Computer woes!

So Saturday, I was using my computer just fine.  I had to restart it and then that was when the problems started.  It did the exact same thing it did in November. It was showing no bootable volumes.  I thought, at least I have my Time Machine backup.  Guess what didn't work?  YUP.  The backup did not work at all and it erased the drive to do the backup so I was left with a clean drive and no backup. AHHHHHHHH!  I tried everything I could think of and worked on it all day Saturday.  I borrowed a drive from a friend and tried a few more things and nothing. I had to just stop and give it up for the night. I was tired and frustrated and nothing was being accomplished.  I didn't sleep well as you might imagine.

I woke up around 7 and decided to re-install my OS.  I knew I would have to install the long-ago version and then start updating until I could get back to Catalina.  I got that on and then tried to clone the drive and put it on the empty internal drive.  That worked fine! So, I have no idea why it died in the first place but I had Cataline. I installed a few things I needed and did the patch to get Big Sur back because by now, I was used to it by now.  That took all day on Sunday.  So, today, I got the old drive and the backup drive to get files off. The backup drive is now just null.  It lights up when I plug it into the computer but it isn't recognized.  I contacted support as it is under warranty. I'm hoping they know of some trick to make it work. I need the information that was on there. I'm still very upset that I did my backups weekly for no reason. :(

Today, I was able to get some things from my old drive, but a lot of stuff is on the 2TB drive I got in November that I can't access.  It's driving me nuts that it's just 'dead'. If my stuff can't be recovered (please let me recover it!!!) I hope they will replace the drive.  I spend the day running recovery on that old drive. It took over 5 hours and I didn't get everything I needed, but I got a lot.  The newer stuff was in the Time machine backups. It's driving me crazy to have this happen again so soon after the last incident. So, now I wait for tech support on my drive and hope I can get things going again.  This time, I think I'm going to clone the drive weekly on an external drive.  That way I know it will be backed up.  At least I truly hope so! This whole situation has been so frustraing!

I did get to write a little tonight and that was great. I haven't written in several days because of this mess.  It was nice to get those words down! 2178 words is not bad after not writing in a few days! :) I am again grateful to Evernote for being my daily writing backup site. I didn't lose any writing because of it. Thank you, Evernote!

OH DEAR!!!!!!!!!!

It has been a hectic 24 hours for me.  Last night I did a write-in for NaNoWriMo and that was fun!  My computer was slowing down terribly so I went to restart it.  I was smart enough to back up the day's writing in Evernote.  Good thing I did because my hard drive failed quite spectacularly!  I went to Target and bought an external hard drive and I was able to re-install Lion (SO OLD) and then I was able to upgrade to... I think it was El Capitan and from that, I was able to install Catalina.   I currently have Scrivener, Chrome, and Evernote on here.  I am going to try to save my files from the bad hard drive, but for now I'm satisfied.  I have my first two days of NaNo writing and I can keep on.  I haven't written today because I was trying to get my MacBook Pro back to a working laptop.  It is and I hope tomorrow to get the files from the dead drive. It's there, but I'm going to have to do so work to get my files back. I'm just happy to have a working laptop for now.  The other stuff will come later.  I'm going to get my daily word count for NaNo and I'll feel so much better.  Wish me luck in getting all my files back!  


My lawnmower is currently dead.  I need a new part for it.  I would have used my backup mower, but I didn't have long enough cords.  My backup mower is electric.  I had the right amount of cords, but one of them got messed up so now I need a new cord or a new part for my mower.  It's so frustrating as I needed to mow earlier this week. Ugh.


So, my friend got off work early today. He hadn't heard back from the dealer but decided to go anyway. We drive all the way up there and the lot is EMPTY.  The dealer is gone.  No cars, just an empty lot.  WTF?  So we call the number and it's out of service. D'oh!  There is a lot next door, so we go and look at their cars.  The guy comes out and my friend tells him that we had been looking for the lot next door and the guy says they moved.

He gives us the new address and we head there.  Nope, that isn't the place. We go back and they say that it was the correct address but the car we were looking for was not there and we still don't think that was the correct place.  He said they moved and re-branded.  I think he was full of it! We did get to visit a few Goodwill stores, so the trip wasn't totally wasted.

I found a Fossil bag and a cool Gumby mug in the Goodwill store in Roanoke.  All in all it was a frustrating day.  We drove all that way for nothing.  Oh well, the search continues.  I didn't sleep well at all last night. It was extremely late / early morning when I finally got to sleep and I woke up before my alarm at 10:30, so I'm super tired.  I hope to sleep well tonight.  


