Many of you have asked where in the world I've been.

All I know is that after 7 plus years of blogging and a different lappy, which I don’t like, I seem to have lost my blogging fervor.

Someday, when you least expect it, I will post again.

For those of you still waiting I say thank you.

Meanwhile, I am rather prolific on twitter. Find me: @KeethaB
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The Eclectic Company - Waitin' on a New Adventure!!
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

You'll Shoot Your Eye Out and Other Bits and Pieces

I think I'm back in blogland in full force.   But the reason for that will come later in the post.
Some of my bloggy fans have asked "where exactly are you in Wisconsin?"  Well, if you tried to put your finger down right in the middle of the state,  you would probably hit me right on top of the head.

No, I am NOT worried that you are a serial killer and that you are going to come across the world to find me and do away with me.  I'm far more worried about the crazies down the street, so to speak, than I am of crazies on the other side of the globe just waitin' for me to post my location so that out of all the wold population they can rush to Wisconsin and do away with me.
On Thursday evening these two, Natasha and Adrian, spent HOURS with Fisherhubby and me helping us get a bunch of new technology.

They were WONDERFUL and we thank them.

Here is my new lappy.  True, he is not the gorgeous Badger Red of my old lappy, but he works and works well which is a definite advantage over a dead lappy.

Besides, perhaps one day I will get him a shiny Badger Red skin, if he is a very good boy and deserves it.

He has moved onto my computer desk and I am already busy learning all about his inner workings.  

I'm already able to put pictures on him, edit them, and post them to my blog.

He's already MILES AHEAD of Mr. Mac in that regard.

But he is NOT the only new technology I acquired on our weekend jaunt to parts north of here.

No siree bob, he is not.

I decided it was time to surrender the old dinosaur who couldn't even take a picture and who was YEARS past being due for an upgrade and move up in the world - - -

To a tablet smart phone.

Meet Mr. Galaxy Note II.   

The learning curve of the switch has been made a lot easier due to the fact that I've been using a Galaxy Tablet (not a phone, just a tablet) for a year and a half now.

HOWEVER - - - there was still a major glitch.

When Adrian synced my phone numbers from the dinosaur onto the Note II, A LOT more than just phone numbers transferred over.

I opened my phone contacts back at the hotel only to discover that EVERY STINKIN' ONE OF MY Yahoo e-mail contacts were in the phone contact list along with the desired phone contacts.

I betook myself back to B _ _ _  B _ _ and asked a savvy little gal what to do.  She kindly showed me how to HIDE the e-mail contacts from the phone list.

I spent more than an hour, reclined on the hotel bed, hiding e-mail contacts from my phone.

Then I tried to send an e-mail to someone - - - possibly one of YOU my dear bloggy friends, one of you who may have left me a comment on my blog, I don't rightly remember - - - only to discover that ALL BUT 3 of my email contacts were GONE out of my Yahoo account.

No, don't bother to TELL me that this cannot happen because Yahoo email STORES the contacts on the web and not on my phone.

They were gone.   Gone I tell you, GONE.

I tried, to no avail, everything I could think of to get them back - - - including googling "how to unhide phone contacts."

To absolutely NO AVAIL.

I went back to B _ _ _  B _ _ and the same little savvy gal couldn't find them either.

She scratched her head and said, "This shouldn't have happened."

Well, I KNEW that much and I can just tell you I felt pretty "sunk" to hear her say it.  If SHE didn't know how to get them back, I was afraid all was lost.

Well, it took her about an hour - - - but she got them back.  Should this ever happen to you, look for a folder in the settings of your yahoo e-mail account that says  "Deleted Contacts" open it and click the option to restore them.

My only issue now is I have unsynced my yahoo from my phone in an effort to NOT have this happen again so now I have no e-mail addresses on my phone when I open my yahoo email, and that isn't optimal either.


Why does technology have to be so much smarter than me?
This is one of the first pictures I took using my new phone.  Our son, Kyle, upon receiving this as a text message from me, said his dad looks like a northerner who embraces winter.

Truer words were hardly ever spoken.

On Sunday afternoon as we returned to the hotel from FH's cross country ski and my snowshoe romp across frozen Hayward Lake, I noticed this icicle hanging over our heads.

"You'll shoot your eye out!"  I said, thinking that was a ginormous icicle.

 Until I noticed THIS icicle on the other side of the door which is capable of shooting out MANY MORE eyes than was the first.

And that's all there is to this report of our weekend activities in the northwoods.  There will be a bit more news to come later.



Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I am so green with envy over your new toys!
Looks like a very great weekend get-away to me!
It has snowed all day long here!!!

Barb said...

I'm so glad you're back to using Windows. Is it Windows 8? How do you like your new phone?

LV said...

Keetha, some days it just does not pay to get out of bed. Glad you are getting things worked out. Computers are nice but the dickens when the do not. I do not even have a cell phone. Hang in, its getting better.
Missed you.

Karla Cook @ Roads to Everywhere said...

Welcome back! You have been missed!

nancygrayce said...

All my Facebook and email contacts showed up on my phone and because I didn't want to go through each and every one,they are all still there.....but I'm not lazy or challenged! Glad all worked out...well except the email! :)

Keri said...

Dad looks like he's lost about 30 pounds since I last saw him!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You can never say your life is dull, can you? heehee! I know you had a fabulous were able to email me! And I'm so glad you are online and on the phone and taking photos and all of the wonderful things we need to make us happy, technically speaking! Sweet hugs! (now that I know EXACTLY where you live, I might drop by!)

Sandy said...

How do you like your phone? Our son and our granddaughter(15 yrs old) love their galaxy phones...I have a galaxy tab 2, which is really high tech for me...No phone non techy for that....
I haven't even read the rest of your post...I was really excited to see you with your new STUFF!!!
Love from NC

Rebecca said...

Wow, your new toys look amazing. I've got the green eyed monster hanging on my back.

Tracy said...

I'm so glad you are back to the blogging world. I missed the eclectic nature of each of your blogs. I'm sure Bucky Badger will adorn the laptop and phone soon.

Charlotte said...

Love new toys! Your phone looks just like mine. I love it! Brr! too cold!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Welcome to the 21st century! I finally entered it myself last fall ... I was ready to enter it ... just took me a while to talk myself into the monthly data charge. ha! Good luck on the contacts issue. ;-)

Theresa said...

Oh my goodness, so much new technology to get used to:) I know you will love both of your new toys! Love the snow and icicles:) Have a blessed day my friend, HUGS!

Erin said...

Lovely new toys! I just recently joined the world of smart phones. I didn't think I needed one, or even wanted one. But oh my, I do love that smarty thing in my purse. It knows so much!

podso said...

You do live close the dairy farm I took our boys to years ago. I'll have to remember the name of the town. I think you will be loving the camera on your new phone. Technology is wonderful but can be frustrating.

Mrs4444 said...

March came in like a lamb; I'm a little worried...

Vidya Sury said...

Congratulations on your technology upgrade! :D I got a new phone and have been delighted to see how easy it is to check email in emergencies. Other than that, I haven't gotten around to figuring it out yet. :-) I continue to use my old phone for everything - which means making and receiving calls and taking pictures :D

Glad you got the contacts sorted out!

The great thing with advanced technology is, after the initial learning curve, we wonder how we ever got along with some features!


Martin LaBar said...

So. A Samsung. Great!