There are many things in our lives that when combined, result in balance. You cannot have good without the bad, the sweet without the bitter. And so life has been for us…
- My laptop, which crashed on 1 April, is in the shop for repair. When it crashed I knew the warranty was about to expire. When I went to check the serial number I discovered that I couldn't even read it – not even with my glasses! So I waited until Ms C came home for the weekend. We checked it Friday and guess what. The warranty was due to expire at midnight. Now if you own an Apple computer you know that their extended warranty is called Apple Care and you need to purchase it in a box. I went on-line to purchase it, but it has to be mailed. There was no way that I could receive it before midnight! So, in desperation I called tech support. Explained the problem, and you know what? They got the sales folks on the line and they were able to activate the extended warranty! So, laptop is in the shop being fixed! (And I now have a magnifying glass.)
- Ms C has always had a sensitive tummy. On Monday she called me in tears. She's been to the University doctor and they told her it might be acid reflux, ulcers, gall stones or cancer. They gave her a high fiber diet to follow and a follow up appointment in 10 days. Now I knew she wasn't feeling well because she missed a class or two for the first time this school year. I went up to the University and took her to the grocery store where we attempted to purchase food items that were both high in fiber and something she would actually eat. (She is a VERY picky eater.) The longer I was with her the more uneasy I became so I decided to drive her to another town to the walk-in clinic. We got there about 4:30 and saw the Dr shortly after 5. After hearing her issues he advised us to go the the ER. So we did. She was examined, given intravenous injections for nausea and pain and an IV. She ended up with two different CT scans, blood and urine work. Bottom line is that everything seems to be normal and they think it is stress. She was given meds for 5 days to help calm her tummy and a 30-day supply of anti-nausea meds. She has continued to improve during the week and it appears that the Uni dr was very wrong!
- While in the process of constructing my new porch cum pergola we discovered that the gas line to the house had been cemented to the front step (which needed to be removed). I called the gas company and they came out. They were able to cut the line and splice it – after much difficulty. They had thought that they might have to lay a new line, but in the end it worked out. The best part? No charge!!
- My coffee maker (cappuccino/espresso machine) is slowly dying. Water leaks out of the steaming wand whenever the machine is one. I know it has to be replaced, but they are expensive and the one I've had my eye on is over $600! Well this week I went to town and met my sister for lunch. While there I decided to ask if they knew when the coffee machine was going to go on sale. Guess what. It was ON SALE! So now I have a new coffee machine to enjoy! And I'm drinking a bit too much coffee because it's so much fun to make it
- My "walk-about" camera lens is having issues – the auto focus is starting to go. (And when you have old eyes this feature is wonderful.) It works fine on manual focus – but let's face it, that is a bit of a pain! Anyway the lens I really want is a Canon pro glass and it's very expensive. BUT, my fav on-line camera store has a used one for sale. So I am thinking…
So you see, if we relax a bit and let life play out, good follows the not-so-good.
And as I was taking Ms C back to University on Wednesday morning we were startled when some wild turkeys took off at a gangly run and flew across the road to the field on the other side. They are so clumsy and awkward – and I feared we would hit one of them. I stopped the truck, grabbed the camera and took a few shots. It was an awful place to stop — a two lane road with no shoulder and hills on both sides, but no traffic came by. I took some of them in flight but they didn't turn out (remember the issue with the auto-focus?). I was able to snap one of them in the field. Watching them I was reminded of the phrase that was popular a few years ago…. "It's hard to soar with eagles when you are surrounded by turkeys". Now I know where that phrase came from!