May It Be A Good One!

Sometimes Fridays can’t come soon enough. My husband and I had a great July 4th and even enjoyed spending time in our pool. The water was beautiful, but in and around the 4th we had a few road bumps.

My computer slowed to a crawl and started tossing out blue screens. To top it off, Chrome stopped working. Not the end of the world because I was able to hop over to Firefox, but the bulk of my bookmarks are on Chrome. With a trifecta of computer woes, I decided it was time to cart the all-in-one in for repair. I took my laptop too. The wifi hasn’t worked since a Windows update half a year ago. Both are still with the Geek Squad.

On the plus side, I decided to treat myself to a MAC book. My books have been making a few dollars the last two years so I decided it was time to splurge a little—especially since I’ll be using the MAC for my business. After a trip to the Apple store, I came home with one of the new retina MACs. I wanted the small size for easy portability, but honestly, all the MAC book brands I looked at are very light.

It doesn’t show well in the photo below, but I got the rose gold finish, which is gorgeous. I’m still dealing with a bit of a learning curve, but getting on fairly good. If I could just figure out how to right click or backspace nirvana would happen.

an open MAC Book setting on table

Thursday, my first day back on the day job was fraught with problems. I won’t go into details but it was not a good day. I came home that night only to find out the UV light and piping to our well pump had some kind of issue. Don’t ask me what it was. All I know is that it involved soldering, a blow torch, and hours without water while my husband repaired whatever needed to be  fixed. Thank God he’s as adept as he is and we didn’t have to call a repairman.

TGIF! I’m hoping today turns out to be better than yesterday. With any luck I may even get my computer and laptop back. If not, at least it’s Friday.

If you missed the posts on Story Empire this week, Harmony Kent shared the second part of her series on Commas and How to Use Them, and Joan Hall explained how to Read Your Way to Better Writing. Today, you can discover the latest Curated Content for Writers gathered by the SE authors.

Check back on Monday too, when yours truly will be in the Story Empire wheelhouse with a post entitled “What Would You Do?”  Until then, Happy Friday and Happy Weekend. May it be a good one for all!

60 thoughts on “May It Be A Good One!

  1. OMG, what a mess! Nothing sends me into near-psychotic freakout faster than computer problems. Except, of course, air conditioner problems. But luckily, my husband can fix those. Life without my computer is unthinkable!!!

    Congratulations on your new Mac book, and may it be a joy to use. (And a great back up for when the Big Guy is down.) Hope your weekend goes well, with plenty of water, and no more headaches for a bit. Happy Freya’s Day!

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    • It’s definitely wretched being without the Big Guy (I like that 🙂 ) but the MAC has helped. Hopefully, the weekend will unwind at a more leisurely pace and the worst of the problems have passed. Enjoy your day, Marcia!

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  2. Hi MC, What a week! We’ve also had a raft of computer problems, but my son in law – our resident IT person, has managed to fix them all. I have considered buying an Apple product but have used a PC for so many years, I don’t think I want to switch. We have three laptops floating around in the house, all of variable age and function…
    Glad you got the pump issue fixed – I would have freaked out!

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    • I’m such a PC user too, it was a huge step going to Apple (although I did already have an iPhone and an iPad Mini). I’m still grappling with the learning curve but I love how light that little thing is 🙂

      Enjoy your weekend, and I’m glad all of your computer issues were resolved. Having an IT person in the family is a definite plus!

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  3. Wow, talk about a rough week! And a brand shiny new MAC to offset all the woes 😀 That’s my kind of reward, although I’m not sure about switching over to OS X; I’d have to get all new software. Good luck with the new toy–er, tool 😉 Hope your weekend goes better than the week 😀

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    • Julie, I can use MS Office on the MAC, and that was all that mattered to me. If I couldn’t have Word it was “no dice.” Still fiddling around and trying to get as comfortable with it as I am with a PC. I think it’s going to take a while, LOL!

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  4. Wow! Lots of troubles, but glad everything is coming together and moving on. That’s what we do in life, right? 🙂 Good luck with the Mac. My son-in-law won’t use anything else. He says it’s head above a Windows based system. You’ll figure it out and hopefully, it will be a long end to any computer problems. Happy Friday!

