February 2011
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Laptops and water DO NOT MIX update

The day after I spilled water onto my 2nd laptop, I took it to a computer repair place.  They were going to let it dry out for another day and take a look at it.

Well, they turned it on and it works! YAYYY!  Hope fully it won’t quit down the road from corrosion somewhere!  It was open in the first place because it had a broken hinge and they are going to be fixing that for me also.  It won’t be sitting on my desk with the lid open.  I can close it and tuck it up high on a shelf and keep it out of the way until I need it.

Laptops and water DO NOT MIX

Not a great weekend here.  My older laptop drank a whole glass of water through it’s keyboard..  UGH! It wasn’t on, and hopefully the quick tactics like wiping it off right away, turning it upside down to let the excess water run out, running a hair dryer across the keyboard until my arm was numb and leaving it in front of a fan on high for 12 hours may help!.  Whew!

I took it to a computer place today and have submitted an insurance claim. One website said that it may run fine for a while but then corrode and die. One consulation was that there are hundreds of “Help I spilled __ on my computer” posts, so I am in good company.  Cross your fingers for me!!!

That’s what I get for being Miss organization and was arranging my office.  It could have been a lot worse, my new laptop was sitting on the other side of my older laptop, so I am truly grateful I am able to write this post and my new computer is happily churning away.

Fiskars 12×12 LED paper trimmer review

Another great product I use and love.  The Fiskars 12×12 LED paper trimmer is fail proof!

The 12″x12″ will handle any size job.  It folds in half for great storage or to carry with you. The LED light is fantastic! The LED light shows exactly where you are cutting and automatically shuts off after two minutes.  The ruler guides are inside the plastic so they will never wear off.

I am not affiliated with Fiskars or any company and I am not making any money suggesting this product.  I just use it and love it.

Fast and Easy BBQ rib recipie

Don’t have time to prepare a meal?  Want the easiest recipe?  Oh, did I mention yummy? I am going to make your day!

I have a rib recipe from my husband’s mother that is so easy to prepare and will have the meat falling off of the bone and it takes 5 minutes to prepare.

I have prepared this in the morning before work and came home at lunch to a meal of ribs and baked potatoes!


  • ½ cup sugar

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • 3 Tablespoons white vinegar

  • 2 Tablespoons Worchestershire sauce

  • 1 large slice onion

  • country style ribs

Place ribs and ingredients into a pan (I use a roasting pan  with a lid). You do not need to stir, just place ingredients in the pan.  Set oven for 250°.  Place potatoes wrapped in aluminum foil along side the pan and you have a meal all ready to go.  That’s it!

This recipe is best when it has 4 or more hours in the oven.  We had a party once, and ate several hours past the time we were going to eat, and it was even better!    The secret to this recipe is the long baking time and low heat.

Photoshop and Photoshop Elements Tips and Tricks

1. If your brush suddenly has a cross hair and not the brush,  CAPS are on,  turn caps off.

2. Most digital photos have a blue cast:  add an adjustment layer/photo layer/sepia.  Adjust the density.

3. Backup all of your presets:  styles,  brushes,  shapes,  etc. to another folder.  If you ever have to re- install PS or PSE,  all you have to do is add them to the preset folder again.

4. If you ever need to make a thumbnail for the web, the size is 74 pixels x 74 pixels.

5. Nice sepia effect for photos so they look vintage:  add hue/saturation layer check colorize,  move hue to 30,  saturation to 25

Okidata C530dn Color Laser review

I spent almost 3-4 full days researching color laser printers, wading through all of the customer reviews (good & bad).

It can be a very daunting task!

One thing I will stress that you keep in mind when you read customer reviews, is that the people who have had a bad experience almost always leave a review. Most people who are happy with a product probably won’t take the time to post. Now you know why it took me so long to find a color laser printer I was happy with!

From the title, you can tell I went with the Okidata C530dn color laser printer.

My main needs for a printer were: price, cost of buying replacement toner cartridges, straight paper pass through and that it had the capability of using heavy weight paper. This printer has all those features, and after a month of owning it I can say I am very happy with it.

It is quite large and heavy (48.5 lbs.), but it at least is not a flimsy product.

I am not associated with Okidata nor am I profiting from this. I just use and love this product!

Great gift for under $20.00

Need a gift fast? Under $20.00? Then I have a gift you can assemble in no time!

Materials needed:

Any pretty vase
White LED Christmas
Bag of Potpourri.

I spread newspapers on my floor and plug in the lights so it’s easier to see where you are placing the lights.
Depending on the length of your lights, and the size of the vase, put a generous amount of lights in the bottom of the vase.
Sprinkle the potpourri in the vase shaking it, so it will fall between the lights.

Layer more lights, then potpourri, etc. I use the handle end of a wooden spoon to help me get the potpourri down into the spaces.
Leave a generous lengths so you can tape the end of the lights with the electrical prongs to the back of the vase with scotch tape.

That’s it!

Any pretty vase will work, I have used large and small vases, and I switch them when I want a different look.