Thursday, June 12, 2014

Week Is Almost Gone

 

June 12 lillies

 

Two years ago I planted daylilies in two big plastic pots that were here on the property.  One pot is in front of each office porch.  This is the second year these lovelies have returned.  With all the rain and cooler temperatures we have had over the past week, both plants have sprouted buds.  This one is in front of the main entry and seems to be the most prolific at this point.  This evening after dinner I noticed the bloom starting to open.  I may just have a lily tomorrow if it isn’t beaten down by the heavy rains that are forecast.  Nice!

It has been a productive week thus far, although I really don’t know how that happened.  Perhaps it’s just been quiet around here and that’s given me a bit more time to turn my attention to other things. 

I renewed our Geek Squad support and internet security coverage for another year.  Perhaps a bit pricey last year for the initial coverage, I got a substantial discount on the renewal.  We each have a laptop and had an issue or two during the coverage year with one or the other, and I used the Geek Squad support.  It definitely paid for itself, and I was quite satisfied with the customer service over the phone.  I like what we’re using for internet security, and it seems to be doing the job.  I use my laptop in our work here and it really has our entire life on it.  Our laptops are our connection to the outside world, too, so it’s worth having some protection and support. 

My oDesk assignment is still percolating along and I’ve already put in a lot of hours this week.  If I take the rest of the week off, I’m comfortable with that.  Today marks my one-year anniversary on this assignment.  I’m still enjoying it and glad to have landed a gig that suits my temperament and schedule.  The folks I work with are pretty laid back and pleasant.  It’s not technically challenging, but that’s fine.  At this stage of my life, I’m not attempting to climb a corporate ladder by “proving” myself to anyone.  It’s enough to keep my brain ticking over a bit, stay abreast of technology and bring in some “mad money” or funds to squirrel away for that beach holiday next year.

Did I mention I upgraded my laptop to Windows 8.1?  All my programs work fine, but I’m not impressed with the changes made.  I actually liked Win8 and Metro mode.  (My laptop kept booting in desktop after installing Win8.1, so I had to figure out how to change it back to booting up in Metro.)  I have a touchscreen but typically use a mouse.  Seems to me 8.1 is more awkward, not as streamlined in functionality and pretty much a step backwards.  Like they are trying to blend Win8 and the desktop look/mode.  Ugh.  Might be great for those who don’t like Metro, but I think it’s rather gangly and awkward.

Just checked the Wundermap.  Looks like we have more rain/thunderstorms heading our way this evening.  Tomorrow is supposed to be the stormiest of this week, with a nice weekend on tap. 

Dave is racing Saturday, which is looking good with sunshine and a high in the lower 80s.  The local farmers market opens Saturday,and I plan on checking it out.  I’m hoping the grass will have dried out enough to be mowed Sunday.

It’s almost the weekend!  What are your plans?

Thanks for stopping by!

 

2 comments:

  1. I was thinking of Dave today when we were driving up a curvy, winding mountain road. We came upon bicyclists. What strong legs they must have. The grade was at least 6%. Wow! On the way down. Dave would have enjoyed the ride for sure.

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  2. That's exactly what I felt when I did the 8.1 upgrade. I preferred the 8.0 opening screen.

    I have to work tomorrow, but I've got Sunday off. ;)

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