How the Cookie Crumbles

An irreverant view of life after SIXTY-FIVE

Popping in and Out (Post #450)

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Hello, lovely blogging friends!

I’ve been held up doing the rounds since I started poking around a bit yesterday. Thank you for the lovely e-mails over the summer although I avoided my keyboard most of the time. I wasn’t home much and at times my laptop was broken under attack of one kind or another.

I confess the summer vanished much too quickly. Whoosh! You cannot believe the trying circumstances situations I found myself in time and again. Nothing like a little excitement to keep the old ticker going, or more likely, almost squash it like a plum.

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The top three headliners of my summer were:

  1. I got hacked (cost over $200 to clean laptop but no banking information lost and new cards now)
  2. The same tooth abscessed twice. After antibiotics, a week later, again. Had it pulled. Lots of problems afterwards. Ouches.
  3. Windows10 messed up laptop. Best Buy removed and now Windows 8.1 again. Desktop was okay, but Windows 10 messed that up yesterday.

I won’t bore you with the rest of it.

Some pluses were spending a couple days with one sister and a couple more in cottage country with all four sisters.

Now, I n.e.e.d. a vacation. My fourth sister to retire did so in April and when I heard her ‘thinking’ how to celebrate, I was in. Snap! Yeah like that and asked point blank where she wanted to go and I was coming.

We are going to Newfoundland and Labrador soon. Exchange rates for the Canadian dollar are heart-stopping and I’m glad Mary found something domestic. Sigh. A vacation is a vacation—no, she’s not paying… Maybe I should have negotiated that small detail.  *giggles* This sounds an amazing corner of Canada with mind-boggling views.

There you have it. I’ll be flitting in and out for the next week and a half and then take to the sky and away for a couple weeks.

I appreciate all of your welcomes and smiles. Feels like I’ve been away from home, but now I’m back.

When I come back, my worth ethic will change. Instead of clearing the decks (e-mail, blogging, commenting) first thing every day, I won’t get to any of that till much later in the day. I may not be a constant as before, but I plan to visit every chance I get.

What’s with WordPress making unwanted changes again? I don’t like Reader and I’ve noticed now one follows in Reader. Sheesh. Another thing: why makes the menu bar spastic and how does one stop it?

 

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Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

106 thoughts on “Popping in and Out (Post #450)

  1. Hope your teeth and computer problems are all gone now. The deck in the photo is lovely–I could sit there with a book and enjoy myself for quite a while. 🙂
    Your upcoming vacation sounds wonderful!

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  2. Great to have you back. Enjoy the trip to Newfoundland and Labrador. Places I would love to visit someday.

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  3. Nice to have you back. Thanks for sending me your abscess. I’m thinking of going to Windows 10 and now having second thoughts, I hope you get your problems sorted computer wise. I’m so sorry about the hack but pleased you didn’t lose banking information.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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    • No.No. No to Windows 10. The Geek Squad guy at Best Buy said it’s a good idea to wait about three months till Microsoft gets the bugs out. Teagan had a difficult transition with Windows 10 as well.
      Yes, I was indeed lucky. What a shock the hack was. I was given a number to call which was posted as Microsoft and the lady I talked to said she was a ‘trained Microsoft technician. I might write about it sometime. I started taking notes because the whole circumstance left me ‘wondering.’

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    • You’re always much too kind, but I do appreciate the hugs. Same back to you. 😀

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  4. Welcome back, Tess! Great to see you. Ouch on the hack, bad tooth and Windows 10 woes. I’m glad to hear you’re getting a great break of a trip to Newfoundland with your sis. That’s the way to recover!

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    • Nice to be back for a little bit. I’m actually smiling now, thank YOU, Mark. Once I get my desktop stripped of Windows10 I’ll be a happy camper. Dollar signs, green-eyes and swinging shapely hips in my face is what scares. 😦 me.

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  5. Reblogged this on Barrow Blogs: and commented:
    Good to see Tess here again , if only for a while

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  6. Welcome home, Tess. We missed you ❤ So sorry about the toothaches…they're the worst. Glad to know you have that under control. I've not spent a great deal of time on the blog this summer. Too many other things going on in real life. I was frustrated with some of the changes, but they didn't affect me the way that beep, beep, boop editor did, so I can live with them. 🙂 Enjoy your trip.

