I'm Nikki, a creative old soul who loves tea time, tip-toeing through gardens, mounds of books, swaying to records, watercolors, sunset walks with our three yorkies, and star-gazing with Paul. This blog carries snippets of my life with just us two (five with Rusty, Lucy, & Ethel) - I hope it brings you happiness as you snuggle in with something warm and delicious and begin reading. Enjoy, friends!

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Bigger & Faster | A New Computer

We’ve added a new friend into our office this past week; my new computer and monitor. My laptop has been what I’ve been working on for the past two years and to be honest, it’s getting slow. Too slow for working on. Paul and I had gone back and forth about when to get something new, what should we get, etc. We window shopped at Best Buy a few times and then finally, after Photoshop taking years to save one photo, we decided it was time to move on.

The best thing about our new purchase isn’t the size of the monitor, it’s the speed of the computer!!! Holy moley this thing is fast. It literally has cut down hours of my work time. Photoshop runs insanely fast, transferring photos takes seconds, loading photos takes less than a second – it’s just wonderful. And yes, the size of the monitor is fantastic. I thought it would take a lot getting used to since my laptop was only a 17″ screen and now I’m looking into a 27″ screen (and the edges are turquoise :))!! It’s wonderful! I see all of the flaws when editing (no worries – if you have a pimple of any size, I will see it and get rid of it), the resolution is just lovely, and the color is even wonderful. I worry about using monitors and not my laptop screen when editing because of the color difference, but after adjusting it a smidge, the coloring is just as good as my laptop. Hurray!! The only downside to having this computer is that it doesn’t have nearly as enough storage space as my laptop. So I can only have so many photos on my computer now, but I just use my external hard drive when I want to use old photos and such. Oh, and also, with the new monitor I have nowhere to paint now. :( My desk was also my paint space and now I have none…boo.

So, here are the links to the new products in case any of you are in need of a super fast computer and super big monitor (Paul could probably have gone in much more detail about these new friends, but I’m not much of a computer gal and I’m working on a wedding to show you THIS FRIDAY!! :))


Lenovo ThinkCentre M73 Tiny Desktop Computer


Samsung SE370 Series LS27E370DS/ZA 27″ Screen LED-Lit Monitor