Hi, all! I really miss being able to communicate with you, especially after I found my ponder.
In case you couldn't tell by my absence, the virus did do damage to my hard drive. I run a virus scan twice a day but this particular worm virus was very dangerous and worked quickly. I don't have a clue how I got it. My son reminds me even "safe" websites can harbor unknown viruses. So... my computer is still in the shop as they see if it can be fixed.
My dream computer is a Mac laptop... no viruses there.
Added to that... my car broke down today. It lost all electricity. It was towed in as Christopher left classes to rescue me. If it costs too much to fix it, it will be on the way to the junk yard. You know how some cars are like members of the family? We bought this car used (paid cash for it) in 1995! It's been a great car and has lasted far beyond expectation. We have no idea how many miles it has traveled as the odometer stopped working at 199,900+.
The more challenging my week, the earlier I get up for a daily quiet time... more strength is needed for the journey. Sometimes the news alone can bring on fear but I'm so glad I know God is in control.
Christopher's surgery is scheduled for Friday. He is more than ready to get this over with. Thankfully, all his professors are working with him. He is on the Dean's List with a very high GPA so they know he usually works much harder he has been able to these past few weeks. We're praying for a safe surgery and quick recovery.
I forgot to add on my last post that most Amazon used bookstores are safe. I always order from those listed that have been around for a long time and have a high percentage of successful sales, even if it means paying a couple more dollars. I've ordered used from Amazon for years and I've always been pleased. I would never order from a newly listed book seller with the warning given at the Thoene's website.
Christopher has promised I can use his computer when he is home recovering. Then I'll be able to answer more comments and e-mails and (finally) write more recession ponderings and pantry posts. I've been doing research in books and magazines, the old fashioned way. Hopefully I'll hear that my computer can be fixed, too.
See you soon!