Have you ever had something happen that you have no idea how it happened? I’m sure we all have.
The other day, I think it was Sunday, my heater stopped working. I have central heat so that meant the house got pretty cold, pretty fast. And this on a day when it was below freezing outside. Not good. My back was also giving me a lot of trouble so I was pretty much huddled in the corner of the couch with blankets and everything I needed, a water bottle, pain medication, apples and Ritz crackers for when I got hungry, remote controls, and phone. So I made do that night and slept with no heat. I did check the batteries in the thermostat and replaced them with new ones, all to no avail. I figured the thermostat was out and would have to get a new one. The problem being that we were pretty much snowed in and the roads were pretty bad even if we’d been able to get out of our driveways. So it would have to wait. I told my daughter the next day. On Monday night, she sent her boyfriend over to see if he could figure out what was going on with the thermostat. No luck. He fooled around with it for over an hour and said he didn’t know why it wasn’t going on so we might have to get a new thermostat when we could get out. He offered to come back with space heaters but I declined. I do have a couple of them but I really hate to use them. I grew up in the era when houses burned down due to space heater malfunctions. So I braved the cold. Then, about 2:30 in the morning, the heater went on, magically, all on its own. It had been about eight hours since Chris had fooled around with it then it just went on all that time later! Mystery number one. Now I don’t have to freeze.
While I have been housebound, I have been trying to work on ways to earn some money. One of those ways has been copy editing. I am pretty good at it naturally and have also taken a couple of courses on copy editing. So I am hoping to be able to use that skill. One thing that has kept me back is that I don’t own a copy of Microsoft Office. It’s too expensive and neither of my laptops came with it as they are both relatively new. I had been using Open Office but it stopped working. I uninstalled, downloaded the newest version and reinstalled. It still didn’t work. I repeated the uninstall and reinstall a number of times. I couldn’t get any support because the website said it has been discontinued and they don’t have product support anymore. So I gave up. That was early last year. I’ve tried a few times since then. No luck. So I posted on Face Book the other day, asking if anyone knew if WordPerfect was capable of tracking changes when editing documents. I can get a very reasonably priced copy of WordPerfect Suite (under $20) on Amazon. I kept getting people saying that I should use Open Office. I went through my explanations. Then, for the heck of it, I opened it up and tried it. It worked right off the bat! I didn’t do anything. It just started working! Mystery number two. Now I can do my editing. I’m posting on a number of sites to see if I can get some work. Anything would help.
Just two of life’s mysteries. I’m not even sure I want them solved. I know that when I can get out on the road again, I will pick up a new thermostat, just in case. And I will see if I can get a copy of Microsoft Office. I know they sell copies with multiple licenses so I am hoping to find someone that has a legit copy and doesn’t need all of the licenses. Maybe I can buy one of them from them.
Have you had a mystery you’ve not been able to solve?