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Computer fix may have brought new problem

BY CAROL KALLBERG Columnst Published: March 18, 2017 5:00 AM

My computer is making me a nervous wreck. Today I tried to scan something from my printer/scanner to a Word file. I got this alarming message that the procedure had been prevented due to some malicious attack of something. The recommendation was that I should promptly scan my computer with Hitman Pro to fix the problem.

The last time I got that message it also said I could use the fix one time free, but the next time I would have to buy a subscription. This would be that time I am sure. I am almost certain there was no malicious activity except by the seller of this product.

We are sitting ducks here. I will need to call my friend Caleb, who is knowledgeable about such things, and invite him over for a meal.

In the meantime, we are awaiting the arrival of granddaughter Kristine, who will be spending the next week with us while her parents are out of town. They are flying to California to visit their daughter Rebekah and her family.

Kristine's siblings will be at home during this time, but due to their unpredictable work and school schedules, it is best that she stay here where someone will be at home. She goes to an active day center during the day. That is, if the transportation people can find her here at Del Webb.

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She is looking forward to her visit here. That is because it's like being on a giant vacation at a resort. She gets to watch her TV shows and I fix her favorite foods. Who wouldn't like that?

As for our dear dog and his tale of woe with diarrhea since December, we came to the end of the vet's "bag of tricks." We tried the steroids, which was the last resort, and it did not help. In fact, things got much worse when he was on a high dosage, plus he had all the side effects of excessive everything and seemed pretty miserable.

Today will be the end of tapering him off his pills. Then we are just going to feed him dry dog food since the bland diet of chicken and rice that he has been on since December has not seemed to help things. We were spending more at the grocery store on poultry for the dog for a month than we did for ourselves in a year.

We will just live with whatever is the result because we are out of options. And we hope to not have this as a topic of conversation again. I appreciate very much the suggestions that have come from readers.

This is going to be a very cold week here in South Carolina. I wore my winter coat to church for only the second time all winter. The rest of the week does not look promising.

I know this is nothing like what you in the North are probably experiencing with the snow. All we have to get damaged here are the thousands of azaleas that bloomed too early and the little buds that are coming out on our crape myrtles bushes.

The day before the big chill swept in, The Man of the House took me on a 45-minute drive up to the Francis Beidler National Forest for a hike. The area is actually under the auspices of the Audubon Society and is a great place for bird watchers. That's what they say anyhow. We only heard some birds but didn't see anything except two squirrels and numerous little green/brown lizard creatures called anoles. Some other hikers thought they saw a cottonmouth snake over by the lake.

Thankfully, all the hiking is done on a very nice boardwalk so you don't actually need to get down in the swamp with all the cypress knees and creatures.


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