It Is My Job To Exist As...

...a shining beacon of hope in the heartland


By: Juli Eklund

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Monday, 21-May-2007 21:46 Email | Share | | Bookmark
A Public Service Announcement

Don't be Alarmed
...for users of Grisoft's AVGFree antivirus. You may have noticed that suddenly three files are listed at the end of a virus scan. The files are not infected, the program merely tells you they are changed. It's nothing to worry about. It's probably just a Windows Update or some new program you installed.

The files concerned are user32.dll, shell32.dll and ntoskml.exe. You can make AVG stop nagging you about these files by accepting the changes. To do this, launch AVG Test Center. Press the F3 key. When you are prompted about how you want to handle the file's new status, accept the change. It will ask you for each of the files and once you've accepted the change, you will no longer panic at the end of your scans when AVG says, "The sky is falling, the sky is falling."


Thursday, 10-May-2007 22:39 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Weekend Project: Install Dog Door

Inside
Outside
Way outside
Now that the yard is finally fenced, we have to put in a doggie door so the girls can seek shelter from bad weather in the garage. There's already a doggie door there, but it's a tight fit for both dogs and with Dallas' bad hips and knee we need to get something bigger going on there.

The door is a steel door with a foam core so it's going to take a tool I don't own to cut the hole. Fortunately the A*c*e Hardware in Wamego rents tools. There's this nifty thing called a Sawzall and I sure wish I had more projects that required this tool because it's really cool. Yeah, you can tell I'm a lesbian 'cause I get excited about tools...but I digress. They rent the tool, but not the blade, you have to buy the blade.

So I rent the tool. I tape the template that came with the new door to the big door and use a marking pen to draw my cut lines and mark where to drill holes for the screws. Then I have to drill starter holes at the four corners for the saw. The drill bits I have don't seem to be doing very well with the steel so I go back to the hardware store to get better bits. Thank heaven it's only 5 minutes down the road. Upon my return the new bits don't seem to be working all that well either. Hmmm, could it be that the last person who used the drill switched it to reverse and I've been too stoopid the check that little toggle. A-yup. All holes now drill quite easily.

The next step is to saw a rectangle out of the door to fit the dog door and flap into. The instructions say to remove the door from the frame and lay it down on two sawhorses. I do not possess saw horses. I'm sure A*c*e rents them but I'll be damned if I'm going to make a third trip to their store for this project. You can't cut with a Sawzall with the door still hanging in place, believe me I tried. You can't just lay it on the ground because you have to cut all the way through the door so it needs to be at least a couple of inches up off the ground. What to do, what to do?



I'm so smart. The tailgate of a Dakota truck and the tailgate of a Jimmy parked back to back make great saw horses! The rectangle is sawn and now it's time to fit the door in place.

Of course no project would be complete without do-overs. The cut lines are not perfectly straight and some spots are just too narrow to fit the framing into so I have to re-saw several areas. Finally the door fits. Now the screws. Of course the screw holes I drilled per the template locations don't exactly match up with the screw holes on the frame and they didn't tell me what size drill bit to use so the holes are also too small for the screw sheath to fit flush with the door. But now that I know how to have the bit spinning in the correct direction, re-drilling the holes is an easy task.

This project was completed Saturday. As of tonight, both dogs are madly running in and out of their very own door. No longer do we have to play doorman to the dogs. No longer do I have to rush home for doggie potty breaks. I can have a life again. I can go on vacation! I'm leaving for Oregon Saturday.

Please note, no feminine tools were used during this project.


Sunday, 29-Apr-2007 21:20 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Totally Unconcerned

Unconcerned
At ease
Really unconcerned
The days when it was just us and 85 acres are definitely gone. The dogs had just gotten to used to having the world to themselves and ended up causing some trouble in the neighborhood. It was our fault. We should have seen it coming and taken steps to prevent it.

For almost two months now we've had to take them out on leashes only until we could get a fence built. It's taken that long for a variety of reasons. First, the work ethic motto here in Kansas seems to be "When I get to it." Second it was winter when the incident occurred and the ground was still frozen. Third, see item 1, the Kansas work ethic motto.

So while the dogs were unable to patrol the world, these little bahstads, these minions of Satan crept closer and closer to the house. This particular one is completely unconcerned with my presence.

The fence is now complete. Look out minions...


Friday, 27-Apr-2007 22:28 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Three Cats and a Toy

3 Cats & a Toy
We got this bouncy thing that hooks around the top sill of an open door. They've already ripped the furry thing that came with it off (several times) so I switched in some feathers. The littlest one likes feathers best.


Friday, 13-Apr-2007 01:01 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Everybody Likes New Toys

Not quite small enough to fit in your pocket...
Somebody at work got a new toy. I was amazed at how small it is. My hand almost covers the whole keyboard. I don't think I could work for any length of time on something this small...


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