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Remembering making CD/DVD
Posted On 10/13/2019 10:05:38


I ran across this photo recently while cleaning out Folders. It reminded me of when I would make CD's and then add Titles/Pictures with Lightscribe, which one of my older computers had. It was such fun!  As you can probably tell, this particular CD was used to 'store' my 'writing'--everything from short stories to my novella, Altara.  Well, that's probably the original, short version; I did many rewrites on that, until it was well over 200 pages. 

Later, I'd graduate to DVD's: I 'copied' many of my favorite tv shows and movies to DVD.  By that time, I had a different computer & just used 'paper' (Memorex sticky) labels. Again, I added the Title on top, some screenshots/photos to show what was on it, and then the 'titles' below that. Now, I'm not even sure I remember how to do that!

Anyway, back to the subject.  I can no longer 'make' DVDs or CDs--or even play them, on here.  My 3 yr old laptop no longer supports that function--not only doesn't it's 'drive' work; but I bought a small external to 'add' to it--and that doesn't work on here either! So...it's obviously something internal causing the problem. However, I've found it's not something I really need now.

My 'old' laptop--which is kept only for emergencies, because it is too slow & overheats quickly--does still do that; but it's not practical. Even if I made a cd on that, I couldn't play it on here.   Oh, yes: the exernal disk drive I bought does work on the old laptop!  So I know that drive is okay; it just won't work with my 'good' laptop. 

Actually, that's one of several problems with this laptop; so..I am considering eventually getting one more new computer.   But right now, I can't justify getting a new one, as long as this one 'works' for everyday things.   So I hope this one hangs in there for the near future.

And for now: I listen to CDs on my portable radio/CD/Tape player.  And I still have  2 dvd players for watching old tv shows/movies--which of course also play CDs.

Am I the only one?
Posted On 05/14/2019 10:32:32

I keep seeing commercials on tv for things like 'bacon burgers' & 'waffles & chicken'. And I just had to wonder if I'm the only one who doesn't like this kind of thing!

I like bacon--and I like burgers; but I don't want bacon on my burger!  I like waffles...and I like chicken--but I don't want chicken with my waffles; now, bacon with my waffle is different, since that's another 'breakfast' item. 

I have a friend who, when she was still working, would have a Baconator sandwich at Wendy's every single day for lunch!  I just couldn't see it.  But a couple of months ago we had some coupons for Hardee's that included a 'bacon/burger'; since my husband loves it, I said ok--and I gave him the bacon from my sandwich! But it's not really my thing. 

Posted On 05/01/2019 13:40:41

I enjoy answering Polls, any time I can. However, sometimes, there's just not a 'right' answer--and I don't mean leaving out the "n/a" option. Since there's only room for 4 choices...you have to decide which is best.

In the latest Poll, I (so far, only me!) answered EAST.  Actually, Illinois is considered "Midwest". I never understood why.  I said East because we are in the Eastern half of the US; we're also in the Northern half of the US. But I decided  that East is the best fit. 

On another Poll, out of the 4 choices, I actually prefer 2 of them. I normally would have said Tea was my favorite,but in recent months, I am 'off' tea. I must have 10 different 'flavors' here but just don't want any of them.  I sometimes have a soda (Pepsi)--although in recent months, I ony drink a few ounces at a time; or at most, I drink 'half' a can of Pepsi.  So, since I have two accounts--I answered soda on one & tea on the other. 

 On the 'Pie' Poll, I had no trouble choosing Apple, of the 4 mentioned. My husband's favorite is Apple, so we have it more often than the other choices. However, my actual favorite is 'Razzleberry'--raspberry/blackberry. It's not 'common', so I wouldn't expect anyone to include it. (I baked one a few days ago.)

Forums--good info!
Posted On 03/11/2019 10:48:09

I'm hoping this will help many of our new members, or older members who aren't here very often.  It seems many members either don't know how to check out the Forums or simply don't think it's relevant.   Believe me, it's important! We have a lot of good info there. 

 Click on FORUMS at the top of any page here; that will take you to a list of 'general' forums. Then click on NEW POSTS.  I do this when I log in. That will show you what is going on, in all the groups.

But if you just want to know 'how to'...then 'ask' in the NOTH Computer group. That's what we are here for. We have step by step instructions on how to do just about everything here at NOTH. 

I also posted both in 'Tips' and 'General Chit Chat' about all the information we have in the NOTH Computer Help & Info group. We have a thread called 'how to do things here':   http://notoverthehill.com/forums/display_group_topic/id_40899/New-Quick-Links--COMMON-FAQ-ABOUT-H OW-TO-DO-THINGS-HERE/

As with all groups here, you have to 'join' to ask questions; but it's an open group, so you can search/read posts without joining.

This is information gathered over 11 yrs, by many of us.  The NOTH Computer Help group was started by a man who actually builds computers & wanted to share his knowledge with us.  I took over when he couldn't be here any longer.   And a number of members have added their own tips over the years.  

Featured Members
Posted On 03/09/2019 12:01:17

In case you are a new member, or just don't know what this is: Featured Members are chosen by Staff, in order to 'showcase' different members. 

Any member can be 'featured'. The only 'condition' is that your page must be 'open' to all (in other words, so that 'everyone' can see your page and leave comments).  If your page is set for Friends Only to view or leave comments, then you would have to change your settings, if you want to be Featured.

To make it easier for members to 'volunteer', I set up a Group where you can post when you want to be featured: "Would you like to be Featured?"


