I think I may have figured out, due to one of your comments, why there are no birds in the trees, coming to the bird bath, or singing me awake.
Yesterday afternoon I was headed out to the patio with Charlie. Then I saw this big hulk (remember The Incredible Hulk?) of a hawk on top of the fence bordering the alley. In one big swoop it lifted itself up and flew away. It was like watching an airplane lift off.
So do these hawks come in and chase down (or make snacks of) the birds? Where do the birds go? Do they take a vacation until the hawk moves on? I sure miss my birds.
I’m watching Charlie like a hawk (pun intended) because I’ve already lost one pet to a hawk. About ten years ago in Texas I had this big cat named Bonnie. She was one heavy girl.
She was an indoor cat, but after the pond was put in she was just enthralled by it. The male cat, Clyde, went in and out all the time, so I let her out there for awhile one day where she loved to sun herself on the big rocks surrounding the pond.
It was about the same time I received a bill showing that I’d supposedly gone on a buying spree in Dallas at a Coldwater Creek store in a mall. I don’t think they even have them anymore.
I was upset and called the store wondering what “I” had purchased. I knew exactly what had happened. My ex had recently been on one of his weekend jaunts to Dallas for the weekend.
Since it was a women’s store, I knew he hadn’t been buying for himself, but for his girlfriend who was probably with him. I was livid because it was my account.
So I spent some time on the phone with the store and forgot about Bonnie being out. I never saw her again. We had a mobile vet that came to our home when necessary to care for our two dogs and two cats (Abi, Charlie, Bonnie and Clyde), and she said it was probably a hawk.
I asked her how on earth would a hawk lift Bonnie up? She said she knew someone who watched a hawk swoop down and pick up her little dog and fly away. She said they were known for taking pets.
I felt so bad. But even if I’d been out there I probably couldn’t have gone to battle with a hawk. I looked for Bonnie all over the neighborhood for a week, hoping she was wrong. But in my heart I knew she hadn’t gotten out.
We’d just had an 8 foot privacy fence built and I knew Bonnie couldn’t make it over that fence. Clyde could have, yes. But not big Bonnie.
As for my computer, I downloaded some drivers that I read might help my situation. But then this morning I noticed it was doing the same crazy thing.
When the computer gets lifted, like when I have to lift it up to let Charlie walk over my lap to the other side, which he does pretty frequently for some reason, the screen looks like an Etch-A-Sketch. The screen flickers and turns all different colors and looks quite weird.
I read a lot about this computer yesterday and found one guy on YouTube say do not get this computer. He took his apart and showed why. He showed that the materials making up the insides were shoddy and cheap.
Then I saw several other YouTube videos explaining how to fix the problem. You had to order a new screen, take it apart and replace it.
I’m not particularly great at following detailed instructions, and I just can’t see myself ordering this screen and taking this computer apart, screw by screw. Then doing all they showed you must do and then putting it back together again. That is just not within my comfort zone.
So I guess I will use it as long as I can. I’ll call around, tell whoever I talk to what I am now fairly certain is wrong with it, and ask what it would cost to fix it. If it’s over a certain amount it simply isn’t worth it I don’t think.
Hard to believe that you’d have to replace a computer screen in just over a year. That seems pretty ridiculous to me. But I read account after account online of this problem occurring and the screen always had to be replaced.
I’m fairly conflicted over a course of action. When this one completely bites the dust, do I get a PC that doesn’t cost more than $500 to a thousand dollars like I usually do? Or throw caution to the wind (money wise) and go with the Mac?
At Best Buy I still owe just under a thousand for my camera and what I purchased for it and I probably should have that paid off in October. I have free interest if I pay it off in the required time. And I will jump through hoops to not pay interest.
Every time I think I’ve just about gotten things paid off, something else manages to happen.
Isn’t that how it always is? Something totally unexpected happens or goes wrong and it takes all the helium out of that balloon.
Such is life, I guess. I know to count my blessings, of which there are many.