One of the many things we like about living here is that we are only about 25 miles from Cape Canaveral and we can watch the rocket launches from our yard or down at our private fishing pier.
A couple of nights ago they launched an Atlas 5 rocket carrying a missile-detecting satellite, and in spite of the fact that it was a very cold night, we went outside to see the fireball soaring into outer space. It’s always a thrill. Terry’s folks are going to be visiting us from Arizona for a week in February, and I was hoping there would be a launch while they were here, but as it turns out, there’s nothing on the schedule in that time period.
When I posted yesterday’s blog about Poker Alice, a wild woman from the Wild West, I forgot that even though she’s been gone a long time, we got to visit with her on a trip to the RV Museum in Elkhart, Indiana. Our buddy Al Hesselbart, former historian for the museum, reminded me that there is a statue of the old gambler sitting on a park bench there. Here are Poker Alice and Miss Terry having some girl time together.
While Terry was working her way through a backlog of paperwork yesterday, I had hoped to get some more work done on my new John Lee Quarrels book. But as it turned out, that didn’t happen.
My computer decided not to cooperate, running real slow, taking forever to open or close programs, and when I would type or dictate a line with the Dragon NaturallySpeaking software, it would take anywhere from 5 to 20 seconds for that line to appear on the screen before I could go on to the next.
On the advice of my buddy Greg White, I run several software programs including AVG antivirus, CC Cleaner, Super Antivirus Spyware, and Malwarebytes on a regular basis. But even with all that, this seems to happen about once a month. Doing a full restart didn’t help, so I ran each of the above programs twice, restarting after each time, and that seemed to do the job. At least for now. But with doing all of that, it didn’t leave me much time for writing. I don’t think I got more than 500 words done.
To make me feel better about not accomplishing anything all day, while we were watching TV last night, Terry made of batch of delicious oatmeal raisin pecan cookies. Like everything she does, she made them from scratch, and they were really delicious. And those cookies worked. By the second bite, I forgot all about the darn computer!
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Thought For The Day – There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieves the second. – Logan Pearsall Smith