Jan 28, 2021

Que pasa

The computer incident was Monday. I spent a good deal of Tuesday working on my computer based on a fixit article sent by a caring blog reader.  It made sense and as I worked I took notes. Meanwhile I have realized that we have had several stressful incidents in the past few weeks. We found out early December that our financial advisor was retiring effective December 31st. On January 1st we received an email announcing that our accountant ( whom we have been with for over 34 years ) was retiring that day but would be around for the next year to help with the transition to the new company taken over by his employees. Major events that caused us anxiety. On January 6th we almost ran out of propane. We had to chase the truck down the street to come back and fill us. We have been with this company since 2003 when we moved here. This is our first winter here and they did not have us on the list for a two week fill but rather a three week fill. Unlike many here we use propane for our furnace, our hot water heater, our dryer, our stove top as well as our oven and of course our large fireplace. Next delivery should have been last Wednesday the 20th and they never came.  It took me being on the phone for several hours on Thursday to manage a delivery for this past Friday the 22nd. Both times we were very low and one night we had to shut off the propane use so that we had enough for the next morning. Can you imagine my surprise when a propane truck showed up yesterday, just five days after the last fill.  So I had a long conversation ( still in my nightie but wearing a jacket ) with the driver.  He gave me his personal cell number to call him if I needed propane. Since 2003 we have never ever had to worry about being filled as they checked and filled as needed at least every two weeks and more in the winter. As you see, we/I have had much stress over the past four weeks. The computer was the final straw.  I have moved on but gosh so much stress in a short period of time.

For the past three days while I have been busy dealing with all of the above Colin started to clean. Here he has taken all the glass and logs out of the fireplace. He cleaned everything and even vacuumed the burner areas.

It certainly sparkles now.

Another thing he began to do was to clean out certain cupboards including the one that we keep all of our photos albums in. We do keep actual photo memories as well as those in the computer. Needless to say he enjoyed looking at some of the albums. Our current RV before we had it repainted. This was Christmas 2001 in Pismo Beach. What caught our attention is the Christmas lights hanging from the awning. Those are the ones that we found under this house and used to put up on the fence this holiday season. No wonder we could not remember when we had used them before. Those lights are 19 years  old and now being used again. Amazing.

Another memory from 1998 when we enjoyed US Thanksgiving in NYC. New York has been a favourite of mine since 1973, I visited every year with a friend. This was the last time we visited the World Trade Centre rooftop before the tragedy struck. Of course we enjoyed an opera at the Metropolitan Opera house, one of my favourites, Carmen.

Three people far far out on the lake yesterday. They are the dark dot 1/3 from the right on the ice, just below the green.

Simply stupid. They walked from one side of the lake to the other.

Colin has been cleaning everything including dead bugs in lights.

He deep cleaned for two days. I think these are his working clothes ( now in the laundry ). Here he is vacuuming spider webs and dust off the cupboard tops.

All the time that he was cleaning I was working the phones re various  issues as mentioned above. Late yesterday afternoon I asked Colin to please call Simply Computing for me as I was short of time. A long time friend and blog reader had given me the name of her friend who was now the manager there and suggested I use her name to see if he could help me with my computer problems. Can you believe that just four days ago on January 24th someone had lit a fire in the alley next door and smoke filled the computer shop which is now temporarily closed. So Colin started checking various computer repair places and found one 😀  They have actually changed out an HHD for a solid state hard drive in iMacs before. Even better he has the right one in stock and the price is most reasonable, much cheaper than buying more RAM. My computer goes in on Thursday, a week today and if all goes well I will get it back just one day later. Bill the owner says that he is familiar with my problem and guarantees that the new SSD will take care of all the problems I am having 😛 I can only hope. He promises me that I can run my iPhotos and have lots of speed, etc.

It was a year yesterday that we had our first Covid case in Canada. Now we are dealing with two new variants.

It is up to each one of us to wear a mask, wash our hands often and social distance. Do we want to go through this for another year?



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12 Responses to “Que pasa”

  1. Don & Kathy McKelvay says:

    Not only do we really enjoy learning how you and Colin are doing, what wonderful sights you are seeing as well as wonderful photos, but today I also thought what a wonderful Covid service you are doing (at least for us) by giving us another view of the world given we are shut in now for almost a year – THANK YOU.

    • contessa says:

      De nada as we say in Spanish. It is always lovely to hear from you. So may have become complacent and now with the further vaccine delays it is up to us to keep each other safe.

  2. Amazing what we find to keep ourselves busy.
    The photos are great memories.
    If the Lake has remained frozen for at least a week it should be safe. The snow covering will protect the Ice from the sun.
    Increasing the Hard Drive only adds memory. If you also increase your Ram it will speed up your machine.
    Like the Covid Cartoons.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

    • contessa says:

      I think you may had missed something about my computer. I have lots of memory, that is not the issue. The main problem is the hard drive. Currently I have a spinning type of hard drive which is not as fast plus it is wearing out ( so the folks at Apple suspect ) in its reading and writing abilities. Hence the need to put in a solid state hard drive which will make my computer much faster. If I upped the RAM it would make no difference in this case.

  3. livingrichonthecheap says:

    I am sorry you are having so much stress – hopefully things will quiet down now and get taken care of. Did you watch Dr Henry and Mr Dix town hall meeting last night on Global? I can’t believe people are asking if they can go away for Spring Break. There are many many stupid humans slowing up the process of getting rid of Covid. Who knows when we will all get our shots based on things being delayed now. I qualify after the 80 year olds as am in chemo. Hubby will have to wait until July and those dates are based on the original plan, not the delayed plan

    • contessa says:

      This too shall pass. Sadly we missed seeing that on Global! Likely I was working on my blog post. Seriously, people asked about going away for spring break? I agree with you about who knows when anyone is going to get their shots.I am so glad that you get your shots sooner than later. I figure it might be October before we get ours. I predicted that there would be delays. Now I am concerned, as the months pass we might only be able to get a 66% chance against Covid as opposed to those who are vaccinated with the 95 – 98 % better product. You certainly deserve that after all you have been through.

  4. Maxx Trails says:

    You have had a lot of stressful events but hopefully they have come to an end … and that your computer is fixed next week and works perfectly!

    Maybe a nice clean house and watching the snow fall can provide some much needed relaxation, with a glass of wine of course 🙂

    I love that last picture, it’s so true.

    • contessa says:

      We have so much enjoyed the snow fall. Hopefully we will get more. Not to worry, wine is on had to be consumed as needed. Fingers crossed on my computer. What day we have had here in Canada with Covid announcements.

  5. Linda Sand says:

    I wonder if I can use those pictures of Colin to get my Dave to do that type of cleaning? 🙂

  6. Dolores says:

    Those people on the lake… Don’t think I would trust it… Maybe near shore. Colin has inspired me to get to MY cleaning…

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