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August 23, 2014 / diannegray

Back on line

I’m back on-line thanks to my darling children who chipped in and bought me a new laptop after my other one was broken. What sweethearts they are! I would also like to thank El Guapo who gave me brilliant advice on how to retrieve the information from my old hard drive without spending a fortune. He also took me step-by-step through the entire process. What an amazing and thoughtful man he is. The good news is I was able to retrieve all my photos stored on the Data side of my old hard drive.

All my stories on the OS side of the hard drive were corrupted but I have them backed-up on disk. The only back-ups I didn’t have were recent edits to my current stories. This has put me back a couple of months in my work, but I’m a true believer in everything happens for a reason and, who knows, reworking my current stories may be just what they need!

So at the moment I’m trying to fight my way through the most confusing maze of all time – Windows 8.1. Who developed this madness?

Have you seen the picture of the baby wombat who was saved after its mother was killed on the road? A ranger in Victoria, Australia (Kim Hunter) is nursing this cute little darling back to health. I’m sure this picture will put a smile on your face!

Photo courtesy Parks Victoria Facebook

Photo courtesy: Parks Victoria Facebook

On Tuesday I had a visit from a baby kookaburra who scared the life out of me when it laughed loudly out of the blue while I was focusing on finding things on Windows 8.1. As soon as I picked up my video camera to film it laughing it stopped. Isn’t that always the way 😀


I took a video the other day of the sugar cane harvesting. The scene was ideal. I captured the hauling tractor dumping sugar cane into the bins for the train to pick up, while another tractor in the distance was collecting the cane from the harvester. The white birds are egrets who love chasing the harvester around to catch insects thrown up by the activity. The large dark birds you may see in the sky are eagles looking for rats and mice.  If you like watching big machinery in action take a look at the clip.


Have a great weekend!


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  1. Jacqui Murray / Aug 23 2014 6:59 am

    So happy to hear about getting most of your work back. Huzzah! And enjoy the new computer. I haven’t yet tried Win8.1. Don’t want to either. Be sure to share the learning curve.


    • diannegray / Aug 23 2014 8:13 am

      Thanks, Jacqui. Win8.1 is a bit of a nightmare because it seems quite hard to navigate, but I’m sure once I get used to it, it’ll be okay. What used to take me a few seconds to find now takes ten minutes and searches. I even had to search for ‘how to shut down’ because the bottom left is no longer the ‘shut down’ icon. It’s now on the top right of another page (not the home page). I’m sure they do this to keep us on our toes 😉


  2. Theo Fenraven / Aug 23 2014 7:01 am

    I had never seen a wombat before this photo. Fascinating! I plan to look them up and find out more about them, along with the kookaburra. Beautiful bird. 🙂 The machinery was interesting, too. What a terrific place you live in! Good new about the new laptop. When I bought mine several months ago, I decided to choose one offering Windows 7. I’ve heard too many negative things about v8 and simply didn’t want to invest time learning a new operating system. One day I might have to bite the bullet, but in the meantime, sticking with what I know. Also, I’m worried about my software working with it. Did you have any problem loading that on the new computer?


    • diannegray / Aug 23 2014 8:19 am

      I had no problems loading anything because Win8 takes everything – it even took docs I’d written on my Galaxy Note from a free read/write software called King (something) and transferred them to Word so i was pretty impressed with that.

      The wombats are SO cute. They grow into very sturdy creatures and walk so slowly they are often killed on the roads. But they are very gentle creatures. I love the kookaburras as well, but their laugh is really loud! LOL 😀


  3. Pagadan / Aug 23 2014 7:01 am

    Thanks for the video of the harvesting machines. I love watching machines and people at work, and I’ve been know to query them about what they’re doing–if I’m not in their way.


    • diannegray / Aug 23 2014 8:21 am

      I love watching the machinery as well, Joy. Even though things are very busy around here at the moment, it’s also very relaxing to sit back on the porch and watch them work – almost hypnotizing! 😉


  4. Carrie Rubin / Aug 23 2014 7:12 am

    What a relief it must be to be back online and have most of your files back. Sorry to hear about the edits. Sounds like you have a great attitude about it though. As for Windows 8, I feel for you. I’ve heard it’s a real struggle. Hope they improve on it for the next update.


