Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Video Games

Oddly, despite my love of computers, I've never been good at video games.  I'm OK with logic puzzles like Minesweeper & Sherlock. Love Tetris.  By despite years of tennis I could never play Pong.  Hopeless at Pac Man.  Anything where I needed to control something with a joystick.  Don't get me started on model cars...
But I realized that the reason I was hopeless is they were not true to life. No real world feedback.

I love my commute. But sometimes it's a real life video game.  
Things I have to miss on a random day:
3 point bucks walking down the street.
Flock of wild turkeys. 
Flock of peacocks.
Baby turkeys following mom.  They look like a puff of feathers on top of chopstick legs.
Male peacock in full display - in the middle of the street.
Male turkey in full display in the middle of the street.
Herd of deer - with fawns. 
Rabbits
Skunks!
Feral cats
Bobcat (once with kitten)
Puma (haven't seen one yet)
Coyote (I know they're out there - you can hear them)
Bike riders (every day)
And random crazy drivers and gigantic trucks. 

And when the weather turns nasty, it's through the river and over the trees.  I got a flat tire on a fallen branch.

So, I have my fun every day in a real world video game, just getting to work.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Turning 60 - part 2

The last 6 months are a black hole.  I remember the loquats just becoming ripe, and then nothing.  I missed the berry season, and the fig season.  

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years were spent with my "sister from another mother" and her family, and my brother's family.  Thanks to them, it was a really nice time.  

I started to notice the first early February flowering Magnolias and Acacias, then the early fruit trees, and now in April, spring is still fighting with winter.  

The deciduous trees have thrown off their dead leaves for new ones.  The oaks have donned their bright green new growth.  And the seasonal creeks rattle and gurgle with flowing water.  There is a green carpet of grass everywhere.  

So, I turned 60.  
The first weekend was getting the gray out of my hair, and a lovely lunch with friend from former work.  

The 2nd weekend was my first bicycle ride since August.  Short and slow.  It's the next day, and I'm still sore and not moving much.  Spent the day typing.  Too many computer things to get done. 

But it's a start.  

Now I just have to keep going.  

Turning 60

It's been a rough 6 months.  
Started in August (2018) when my mother called and asked me to take her to urgent care when it opened the next day.  Raised by a Christian Scientist, my mother doesn't like to go to doctors, and usually delayed seeing one until she couldn't manage on her own anymore.  So, this call sent a shiver down my spine.  
The next morning it got worse when she opted for Emergency at her favorite hospital.  A very long day later, and she was admitted pending surgery on a tumor in her colon.  
A week later, the surgery seemed successful, and a week after that she was up and walking.  
And then it all went sideways.  

She died October 7th, 2018.  She couldn't eat or drink - even water.  Her system was just in pieces.  While there was some temporary hope, it evaporated as she became unable to eat and just got weaker.  
Lowlights: me arguing loudly with the Hospital Doctor who wanted to discharge her when she was in so much pain she was crying - a first in her life.  Mom never cried from pain.  Luckily our friend Leslie had her cardiac doctor on speed dial, and he showed up in jeans and a sweatshirt, and put her in intensive care.  She survived the night.  
Then there were the battling oncologists: 2 different doctors with 2 opinions on treatment.  
And then there was Trident, who took over a month to file for her Death Certificate, and then 2 more months to deliver it to us.  

There were highlights: Mom's friends and neighbors all contributed to making our life easier.  Watching her house and feeding her cat until I could find him a good home.  
Leslie, our angel with more hospital experience than should be necessary.  
Mission Hospice who made everything easy at the end.  
And, the whole family coming to Pajaro Dunes to give her a lovely goodbye in the waves of her favorite place in the Pacific.  

I realize I didn't mention that my wonderful brother was there the whole time  -  visiting her in the morning, while I visited after work.  

The sad part: she didn't make it to my 60th year.  I remember hers.  It was a big surprise party, but she wan't surprised.  She died the youngest of any female in my family for 3 generations.  

---- continued


Saturday, March 11, 2017

What this is

I started a blog as Notes on Facebook, then moved to my old Mindspring page, but had to stop because I ran out of room.  Later, I moved it to my GDrive page, but updates were really difficult. So now, I'm trying Blogger.  We will see if I can get it to work. 

Originally, the blog was to document the acquisition of my 2 cats from my downstairs neighbor (and the trauma that involved). But, now I want to add more: about cats, science, Jeeps, and other topics where I want to do longer posts than FB will allow.  And now, you can add comments. 

Rant: 
Blogger is NOT user friendly, and has no way pin a post to the top.  Stupid.  Even more stupid, no shortcut links to the Archive, top of bottom.  Sorry.  This post has to stay dated in the future to stay at the top.  All the other dates in the Archive are the post dates.  Not the original dates.  Sorry. 
Rant over.

UPDATE
The website is back up.  Try www.ellenjeep.com.  Yep, my very own domain name. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Ok, finally broke down and did it.  I purchased a domain name of my own, and can now post on my own webspace.  And email addresses.  Forever. 

www.ellenjeep.com

Simple, since I've been using it as an email address for years. 

So, the website it back up, please visit if you wish.  I can now add to it to my heart's desire.  And, technically use it for cloud storage, but I'm happy with my current clouds.  If they change, maybe I'll look into it then.  

Not a bad price:  $170 for 3 years.  Pretty much unlimited.  Great technical service.  Decent interface.  

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Dog days of summer...

Leaves are turning, the grapes are purple on the vine, and it is time to pick them. It's been an interesting summer, spreading out the automobile fixes as money comes trickling in.  
I haven't had all 3 of my vehicles at home all summer. One or another has been in the shop since May.  
First the Jeep needed a new oil sending unit,
Then the Mustang got much needed shocks and struts,
Then the Jag needed an oil change, lube and well something is wrong with the cooling system,
Then the Jeep finally got new tires. The old ones were from 2002.  But it did very well at Sierra Trek. 

Then the front end of the Mustang broke. (see photo)
Now both the Jag and Jeep are overheating, and I'm waiting for the Mustang to come back to get the Jag fixed.  

All of this has cost an arm and a leg.  But, I didn't do any maintenance last year.  

So, it all evens out.  But I would really like to drive the Mustang again. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Frustration mounting...

I've had my website happily hosted on Google Drive for a couple of years.  I've been very happy with it.  I don't think anyone else has looked at it, but it serves its purpose as an easy link location for me.

But now, Google has sent out a warning that it will end hosting at the end of August.  Their email stated:

Hello from Google,
We announced last year that we’re deprecating web hosting in Google Drive for users and developers. Our records show that you might have used this feature to publish a webpage or serve other web assets.
On Aug 31, 2016, we will discontinue serving content via googledrive.com/host/[id] and the webpages will not be accessible anymore.
As an alternative to web hosting in Drive, we recommend:
  • Blogger—An easy and free way to host websites.
  • Firebase Hosting— An alternative if you’re using the web-hosting feature to serve static webpages with items on Drive.
If you have additional questions or need assistance, please contact Google Support.

Sincerely,
The Google Apps Team

Which is fine, except that Firebase costs money and requires a domain name.  

And no one I've emailed or talked to at Google can tell me how to host a site on Blogger!!  There it is - the first option in the email they sent, AND NO ONE CAN TELL ME HOW TO DO IT. I've tried Blogger support.  I've tried Google support.  I've tried the forums.  I've posted questions.  NOTHING.

Thanks Google.