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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Of Flowers, Critters, and Blessings ...

Scroll down for Camera Critters & Pet Pride

"Don't let yesterday use up too much of today."
Cherokee Indian Proverb

1. Every day my garden looks lovelier. The most of the pansies I planted in February are doing well ... only a few look like this:

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and for others participating in
Today's Flowers and Mellow Yellow Monday

2. Molly & Layla watch each other over the fence like this often.

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(you'll see both Molly & Layla in the middle image)
and for others participating in
Pet Pride

3. After spending several hours on the phone with Dell's Tech Support on Thursday afternoon, things are looking up. If you missed them & care to fill in the blanks, I shared the details at the end of Friday's post at Small Reflections. The Inspiron 1720 hasn't crashed to the Blue Screen of Death in two days ... hooray!

4. The promised 'replacement keyboard' arrived in Friday's mail (talk about quick) and typing is smooth once again with no sticky keys. Amazing what a relief this is. I'll drop off the old one at FedEx later today or on Monday.

5. As promised, 'Vinnie' from Dell Tech Support called me to follow up ... unfortunately before I'd had a chance to use the laptop much because his Sunday is my Saturday. He'll call again NEXT Friday which should give me time to check things out, get the D-Link router working (or replace it with a LinkSys router) and have Time Warner Cable 'reset' their modem for the 'wireless' connection rather than the 'direct' connection I've been using for a week or so.

6. We've had lots of 'moody skies' and occasional rain over the past week ... but no heavy rains so that's a relief for those living in the areas burned by wildfires last Fall. I enjoyed watching crows gather twigs in the tree across the street as I photographed the changing skies to share in yesterday's Sky Watch and a few more today.


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and for others participating in
Camera Critters , Looking at the Sky and Mosaic Monday
(I shared 'goose photos' yesterday at Small Reflections)

7. I enjoyed Friday's 'Windows Movie Maker' class at Adult School. We used the instructor's 'train' images and sounds to create our first one together but we're supposed to bring our own photos to use next Friday so I'll be gathering images together this week.
If time permits, I'll play with the first one to see if I can upload it to one of my blogs as an experiment. I hope to use what I've learned to create my own 'inspirational videos' to share in the future.

8. Amazingly (after receiving another 'denial letter' on Wednesday) ... Friday's mail contained an acceptance letter & payment coupon book from United Health Care for my Plan D 'prescription' coverage, so all I need to do now is set up auto pay for it (and my Anthem Blue Cross Senior supplemental plan for Medicare) then contact my former employer for a 'refund' for February's health coverage. Guess it's a good thing I didn't have time to call about this when the denial arrived Wednesday ;-)

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Thought for Today
"Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back." Chinese Proverb


Sylvia K said...

Molly and Layla are so cute! Bet they have lots of fun together! Hope you all have a great week!


Ginny Hartzler said...

I'm so glad that both your computer and insurance problems are finally resolving! Love your quote about life and rowing. Edgar Allen Poe would be loving today's post, I'm thinking! Gloomy skies and crows. The next best thing to ravens!

Gemma Wiseman said...

I think I managed to get lost in this post! It's funny how the two dogs eye one another over the fence! Badly behaving computers are such a hassle! And yet we persevere because they are now a basic ingredient in our lives! Glad the problems are slowly sorting out!

Pamela M. Kramer - A Renaissance Woman said...

ok - This post does go along with my 5 Fingers of Thanks. How fun! I wish I could grow something. I have a sort of black thumb. lol

Debbiedoos said...

What an eclectic post, however I understood where it all was LOL!!~

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

What a busy week you've had...great photos and I'm glad some of your pansies survived...gorgeous color and doggies!!!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Pansies, nasturtiums—
buttery bits of sunshine

Keep moving! my small garden…

Kim, USA said...

I love your garden, spring is coming!!

The petal

Carletta said...

I wish I'd have remembered to plant some pansies. Life was just too busy at the right time. :)
Glad to hear the computer problems are getting taken take of. It's always a hastle when things don't work right.
We just got Movie Maker. I haven't had a chance to look at it yet and will probably need someone to show me the ropes. Looking forward to seeing how you do.

Barb said...

I like the idea of "moody" skies, though I admit I've enjoyed my sunny ones! Glad both your Dell and your Medicare are handled.

LadyFi said...

Hurray for smooth keyboards, wonderful dogs and moody skies!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Hello: Thanks for sharing your spring mosiac. It will be a few months yet for us in Ontario to see our plants at that stage. I can hardly wait.
I have made a few movies with Windows MovieMaker using my photos and adding some music. They are amateurish but fun to do. Keep us posted on your progress. Valerie

g.suzie said...

Oh for the love of pansies and spring flowers! And planting in February, amazing. . .we had several feet of snow and chilling temps then!

life's journey said...

They are beautiful shots... Happy MYM!

Stephanie V said...

Your pansy has such a lovely golden blooms. So much in your post and such great photographs. Lots goin' on for you...good news is always great to get.

Maude Lynn said...

I bet that you're going to make some fantastic inspirational videos!

Mary said...

Hope your computer problems are all done now! Love your "moody" skies! Thanks for sharing at MM. :)

Carver said...

Ah, I hate dealing with computer issues. Lovely shots of the flowers and new life in your garden.

Suburban Girl said...

Can't wait to see pansies in our garden centers! Good luck with Dell. We had so much trouble with our last 2 Dells we switched brands.

Joyce said...

Thank you, friend, for stopping by my blog for a visit.

I especially enjoyed your photos of crows on this visit to Sacred Ruminations; they are such intelligent, enterprising birds, always busy or up to mischief!

Take care! <3

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Just how cute are Molly and Layla? Very!

And I love your pansies.

We've had odd weather of late, and I think it's due to be odder this week.

Those crows remind me of four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie! LOL!


Sheila :-)

Unknown said...

For some reason I never think of sunny southern California as having moody skies. This IS a revelation!

Karen said...

So glad the insurance stuff is worked out--yaay for your! And yay about your computer issues working out! Lovely photos!

Linnea said...

Wow...you've been busy! I think your garden will be bursting with fabulous colors before you know it. We had some really heavy downpours yesterday, but today the sun is shining brightly. Enjoy the day and thanks for visiting...

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, beautiful, I love the cheerful faces of pansies!