Refurbished iMac

This morning I am aware of how much joy I enjoy, as light begins to filter into the sky that is visible through the silhouette of the tree, that I see when I gaze out of the living room window in the mornings. I feel wealthy, because I have the comfortable chair, in the warm dwelling, with a lovely window, and a tree I can see.

What a beautiful morning!

We are expecting snow by this afternoon, so I am determined to get out there for my walk early. After I wrote that last sentence, I headed out for my walk, it was sunny when I set out, and had clouded over by the time I returned home. Snow on the way.

My Mom knit me a second knee warmer for Christmas, so now when I go out for a walk both knees are dressed for the weather!

The refurbished iMac arrived on Tuesday. I tend to install everything anew, rather than transfer from the old iMac, and I’ve been busy setting up the new computer. And of course the joy of getting sidetracked has been mine to savour. I have collected quite a few images of art that I love to look at, and I display the images with their file names as a screensaver on the computer. This gives us a steady stream of art images, in high definition, to gaze at when we are sitting quietly contemplating life, the universe and everything.

The file names were haphazard, saved as is when the file was downloaded. The file names needed work. Luckily, I had been offered the software “Renamer” by the company as a gift, based on my long ago purchase of their discontinued recipe software. It came in very, very handy in renaming the files, there are over 600 of them. I name them thus: artist last name; artist first name; year created; title of work if any. This project took hours to complete. What a luxury to spend hours creating this decorative yet educational screen saver. Now the images rotate, and each one displays the the file name, which is the information about the image. My favourites are Klimt and Van Gogh.

The new iMac is light years faster than the 2007 iMac. I have moved my book working files onto a removable drive, and am now working on my genealogy book on the new computer. It is a modest screen size, by modern standards, 21.5″, and is a much better work space than the small screen of my MacBook Air. The book is going slowly, as I am now dealing with images, and captions, and references for the images. Each image has to be imported separately, resized and positioned on the page, manually captioned, and then manually referenced. There are hundreds of images, this is going to take some time.

We decided recently to discontinue Acorn TV for a little while, as we had watched all the programming they had that was interesting to us. A lot of their interesting stuff was not available in Canada. Instead we signed on for Amazon Prime Video, and we anticipate that they have such a limited offering that it won’t take long to watch everything they have that we find interesting. However, they also offer free shipping from as part of the deal, so we can make the annual fee work for us. Our taste runs to programs that offer a good degree of character development, sophisticated story line, and no violence or manipulative power jockeying. Slim pickings these days, but there are still some programs that meet our criteria being created.

My blood pressure has been within normal readings for the last two readings. This is exciting! I have my fingers crossed that it isn’t just a fluke. Right now I am on the original dosage of the medication that had stopped working. Could it be that the low-sodium, low-sugar, pre-meal Apple Cider Vinegar, diet has at last kicked in to bring my high blood pressure down? Or is the lower level of stress, after a horrendous summer, allowing my blood pressure to lower? Well, I am not about to give up either the new diet, or the low stress levels, so I may never know!

Two of my heart tests will be conducted next week. No injections or pills, so I don’t have to worry about anaphylaxis. I have been trying to figure out the parking, it is going to be tricky, street parking with meters, I can’t arrive too early or I will get a ticket if the appointment takes too long. The woman at the parking office said that if I am delayed at a medical appointment and I get a ticket, to bring it in and they will take care of it for me. There are bureaucracies in this world that are mediated by good people!

Today I will be busy baking orange oatmeal muffins, and getting the old 2007 iMac ready to donate to someone. No takers in my circle, but I am hoping to find someone who wants a computer to do email and light surfing on the internet, it would be perfect for that.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 9:00 AM EST Thursday 5 January 2017
Condition: Partly Cloudy
Pressure: 100.9 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Temperature: -5.6°C
Dew point: -12.2°C
Humidity: 60%
Wind: W 36 gust 53 km/h
Wind Chill: -15
Visibility: 24 km


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The new computer sounds wonderful. And I’m so happy to hear about your blood pressure! Fingers crossed you’ll continue to get good readings.

I love Amazon Prime because of the free shipping. They have a lot of movies, series, t.v. shows. The only series I’ve watched was Mozart in the Jungle and I liked it quite a bit. I believe they also have free eBooks included with Prime.

It sounds to me like you live in heaven 🙂

TopsyTurvy (Teri)

There’s no doubt that parking is the bane of many hospital visits. It was so nice of them to offer to help if your appt runs over!

For now, I’m working with a local clinic. My doctor took out my staples the other day but 2 of them didn’t take and the clinic is trying to get advice from the surgeon as to how to handle the unsealed area. Makes me nervous but they’re the ones trained to handle this. Otherwise, I’m glad to see I’m getting stronger. Four days ago I was wrung out by a clinic visit, today I recovered in less than an hour. Would love to see that sort of thing continue!

Enjoy your new iMac!

Sandy Bose

Here’s the link to the Prime books. They have fiction, nonfiction, magazines etc. It’s my understanding they rotate the offerings periodically.

It sounds like the old iMac still has work to do 🙂

I used to be a member of Ancestry. It got a bit pricey so I reluctantly dropped it’ It is a wonderful resource. I got the Ancestry DNA kit on sale. I’m mostly of Italian, French and Polish ancestry and that showed up in the report. But I had smatterings of other countries including Ireland, which pleased me. I was raised in an Irish area of Chicago and always “felt” I was Irish 🙂

One thing blew me away. I connected to the family tree of a person listed as a probable cousin. She had traced her family to the same village and nearby town that my Grandmother and Grandfather came from! Now, I had never uploaded my family tree to Ancestry so the results were completely legitimate. It was a wonderful moment 🙂

Good luck with the tests.

Stubblejumpers Café

That makes two little happinesses for me: both you and Everett got normal blood pressure readings this time. Woo hoo!!!!

Stubblejumpers Café

That makes two little happinesses for me: both you and Everett got normal blood pressure readings this time. Woo hoo!!!!
– Kate

TopsyTurvy (Teri)

We LOVE Google Maps for ‘visiting’ a new place before we have to travel. It made all the difference with our knowing where to go as we travelled to the various places where I had CT scans and such done.

Thanks for the good wishes. My post-op visit with my surgeon was supposed to be next Friday. Who knows, maybe they’ll move it up.

Bex C.

Those orange oatmeal muffins sound divine. I love orange anything. I eat a big orange every day with my morning (late) meal, and I have orange essential oil that I put in my oil/air diffuser in the bedroom and it smells amazing.

Bex C.

Thanks Maggie. My blog addy is changed now (since Journalscape is no more) over to:
(Just FYI for your side bar).
The infuser is fabulous. I bought two – one for downstairs (in front reading room) and one for in my bedroom. I run the upstairs one all night and put different essential oils in it each night but my faves are orange, grapefruit, lavender and eucalyptus but I have a box of about 16 different scented oils. I will find a link for you.


Oh sorry about the Prime books. I don’t know why they don’t make it worldwide. Hopefully they will at one point.

Yes, it makes sense for your family history project, that you use Ancestry. Their resources are amazing.

Still the Lucky few

I am thrilled that you are having such a great start to the year! You will love the iMac—I had a Mac for years, but relinquished it for a PC when I retired. Hope you continue to enjoy your good fortune!


Oh I didn’t know Canada had content regulations.

One thing I loved about Ancestry are the copies of the source documents. I loved finding the shipping record for my grandfather. And later for his mother and youngest brother. From that record I learned the name of my g-g grandmother and grandfather. So many little details. It’s like a big puzzle that you get to fill in with pieces 🙂