I Can’t Believe I Fell For It!!!

You can only lie or trick me once and I’ll never trust you again. I’ll never believe anything you say again, either. After being lied to so many times as a child (a parental and 1950’s thing supposedly for my protection) I grew up extremely independent and very much a loner. I became very wise and savvy to door-to-door salesmen, “too good to be true” ads on TV or in print media, and anything advertised as free, easy to assemble, buy one get one free, you can return it with no questions asked and the trickiest one just pay shipping and handling!!! The worst of the worst, of course, are those telemarketers on the phone telling you your Windows Computer is infected or any other such scam. Bloody scum bags!! Whenever I answer the door “No thanks, I’m not interested”, comes spurting out of my mouth, unless, of course, it’s something legit. When the telephone rings and those 289 or 000-00 numbers appear on Call Display, I usually hang up before the caller even gets to deliver his spiel or there’s a foreign accent on the other end. Don’t waste my time, buddy!!

Having said all of the above, guess who knocks at our door several weeks back? Upon opening the door there stands a nice looking young lad (maybe early college age?) holding a small piece of paper and wearing a badge around his neck. I had noticed him and his buddy across the street earlier and knew for certain they were selling something as a lot of doors were being shut in their faces. Not wanting to be completely rude to such a young man, I gave him the chance to introduce himself. He was from NCA in St. Catharines and only wanted to ask me a couple of questions about the water quality in our area. He advised he didn’t want my last name – only first name and phone number – and if I answered his questions my name would be entered into a draw for $500.00 worth of groceries as a “thank-you”. Okay, so I’m thinking “what’s the harm, right??”  Just to be cautious and diligent, I asked him a couple of questions to satisfy myself that he was, in fact, legit. What was “NCA“? Where are they based? I was advised NCA was a company concerned about water quality and environmental issues in our area and they had an office in St. Catharines and were also thinking of branching out to this area. Made sense, right?? So, I agreed. The questions asked – Do you drink tap water? What was my opinion about the quality of water in this area? Has there been any problems with the water in this area? That was about it. He thanked me, took my first name and phone number for the draw and handed me a card from NCA showing its logo and my number for the draw, should it be picked. When Nat returned from his golf game, I told him, and we soon forgot about the whole matter. After all, what was there to think about.

Not so fast, people!! Suddenly I get a call from a very nice woman at NCA advising that they had had an early bird draw and my name came up!! What were the odds, I thought. She also queried if I would be home within the next hour so the delivery man could bring by my gift. (Suddenly and for a few seconds, I’m thinking how big is this gift????) She told me I may have won a gift basket or vouchers, or something along those lines. (Again, why a truck?).  She further advised that if I tried this thing (my memory escapes me, as she quickly rattled off the name of the gizmo) and liked it that I was to put up a testimonial and tell my friends. However, if I didn’t like it, would I keep quiet!!!!! This is where the first bell should have gone off in my head but alas it was only a little “ting” as I told myself what was the harm, and how big could this thing be??” Nat had now returned from his golf game and I told him about my good news. Suddenly, the two of us began to really think about this – I mean really think about it!!!!

As we were talking I began a Google search of NCA (St. Catharines). After sifting through hundreds of other NCA results, I soon came across the appropriate web site displaying the same logo on the card I received. Looked a little empty, in my opinion, and didn’t really give any details about exactly what it was that they did. The web site did, however, at least look legit. I had also spotted a news article regarding a man from Niagara Falls that had gone alone with this whole scenario but was cheated out of his free gift. It took some phone calls by the newspaper and this man to finally get the matter resolved and the gift turned out to be a bunch of coupons. While we were doing this, the phone rang again and the gentleman asked if we would be home within the next 15 minutes, that someone named “Shane” would be dropping by with our gift. Nat and I soon realized it was one of those devious selling tactics where you have to test or try out this piece of equipment, listen to a long selling spiel and get very annoyed before you even received your free gift – which, by now, I’m thinking will be crap!!

