Sunday, January 18, 2009


Okay. I really had no intentions of buying a laptop for about a month or so. Really...I didn't! Jason and I had discussed it and that's what I thought. What I didn't know is that he's been looking and asking around (while I was doing my own research), with the hopes of surprising both Colt and me with new laptops.

Colt has been great to let me use his laptop. He doesn't take it to school with him anymore, and he works so much that we were able to share it. When he was home, I would just move to the desktop, and give him back his computer. His computer really needed more hard drive and remember how I told you in Friday's post that it had been doing strange things lately? Well, we took it in to the "Geek Squad" at Best Buy. They ran a diagnostic test on it and he said it's not the most infected computer he'd seen, but was pretty close. They were surprised we were still able to use it. A few months ago, Colt had clicked on something that said we needed to update virus protection or something like that. Well it turned out to be a virus itself. It became progressively worse by just shutting down, pop-ups, and really annoying things besides it was running slowly. Hopefully, they're going to be able to take care of that. If they do, Joy will have her a laptop! She's VERY excited about that. Colt told her he'd pass his down to her.

BECAUSE....he got this one! It's a Dell studio 15 with a 15.4" screen. That's the size he wanted.

And I got this one! It's a Dell Studio 17. It has the 17" screen I wanted and it's RED! I can't even tell you how much I'm enjoying this big screen and with 4 GB of memory, 320 GB of hard drive, it should last me awhile! I love my computer! (And Colt's has all the same features).

We decided on Dell for a few reasons. Asking sales reps in many stores, we were ALWAYS told that Dell and HP were at the top of the list for PCs. I read many reviews online, read all your comments (of course), and called friends that own The Computer Factory. The name Dell was always thrown out there. Jason had researched on his own and came to that conclusion for us, but wouldn't say so, until he saw what I wanted! I know there are many opinions, and sometimes in a particular brand, you just get a lemon sometimes too. But we also considered that we had two Dells already, a laptop and desktop, and never had any problems with them, other than this virus, and obviously that wasn't by fault of the computer. So we figure, if it has worked this long for us, why change? (Kind of like the cars we buy too)!

Jason took us out last night leading us to believe we were "looking" at computers. Little did I know, once we had made the decision of the brand, he had every intention of buying them then. So, I'm a happy girl today! (And Colt was very excited over his too)! Joy is very tickled that she will have her own too! He sure is good to us! :)

Thank you for passing along your advice, opinions, reviews, and comments on the laptops! I appreciate every one! And so, Kath, does that mean we have twin computers now? :)

And here's my other very pleasant surprise that came in yesterday's mail:

This afternoon I will sit back in my recliner with a cup of hot chocolate, and savour each page! But of course, I had to thumb through and find Linda's beautiful home! It is so exciting for me to see her home featured, as I love her decor, so I can only imagine how exciting it must be for her! Congratulations, Linda! I'm so proud for you! :)

Have a great Sunday everyone! Does anyone still take Sunday afternoon naps? :)


Linda said...

OH WOW! Seems everyone BUT me has the magazine now! I am dying to see inside of it! I know what the pics look like (and some are staged not at all like ME) but I have no idea what the article says! I hope it is good!

have a great Sunday and congrats on y our computer!

Jenn said...

Congrats on your computer, what a great hubby you have:)

I dont have the new CS yet:(
But am looking SO forward to reading Lindas article:)

Sara said...

Holy cow. We got that same virus on our desktop at home. We were able to get it fixed but the computer has not been working quite the same since before the virus. I need to talk my DH into getting us a laptop....

CozyCoops Corner said...

How exciting about your new laptop! My husband is deploying tomorrow and taking our laptop with him, so I've been thinking about buying a new one.
I can't wait to get my Country Sampler ~ maybe it will be here tomorrow. :-)Have a great Sunday Tammy !

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Congrats Tammy to you and Colt. And thank you to Jason... Now tell him to come to our house and take us shopping for new computers.. Okay???? ha ha

Enjoy your hot choc and new magazine today!!!!

Stephanie said...

Ok, I looked in the stores for that magazine and its not there yet :(
Im so excited to see Linda's house in there !!

Love the laptop, we have a couple of them , much better than the old old ones that came out 10 years ago !! lol

Have a great day !

Gigi said...


