As if me going shopping wasn't a big enough surprise the real surprise came a little later in the evening. I was on the computer and a window appeared saying I needed to restart so AVG (my anti-virus program) could finish an update. Now, this has happened before so I just clicked OK and waited for it to reboot. It didn't. And wouldn't. Windows 7's automatic fixes..uh,uh. Now I don't know if some code-writer at AVG got careless, if they got hacked or if I was lucky enough to receive a fake update, but it changed the drive letters. Drive C is supposed to be the operating system, Drive E is the Recovery partition. The "update" had switched the drive letters around so my poor computer received a literal lobotomy.....couldn't remember how to boot itself up. I knew I'd have to reinstall Windows and I always set my personal computers up so I have a Drive D partition where I keep all my personal data & knew it would be safe. At least I thought so. For some reason the reinstall took away my "Downloads" file on the D partition. Strange. (Update: Guess what? I found the contents of the "Downloads" file in my downloaded audio-books folder. Imagine that!! So my recent experience with reinstalling the OS wasn't quite so strange.) Reloading programs is tedious and time consuming, but all is mostly back to normal now. The whole episode has convinced me I need to subscribe to a backup service, probably Carbonite.
So that's what I've been up to the last couple of days. No sewing at all, I'm sad to say. No genealogy and not much reading either. Still piddling with the kitchen redo. Maybe I'll get it done before I hit retirement age. LOL