Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend–or is it Hello???



My scream when the little cartridge holder snapped inside my wonderful, old printer!

I had that LexMark printer for a long time–probably ten years, or close to it. I’ve owned a number of printers over the years, but this LexMark was my favorite. For one thing, it is the only printer I have owned where the paper didn’t jam. And I loved its scanning capabilities.

Now, I stood with the broken piece in my hand, considering my options.

By computer standards, the printer model is no longer made and is considered obsolete. So buying a new one exactly like it was out of the question. I could get a used one:


Or I could get a refurbished one:


Eventually, I decided my only option was to buy a new printer, and I decided to get a different brand. After all, I once owned a Hewlitt Packard that ran for years! (The reason I didn’t get any writing accomplished yesterday? I spent the day researching printers on line. And I didn’t make my decision until late afternoon or early evening. And my new printer will arrive next week!)

Now, what would I do with my old one?

“I hate giving it up!” I thought, as I dismantled it last evening and moved it to the kitchen. In the morning, I would find a temporary location for the old printer. And then I planned to put it out in the front yard with a “free” sign. It would be gone within minutes!

“That thing was a wonderful scanner! Not only did it print well, but it would scan my old family pictures I keep in boxes downstairs!”

That’s when I started thinking about possibilities for the old printer. I have a computer downstairs I use for drafting and for creating my website pages. It still has the software for my old printer on it. The family pictures and albums are all in boxes beneath the table. Scanning them has always been a major deal. I had to haul all those pictures upstairs and when the scanning was completed, I had to haul them all back downstairs again. There was nothing wrong with the scanning capability of my old printer. Why not move it downstairs?

Howard carried it downstairs for me this morning. I still have a lot of rearranging to do because between my genealogy notebooks and my doll collection, there is little room for anything else. Rearranging everything is something I don’t need to do at this moment. But the printer is safely downstairs, and I don’t need to worry about placing it in the front yard.

At least I found a purpose for my friend! 🙂

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