Where have I been the last couple of months? Still here, but without my own working computer. Apple products had a very bad week here in my house, and I shattered my iPhone within a week of my iMac hard drive giving out. The iPhone was an easy fix – I already wanted to jump ship to Verizon and get a Galaxy S6, so that just required a trip to the Verizon store. The iMac was another issue altogether. While I would like to be independently wealthy, I am not… so I couldn’t just run out and buy a new one. I opted to replace the hard drive myself (with some long-distance tech support from my awesome mother-in-law, some borrowed tools, and lots of encouragement from friends, haha!) and I won’t say that went smoothly, but it did get done. Eventually. Then I had to get an operating system back on it, reinstall all of my software, and I’m still working on getting all of my shortcuts back in place. Thankfully, I have always backed up my actions and presets… but I think I lost all of my templates (unless they’re on an external drive I haven’t checked yet). Needless to say I set up Time Machine as soon as this bad boy was running again!
Another major event these last few weeks – Mamaw passed away. She had been in assisted living for a few years now, and she had rapidly progressed from one level of care to the next over the last few months, but it was still a shock when it actually happened. She was moved to Hospice care, and that was a blessing. She had some pictures of our sweet Lexi that I gave her back at Christmas, and I have a couple of great shots from Mother’s Day when we all visited and had ice cream with her. She got to hold Lexi, and you can really see in the picture how much the boys loved her. It always surprised me that they enjoyed visiting her – there wasn’t much for a little boy to do in her room, and they had to sit still and be quiet. But I think they enjoyed the visits as much as she did, and that was a lot. Mamaw always called me Jessie Lou, so I am adamant that I will call Lexi my Lexi Lou – even if Kelly can’t stand it.
And Lexi – you’re going into some serious debt, kiddo. You’re supposed to be paying Aunt Jessie for these photos with snuggles, and so far you are pretty consistently refusing payment! One of these days, I plan on collecting!