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    • I’ve always heard that once you use a MAC you won’t go back to Windows, and your son-in-law sounds like he agrees. Good to know!
      And, yes, I’m moving ahead and putting all the problems behind me. At least they’re int he past now 🙂

      Have a great weekend, Jan!

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  5. Nothing gets me in a foul mood quicker than when something goes awry with my tech stuff – hubby and sons will back me up on this. You deserved the splurge – and a peaceful Friday, Mae!

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    • Thanks, Teri. Wishes for a peaceful Friday to you as well.

      The irony is that when there are computer woes on the day job, I’m the one everyone runs to to sort them out. I put out a lot of tech fires on a regular basis, but can’t manage my own, LOL!

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  6. I am a convert to Mac. My Dell PC is used only to format and edit books. You can set up a right click by going to system preferences and then click on the square in the upper left by the arrows that looks like a dot matrix. Go to the trackpad and set it up. Good luck.

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    • You, Sir, are a lifesaver! Thank you for that information. I am going to follow your instructions. I never would have thought right-click is something I had to set up!

      I think I’m going to like my little Mac a lot. The portability alone is such a huge plus. Thanks again for the tip. I’m doing a Snoopy dance in your honor 🙂

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  7. Hi, Mae, I switched to Apple about 6-7 years ago (iMac, iPhone, iPad) and two months ago I bought my first laptop – MacBook, of course! I’ve experienced far fewer problems and I don’t have to worry about viruses. Would I go back to Windows? No way! Not sure why right-clicking is giving you a hard time. Did you go to System Preferences/Mouse and set up the buttons on your mouse? Backspace is the Delete key – or the arrow key. Hope that helps. Enjoy your weekend!

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    • John, thanks so much for the tips. I haven’t used a mouse with the Mac Book yet, but I am definitely going to check into system preferences and sort the whole thing out. I’ve been use the delete and arrow keys for backspace but they work a little differently than a regular backspace in Windows. I WiLL get the hang of it.

      I absolutely love that I don’t have to worry about viruses. That is HUGE!!!!

      Happy Friday! 🙂

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  8. Oh dear, Mae, sounds like you had a bit of an unfortunate week. I have had such a mad work week my head is still spinning. I can’t write much when I am this wound up so I am relaxing and reading blogs and poetry. I hope next week is better and congratulations on the Mac. I would love one.

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    • Robbie, it sounds like your week was every bit as out of control as mine. Today as another one of putting out fires at the day job, but at least it is Friday. I hope you have a relaxing weekend. Poetry and blogs sounds like a great way to relax!

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  9. Just the mention of computer problems and a new-computer learning curve triggers an anxiety-induced hot flash.Ha ha. I am so jinxed with technology, Mae. At least you have a handy husband who can take on the household repairs. I hope you have a fabulous and stress-free weekend.

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    • Aww, Diana, that’s so sweet of you. I’m sending you wishes for a restful weekend in return. And I hereby place a pox on all computer gremlins, s, hopefully, they will leave us in peace 🙂

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  10. I hope this weekend it much better to you! Way to go treating yourself to a Mac. High five!
    Silly story…I’ve yet to locate the delete key on my Chrome Book. Lol. I use it for keyboarding only, so it’s good in some ways as I have a tendency to edit when I write. Yup. That’s my excuse. 🙂
    Cheers to an awesome weekend!

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    • LOL! Natalie, I feel a lot better knowing I’m not the only one having difficulties tracking down regular keys. 🙂 Isn’t it amazing how we can manipulate situations and come up with a work around for those things that elude us. 🙂
      Wishing you an awesome weekend!

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  11. Wow, you did have computer woes. Congrats on the new MAC – I haven’t decided to make the switch from a PC. I’ve been fortunate with them (fingers crossed)! However, I wouldn’t have any other Smartphone than an iPhone.

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    • I love my iPhone, Joan, which helped me decide to take a chance on a Mac. I don’t know that I’ll ever part with my PC (the Big Guy is still the best for writing), but I love the fact going back and forth between Apple and Windows is no longer a problem. Now, if I could only get my computer and laptop back from the Geek Squad 🙂

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  12. Aargh! What a week! Replacing computers is a high stress moment for me. So is life with no water. Your husband must be super handy, though. Hope your weekend’s a breeze. Sounds like you could use it:)

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    • I have fingers crossed on the weekend, Judi. So far (Friday night) so good. On the plus side, I guess I should be thankful the water problems didn’t hit tonight. That would have been a lot worse!