All you have to do is 'join' that group & then post that you want your page to be Featured.  Or, you can send me a private message.   When I have time, I 'visit' a number of pages, looking for people to 'ask' if they would like to be Featured.  I often look for pages that are 'designed': for a season, or a holiday, or even just a 'pretty page'.  

However, you don't need to have a fancy page design in order to be Featured; you just have to 'ask'! 

To see Featured members, just click on BROWSE at the top of any page--then choose/click on FEATURED MEMBERS.  

Someone once complained that it was 'the same people' who get Featured. That's simply because they either volunteer or agree to be Featured!  If you don't agree/volunteer/want to be featured, then you can't complain about who is chosen!    I often visit up to 50 pages in a day, leaving messages, 'asking' that question--and I might get 2 responses! (maybe both 'no, thanks')

So...if you are interested--either post in that group or send me a message!  If you don't see any Featured Members, that's because I can't  find anyone to 'feature'.

Altara (Staff member)

Christmas cards
Posted On 12/29/2018 09:57:48

I just responded to a Poll about Christmas cards.  I had noticed that in recent years, we received fewer cards each year; and we had sent out fewer cards as well. 

 Last year, we sent out 19--received 16. Most of those were relatives of the older generation. And a few of my pen pals and friends who had moved away.

This year, due to my illness--which pretty much zapped my 'holiday spirit'--I decided not to send out cards. I posted on Facebook so that friends would know why I didn't send cards. 

This year, we received 13 regular--plus 3 of the 'photo cards' (where relatives use one or more photos of their family to show us 'where' they vacationed this past year).  Actually, one photo card just showed my one cousin's 6 grandchildren.  And another one showed Terry's niece's family, which included a new son-in-law this year. 

A couple of cards included a short note telling about 'their year'; but most were just 'signed'. That's another reason I think 'cards' are being phased out. Last year, I sent a number of Jacquie Lawson eCards. That works when you don't really know your online friends' actual addresses.

However, every year I receive one card that always goes into my 'keeper' file--from my one pen pal who 'makes' her own cards. I can't imagine the time she puts into this!  When I 'make' cards, it's mainly finding a pretty graphic to go on card stock; then I had Merry Christmas & print it out.  But when my friend 'makes' hers, it includes 'cut outs', pasted onto a pretty design and even some 'stickers'. She also does this for birthdays.  I have a feeling she will never stop sending her 'special' cards.

Definition of BLOGS here at NOTH
Posted On 11/01/2018 10:54:46

As I've stated before: we've been lenient about 'blogs' lately. But it's time to remind people:   PLEASE...before you 'write' a 'blog', read the 'rules', which can be found at the top of the Blog page! A "NOTH BLOG" is "something you've written or written about". 

The rules say NO WARNING will be given before 'non-blogs' are deleted...well, we've been giving warnings--which are being ignored.

JOKES go into to JOKE FORUM, or one of our joke groups;  click on FORUM at the top of any page....then scroll down till you see JOKES & FUNNIES.  

Religious postings belong in one of our religious groups.  Again, click on FORUM at the top of any page...scroll down till you see Inspirational--or click on GROUPS (again, at the top of any page) & when that opens, scroll down to the category RELIGION. 

It really isn't that hard to understand. Just READ THE RULES!

Altara (Staff member)

Christmas Trees
Posted On 10/29/2018 13:30:53

The reason I came up with the Christmas Tree Poll is that this year is different for us. No pets! Therefore, we can put up whatever we want.  

We have several artificial trees; we've used those for many years--from 2 ft to 7 ft at one time.  I think our 'current' ones are a 5 ft and 2 that are maybe 4 ft. They've always been put on solid end  tables, due to having cats running around the house.   And of course, the 2 ft one--it's been everywhere from here on my desk to on the counter in our main bathroom!  

I have no idea where/what we'll actually put up this year.  It's too early to even think about that!  My husband will want to decorate the weekend after Thanksgiving, so we have plenty of time to think about it.

But in doing that Poll, I had an idea. I guess it'll depend on how the budget works out in December. I'd kind of like maybe getting a small, real tree for a change.  Yes, it can get messy.  And you have to be careful to keep it watered so that the needles don't dry out.  But the 'smell' is fantastic. 

Again, this is just a random idea. I have no idea what my husband will think about it! As I said...there's plenty of time to think it over.

It's that time again!
Posted On 10/12/2018 09:54:09

My husband just came in to show me something; he was excited!  It was about a half cup full of ripe pecans! True, it's not much...but it's the start of the 'pecan season'.

We have a friend with a farm and apparently a lot of pecan trees because last year, we ended up with more than 2 full grocery sacks full of pecans!  Luckily, my husband doesn't mind 'shelling' them because I sure don't have the patience. Actually, the only thing we use them for is to make Pecan Pancakes. But they sure are yummy!  And of course, my husband loves to eat them plain.  

I can remember when my late father-in-law would pick up pecans from his two trees and give us a quart of them. I had a hard time not laughing when Ed would say: now Dianne can bake/cook with them.  No, I never did use any of them; my husband nibbled on them! And since there weren't that many, I didn't bother trying to find recipes in which to use them.  

However, last year we had been going to Denny's--where I usually had their 'healthy' choice meal: whole wheat pecan pancakes, egg whites, & turkey bacon. So I decided to try homemade pecan pancakes--and they were really good!   So I look forward to doing that again this year--which is a good thing, since I just looked & can't find that item on Denny's current menu!   Right now, their 'specials' are things made with pumpkin.

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