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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. ;)

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Comment by Linda Richards/N. Ontario on June 18, 2010 at 6:03pm
Sorry about the computer problem. When I have computer problems and my computer gets sick, I am telling you it makes me sick. I usually end up with stomach problems. Glad you are the rebound and reinstalling everything.
Your Sanity quilt is gorgeous and love the pattern as well as the colours.
Comment by Connecting Threads on June 18, 2010 at 8:44am
So sorry about your virus adventure! It's a good reminder to me.....I still haven't purchased a backup drive. I do copy my photos onto DVD's every so often, and that's probably the most important thing to me, but maybe BestBuy will be in my weekend plans.

Love your Sanity quilt - I'm a batik-aholic and proud of it!
Comment by B J Elder/WA on June 17, 2010 at 8:18pm
Oh my, what an adventure. So sorry about your computer. Another QWU friend has had major computer stuff going on too and got a new computer and is getting everything up and running again too. Not fun. How great you thought to use your cell camera to capture what you could before all was lost.
Your new quilt is wonderful. Thanks for sharing it.
Comment by christi on June 17, 2010 at 6:03pm
how pretty!
Comment by Lori on June 17, 2010 at 5:30pm
You do beautiful work.
Comment by yolanda fullerton on June 17, 2010 at 5:03pm
Hi there Sorry to hear about your problem with your computer. But I Love your quilt the best. And the colors goes nice with each other. I wish I can quilt like that. Cause I am always looking to learn new things. And I hope you will feel better here soon. It always the baby steps that are the easies or it can be hard. But no matter what it will get better. yolanda
Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on June 17, 2010 at 3:22pm
Computers are so wonderful; until they get sick. I've had to do the "wipe clean" thing a couple times and it's not fun installing all that stuff. We have what must be a good antivirus program now because it's been OK for quite a while. But it's getting old so anything can happen. I do back up as much as I can and haven't had any trouble with the extrernal drive.
Glad you had Sanity to keep you that way. It will be beautiful!!!!

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