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A Mermaid 'Tail'

How's your week been?  It's been pretty cold here and we've had some snow - a bit of an adjustment after spending 6 weeks in the desert!   In addition to getting home and back into a routine, my brand-new laptop needed some attention. It's been randomly shutting itself off and generally being a nuisance.  So, I contacted the support line and after 2 hours, it was supposed to be fixed...until the next day when it shut itself off again!  Back to tech support for another hour and then the decision to re-image the computer and bring it back to 'factory'.  Did I mention it's a brand-new laptop???  Three hours later, it was done and then I had to spend time putting it back the way I needed it.  There's still more to do, but, I had enough to get this post written - fingers crossed that this is the end of my technology troubles!!

So I guess I'll be like a mermaid and 'roll with the tide', since there isn't much else I can do!  

This mermaid was my…
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