Shooting Troubles

My second bedroom, which is more of second living room because it’s where I have my computer and where I read, has doubled as a storage area ever since I moved in. (A huge stack of boxes in the corner off to the right, boxes under the bed, more stuff under the tables I use for a desk.) Even though the garage isn’t done, it is inching along, so with the hope that someday it will be finished, I’ve been sorting through storage items and reboxing those that need it.

What would normally have been a task that took no more than a day, has taken me weeks because of my knee. Not only have I not been able to lift things or even stand much, I also had no energy since all my energy seemed to go toward healing the knee.

Well, today I woke up with energy, so I finished carting the boxes to my dining room. I know it sounds silly, just moving stuff around, but it’s been nice claiming the room at long last. Surprisingly, it’s a good-sized room with all the extraneous stuff out of there.

After that, I tightened all the bolts on the daybed because it’s been doing a lot of creaking and clacking, and found one screw missing. Finally, when I cleaned the room, I found the bolt several feet away from where it had fallen.

And after that, I tried troubleshooting my printer connection. For some unknown reason, after more than a year of compatibility, this computer decided it didn’t like the printer anymore. It would show one document pending, then a few seconds later, would show 0 documents pending. But no document printed. No matter what I tried (even doing some things in the command prompt that made me nervous), nothing worked. So I dragged out my old computer to print the document, but since I let my security program lapse, I had to install a new antivirus protection so I could download the file I emailed to myself.

As wonderful as computers are when they work, they are horrible when they don’t. I have a hunch this printer problem has to do with a Windows update, but since I don’t know which one or how long ago, all I can do is wait and hope the problem will fix itself with subsequent updates as sometimes happens (when further updates don’t make things worse, that is.)

So now I’m exhausted.

Because of the isolation, everyone I know has their system — their physiological system — screwed up, particularly their sleep/wake cycle. For most people, this means going to bed later and getting up later. For me, it’s the opposite: getting up with the sun and going to bed with the sun, so now, early afternoon feels like late evening.

What does one do when one gets up so early? If you live on a farm or a ranch, obviously, there is plenty of work waiting, but for a sedentary person? Not so much.

Well, except for today. Today I sure found plenty to do!

This wasn’t at all the way I thought this day would go. I’d planned an excursion to see if I could find a few plants to plant, but fire warnings and high winds scared me off. (And I was hesitant because of the knee anyway, but apparently that wouldn’t have been a problem.) By the time I finally get around to getting any plants, there probably won’t be any left and anyway, it will be too late to plant, if it’s not already.

There’s always next year, though.

I’m trying to find the theme in this particular offering because without a theme, blog entries so often sound like a child’s diary entry. And this one definitely does!

Maybe the theme is troubleshooting. My knee, my room, my daybed, my computer, my yard certainly are all causing (or have caused) troubles that needed to be shot.


Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator.

8 Responses to “Shooting Troubles”

  1. Sam Sattler Says:

    It may be, Pat, that you need to update your printer’s driver. You can put your printer model into the search engine you use to get a link to a site from which you can download the latest driver. That has a way of solving problems that just don’t make any sense at all. It doesn’t work every time, but it’s a good place to start.

    I’m on the opposite sleep cycle. went to bed at three a.m. last night/day and got up at nine this morning. Still getting my usual six hours sleep, just not the same ones I used to get.

    My problem is that I’m spending way too much time on social media and my big mouth is starting to get me into trouble now. But, oh, well. At least it gives me someone to talk to. 🙂

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      I never installed the drivers, just plugged it in the USB port. I’ll wait a few days to see if it’s corrected. Apparently, there was a problem with an update yesterday, but it’s not supposed to affect USB users. The trouble with uninstalling that update is that Windows will just reinstall it. Luckily, I printed what I needed to off the old computer, so I can wait a while.

      So, we’re at opposite ends of the sleep cycle and opposite ends of the social cycle. I don’t do Facebook anymore, and that was just about the only thing I did. I joined another network awhile back, and was considering doing something with it, but I got an email today about their new policy re the protests, and I cannot agree with it. So here I am, on this blog and nowhere else. I don’t seem to get in trouble here, which is good. Besides, I’m much happier not knowing what is going on the world.

  2. Malcolm R. Campbell Says:

    So you wear one of those stretchy braces around you knee to provide support when walk. Lesa has one she wears when her knee acts up, and I have one for my left ankle.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      I just need to find one that fits. Whatever measuring system they use does not match my measuring tape! I finally had to get a large adjustable one, and even that didn’t fit. I rebuilt it so I could wear it, and sometimes it even helps.

  3. Judy Galyon Says:

    Troubleshooting is a good title for this blog. I have trimming that I work on early in the morning (around 8) so I can do anything outside before it get to hot for me. I agree with you about computers. They are great until they get a mind of their own, then it’s a mess. I bet you could still plant a few plants this year depending on what they are.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      I’d planned to go plant shopping again today, but I hesitated because of the wind, and I’m glad I did because one of the workers showed up. Tomorrow it’s supposed to rain, so maybe I’ll try on Saturday.

  4. Carol J. Garvin Says:

    Oh, Pat! I love that interpretation of troubleshooting — “troubles that needed to be shot” — and after this past week I think I must be due to create a blog post of my own about that kind of troubleshooting, too. I’m sorry to hear of your frustrations. Like your uncooperative printer, mine are of the technical kind, too.

    This pandemic has forced churches to close and find temporary (I hope) alternative methods of meeting the people’s worship needs. As the person who has video recorded sermons and maintained our church website for years, I’ve ended up on an audio-visual team that is producing a not-quite-livestreamed service each week. And the stress and frustrations of this past week when the website wouldn’t load, the man who was editing the worship video made a disastrous ‘blooper’, YouTube came up with a copyright claim against one of the pieces of music we were legitimately using, and I was handed a new video camera with two different microphones all of which I have to figure out in time to use for this Friday’s recording session…well, I guess it’s an understatement to say my stress level has been high. I definitely would like to shoot all these troubles and put them to rest.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Oh, ouch. You make my troubles seem a mere inconvenience than a trouble. Which of course, mine were. Yours sound so very stressful. I wondered about music — youtube is overly watchful when it comes to things like music copyright. Wishing all your troubles were shot.

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