Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Little Late . . .

Belated St. Patrick's Day Greetings!
 Here is a shamrock magnet (2" in diameter, smaller than a paperweight, but could be used as one), which I put together awhile ago, using a glass disc that I think is supposed to be used in a large vase, along with several discs that came in a pouch.  It was the perfect size to fit in a clear lid I had on hand, and I decorated it around the edge with metallic gold tape, plus scrapbook embellishments inside. I then stuck a magnet on the back.   It looks nice on the fridge and I enjoy looking at it every day! 

The pattern, of course, is Sharren's famous SCMR Shamrock, which is a nice size. 

And here is a grouping of some 'green' items, just for fun.  I haven't shown my 'other' Aran sweater before .  It's made with dark green yarn, and I knit it  way back in the '90s. I've always enjoyed doing cable patterns.   (Can't believe this sweater is  20+  years old already!)    

Also in the photo is my 'shamrock' plant (actually Oxalis, not native to Ireland, but should be, as it's so perfectly Irish-looking), which continues to survive in its planter and comes inside in winter,  I love seeing the white flowers year round.
'Paddy Bear' is sporting his green bowler hat and green tie and is showing off the shamrock magnet. 

The Celtic pendant is several years old now, and, of course, was designed by Rosemarie Peel.  The big pin shows my name in English and Gaelic Irish ("Catroine").   As I've often mentioned, I always salute my Irish ancestors  on St. Patrick's Day, and I was named for my maternal Grandmothe, Katherine Flanagan. 

Computer Problems
This is a miracle post for me, because for the past several months I haven't been able to get into my Dashboard using my 15" laptop.  (It's seven years old, has Vista (!) and IE9.   I know it's a 'dinosaur' but it's been a loyal friend and it's still plugging along! 

Therefore, I used my trusty little netbook for my prior post, and never investigated why the Dashboard wouldn't appear in the laptop.  But my sweet little netbook crashed last week, and it came as quite a shock (only 2 years old).  So when I went to use the laptop to post on Monday, I forgot I couldn't get into the Dashboard!.  I had to search all over the forums to find out if there was an answer.   

I was surprised (after spending a lot of time) that it apparently has something to do with the browser IE9,  which is not being supported anymore, not even by Microsoft!  (Apparrently IE11 is causing problems in blogger, too.)   However, a simple solution suggested by several helpful folks was to uncheck the 'Compatibility View' in IE9.  Of course, it took me awhile to learn how to do that (I'm not tuned into all these tricks of the trade), and I finally figured it out.  I was amazed and delighted when my Dashboard came back to life!  So it looks like I can do posts again (not that I post that often - something I hope to remedy in the future).    But I now have to look for another computer to replace my netbook, and I will be looking for one with strong graphics capabilities!   And I have to continue hold my breath using this laptop, purchased in 2006! 

Looking forward to Spring!  And the Maple Syrup Festival is coming up soon!