Waitin’ for the Window

Technology is changing so quickly now that there is no keeping up with it. Purchasing anything technological is like stepping onto a moving escalator, you are only staying in the same place and up to date with your item for a nanosecond, then it is uncool, and within months, sometimes days, it is obsolete. So, I use my old technology as long as it will hang in and do the job. My computers are an example of this.

I have an old G4, still going strong, but I never turn it on. It doesn’t do wireless, or play video DVDs, or run the necessary browsers to interact with most web sites. But it still works just the way it was meant to the year I bought it.

Then there is the iMac. Much newer, the iMac was the machine that helped me live through a horrendous end-of-the-endless-winter March, when I sat by my window for days and days, watching for the delivery van; there was no other traffic on the street, I could have heard it coming, but I watched all day long, and that sense of anticipation kept me from falling into the depths of cabin fever. The iMac is old enough that it will no longer be adequate for the requirements of operating system updates. It, like the G4, will move out of sight on the endless escalator of progress. So far it is used daily as our entertainment system. When that function becomes untenable, it too will cease to be used on a regular basis, and will sit in its perfection in a corner.

Now I use a 2012 MacBook Air as my daily computer. It is already aging, the battery no longer holds a charge for very long, but the operating system updates should be viable for a few more years. We tried to use the MacBook Air to run our short Tai Chi video when we were at the Rideau Camp last weekend, it only lasted 10 minutes on the first day, then it ran out of juice. I imagine I will be using the MacBook Air until it too is conveyed out of site on the moving stairway to heaven.

Attila and I have come to postpone purchases of technology until we have no choice because the old equipment simply will not function as needed. We wait for the window of opportunity that will give us a product that will move as far into the future as is possible. Atilla is using our first cell phone, pay as you go, a flip phone with a broken hinge and a dodgy battery, that we purchased the summer of 2006, 10 years ago. It can still function as an emergency contact device. Attila does not like to be called during his work day, when he goes to work we have no contact with each other at all until he arrives home. Having a cell phone for texting would be a complete waste of time for him. He has no need of a smart phone. I am keeping my eyes open for a heavy duty cell phone on sale, one that works well without data and bells and whistles. Perhaps this item does not exist. If I wait long enough something like it might come to exist at any time. I am waitin’ for the window of opportunity to open.

Tuesday morning was filled with errands. Attila had his prescription transferred from a pharmacy near the country house to a pharmacy near Mist Cottage, the same pharmacy where I get my prescriptions filled. They hire local people, the owners live in town, and the employees act as if they own the business and want it to do well. I called them this morning and the prescription was ready for pickup. When I got home I noticed they were using our country home address, so I gave them a call and gave them our current address, so I think we are now up to date.

I also made a telephone call to Toronto, and was very pleased to be informed that the conviction for parking offence ticket that I received in the mail is in the process of being cancelled. Thank goodness I can finally stop fretting about getting that thing cancelled, it took many telephone calls, and an email request, to get the cancellation started. I was told a letter would be sent to me in the mail, confirming the cancellation.

Also on my list was a trip to the bank. When Attila and I bought paint for the new garden shed, we sent in the forms to receive a rebate. The cheque arrived and needed to be deposited in our account. Luckily the bank is a short walk from the pharmacy, so I could park once and walk to the places I needed to go.

My next stop was the library. I returned two books that I had read, renewed a third book which I hadn’t had a chance to read, and selected two additional books. I was looking for a book by a particular author, Patrick Rothfuss, but the library did not have any of his books on the shelf. I will have to try the Ontario Library Service and see if I can find one of his books there. His work sounded interesting in a short article that I read, and I wanted to see if his books lived up to the hype.

The weather would have been lovely this week had it not been for the humidity. It is supposed to be very warm all week, with possible thunderstorms. The garden needs the rain, so a rainy day will be welcome. We have eaten fresh green beans from the garden for the last three nights, the same plants that we planted in the spring are flowering and bearing again after the long summer heat and drought. The Scarlet Runner beans are thriving, with plentiful blooms and lush foliage; Attila tells me there are quite a few beans which will soon be ready for harvesting. We have only had two tomatoes from our plants, a disappointing harvest to say the least. So far we have had no peppers from the plants that we put in in the spring. We harvested a dozen or so heads of garlic earlier in the summer. The garden wasn’t all that we had hoped this year, the drought took its toll. I hope to have a rain harvesting system in place by next summer, just in case another drought occurs.

My high blood pressure has not responded well to the doubling of my current medication. Three readings by doctors confirmed that my hypertension was no longer being controlled by the low doses of medication I was taking. It was hoped that doubling the medication would bring it down; it has not, the four readings I have taken were all unacceptably high. I have a machine at home that measures my blood pressure, and it is accurate when compared to the measurements taken at the doctor’s office. I have a follow up appointment next week with the drop-in clinic doctor, so I am hoping he can come up with a plan to bring my blood pressure down to acceptable levels. This is a sudden development, my skyrocketing blood pressure, it was normal when taken at the Emergency department in March of this year. I honestly feel the change is due to the overload of stressful events that played out this summer, culminating with the sudden passing of my brother. I will keep at this until I get my blood pressure back within the normal range.