    • diannegray / Aug 23 2014 8:23 am

      Thanks, Carrie. I was relieved as well! I had to do a search on how to ‘shut down’ in Win 8 because I couldn’t find it. It’s no longer on the left bottom of the home page, it’s on another page top right! Talk about confusion!


  5. John / Aug 23 2014 8:09 am

    Your back! Glad you got a new machine but Windows 8, uhg. That little critter looks like he’s from a Disney movie or similar. What a great smile! Glad you were able to recover so much data from the old drive, yes! Enjoy the new machine, Dianne. 😊


    • diannegray / Aug 23 2014 8:25 am

      Thanks so much, John! Yes – Win8 is just plain weird and it’s taking me ages to find anything (even when I save it, I still can’t find it). But I’m sure I’ll get used to it 😀


  6. Ruth Rainwater / Aug 23 2014 8:09 am

    Glad you’re back! Too bad about the edits, but you’re right, it could be a good thing! I know nothing about Windows because I switched to Mac, so good luck with that!


    • diannegray / Aug 23 2014 8:25 am

      I’m glad I’m back Too, Ruth. Time to go check out what you’ve been doing and how you are xxxx


  7. Photos With Finesse / Aug 23 2014 8:37 am

    Welcome back. And congrats on getting everything back. I’m in the process of backing up photos. I just let it run in the background – so far we’re at 40,000 lol (and yes, I did purge a bunch!) Windows 8/8.1 is a pain in the butt. It’s designed for people to use like a smart phone with a touch screen – great except that the majority using it don’t have one. Desktop mode is your friend. Hopefully with your new system you have a weekly backup plan that updates everything. 🙂 The wombat is cute in a strange creepy kind of way – alien-like.


    • diannegray / Aug 23 2014 9:42 am

      Thanks so much for the welcome back, Suzan and also for the heads up about Win 8 because it makes sense to me now, knowing that it’s built smart phone/touch screen users. It really is a pain in the butt.

      40,000 photos! WOW, I would like to lose that many!

      The wombat is very cute. If they came back from Mars with something like this you’d expect it, it certainty doesn’t look like an earthly creature 😀


  8. Christina Houen / Aug 23 2014 9:05 am

    Wow, what a journey.

    I love the pics. Looks like where I live. Do you live near the Border Ranges? I’m at Murwillumbah.


    • diannegray / Aug 23 2014 9:53 am

      I’m up near Cairns, Christina. It’s lovely to hear from a fellow Aussie at Murwillumbah. I’ve been to that area many times because I’ve got family in Armidale and Port Macquarie (and I used to live in Port) – it’s a beautiful part of the world! 😀


  9. Amy Reese / Aug 23 2014 9:40 am

    Yay, good news, Dianne! How nice of your kids to help that way. Guapo is a very kind and generous person. Sorry about your stories. That is a bummer, but you like you said, maybe it happened for a reason. Keep the faith. 🙂 Welcome back! The wombat is something else. I’ve never seen a baby!


    • diannegray / Aug 23 2014 10:36 am

      The wombat is SO cute. Very sad it’s mummy died, but it’s being looked after very well 🙂

      It was great of the kids – an ‘early birthday present’, they’re so sweet. Guap’s help was invaluable and he was always there to help by email when I needed him, a very generous and caring guy indeed 😀


  10. JackieP / Aug 23 2014 10:04 am

    Windows 8.1 sucks Dianne. LOL I had that on my PC, but a few weeks ago it died on me. Now I’m on a laptop with windows 7 and like it much better. Except my PC was so much faster! Ugh. At least I had a backup with the PC. I saved and backed up all my stories and edits and pictures thank goodness. I also use Dropbox to save my stories. That way for sure I have them saved in a couple of places. Dropbox is easy and free and you just move your files over into it and drop it in! So glad you were able to get back online again. I’ve missed you! xx


    • diannegray / Aug 23 2014 10:38 am

      Jackie – I didn’t know that’s what Dropbox was. I’ll be using it all the time now! Thank you so much for the heads-up 😀


  11. Jill Weatherholt / Aug 23 2014 10:07 am

    I’ve missed you, Dianne! I’m happy to see you back, but so sorry you experienced all of these technical difficulties. Computer issues are the worst! Yay for El Guapo! He’s the man!
    OMG! That wombat looks like my Uncle Clarence!


