Monday, October 12, 2015

For the Love of Fall

It is nearly universal, this love for the halcyon days of pumpkins, glowing leaves, and changing weather. 

The angle of the sun gives the fields a depth of color that wasn't there in the summer.

And the decorations make it extra super, doesn't it?

If only the Asian beetle didn’t crash the part. So annoying. They look like the esteemed Ladybug but they aren’t. See the difference? 

They bite, invade the house, and fly around on warm fall days waiting to land on me. If bothered, they eject a stink like no other. Yuk.

Go here to see how they ended up in my living room.

On the Farm. Harvest is in full swing with days of greasing the combine, moving equipment, and bringing the lovely grain to bins. Beautiful, beautiful weather has made a wet spring a distant memory. Thank Heavens.

Halloween is coming soon and in the spirit of the season, here is a video that made me actually scream.

Have a happy. If you can. *evilgrin*

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

IWSG - In a Fog of Recovery

These are the continuing voyages of the Ninja Captain, AJC. His mission, to explore all new writing venues, to seek out new authors and new blogs. 
To boldly go where no blogateer has gone before.
Coming together on the first Wednesday of every month for a virtual pat on the back. 

If you check the date of my last post, you’ll see it’s been nearly two months. 
I’ve had longer periods of inactivity but
this time I had a purposeful dry spell. You see, I quit writing.

It was a time out session intending to get the juices flowing again. After motivation goads that only served to foment guilt, I took a break from it all.

This week, a tiny spark became a guttering candle-flame, easily blown out but determined, and I began to write again. 

Thank Heavens.

Windows 10 update. In the name of all that’s Holy, be careful upgrading this pile of buggy poop. Especially if you have Win 7 with older programs. My computer is only seven months old, so it was well able to handle the upgrade. But some of the programs did not play well with Win 10. For about a week all went well and I was doing a happy dance. Loved it.

Then came a Microsoft “fix” and all went south. 

  • Windows Live mail went into recovery mode
  • Windows Media Player (not Center) deleted all music playlists
  • Internet connection failed or was cut
  • Cortana left me
  • Store button quit working as well as the Start button
  • Desktop kept freezing
  • Control Center went into hiding
Things went downhill from there.

Microsoft had no answer. The forums were filled with comments but no solutions. I re-installed Win 7 and got most of my functionality back but some programs needed a personal adjustment.

I replaced Windows Live Mail with Outlook and I am in the process of retrieving all my music files and inserting them into WMP. My desktop is back. No more blue screens.

A clean install might be a better choice for someone deciding to go this route. Just be careful and watch for all the above after a few days. 

On the Farm. It’s Hammer and Tongs time. Harvest, in other words. The weather is cooperating but equipment breakdowns are delaying some aspects.

My heart goes out to the folks on the East coast with over two feet of rain in a very short period.

Got Win 10? Liked it? Hated it? Or are you running like a scared rabbit from the upgrade?

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