Luckily our little house is very comfortable. This summer has been very hot and humid, only one day was comfortable enough to turn off the heat pump and open the windows. It isn’t as restrictive as winter, there is no snow to contend with, no winter coats, no boots. But it has been a summer where outdoor activity has been downright unhealthy for those of us who can’t tolerate extreme heat. Today I stepped out onto the back porch to fetch a water basin, and the air felt like warm soup, hard to breath and watery. I look forward to autumn.

At this point in time my writing rambles along like a bee visiting blooms in a garden!

Worldly Distractions


Date: 9:00 AM EDT Thursday 8 September 2016
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 100.9 kPa
Tendency: falling
Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: 23.2°C
Dewpoint: 22.4°C
Humidity: 95%
Wind: S 13 km/h
Humidex: 33


“I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.”
Thomas Jefferson
1743 – 1826

I wonder what he would think of the super-sized information highways of today!

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Bex Crowell

“Attila does not like to be called during his work day, when he goes to work we have no contact with each other at all until he arrives home.” Same with us. Paul takes his little flip-up phone (Jitterbug) with him each day but will not turn it “on” – he only uses it for emergencies. I can’t call him on it when it’s off. It’s a Jitterbug flip phone and we love it. It’s only about $18 a month with no contracts, nothing extra.


Maggie, since I’m supposed to be doing something else entirely, I poked around for just a minute.

I found this review:

And, based on that review, these phones, two of which look very basic:


I’ll put this in first and the back up again. Maggie, SS32 loves Wind Mobile and they’re very inexpensive, so I went and looked that up for you. They are in your area and they have a flip phone:


They have a Talk & Text plan for $25/mo. You don’t need the Text but then you don’t need to use it, either.

I hear you about the changing technology. We’re having an issue with technology here right now, too. My Dell laptop has frozen twice recently and it’s making me nervous. My files are large enough that I decided to order an external hard drive. Well, I ordered one from Best Buy. I went onto their site and found the last time I ordered was some 6 years ago as they had our old address on there. I edited our new address in and ordered. Yesterday, I got the confirmation email that it had been shipped – to the OLD address!!! Their edit program updated only one instance of my address, the Billing Address, and did not update the Shipping Address that had been listed and that I had changed. A fault in their editing function. Well, we went and left a note at the address, with our phone number. It shows the hard drive was delivered at 6:49PM but we haven’t heard from the current occupants of our old apartment. 🙁

Hooray for your ticket being taken care of!!!

Sorry to hear your garden hasn’t fared well in the drought. We’ve been lucky to have some days of respite where the day may be warm but the evenings become quite cool. We’ve also usually had a day or two each week where we could open the windows all day long. This week, we will have two days in the low 20s (low 70sF) and will be able to open our windows.

I hope the doctors will be able to figure out what’s happening with your blood pressure and can quickly find a way to correct it.

TopsyTurvy (Teri)

Hi, Maggie. Well, we had quite the go-round with the hard drive. Best Buy refused to do anything because the drive was delivered to the address in the order – even though itwas their edit function that failed. We went over to the old address. Nobody home. I left a note and included a phone number, asking them to call me. They never called. Last resort, I called Visa. Even that was a circus, but after 20 minutes they decided on a good will gesture and refunded the full amount to me.

Let me tell you, I will NEVER do business with Best Buy again!! That hard drive is available from Staples and Amazon, so they’re easy to replace.

Still the Lucky few

I just bought a laptop from BestBuy. It’s going well, and my biggest problem is getting used to Windows 10, which isn’t so scary after all! I am up to my eyeballs in technology challenges most of the time, but feel I have to keep up in order to publicize my blog and my writing.Fortunately, I have two members of my family who are “tech wise”, otherwise I’d be in tears most of the time! Like you, I came to computers late in life, and sometimes I just want to roll over and give up. But I haven’t yet, and confess that the more I work at it, the easier it gets!

TopsyTurvy (Teri)

Hi, Maggie! Well, things turned out even better than expected. The person who got my hard drive did finally call this afternoon, so I went over and picked it up then called to cancel the refund.

I started with computers early, too. I started with classes in programming Fortran in 1975. Then worked on proprietary computers since 1991 and finally got my own computer for internet access in 1993. That was a Compaq Presario.

In 1993 my Customer Service job with Dow Chemical was farmed out to Electronic Data Systems, the entire group being moved over to the company. It made for quite a change. Instead of just learning chemistry and plastics processing, I became involved in creating a proprietary data-capture program for Dow. I was the program beta tester and the liason with the programmers, and in the end even ended up writing portions of the users manual.

It was a big change but it put me well ahead in understanding how to move around inside programs. But I’m still behind on how computers work, physically. Fortunately, DH knows most of that part.

I consider myself lucky, as I was able to get into computers and the internet early.