After humming and hawing for a minute or two, along with debating whether to just call this guy back and stop Shane in his tracks, we decided to leave things alone and we’ll actually see what the hell is going on. Sure enough, within a minute or two, I spotted Shane walking in front of the office window towards the front door, looking somewhat disheveled  wearing a plaid dirty shirt, carrying some sort of metal box that looked like the size of a VCR machine, along with a satchel of accessories that bulged out the top. No gift in hand – hmmmmmm! We answered the door and in a polite tone, we told Shane that we were sorry we wasted his time and that we were not interested in anything he wanted us to try out. He advised that this was an air purifying machine, and that he has 16 satisfied customers in the area. We also informed him we were on the NCA web site but saw nothing about their products, who they were and exactly what it was that this company did. “Well, the web site is still getting set up”, he answered. Somehow I didn’t believe him, as there was nothing on the site to inform viewers that “the site was still in development”. We further informed him that we only answered a few questions about the water quality. “Oh, would you like to see the water guy, then?” he asked. “NO” we replied, “we’re not interested in any of this stuff, that we had moved in a few years ago, we have a new furnace, new air conditioner and even a generator”. We were completely satisfied, and again, we apologized. We were surprised as he very politely headed back to his truck in the drive.

“Whewwww”, I remarked to Nat, as I closed the door. Suddenly it was ME that got “taken in” and I couldn’t believe it. How could I not see that coming. After answering a couple of questions, suddenly I won an early bird door prize, was asked to “be quiet” if I didn’t like this thing, and a disheveled sales person comes to our door carrying a gizmo that wasn’t even in a box!!!!! Nat and I both told ourselves that if NCA was truly on the “up-and-up” then why not brag about their products on their web site, tell us up front what was going on and not send young lads out on a suspicious mission?? Couldn’t blame the kid – he was just looking for some money!! So we dodged a bullet there and I’ve now built an even thicker piece of armour against anyone that offers me something free or wants me to be quiet. MOI – be quiet???? That’s the understatement of the year and besides – when I don’t like something I tell the world, baby!!!!!

As for the rest of the week – Friday we drove into St. Catharines to Costco for our usual supply of meat and paper products. Before hand, however, we decided to stop in at the Mandarin for lunch. That was a really nice treat. The Mandarin is getting a little expensive now, so we don’t frequent this restaurant as often as we use to. It’s too bad, too, because the foods I select at the buffet are all good for diabetic patients – the garlic broccoli, the chow mein and the roasted chicken pieces. I will admit to cheating a little this time, as I took a walk to the dessert area and couldn’t help but pick up some of those fabulous chocolate-covered marshmallows along with my little dish of chocolate ice cream. What the hell, I figured, as this was going to be our only meal of the day. We usually don’t have a supper whenever we visit the Mandarin as we tend to over-indulge.

As we were driving home along Sodom Road, suddenly a convoy of Canadian Army tanks were headed towards us on the left. There must have been at least 10 or more. Nat suddenly remembered that they were doing drills in the Niagara Peninsula area. I must admit they were a bit daunting to have coming towards you. Big burly tanks that are twice (and maybe 3 times) the size as any van or small vehicle, with Army men donned in combat gear and fatigues peaking their heads out of the turrets above. I couldn’t help but wonder where they had been practising in our little area. Along the sands of Crystal Beach, perhaps, where sun bathers had gathered together to storm the shores and take over Ridgeway-Fort Erie area!!! I digress. I’m sure this is all serious stuff as we have had troops in Afghanistan and other areas. Hopefully, however, our guys will never be needed, but we still wish each and every member of the Canadian Armed Forces all the best in whatever mission they’re sent on.

My Final Say for 2011

2011 is on it’s last legs. Not a bad, bad year per se, but we had our ups and downs. We at least managed to get our new deck built and hopefully in 2012 we’ll get some of our windows replaced. The living room transom window is dripping like a fountain – the seal is broken – and the office window certainly needs changing too. Dampness has been a dirty word in this household and we’d really like to replace all of the windows, but will have to do so in instalments.

We also finally received and got hooked-up the new Airport Express. So far we’re not having any trouble getting the internet, but just our dumb luck, the Apple TV is now lighting up every once in awhile. A white light will come on and stay for about 10 seconds and then turn off and not necessarily in any time pattern. I’ve put it into sleep mode, I’ve checked and rechecked the settings and I’ve downloaded the latest update. Now I’m in the throws of more online research to see what the heck is going on. Technology really does make your life a lot easier, but jeez Louise, it can be a living hell whenever it acts up. As much as I love Apple products, there are times when I think Steve Jobs felt there were only geeks wandering this planet!

As Nat and I wanted to see our best friends before the end of the year, we took a drive into St. Catharines on Friday. We decided to make a good day of it, so on our way we stopped in Niagara Falls at The Mandarin for a nice lunch. We then continued on our way into St. Catharines, loaded up on Kaisers at our favourite bakery, and then drove over to Floris and Cecil’s for a really nice visit, got caught up on some news and enjoyed tea and biscuits before heading back home.

