I am awarding myself a medal today - alright, so it is big-headed but I think I deserve one!
My computer skills plus my ever-worsening shaking hands mean that by no stretch of the imagination would you call me 'computer literate'. Yesterday, with the help of friends S and T I also bought a new'run of the mill 'mobile phone. So far so good.
After breakfast, when my carer had gone, I thought I would have an hour trying to get to grips with my new phone. It reminded me very much of when Windows 10 in their wisdom decide to change for instance the format of e mails. They often give you a choice and say you can stick with the old way if you like but then - reading the minds of the people who have changed it - you know that in about a month you will have to do it anyway, so you might as well do it now. For two or three days it is absolute murder sending an e mail because you keep forgetting the new format, then suddenly - without warning - you have got it and have completely forgotten how it used to be. Well that is how my mind works anyway.
And so it was with my phone. I am struggling. I sent S a text and accidentally sent it in three parts because I kept somehow pressing a 'send' button. When she finally rang me it was to say had I sent her some gobbledegook (well she was tactful enough not to say that, but it was, I assure you) I had sent it to her landline anyway. And as she was gardening I don't expect she was jumping for joy.
I persevered and sent one to my carer half an hour later - she confirmed it had arrived . Step one completed. Then I decided to empty my old texts (well over a hundred) - had a few attempts which failed but finally found the right button and it is now completely empty. Then I went through my list of people I wished to have listed in my phone book - cleared it out nicely. Jobs done.
Then I went over to my computer where my Grandson sent me a resume of 'American Gods' by Neil Garman, which is our Book Group book. (not for the faint hearted). It is his favourite book and he is doing some sort of higher degree in English at University. I wanted to print it off to read at our meeting. Could I remember how to copy an e mail and print it off? It is ages since I did it. I struggled, rang my son and he kindly talked me through the process without losing his cool - heaven knows how as he had to keep repeating himself. Eventually I did it, thanked him, rang off and went to my printer (also quite new). I started the process and on the little screen it told me that the paper was jammed. Could have been the last straw but no, I persevered and finally have done it.
Medal awarded for perseverance - off now to reward myself with beans on toast with plenty of brown sauce.