Eden Hill Journal

Comments, dreams, stories, and rantings from a middle-aged native of Maine living on a shoestring and a prayer in the woods of Maine. My portion of the family farm is to be known as Eden Hill Farm just because I want to call it that and because that's the closest thing to the truth that I could come up with. If you enjoy what I write, email me or make a comment. If you enjoy Eden Hill, come visit.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Windows 10 Microsoft Edge Hotmal Glitch

Update:
Looks like I spoke too soon (read my post below).
The problem has returned already. Sad face :^(

I use Hotmail as my primary email and have been using it for somewhere around twenty years now. Last Saturday, about the time Irma was swiping the coast of Cuba, Hotmail decided to start sending multiple emails whenever I hit Send. To make things worse, an error message came up suggesting I didn't have an Internet connection so after testing my connection, I hit Send again and presto, another 8 to 13 duplicate emails were sent again despite the fact that Hotmail gave me the same error message.
I tried Googling the problem but with no luck. Finally after four days of this it dawned on me to Google the exact wording of the error message. Google gave me only one result, a Microsoft forum.
One of the responses gave an 8-step solution that seems to have worked. So far so good at least. I've sent myself two test messages and everything worked correctly, no errors and no duplicates.
So here's the error message and the solution:
"Error: The message can't be sent because your device isn't connected to the Internet. Try again when you regain connectivity."
Here's the solution from Microsoft:
  1. Launch Edge.
  2. Click the icon with the three horizontal lines. 
  3. Click the clock icon to show the History pane.
  4. Click Clear all history.
  5. Check Browsing History.
  6. Check Cookies and saved website data.
  7. Check Cached data and files.
  8. Click Clear.
My thanks to Ron Sommer

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Greek Oregano in the Maine Highlands

Two or three years ago I started a small rock garden out in my back yard for growing some Greek oregano from seed that I am thinking came from Fedco down in Clinton just off I-95. For years I had a small oregano patch that never did much growing but did come back year after year despite its shady location. I attribute its survival to compost-enriched soil more than to any other factor. Who'd a thunk something like oregano would grow up here in the Maine Highlands!
This summer my rock garden oregano patch finally thrived, most likely because last winter I cut quite a few of the mostly linden shade trees that have for decades been expanding their reach over and under my back yard garden. So last month I harvested a very large fistful of fresh green oregano stalks just as the plants were flowering. They've been hanging overhead downstairs by the woodstove and have been dry for weeks. Today I decided I'd see just what it was that I had so I took a large stainless bowl and crumpled my dry treasure by hand to get as many of the stems out as I could. What I wound up with from my tiny rock garden was more than a quart jar full of oregano spice.
To test the worth of this new treasure I heated a can of Campbell's Tomato Soup mixed with some raw cucumber and carrot relish that I made yesterday and a teaspoon at least of this oregano. I overcooked the soup but let me tell you, eating that soup was an oregano experience! My head nearly ignited with oregano flavor!