New Year’s Eve day saw the two of us getting ready for the rest of the week as usual. With groceries and other errands done in the morning, we then returned home, had a bite to eat and then started a little light house cleaning and completed a couple loads of laundry. The kids will be coming over tomorrow just before noon, so I wanted to get one day ahead. As I was on the last stages of my jigsaw puzzle I sat in the dining room afterward trying to get it completed so I could free up the table for Sunday lunch. It wasn’t long after Nat finished watching a football (soccer) game on telly, when he stuck his head through the door and asked if it was finished yet. “Almost”, I replied, “but with your help it’ll go a lot quicker”. So he joined in and by 3:30 pm we had finished. “Have one last long look, dear”, he said, “it’s gotta get torn up soon!” After our supper I broke up the pieces and popped them in the little ziploc bag. I’ll keep it until I get a chance to send it on to Jenny. Being the City of Calgary, Alberta, I think she’ll get a kick out of it.

The 2nd of January Nat will celebrate another birth year – very, very much to his chagrin. With Susan, Tom, Laura and the grandkids coming over tomorrow we’ll have a small lunch of cold cuts, roasted chicken pieces, salads and potato chips before Nat opens up his gifts. I found him a gorgeous blue sweater at Gary Water’s Store when shopping with Bonnie and I know he’ll love it. He loves the clothing at Gary Water’s but feels it may be a bit too “high end” for him. Personally, I think it’s not. He’s a “high end” kind of guy and looks fabulous in the sweaters I’ve bought in the past.

We’re looking forward to Sunday and seeing the kids, as we don’t see them that often anymore. So we’ll enjoy the first day of 2012 with family and hope the good times continue throughout the year.

Happy New Year to everyone and hope 2012 is successful for all.

Okay, But Only If They’ve Got Air!!

This past week was unbearable. The heat was exhausting and relentless. As a consequence Nat and I laid low and tried our best to stay indoors to enjoy the constant humming of the air-conditioning. Why not, we’re paying for hydro that it’s sucking up!! So Tuesday was a write-off, except Nat put up the new bird feeder we purchased at Lee Valley.

Wednesday was Nat’s usual golf day and I had no idea how his foursome was going to survive. I did my usual mucking about in the office, checking out the new Safari Reader and other goodies I read about in the July issue of MacWorld Magazine that I’m enjoying immensely. Once Nat called to say he was on his way home I began getting the burgers ready for the BBQ. Within twenty minutes he walked in the door, soaking wet and exhausted. Even Bill, his partner, struggled to complete the ninth (and final) hole, and he drives a cart! Despite the heat, however, Nat at least managed to have a half decent game. I knew in my heart he’d be asleep in his chair by 7:00 pm. I wasn’t far off – it was just after 7:30.

One other thing I managed to get done while Nat was playing golf, was to finally order a new cell phone from Sears Connect, along with subscribing to one of their packages. It’s a pretty neat deal with a variety of phones and packages and you’re able to order by calling their 1-800 number. Once your order is complete, your new phone arrives in the mail along with instruction manual, etc. We struggled to decide whether to get another cell phone after we cancelled our contract with Bell Mobility, but Nat felt it was a necessity for me for those times I’m out and about with Bonnie and I’m without the van (which has OnStar). Plus Sears Connect had a far cheaper package than Bell. I didn’t need a lot of convincing, being the gadget gal that I am, so I picked out their cheapest package ($14.95 a month), chose a phone (for free) and it should arrive in the mail within the next week. As cell phones have made major strides in the three years that we’ve had our first one, I was able to select a phone that had a QWERTY keyboard and the package I chose also allowed me to do some text messaging. Bonus!! I also took advantage of a current promotion (what were the odds!!!) and ordered a bluetooth headset, cover and charger. Things I would’ve needed eventually, right!!!!