    • diannegray / Aug 23 2014 10:39 am

      Haaaaaaa! How did your Uncle Clarence end up on my blog? LOL 😀

      I missed you too and am heading over now to see what’s been going on in your life 😉


      • Jill Weatherholt / Aug 23 2014 10:49 am

        Oh gosh, should I have made such a comment about someone who is deceased? 🙂 It’s true though, the wombat does look like my favorite Uncle…bald head and all. 🙂 He would have loved this photo!


      • diannegray / Aug 23 2014 11:07 am

        I love your comment and I’m sure Uncle Clarence would have absolutely loved the photo! 🙂


  12. Polysyllabic Profundities / Aug 23 2014 11:35 am

    I’m so glad you’re getting back on track! And El Guapo is one of a kind!!


    • diannegray / Aug 24 2014 5:43 am

      I’m glad to back as well 😀 And, you’re so right about El Guapo, he’s wonderful 😉


  13. avwalters / Aug 23 2014 12:14 pm

    Welcome back! Glad you recovered so much–and had back-up–a reminder to us all! Loved the cane harvest–nothing quite like heavy equipment after a long hard day of work. You’ve been missed.


    • diannegray / Aug 24 2014 5:44 am

      Thanks so much, Alta! It’s great to be back 🙂


  14. Roy McCarthy / Aug 23 2014 3:53 pm

    OMG a writer’s worst nightmare. Glad you came out the other side Dianne. Unlike Baldrick who used the first ever dictionary to light a fire 🙂


  15. ramblingsfromamum / Aug 23 2014 7:44 pm

    What a night are is right. I just bought a 1 TB back up hard drive, but because daughter still has all her photos and music on my computer, it was full the moment I plugged it in. I have heard from many that windows 8.1 is …crap. 😦 that baby wombat scared the b…j..out of me lol Hmmmm, his face with that smile is, his nails are scary. Glad you managed to save most of your stuff, we rely on them so much 😦 welcome back xx


    • diannegray / Aug 24 2014 5:49 am

      Argh – you’re going to have to buy another 1 TB hard drive (I don’t think they’re cheap) to back- up the rest of your info 😦


      • ramblingsfromamum / Aug 24 2014 11:45 am

        No $120. Hopefully I can get madams stuff off to free it… Or yes another trip to Hardly Normal. xx


      • diannegray / Aug 24 2014 5:13 pm

        LOL 😀


  16. ramblingsfromamum / Aug 23 2014 7:46 pm

    I have no idea what my IPad wrote in the first sentence. 😦


    • diannegray / Aug 24 2014 5:50 am

      I think you were saying ‘what a nightmare’, but the IPad decided to change it for you (lol) 😉


  17. Gallivanta / Aug 23 2014 8:32 pm

    What lovely children to come to the rescue. Windows 8 is a silliness but it is possible to get used to it. I just hope they produce something better before my Windows Vista decides to die on me. The wombat is so cute, as is the kookaburra. Welcome back.


    • diannegray / Aug 24 2014 5:54 am

      I may have to go back to Win7 if this keeps up. This morning (for the first time ever) Win 8 was telling me I couldn’t access the network even though the modem was working correctly. It took about half an hour of searching to rectify the problem 😦

      I’m glad you like the wombat and kookaburra – they’re very cute indeed 😀


      • Gallivanta / Aug 24 2014 10:01 am

        Arrgh, so frustrating. I haven’t met anyone who loves Win8. It is tolerated but not loved.


  18. starproms / Aug 23 2014 8:34 pm

    Very interesting video. I’ve never seen that before.your view will be so different soon 🙂 Glad you have a computer again Dianne. These days they are a necessary item. Nobody likes Windows 8, do they.


    • diannegray / Aug 24 2014 6:13 am

      You’re so right about Windows 8 – I haven’t seen any positive reviews.

      I’m so glad you like the video. It’s wonderful to see what happens in other parts of the world and understand where people are and what they see where they live 😀


  19. nrhatch / Aug 23 2014 10:05 pm

    Yay! You’re back!!! Love the Wombat.

    I don’t have Windows 8.1 yet ~ not sure what I have to be honest. Whatever they used back in 2006! Yup. My computer is 8 years old and still chugging along. Like me.


