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Scary Mutton

I see that it’s been four years since I last posted anything to this page, which is scary – how did it get away from me so quickly?  The real reason is less scary, but a bit sadder:  my husband retired, and took over our sole computer.  I found that if I wasn’t up first in the morning, he would commandeer the computer for his own purposes all morning long, and by the time he was ready to abandon it, I had lost all impetus to write.

A couple of years ago, I broke down and bought a laptop, theoretically to make my online life possible again.  And I quickly discovered that just because you buy a computer with a brand name, doesn’t mean it functions the way you expected it to.  Namely:  the processor is what matters, not the brand.  A Toshiba is what my son has, and loves, so that’s what I went with.  But the processor he has (intel) and the processor I had (AVM) were two entirely different animals.  And mine was, in his words, a “POS”.

Having spent good money on the thing, I was determined to make it work for me, so I gritted my teeth and hung on until this past June, when I finally threw in the towel and said, “I need something that WORKS, dammit.”  And got myself an HP with an intelCor 17.  This is what laptop computing was *meant* to be.

Then there was the added distraction of having become a choir director, for the first time in nearly 20 years, and finding that the parish’s music needed some radical upgrades (in my opinion, anyway, and that of my priest).  That has kept me occupied for most of the summer, that and the novel I’ve been writing because, who doesn’t write a novel nowadays?  I probably would have continued to let this thing go, except that my security software has a new wrinkle:  something that assesses your passwords for relative strength.  And one of the weakest was WordPress.  Time to upgrade, Mrs Mutton.  And there’s only one way to do that, and that’s to log on.  And having logged on, well, it’s pointless to log on and not drop a line, now isn’t it?

So, am I Back?  I don’t know.  Depends how interesting my life becomes.  At the moment it’s blessedly boring – for examples of how Boring can be Blessed, refer back to my blog from the summer of 2006 to the following year.  Boring is a GIFT OF GOD.

But it doesn’t make for engrossing blogging.

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