Thursday, December 5, 2019

Little surprises...and a free book drawing ....Roxanne Rustand

This past week has been one of little surprises:  one a relief, one an unexpected blessing, and one that just made me laugh.

First of all...the one that filled me with relief.  BOTH of my computers--an iMac desktop and a Macbook Pro--are 2012 and in computer-years are quite elderly, and both were acting progressively worse. And quickly, to the point of being unusable. Just trying to select a file in Documents or in Desktop set off the dreaded Spinning Beachball of Doom...a cheery, colorful sphere on the screen that means the computer is locked up. So there I would sit for ten, fifteen seconds. Which is a surprisingly long time when one is waiting, waiting, waiting--and repeatedly, too.

I was envisioning needing replacements. Costly replacements. Or both of them spending weeks away at some Apple repair center. Then my husband asked why I hadn't called Apple for tech support. I figured they were too far out of warranty, but then gave it a shot. Voila!  No malware, no viruses (which I understand Macs very rarely get anyway, even without anti-virus software.) No major problems.  When the tech asked which operating system I was using he fell silent..then actually laughed, saying he didn't ever see that version anymore, but updating would be a wise idea and would clean up the glitches.  And it did!!  I was so relieved--dancing on the rooftops happy--to not be facing the cost of new computers! 



Now for the unexpected blessing that I would like to share with two drawing winners from those who leave a comment. Out of the blue, two big boxes from my publisher arrived on our doorstep a few days ago. I had no idea that Falling for the Rancher, the first book of my Rocky Mountain Ranch trilogy, was going to be republished.  I'm delighted!  

The second in the series, High Country Homecoming, was out last summer, and the final book, Snowbound with the Cowboy, is a January release (which means it will be available later this month.)


Finally, something unexpected that made me laugh---before chasing Marmalade off the deck.  :)

I glanced out the window surprised that there wasn't the usual bird convention feasting at the birdfeeders...then looked a bit closer and found him at the heated waterer. Perhaps planning on a nice dessert of birds, after his catfood down in the barn? Not on my watch! :)

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving!  Did you have a nice meal?  This year I tried to add a number if very low carb options for me, and a few other family members who are following a Keto (low carb diet.)  A few of the items were great--like the yummy pecan bars in lieu of pecan pie--and a few were...well, unique, at best.  LOL!

Wishing you a wonderful, blessed Christmas!
Roxanne Rustand

10 comments:

  1. So glad that all your problems were so easily solved!!

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    1. Thank you! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and a wonderful Christmas to come!

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  2. Roxanne, it is so hard when computer don't work like they should. I got a new one a year ago, and what a difference it made in everything. I'm so happy with my new computer.

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  3. Lovely post, Roxanne, and I had to laugh at the dreaded spinning beach ball.

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    1. LOL. I don't remember what PCs do when they get balky. At least the beach ball looks cheerful. :)

      Back when the PC operating system was Vista, my computer drove me bonkers during a tight deadline. I jumped ship, got a Mac and never looked back :)

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  4. I am so glad your computers are working well again!

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  5. It's always so nice to have an option that isn't costly! Congrats on your January release! Both books sound like great reads! Merry Christmas and Happy New year!

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  6. Congrats on new book. Hope you have a great Christmas.

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  7. Ahh, the dreaded spinning beachball!

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