September Song

Oh, it’s a long long while from May to December, But the days grow short when you reach September. I remember hearing Frank Sinatra sing “September Song” 50 years ago when I was a university student. Frank was 50 at that time so it probably touched him in the right place to sing it. The ...

Sleeping with a Predator

Once you invite a feline into your life, the topic of nocturnal sleeping arrangements is going to come up. On the surface, the idea of having your pal share your bed seems uncomplicated. Even the biggest cat isn’t much larger than a terrier, so it’s not like having a Great Dane in bed with you. ...

Grandpa’s Girl

Hard to believe it was 5 years ago today that we got the call that Sarah was ready to go to the birthing centre at the hospital to deliver child #2. I decided we had lots of time, so we stopped off and had coffee at Tim Horton’s before heading over to her home to ...

Stealth Siamese

Our first two cats were pretty easy to figure out as far as breed characteristics went. Brio was a registered Siamese of the old school “Applehead” variety. He’d be a Thai cat today. Sammy was a rescue cat but his appearance, green eyes, luxurious soft gray coat, quiet demeanor and tip-toe walk marked him as ...

Onyx and Oates

Maria’s friend Shari has been away on holidays so we have been looking after her cat Onyx. Onyx is a dignified and sedate 8 year old lady who is used to a quiet single cat household. She tends to be a bit grumpy if her serenity is disturbed. We have a single cat household as ...

Help! My Machine Has Slowed Down…

I do a fair bit of IT work for the seniors in town. Some of it is easy to diagnose – printer doesn’t work, lost my wifi password – but by far the most common and baffling complaint I get is – my computer has slowed down, it’s sluggish. What can that possibly mean? Is ...

Windows 10

When we got our Acer Veriton business class desktop a few years ago it came with Windows 7 and it was purchased just before the Windows 8 debacle – exactly for that reason. No way was I going to buy the next Vista. Now Microsoft has apparently realized the error of its ways, and has ...

If It Ain’t Broke…

This is my basement desktop unit that I built a couple of years ago. It’s fast and works pretty well. It was cheap to build because it uses AMD components – the processor actually is an APU – combines video and general computing on the same chip. And the operating system cost nothing. It runs ...

Choose Your Ocean

TransAtlantic Cruise? Or TransPacific Cruise? The choice isn’t easy. I thought I might look at the features of each cruise rather than try to list advantages and disadvantages. After all, what cruise has disadvantages, right? 🙂 TransAtlantic Features: One cruise. Start in Florida, end in Europe or vice-versa. If you want to take a back ...