Yes, it was a pretty stressful day. I am not going to get into all that, but I will tell of the good things that happened.  I got my order from Etsy. It's e-reader sleeves. One is a Pacman design and one is coffee.  They are actually bigger than my Kindle, but they will still work for that.  They also will fit my bullet journal so I can use them for that too if I want!  I took a picture.  It's not the best because I waited for them to be delivered all day.  It never said they were but I checked and they were on my porch. The tracker still says 'unable to deliver'. This is twice that has happened with something I ordered.  I don't know what is going on with that.

Anyway, I got them too late to take a picture in natural light so here is the compromise for now.  Aren't they cute?  They are reversible too!  



The color is way off in this photo. They are way prettier in person. I'll get a natural light picture tomorrow but I wanted to share how cute they were tonight!

Monday again?

Yes, it's Monday.  I was up way too late last night.  Why?  Well, I went to put my bed linen back on the bed.  I was struggling with the fitted sheet. It likes to come undone all the time so I was working at getting it on their more securely when I fell on the bed and heard a thump.  I thought I'd knocked the box springs through again.  I pulled everything off and realized I hadn't. ~_~;;  My bed doesn't have a lot of space under it, so I have two little mini bricks under each leg.  That raises I up enough to use under the bed boxes and such.  One of those had fallen.  Ahhhhhh!  So, I took the bed apart for nothing!  

This is how it went.  I started at 11:45 pm to put my bed linen back on the bed.  It was 12:30 am before I got everything back together and the bedlinen on. Sheesh!  Of course by that time I was tired, irked, and out of breath! It took a while to cool off and get myself back to normal.  I'm hoping tonight is an easy night for sleep!

I finished my puzzle today.  That bottom part was intense.  All the pieces looked a lot alike.  I'm happy to say that all the pieces were included and no extras this time! ;p




Well this hasn't been the best day.  It started out okay.  I got up and did my usual things.  I tossed my bed linen in to wash, I washed my hair, I pulled out a puzzle.  Well, I didn't start on the puzzle.  I also didn't get my letters done.  I was going to do both, but my friend texted in the afternoon and said he was coming to put a part on my car.

He came and put the part on and we took it out to drive.  It did great.  The shuddering and skipping were gone.  It got over 40 mph too!  It still felt like it was hesitating when he would stop and the gas light came on.  He stopped and got me some gas and then we drove it a little more and realized that the speedometer isn't working. ~_~;

I checked and Google Maps has the speed on it so I turned that on and it showed the speed we were going so we didn't have to worry about a ticket.  Well, he left and I did a few things around here and then  decided since it was running so well to take it out.  It started right up and drove easily up the street and down the road.  Then I got to the place where it usually likes to cut off when I pulling out in the road.  Guess what? It turned off. ~_~;  I started it back up and got going.  I'm glad the shaking problem is fixed, but it seems the cutting off is still an issue.  It's still got an overheating problem too.  As we were bringing it back in from the first run, the needle was starting to go over the half way mark.  Oh well.  I guess I should have known that it was too good to be true that my car would be working well again.

Hopefully he can get the speedometer fixed. I'm not driving it very far from home until that is fixed.  It is hard to see the speed on the phone.  I need to see if there is a way to make it bigger.  I don't think there is and I'd rather rely on the speedometer in the car itself!


I officially hate this puzzle. lol It is taking entirely too long to work.  I am going to try to continue on though.  We'll see how that goes! I swear the pieces all fit funny and it's just weird.  I think if I can get the tree section of it done tomorrow, that might help a lot.  Here's hoping!

I didn't sleep well at all last night.  I was up far too late because I wasn't sleepy and then when I laid down, I couldn't get to sleep.  Then, I slept a bit and kept waking up.  UGH!  So frustrating.  I hope to sleep well tonight.  I have clean bed linen on the bed, so that should help. I just have to let my hair finish drying.  I have a load of laundry in the dryer, but I think I'll wait and get it out tomorrow.  Until tomorrow, here is the small progress I've done on the puzzle.  



So, I'm playing around with themes for my blog here at Typepad.  They haven't added any new ones in a long time. I am experimenting with several, but when I got to preview them, they display all wonky.  I don't know what is going on.  It's very annoying.  I've put in a support ticket with them and hopefully they can advise me.  It's just so frustrating to want to change my layout and I can't because the preview won't work.  I did this a few weeks ago and it was doing the same thing!  I gave up then. I even applied the theme to see if that helped, but it displayed wonky.  Phooey!


