|the lake behind my BIL's house|
Wow! I feel like I've missed more than just 4 days. Having my computer die on Election Day made me wonder what was up? But after the storm of election rhetoric, everything seems so calm now...
... unless you go to FaceBook where there's a lot of 'ranting' going on. Don't go there. It's counterproductive. People need to 'try' to separate personal and political, which is difficult because the issues are personal. But like the country, if you don't make this separation, families and friends become alienated. And people have a right to their own opinion. It may not seem reasonable or rational or even valid, but that's not anyone's call. Name calling is immature. Throwing 'facts' in people's faces doesn't change anything. Everyone have their own set of facts. People believe what they want to believe and they trust who they want to trust. Nothing will change that. Enough said.
Now... where was I? My computer just plain wouldn't come up on Tuesday morning. Apparently there was nothing major wrong, just a combination of something that had to do with registration issues (?) and malicious software (?). I asked if I did something to cause the problem. They said no and that it is hard to avoid totally. We have a good Virus Protection program. They did say that a lot of the malicious software comes in on 'games'. I don't play games. But my grandson does... did... (not anymore). He has an X-box and several other game systems, so he won't be hurting if my computer becomes 'off limits'.
Anyway, we're up and running again. This computer is a bit old. We still have 'vista'. But as long as it works, we'll keep it. If we do have to get another at some point, we'll probably get a laptop. Being retired does change our perspective a little. We're more cautious with our spending... probably should be even more so, but we do think twice about most things.
In class, we're still working on finishing those 25 piece clay projects... and I will post some pics when they're completed. At the moment I'm working on some small birdhouse ornaments for the Christmas tree. Here are a few that I've done so far.
And also remember today is Veteran's Day! I keep a poem that someone had written taped up here by my computer because a long time ago when I read it, it moved me. This is it:
Dear Lord, lest I continue
my complacent way,
help me to remember
somehow out there
a man died
for me today.
As long as there be war,
I then must
ask and answer
Am I worth dying for? (W. H. Auden)