Little Sapphire


I must admit that over the last few weeks, one of my greatest sources of pleasure has been “chatting” on the phone with little Sapphire, a three year old grand-niece (I don’t know if that’s the proper term) of my fiance. Sapphire is in the Philippines and has become quite proficient at hiding under furniture with her mother’s phone and calling relatives who have their pictures listed in the chat directory.

The fiance has a picture of the two of us listed in that directory, and we often get calls (some nights she keeps calling and calling – when it’s night here, it’s the middle of the day over there) from the little girl to her mommy-la (that would be Sylvia). Sometimes she wants to talk to daddy-lo (that would be me) and she and I have lately been singing “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.” She’s got the “ee-yi-ee-yi oh” down pretty good! 😀

Ch, ch, ch, changes

So earlier this afternoon I was exploring back in the garage and found something I’ve been wanting to find for awhile: the last driver’s I held. It’s an Indiana license, by the way, and it expired 10 years ago, which was several years after I chose to stop driving. But now…

After finding the old Indiana license I downloaded the Texas Driver’s Handbook and have been looking at used bikes on craigslist.

And the adventure continues.

Zombies, Werewolves, Vampires, and… Dark Matter Radio

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Today has been spent (when not doing chores or not taking care of business, that is) getting into the Halloween spirit.

I finally caught the last episodes of the first season of Hemlock Grove, the Netflix original horror series. Those of you who follow that show know that season two is wrapped up and season three is now underway. Given how little time I actually have to watch TV, it’ll probably be well into 2015 before I’m current with the series.

And today I finished The Plague of the Undead, the latest novel by Joe McKinney, a San Antonio native who has become my favorite living horror writer. There are four short stories by Joe at the end of this book which I’m enjoying now.

Resting my eyeballs tonight after the reading and TV watching done earlier, I’m listening to Dark Matter Radio, paranormal and spooky stuff over Internet talk radio.

Ah yes, October is finally starting to feel like Halloween Month.

Well, that’s a relief!

I’ve been worried about my Kindle Paperwhite for the last few days. The touch screen had been becoming less responsive, pages were turning slower, pages had been loading only partly, and the poor machine kept getting worse. So I finally googled the problem and found:

Many issues with your Kindle Paperwhite such as a frozen screen or issues with downloading content, can be solved by restarting your device.

Press and hold the Power button for a full 20 seconds.
After the first 6 to 8 seconds, the screen will go blank, which is normal. Continue holding the Power button.

After the 20 seconds, release the Power button.
The charge indicator light will turn on after a few seconds.

Had to restart it twice, but the little guy is working just fine now.