Sunday, 25 September 2011
One of the good points is that this company does not load up lots of software you don't want - so the processor works on things you want and the desktop is not cluttered with lots of silly icons. That leaves plenty of room for a nice background picture (or twenty) - which will lead me eventually to explaining today's photo.
The problem - as you probably guessed - is that a new PC means getting to grips with Windows 7. Andrew has poor eyesight and remembers how much time and effort it took him to get XP to produce a screen he could use. At least that experience prepared him to find the Windows 7 high contrast colour schemes approved by Microsoft would not suit him. He had not been prepared for Microsoft changing the features of the "Magnifier" so that it will no longer work the way he liked. Mikki even went onto a Microsoft help forum to ask a question. Eventually, someone from Microsoft replied acknowledging Windows 7 can't do what Andrew was used to, suggested we buy third party software, and helpfully added a total disclaimer of liability!
Meanwhile, Andrew has had some fun with setting up pictures to run in sequence on his Desktop. I am pleased that I was able to help with some suggestions. Here is one of the pictures he put up.
We were visiting Andrew's family in Yorkshire when this was taken. We had a trip out to a place called Fountains Abbey. These are the largest abbey ruins in England and a World Heritage Site. This shot was taken in the associated water gardens known as Studley Royal. They were built in the georgian period and include lots of lovely statues, mock classical temples and so on.
Yes, you can see the Humans made me stand in the dirt for this picture. This was a few years ago. I don't think I would allow that now.
I can think of other nice pictures Andrew could put on his computer. Perhaps I will share them with you too.
Meanwhile Andrew, take it steady and we will work things out for you. Calm down. Relax. Give your toy kitten a cuddle. Prrrrrr
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
We spent one more day in Barcelona before flying home. England in September is rather cooler than the Mediterranean in August but I don't mind really (I stay on the bed most of the time). Mikki is already looking forward to her next trip to Walt Disney World - in January. She has been making dining reservations.
Sunday, 18 September 2011
We had a very nice lady looking after our cabin. She was very helpful with things like getting the humans glasses for their wine. She was eagle-eyed to see us leave and tidy up the room as soon as she could. She also left lots of lovely animals made out of the towels. The humans took some photos of some of them but I'm not in them.
Thursday, 15 September 2011
The other picture was taken the same day near the shops.
Monday, 5 September 2011
Thursday, 1 September 2011
Here I am in Lumiere's, which was probably my humans' favourite restaurant (of the main three - Palo is in a class of its own). This had nothing to do with the dinner service but it was the one they went to most for breakfast or lunch.
For dinners, my humans shared a table with three nice couples from the USA. Over the week, they all learned the trick of taking a glass of wine in with you to avoid paying Disney prices. One even managed to fit a whole bottle of wine into two glasses!
The humans had a man as their server and a nice hard working lady assistant with a cute french sounding name. The server took the orders each evening. At the end of the cruise, my humans adjusted the recommended gratuities to reflect who they thought had done the work. The assistant got more than the server. Andrew wondered how many of the serving teams had the man as the "boss" and a woman assistant. Mikki looked around and thought there were quite a lot. I wonder how many people have been on cruises where they had females in charge and male assistants.
Getting a good cup of coffee was difficult. The first day, the humans got room service to deliver early morning coffee and orange juice. The coffee tasted like it had been on the stove all night! The orange juice was poorly mixed concentrate. For the rest of the cruise, the coffee was just very weak. The orange stayed the same.
Here I am outside Cove Cafe. Andrew had one cup of coffee he liked here but somehow it was never the same when he asked again. Wasn't he glad to get ashore in Italy! I was happy relaxing with him anywhere.Seriously, all this didn't matter much. I can survive on cuddles alone.