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Posted Saturday, March 8, 2008, at 8:24 AM

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Scenes from my desk this morning.
What a day? It is starting to remind me of the day we planned to see our current home for the first time some 16 years ago. We had to cancel because we could not get up the driveway and certainly could not have walked the property!

My ramblings started early this morning and have not stopped, so I decided to share them with the world. Maybe that would cool them off a bit.

When I saw the snow I started thinking of things I could do inside. Plant tomatoes and peppers, finish the bathroom floor, list eBay items, work on website, bla, bla, bla. But in my mind was running a song as well and I could not get it to stop.

I hope I am not crazy but do some of you wake up with a different song each day and it stays with you way into the morning? At least they are different.

Then I was loading up the fire with wood (yes, we do have regular gas heat, we just like the wood) and as I was putting some paper in to rekindle the blaze I ran across some magazine I threw in to the pile during one of my "clean up" binges and I started thinking about all the good articles I was burning up.

It is that kind of thinking that has me storing boxes and boxes AND boxes of Organic Gardening, Mother Earth News and other growing or homesteading mags. Yeesh!

SO then I started thinking I should revive the gardening/small farm newsletter I used to write for the TLSA (Tennessee Land Stewardship Association) and put it in the blog, BUT I realized that I can think MUCH faster and hopefully more accurately than I can type.

SO I got to thinking about how great it would be if we could communicate with our computer and let IT do the typing. Of course, mine would have to be wireless, since most of my great ideas come to me while I am doing something else like showering, or putting wood on the fire, or planting. or.....

I know we are close to that, maybe even have it, but I can not afford it so it as good as not being there.

Well enough of my ramblings. Now I need to do something that I have been thinking about. Later.


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Couldnt that kid on war games talk to his computer and have it type for him? And that was back in the 80's. I cant believe they wont let us have that technology yet. :)

-- Posted by tdc on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 9:53 AM

I'd forgotten about that. I will write to Hollywood and see what they say.

Really, I am sure the technology is there and I think for some handicapped folks, but they don't realize how tough it is for me to type and correct, type and correct.

Luckily, one of our bloggers helped me put spell checker on this blog, (sorry I forgot who, but speak up and remind us). It does not correct all blunders but it sure makes me look less the fool and save me time of typing in Word and then copying.

You know, I think I WILL look into that. I could be much more prolific if I did not have to use my fat fingers.

Maybe some would prefer that, but.....

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 10:08 AM

I spent much of my time in the 80's trying to get my Vic-20 and Commodore 64 to talk. All because of that movie. Although I'm not sure what I would have done if it ever actualy did.

-- Posted by tdc on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 10:17 AM

When I get tired of typing,I have 4 cats who mispeel less than I do.

They think they're assistance animals-or,at leat,therapy animals.

They would happily take on the role of proxy for blogging,yardwork,domestic chores and any other tasks.

The other day,they huddled with my spouse and began shredding my boxes of magazines.

(The periodicals are fine but the boxes have seen better days.)

I know that Mother is now available on disk and,by the time I save up my funds,the successor to Kindle will be able to hold every written word out there.

(It'll probably be hands-free and check my vital signs,too.)

That would free up a lot of space in my house but I don't know how I could relinquish my books,records and such.

There are more sensory experiences involved with them than just the obvious.

The electronic clones just don't have the taste,smell and feel of the originals.

I fear I'm going to let sentiment overrule practicality.

(Unless the Boss and critters risk life and limb to winnow all the chatchkes for me.)

Maybe some of us could re-home a bit of our collections.

Others could get to read them and the original owners could visit them for old time's sake.

We wouldn't have to have quite as many purchases or subscriptions if readers with similar tastes shared.

(There'd be less creosote fouling our chimneys,too.)

-- Posted by quantumcat on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 3:51 PM

I have always said that if we open another store, I would bring my mags down to the store and create a reading room with a copier, so pages would not have to be torn out.

One of those 'round tuits.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 4:28 PM

"I fear I'm going to let sentiment overrule practicality."

I do that and have become a horrible packrat - although I've moved around so much I had no choice but to lessen the amount of things I owned. After my husband and I doing our first cross-country move with about 20 huge boxes of books, I pared down a bit.

-- Posted by cfrich on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 4:59 PM

I hope you open a "real" store soon,Steve.

I'd love to visit it.

I've wanted to create a web presence but I have no skills at technological stuff.

I'd hire some of our local geniuses but I wouldn't know how to even ask what I want.

I bet they'd tell me that I don't need glue for online wallpaper and that I can't list eBay as a dependent on my tax return.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 9:54 PM

You might be right about the dependent thing, but couldn't you use virtual glue?

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Mar 9, 2008, at 8:00 AM

My pc has the capability to type when I talk to it, but I've never tried it. I did do it once on my previous pc, & the words didn't always come out just right. You know how closed captioning looks sometime?

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 10:47 PM

Betty I wish we had discussed that last night. Can you put a spell check to it or copy and paste it into word?

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Mar 11, 2008, at 7:40 AM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.