    • diannegray / Aug 24 2014 6:20 am

      So glad you love the wombat, Nancy – it certainly is an interesting looking creature 😀

      You’re lucky your computer is still chugging along, and you’re probably using Win 7 (which I would much prefer to have) 😉


  20. danniehill / Aug 23 2014 10:54 pm

    Welcome back Dianne. What great kids you have!

    I dread the day my laptop with Windows 7 dies. I bought a laptop for my wife and it has Windows 8 and it’s a mystery to me and her. She rarely uses it now because of the platform. I’ve heard 8.1 lets you use a 7 like system but it still sucks. I hope Microsoft has someone there that has a bit of sense to bring back something that is usable to average users

    Love the photos


    • diannegray / Aug 24 2014 7:01 am

      Thanks so much for the warm welcome back, Dannie! It’s great to be back in the land of the living 😀 Being on a farm in the middle of nowhere can get kind of scary when you don’t have access to the outside world 😉

      Win 8 is very confusing and now it’s started telling me I have no internet access when I can clearly see I do have it – very odd indeed…

      I’m so glad you like the photos 😀


      • danniehill / Aug 24 2014 12:55 pm

        I’ve just returned to the States from living in Thailand on a farm for 10 years. I kind of liked being in the middle of nowhere. It’s where I did so much of my writing. But Windows 8 makes my mind tingle and not in a good way. I had the same problem with my wife’s computer but can’t remember what I did to fix it. Good luck


  21. tw / Aug 24 2014 12:15 am

    Glad everything has come good in the end Dianne. I love the wombat, so glad he’s been rescued!


    • diannegray / Aug 24 2014 7:03 am

      Thank you so much – it’s lovely to return to such warms welcomes! 🙂

      That cute little wombat is being looked after so well and I’m really happy about that 😀


  22. Britt Skrabanek / Aug 24 2014 2:12 am

    There’s my gal! Nice to see you back with most of your e-belongings. Sorry to hear about your edits though. Personally, I save each round of edits to Dropbox AND email the doc to myself each time, because you never know. Eek! : (

    That wombat is freaking hilarious! Not sure if it’s his expression or the way that he’s sitting, but I totally laughed my ass off. What a cutie pie!


    • diannegray / Aug 24 2014 7:07 am

      He certainly is a cutie-pie! I’m so glad they saved him. Wombats are very slow moving creatures so they’re often hit on roads. If I see the signs on the side of the road for them I always slow down.

      Someone else here was talking about dropbox so I’m definitely looking into that. Had I not sent my latest story (The Devil Seam) to myself a month ago I wouldn’t have had any copy of it at all (which is really scary) 😦


  23. Denise Hisey / Aug 24 2014 2:23 am

    Welcome back, Dianne!
    PS that wombat is hilarious! It is actually smiling! Just too much!


    • diannegray / Aug 24 2014 7:10 am

      Thanks so much, Denise, it’s great to be back! 😀

      I’m so glad you like the wombat – what a cutie 😀 😀 😀


  24. anotherday2paradise / Aug 24 2014 3:37 am

    I’m so glad to see you back online, Dianne. As for Windows 8, I haven’t ever had to grapple with it, so thankfully continue in blissful ignorance. 🙂 That baby wombat looks almost human, but I would stay clear of those long nails. 😯 Your kookaburra is so gorgeous, and I enjoyed the cane harvesting clip. Fascinating to see how it’s done. xx


    • diannegray / Aug 24 2014 7:13 am

      Thanks so much for the warm welcome back, Sylvia. I need to catch up with what is happening with your house so I’ve set some time aside today to check it out 😀

      I’m so glad you like the clip and the pics (I just couldn’t resist that baby wombat!) 😉

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  25. Janna G. Noelle / Aug 24 2014 3:50 am

    Welcome back, Dianne! Glad to hear you were able to recover most of your hard drive; I can imagine how stressful it must have been not knowing.

    I wish you luck with Windows 8. My only exposure to it was on my dad’s new laptop, which his insurance bought him after his old one got stolen. My dad’s not that computer savvy so I was trying to set it up for him. I was so confused by Windows 8, I had to call my mom (who also has it) to ask for pointers. Normally, my parents are the ones who call me for computer advice!

    I initially thought that wombat was photoshopped. It’s actually smiling! (I guess I would be too if I’d been rescued like he was.) I like the kookaburra too. I hope to see some of those when I’m there (did you know I’m going to Australia in November?)


