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Coming home from shopping earlier this week, I found that Mr. Dog celebrated his 15th birthday by having a party and crashing my notebook computer. Normally, I use the most common form of back up, i.e. none. Having gotten my own itsy bitsy thumb drive last week, it’s so small it’s more of a fingernail drive rather than an entire thumb, I had copied my files. Serendipitously, the day before the big crash,  I had copied my photos.

Getting wrapped up in surfing the net is not a new problem, Mr. Dog gave it his own personal twist. Occasionally, he gets stuck in corners. I think that is what happened. We were out and he found himself stuck in the corner and somehow wrapped the power cord around himself. Normally, the cord is out of the way and not accessible to him. However, La Muchacha sometimes rearranges our furniture when she cleans, which she had done this time, removing a tray table that normally blocks access to the space. I forgot to move it back.

Arriving home, we found Mr. Dog peacefully sleeping in the bedroom, entering the sala, I found my notebook sitting peacefully on the floor. Turning it on, I found that it gave an excellent imitation of one of my silent migraines.

Husband had bought me a lovely HP desktop replacement style laptop, which I ungratefully never used. I didn’t want to deal with the Spanish keyboard nor the Spanish OS. Turns out that it isn’t so bad. As long as I don’t look at the keyboard, I have no problem typing (I changed the keyboard to USA configuration). When I need the Spanish tilde or accent marks, I can switch back to the international keyboard,use a little hunt and peck to put in those elements.The screen is twice as big as my notebook had plus there is a disk drive. It isn’t as portable, but honestly, I didn’t really take my laptop out and about much.

So I am back online with a minimum of fuss and a new resolve to keep backing up my stuff!

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. You were very lucky. I shudder to think of what might have been!

  2. Joanne, I know about Picasa and have used it before, but then just forgot about it. thanks for the tip.

    Brenda, Mr. Dog says thank you.

    Mommy with CH, I just ran over to your new blog. I liked the old one, can’t wait to start reading the new one.


  3. Glad you are back with a minimum of fuss.
    Happy belated Birthday to Mr. Dog.

  4. Theresa,

    If you use Picasa Web to store your photos on line, in the cloud, you will never lose them to a crash again. I use regular Picasa to make albums, then sync them to the web and voila! No worries, my photos are retrievable from any computer anywhere, as long as I remember the password.

    It’s great that you had backed up the day before. Whew!


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