Thursday morning Nat and I lulled around. We had discussed the night before what we’d get up to, and had decided to use a couple of gift certificates to the Mandarin (received on Father’s Day), do the lunch thing and then head into St. Catharines and Costco where we knew we’d drop quite a few bucks. Again, the heat was unbearable, but we enjoyed a fabulous meal, as always, and didn’t spend as much as I thought at Costco. We were at least now well-stocked and our weekly grocery list was wiped out, thereby saving us a trip to our local markets on Saturday. We were keeping Saturday in mind to finally begin assembling the shed that’s become so dear to Nat’s heart!! On the way home I remarked to Nat that I was willing to bet there’d be a message on the answering machine from Better Shade saying that the living room blind was now ready to be picked up. I wasn’t wrong. The message light was blinking as soon as we walked in the door. Go figure!!! Oh well, we decided the blind would have to wait for us, after all we had to wait for it. We’d pick it up maybe on Monday.

Having said that, Friday brought the rains. Off and on, off and on. One of those days where you can’t do too much of anything. So, looking at each other from across the table at lunch, we decided to head back into St. Catharines and pick up that blind. We also figured we could take a few minutes and head over to Home Outfitters and see what kind of selection they had in drapery panels. Naturally, there wasn’t much that peaked our interest and decided to head home. We were back in the cool air after a long and hot ride home (direct sun beaming into my side of the van) and realized we had at least accomplished something on a hot, rainy day. The balance of the day was spent relaxing. We knew we’d be in for a busy Saturday!!

Just Us Gals and a Mushroom or Two!

Nat finally had a half decent golf game on Wednesday. He’s been a tad disappointed with a few of his rounds this season, so it was nice to see him smiling when he arrived home. Despite the heat it was a good afternoon for him. While he was out I did my usual puttering around in the office, getting caught up on a few Podcasts and just generally goofing off. So it was that we both ended up having nice days!

The arrival of Friday morning saw Nat and I sitting on the back patio. Our day was going to be filled with lunch at the Mandarin in Niagara Falls and then off to Gail and Bern’s for Nat to drop me off and then pick up Terry for a game of golf that afternoon. Not wanting to get into anything too heavy, we whiled away the morning hours before we left, and during that time Nat spotted a couple of mushrooms popping out of the tree trunk that formed part of our fence. I grabbed my camera and snapped away. Not seeing too many mushrooms in my life, I was fascinated by their natural beauty and size. I also snapped a few pictures of around our yard. It’s not the most beautiful yard in the world, but it’s ours’ and we both enjoy the wild foliage along the stream and it’s never-ending colour all year long.

After a wonderful (and quite filling) lunch at the Mandarin, we then headed into Jordan. With Nat’s regular golfing buddy, Bill, having back problems, it was just going to be Nat and Terry that afternoon, so they headed down to Queenston for a couple of hours away from the women in their lives. As I was going to be alone, I tagged along and spent the day with Gail and Wendy while the boys were playing golf. We had a great afternoon chit chatting about this ‘n that and jumping from topic to topic in a flash. We decided to get outdoors for a few minutes and drove over to Jordan Village to see what was new and exciting. As with every “walk about” I ended up buying something! Like a moth to a flame, I’m drawn to stores and my wallet opens up on command!! I at least restrained myself this time. I bought a wee chunk of Maple Walnut fudge for myself, and three sample jars of homemade jams for Nat all bundled in a neat little package. We continued on meandering in and out of some exclusive little shops admiring all kinds of goodies we wished we could buy but knew in our hearts it would give each of our hubbies heart attacks if they saw the price tags! With a few pictures we snapped of each other for Wendy’s photo album when she returns to England, we headed home for a drink and that requisite piece of chocolate we so desperately needed to replace any memories of those exquisite goodies we had just passed up!!

With a good game of golf under his belt and a few laughs with Wendy and Gail in my heart, Nat and I then headed home for a quiet evening. We’d be seeing the gang again this weekend for a bon voyage party for our nephew, Tyler. Lucky boy has landed a job at Disney World in Florida for a year and being the close family that we are, we’re all going to miss him. But man, oh man, if you’re a big kid at heart and love to play, you couldn’t pick a better place to go to work. Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work we go – so good luck and best wishes Tyler!!!!

Nothing Days And Nothing Nights

As January’s go, this one has been one of the quietest in years. Usually we’re running hither and yon for appointments (usually medical and for moi), so we’ll count our blessings that this January only has 2 appointments in them. Again, both concerning me, but checkups only and after what I’ve been through in 2009 these checkups had better be good or I’ll scream to high heaven!!! We’ll not rock the boat and hopefully the peaceful, stabilized day-to-day goings’ on will continue.