    • diannegray / Aug 24 2014 7:15 am

      You’ll love Australia, Janna! You should see all sorts of creatures on your journey. Which towns will you be staying in?


      • Janna G. Noelle / Aug 26 2014 12:31 am

        I’m really excited to go and see everything! I know I’ll be in Melbourne for such, for that’s where the friend I’m going to visit lives. But other than that, I have no idea yet. I really need to sit down with some travel guides and figure something out. I’m so terrible at planning trips. Do you have any recommendations for me?


      • diannegray / Aug 26 2014 6:07 am

        Everywhere is beautiful! My favourite places are the east coast (there are many small towns there) and Perth is nice and maybe outback Uluru 🙂


  26. tchistorygal / Aug 24 2014 8:00 am

    I’m sorry for all your disasters, Dianne. Yikes! Love you post though! We are having our own internet problems. I purchased a cloud drive to back up the pictures for the book I’m doing, and it ate up all my internet data for the month trying to back up my whole computer. I didn’t know how to make it stop – at first – so two days into the month, we had bad service. We are back on line today, and I can tell that service is still slow. It’s nothing, though, to losing several month’s work. You’re in my prayers! 🙂


    • diannegray / Aug 24 2014 8:53 am

      Thank you so much, Marsha. It’s amazing how much we rely on the tech side of life and it’s so annoying when we lose it 😦 Slow service is a pain as well (and I didn’t realise the cloud could eat up so much data! yikes)


      • tchistorygal / Aug 24 2014 9:06 am

        This one did. I tried doing it when I was in a free data zone, and it was still slow! Yikes! 🙂 So are you going to have to rewrite, or have you found a way to revive it? I use Dropbox for almost everything because it works just like your hard drive, but every edit is saved. Of all the services, it’s my favorite.


      • diannegray / Aug 24 2014 9:12 am

        I don’t have to rewrite my whole story because I sent it via email to myself about a month ago. But I have done edits on it and I lost them – maybe the universe was telling me it didn’t like my edits 😉


      • tchistorygal / Aug 25 2014 1:29 am

        Never!!!! The universe would never, never say that about YOUR edits.


  27. Luanne / Aug 24 2014 8:28 am

    So glad you’re back, Dianne! You sure have some fascinating animals around you!! My goodness. Look at his little barenaked body . . . .


    • diannegray / Aug 24 2014 8:54 am

      LOL – he will grow fur eventually. He must be cold! 😉


  28. bodhisattvaintraining / Aug 24 2014 9:11 am

    quite meditative watching that 🙂 and I loved the explanation about the birds too…

    glad you got your photos back! and with new editing your stories may take a different feel…who knows 😉


    • diannegray / Aug 24 2014 9:13 am

      That’s exactly right, Annie. Maybe my editing needed editing 😉

      I’m glad you liked the video. After I posted it hubby told me the black birds were chicken hawks not eagles. Oh well… silly me 😉


      • bodhisattvaintraining / Aug 24 2014 9:16 am

        I doubt your editing needed editing 😉 but it’s good to look on it with a positive slant…I’d be in a wailing heap of woe is me – so a good reminder to look for the positive I guess?

        The fact that you pointed out the birds though made me notice everything going on…farmer’s act of harvesting means a busy day for nature too.


  29. pommepal / Aug 24 2014 10:07 am

    Pleased to see you back Dianne. We do rely so heavily on our computers, but I feel for you and the learning curve with 8.1 friends tell me it is ok once you find were every thing is. I believe you can also set it up to look and perform like Win 7.


    • diannegray / Aug 24 2014 5:13 pm

      I might have a look into that – I didn’t mind Win 7 😉

      Thanks so much for the warm welcome back! 😀

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  30. Minuscule Moments / Aug 24 2014 2:26 pm

    Dianne sorry to hear about your stories being lost. So glad you are back online and I giggled at that baby wombat, poor little creature. Good luck with windows I don’t use it but I have a lot to learn using Scrivener. I missed your lovely blog posts.


