Technology: the good, the bad and the ugly

Last week, I had to take my computer in as it just wasn’t functioning like it should.  That’s the bad. I had a virus that not only ate most of my document folders but corrupted my anti-virus program.  I thought I had everything backed up online, but alas, I did not.  I recovered a lot from a manual backup I had done last year.  So that’s the ugly.

I have a new anti-virus program with online back-up.  That’s the good.  I also periodically back up my photos on disk.

I had the tech guy install Windows 10 for me.  I installed this a couple months ago, didn’t like it, and uninstalled it.  News flash: you will have to install Windows 10 by July of this year so bite the bullet and do it.  I’m not thrilled with this because I had to ditch Internet Explorer (could not retrieve my email) and now use Microsoft Edge for my browser but more good news: WordPress is working better.  The test will be to use a hyphenated word in my tags.  The last couple of months, typing a hyphenated tag caused IE to stop working.  Update: I typed in “anti-virus” and my browser did not quit working.  Success!

As you know, I’ve been trying to lose weight and get in better shape.  I bought a Fitbit Zip and it likes Windows 10 technology so I’m all set up.  The Zip will track my steps, distance and calories burned.  If you have a smart phone or pad, you can sync it to that; as I do not, I synced it to my computer.  The online program also lets you track your water consumption, food if you want and other things to help you stay motivated.  Yesterday, I wasn’t very active but I’m going to hang up here and go for a walk.  Watch for some news photos next post.


Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics as well as making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at and here (previously but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me.

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