HP Lying Again

Khandi and Zoe on my desk today

Well, the last of the HP saga is that the laptop will ship December 6th. (Loud scream here!!) I did receive my Surface tablet and it will be fine until the laptop arrives. Then, this morning (Sunday) when I checked my email, lo and behold, there was an email from HP saying the laptop shipped from China today. OMG! Do I believe this email? They sent a tracking number so time will tell. Argh!

More laundry today (and yesterday). The new sheets were a no go because they wouldn’t stay on the mattress. Wah! I loved the color (light blue) and the feel of the soft fabric. We didn’t need sheets; I just wanted to match the wall color, which I picked out.

The pack is doing well. Saturday will be Khandi’s 11th birthday; I’m looking forward to it. We rescued her when she was 6 in Dickinson. She’s been a great girl and since Bandit’s death January 2020 she’s been the leader of the pack. She’s a great alpha. Nobody crosses her, not because she’s mean but she never makes a sound unless there’s somebody walking down the street that she doesn’t approve. She’s a chiweenie but when she barks she sounds like the biggest dog in the world! The sound comes from deep in her chest and out the loud speaker that is her mouth. When she barks she commands attention and doesn’t take no for an answer. Occasionally she’ll roll one of the little ones with her nose but she doesn’t hurt them. She weighs 15 pounds; Zoe is 4 pounds so when she’s rolled over forcefully she whimpers and scrambles for cover. But Khandi cuddles the littles and treats them gently most of the time. We wouldn’t let her hurt them.

Mimi, 17, thought she would be alpha when Bandit, who was 38 pounds, wasn’t in the top dog spot and she is not happy about Khandi being the boss dog. Mimi will jump Khandi just about on a daily basis, sometimes more than once a day. Khandi jumps back with that devasting bark and dishes out enough menace that Mimi backs off. But Mimi will jump on all the dogs when she’s in one of her moods. Yesterday it was Zoe. Mimi is an 11 pound Chihuahua so she’s much larger than our “babydoll”, Zoe, at 4 pounds. Mimi bites; she even bites people, and with no warning growl. You are bleeding before you know she’s mad. She strikes like a rattler and doesn’t care what damage she leaves in her wake. We rescued Mimi from a shelter; they were going to euthanize her if no one took her before the end of the day. She was what the shelter called “kennel crazy”; nobody could handle her. She bit anyone that came close to her. We assumed that if we got her out of the shelter environment she would calm down and we could get her adopted. Wrong!!! She bit me after I got her home then bit DH every day for 3 weeks afterward. No one would adopt a dog that bites so she’s still here.

Mimi will be 18 in January and is visibly fading, however she has yet to stop attacking the other dogs, especially Khandi. We are trying to make every day count for her since, as the vet stated, she is past her expiration date. She loves DH and follows him like a tail. If he leaves the house she has separation anxiety, barking and pacing. She expects him to carry her in the crook of his elbow and hold her when he sits. She watches him like she expects him to vaporize if she doesn’t. Obviously he can’t be with her as often as she wants but he’s done a commendable job, especially since I was the one who got her from the shelter. Gotta love him!

Baby Steps

Votive Wrap

Okay. Step One. This will be a free-standing lace votive wrap. It’ll go around a glass votive candle for Xmas. I also did a stitch test (3 tests actually until I got it adjusted) on the 10 needle. That doesn’t count for a lot of sewing but both machines are clean and oiled.

Mostly I’ve been fighting with HP over a laptop I ordered on October 14th. It was supposed to ship November 19th. I got an email last week saying it would ship early(?) on December 2nd. I called them; Tanya said the email was an error and it would ship on November 19th; if it didn’t she would call me. Never heard from her and no shipment notification. I sent an email to their customer service about it. They said to check back Monday (today) or Tuesday but it should ship the 19th. Nothing all weekend. Nothing this morning; today is the 22nd. About 3:30 I get an email that it might ship on December 9th. So this morning I ordered a scratch and dent Surface from Woot which is due in 3-5 days. At least I’ll have something until HP gets off their butts and does their jobs. I’m so angry! I will NEVER order another computer from HP. This is about the 30th HP computer we’ve bought over the years. We’ve bought computers for all of our kids and grandkids, and multiples for us from Windows 3.1 to Windows 11. We’ve done the Apple scene, IOS, Android, multiple PDA OS’s, Chromebooks, etc. But, no more from HP. I’m done!!!!!!!

I have the last load of laundry in the dryer. I feel like I spend my life washing clothes. Yesterday I did bedding. First I washed the new sheets I bought, then the bedspread that was on the bed. That is a story unto itself. Our Samsung washing machine, bought new when we moved here 2 years ago, won’t spin anything heavy. So we can no longer wash cushions, pillows or bedspreads. I threw away most of the cushions, put zippered covers on all the pillows but still have to wash the king sized bedspread from time to time. I wash it and then my husband takes over and it takes a couple of extra hours to get enough water out of the spread that it will spin enough water out that it can go into the (also brand new) Samsung dryer. Then it takes 3-4 hours in the dryer before it is dry enough to actually use. I have looked into purchasing an industrial washer now. Maybe that’ll be Xmas this year.

I think it sounds like a pitcher-of-Margaritas-day! Time to go feed the dogs. See ya!


Whoa!!!!!!!! He looks like he’s giving somebody a piece of his mind.

Dinner time!

It’s a gorgeous day today and we weren’t the only ones who thought so. Our squirrel family came to visit this morning. This is the first time I’ve gotten pictures of them but I even got two videos. Fantastic! We had the bird feeder under a tree so the birds would be out of the weather but the squirrels found the feeder and have taken possession of it.

Trick or Treat

ZsaZsa tried to trick or treat at the drive-thru at Wendy’s. Unfortunately, they didn’t see the fun in it; too busy serving hungry people. We only had one trick-or-treater at home and we didn’t purchase candy this year. He was about 3 years old and his mother rang the bell. I felt so bad that I had nothing to give him. Only after they’d gone did I realize there was candy in the pantry.

I had my YAG laser last week and I think it got rid of the cloudiness. I go back to the ophthalmologist tomorrow so should know if there’s anything else they can do for my vision. Everything they’ve done has helped but we may be at the end of our rope. Fingers crossed for something positive.

Still haven’t sewn anything. Frankly I think I’m so afraid of failure that I haven’t even tried. All the supplies are bought; the sewing room/office has been reorganized for better use, and I’m petrified. I’m able to verbalize it now so that’s a start anyway. More later…obviously. Have a nice week.