Thursday, February 16, 2017


Okay so here goes the first post from my new Dell laptop computer.  Most noticeable thing right off the bat is the much lighter weight.  This laptop is about 75 pounds lighter than my old Toshiba and it no longer feels like I have a cement block sitting on my lap.  No fan noises and no heat blowing out setting my pajamas on fire every morning.  It's a whisper quiet solid state machine so has no moving parts to be cooled down.  When starting up it is fast right off the line and I no longer have to drive around the block 3 times waiting for my old Toshiba to boot-up.  And finally after all these years a lighted keyboard.  I no longer require a ring of floodlights around my chair to see the keyboard at night.   And speaking of the keyboard I am so glad they did away with the numbered key pads on the right hand side.  In 20 years of knocking around computers I don't ever remember once using those numbers on the right.  In fact Dell has really cleaned up the whole surface eliminating a lot of other buttons making the typing surface very clean and clutter free.  And I like that.  Now here's a biggy for anyone like myself who edits a lot of photos.  No matter if I tilt the screen forward or back the density remains the same meaning the screen doesn't get lighter or darker when moving it forward or back.  It has always been difficult for me to get my head and my screen on the correct matching angle and if either one of them are too far back or ahead it effects the lightness and darkness of my finished photos.  That was always a big pain in the assparagus!!

Happy to see a slight high cloud cover coupled with a modest westerly breeze  working well together in keeping the day's heat down.  Warm and hot are slowly replacing cool and cold.

Kelly headed into Yuma around10 for some groceries while Pheebs and I stayed home.  Been having a little trouble with a 'critch' in my lower left back that began late Wednesday afternoon so I wasn't feeling like doing much today.  Kelly was needing a break from 'Oscar the Grouch' anyway.  She's lucky she can get away while I'm kinda stuck with myself.  Seems no matter where I go I somehow manage to end up with me following myself around.   It's the darndest thing!!
Skies cleared in the afternoon but luckily the breeze hung around and today's  mid 70+ temps felt mighty the shade.  Kelly made it back from Yuma shortly after 2.  We have big winds coming up from the south Saturday along with rain so we might have to make it a movie day except I wasn't much impressed with any of the upcoming movies I saw.  Romance, drama, and the ever present growing usual fare of blood, guts, and great gobs and violent volumes of gory violence.  Where's Walt Disney when ya really need him eh. 

Friends of ours from Flesherton Ontario who we met last summer rolled into Yuma this afternoon after doing an overnighter on Darby Well Road in Ajo Arizona.  It was only a week ago they left Ontario but they were determined to get themselves west into some warm weather soon as they could.  Gord and Cathie drive a nice Mercedes Benz van Gord modified himself.  They basically followed our old route from earlier traveling days when they slipped down around Indianapolis to I-40 west of Memphis then slid across through Little Rock Arkansas picking up highway 380 west of Texarkana.  From there they journeyed through Roswell New Mexico, Alamogordo, Las Cruces, Tucson Arizona across to Why and Ajo landing themselves in Yuma.  They are hoping to make it onto Borrego Springs.




Despite all my grumbling, complaining, ranting and blustering about the Blogger format a few days ago I am going to have to eat some humble pie with a top dressing of crow on it.  This is my fourth post using Blogger and I must say I am getting quite used to it and even if they get the Open Live Writer/Picasa issued resolved I just may think very seriously about sticking with Blogger.  Definitely a few advantages for sure.  I always seem to get myself in such a snit most anytime things change in the computer techno world.  It's hard enough for me as it is to tie my shoes let alone upload this, download that, upgrade that thing over there and install this thing over here.  'Bah Jumblebug' I say!!


GROANER'S CORNER:((  Worried that they hadn't heard anything for days from the widow in the apartment next door, the mother said to her son, "Tony, would you go next door and see how old Mrs. Pierpoint is?" A few minutes later, Tony returned.
"Well, is she all right?" asked the mother. "She's fine, but she's rather annoyed with you," remarked Tony. "At me?" the mother exclaimed. "Whatever for?" Tony replied, "Mrs. Pierpoint said it's none of your business how old she is."

A journalist assigned to the Jerusalem bureau takes an
apartment overlooking the Wailing Wall. Every day when she
looks out, she sees an old Jewish man praying vigorously. So,
the journalist goes down and introduces herself to the old
man.  She asks, "You come every day to the wall. How long have you done that and what are you praying for?" The old man
replies, "I have come here to pray every day for 25 years. In
the morning I pray for world peace and then for the
brotherhood of man. I go home have a cup of tea and I come
back and pray for the eradication of illness and disease from
the earth."  The journalist is amazed. "How does it make you feel to come here every day for 25 years and pray for these things?" she
asks.  The old man looks at her sadly. "Like I'm talking to a


  1. Having been expert in the use of a 10 key adding machine in the old days, I sort of like the number pad, but unfortunately my laptop doesn't have it. I guess it depends on whether you would make use of any of the extras - if you don't use them then it is just wasting space. Talk about fighting learning new things I think I'm going to need a new laptop before long and I dread it. I won't understand the operating system or how to do anything on it. My memory and reasoning powers, plus the ability to read instructions, took a dive in the past few years.