A few weeks ago I stumbled across this blog while looking for primitive items. It has been great reading the blog and responses. Never have I submitted to a blog, but I enjoy this one so much that I wanted to comment. I too am blessed with a husband that makes me all the items that I find in magazines that are so expensive. I just wanted to let you know that I enjoy the readings. Today I'm relaxing in my recliner, but I don't have my Country Sampler yet. All church services were cancelled in my region due to black ice that we woke up to this morning. Gotta love the mountains. Have a wonderful Sunday everyone.

Farmchick said...

I hope our snow drifted over roads open soon so I can get to town to get the magazine! I am excited to see our dear friend Linda also!!

Laptops....gotta love handy yes they are!!

Cathy Cobblestone said...

Hi Tammy - I hate it that you had computer problems - believe me - I FEEL YOUR PAIN. Ours crashed Christmas Eve and we had to break down and buy a new one too. I was without it for more than 3 weeks - Oh my goodness - it's amazing how we get attached to these things - but more importantly missing our friends we keep in touch with. I hope you enjoy your new laptop. Best wishes to you! Cathy

Anonymous said...

Hi Tammy! What a great day you had yesterday! Love the new computer -- lucky girl! And I have been sooo lazy on sending in my subscription to Country Sampler, so I still have to pick it up at the store! And of course it's not there yet. Hopefully soon! I love Linda's house too, so am anxious to see those photos.
Have a great day!

Zaroga said...

Congrats on the laptops! I may never go back to the desktop :-)

Tammy said...

Congrats on the new computer.
I fear ours is sick too, I have a guy coming in the morning to look at it. I just know it's infected.

Hope the other can be fixed and Joy will have her computer too.

I got my CS too on Thursday or Friday. Havnet really had a chance to look and read, hope to soon though.

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

So happy for the both of you:)

I usually wait until Walmart has the CS which should be next week:)
Take care,

Shellmo said...

Congratulations on your new computer - I'm sure you'll love it! And yes - I've taken a Sunday nap a couple times in my life - usually w/ a warm kitty!

MindyLew said...

Congrads on your new laptop - I bought one for my husbands birthday a couple of years ago and now I use it more than him.
I say it is the best gift I ever got him - LOL

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carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

Congrats to all of you on your new laptops! I bet Joy will be in heaven having her own too!

I can't wait to get my new Country Sampler! How exciting for Linda!

have a great week!

AnnaSam said...

Congrats on your laptop! I still haven't received my edition of CS yet. I am waiting patiently! have a blessed day!

Kath said...

Hi Tammy!
YAY--for you!! :)
What an awesome surprise!
Don't ya just LOVE it?!!

You'll never miss a desk top-the 17" laptops are WONDERUL!
Are a 'wireless'? ;)



The Whites said...


My hubby works in the computer field and he knows them inside and out. When I showed him your new laptop, he was VERY impressed so in my book that means you got a good one girl!


Daffodil Hill said...

Congrats on the new laptop! You will love the big screen. And red! How fun! My son is talking about buying a laptop for me, but I don't know if it will happen. I've never had anything but a desktop. That Sampler magazine is looking good, too. Will have to check it out. I love the blue and yellow bedroom on the cover. {{hugs}}

the primitive country bug said...

What a wonderful surprise for all of you, getting new laptops! We have a dell and have never had any issues with it to date. I'm sure Joy will be so pleased to have her own laptop now too.

I'm still waiting for my CS to arrive. I'm sure it's sitting in the mailbox at the post office just waiting for me to rescue it from its lonliness.

Enjoy your surprises!
Hugs & blessings to you~ Birgit

Tammy said...

Congratulations Tammy!
(It's all because I got one for Christmas, now confess...) hehe

Seriously, so happy for you!

And I will have to go check out Linda's exciting to have her home featured in that magazine!

Also, are you going to join in for the home school open house tomorrow? Only if you have time, but hoping you can!

The other Tammy with a laptop :)

Colleen said...

Enjoy those WONDERFUL surprises, Tammy! We finally ordered our new stove and fridge yesterday. I am so excited! Oh, the things that make us happy ...

I hope you and your family had a terrific weekend playing with those sweet new toys.

Back in the Day said...

What a great hubby! We are doing some laptop shopping as well!

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

Congrats on your new laptop! Jase just had his laptop into the Geek Squad for some stuck keys ... and they called to say that it couldn't be repaired so he could pick out a NEW one. They gave him an updated version with a larger screen and more speed. That's why I'm able to visit this morning! Who would have ever thought that I would get so excited about a piece of electronics!