Saturday, November 7

A Fun Saturday

Yes, I do love fall. The sights, sounds and fragrances are soothing to me. It is a time for getting in the harvest and preparing for winter and today, that is just what we did.

Brandon and Jordan came over around lunch time. We had lunch, took Dakota to the dog park for an hour and then came home to settle into work. Brandon helped hubby put all the gardening tools away for the coming winter. They winterized the lawn mower and then put up the outside Christmas decorations. It will be too cold to do it later, as my deer have to be anchored in the ground. Today was a beautiful day to do outside chores. They also put the garden ornaments in the basement.

While they were doing that, Jordan painted the inside of my bottom cupboards. He was just the right size, as he could get right into the cupboard. He had never painted before and he did a great job. Now all hubby and I have to do is put all the cooking utensils back and everything will be nicely organized.

The boys both did a terrific job today and they felt good about themselves because they are learning. Brandon now knows how to winterize a lawn mower and Jordan knows how to paint cupboards.

It was a beautiful day out. The sun was shining and there was a strong breeze, but it was a great day to get everything organized and have some fun with Dakota.

Thursday, November 5

Let's Have a Christmas Card Shower

Diana Biorkman has a 5 yr old boy named Noah, who is in the last stages of a 2 1/2 yr battle with Neuroblastoma Cancer. The family is celebrating Christmas next week and Noah's hope is to get lots of Christmas cards. Please pray for him and take time to send him a Christmas card.

Noah Biorkman
1141 Fountain View Circle
South Lyon, MI
USA 48178

This is true. I've checked it out on Let's make Noah's wish for lots of Christmas cards come true. Can you imagine his joy when the mailbox is stuffed to overflowing with Christmas cards that are addressed to him? A random act of kindness that will mean a huge difference to this youngster who is battling Neuroblastoma, which is a childhood cancer. I've had the opportunity to see this disease in progress and it is devastating both to the victim and their family. Please keep Noah and his family in your prayers.

WDIV-TV spoke to Noah and his mother. You can view the video HERE!

Wednesday, November 4

Tuesday, November 3

A Busy Day

Today was a busy day. I had photos to upload to show you what hubby and I were up to, but when I tried to upload my photos to the computer, I couldn't. For some reason with all the things that the techs have been doing, the feature that allows me to upload from my camera was greyed out and I have no idea how to fix it. *sigh* However, I do expect that if I uninstall and reinstall my camera software that my problem will be solved. But not tonight...maybe tomorrow.

First thing this morning hubby and I tore the living room apart. We got rid of some stuff that we haven't used in a while and cleaned out all the nooks and crannies. We took down the curtains, soaked them in the washer and went to run some errands. When we returned home, he washed the windows and the sashes and sills and then we ran the washer and put the curtains back up. What a difference it made. Windows are glistening, pine*sol fragrance fills the air and everything looks and feels so much better. Tomorrow we will continue to spruce things up and then clean the laminate floors.

All of this work has left us both exhausted, but at the same time, we're feeling great because everything is beginning to sparkle and we're hoping the living room will be completely cleaned from top to bottom tomorrow.

I'm glad we got this burst of energy. Next, we will do the kitchen. We're hoping for a new coat of paint and the laying of a new floor before Christmas. Time will tell. It depends if our newfound energy holds out.

Monday, November 2

Well, it's been quite a week and I know a few of you found me AWOL. From the 24th until today, I've been having major computer problems. On the 24th, I was told by my ISP support tech that my modem had gone to modem heaven. He ordered one and told me it would be here on Monday.

Monday morning at 10am, the Purolator truck pulled up to our neighbour's across the street. I told hubby that was our modem. He said that couldn't be. However, three days later, the modem still hadn't arrived, so on Thursday I called my ISP. The guy tracked the modem and found that it had indeed been delivered to our neighbour's on Monday.

Hubby went to the neighbour's and they had already returned the modem because they didn't realize it was ours. It had the wrong street number on it. How can anyone get numbers mixed up since ours is 13 numerals higher than the house across the street.

That was just the beginning. I phoned the ISP and they told me they couldn't ship another modem out until that one was returned. Say what? It was your mistake. So, I talked to a supervisor who said she would ship one but it wouldn't arrive until Tuesday or Wednesday, which I told her was unacceptable, since they had made the mistake in the first place. She assured me she would rush it right out to me.

On Sunday morning, we lost all Internet connection. Until that time we had been able to get online infrequently. No more. So, once again (I believe this was the 8th time) I called my ISP tech. He said that there was no modem on its way. The supervisor had cancelled the order because I had said the delivery time was unacceptable. Grrr!!

By this time, I was fuming. It had been over a week and still no modem. The tech guy tried to get me online but to no avail. We rebooted, we shut down, we tried a million things but no luck. He told me to try again in a couple of hours. I go!

I phoned a store here in town that is owned by my ISP. Yes, they had modems. No, she couldn't let me have one. Only new customers could have a modem. I would just have to wait.

In the meantime, my writing deadline came and went, so no more submissions for October. Wonderful. That is perfect.

Anyway, this morning the modem arrived bright and early and we are now back online, but what a week. I placed a call to my ISP executive office to put in a complaint at 9am this morning. Guess what? They were too busy to take my calls. The answering machine said to leave a message and someone would get back to me. Nope. Never heard a word from them all day. Well, maybe tomorrow...

Wishing you a great week...this one will be better for us.