      Happy weekend!

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  13. Sorry about your week…I hope you get to recoup this weekend! Pretty new Mac you got out of it! What a pain when the well pump goes down! Lucky your husband could fix it. It is no fun being without water! Hope next week is much smoother for you!

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  14. Sometimes I think our patience gets tested just to keep us on our toes 🙂
    I’ve had a MacBook Air for about 3 years now, and love it! Now my Iphone, Ipad, and laptop all sync together seamlessly. Saves a lot of headaches, lol
    Hope you have a relaxing weekend playing with your new toy, sounds like you deserve it!

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  15. What a rough week hon. I hope your new toy helps alleviate some of the computer issues! Hope you don’t have any issues getting your content across platforms either. That’s the main reason I’ve stuck with an intel, too concerned to make the change to mac. Anyway, Mae your next week be better (shameless pun) 😀

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    • I’m late in replying but the weekend is behind me (for the most part) and I’ve had a chance to recoup. The coming week is going to be a crazy one as I’m covering two departments while one of my staff members is on vacation. I’m already looking forward to the next weekend.

      So far content across platforms has been a breeze. Fingers crossed it continues that way!

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  16. Hi Mae hope everything has smoothed out for you. I love to talk about tech, not that I know that much. I am delighted with my Apple universe. Yes, my gateway was the iphone, then came the laptop, but here’s what I have now that is perfect for me. Besides the phone, I have a large iMac which is glorious to look at and has so much real estate- I can open all kinds of files, windows, photos and see them all. And… I have an iPad Pro- which has turned into my laptop replacement basically. The best thing to me about Apple is that everything goes in the Cloud, so you always have it. My hubby has an iWatch which is so funny because he can’t read anything on it without his cheaters, which of course he never has. Good luck!

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    • Jena, I needed this comment! Thanks for sharing how wonderful everything is going for you in the Apple universe. I’ve heard it is the only way to go, and I think I am becoming a convert. My husband is already talking about phasing out our Windows devices completely as our older devices reach their life span. As long as Office works in the Apple universe I am ready to swear allegiance. Thanks so much for sharing!
      P.S…..I can’t see without cheaters either 🙂

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  17. Your new Apple looks amazing! I have a Dell, but someday I’ll be joining you. I love my iPhone, so I’m hoping the shift won’t be too overwhelming (when the time comes). All the best!!

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    • Gwen, my big all-in-one computer is a Dell, so I was hesitant to make the switch. But I’ve had an iPhone and iPad mini for a few years so the switch wasn’t a terrible stretch. Adapting has been pretty easy for the most part. I bet you’d love it too 🙂

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  18. Hugs, Mae! It’s been a horrid couple of months here, Septic and car problems. Both are fixed now but the car will need another round in a few months again, hopefully, nothing else happens. I’m going to enjoy my tea now with the hope that things will ease now.

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  19. Sorry about the horrible happenings you’ve experienced. Chrome has been acting funny lately, so I feel your pain. Awesome news about the new Mac. I’ve toyed with the idea of switching to Apple, because I love my iPhone. Do you notice similarities between the two, or is it a totally different operating system?

    Sorry I’m late. Bob and I have been in vacation-mode. I’m taking time off to play. 🙂

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    • Sue, everyone needs time off to play so good for you! I hope you had a lot of fun.

      I have an iPhone and iPad mini, so the switch to Apple hasn’t been terribly hard. After a few days I’m already in love with the Mac book. I got the “Big Guy” back from the Geek Squad yesterday but the laptop will be a few more days for repairs. I’ve been going back and forth between the Windows PC and the Mac and it’ wonderful how seamless everything has become.

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  20. That rose gold is very attractive. Keep us posted on how you like your new baby. Computer woes are the opposite of fun, but a new baby is awesome. Also the work day– makes us appreciate Fridays even more. Lucky for us they still come every 7 days:)

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    • Thanks! Sorry for the late reply. I’ve had an insane few days but am making an effort to catch up. The laptop came back in good order and I’m using the Mac to type this reply, so all is good for the present.

      And I almost bought a MacBook Air instead of my small Mac. It was a tough choice between them!

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