I wanted to do my final post about going to the IT Convention in Chicago, but, as "luck" would have it, life interfered. Where to start??? First my computer crashed. I thought I might be able to bring it back up, but no such luck. After running some diagnostics on it, I got the message that the hard drive could not be found. Not to be completely deterred, I took it too the computer store to have them take a look at it. They confirmed that the hard drive was fried! Yuck!! The gave me a quote on getting a new hard drive installed, but, because of the age of the computer, the cost of the drive and other parts plus labor was pretty steep. I decided that rather than spend the money on fixing the old one and still not being able to recover my files, that it made more sense to get a new one. I did a bit of research and picked up a new computer yesterday. I am back to functioning, but I need to get everything set back up. Luckily, I have online accounts for most of my software so was able to download most of the software. This does take a bit of time though! I hope to be downloading some photos for Halloween by the end of the day!
The weather here in Michigan got cold last week (we even had some snow). I woke up to a very cold house (60 degrees!). I played a little with the thermostat to see if maybe it was that, but no such luck. My furnace was definitely not working. I called a repairman. He gave me some options, but recommended that I get a new furnace. After some investigation, I decided that this would be the best course of action. The repairman was able to get us up and running temporarily and I will be getting the new furnace installed on Monday. Because I am getting a new furnace from them, they subtracted the cost of the repairs on the old furnace from the cost of the new one and gave me a Senior discount. One of the perks of growing old!
Good thing I bought a lot of dolly stuff in Chicago -- I won't have much budget for anything for quite a while. I might even decide to sell a few dolls too.
Well, that is it for now. Hope to be back up and running soon!
Have a great dolly day!