  2. So glad you have your new computer up and running. And a nice one it is, too. I may have to try Blogger for my posting and see if I like it. Now, you can sit back and enjoy life once more.

  3. Glad you are getting used to blogger, that is all I have ever known.
    Nice to meet up with friends in the desert too.
    Enjoy the weather and we will see what the weekend brings.
    I gonna make a big pot of soup. just cause I can.

  4. Hi Al, could you make the fonts a little bigger for us that can't see that well. Glad your liking the blogger.

    1. Yup, I ask this too, please.

    2. To increase the size of the text, just press your ctrl key and + key at the same time. Each press will enlarge the screen. To reduce, press ctrl and the - key. I do it all the time, especially at night when my eyes are tired. :)

  5. There is something so calming about a sunset when the clouds turn a fluffy pink. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures.

  6. Haha! Love, love the photos of Pheebs, especially the attention getting belly show:)

  7. Wow, I bet that new dell puts you way into the 21st century...I like it and I know you are really enjoying it. Love the sunset pics, it is so calming.

  8. We like our Dell but have had some problems with the touch pad. Maybe that issue has been fixed.
    I did a blog post today, first one in a few weeks, and after reading about your issues was concerned that it wouldn't publish since I also use Picassa. Happy to say it worked fine. I always got frustrated posting directly to Blogger, too.

  9. Everything about your blog was great today. I'm happy you are thinking about continuing to use Blogger. That Pheebs! I remember at the first Bloggerfest when we met you. I knew before I saw you and Kelly you were there because I saw Pheebs making the rounds saying hello to everyone. That last picture is so beautiful it should be framed! The Groaners were a kick too but then they always put a smile on my face.

  10. Hi, Al. The motherboard on my 2011 HP died in December. I went looking for a Dell at Best Buy. Still have my Dell Inspiron PC from 2003. Works fine, but has XP on it. Use it offline only. Dell makes good computers. I surveyed those at BB, made a list of what was available, then looked on Amazon. I got more computer for the money that way. I got Inspiron 17'. I guess the model would be 5000. Lighted keyboard is nice. Same processor as yours. A month after I bought it, Grandson told me that a friend of his installed solid state in his HP laptop. He says it is wonderful, faster. Too bad I didn't know about that! I have no complaints so far. Glad to know you are a happy camper. Good for blog readers!!!

  11. Great pictures as always Al and wish you luck with the new laptop.
    Shortly after Kathy and I met you and Kelly in the Fall of 2011 Kathy encouraged me to create our Blog. I attempted to unsuccessfully use Live Writer at the time so I started writing our Blog on Microsoft Word. The process of Copy and Paste then uploading the pictures has become second nature. I have since tried Live Writer again as well as the new Open Live Writer and I'm still using Word.
    Changes have been made to Blogger (not all are good) but mostly other than a few times that the pictures would not upload it has served the Purpose.
    Hope you can get the hang of it as we truly enjoy your Blog.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  12. Your photos of Phebes remind me of the saying "It's a dog's life." So happy and relaxed. I'm glad you starting to enjoy Blogger. I think it's good for our brains when we get into a new program. Excellent for us oldsters. :)

  13. I use my numeric key pad on my Acer laptop all the time. Much quicker than using the keys across the top!

  14. Glad you're liking the new laptop. I love my numbers pad, but if you don't need them, they take up a lot of real estate! Pheebs is too adorable - rub that belly :-))) Welcome to Blogger!

  15. I was noticing the weather out there is going to get pretty windy and thought of you kids...Batten down the hatches! Yep, Blogger isn't too bad, tho I only use it every couple weeks...

  16. Al, you got me baffled. I thought you always have used blogger. If not what did you use?

    1. Blogger is and always has been our host and home program but I switched from the Blogger editor to Microsoft's Live Writer editor back around 2010 or 2011. I wrote my posts in Live Writer, included the photos, arranged everything and then published the finished blog through the Blogger program.

  17. I was a numbers guy back in my working days, so I rely on my right hand number keypad. It's funny that I don't miss it when I'm on my iPad. Maybe it's because I do budget work on the computer and I do my blogging on the iPad.