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    • Thanks so much. Thanks for visiting, Susan.
      I don’t know what the summer would have been like without the time booked OFF. I was never home–always running around getting something fixed. Sigh.
      I missed you all too. I won’t be around like I used to because I have lots to catch up on. I WILL be around but on a regular basis.
      How’s your newest project coming? ❤ ❤ ❤

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      • Since May I have been undergoing a whole lifestyle and diet change that has me engrossed in research and experimenting with health foods. My projects are always in the works with some progress going on at some level. I have a new editor in Ireland who is going over Naked Alliances for me to tighten it up, mostly. He will be editing The Conduit if and when I ever get around to finishing it. Ha!

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  7. Welcome back, Tess. Sounds like there was some bad with the good for the summer. Tooth abscess – bad, hacking – bad, Windows 10 – very BAD. I’m avoiding downloading it. But it sounds like you did get some relaxation in – you know you have to pay for that. Cosmic retribution.

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    • *Sigh* How bad is that. Not only does everyone in this live have their hand out for something (rising prices, taxes, car insurance), now the Cosmos is lining up to the bar. What hope have we? 😀 😀 😀
      Thanks for your comment. It will all come out in the wash one way or another. I believe we all go through highs and lows. My lows found my hiding place. 😀 🙂 🙂

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  8. Again Welcome back. Who can understand WordPress. I have held off with Windows 10 just because i’m afraid of what you experienced.

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  9. Good to see you again! Bad about the hack, abscess and Windows. Great that you got sister visits and have a vacation on the way. Have fun and check in when you can. Happy to see you whenever.

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  10. Yikes–I hate technology some day. My Gmail got hacked even as careful as I try to be. They got by my red flags. It looks like I’m OK. Time will tell. Good to hear your Win10 experience. I haven’t done that yet–I don’t care that it’s free. Why? I fear exactly what happened to you.

    Again, so glad you’re back.

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  11. I have missed you Sooo! Much ! I am delighted that you are back. Sounds like you’ve had plenty of highspots and lowapots this summer, sorry you got hacked, sorry windows 10 attacked your laptop and desktop!? So glad that you are back. xxxxx

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  12. Yikes, sounds like the summer had it out for you. Hopefully things will smooth out for you now, and the vacation sounds wonderful. Yes, WordPress went through some changes with their reader. At first it was not user-friendly, but they seemed to have fixed the glitches. Until they change it again…

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  13. Your break and summer sound like The Good, The Bad (computer stuff, arrrgggh, I can empathize) and The Ugly (especially, the tooth stuff, I can empathize with that too, long story), but soooo glad you’re back, Tess!!! I missed you so much! 🙂
    Your trip to Newfoundland sounds amazing, I can’t wait to hear about it, with lots of pictures I hope. 🙂
    As for WordPress, it’s one of the mysteries of life, their motto seems to be, if it ain’t broke, fix it (aka break it).
    Welcome back!!! Big hugs! 🙂

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  14. Hope your tooth and laptop are behaving now, Tess. Have a great trip with your sister! See you when you get back.

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  15. Good to hear you are coming to a special corner of Canada for a vacation! That should make you forget all the other stuff!
    I’ve put Windows 10 on three laptops, and haven’t had a single problem. Go figure…
    WordPress – unlike Windows, you can’t wait three months for all the bugs to be fixed. WordPress seems to be bent on creating problems, not fixing them. Did you see the ‘Following Toolbar’ has migrated from the top down to the bottom. It is a ‘now you see it, now you don’t’ thing with options that don’t seem to be very useful to the average blogger.

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    • Can’t wait to see this special corner of Canada, nor for a getaway for that matter.
      Change is constant and I try to embrace it (even if I must grit my teeth) because it’s easier than fighting it.
      Some people I know hadn’t any problems with Windows 10, others like me, had headaches. *sigh*
      Had trouble posting last week because of a moving toolbar all over my words. It was difficult to add a photo, as well because of it. Grrr. 😀

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  16. I believe if you’re going to Labrador you’ll need mosquito repellent! ? Enjoy!

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  17. Oh Tess… I hoped you were having a glorious break… But I’m glad you got to spend time with sisters AND have more planned. Sounds like a grand trip!
    Windows 10 — ‘Nuf said. It killed my computer.
    So we’ll see you when we see you — and be delighted each time we do. Mega hugs!

