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Old 06-11-2014, 04:48 PM   #19751
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That would be nice, Andy! Thanks. I just need someone who knows to sit down and show me. I am a "hands on" learner. But trying to wade through the Excel for Dummies book and other online help I can find, I just can't see it and it makes no sense to me.
When I worked for the utility company I was informed I had to use Excel but no-one was available to show me what to do and the instruction book had several crucial pages missing. Brilliant start! I ended up playing with it until I got the hang of it. It helped that I had Excel on my machine at home and could bash keys and make up spreadsheets to play with in my spare time so it wouldn't matter if I lost all the data. I still use Excel to keep track of addresses, Christmas lists, birds in the garden, etc.

I don't find the ".....For Dummies" books very helpful (Cat Lovers, if you want a good laugh - or a weep - read "Kittens For Dummies"!)
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Old 06-11-2014, 05:04 PM   #19752
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I've got a new "sharer" to do 3 days a week with Horse. She'll ride and look after him 3 days a week and I can have time to do the squillion things that I need to be doing at home.

She's a nice girl, aged just 20 and hasn't had a horse of her own before but is very dedicated and Horse likes her. She's a student at the stables where I keep Horse on the equine vocational courses leading to professional qualifications.

As for what I'm doing at this very moment - I'm listening to the 10pm news on the radio about Iraq. Very worrying as my cousin works at the British Embassy in Baghdad.
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Old 06-11-2014, 05:29 PM   #19753
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Sitting in my car waiting for this downpour to stop before driving home. luckily I'm not in any hurry because this wouldn't be pleasant to drive in, I can barely see the car beside me in the parking lot.

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Old 06-11-2014, 05:52 PM   #19754
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Sitting in my car waiting for this downpour to stop before driving home. luckily I'm not in any hurry because this wouldn't be pleasant to drive in, I can barely see the car beside me in the parking lot.

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We had one of them yesterday. I went downstairs to get my mail and couldn't even see the cars parked in the parking lot. Good thing I wasn't planning on going out. But I did stand at the door and hit the button so the door was open as several folks were making a run to get out of the rain.
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Old 06-11-2014, 06:37 PM   #19755
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Taking a break from yard work. It's 85 in the shade.

It's time to redo my flowerbeds again.We lost most of the plants due to a frosty 2 week period in December.All the bulbs that I had planted a year or so ago are gone as well.Nothing but weeds left.
Laying down some gravel, big rocks and planting cactus's is sounding better and better the more I think about it.

I'm getting too old for this stuff.
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Old 06-11-2014, 07:08 PM   #19756
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Excel is so amazingly complex and powerful, it's easy to get overwhelmed. I think your best bet is to learn as you go. You figure out how to do something for a report and it's yours. Then someone else shows you a cool function you didn't know about and you add that to your repertoire.

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Thanks, I found a new book on Excel today and will start looking through it. It goes by steps, exactly what I need to do. Amazingly, the Boss said the document I totally FUBAR'd up yesterday and fixed was just perfect, no problems.

One of our documents, we type in the admit date and it populates the entire document with the date for the next 100 days. I don't know how many times I've almost messed that one up and then remember the "Undo" button.
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Old 06-11-2014, 07:28 PM   #19757
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When I worked for the utility company I was informed I had to use Excel but no-one was available to show me what to do and the instruction book had several crucial pages missing. Brilliant start! I ended up playing with it until I got the hang of it. It helped that I had Excel on my machine at home and could bash keys and make up spreadsheets to play with in my spare time so it wouldn't matter if I lost all the data. I still use Excel to keep track of addresses, Christmas lists, birds in the garden, etc.

I don't find the ".....For Dummies" books very helpful (Cat Lovers, if you want a good laugh - or a weep - read "Kittens For Dummies"!)
I wish I had the time to simply "bash" around with it. But, it is a very small part of my job and not normally a part of my job at all. Only when the boss takes off on a vacation do I need to play in his documents. So, it's not something I would use enough to learn it fully. Until I have to use it daily, I'm happy with just knowing enough not to mess things up, too bad.
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Old 06-12-2014, 04:08 AM   #19758
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I'm up late yet again. My ribs, neck and ear are really hurting tonight, more than they were on Tuesday. The bruising is looking a little better on my face but my chest still looks like the northern lights!

But I have decided that while I will rest as per doctor's orders, I will not sit around feeling sorry for myself. Since I have my recliner and notebook I am checking around here and doing some research for a cake I need to design for display at a cake conference in October. Since it is only one cake and I only have 3 feet and a table width to work with, I really have to show my talent and style in it.

Hopefully my pain meds will kick in soon.
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:30 AM   #19759
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LP, sorry you are hurting more!
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Old 06-13-2014, 04:29 AM   #19760
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Thanks, PF.

It seems to be getting worse no matter what I do. We are going to try and get to the doctor in the morning (or should I say later this morning). I can not get comfortable and just can't sleep....even in my recliner which is unusual.

I am typing with just my left hand as any movement with my right seems to affect the rib cage. As does breathing, laughing, walking, etc. The bruising is starting to lighten, but is still pretty colourful. My face is getting back to normal for which I am thankful.

I got out for a little bit today getting some supplies for the cake that is due Saturday. I have arranged it so that is really simple and my neighbour is going to do it for me with me telling her step by step.

Even though I live with pain on a daily basis and always will, when I get a new acute pain it can really throw me for a loop. And I have fractured ribs and they didn't hurt as much as these bruised ones.
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