For those readers who have been patiently waiting for me to post birthday pictures (I'm looking at you, Karen): My computer has a defective hard drive and is not available right now. It may become available tomorrow or next week. Until I actually get around to replacing the hard drive, I must tolerate its mood swings. This has not stopped me from posting (obviously) as I have Fred's laptop to get me through this NaBloPoMo thing. But this has stopped me from uploading the pictures. I promise to either figure out how to upload pictures to Fred's computer (I know, it isn't rocket science) or to figure out how to get my computer to start working again (that, I am afraid, may be on par with rocket science) soon.