Thursday, April 12, 2012
Geek Squad Nana
I’d noticed over the last couple of days that my wireless mouse was acting a little strange … I noticed a little bit of a lag when using the mouse and I intermittently would get the notification that the touchpad had been disabled. Since I always keep the wireless mouse connected (using a USB mini-plug), I shouldn’t be getting that notification. I had a USB port go bad on an old desktop computer a few years back, so I thought maybe this port was going bad … seemed like a simple solution to move the mini-plug to another USB port … I’ve got 3 ports on my laptop after all. That’s when I noticed that the USB mini-plug for my wireless mouse was squished way into the USB port – to where it was virtually flush with the case of the laptop. Uh oh! I tried pulling the mini-plug out with my fingers – no luck. I tried using tweezers – no luck. I tried using a pair of pliers – no luck. I tried a knife – succeeded in breaking off the tip of the blade (which I could see in the USB port, but could get out). I called DH who happened to be running errands … told him that he’d be making a trip to Best Buy as soon as he got home, to take my laptop in for the Geek Squad to see if they could get the mini-plug (and knife blade tip) out. I must have worked the mini-plug loose a little with the knife, because I saw that there was a little more of the mini-plug sticking out … enough that I could grab ahold of just enough with the pliers … and pulled it (and the knife blade tip) out. The exterior portion of the mini-plug looks pretty beat up, but it’s still working (just not in the original USB port). Whew! No trip to Best Buy … no need to when there’s a Geek Squad Nana in the house.
We’ve been on a jigsaw puzzle kick this week. One of the things we do when traveling is look for local-interest puzzles to bring home as a souvenir. We picked up this one at the Coe Visitor’s Center at the Everglades National Park when we were in southern Florida.
That didn’t take very long to put together. Our next puzzle was one of Charles Wysocki’s work (my favorite). That didn’t take a whole lot longer. We’re now working a smaller puzzle, but it’s a seascape with a lighthouse (we love lighthouses). Because it’s got so much blue sky and blue water, it’s taking a little longer.
Is anyone else having trouble with loading of websites found when doing Google searches lately? Lately, I’ve been having websites that take forever to load when trying to open from a Google search, but if I enter the URL directly, it’ll open right up. Frustrating.
It’s turned quite chilly here … downright cold in my world. We’ve had freeze warnings the last couple of nights. We covered our azaleas and hyndrangea Tuesday night, but it only got to 34, so we were spared. We were a little confused last night … there was a freeze warning, but the low was only supposed to be 36, so we decided that we wouldn’t need to cover anything. It got down to 33, but there was fairly significant frost. I walked around the yard late this morning, and so far I haven’t seen any evidence of any damage to my plants.
Tonight is the first playoff game for the Blues, and tomorrow is the home opener for the Cardinals. Exciting time for the sports fans here at Chez Nana.