It has been raining for several days off and on. I hear it thundering now. It sure makes my patio plants happy. Look at them.
As you can see, many plants are quite lush. Not many are flowering though. The cone flowers are drying up. I still have pentas and lantana and hibiscus blooms.
And of course the rapidly growing purslane is still going gangbusters. The mound of it nearly spans 2 feet now.
I just took Charlie to get groomed. I realized yesterday when I was at his vet (which is right across the street from the groomer) that I wouldn’t be able to lift more than 10 pounds for awhile. And Charlie is over 10 pounds, so I realized that I’d better get that done.
I got groceries yesterday. And I ordered a computer.
Sunday night I was up in the middle of the night with pain from my hiatal hernia. For those of you who haven’t experienced this, it is terrible chest pain.
I have to chew antacids and walk and walk and walk. So I circle round and round my apartment until I can burp up the air or whatever it is. Then I can go back to sleep.
Before I fell asleep, I had laid awake worrying about this computer. It is growing worse all the time. And the timing of this when I’m having cataract surgery tomorrow is exactly the wrong time to have a computer go out.
This laptop is flickering and sometimes it lasts for quite awhile, which means I can’t use it. I can’t connect to the cursor. So I just have to wait until it stops doing it. But I know this will be the demise of the computer.
So I got up yesterday morning and drove to Staples. I had looked at all the ads online. I really needed to see the laptops in person.
Unfortunately I could not find one laptop that had the rectangular shaped power port I wanted. Maybe I’ll just have to leave it plugged in all the time.
I ended up ordering an HP, which I’ve never had before. I wish I could have gotten it yesterday and got everything uploaded that I need. But it will take a couple of days. It will be at Staples either tomorrow or Thursday.
This is what I ordered: HP Pavilion 15-cs0061st, 15.6 inches, 8GB, 256 GB M.2SSD, Windows 10.
I also purchased a 4 year warranty. I doubt that covers every little thing. But I’m tired of buying laptops. At least this will give me a measure of comfort because they said there is only a 2 day turnaround if I have to use the warranty.
So here’s the price breakdown:
Regular price: $829.99
I opened a credit card (yes, I’m getting weary of doing this, but I wanted free interest to pay it off). From various coupons they took $230 off the price.
Then I paid $199.99 for the 4 year warranty. I haven’t bought an extra warranty for a computer before. But with my current luck, I felt I should.
Then if you bought an HP computer, you could buy an HP printer for $20, so I did that. I haven’t had a printer for the last 3-4 years. It’s still sitting in the box. Might not get to that till after surgery.
So my total with tax came to $927.04. Boy, I hate to add that on to what I already have to pay off. But the two things I absolutely must have to work as a blogger is a computer and a camera.
And thank goodness it’s a tax write off.
It looks like a nice computer. Though I don’t put much stock in the appearance of a computer. I just want one that will work.
I told the guy who helped me at Staples what this laptop is doing. He works on computers. He knew what the problem was, he said.
The manager was helping us and she asked him if maybe he could fix it, and then I’d have an extra laptop on hand. And he told her that it would be so expensive to fix it he doubted it would be worth the trouble.
So if I can just get through until the new laptop comes in, I’ll be happy.
This is my list of medications I’m checking off before surgery. Then after this page there are two more pages equaling two weeks after surgery when I have to use drops that I have already drawn in preparation.
I place a check mark in each space for the time of day I use the eye drops.
I will be at the surgical center at 6:30 tomorrow morning with my daughter. Then she will drop me off at home and go to Andrew’s school to enroll him and then come back for awhile.
I have a follow up appointment with my optometrist at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday. If I get lucky my laptop may be in as Staples is close to his office.
I don’t know about posting tomorrow. I’ll just have to see how I’m doing and if this computer is working.
I have to go pick up Charlie Boy soon.