Thanks everyone from Padre Mickey
Those who have been following this blog for a while may remember that while we were on sabbatical in California, our mac mini was sick. The hard drive was replaced and it seemed to be working well. It is one of the first models and therefore an ancient computer by today's standards.
The mac mini had been doing this for quite a while:
Unfortunately, it continued to do this sporadically even after its visit to the Genius Bar in Emeryville, CA. But it was working well, overall. Then, about four weeks ago, it went on the fritz again. We finally got it to the shop and received a call on Monday that the logic board needed to be replaced, at a cost of $600.00. A new mac mini may be purchased for $599.99.
I mentioned this on Facebook and received immediate response in regards to helping raise funds for a new computer from Psuedopiskie of Some Disagree With Mom and Dave of Friends of Jake. Then I learned that Reverenda Ann posted the news on the HOB/HOD listserve. I also saw posts at the blogs of Grandmère Mimi and Mad Priest.
So tonight we're gonna go buy a new mac mini, thanks to the generosity of so many people. As soon as I receive the list from St. Francis, I will be thanking folks individually, but for now we want to thank everyone for your help. You are a wonderful community!!