Saturday, September 27, 2014


The last couple of weeks have been a bit sad.  We've been saying "Goodbyes" to our friend, Edward.  Yesterday morning they moved him to hospice care in the VA center after several days in the hospital.

Hard to believe we were all out having dinner and laughing just a few weeks ago.  Seems surreal.  So, this week I'm sharing an area of the country that he enjoyed, his home, the Crystal coast of North Caroline.

Rainy day in Edenton

Museum in Edenton, NC
Flags in Beaufort, NC

Coastline NC

Sunset and moon, Hampton Roads, VA

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Good Fences - September 25

Along the Shenandoah Valley going home

Along the Shenandoah Valley going home

Along the Shenandoah going home
At home
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Computers, a Lesson in Perserverance and Worms

 I've contracted an infection from a dormant worm.

No!  Not this kind of worm!  A stinkin' computer worm!

 Thank goodness my husband has a computer, too, so we could look up how to rid my computer of this burdensome "beast" (if you will allow me to fracture Shakespeare a bit).  I've been offline for so long, I'm sure folks were holding eulogies for me.  "Ah, Karen, I knew her well...." (sorry, Mr. Shakespeare; I'll stop now).

This all happened a week and a half ago, and this morning my dearest, the light of my life, the balm of my existence, my hubby, finally presented me with my fixed computer.   Huzzah!!!

Now, I don't practice "Unsafe Computing"; but several months ago, I inherited this worm during an automatic update of one of those plug-ins like Java or Acrobat etc. that we all have.  At that time, it first turned off my firewall, then Norton, then it ferried in some malware and a Trojan and wormed its way so deeply into my system that we had to format my hard drive.  Needless to say, this took FOREVER (and several Pakistani techies) to fix. 

This time I recognized it right away.  Here's what happened. 

When I turned on my computer one day last week, I had to wait for the updates to take place before Windows would launch.  Whoa, Nellie!  My antennae went up right away and bells went off, because I have set my system to NOT install updates automatically after my past bad experience.  Immediately, I checked and found my firewall was down.  Oh-Oh.  Not good.  So, I shut down the internet connection and did some scans.  There were 243 malware problems "found" and fixed.  Dagnabit.  I got onto the net to try to update my Norton to fix any files not found, but no dice....pop-ups all over the place, new windows and new tabs opening like crazy.  My heart sank, and I might have muttered an obsenity because my hubby picked up the gauntlet and put on his Mighty Mouse cape and said, "Never fear, Dear.  I think I can fix it."  Immediately, the lyrics, "Here I Come to Save the Day" popped into my mind, and I felt calmer. (Ah, for you younger readers, Mighty Mouse was a popular cartoon program in the 50s, and the mouse sang the theme song). 

So, this is my maiden voyage, so to speak.  I believe he was successful, but if you want, please wish me luck.

Until next time .....

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Good Fences - September 4th

I'm posting more photos of our Yorktown trip again for this week's Good Fences.  It was just a spur-of-the-moment idea to drive up there for the afternoon, but it was one of the best days we've spent since moving to Hampton Roads a little over a year ago.  Enjoy....

Opps, I just don't recall the name of this building,

Same place from another angle

Pier with Coast Guard escort docked

Fence including tree

A little enclosed garden area by the beach

The Nelson house
Front of Nelson House

Nelson House with cannon ball scars and a ball still embedded

Just a little sailboat on the river enjoying a good wind
A fence blockading this private beach behind the Museum

Another kind of brick fence, not rounded

A private garden's fence next to the park bench; what a view.

View of the beach and marina from the bluff with a fence around the stairs' landing

The Victory Monument
George Washington requested this Monument be erected in honor of the bravery of the bravery shown here.

Well, that's it for this Good Fences Thursday this week.  We've been traveling a great deal this summer, and I've been capturing more fences to share in the next few weeks....stay tuned.  Be sure to stop by Theresa's  Run*A*Round Ranch Report to see what fun and amazing fences others have shared this week.