The most excitement this past week has been Nat’s dissatisfaction with a new rim from Canadian Tire. Unknowingly they installed what is called an “After Market” rim (otherwise a “No Name” product). Once installed it was discovered that the hub cap would not fit properly and the air valve was out of place. Not realizing what had happened, Nat had to consent to the mechanic drilling another hole in the hub cap to accommodate the air valve, as the tire was already on the rim. Within the first day Nat knew something just wasn’t right, so he headed back to the store and confronted the Manager wherein it was explained to him what these “After Market” rims were all about. However, if Nat had known in the first place he would have agreed to get a proper GM Uplander rim from the wreckers or even the dealer. The Manager agreed to re-install the new rim if we were willing to find one – which is exactly what we did – and within the next day the new rim was on, the hub cap fit perfectly and we were on our way. Problem solved!

This was our first experience with Miller’s Auto Recycle in Fort Erie, and what a great experience it was. This place is huge – 45 acres – well-organized and top-notch service. After consulting their computer inventory, we had our rim within 5 minutes and at a great price – well under $100.00, as opposed to $298.00 from the dealer!! Nat even took the time to get our old original rim back from Canadian Tire and left it with Miller’s as a “swap”. Nat agreed this was a great place to keep in mind should something else be required for the Van – God forbid!!

Thursday saw Nat and I headed into Niagara Falls to the Mandarin for lunch, using the gift card we received at Christmas from the kids. With full bellies we then headed into Niagara-On-the-Lake for a leisurely walk-about. Nat wanted to look at caps again and I could make the trip worthwhile by getting a candy apple at the sweet shop. Guess this wasn’t our day. The hat shop was closed for the day and the sweet shop was out of candy apples! To ease our pain we headed over to the Scottish Loft and bought some Scottish biscuits for Nat and some dark chocolate Bounty bars for me. Yummmmm!! With that we headed home and nestled in to watch the hockey game that evening. A nothing sort of day but oh so good going down!!!

45 Years Later Look What I Found

I have not stepped into a public library for close to 45 years. The library was one of those institutions that never interested me growing up. As a teenager in the 60’s it wasn’t cool to go there. Besides, I wasn’t a big reader during those years – only reading what I had to, to get through school. Once the book report was done, the book gathered dust and was never picked up again.

During those 45 years I have read books, but ones that were purchased at book stores on ‘my own terms’ (ie not a mandatory read). I managed to find a couple of authors I truly enjoyed – F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby), Irwin Shaw (Rich Man Poor Man, Beggarman Thief, Nightwork), P.D. James, Martha Grimesto name a few, along with a few biographies. Of late I’ve also become very interested in socio-economic, political and technology books which tend to keep the old brain cells active and alive. For some unknown reason I have a craving to re-educate myself – maybe because of the times we’re living in (the Bush years [thank God, they’re over!], the economic downturn, the rapidly growing technology field, etc.). The old adage that “knowledge is power” is very true.

Having said all that, everytime Nat and I go into Fort Erie on errands we drive by the local library, and everytime we go flying by their front door I tell myself I should go in and check it out. Well, today we did. We had already passed the building after coming from downtown, and realizing we still had the whole afternoon to ourselves, I made Nat turn the van around and go back. I really wanted to do this thing. And I was glad I did. So after having a nice look around and thinking there’s a lot here both of us could use, I signed up. It’s been so long, that my last membership card was a piece of paper the size of a business card, but now it’s a wholly-modern, slick and new little plastic card that’s the size of a credit card. How cool is that!!!!

I’m excited. I now have somewhere to go if I need solace or quiet time. I can now borrow books, CDs, movies, magazines or even go online with one of their computers, and so much more, and not pay a cent. Again, how cool is that!!! There’s really nowhere else you can go and do that, is there!!! Yes, I know, there are millions upon millions of people out there that already do this, but cut me some slack. I hated reading as a kid, and if it took me 45 years to rediscover the library then so be it. I’ve always done things on my own time!! Besides “back in my day” you couldn’t rent movies or CDs or use the library’s internet service, because they didn’t exist.

As for other things I’ve been up to? At long last, my shopping buddy/sister and I went for lunch yesterday at the Mandarin. This Mandarin restaurant has the (and I do mean “the”) best deep-fried chicken wings I’ve ever had. Huge, crunchy, juicy and just bloody plain Mmmmm good. We ate so much I couldn’t even face supper and Nat already had it half started by the time I got home. I did my level best, but it was a struggle. After enjoying a great meal along with some good chit chat, we then headed over to Niagara Square to drop a few bucks in order to do our part for the economy. I’m afraid I outdid Bonnie in that department, but then I haven’t been clothes shopping for quite some time and it was like Christmas to me, being in a Mall. As always, spending my time with Bonnie is enjoyable and fun. We both wished, however, that our bodies could endure just an additional hour or so now and again. But maybe that’s a good thing – we won’t spend more money that way!!!!