    • diannegray / Aug 24 2014 5:15 pm

      Thanks so much, Kath – it’s kind of nice to know you’ve been missed xxxx


  31. cocoaupnorth / Aug 25 2014 3:38 am

    Nice to have you back Dianne, and great to hear that you’ve recovered most of your stuff from the old laptop. Have fun with editing, I’m sure it’s better than writing the story from scratch. Keep well…x


    • diannegray / Aug 25 2014 12:17 pm

      You’re so right! I think if I had to write the entire story from scratch I would just give up writing altogether 😉


  32. Yolanda M. / Aug 25 2014 7:45 am

    OMG how adorable is the wombat!!! 😀 I just want to cover him in kisses! Glad you’re back online Dianne I know from experience how frustrating it is to lose a laptop, a story or an MS. A couple of years back my computer died and took with him my first ever attempt at a YA novel. I was devastated but in hindsight realized the story was full of holes…love the pics and video 😀


    • diannegray / Aug 25 2014 12:19 pm

      Thanks so much, Yolanda 😀 It really is frustrating to lose all those things and it’s put me back, but not stopped me altogether thankfully! 😀

      That wombat is SO cute xxxxx


  33. Alarna Rose Gray / Aug 25 2014 9:35 am

    That’s one happy wombat! Sorry to hear about your edit woes – you’re taking this much better than I would. But I guess, like those egrets, there’s something to be said for making the best of it 🙂


    • diannegray / Aug 25 2014 12:20 pm

      Very true indeed, Alarna! We have to look on the bright side otherwise it would be all too distressing xxxx


  34. susipet / Aug 25 2014 5:29 pm

    So glad the broken laptop didn’t leave more to contend with…

    That baby wombat is truly bizarre… Maybe it’s the pose that makes it seem so!


    • diannegray / Aug 26 2014 6:01 am

      It’s amazing what technology can help with these days and I was so glad to get something back (even if it wasn’t everything) 😉

      The wombat looks like it comes from another planet! 😀


      • susipet / Aug 26 2014 6:03 am

        Indeed… And if it’s just a taste of what you can find on that planet I’m going to steer clear!


  35. jannatwrites / Aug 25 2014 6:02 pm

    I’m glad you have some good news in all of this! I’ve heard things about Windows 8.1 (which is why I’m hanging on to Windows 7!) The guy that fixed the mess I made of our wireless router said that the next Windows version is supposed to fix the mess of Windows 8. Who knows, though.

    I hope your re-edits of the stories go well. I like your attitude as you go into it… rather than dwell on what’s lost, focus on what could be gained 🙂 Oh, I just got my computer back, too (new wireless card) so I can give the kids back their crappy ‘ol Vista laptop that won’t hold a charge, hehe!


    • diannegray / Aug 26 2014 6:04 am

      YAY! Well done for getting your computer back, Janna – what a relief 😀

      I hope the next Windows version is better. I didn’t purchase Win8, I’m just on a month free trial. Seriously, they couldn’t give it away for free let alone expect someone to pay $150 for it 😉


  36. Billy Ray Chitwoodb / Aug 26 2014 2:47 am

    Happy you solved your computer issue… I’m in trouble all the time with Windows.
    Picture of the Wombat fascinating!
    Love the bird but don’t like it scaring you! 🙂
    The harvesting machines make the world go ’round!


    • diannegray / Aug 26 2014 6:09 am

      Thanks so much, Billy Ray. That kookaburra’s laugh was SO loud I nearly jumped out of my skin (lol) 😀


  37. bluebee / Aug 26 2014 8:20 am

    Yay 🙂 We missed you 🙂 Onya El Guapo!
    Love the wombat – too funny.


    • diannegray / Aug 26 2014 8:26 am

      I missed you too! I’m so glad to be back 😀


  38. El Guapo / Aug 26 2014 11:35 am

    Glad you were able to save at least some stuff.
    If you like, I can send you a quick “hihowyadoin” so you can use win 8 from the desktop, and set up your apps so they are clickable shortcuts, like in win xp and 7.


    • diannegray / Aug 27 2014 5:16 am

      Thanks so much, Guap! You’re a legend 😀 A “hihowyadoin” sounds like a great plan 😀


      • El Guapo / Aug 27 2014 9:06 am

        In your inbox. 😉


    • diannegray / Aug 27 2014 9:11 am

      YAY! I got it. Thank you so much! 😀


  39. Letizia / Aug 27 2014 2:05 am

    That baby wombat is just adorable! His ‘smile’ is contagious 🙂

    And I liked that video of the machinery and the birds a lot – oddly relaxing!


