I've been out of sorts for a few days now, but hope to get back on track today. My digestion seems to have settled down.
At ten-thirty I went for a hike with Carolyn. She cut back on her medications the other day and is much better. Where she could hardly walk around one block the other day and was hardly able to move around the house after returning home, we walked around two blocks today and she was feeling fine at the end.
I'm tidying up today and watering plants.
I did some bookkeeping and then some fiddling around. I'm not good for anything today. I'm not at all inspired to do anything directed and found myself back to playing with Linux.
Now that I have a fast enough machine -- the Samsung -- to run Virtualbox without long wait times, it is fun again. Looking at the Linux community is refreshing after too much time on the commercial web. This is the Internet I remember, driven by volunteers and innovators. The mainstream web is turning into a cesspool of advertising and paid-by the-word meaningless 'news' articles.
My Linux versions are old, but still run and it is amazing how good they are. I decided to download Mint Linux. It'll take two hours to DL the 2GTB with my connection and I'll play with it.
I'll not ditch Windows, but it is amazing how good the free distros are and they can run Windows software easily and fast under 'Wine', an app that adapts Windows apps to Linux. Right now, I have several versions of Ubuntu, Fedora, and Windows XP in VMs.
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I woke early, but since I was awake, I got up. For some reason I am suddenly up four pounds for the past few days. and feeling sluggish. We'll see how today goes.
I have to go to town and I'll take the Lenovo for a professional opinion and I have a hearing appointment. I think I really should return the hearing aids. They work, but aren't the life changer I had hoped and sooner is better than later. We'll see.
I went back to bed for a half-hour and am still not 100%. Carolyn and I went for a walk to the mailboxes and back at ten. She is much better with the reduced medication, but has a nervous stomach again.
I went to the appointment and returned the hearing aids. I found they made a difference, but not enough to justify the cost, especially since I am apt to lose or submerge them in the three to five years of their life expectancy. I'll look into hearing aids at Costco later. For now, I'm okay.
From there, I went to Vincovi, a new computer shop in Three Hills and I was impressed. I took the Lenovo there for an opinion and after looking it over, Jesse said it looks like a mother board and there was no charge. I also learned there is a little charging board I should look at. I can buy an motherboard on eBay, so I may do that.
I mailed back the adapter to Amazon. Cost was $3.59 including a padded envelope, so that was easier than I expected. I then bought groceries, had my tires checked again (only two weeks since last time) and drove home.
I fiddled around and did some accounting, watched Netflix and went to bed at ten.
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Today A few flurries ending this morning
then clearing. Wind becoming west 30 km/h gusting to 50 this
morning. High zero. Wind chill minus 8 in the morning. UV
index 1 or low.
I 'm better today, but my digestion is still not back quite to normal.
Somehow the morning just flew by at my desk. Of course, I slept until eight, so got a late start -- but I had a really good night's sleep.
The day is bright and sunny. We'll walk at two.
I called St Joe's and it seems Mom will be there next week, although no one knows how long she will be there, so I'll put off my Saturday flight until later. I'll wait until I speak to Mom tonight, however.
The deskwork just goes on and on.
We went walking at two and made the full mile today. Moreover, I did not have to wait for her to catch her breath more than once. Cutting down the medication has to have made the difference. The day was warm and snow has been sublimating quickly in the fields and melting into puddles on the road.
I fiddled around all afternoon and evening and am going to bed early.
I tried phoning Mom at least ten times, but got the message the phone was busy or she was out.
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I'm up earlier than usual, at 0520.
I'm hoping I am more focused today. I have been off task for a week now. I'm scheduled to fly Saturday, but think I'll be canceling. I tried calling Mom again and again her line was busy. I imagine the phone is off the hook.
I have a long list of things to do. Now, to get started...
We've been through a cold spell falling to minus twenty-six Celsius. (below)
Looking ahead at the weather, predictions (left) here are for nothing below minus ten in the coming week.
I don't know how long I'll be here. My expectation is to be flying to Sudbury sometime before Christmas, but I should go skiing first if I have time.
I slept well last night, but only for six hours, and I surfaced imagining a strange smell and with a thought that I have cancer, but nothing specific. Hmmm.
It turned out Mom's phone was off the hook. Not properly hung up. The word now is that she will be in physio until at least next Thursday. I'll probably postpone my flight until she is out, although I can do much of what i am doing here in Sudbury. We'll see. Decision time is tomorrow.
