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September 17, 2010

Posted by Nancy Carty Lepri on September 17, 2010 at 2:34 PM

I'm back, and here it is September 17! I can't believe that a year-and-a-half ago today I lost my wonderful mom, Emily Carty. Some days it feels like it was just yesterday and other days it feels like she's been gone forever. But, though she's no longer a physical presence in my life, I feel her spirit (any my dad's too) all around me. I was so blessed to have such wonderful parents. The last year of Mom's life, we became very close. She was my best friend and offered me total and unconditional love. She was the one who pushed me to submit my book Tiny Angel for publication, and because of her pushing, it was accepted and published. I had the honor of dedicating the book to her and though she knew it was going to be released, she did not live to see it happen. I'm sure, though, she's up in Heaven having all her friends reading it. She so loved to brag about me! But, that's moms and she was the best!

Meanwhile, I've been very busy these past few days. I may have mentioned I finished my first draft of my sequel to Tiny Angel.  I've tentatively titled it Tommy's Angel, but that's subject to change. I'm excited it's done, but now I have to do the proofing, editing and rewrites, which can be just as tiresome as the writing.

I also got new office furniture, so now I have a chance to spread out and work with a lot of space. Above is a photo of my new office. Isn't it nice? I have Art to thank for this, as he's the one who saw it and suggested it after my constant complaining about not having enough room with my small office hutch! Me complain???

Anyway, it took a while to set up this new office, clean out the old cabinet as well as my closet. However did I manage to accrue so much stuff? I spent two days just cleaning out my closet and pitching unnecessary junk. It  sure piles up. I also have TONS of books that I got for review, which I will donate and/or pass on to my reader friends.

In the midst of all this, I got a notice from my back that beginning Oct. 1, they'll no longer utilize MS Money, which is a program I have been using for years! Typical, huh? Just when I get used to something, they decide to change it! Ugh! So off I went to Best Buy and got Quicken, which they recommended to use instead. They also said coversion from Money to Quicken was a "snap!" Yeah, right! Maybe for techo geniuses, but not for a technodummy like me! I tried it and of course, no luck. I ended up installing and uninstalling the darn program about four times before I got totally frustrated and clicked on their support website. After spending three hours...yeah, I'm not kidding, with a foreigner, who understood English very well I may add, it turned out that my Money program (Money Plus Deluxe, which I upgraded last July as a matter of fact, and got a notice last Sept, that they were not longer going to make Money... another typical, huh?) was the cause of the problem. I guess I shouldn't have upgraded, but how did I know they were going to stop making it? ARGH! 

So, to make a long story short, something Art says I have a hard time doing, I had to uninstall Money Plus and install a "trial" of Money 2008. Thankfully I didn't lose all my files, but I had back them up on my trusty flashdrive. Still with doing that, I needed the tech's help to get into my computer and undo glitches. That's done and taken care of. Now I have the fun (?) task of learning this program. Geesh....

Anyway, that's what's been going on around here. I need a vacation and think I'll take a trip to the coast. Anyone want to join, with Art too???  Can't leave him behind! The more the merrier.

In the meantime, cheers, my friends. Stay well and enjoy's too short!

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