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  18. Tess, nice to see you again! Not so happy news about your tooth & computer though! Traveling with your sister will make up for it, I’m sure! Look forward to some photos & and short thoughts when you get back. Safe, healthy travels! Chryssa (aka Christine)

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  19. Nooooooo don’t do windows 10…I did and got a real telling off from my son (who knows all things computers)…now uninstalled and back on track phewwww…sorry about the teeth and hackers are a nightmare but glad all ok, holidays and sister time hopefully made up for that…Welcome back 🙂

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    • I had installed Win10 on my desktop first and everything seemed okay for a couple weeks (I only use it for printing) till it quit, but before that, I installed on my laptop a couple weeks after the desktop. Best Buy removed the dreaded headache from my laptop for free and re-installed Win8.1. The desktop, I had to pay to have removed. I sleep dreaming of $$$ all night. 😀 😀
      Wish someone had stopped me but I’d read a couple reviews from bloggers who had no trouble…

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      • We never learn do we? from now on new resolution is NOT TO LISTEN but wait until one’s son tells me it’s ok…..there seems to be some sort of reversal in the scheme of things going on there..ha ha…Have a nice day :0

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  20. Oh my what a summer Tess!you definitely need a vacation I’ve not been to Nfld so very much look forward to future posts.

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  21. Welcome back to the `hood. 🙂 Awful about the tooth–been there, done that, feel your pain sistah. Incidentally, maybe it’s time for a mac. I NEVER have problems. I’m a true convert.

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  22. Welcome back Tess! Your sisters’ visits and upcoming Newfie vacation will make up for the nitemares of computer hackers, abscessed tooth and Windows 10. I remember people use to talk about Windows 8 the same way they now talk about Windows 10. I’m waiting ’til all the bugs are out before attempting any new programs! Hope we get a travel-blog of Newfoundland and Labrador like your fab China trip. . . 😉

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  23. Welcome back! I hope your tooth problem is better. Sounds like you had quite a summer. Ohh Newfoundland would be lovely to visit; I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

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    • Tooth problems are the pits. Thank goodness they don’t happen often. It h.a.s. bee quite a summer. I’ve done so much running around I thought I might have been sucked into some kind of marathon. 😀 😀

      Thank so much for visiting and your kind comments. I’ll relax when we board that airplane Friday morning. Looks like beautiful views from what I’ve seen. ❤

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      • Haha, marathon, I believe you! That’s probably what it was in disguise. 😉 I went on a trip to Illinois, visiting friends and relatives, and just got back Sunday. It feels strange coming back home to normal life, haha. 😀

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  24. Yours has been the kind of summer that makes me swear – to myself only! What a pain honey, I have a slight sensitivity to my teeth sometimes and it drives me crazy. Sorry to hear of your hideous experience with windows 10, mine is okay, just a couple of vague niggles.
    What a lovely holiday you’re going to have, I hope you share all as you did with China. Welcome back 🙂

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  25. It’s so good to have you back, Tess, but I’m sorry to hear about all the misadventures. You were supposed to be sitting around drinking mai tais and writing your book all summer, and instead, you were obsessing about your sore teeth and battling with the computer bot – not nice of the constellations to align improperly. Go have fun with your sister. What with all your experiences in China, you can show her how to travel!

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  26. Ooo sorry to hear about computer and tooth problems – ouch! But have a fabulous holiday ❤ Been reading books set in Newfoundland, it sounds lovely and made me want to go. Enjoy!

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  27. Oh, okay I suppose you can go on another vacation. Sigh

    Sorry your summer wasn’t quite up to par, teeth and computers and hacks oh no Tess this is not the summer one would wish on an enemy let alone a friend. Glad things are getting worked out! As for WorstPress, they will do what they will do. You can still get your subscriptions to your email, just go to ‘manage my subscriptions’ and change the setting. That is what I do. I never use my reader. 😉

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  28. What a nightmare you’ve been having; I’m so glad you have Newfoundland to look forward to! And whatever you do, don’t talk to me about WP changes. Customers certainly don’t come first as far as they’re concerned!

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  29. Windows and WordPress:

    I have Windows 10. It’s okay. I don’t see many differences between it and 8.1. I do like the Cortana feature in 10 though. My husband doesn’t even want to download it though because the games he likes don’t mesh with 10.

    Did stuff change at WP? I hadn’t noticed. The Reader is just another feed. Some people are using regular RSS, Feed Demon, or another RSS software.

    I am so glad you’re back, even with the change in priorities. ❤

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  30. Nice to see you back Tess … if even for a short while. Sorry to hear about all your trials over the summer. When our technology misbehaves, it is really frustrating. That’s been my life since I got Windows 8 in the spring. For me, Windows 10 has been a relief and I don’t gnash my teeth quite as much. It’s so interesting how we can have such different experiences!