Carolyn and I went for a walk at two. It was breezy and cool, but pleasant. She was tired today from working around her house, but we walked to the mailboxes and back with hardly a pause.
I spent the afternoon in filling forms and email. Of course, I had to play with my computers. I've been a bit nauseous and disoriented for the past few days and not up to anything too demanding. I suspect some sort of food poisoning. Or maybe my dream was true? Hope not.
I came across https://www.drvhub.net/, recommended by an M$ MVP on a forum where I was chasing down the over-activity at idle on the Acer and had to try it out. It is hard to believe there is such a great facility free on the 'net these days when everyone is trying to get everyone else's money. It is just like old times when people did things to be helpful.
Of course I checked their reputation. Nobody had a bad thing to say, so, I/m running it on BOTH machines at the same time. Trusting, huh?
The Samsung reported over thirty outdated drivers! The Acer, surprisingly -- since it is the bad-acting machine -- reported only sixteen.
There are major downloads and screens flashing now and then as the program runs and I wondered what have I done? I only hope these machines run at all when it is over.
Have faith, Allen.
Spotify stopped and a popup said to reboot the Samsung so I did d guess what? The computer runs just fine. In fact, the Samsung has never run better, and I see its new 8GB RAM was shipped today.
Now how about the Acer? This whole wild goose chase has been due to the Acer acting up, refusing its second monitor, and showing constant high resource and power usage after the refresh, as shown in the task manager here below.
Right now the Acer is downloading an 174 MB Intel graphics driver. Maybe it was the original problem that divorced the Acer from its large second monitor and caused me endless grief? We'll soon see what this tune-up does for that machine, if anything.
I ran the driverhub program again on the Samsung and it found two more. I've learned that there are dependencies and sometimes after updating one driver, another discovers it needs to match the new one.
Now that the Acer has rebooted and had a chance to adjust, the task manager shows a much quieter idle state. I'd say that https://www.drvhub.net/ actually works wonders -- and it is free.
(Note. Two days later Malwarebytes identified this executable as "Malware". Various unknown sites on the web advise how to uninstall it, while It uninstalls nicely from the usual Programs and features page. So, the jury is still out IMO. More later).
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I slept in again. The day is overcast, but mild. My morning blood sugar has been amazingly good the past few days: 5.6, 5.5, 5.1 5.2, but my weight is up. Go figure.
The forum distracted me first thing this morning.
Today I should either decide to go east tomorrow or postpone the trip. I've decided to postpone.
I went to change the flight and guess what? I was supposed to fly on Wednesday. Am I ever confused these days! I lost my flight. Oh, well, it was booked on Aeroplan miles, but just the same...
I would have expected a notice to check in a day in advance, but nothing came. Drat! Anyhow, events made up my mind for me. Seems I can't win for losing lately.
I should have set myself a reminder. Google sometimes takes it upon itself to do that and sometimes not. That confuses things, too.
The Acer has been acting up again and I finally decided to go to the Security and Maintenance settings and guess what? When I called up the Reliability Monitor, the cause of crashes was obvious: The Intel driver app I had installed that was so helpful at first, but lately has been a drag on the system. I uninstalled it and we'll see how things improve.
The controversy about coffee continues, but lately coffee is winning and considered a way to defer dementia. As for me, I drink what this coffeemaker considers to be 12 cups a day, sometimes more, sometimes less.
I've spent a lot of time deciding whether to add an SSD drive to the Acer, and which one. I bit the bullet this afternoon. A new Crucial 512GB SSD is on the way. Now, should I order more RAM? I think I'll wait until I upgrade the Samsung and see what I think.
I drove to town, sent back the RAM, bought groceries, a bottle of white wine, and picked up the power supply I forgot at Vincovi last time.
I received an email from Sudbury outlining how the doctors are under-medicating Mom, leaving her in pain. I spent some time writing a response.
At home, I had a supper of spaghettini and watched Madam Secretary until bedtime.
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I woke up at two and I'm still up at five.
When I woke, I had reviewed the report and had fresh insights, so I wrote two more notes, suggesting she leave the villa and go home right away, and a second a while later, then a third. I'm quite worried.
Somehow the day passed. Carolyn and I did the one mile walk and it was the fastest one yet. She only stopped for breath once. I had to wait for a train when we got back the crossing.
I'm still debugging the Acer. Running 'perfmon /report' says that the Acer has insufficient memory. Hmmm. 4 GB, and that seems to be enough for the Samsung, so I suspect the Acer hard drive is the bottleneck. A new SSD is on the way, but will it get here by the time I leave Wednesday?
