Tuesday, October 10, 2017


BLONDIES from the kitchen of Judy

Prep time: 25 min  Bake time:  25 minutes

2 cups packed brown sugar
2/3 cup butter
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces if desired
1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)

1.      Grease a 13x9x2” baking pan and set aside
2.      In a medium saucepan heat brown sugar and butter over medium heat till sugar dissolves, stirring constantly.  Coool slightly.  Sir in eggs, one at a time, and vanilla.
3.      Stir in mixture of flour, baking powder and baking soda.
4.      Spread batter in prepared baking pan.  Sprinkle with nuts and/ or chocolate.
Bake in 350 degree oven 25-30 minutes or until done.  Cool slightly on a wire rack.  Cut into bars while warm.  Makes 36 bars (or less).

Thursday, September 07, 2017


At age 3 success is . . . . Not piddling in your pants.

At age 12 success is . . . Having friends.

At age 17 success is . . . Having a driver's license.

At age 35 success is . . . Having money.

At age 50 success is . . . Having money.

At age 70 success is . . . Having a driver’s license.

At age 75 success is . . . Having friends.

At age 85 success is . . . Not piddling in your pants.

The Gambler

An attractive blonde from Cork, Ireland  arrived at the casino. She seemed a little intoxicated and bet twenty thousand dollars in a single roll of the dice. 
She said, "I hope you don't mind, but I feel much luckier when  I'm completely nude."

With that, she stripped from the neck down, rolled the dice and with an Irish brogue yelled, "Come on, baby,  Mama needs new clothes!" 

As the dice came to a stop, she jumped up and down. 
And squealed. "Yes! Yes! I won, I won!" She hugged each of  the dealers, picked up her winnings and her clothes and quickly departed. 
The dealers stared at each other dumbfounded. 
Finally, one of them asked, "What did she roll?"
The  other   answered, "I don't know - I thought you were watching." 


Not all Irish are drunks, not all blondes are dumb, 
...... But all men...are men!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Security Programs / Clean Up Software

My list so far

Some should only be use under direction or instruction.
This is not a complete list, just the tools I've collected.

ADW Cleaner
Junkware Removal Tool
Malwarebyte's Anti-Rootkit
Mini Tool Box
Combo Fix
GMER Rootkit Cleaner
Hitman Pro 64bit
TDSS Killer

Temporary File Cleaners
Temp File Cleaner (TFC)
ATF Cleaner (ATF)

Anti-Virus & Anti-Malware
Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows 7) 32/64bit
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Super Anti-Spyware
Spybot Search and Destroy

System Information
Belarc Advisor

Thursday, August 17, 2017


Third order of business:
There is going to be a Solar Eclipse on Monday.  That is August 21.  For the Central Coast of CA, it will start shortly before 9AM and last to just before noon.

Disclaimer: Do Not Look Directly At The Sun With Unprotected Eyes.

There are a variety of glasses and filters you can get to protect your eyes from the Sun.  Please check carefully before purchasing, buy from a reputable retailer.

NASA has a few sites to get more info about the eclipse:
Prepare for the eclipse:
Wikipedia article:

National Geographic:

This eclipse is noteworthy because the path of totality (where the Moon fully covers the Sun) goes from the Pacific coast (near Salem, OR) to the Atlantic coast (near Charleston, NC).  The path of totality is about 70 miles wide, the larger, partial eclipse cover the entire North American continent and extend down to South America (from  and across to Greenland.

I will be using an old pair of binoculars that will project the image on a white three ring binder.  I've used this setup previously for an eclipse and the Venus transit (with a telescope) in 2012.

Inline image 4

Inline image 2

Inline image 3

Enjoy the show that our Solar System puts on, and be safe.  As long as the fog rolls out, we should get to see about 60-70% eclipse.  I'd love it if all y'all took pictures and emailed me.

Also, look for Saturn (where the Cassini probe is ending a 20 year mission, final orbit in September), Jupiter (where the Juno probe is taking closeups of the Great Red Spot).

recovery media

Second order of business:
If you have not made the Recovery Media for your computer, please do so as soon as you can.  For Windows 7, type "recovery" in the search field under All Programs in the Start Menu.  For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10, you'll need to go to the Setting panel.  Windows 7 should make the recovery media on DVD, the others need a USB flash drive of at least 16GB, but I have needed one of 32GB capacity for one of my laptops.

Most off the shelf computers will have some kind of recovery or media creation software.  Look for a folder in your Start Menu with the name of the company, such as "Dell" or "HP" or "Lenovo."  Use that software to make the recovery media.


First order of business:
Tell everyone you know:  Microsoft will NOT call you about viruses.  Your computer is not sending out viruses. (Well, maybe, but highly unlikely.) If someone calls you, hang up on them.  Do not entertain them for any longer than it takes to put the phone down.  These people are only out for two things:  access to your computer and access to your bank accounts.

If you get one of these calls (after you hang up!), run your anti-virus, then your anti-malware.  Usually, anti-virus (AV) is Windows Defender (also known as Microsoft Security Essentials, and is included with Windows 8, 8.1 and 10), Avast, Avira, Norton, McAfee, Trend, Kaspersky, or the like.  Run a Full Scan.  Then run your anti-malware (AMW); these include Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Spybot Search and Destroy, Super Anti-Spyware, 

Then check that remote access to your computer is disabled.  You can do this by (and this works in all versions of Windows): going to the Control Panel, click on System, then in the left column, click on Remote Settings. A new dialog box will appear.  If there is a check in the box that says "Allow Remote Assistance," uncheck it.  Then close the box and close the Control Panel.  (Speaking of, the laptop I'm using right has it checked..... Really.)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sunday, June 25, 2017

My grandmother's flowergarden

The top was given to me by a friend who bought it in the 1970's.  The fabric dates back to the 1930's.  I had the top for about three years before we finally got it finished by a wonderfully skilled local long arm quilter.

Mom's Quilts

Here are few of mom's quilts, in no particular order.

2017 Seven Sisters Quilt Show

There was something for everyone there.  If you liked traditional quilts, if you liked art quilts, if you liked cats, dogs, horses, cows, outer space, even computers!

Here's a few of the 567 pictures I took today.