The Mac Gods Answered My Prayer

We’ll be heading into the year 2020 in 37 days. Before that happens our iMac will turn 11 years old. In computer years, that’s a very long time. Naturally, within the past couple of years, I’ve bitched and complained whenever dear hubby was within ear shot of how slow our iMac has become in loading pages, uploading or downloading pictures, Apps and other programs. I knew in my heart of hearts that the processor was old and tired trying to handle all of the ups and downs I was throwing at it. Falling on deaf ears, my hints were going unnoticed, or so I thought.

Much to my surprise, after discussing our Christmas plans or lack thereof, Nat very quietly suggested that we should look to buying each other a new iMac as a joint Christmas present. Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah !!!!!!!

Suddenly, the chorus of angels singing in my head came to an abrupt pause. We were now talking finances. Bummer. Trying to work out our future expenses (new tires for the car, brake job, golf club membership, regular household expenses) it became crystal clear the new Christmas present was going to be a bit tricky to work out. Trying our best, and being optimistic, we drove up to the Apple Store at Mapleview Mall, in Burlington, to have an actual look at the new iMacs on the market and get re-educated on the latest operating system, screen sizes, processors, etc. My God, they were gorgeous, but I had to face reality and tell myself the new bells and whistles were no longer necessary in our lives. I no longer create our own Christmas Cards, work with Photoshop, or other wondrous programs I could find. My days were now dwindled down to keeping our finances in order, working on this Web Site, a little gamingand whatever else I can find to keep me occupied.

We had a great time consulting with one of the Apple staff and having her show us the bells and whistles we’ll get no matter what, the bells and whistles we’ll need and even the virtues of Apple CareThat’s one extra cost I’m convinced we will not need and will save us just over $200.00, which is an enormous savings when you’re talking all things Apple. I want the quality, but not the extra service which we’ve never needed in the past and I’m convinced won’t need in the future.

With all the information we could gather, Nat and I wandered around the Mall for a wee bit and then headed back home while stopping off in Grimsby for lunch. We’d have things to discuss further down the road when the time comes to make the actual purchase – with the Good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise (as the saying goes!)

The time had also arrived for my monthly lunch with loving sister, Michele. We’d not been out for a couple of months due to other family matters, so we arranged a date at our usual haunt and had a great time. She caught me up on other family matters and get-togethers that I had missed, rehashed our 25th Wedding Anniversary dinner and I caught her up on our granddaughter and boyfriend on their upcoming trip to Australia in November for 3 months. Another great time and some time alone with someone other that my loving hubby.

On another little happening, and as I was in a deep sleep, I heard some bells ringing at 1:27 AM this past Friday. I kept listening and soon realized the bloody phone in the office was ringing off the hook and hubby was dead to the world beside me. I jumped up, making my noggin a little woozy, wobbly walked to the office as quick as I could, picked up the phone and whoever they were decided to hang  up. God Damn!! Swearing under my breath I turned out the office light, attempted to wobbly walk back to bed but in such deep darkness, I had to hold my hand alongside the walls in order to avoid the stairs and return to bed. Still a little pissed, I let the bedroom door slam a little – oops!!!! Still, not a peep out of Nat. Lying there in such a deep sleep, pissed me off even more!! When I confronted him in the morning, he did mention he heard the door slam a bit – oops, sorry!!

This past Saturday evening Nat and I joined Susan and her family for a meal at Johnny Rocco’s in St. Catharines. As her oldest daughter, Felicia, and boyfriend, Kyle, were leaving for New Zealand & Australia for 3 months on the 27th we wanted to give them a send-off dinner to say our Farewells, Safe Trip, Bon Voyages and all that. We had a fabulous time and as I was sitting beside the two travellers, Nat and I had a chance to really talk privately to the two of them. We’re so impressed how Felicia has grown up to become a well-rounded, somewhat fearless, cautious and adventuresome traveller and Kyle has turned into a very intelligent, head-on-straight, sensible young man with deep affection for Felicia. The two of them made us laugh and we’re sorry they’re leaving as we’ll miss them very much. At the same time, we wish them the very best of times, a safe trip, a very Merry Christmas and New YearCan’t wait for their safe return in 2020 to hear of their adventures, see their photos, videos, etc. and give them huge hugs. All the best you two.

Breadsticks and Bar Keepers

Going across the U.S. Border is not one of my favourite things to do. However, there are times when I have to bite the bullet and do so. Not to rub Canadian retailers’ noses the wrong way, the shopping at Walden Galleria Mall is delightful.  Apple, Macy’s, Pottery Barn, Brookstone, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Williams & Sonoma, and many more, are nowhere to be found near our little village without driving for a couple of hours.  I’d prefer to shop in Canada but I live in a small area where retailers don’t have the population base to justify the cost of building. Naturally, Toronto does. However, I don’t wish to drive a couple of hours to browse a kitchen store to see what’s new. So, despite my trepidation of border crossing I hop in the car whenever hubby is headed that way so I can at least see the latest and greatest. We are also at a huge advantage in that Walden Galleria Mall is only a half hour’s drive away.

