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        05-10-2014, 09:54 PM
      #17251
    Yearling
    HappyPlace - I hope you find some rejuvenation this weekend and enjoy the time with your son and your husband.

    Nicker - are you doing OK? I'm thinking about you and your dog today...

    Tjtalon - have you had your shift change yet? I think you mentioned it would be soon. I used the Dell tablets with my kids at school last week. They seem to work OK, but not as easy as the ipad. I also have a Chromebook from work that I like quite a bit better because I like having a real keyboard. The downside, is everything you do is online. The Chromebook is pretty useless without an internet connection. Not sure about the Dell tablet, but I think you can do some basic word processing, etc offline.

    Roadyy - the new place for the horses looks fantastic! Nice to see your daughter riding too. It looks like she is doing great.


    I went to the horse show today and am so glad I didn't take Koolio. The show was fun to watch, but we had snow, rain, sleet and even a bit of hail. It was dreadfully cold! The classes were very large (20-25) and each had some pretty excited horses. I think I will look for some smaller barn shows to get back into it.

    Tomorrow the kids and I will make our annual visit to the greenhouse to look t's plants. It is way too cold to buy right now, but we can still plan and make a wish list for when the weather gets better. The greenhouse also has a lovely coffee shop with some fantastic homemade snacks. Afterwards, DD and I will get a ride in. It should be a good day!
         
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        05-10-2014, 11:23 PM
      #17252
    Yearling
    Tracey: my real shift change (this past week was all swings, to accommodate new guy training during the mornings) kinda-sorta starts next week. There will still be some ups & downs w/a couple of scheduled vacations, but basically Tues-Wed-Thurs where I was 6a-2p will change this coming week to 12noon-8p, w/Fri-Sat still kinda up in the air. Those 1st 3 days will be better, especially coming off of HorseMonday (mucking not withstanding the lessons are getting more rigorous, w/my improving). Won't have to get up @ 330am on Tuesday!
    The out-going assistant chief cautioned me against IPad; he thought w/the Apple software I'd have trouble figuring things out, whereas Dell tablet comes w/Windows 8, which I can figure out (& it's less expensive). I know NOTHING about this stuff. Maybe I shouldn't even consider it (?) My "want" comes from wanting to check in here, FaceBook, email, Google, YouTube (for horse videos), when I'm not at home...keep in touch w/me, really, in the odd moments at work I can do so. Well, whatever it can be, it needs to come from MicroCenter (as that's where my card is & be under $150). Thank you for the input, much appreciated. Basically, I'm confused! Oh! Visit to a greenhouse sounds like fun for planning. Glad you enjoyed the horse show! Good thing Koolio didn't go then, w/the weather.

    Raining here, supposed to turn to thunderstorm/rain/icy rain/snow-mix/snow thru Monday, w/predicted snow accumulation 1-5". My HorseMonday may well involve Bob practice, which is fine. Not scheduled for a lesson anyway. But, who knows, this is Colorado & I'm on the plains (although the surrounding cities seem to forget that, thinking life turns around whatever is happening in Denver Central).

    Been thinking of Nicker too...

    Happy Place, I hope you had a lovely day!

    I'm just glad it's my Friday. A week of late swings (except today, noon-8p) has done me in. Home chores tomorrow. May go to MicroCenter to check out the tablet thing, if the roads are okay. Would love any more advice on that beforehand, although will not be able to avoid the inevitable approach to some young & savvy store person w/the question "Umm, what is this this & how does it work?" Ack.
         
        05-10-2014, 11:26 PM
      #17253
    Yearling
    ...I do know, w/the tablet thing, it needs to have the WiFi already in it, & I was wondering how on earth you "write" w/out a keyboard. Hmmm...
         
        05-11-2014, 09:44 AM
      #17254
    Weanling
    TJ: Tablets should have WiFi in them. When shopping consider USB ports.
    Some tablets/many do not have a USB port, also camera options.
    Many will have two cameras w/two different megapixel settings.

    You will then be able to provide us lots of pictures.

    Quiet thread here yesterday!!!

    When Robb55 asked where the Taj Mahal post was I thought nothing of it to scroll down notice the message # and reply.
    But I thought he asked for the page # not post #.
    Then I remembered I am set up to view 40 posts in descending order per page.
    Anyone else do this or am I nuts??? My backwards way of thinking???
    At least when I login I see the most recent right away.

