Camping, fishing and dog walks. Our first trip of the year and we knew that the tick populations were high but we've never had a tick on our dogs. Still Gary had been checking them each night and Saturday night he found one of the nasty little blood suckers on our Jack Russell"s neck. She is 12 and a half years old but that doesn't mean she's mellow. Patch does not look kindly on any attempts that might be vaguely defined as veterinary. As soon as Gary parted the hair to see the tick, she was suspicious. We weren't sure how to remove it but didn't panic since it was pretty happy where it was. I googled tick removal and it seemed that the best method was to pull it off with tweezers. Fortunately our camping buddies had tweezers and the next problem was how to keep all of our fingers while we removed the tick. I got cheese from the fridge and while I "tempted" Patch with it by holding it just out of reach, Gary managed to pull the tick out. Somehow it fell from the tweezers onto the rug by the chair. After searching, Gary did find it. Then he wanted to "torch" it; ticks don't just curl up and die because you pull them off. Holding the tweezers in one hand and an wooden farmer match in the other, he applied the flame. Again the tick fell onto carpet. There was a major arachnid hunt accompanied by colourful vocabulary. The tick had disappeared. This morning, Gary discovered another tick on Scruffy, our dachshund-shih tzu mix. He's littler and calmer so the tick was easily removed. Then Gary discovered another one on Patch. Cheese, hair-parting, snarling, snapping. Gary only got a bit of a nip on one finger. This time we knew enough to put the ticks (both) in a zip-lock bag, pending identification. They are double-bagged which explains the blurry picture.
The tick victims on a different trip.
Another hour and a half gone from my life and I won't get it back. The printer shown is a reasonable facsimile of the printer I recently purchased. Downloading Windows 10 at last had rendered my old one obsolete. There just wasn't a driver that was compatible. The old printer had to go to recycle.
The printer came with fold-out set of instructions for hooking it up and installing the software to run it. I did get it hooked up successfully and decided to use the cd Rom to set it up.
Big mistake. Somehow, the disc connected enough for me to be able to print a simple document. That was what I wanted so I assumed that the printer lacked many features and that Windows 10 downloaded software like magic without even the usual prompts. I couldn't run the printer alignment but thought the printing looked okay. Yesterday I wanted to scan an old picture. When I looked at the printer- no scan button. Online to read the manual. The printer could scan but I had to access the settings on the menu. WHAT MENU? After searching around, I found that the set-up cd had been corrupted. Then I did what I should have to begin with. I got the pamphlet and went to the website to download the printer driver. Fifteen minutes later all the printer features appeared in menu on my desktop. I could align the printer though when instructions say load ONE sheet of paper, load just one. After three false starts, I got it done. And I even scanned the picture. Then I took a little more of my blood pressure medication. The alternative was a stiff drink but there was nothing but beer in the house.
Yes, I'm of a certain age but I'm pretty spry and like to think still smart enough.