I guess you can tell by now that Nat and I made the trip “across the river” so he could buy some weed killer that is more powerful than the Canadian version and 3/4 the price cheaper (despite the value of the CDN dollar). In order to make a good day of things, we also decided to wander around Walden Galleria Mall, then drive across the street for lunch at The Olive Garden with a stop at Home Depot on the way home for Nat’s weed killer. Our trip was fun and looking at all the gorgeous shops I love was a real treat. No matter how I tried, however, I couldn’t get in the mood to clothes shop. I decided to opt for my usual ooohing and awwwing at the Apple Store (would love an iPod Touch but can’t justify it) and my favourite kitchen store, Williams & Sonoma. For some time I’ve been keeping a lookout for a set of yellow Salt & Pepper shakers, but, alas, no go. But Nat and I still ooohhed and awwed at the best in cooking and baking supplies. It was at this point I grabbed a bottle of Bar Keepers Friend which is one of the best touted cleaning products I’ve heard about. Yes, they sell the damn thing in Canada, but this was going to be my only purchase – I was NOT going home empty handed!!

With my feet and legs now starting to feel the pressure of walking on concrete I started to slow down. This was the time for the two of us to head across the road, sit and relax and have a gorgeous Italian lunch. What a treat – the Olive Garden had a new lunch menu since we’d been there and it was delightful. For $6.99 US you could get a salad or soup along with a mini entree of their regular supper menu. We both began with the salad and breadsticks, which we love, and then I enjoyed the mini meatball sub (5 small meatballs tucked inside a larger-sized breadstick and dowsed in tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, while Nat enjoyed a mini bowl of Spaghetti. What a treat!!!!! Our delightful waiter even bagged up a couple of extra breadsticks for home – just heat and serve!

With all things “Nat and Twila” we naturally got turned around trying to get to the Home Depot which was just down the road from Walden Galleria Mall – a 10 minute drive. We pulled out the GPS and I plugged in the address for the Home Depot I thought we wanted. Nat was getting a little edgy when the “trip time” kept getting longer and longer. We were a little dumb-founded when the GPS announced “arrive at destination” as we turned into a garage station. Stopping to pause to see what went wrong, we discovered I had plugged in the address for the Home Depot which was further away from the Mall, but closer to the border. We managed to get turned around from the garage station and had to only go a few addresses down the road to actually arrive at our destination. We were successful in getting what Nat wanted and from the store we had arrived at, it was just a hop, skip and jump back to the border crossing. Que, sera, sera it all worked out in the end!!! This proves the world is moving too fast for me these days and hubby has to be more patient – but at least I kept him in the same State!!

With three big events coming up in our extremely ‘active’ (cough, cough) lives, I decided to get back to having my hair streaked. I’m also treating myself to a manicure and pedicure for each event which I’ve not done since my wedding. With a couple new dresses in the closest, a bit of the weight I’ve lost and a little personal attention to myself, I’m feeling so much better about myself and am looking forward to each event with a smile on my face.

I’ve also faced a little reality this month. With my golf game pretty much in the dumps, I decided to sell my golf clubs, cart, bag and accessories. I had to face it, I’m not going to golf any more – my swing is still there, but for some reason I keep topping the ball. After putting a bit of weight on after the transplant and my “Ladies” getting bigger, it’s a real stretch (and I do mean stretch) to make my arms come down hard and straight enough over the “Ladies” to keep the club low enough to strike under the ball. Once you’re in the down swing with your arms, the Ladies begin to take a dip thinking they want to help out, when, in fact, they’re bloody well in the way, making you top the ball every time! Frustration abounds, trust me!!!! So the golf clubs had to go. And I did sell them, albeit, the cheap bastard wouldn’t budge in price except for an extra $5.00.

Nat was due to play golf this past Saturday morning. During the night, however, we experienced one of the worst thunder and lightning storms in a long time. The entire night sky was constantly lit up by streaks of lightning and roars of violently loud thunder. At times Nat and I both felt the house shake and the bedroom window light up our room well enough to read a book by. This bad ass storm took place throughout the entire night and early evening. Naturally, Nat bowed out on the golf game assuming this storm had hit the entire Region. He soon found out when his golf partner called closer to noon to ask why he never showed up. Apparently the sun was shining brightly over the golf course and not a speck of rain. Just Nat’s dumb luck. It was also pretty much “par” for our week (pun intended).