    Newfoundland has been on my wish list to visit for a long time. I hope you have a great time and I’m looking forward to hearing about your adventures!

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  31. I would love to go to Newfoundland and Labrador – have a great time, I look forward to reading about it.

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  32. WordPress has been screwing stuff up all summer, it’s beyond frustrating!

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  33. No wonder you are going off on holiday, it sounds like you have had a pretty horrendous summer! Hope all is well with you and the computer now 🙂

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  34. Hello again Tess! My how I’ve missed you. Sorry about the tooth problems, that sucks! Computer issues ….. same here and on a brand new computer. The fruit kind! And when I read you were “going to” Newfoundland and Labrador I immediately thought you were getting dogs! 😉 Way to pay attention Colleen!

    A vacation with sisters. I would love that.

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  35. Welcome back, Tess, and thanks so much for opening up the dialog about Windows 10…we were getting ready to jump in ! ☺

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  36. Welcome back, and have a nice trip Tess. Sorry about your woes, lord knows I’ve had my own share. And yes, wordpress is wonky, and our dollar sucks! 🙂

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  37. That solves the argument in one portion of my roaming mind; I’m not downloading Windows 10! Thanks for the heads up. I can relate to the tooth issue — mine is on the near horizon. I’ve missed you but am delighted you have fun on the horizons. Take good care of yourself sweet Tess.

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  38. Good to hear from you Tess. Yes, never get the new windows for at least 3 months, they never give the third party software/hardware suppliers enough time to become compliant! If you haven’t had windows 10 for more than 30 days, you can revert back with a few clicks of your mouse. I did it the other day. Just type in your web browser “how to uninstall windows 10” and there are heaps of articles to show you. Hope your teeth are ok, I went to a periodontist recently for similar reasons and the quote for treatment was laid out in front of me in a sound proof room so no-one outside could hear the screams. I know I need the work done and once I get a second mortgage I might find the courage to go back! Enjoy your break!

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    • Thanks so much for your kind advice. I’m not proficient in the technical department, but have had Win10 removed. What a relief.I had waited about three weeks and read a couple positive reviews for a couple bloggers and went ahead. Bah.
      Yes, I so look forward to getting away to de-clutter my brain. 😀 😀

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  39. It’s nice to have you back, Tess! I guess everyone needs/deserves a break. Summer is such a busy time and it flies by far too quickly. Sorry to hear about your troubles, but it sounds as though you’ve put all that behind you!

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  40. Sorry to hear about your laptop! Good luck with your goals!

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  41. Happy travels, Tess. Hope your computer blues are behind you, and troublesome teeth a thing of the past. Cheers —

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  42. Welcome back, Tess! Sounds like your really got the double whammy this summer. SO glad you had time with your sisters to balance out the pain. That lovely photo of the chairs is very eloquent. New Foundland sounds great–can’t wait to hear all about it and see some photos!

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  43. Tess, today is six months of blog battles! Can you believe it? I am stopping in and spreading the love. Thank you for being a part of the stories and the encouragement. You are a huge supporter and your kindness spreads far and wide. Thank you for being you and sharing you with us.

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  44. i have missed you my dear friend, glad to see your still here xxxxxx

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  45. I hope you and your computers are well now. And I’m looking forward to your posts about the trip. From what I’ve seen (only on-line or on-screen) it should be truly spectacular. Have a great time!

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  46. Welcome back, Tess! We missed you. 🙂 Have a blast in Newfoundland and Labrador. We loved our time in Newfoundland, but haven’t made it to Labrador yet. Can’t wait to hear all about it. ~Terri

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  47. You’re baaaack; except, when you’re not .Hope you have a lovely vacation. My guy installed Windows 10 in my PC and laptop – so far, so good (I think he took care of some ‘burps’ along the way; others, I’ve heard, have had to use a geek squad). I happen to live with my own one-man geek squad. Ha Ha. Can’t wait until your back.. back. The blogging world isn’t the same without you.

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  48. Hi Tess, and welcome back (um… for now, and then again later 😀 😀 ). I have been on a blogging break as well – and like you, I’ve changed my work ethic. With working full time, I’ve had to figure out a way to conserve my time for writing and limit my reading of other blogs. Otherwise, I’ll never get any writing done! 😀 Still, I’m trying to check in weekly with favorite blogs, and I admit to enjoying your writing so I’ll check in to see what you’re up to.

    Another upcoming vacation? Good for you! I’ve got one planned, as well, at the end of October. Cruising the Caribbean again. Can hardly wait.

    Take care, friend.

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