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.

The Tide Has Turned

Picked up my new dentures prior to my 70th birthday and was very pleased at the outcome. They’ve been made exactly as I had hoped. I’m now able to enjoy food with more gusto than with my original dentures. Those taste buds on the roof of your mouth really do make a difference. I will admit, however, it can be a tad annoying to having food particles get in between the dentures and your gums, but I’m willing to pay that price for enjoying meals and having dentures that fit and work better. The food particles I can get rid of. This was the most expensive lesson I’ve ever had to experience and God forbid I should have to do it again.

With great pleasure, Nat and I were treated to a double family dinner for our 80th and 70th birthdays. Sister, Thamazine, booked a private room at Johnny Rocco’s, inviting my family and his. We were both in shock that his side of the family showed up, as this was only the second time in 25 years that both sides had even been in the same room together, and we were thrilled to bits. We had both dined there previously and enjoyed ourselves.. Nat enjoyed the spaghetti and meatballs, while I took a leap of faith and really enjoyed the New York steak. From everything that was said around the table everyone enjoyed their meals and even Nat’s daughter, Laura, said it was the best Eggplant Parmigiana she had ever had. She took half of her meal home for the next day to enjoy twice as much. I was also so pleased that sister, Gail, had a chance to chat-up one of my granddaughters, Felicia, and her boyfriend, Kyle. That meant a lot to me, as I would love my family to get to know my grandchildren. Thanks Gail!!!

For the rest of the week we enjoyed the peace and quiet, albeit a bit boring at some times. We only had a few errands to run and had the choice of braving the cold and bitter snow storms we were having or just stay home and wait for the sun to shine.

I’m continuing to experience the hair loss. Nat checked with his hair salon and was told just to comb it a lot at night. What was going to fall out, was going to fall out no matter what. The only thing I could do was keep the blood flowing through my head to encourage growth and slowing down the hair loss. My own hair dresser confirmed the same and we’ll wait until things get better before I decide on whether to colour my hair again. I guess we should give the old noggin some rest. My old brain has experienced a lot of trauma itself this past year and deserves a rest like the rest of my body!!

Another vicious wind and snow storm today. We’ve been experiencing several these past couple of weeks. Our little village has even experienced more than the surrounding areas to the west of us. We drove to Welland one day and couldn’t believe how clear the roads were. As I’m writing this I can barely see out the front window for the blowing snow that’s blurring the house across the street. Another day where Nat and I have been enjoying the warmth of our little home but getting just a bit bored. This is the way the rest of 2019 is looking, but I shouldn’t jinx anything by writing about it – assume nothing!!!!

The good news, for me at least, is that I’ve been managing to keep off those excess 20 pounds I lost while I was sick. I’m back on the treadmill as I’m really determined to maintain this weight and the size smaller in clothing. I’ve been lucky enough to buy some new clothes and in a bit more up-to-date styling than previous years. I may be prejudiced but I still can’t get over how I’ve lost all that bulgy fat from my legs. Really egotistical of me, but I’ve not been that thin in the legs since High School!!! For the years I have left I’m going to enjoy this for all it’s worth!