You should never monkey around with things you don't really understand. This is absolutely true for computers.
I got out my backup disk and restored everything. So far so good. But today I've had to correct all sorts of errors, and move this here and that there. I called my son and he helped me through all of it but it was still traumatic. All of my financial information, all of my tax stuff, my bills, and all my records are on this computer.
As it is, I didn't lose anything but it was frightful when I first realized what had happened. I use to keep two completely separate computers, one I used for the internet and one that never got hooked into the net at all. There wasn't any physical or electrical connection between the backup and the internet. I quit doing that because it was a pain. Now I see the folly of getting lazy with your procedures. I have to run into town this afternoon for a doctor visit and afterwards I'm going to Walmart and look for a cheap laptop to use as a backup. Some things you can get slack about but I guess your family records are not among those.
I was gently chided by a blogger for always being the first person to make a comment on her posts. She's a really nice person and she was only teasing me. Thinking about it though, I know what's happening. I have a blog roll on my own blog, and it's one of those where the people who have made new postings are at the top of the list.
Since I meander in and out of the main house all day, I check the computer a lot, and when I see a new posting I go read it. I almost always leave a comment of some kind or other. But that's what causes me to be first on a lot of blogs, and I can see how that might get to be annoying.
So my new procedure is that I am only going to leave comments at the end of the day , just before I go to bed. That way, I won't constantly be "Harry on the Spot". There are a lot of things associated with retirement and not all of them are good. Constantly looking for something to do is one of the not good things. I am thinking about finding some kind of little part time job. Not one where I have any stress or have some unpleasant person breathing down my neck. I was thinking more in line with working in a forest service fire tower. That would be nice, all alone up there and doing something enjoyable. Turns out they don't have those anymore here, they use web cams. But some kind of job where I was out on my own would be good. I don't know if I can find one, but since I don't have to make a ton of money maybe there will be some part time something that I like.