    • diannegray / Aug 27 2014 5:18 am

      Great to see you here, Letizia. That wombat just makes me smile every time I look at him 😀

      The machinery is strangely relaxing. There’s nothing better than sitting back with a glass of wine and watching other people work 😉


  40. Zen A. / Aug 27 2014 3:40 am

    Yay for new laptops! Glad to hear you were able to restore almost everything, and pity about the edits. But like you I also believe everything happens for a reason. 🙂 As for Windows, it was confusing to me at first but you’ll get used to it quickly enough! Just make sure to download desktop apps for everything and uninstall the Windows versions because they are a hassle.


    • diannegray / Aug 27 2014 5:19 am

      Okay – thanks so much for the tips, Zen! 😀

      It’s great to be back on-line and my new edits are actually coming along very well 😉


  41. restlessjo / Aug 27 2014 5:32 am

    Glad you’re up and running, Dianne 🙂 I just read that last comment. There’s always someone who knows all the answers, isn’t there? (never me 🙂 ) My husband’s much newer laptop than mine uses 8 and he was pulling his hair out at first, too. I am rarely allowed near it and have to be very respectful indeed when I am. You’ll get there 🙂


    • diannegray / Aug 27 2014 5:37 am

      Thanks so much for the warm welcome back, Jo. Win 8 is a bit of a nightmare and I know how your hubby feels because I’ve done some hair-pulling as well 😉

      But it’s great to know some people who have inside knowledge to help the ‘technically challenged’ ones like me! 😀

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  42. Inion N. Mathair / Aug 27 2014 10:21 am

    Hi Diane: So sorry we’ve been ghosts as of late. We’ve been locked away in our writing room for 2 months working on our book but are getting close to the finish line which means we’ll be getting back to our blogging buds we miss, like you!! Now, as for the lap-top-miseries!! Did not know!! So sorry to hear but happy you’ve had such wonderful family and friends to help you get through this!!! What a wonderful man, El Guapo is to help you get your stuff back. However, can’t imagine losing the edited versions of our work…YIKES!!! Luv the fact that you can still bring something positive to the table about this. And you’re right, Diane. Things do happen for reasons we aren’t always aware until afterwards when we can see the whole picture. Still though I’d be throwing temper tantrums over that! lmao 😉 xoxo Great post and hang in there girl!!! 😉


    • diannegray / Aug 28 2014 11:03 am

      Thanks so much, my darlings! And best of luck with your book 😀


  43. the eternal traveller / Aug 28 2014 8:03 am

    Great news. Welcome back. I’m pleased that you were able to save most things. It’s a timely reminder to always back up. I must go and do that right now.


  44. Kourtney Heintz / Aug 29 2014 8:26 am

    Awesome that your kids could help you get back online! Windows 8.1 ugh. I’m an Apple girl. Life got so much better when I switched sides. 🙂


    • diannegray / Aug 29 2014 11:28 am

      Well done, Kourtney. I may just go that way myself soon 😀


  45. francisguenette / Aug 29 2014 8:49 am

    Glad your up and running again, Diane. I’m hearing lots of negative stuff about Windows 8.1 – I’m still on good old Windows 7. Loved the photos and video.


    • diannegray / Aug 29 2014 11:29 am

      I’m so glad you liked the photos and video, Francis – and thanks so much for the warm welcome back! 😀


  46. jmmcdowell / Aug 29 2014 9:08 am

    So good to see you back online! My computer is showing its age, too, and I’ll have to break down and get a new one later next month. My husband’s newish computer has Windows 8.1, and I absolutely detest it. But I’m afraid if I go with Windows 7 again, I’ll just run into problems with newer programs that are built for 8.1. Ugh!


    • diannegray / Aug 29 2014 11:49 am

      I’d just really like it if they upgraded what they already had instead of completely changing things. It’s weird why they do this – maybe to keep us on our toes! 😉


  47. Kate Johnston / Aug 30 2014 10:27 am

    I am afraid of Windows 8, so I still have Windows 7. I don’t like to download a lot of programs because I’m not a techy person. So, hopefully, Windows 7 will be good enough for what I need for a looooooong time!

    I absolutely HEART that pic of the baby wombat. That toothy grin is too cute!!


    • diannegray / Aug 31 2014 8:09 am

      Keep Windows 7 for as long as you can, Kate! 😉 I’m not a techy person either so it’s been a bit of a nightmare for me.

