Well, it has been almost two months since my last post. I am impressed with people who maintain several blogs at once and do so in a timely manner...uhhh...almost daily. LOL
I am learning 'baby steps' in many areas of my life. It has to do with a physical accident, illness, and even though I don't want to admit it, getting older. Where are my granny glasses?
I am blessed in that I own my own home and therefore my own space. My home is slowly becoming my quilting 'studio'. The second bedroom is now a fabric stash. My dining room and living room are my sewing room. My bedroom is my large area to lay quilts out to prepare them for quilting. I know I can fit a longarm in here somewhere. I will settle with my domestic sewing machine. It and I are getting to know each other. Not quite on a first name basis yet. But we really do like each other.
Over several weeks my computer crashed and I managed to bring it back to life. Finally whatever was attacking it corrupted my picture files and then began on my documents. There was not much I could do. I tried to print, copy to disk, re-save, and anything else I could think to save my documents. I was watching everything fall apart. For a moment my aging mind thought a thought I thought was smart. I was looking at my cell phone. There it was, the thought, "Take pictures of your documents with your phone before they are gone forever." I opened my most important files first taking pictures of each screen. A new way to take screen shots. I saved a majority of my files this way. Well, the hacker who infected my computer didn't do as well of a job as they thought.
I cried. Then I picked myself up off my bed. I called customer support for my particular computer. We spent hours on the phone. The support rep wanted to try and save what was on my computer. I went along for the ride and finally decided we are going to wipe everything out and start over. He was apprehensive. I think he really didn't want me to lose everything. Well I already had. He directed me in the art of clearing my hard drive of 'everything'. So there it sat. My new clean slate, uh hard drive.
Over several more days I reinstalled most of my software. Thankfully, in my recent move, I packed all my computer software together, and it was in a box I could easily find. I am not sure what is in some of those unpacked boxes even though they are labeled. I know there are things I am looking for in some of them. At least I think so.
Now I am still in the process of emailing the screen shots of my documents to my email so I can download them and inspect them. A few are blurred. I never claimed to be a photographer. Some are not necessary in my life anymore. Good, getting rid of stuff. Many I am thankful I took pictures of since they could have never been replaced. The laborious part of all of this has been retyping or recreating new documents and files. I will save them to cd this time.
I do backup my files on occasion to an external hard drive. I am wary of attaching that external drive to my computer now. I wonder if it has any part of that 'virus' that attacked my computer on it. I want to keep my computer as healthy as I can. So the external hard drive sits alone in a corner, unattached (to my computer). I will use it again once I know how to check it for any illness it may have. I did backup many photographs to it that were corrupted on my computer. I hope they are safe and not lost forever.
So with this computer crisis adventure, unpacking, still working on a king size quilt, and everything else going on in my life, I am learning to take 'baby steps'. No more running at full speed and in several directions at once. Youth, if only we knew how wonderful it was when we had it.
Here is a picture of a quilt top I have been working on during the last few weeks. I call it my sanity quilt.
The beginning of 'Sanity'.
I did not follow a commercial pattern. I made templates and created each block individually. I am a batik-aholic. All the fabrics are batik. Now I am working on the border. The picture is fuzzy. I took it on my cell phone. ;)