22, 2014 - Phoenix AZ

I thought we had solved a problem for once and for all. Verizon notifies us by text and email when we reach 75%, 90%, and more of our monthly data limit. But this month I had taken the offer Verizon made to double our data limit for the same price we were already paying. I debated at first, because we could  also keep the same limit for half the price. A good deal either way. But though we had been using close to our limit earlier in the year, we had been taking steps to reduce our use and had been staying well below our limit the last few months. In fact, I had toyed with the idea of reducing our limit since we had not been using the whole amount.




Manuels; Christmas photos    (Click for full story)

Posted: Friday, November 21, 2014 - Phoenix AZ

Photo of Elaine, Dave, Kerby, and Gizmo for Christmas

Our gang getting ready for Christmas with some photos


Elaine has been working on making Christmas cards for a month or so now, so the time must be getting closer. So we got some decorations out and added to them, and Pete Petersen offered to take some photos for us. You'll see later how the photos will be used. Kerby and Gizmo were patient with us as the photos were being taken. But it is not time to put up Christmas decorations yet. Plenty of time after Thanksgiving! And today I ordered some added decorations for OurHous; it should  be decked out quite nicely this year! As a hint, it is an extension of what we did last year. Don't remember? Guess you'll either have to go back in the archives or wait for a bit until all is revealed.




Great weather; books    (Click for full story)

Posted: Thursday, November 20, 2014 - Phoenix AZ

Photo of sunset afterglow

About a half hour after the sunset peak, the afterglow remains and is gorgeous as well


I commiserate with the folks in the northern, southern, and eastern parts of our country who are experiencing very cold and very snowy weather lately. I was born and raised in NH and lived in the northeast until around 1967, so I know firsthand what winters can be. And I lived in southwestern Wyoming for 22 years so I know what cold weather is. Though Sweetwater County in Wyoming gets very little snow because it gets dropped on the south side of the Uintah Mountains to the southwest, that high, dry desert country experiences bitter cold and strong winds. I have experienced -45° temperatures (not wind chill) in Green River and -65° temperatures when I lived in Jackson Hole earlier.




Daves computer    (Click for full story)

Posted: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - Phoenix AZ

Photo  of computer and monitor

My laptop on the left and my second monitor on the right. The screen on the right should be bright and colorful like that on the left


Aren't you getting tired of hearing about my computer problems? I feel for you! I am, too. Last night when I  went to bed my second monitor was working fine, but this morning the image was all washed out as you see in the photo at the left. I tried rebooting everything and tried using the monitor's menu to change the image, but no luck. So, I contacted the Dell rep I have been working with and he asked a couple of questions and drew the conclusion it had failed. Fortunately it has a 3-year warranty and is less than a year old. So Dell is sending me a replacement of the same type. At least THAT replacement will not require hours and hours of setup time!




Doctor visits; Macayo's    (Click for full story)

Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - Phoenix AZ

Today was our orthopedic evaluation day for our knees. Both Elaine and I have had considerable knee pain and it has gotten to the point where it limits our activity. I  have been wearing an osteoarthritic knee brace on my left knee for two years now. The surgeon we consulted last winter while in NH said we both need knee surgery, so we wanted to get an opinion here in Phoenix with the idea of maybe having the surgery done this winter while  we are here. Neither of us wanted to go back to the surgeon I  had consulted two and three years ago - the one who prescribed the brace - because we were not comfortable with  him. So we asked our primary care physician for a referral to another and that is who we saw today. We think we will like this fellow better.




Switching computers; Elaine MRI    (Click for full story)

Posted: Monday, November 17, 2014 - Phoenix AZ

Getting set up on a new computer is no small task for me. As you may recall from a week or so ago I asked Dell to replace the laptop I had bought from them almost a year ago due to problems with performance, freezing, and crashing. They agreed, and the replacement came in last week. The first few days were spent just transferring files from the old to the new. With more than 120 GB of files this took many hours, and a couple of days of overnight runs. But those massive transfers are done, and now I will mostly be working on getting the software installed. So I thought today would be a good time to make the switch and start using the new computer. But that switch-over did not go as smoothly as I would have liked.