Yesterday was one of those days when ‘unexpected’ things came up and plans changed. This was for the good though, as we wound up having some nice company for the day (Keith’s mom and auntie Dorothy) and we shared an afternoon and dinner. I love visiting with them and so do the kitty cats. They provide a wealth of entertainment and are fun and very social when people they like come over. I think it is just as exciting for them as it is for us!
As a result, my drawing and cutting has been bumped to today. That’s one of the good things about being self-employed though – I am able to shuffle things around a bit. Keith also did major backups on both of our computers, which I feel is best done when I am NOT working on mine. I know it probably doesn’t matter much, but I prefer to let it do one thing at a time when backing up, so not to interfere with the process.
One of Keith’s hard drives took its last spin it seems. And while we were planning a full backup within the next couple of days, this tragic event encouraged us to do so immediately. It has been since SEPTEMBER since we did FULL backups on our systems, and you could imagine how much information was added since then. We do however back up regularly to different drives, and off site. Our important pattern files are put on DVD’s and sent to ‘other places’ so in the event of a fire or something like that, we still have them. But these ‘mini-backups’ as I will call them are usually done over out network from his computer to mine and vice-versa. We even back things up by putting the information on other drives on our own computers.
Just about everything is in at least two places on our computers at any given time. This could save us a lot of grief if a drive were to fail (like Keith’s did!) It can turn what could have been a tragedy into a mere inconvenience, and while it may take a little time to get things back to the way they were, at least everything is safe.
The new hard drive is already on its way and it was relatively inexpensive. We used to back up everything on DVD’s, but hard drives are so cheap now that it is much easier to just transfer the information onto an external drive rather than burn disc after disc. It is much easier to update as well and we don’t have a pile of disks to look through if we ever need the information again.
I suppose my point to telling you all of this is that once again I will harp to you about BACKING UP your important information on your computer! There is no such thing as backing up your computer too often, and even though it may seem like a pain to do it, you will be happier in the end. It is never really a matter of “if” your drive will eventually fail – it is a matter of “when”. With all the photos, financial information, personal information, etc., that we all keep on our systems, it is so, so, SO important to make copies of everything on a regular basis to avoid a disaster.
Drives work independently of both each other and the system and even if your entire computer dies or your mother board fails, you can usually just take the drive and put it in the next computer and your data is safe. I know that some people don’t realize this and while it is pretty basic information, it is good to share it with you from time to time and remind you all. Make it a habit that you follow religiously.
One other thing that I wanted to share with you was a photograph that was sent to me by a customer. Warren Kafitz sent me this photo of his “All My Love” box he made and I thought it came out just beautiful.
He printed out the pattern at 80% and used red oak to create it. I love seeing people enjoy what I design and I think it came out really beautiful! Thank you Warren for sharing it with me and allowing me to share it with readers. It is going to make a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift!
With that all said, I really need to get moving today. I have a bit of cutting to do and also a bit of drawing. Our site has been extremely busy and I welcome all of our new customers and readers. We got more snow yesterday and winter is showing no sign of slowing down. I hope in six weeks when we need to travel that the weather will cooperate. But no use worrying about that right now. It will be what it is and we will make it work no matter what.
Have a wonderful Tuesday! I hope you enjoy this beautiful day and all that it has to offer you!
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