The Acer was so sluggish, I set about finding why. It seems the Intel driver monitor app was hogging resources, so I removed it and things seem faster. Then I removed "driver support", a proprietary program that seemed to have come from Acer. It was not listed in the add and remove page, so I had to find the source online, download, and install it. Then it showed up on the add/remove page and I removed it. That made a huge difference and the machine is reasonably fast now.
My routine Malwarebytes virus scan thinks that driver hub is malware. I am looking further into this and running the eset online scan to confirm.
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Now that I know when I fly, I have a list.
I see my weight is 'way up again today. I wonder why.
We're having a mild winter so far and the snow is disappearing. Predictions right up to Christmas are clear and above or right around the normals, other than for precipitation.
Well, it is seven fifteen and i have about finished my procrastination. Time to get up and get to work.
I did a wash and tidied the kitchen, then began the living room. Then I remembered that Rick had mention mold in Cassiopeia.
At any rate, yes, Amazon has many, many dehumidifiers, and for a good price. So, I researched the low cost small models and see that they are not likely to work below 10 degrees Celsius and my boats are under ten in winter most of the time. Oh, well. Back to the salt mine.
Suddenly, today, I am receiving zero Spam email. What happened? Usually I can see at least twenty-five, neatly diverted into my Spam folder by Gmail. I scan them for anything useful, almost never see anything but garbage there and delete all. I keep that folder empty so that if Gmail makes a mistake and diverts something of value, I'll see it right away.
I'm procrastinating again.
After that, I got to work and repotted a few plants and vacuumed. I shoveled ashes and tidied the basement. Bt the time I was done, the downstairs was better, but the upstairs is worse than when I started. Just the same, I'm moving in the right direction. A lot of things have accumulated over the past five years and need rearranging or throwing out. Rearranging is easy, but throwing out is hard since things need to be sorted and delivered in various directions.
Cleaning the sofa, I found a desiccated mouse under a cushion. It is not the first time I have seen that. I guess mice hide under cushions when people come and when someone sits down the mouse is trapped and unable to breathe, resulting in death. Fortunately, they don't make a mess. Just dust, hair and bone.
I took out the turkey to start thawing, but put it in the fridge and will cook it from frozen tomorrow. I also cut up the rutabaga to get a head start. It looks like there may be nine of us tomorrow night if everyone shows.
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I woke up early and today I have a lot to do. I have to finish tidying and cook supper.
Somewhere between now and 6PM I need to find time to go to town.
I washed dishes, caught up email, then at seven, I went back to bed for an hour and a a half, and now, at eight-thirty, the sun is still below the horizon. Official sunrise is at eight-thirty, but I am located below the eastern horizon, so we see the sun a little later here.
I didn't go to town, but I did a massive rearranging of the living room and vacuuming. I repotted several plants and was ready for company at six.
Eight of us sat down and enjoyed turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes, rutabaga, squash, peas, rolls and melon. Flo got a call from her son who had an accident in Red Deer, so she and Fen left to help out. Most were gone by nine, but Bert and I chatted until midnight.
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I woke up a few times, but slept until 1025. First up is to load the dishwasher, do the dishes, and put things away. Then I have to organize to go east and maybe south later. I'll have to go to town today, too, it seems.
I was tired and didn't do much today and am off to bed early to get up at three tomorrow.
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I was up at three, packing and doing last minute things before I leave. I fly at eleven and this will be a busy day at the airport, so I should get there early. I've arranged with Bert to drive me in.
There is not a whole lot to do before I go out the door, but I like to have a few hours to wake up and fiddle around before I go. I almost always pack at the last minute before I go since some items I use until the end. Also, for some reason, that suits my nature.
I expect to touch down in Sudbury at 7:15 tonight and find Bill waiting for me. I'll be alone at 1207 tonight, but Mom is scheduled to be released tomorrow morning early.
Christmas is only days away now.
Bert drove me to YYC and my flights were uneventful. Bill picked me up at YSB and drove me to 1207.
Sure enough, the front yard at 1207 is a complete mess. My brother removed all the shrubs and the flowerbed in the drive while removing the fuel oil tank. What was he thinking?
We brushed off the van and it started right up, then we visited a while. Bill and Faye are off to Southern Ontario for Christmas with their kids tomorrow first thing.
I called Mom and Susan and made plans for tomorrow, then went to bed.
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