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'Don't worry, I can fix it' ... or not

Do you ever do something you know you shouldn't but it's easier and you regret your stupidity for a long time? I made one of those quick, irresponsible decisions about two weeks ago.

It was during spring break and I had our youngest grandson with me for the day. He'd been playing outside, we ran errands and of course he spent time reading. I had been working on the computer when he told me we were out of milk for dinner. He was reading. I told him I was waiting for two e-mails so I would run to the store. I asked him if he wanted to come along, but he said "no," and I left. I was gone for all of 15 minutes. After putting the milk away, I went to the computer to see if the e-mails came in and finish the newsletter I was typing.

That's when I heard those words a novice of the computer dreads to hear: "Grandma, your e-mails won't open but I can fix it."

He said he was checking his e-mails when I left and continued with a bunch of letters foreign to me. I asked him what he did so the e-mails wouldn't open. Again he said a bunch of letters, followed by, "Grandma, don't get excited. I can fix it."

I thought it best we ate dinner while I tried to calm down. Even the dog went outside, sensing it was safer. After cleaning up the kitchen I sat down trying to figure out how a 12-year-old could do in 15 minutes something I had no idea how to undo.

Knowing I was pushing deadline for the newsletter, I called the gals, explained my calamity and took their articles with rusty shorthand.

Thankfully, Windows was working so I hard-copied the newsletter and delivered to the printer the next morning. Of course my helper wanted to ride with me and come back to fix it. He had researched our problem the evening before and was sure he could. I told him I would do the right click, left click, left click even though he said I went so slow. After all the research he did, we were no further ahead than we were the night before.

After being without a total computer for weeks, I had a free evening to call our friend who helped me last time my computer was disabled by my little "computer expert." Dale worked with computers when they first came out many years ago and was a trouble shooter for corporations before retiring. Last time it took about five minutes to undo my problem. This time after working for over an hour, he was still stumped. To me, MSHTML.DLL and answer OK and then delete is the same as a foreign language, especially when you hear, "Grandma I can fix it!"

Dale is going to dig deeper to find out just what all those right, left clicks did because I sure don't know.

Hopefully it can be cleaned up before I have the next newsletter or project to finish. Some days, it's just best if you take a deep breath and move on to another project. My dad always said, "Too soon old, too late smart." That's the way I feel now. Maybe it's time I took a computer course in case I have to get a new computer.

Potluck carrot

side dish

8 carrots, peeled and sliced

2 chicken bouillon cubes

8 oz. Velveeta cheese, cubed

2 tbsp. melted butter

8 oz. cream cheese, cubed

6 green onions, sliced

Salt and pepper to taste

Cook carrots in water with bullion cubes for eight minutes, until tender crisp. Drain. Combine Velveeta and butter. Melt over low heat. Add cream cheese, onions, salt and pepper. Stir until melted. Combine carrots and cheese sauce in baking pan. Cover and bake for 25 minutes in 350 degree oven. Yield: six servings.


lime dessert

1 pkg. sugar free lime gelatin

1 c. boiling water

1 angel food cake loaf cut in 1-inch squares

1 3-oz. pkg. cream cheese, cubed

1/2 c. sugar

2 tsp. real lemon juice

1 1/2 tsp. lemon zest

1 8-oz. tub whipped topping, thawed and divided

Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Cool and refrigerate until partially set. Spread cake cubes in 13x9 inch sprayed pan. Beat cream cheese and add sugar, lemon juice and zest. Add the gelatin mixture and stir until combined. Fold in half of whipped topping and spoon over cake, covering completely. Refrigerate two hours, until firm. Spread remaining topping and cut in squares. Yield: 12 servings