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Friday, 12 December 2014

A cautionary tale - don't drink and blog, and Moving Along with the Times Challenge

Hi all

I was determined to get here with this post today after the week I've had!!
I've been back from my Florida holiday for a week now and it's been more than bit of a topsy turvey one (again!).  At the risk of becoming a blogging moaning Minnie I've had one heck of a week - all due  to jet lag and a cup of tea!! - I warn you this is very long winded - but I need to offload and you really need to learn from my mistakes!!

This time of year is just so busy - we all have so many things to do, shopping, buying and wrapping gifts, decking the halls and Christmas trees - then there's real life.  I came back after 3 weeks away with all my Christmas shopping done, my on line food shop done ready for Christmas delivery by Tesco's (!) , mostly all my cards made before I went away and I had even been up to date with my blogging posts - but I was a bit jet lagged and had 3 weeks of mail to wade through and my Christmas tree and decorations to put up!

That was when disaster struck - I sat down to post my DT post for Craft Little Fairies - then it was off to bed for me.  Only thing was I just drifted asleep with my laptop on my lap and cup of tea in hand - and totally laptop - I woke up very quickly - laptop, me the sofa and the dog were soaked, I tipped up the laptop and the tea just ran through it and I quickly plugged in my external hard drive to back it up while it was still alive - that worked but through that night sadly my laptop died of drowning!!!

I'm sure you'll all sympathise - in these technological days - not to mention my blogging, photos and half my life on this laptop, I keep other records- spreadsheets from 2 small businesses - it really was the end of the world lol. My DH was surprisingly understanding and sympathetic and after some blaming and why did you's he did go out and buy me a new one (lovely man!) but it wasn't a happy ever after!!  

Setting up a new computer is no small task and I really didn't have the time but decided to do it in small stages over a couple of days.  That's when the second disaster struck.  I was working my way through which was even more complicated by it having windows 8 that I couldn't make head nor tail of - but I plodded on.  It had a pre installed trial antivirus program and I needed to remove that and install my own program from the online site - so far so good.  I went online to do that and while my lovely new laptop was antivirus programless it was attacked by 2 Trojan viruses that totally disabled the system, if you heard some shouting and pulling of hair accompanied by steam from ears - that was me, I just couldn't believe what had happened and couldn't  remove it no matter how I tried.  The only solution was to take it to a local geek shop for them to sort it out for me - so off I went next morning with my new laptop of 2 days to have it  wiped to start again - and that's where I'm at - now the cost of a new laptop + £35 to sort out the viruses, it's been an expensive week.  But it is now partly set up - complete with the antivirus program and so many things missing - I think it will take me weeks to get back to normal.

But here I am - it was it a bit of a tauma posting this post - couldn't find the photo's I uploaded, had to install my art programme, can't find my watermark to use so did some silly typing on the photo just to be sure - the moral of this story - don't drink and blog and don't catch any viruses
Sooo after much trouble here's my DT card for this weeks challenge at 

Moving along with the Times

The theme is 

December Birthday Cards

Not a great photo - but I always find easel cards hard to photograph.  This is a card I made for my grandson Jacob - he will be 3 years old on Saturday.  He has two obsessions, ten pin bowling and grabber machines!! - to you and me that's one of those arcade machine where you try to pick up a prize in a claw.  Believe it or not he's going to get  a toy one for Christmas and it's absolutely the only thing he want's - and Santa definitely knows!!  

As far as bowling goes - he had a set of plastic skittles and bowls - though he loves to go to the bowling alley too - he puts his two hands on either side of your face looks deep into your eves and says - it's bowlin' time Man- ma (his word for Grandma) - just so funny and off we go to set up the skittles to bowl ha ha

Anyway if you're still with me - very well done and  

This is what I did...

Papers - Candles and cake - LOTV (I see it's just been discontinued)
Sentiment and 3 - created in word
lots of dies - Spellbinders circles, MFT Blueprints 14,
                      tattered lace washing line happy birthday,
                      sizzix easy peasy alphabet  
Ribbon from my stash

I do hope you'll join us at MAWTT this week - and forgive me for not visiting - I've been busy this week lol!

Challenges I'm entering with this card

Southern girls - celebration
Creative card crew - happy birthday


Judith xx


Marianne's Craftroom said...

Oh Judith I did read all the way through as your blog title intrigues me, what a traumatic week. Not much more to say other than I hope you get your new laptop sorted soon with everything on it. Fab card too x

Hazel (Didos) said...

Ohhh no Judith thats a disaster, Im so sorry to read your tale of woe. Although you did make me smile in the humourous way you have typed it all up!! I hope that things settle for you soon, This years been one nightmare after another for lots of us!!!
Love and Cuddles Hazelxx

McCrafty's Cards said...

Oh dear Judith what a time you have had,Gorgeous card, I like the sweet image and the colours
Kevin xx

KraftyKoolKat said...

Oh Judith I did read your posting all the way through. Poor you sweetie. You have such a lovely hubby though as mine would have thrown me out with the laptop. Lol!!! Hope next week is better for you sweetie.

Your card is awesome by the way.

Sue B said...

Oh it sounds like you've had an awful time of it Judith… it's hard to believe what life throws at us sometimes… gosh, I really hope things start to pick up for you now hun.
Your card is very sweet… such a cute image and I love the scrummy paper! Jacob will love it for sure!
Hope you have a good evening!
Love Sue xxx

Kat W said...

Oh, your grandson sounds so cute and I'm sure he will be thrilled with your fantastic card :-)

I'm glad to hear you are recovering from all the technical trials, sounds like a complete nightmare - poor you :-(

Big hugs, Kat xx

mixamatoasties said...

Goodness me you have had an eventful time. I hope all is well with the laptop now!

Fab card too.

Susan xx

Janice said...

Poor Judith, but well done you on getting back on track so quickly despite still more bother. Think I'd have binned the lot never to return! (Can't be doing with computers if they don't work!) Hope the holiday was good and that you have another lined up cause you are in need already. Hope the 3rd birthday went well and I love the card you made, Jx

Guild Master Crystal said...

Fantastic birthday card! I'm sure your grandson will love it.
Thanks for playing along with us at Creative Card Crew!
~ Crystal (DT)

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

oooch. So sorry to hear about your run in with bad luck. Note to self don't drink anything near the computer when I am tired. :) At least you got a new one and have it set up - it will take a little while to get used to it I am sure and back to normal.We have all been there at some point or another with computer problems, so we understand. Hugs.

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

PS. Love your card. The bear is adorable. Fun papers and elements as well.

Irene Watson said...

what a gorgeous card! My little boy would love it! The image is really cute and I love all your extra bits! great layout too. Thank you for joining us at Creative card Crew Birthday with sentiment challenge! Irene DT xx

Neha Aggarwal said...

Very nice Thanks for joining and playing with Southern Girls 100th Challenge