      The wombat is absolutely adorable – so glad you love it 😀


  48. harulawordsthatserve / Aug 31 2014 5:24 pm

    Hey Dianne – welcome back! Bless your kids, and that wombat is the king of cute! My much beloved laptop is still doing extremely well and I will be in tears the day I have to replace it. It’s well over six years old now, which is quite old these days in computer years I think:-) Thank goodness you manged to retrieve most of your stuff, and I’m full of admiration for your philosophical acceptance of the loss of your recent edits which have put you behind…but it’s true. I’ve experienced, on a much smaller scale, the benefits of losing something and then re-writing it and finding it turns out so much better than what was there. Shame for us fans though..we’ll need to wait a little longer! Love and hugs, H xxx


    • diannegray / Sep 1 2014 5:40 am

      Thank you so much for the warm welcome back, Harula! 😀

      What happened to my laptop is a great reminder to us all to constantly back up our work (naughty me for not doing that) 😉


  49. EllaDee / Sep 1 2014 6:50 am

    We’ve been away but I saw [a week ago] via my phone that you were back online… and I empathize from that POV – keeping up via phone is impossible. What lovely kids you have, of course 🙂 I’m sure you will get used to Windows 8.1 platform – my laptop is a hybrid with 8.1 and 7 but I now gravitate to 8.1 even with its imperfections. After my disastrous phone photos loss I also back up online via Google+ & OneDrive, which might suit you as well.


    • diannegray / Sep 1 2014 9:18 am

      I thought you must have been away. But it’s good to get away for a while (even though reading blogs on phones is near impossible!). I’m discovering things on Win8 every day and also doing a daily back-up 😉


  50. livritome / Sep 2 2014 4:10 am

    Good to read your post, dianne. I recently got my husband a new laptop and had to tackle Windows 8.1 a bit to get him set up. didn’t like it. My answer to tryng to lean everything: hit Youtube for instructional vids. Good luck! L.


    • diannegray / Sep 2 2014 8:47 am

      Thank you so much – I’m heading to Youtube right now! 😉


  51. Marylin Warner / Sep 5 2014 9:15 am

    Dianne, the rescued baby wombat is adorable, humorously amusing, and yet also touching since it is an orphan. Amazing picture.
    Excellent post. Thanks to your family for the new computer!


    • diannegray / Sep 9 2014 7:56 am

      Thanks, Marylin! My family are just wonderful and now I’m back on line – yay! 😀


  52. helpwithyourlife / Sep 9 2014 3:55 pm

    Glad you are back on line Dianne! Sorry that some of your data is lost but love the attitude of ‘things happening for a reason.’ Thanks for always sharing such interesting topics such as the baby wombat and baby kookaburra! Very entertaining! 🙂


    • diannegray / Sep 10 2014 8:03 am

      Thanks Cathie. I’m back but not fully yet because I went to my daughter’s wedding in the weekend. I’ll be posting the first pictures soon. What an amazing time I had!


  53. Hazy Shades of Me / Sep 10 2014 1:18 pm

    A positive post and a positive attitude. Wonderful! I’d say more, but I’m still trying to get over that wombat!!!


  54. laura bruno lilly / Sep 10 2014 10:27 pm

    Good to see you back…
    Ahemm and the reason we have PC’s is because they’re not Macs and Windows 8 is like having a Mac on our PC’s…
    I’m coddling my Windows 7 computer for all it’s worth! Hopefully Microsoft will get the message and switch back to a more ‘Windows 7’ format next time around.


    • diannegray / Sep 11 2014 7:40 am

      I hope so too, Laura! I should have coddled my laptop a little better, but I know to do that now with my new one 😉


  55. dex / Sep 12 2014 1:59 am

    It’s been a bit since you posted this–I’m way behind on my blog reading–but if you’re still fighting with Windows 8, let me know. I made the transition from 7 to 8 a few months back, and I can tell you that if you dig into the settings a bit, you can make Windows 8 function *almost* like Windows 7. The few differences are even pleasant, at least to me. I’d be happy to help out. 🙂


    • diannegray / Sep 12 2014 7:12 am

      Thanks so much for the offer of help. I’m getting used to it now and (like anything new) it’s starting to become second nature to me 😀


  56. Piper George / Sep 21 2014 8:02 pm

    I’m not sure I am the ‘baby wombat’ type after seeing that! 😉


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