Monday, April 6, 2009

Technology, what would we do without it?

What would we do without technology? I mean, we have so many 'things' at our beck and call to get through each day.

We coffeepots that all you have to do is plug in and leave the room and come back in a few minutes and it's ready. You don't have to percolate it on the stove or worse yet...over an open fire. We have lighting with the flip of a switch, electricity to run our refrigerators and stoves, various household appliances and even the hot water heater.

Where am I going with this, you ask? Well, Saturday we decided to do a thorough vacuuming of our living room and rearrange the furniture. What a great feeling to have a room 'different' for a few months, don't you agree?

Everything was going well until I decided to go ahead and vacuum the rest of the house (even tho it had just been done the day before). On the last room, all of a sudden.....ROAR!!!!! The vacuum cleaner about blew my ear drums out. Since DH was home, he decided to take the entire thing apart and find out why it was doing that.

It's only two years old...but it was a cheapie....less than $100. BUT...it's been one of the best vacuum cleaners we have ever owned. A Bissell. The suction on it is great and boy does it get up the dirt and pet hair. That...we think was it's demise. Although we clean it out frequently.....somehow some of that dog hair made it to the motor....and the rest is history.

So, now, we are looking at a new vacuum from Bissell. It's called the Pet Hair Eraser. How appropriate. :-) It is twice as much as the original vacuum but we feel it's probably a better choice. Can't go too long without a vacuum.

http://www.bissell.com/Products/c/uprightvacuum/p/3920/product.aspx

Now, onto the rest of the day! Bear with me ;-) My computer has been acting wonky lately so we decided to 'blow out the dust'. We do this about 2-3 times a year, just as basic maintenance.
I do have to add that my computer is LOUD. It's been that way basically from the get go but I just put up with it because 'it is what it is'. But, it can really drive me nuts sometimes especially when it 'powers up' for some reason and really gets noisy.

Ok....so we take off the cover and I proceed to dust it with a new stipple brush (that makes this a stamping post, right?) and get a lot of dust out. Then, since we can't suction the dust out with the vacuum....DH goes and gets his compressor and we blow out the dust with that. BUT...we see a third cooling fan that we hadn't noticed before...and it is really full of dust....so we get that cleaned too.

Then, it's back to plugging everything back in and it takes FOREVER to load up and I start thinking...UH OH...we did it now! We were too exuberant in our cleaning efforts. BUT....it finally gets loaded and I wait and wait.....it's too quiet...something is wrong. NO....it all works....it's just QUIET!!! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.....the cooling fans must have just been croaking for air and they were working overtime? Could dust do THAT? I don't care.....I am just so happy that my computer isn't making me deaf any more. And, I think we will make this a priority to clean it more often....more than twice a year.

So, down ...one vacuum.....but UP one quiet computer....I guess that's a good trade off, huh?

Back to my card making.....I'll have something to share tomorrow ;-)

Have a great Monday!!!

Char

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