So, I was trying to add a Goodreads widget to my blog.  It adds it fine, it just looks weird and no amount of tinkering with it will get it to show up correctly.  It's getting on my last nerve!!  I will try once more after I post this and if you don't see a Goodreads widget, I give up! lol  I tried.

I walked today and did all my regular Sunday stuff.  I also got a few groceries on my way home from my walk.  Then, this afternoon, I went to Starbucks. :p . I was on a star dash and I didn't want to miss out on 200 bonus stars!  I did that and I got to see Dookie and Corgi. ^__^ . Such a cutie pie!

Now, I'm going to try to put the widget up once more.  If it doesn't work, I'm giving up.  My patience is totally OUT!


Back at it!

I got in my walk today.  It was quite nice out there.  In the 70's!  It was a pretty day too.  I enjoyed the weather.  I came home and relaxed a bit.  I worked on my puzzle and I totally made up for not working on it yesterday!  I got a lot done. In fact, the building is now pretty much complete and I have a lot more done.  It's turning out so pretty!  Here is where I am:


I only have one new puzzle left after this one.  I haven't been able to find any more that I liked.  They did have a few in Ollies when I went yesterday, but they weren't puzzles I liked.  Maybe I can get over to Target or back to the Dollar Tree.  There was another 500 piece puzzle that I like and they may have gotten some more in since I went.  I do have an old puzzle that I never finished that I mentioned before.  I will probably get that one out and try it if I can't get any more new ones after I get the other one done.  They are so relaxing to do.  (Well, most of the time!)

I have a lot of stress going on and I'm thankful for anything that helps relax me!


Today was not my day.  I didn't get much of anything done.  I did get my bed linen washed but it's not back on the bed yet. I did a small bit for NaNo, but not as much as I had been getting in each day. It's just been one of those days. I didn't even walk and it wasn't' raining. D'oh! Oh well, I'll get back on track tomorrow.

I only did a small bit on the puzzle today.  I didn't start on it until really late, so I didn't have time to get a lot done.  I still needed to post here and do NaNo, so I didn't work on it long . I did get out a bunch of the pieces that make up the mill building and put some of those together.  I see after doing that much that there are more in the box that I missed when I went through them.  I do all that tomorrow.  For now, I have a small part of the building and part of the blue roof.


I went out for a short bit tonight and my car was trying to overheat badly.  I swear I got stuck at every stop light. It was so frustrating! 


So, I figured out iMovie a bit.  I got the video done with a title card and a closing card.  Great right?  Wrong! I can't get it to upload to YouTube for some reason.  I'm saving a copy of it to my desktop so I hopefully will be able to try that one.  I tried to upload straight from the app, but it's not working for me for some reason.  I found some pdfs of help guides to iMovie last night and downloaded them to read and learn more about the program.  I am not sure at this point when I'll get my video up. lol . I did the 'share to Youtube' thing and I also set it to save a copy of my desktop.  So far, I haven't seen either!  I sent one to YouTube last night as a test. It said it was there, but it never showed up for me.  Weird.  I obviously don't know what the hell I'm doing. :P Hopefully I'll get it sorted out.  If by some weird chance, my video DOES upload to YouTube tonight, I'll come back and post a quick post to link to it.  Wish my luck. I'm going to need it.  Geekgirl indeed! lol

What year is it?

I needed to update my address with my insurance.  I go to the site and log in and all if well.  It shows the current address (my po box) but no way to change anything.  I actually have to print out a PDF and mail a change of address to them. ~_~; That is ridiculous! I should be able to change it online.  Get with the program, people!

I walked today and the wind was still a bit brisk.  It wasn't as bad as yesterday as I wore a hat to help.  It also wasn't as intense as it was yesterday.  I got through with my walk and came home and decided I was in for the night. I didn't go anywhere else.  I'm actually afraid to drive my car and get stuck somewhere!  I should go out and try to start it, but if I do, I'd have to drive it around some to charge up the battery.  Perhaps tomorrow.  

eBay needs text or email support!

I am still waiting on a refund from the seller that won't contact me.  I do not want to have to call eBay again.  I don't understand why they don't have chat or email support.  It's 2019!  Sheesh.  I want to get this resolved, but I hate to use the phone for calls.  There should be a way to do it without that.

I came close to skipping my walk today, because the street was wet.  Luckily, it must have just rained for a few minutes. My walk was completely dry.  I'm glad I went, because it's supposed to rain tomorrow. I'm not sure if it's supposed to rain when I'd be walking, but if it is, I'll skip walking.  

Sorry, I'm rambling. I'm upset over this whole eBay situation.  I really wanted that purse.  It also ticks me off that I paid for the return shipping for something I didn't want.