Friday, October 29

Antivirus software

Have you tried the free antivirus software from Panda Cloud? And/or another free program from AVG? What I'm trying to figure is if one is better than the other. I need one that uses fewer CPU resources since I only have 512 MB of RAM. Opinions/reviews please. Thanks.



Internet connectivity and speed

As I was saying just two days ago, our internet connection has become very flaky indeed. Yesterday a technician went to the main connection hub for the area and did "something" and we had a really good connection for a little while. Maybe an hour, hour and half. Of course I called customer support (Centurylink) to tell them that once again our speed sucked (not in those words). He put in another work order for yesterday afternoon but more than likely it wouldn't be tended to til this morning. Probably some time between 8 AM and Noon. Overnight though, the outside temperature dropped to the mid 20's. Now ordinarily, or more like "normally" (?) that shouldn't affect our connection, but it did and is. Two days when the problem started it was completely overcast and cooler than it had been for a while. Happens every year! That's where we're at... waiting for help and hoping we can at least send and receive email, which is how I'm writing to my blog.
As for accurately checking our connection speed online, we had previously been led to one for our state at, but when I was talking to customer support on Wednesday she asked me to go to cause they feel it's more accurate. While talking to the repair tech on the phone yesterday I checked the speed at bransonspeedtest and got about 1.3 megabits/sec, but each time I redid it, got slower and slower results, even slower at So now I don't know which one to believe. The customer support, on the phone, told me yesterday that our "Margin (db)" should be a minimum of 8.0. This morning, as of 15 seconds ago it's at * 4.9* - whatever that means. Yesterday it was around 5.3. *shrug* Yes, they reminded me a few times that "you're right at the end of the DSL connectivity range". I was, "Yeah, we have been for a few years now and our speed has been mostly stable at 1.5 MBps". *sigh* Quite frankly I'm still baffled that NASA can communicate with a robot on Mars wirelessly, but for DSL 18K feet is the "limit"? Makes no sense to me!
Anyway, today is my DD's 18th birthday. She got birthday pie for breakfast before heading off to work. It was pumpkin pie in case you're wondering.

Wednesday, October 27

RE: No Internet connection, but

RIGHT after I posted about no E but M connection, the Internet came back.... for about 30 secs, if that :-(

"It would appear as though at least I have email connection. Ideas?

No Internet connection, but

It would appear as though at least I have email connection. Ideas?

Monday, October 25

Glasses for Todd



Clicking the picture above will take you to the page on Facebook where you can support the cause. $10 is JUST a suggestion. Clicking (at Facebook) the little arrow on the right gets you a drop-down menu for amounts to donate. ANY help will be VERY appreciated.



Sunday, October 17

Latte INSISTING on being held (pics)

Was sitting on the sofa a couple of days ago when Latte decided he just HAD to be held. At least he's persistent. LOL

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Wednesday, October 13


Apparently, taking 3 times the recommended dosage of over-the-counter Meclizine (for dizziness/nauseousness) tablets is a waste of time.

Saturday, October 2

Health update, yesterday

Yesterday was our SSD payday, so we got most of our non-food grocery shopping done. We did get some food though because our pantry was lookin' mighty bare. It must have been pay day for a lot of people because the Wally World Super Center was busier than it had been for a while. There were people everywhere. Though I'm still having vertigo issues and needed to use an electric shopping cart, I was still somehow almost invisible to people, downright rude people in my opinion. Usually I follow my wife around, whether it's walking or riding, so I can put things in our baskets. Yesterday however I had to do a lot of parking at the end of isles because she would turn down an isle and before I could turn into it someone would cut in front of me and thus I had to sit and wait for an opening which nobody seemed to give a crap about. It was just weird!

Anyway, after we got home it was too late for me AND Rain to take a nap at the same time. Since she doesn't sleep all that well at night anyway, and I've not gotten used to taking a daily nap, she laid down. After an hour and a half to 2 hours I woke her up, but then it was only a little over an hour before we'd need to go and pick up The Girl from work and do our once a month supper eat out, therefore I chose NOT to take a nap. We chose Pizza Hut, again. We love our pizza! Any hoots, I should have taken a nap. By the time 9 pm rolled around I was exhausted, mostly from being on my feet traipsing back and forth from the washer/dryer area in the kitchen and the bedroom at the other end of the house, to fold and hang clothes while feeling dizzy. Takes a lot of energy to walk and cope with dizziness. The further I walk, the dizzier I get and then my tum-tum gets all queasy and I need to sit/lay down and re-orient myself. We did buy some anti vertigo slash anti nausea medicine yesterday, which I took not long after getting home. Apparently I don't have "motion sickness" vertigo, or it's more than that, because I get dizzier when walking longer/further, but it didn't help. I swear I am NOT whining. The above explanation IS going somewhere. Here it is: A couple of weeks ago I thought I was getting a cold sore so I put some Ora gel on my lip (not recommended) to see if that would ease the feeling of my lip feeling icky. It did, a little, but then my then my entire lower lip and eventually half of my face, including just the gums in/on one side of my mouth started getting all tingly, and is still going on. Ever since "the ora gel incident", the taste buds on half of my tongue are also weirded out. The other night I found a red-hot hard candy. When I sucked on it, only half of my tongue got "hot" from the cinnamon or whatever they put in those things. In the middle of this morning's sleep session I woke-up to go to the bathroom and noticed that my side of the bed, underneath me, was sweat soaked. So now we're wondering if all this time of vertigo and nauseousness, that maybe I've had a fever, virus or something. No, I just thought I was (am?) having an MS related exacerbation, I didn't think it was necessary to take my temperature. Thinking about it now though, maybe that cold sore (which never did become an actual sore) I thought was beginning was actually the start of a virus. (??) I am hoping that if I did have a fever, it broke this morning and I'll start feeling better really, really soon. *fingers crossed* As of right this minute, I actually feel pretty good, though my balance is still horrible and any sudden head movement causes dizziness. Yes, today I will be taking an after noon nap :-)

In other news, the Salon (A Cut 2 Dye 4) where my daughter works has been a little busier the last couple of weeks. It's good that she doesn't live on her own because she's still not making enough money to actually pay any kind of bills (enough to help paying gas money though). Like I said (implied?), she has gotten a few more customers the last 2 weeks, so things are picking-up a little. She didn't have any customers at all yesterday though :-(

If you're still there and not asleep, thank you for reading to this point. Come again real soon, ya hear? LOL