Reviving Our Vinyl

For Valentines’ Day my sweetie wined and dined me at Mandarin Restaurant and what a fabulous meal it was. The new Mandarin in Niagara Falls was booked to the hills and because of the special occasion accepted “Reservations Only”. We had booked for 4:00 pm (the other alternative would have been 8:45 pm and that’s a bit late even for Nat and I), and it was just as well. The place was packed when we arrived and after some confusion with everyone else in front and behind us having a 4:00 pm seating, we were escorted to a table in the back where we were surrounded by other couples. Each reservation was allowed 1 hour and 45 minutes for their dining experience, and that was plenty for us. We don’t like to linger too much and we’re not big eaters, but we managed to have a nice glass of wine with our meal and the entire evening was delicious. Plus they have the biggest, fatest, juiciest chicken wings I’ve ever had!! We arrived home and settled in for the rest of the night – including Nat watching his beloved Leafs finally win a game. Happy Valentines’ Day, Dear!!

The past couple of days we’ve also been in the throws of setting up our little recording gizmo – Nero Audio Suite – in order to finally get all of our long play record albums, cassette tapes and 45’s recorded or transferred into our computer and eventually burned onto CDs. We’ve had some challenges, to say the least, in getting set up. As the program is for “Windows” only and not Mac, we pulled out the old laptop (which was in our closet gathering dust) and I wiped the hard drive clean by re-installing Windows XP. A good clean slate.

The connections were easy enough to make. We stumbled a couple of times with  the sound card in the old laptop – it’s getting dreadfully slow – but after re-reading the instructions it finally dawned on us what we were doing wrong. I will admit, however, that the instructions can leave a lot to your imagination, but then again, what little gizmo these days comes with really clear instructions? I’ve also managed to find a lot of help by Googling “Nero” and its amazing what’s out there. Whoever you guys are, thank-you!!!

Our situation involves the turntable, the receiver, the Nero Audio Suite and the laptop. We had a lot of trouble getting the sound right – we had a recording but no sound. We had sound coming from the receiver but not the computer, we had sound coming from the computer and the receiver but no sound in the recordings, etc., etc., etc. So we started fresh again this afternoon. We set the laptop back to its default settings, we restarted and re-installed the Nero Audio Suite and we went line by line and what to our surprise, the whole thing was in good working order. In my zealousness to get things going and thinking I knew what I was doing, “Little Miss Anxious” (moi!!!) had reversed the sound cards in the laptop from what the instructions told us. Duh!! So for the umpteenth time we listened to  An Innocent Man (Billy Joel), as it was being recorded into the computer. We didn’t adjust any of the noise levels and left things as they were and went ahead and burned a CD.

The Nero instruction booklet indicated that you could only burn to a CD-R and not a CD-RW, as some CD-RWs could not be played back on some listening devices. But we went ahead and burned a CD-RW only because this was a learning process and we wanted to see what happened. Well, much to our surprise the CD-RW played in perfect order on our new little stereo unit we had purchased in Florida a couple years back. AND it was perfect. Billy Joel never sounded so good. We both grinned from ear to ear. We had succeeded. We were also excited as we could now finally get some of Nat’s old albums that can’t be found anymore into the computer and burned to a CD for posterity and for transferring to our iPods if and when we wanted. I can also now preserve all of our 45 records and tape cassettes and finally be able to go down memory lane whenever I want. At least I know how to get a CD from a Windows computer to MAC – for me, that’s the easy part. It was getting the vinyl records transferred to CD that was going to be the stumbling block until we found this little gizmo. So here’s to gizmo, gadgets, technology and all that stuff. There’s not too much else out there that can’t be done and I’m loving every new little thing I can find and/or use.

Between Nat and I we both have a lot of vinyl records, cassette tapes and 45s, so I’m guessing I should be busy for quite some time. Not knowing about all of this wonderful technology and it not being available at the time, I’ve also given quite a lot of my old vinyl to dear sister, Michele, who is an avid collector and music lover. Do you think she’d give me some back???? Love you, Michele!!!!