Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Peeking in from a borrowed computer

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!

23 comments:

scrappy quilter said...

I just knew you'd get your "ponder" back. Glad to see you could at least post this post so we know how you're doing. Pray Christopher's surgery goes well he heals quickly. Sorry to hear about your car. Look forward to seeing you back soon.

Mrs. Rabe said...

Sorry about your car - what a workhorse it has been for you!

I am glad you were able to pop in - will be praying for Christopher on Friday...

Vee said...

Thanks for checking in, Brenda. Yes, I figured that something had happened as you suggested it might. Shoot! Every now and then, though, I'd like it if things just worked out differently.

Ackkk, the news... We won't go there!

I'm sorry that the car is down, too. Even if it has done its time. We'll just have to pray another one in for you...

Keeping Christopher's surgery in prayer.

Happy pondering, Brenda. God bless...

Sharon said...

Brenda!
I am so glad to see you back if only briefly!!You are missed so much by me as I read you daily!I hope that you will be able to be back with us soon!Much Love from Oregon~Sharon

mom2six said...

Don't know when you may read this but I have missed your posts. Praying for Christopher's surgery and finances for car and computer. Times are tough but God is good. In Jesus, Nancy

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

I've been missing you. I am so sorry about your computer and car. My car just went over the 100K mark and I pray it will hold on and behave. I will be praying for Christopher. I know he will be so glad to get this behind him. Thank the Lord we have Him to turn to. He will never leave us nor forsake us. Sometimes it gets dark and gloomy and our challenges pile up, but praise the Lord we have His promises.

freetobeme - Anita said...

So glad you're back - atleast for today. I forgot about your computer problems and wrote you an e-mail. Oh well, prayers never hurt!

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Have missed your posts! Hope all goes well with your family! I know how trying times can be as we are also dealing with unreliable transportation, and what seems to be unrelenting stressful family situations. Still I know deep within who is in control of it all and He is good and trustworthy.

Diane said...

Hope you can stop by and join in on my 1st swap!
xoxo
Diane

Suze said...

If all your readers that are able to, could send you up to $50.00 - you could get a Mac mini computer. It is $599.00 - it doesn't come with a monitor, but it is a computer that won't let you down or get viruses. You could get any computer you wanted -it's just an idea. I've been thinking about you every day when I click and find that you haven't been on your blog - and I know that the computer you are using is going to kick the bucket one of these days anyway. How about it out there - any takers to join together and see if Brenda can get a new/used/better computer?

Arden said...

I'm glad you are doing o.k. and thanks for checking in. I've been wondering how bad the damage was.

tam said...

Was worried about you, glad you are back.

DebD said...

I'm glad you are okay, even if the computer is not. So sorry about the car. They never seem to break-down at convenient times. Prayers for surgery on Friday.

Vintage Girl said...

So happy to "see" you again. Christopher will be in my prayers as he goes for surgery. He sounds like such a good boy! You must be very proud of him. Sorry about the car, hopefully it'll be something easy to fix. Looking forward to when you get your computer back, until then I am enjoying all your past posts, so much wonderful information. Blessings, Heather

Anonymous said...

Missed you!!!

cathy said...

Missed you!

Anonymous said...

So glad you are back! So sorry to hear of your computer-I too dream of a Mac-Hope Christopher's surgery goes well-and good luck w/ the car-they always seem like a money pit to me! You need them-but they always need something.Alisa

Anonymous said...

So glad you are back! So sorry to hear of your computer-I too dream of a Mac-Hope Christopher's surgery goes well-and good luck w/ the car-they always seem like a money pit to me! You need them-but they always need something.Alisa

Nancy said...

Good luck with the computer. When it rains it pours! Hopefully, you will have only sunshine for a very long time, and the problems are behind you.

Anonymous said...

So wonderful to come onto your site first thing as I usually do,...but find this time you are back! :) We will be praying for Christopher and the repair on your computer...and car! WE MISSED YOU!Jody

Anonymous said...

Dee from Tennessee


Welcome back!!!!!! I've missed you so! And I'm remembering Christopher.

Jean in Wisconsin said...

I've not been around the blog world much because of my son's surgery last month--there was a lot of stress involved, but I must say it went better than I expected. He had rods and screws put into his spine for a spinal fusion, and it will take a year for it to be fully healed. Not sure what your upcoming surgery is--but I pray that all goes well. It took us a while to get caught up on sleep afterwards (parents and child). ((Hugs)) and prayers--
Jean

Sally C. said...

Hi, Brenda,
In the midst of 4 weeks out of town, I have lost all contact. How is everything going? Prayed for you and then didn't know how everything turned out. Sarah and Stephanie talked yesterday. Am in Dallas this weekend, Baltimore the next and so on--but we are blessed and at the moment paying rent. Love to you.