For the last year and a half I have been fighting a little known battle within the confines of my home. I didn’t want to talk about it. I was ashamed. I thought it was something that I could fix on my own. I struggled in silence and stuck with it for a long long time working to make things right, but finally . . . this past Friday. . . I gave up. I couldn’t take it any longer. I had no more fight in me. I suddenly found it completely senseless to fight so hard for something that gave me nothing but grief.

So I broke down and bought a new computer. Whee! Is this thing ever fast! No more continuous spontaneous rebooting while in the middle of something. All my memory slots and USB slots actually WORK. I can now actually upload pictures again!! **The heavens open and angels sing** It’s stunning really for someone who is so used to taking a bunch of crap from a machine, it always calling the shots, letting me know what it would and would not do for me, mocking me the entire time knowing that I’m a computer person with too much pride to let a machine win. The bastard had to GO!

That’s right. Tossed. Kaput! Bye Bye!!! Now maybe I can start posting to my site again. I’ve got recipes to share (I made the BEST Peanut Butter Pie recently that actually made me moan in delight), photos that I’ve taken (I’m actually learning how to use this danged old camera) and stories to tell (so much to catch up on). And even though it’s Summertime and I spend an obscene amount of time at my pool and/or at the beach, I plan to spend at least a little time uploading pictures and catching my site up to date.

I feel so alive and so free! Amazing what a new start can do for a person.