    Friday evening my wife said the tractor was driving strange.
    Found a bracket that holds front of transmission broken free.
    Two grade 8 bolts broken off, had to remove transmission Friday night.
    Extract broken bolts from cast aluminum housing, pilot hole and left hand drill bit saved the day.
    Yesterday re-installed rather quick but found fractures in the tractor frame.
    Measured and made cad drawings of new brackets to bolt on existing frame.
    Found large chunk of steel here in the boneyard, Monday I will begin cutting at work.
    I think it will survive a few days until the brackets are completed.

    Passed on a weekend camp trip since threat of rain.
    Well rain sure wasn't much, few sprinkles.
    My luck, if I camped it would have been a downpour.

    NM: I hope things are going OK.
    In 2002 I encountered similar scenario with my Great Dane.
    Tough situation, I was a wreck for at least two weeks after.
    Some shoes are hard to wear at times.

    Happy Mothers Day!
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    Burn barrel today and I will plant the elephant ear bulbs, they are already sprouting.
         
        05-11-2014, 03:16 PM
      #17255
    Yearling
    Happy Mother's Day!

    Well, I went & got a tablet, after much looking, & w/the help of a very patient sales guy. The Dell w/Windows 8 was too expensive, so got a Dell 8" Android 4.2. It has a 2GB memory, 16GB storage capacity, which I suppose isn't much, but will do alright for me. Sales guy had a good point when he said since I'm not familiar w/Windows 8, learning the Android won't be any harder. It has a camera & a webcam. Has no USB ports, but does have a MicroSD card reader (but since I don't have one of those & not sure what it is anyway, I'll not concern myself w/it at this point).

    Itself is charging now. I'll carefully do the set up when it's charged, & most likely will be googling for how-to-work-this-thing info. But, will play w/it. This was very much a wild hair (I'm still carrying around a dinosaur cell phone).

    Cold & snowing here. Doing laundry, waiting to play w/the Thing.
         
        05-11-2014, 06:51 PM
      #17256
    Weanling
    Good Evening!

    Visit mother and MIL today, took flowers, everyone happy!
    No riding time.

    Still burning in the barrel, cleaned up shoved aside driveway debris from winter.
    More fuel to burn, another 5' high pile.

    Getting ready to dig holes for my elephant, when they take off I must remember some photos.

    Little Pig, Little Pig let me come in, not by the hair of my chinny chin chin.
    Had to reference "The Shining" again.
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    Stand alone Azalea in the side yard.
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    Red Azalea not quite open.
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    Hosta bushes now.
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    Weigela shrubs ready to bloom.
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    My wife is happy again, lawn tractor moveth!
    Long drive already under full canopy.
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        05-11-2014, 06:58 PM
      #17257
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by tjtalon    
    Has no USB ports, but does have a MicroSD card reader (but since I don't have one of those & not sure what it is anyway, I'll not concern myself w/it at this point).
    Ah! Go buy a 16GB MicroSd card, can probably swap to phone.
    Store all your pictures on the new card. About $15.
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        05-11-2014, 07:15 PM
      #17258
    Green Broke
    Popping in here for a few-whew! Busy weekend!

    Happy Mother's Day to all! Those who aren't mothers, have a mother, so it aptly applies... :)

    We have a tradition to scoot over to the Big Lake and have lunch and walk the pier every M's Day-Here's a photo of our 2 'strapping boys' who are young men on their own....

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        05-11-2014, 07:29 PM
      #17259
    Green Broke
    Since the guys have moved, (yes, we're 40-something empty nesters!) this year was an 'across the miles' Mother's Day, so DH and I went over after projects were done around here-
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        05-11-2014, 07:37 PM
      #17260
    Green Broke
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    Here's a shot from the south pier, showing the lighthouse we were previously standing beneath... For folks who live on the ocean, you'll notice our Great Lakes piers are quite different! Last year on Mother's Day, we had snow and high winds... no one can walk a pier without being swept in under those conditions. These 'freshwater seas' are not to be reckoned with. Has anyone heard the song, "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald" by Gordon Lightfoot? He's spot on with the vastness and depth :)
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