Chaos

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My computer crashed last week. I decided to just go down to Best Buy and get a new one. Which I did. Actually I bought an all-in-one first, brought it home and immediately realized it was too big and heavy for my set-up. So the next day I brought it back.  Got a new tower with Windows 8

****SIGHHHHHHHH*****

I even had the Geek Squad do a data transfer so I wouldn’t have to do it. I thought it would be well worth it not to have to hassle with trying to figure out how to get the stuff off my old computer myself.

<<<desperate, hysterical laughter>>>

No hassle? Are you delusional???

I should add that the weekend before this I filled up our older top loading washer full of sheets only to have it stop dead. That was Saturday morning.  So I spent Saturday bailing water and researching washing machines, and then Stu and I went to Lowes and bought one. Of course it is nothing like the machines I’ve used all my life and necessitated an entire instruction book full of detailed directions to follow lest you ruin the machine, destroy your clothes, fill your washer with gunky fabric softener… did I mention that it was a new High Efficiency machine specifically designed to be used with a Downy Ball which are available “everywhere?” Not.

So first order of business after getting the machine into the house was to track down a Downy ball, if I didn’t want to have to time every wash load for the precise moment the fabric softener needed to be added. That’s what I did on Sunday and Monday. I could find none in Tucson. Had to order some online.

On Tuesday afternoon my computer crashed… so I bought the new one, then, as I said brought it back and exchanged it for the tower, and…

I only like old things!!!

I was told that the new one with the office program came with an email program similar to the one I had been using. NOT. I’ve been trying for days to get it set up and failing. (And thus had no email because of it) Today my hubby called in a friend who has a business doing this and he couldn’t get it to work either.  In the process I tried to contact my ISP, except they were down both phone and chat, but I could “contact them through email” as they suggested. I finally managed to get on a chat and the woman changed my password and I retried with that. Didn’t work.

So now I’ve been sent off to my webpage hosting service, only to discover they, who trumpet their 24/7 availability, also happen to be unavailable by chat or phone, but hey, I can leave a message and they will email me! Not. I tried logging on and couldn’t even do that.

Then I read reviews about them and was horrified at all the bad ones. Now I want to sever ties with them ASAP, but that would mean I’d have to find a new web hosting service (actually I’ve been thinking of trying to integrate my website with WordPress) (but that would mean I’d have to think about how I would do that) And anyway, what would that do to my email address which comes through the web hosting service?

I set up all this stuff over ten years ago. Not only can I remember little of the details, it’s all changed anyway.

Just to add spice to the mix, I also had doctor’s appointments nearly every morning last week, two of them lasting hours. But! I do not need a hearing aid!  And I do not have skin cancer! And further, the shingles relapse in my eye has dramatically improved. So I can’t complain there.

 In addition to all that, hubby is retiring NEXT FRIDAY and only found out about it last week. He’d planned on waiting another month. No, he wasn’t being urged by his employers to do so… he was just in a different benefits program for the first year of working for the company ages ago now, and then switched to a second and in order for both to be applicable, he has to retire earlier than he expected.

On top of all that… here comes the computer mess. I can at least do Bible class!  And write this post. But for the moment, no email. I could go with the Outlook that comes with Windows 7, or switch to Gmail… but how to get the domain name put into it is something I’ll have to research further.

And all this just exploded at the end of last week after I’d had four days of very consistent work on Sky.  But. I know my times are in my Lord’s hands, and that He knew all about this in eternity past and even chose it as part of His highest and best for my life so I shall try to focus on that, rather than, what-am-I-gonna-do? I have no idea what I’m doing, and don’t even know where to go for help!!

As proof of my Lord’s care, however, is the fact that for the last two weeks Pastor John has been teaching on the importance of us knowing what it means for us to be in Christ and enjoying all the blessings that come from that. Focus on that not all the craziness of life. We have been told we will triumph in Christ.

Okay, off to walk Quigley.

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5 Responses to “Chaos”


  1. 1 insidethewriter October 26, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Karen, you make me laugh! Mostly because your life sounds so much like mine. I, too, have recently had the computer issue AND the washing machine switch. Do you know that you have to actually crawl into the machine to get the clothes out of those front-loading washers? Seriously. So I really do know how you feel and even though I am chuckling here, I am on your side.

    • 2 karenhancock October 28, 2013 at 10:13 am

      Really, you had the computer and the washer go, too? That’s funny. I did not get a front loader (no room for the door) so I’ve not had the fun of crawling into the washer!

  2. 3 mylittlebub October 26, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Since you can’t get email, P. gets home on Friday the 1st. Sent you a message but I doubt you got it now. It was very short anyway, like this. haha. I hope it gets sorted and in working order soon.

  3. 4 Dan the Moountain Man October 27, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    I had to get a new laptop at the beginning of the year. I knocked coffee over on the keyboard. It was cheaper just to get a new one then to get the old one fixed. Windows 8 was a pain. I am glad that most of my issues with it was fixed with Windows 8.1.

    So many times the older things seem to worked better or lasted longer. It is times like this the make the good times so good.

    • 5 karenhancock October 28, 2013 at 9:34 am

      What I’m not liking most is how it does everything for you — except I don’t want many of the things it does. For example, the automatic screen lock and required password entry every time the thing gets left for more than twenty minutes. I can understand for a tablet and even a laptop, but a desktop in one’s private office? Anyway, figured out how to turn that off — I think — but it’s just an extra thing on the way to trying to get my system to work for me. I updated to Windows 8.1 yesterday, but haven’t noticed a lot of difference. But thanks for commiserating on Win 8!


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