The new batteries arrived from California for our old camera so we are now in business again as far as taking pictures is concerned. The real problem is that after the photos have been taken and downloaded into the computer from the little card, I can’t get them back out —other than printing them. Something is wrong when I try to email them, which is what I really need to be able to do.

Last week I talked The Man of the House out of entering an art competition because I am so frustrated at the difficulties with this technology. In fact, I told him I would pay him $400 if he dropped the whole idea. I don’t know why that figure popped into my head, but he bought it. So far I have not had to pay up.

Back in the olden days you needed to submit slides of your work to be submitted into a show. That is something I knew how to do. You filled out a form on paper, put some slides between two pieces of cardboard, and mailed the stuff off. Today no one ever heard of slides and all entries to things are electronic.

We have discovered a very smart woman who lives here at Del Webb who will come to the house and help with computer problems for only $25. It is well worth the peace of mind and I plan to have her over soon.

Our latest problem, totally unrelated to computers or cameras, is the small fender bender The Man of the House was involved in last week. He left for what should have been a simple one-hour errand to buy a saw blade, or something, and returned four hours later. He didn’t call, but I wasn’t worried because it is often the case that if he can’t find what he needs at the original site it will turn into a long hunt at other stores.

Instead, on his way home it seems a young man in a large pickup truck changed lanes at the wrong time and tried to occupy the same space as our poor little Mini-Cooper. The Mini lost.

So, there was a long delay waiting for the police to show up and all the paperwork that was involved. Even though the young man’s insurance will pay for the damage there is still all the time on the phone, etc. that is involved that is not reimbursed.

First there were several phone calls to insurance agents. Then there was the appointment to get an estimate from the approved business for our insurance, and a second one from the body shop he would like to use. Despite the fact the car is able to be driven and appears fine unless you look closely — the damage is estimated at nearly $3,000!

Because we are going directly through the young man’s insurance, next there is an appointment with the adjustor from his agency this week. There should be a check coming soon to cover the costs. Then we will be five days without the car while it’s being repaired.

We will be in the mountains during three of those days and have declined the use of a loaner vehicle.

The good news is the wreck was on the opposite side of the car than the last time. That was a few months ago when The Man of the House left the car in neutral in the garage and it slowly rolled down the driveway, across the street, and hit the mail boxes right in front of his eyes. It made a large crease the full length of the car and ripped the mirror off the door. If this keeps up we will soon have an entire new body on our 2009 vehicle.