This morning, before I began dealing with “security” companies that protect Apple products, I thought I knew what I was doing. I helped David with his HP products earlier this week, a nightmare because he can’t remember much these days.
I don’t know which of us is more clever, he who blithely uses his laptop and desktop computers without a concern for hacking, or me who wants protection from would-be invaders. No one in their right mind would want to hack us. We are boring and have little money. However, I understand there are hackers who do these things out of pure spite. People envious of Americans, or just evil.
Below, Grandaughter Rita with Chris and Christopher.
Connie and the girls off on their own adventures, our Thanksgiving was just us. I don’t do a turkey and other foods anymore. We had slices of Quiche and soup, lobster bisque for him and pea soup for me. We had a pumpkin pie earlier in the week but it was gone by Thursday. And we had turkey slices last Sunday.
Holidays are difficult for us.
Years ago on holidays we attended a gathering of AA and Al-anon friends, but they have moved away or died. That’s the problem with friends. Especially in this area.
At the dentist’s office this past week, I spoke with an older woman, a Ms Gandy, who lives in a retirement home up the road. I asked her about life in the facility, and she said all her friends in the home kept dying.
The retirement facility built many new apartments, but the people who moved in all came from one nearby town and had formed a clique so there was no making friends there. Who would have guessed that a retirement facility could be like attending a new high school. Some things never change.
David and I finally got outside yesterday and raked leaves, picked up debris from the high winds two days ago, and trimmed the dead peony tops. We made a big pile of leaves in the street and filled the organic wheelie bin with mildewed peony tops and dead branches. As luck would have it, the truck that collects organic material came by when we were finished. One of the fellows on the truck is quite nice and always pushes the wheelie bin back to the house.
About half way through the work, David began moaning and I asked him if he was ready for the retirement home. No, he said, and began raking vigorously.
All that outdoor work and reading my new book by Andrea Wulf, The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World, cheered me enormously. Von Humboldt was the first to put two and two together and describe the intricate web of life, i.e., humans and the environment. In 1800, Humbolt, the first ecologist, deduced that humans, particularly Europeans, had affected the natural world negatively as they exploited the vast riches they “discovered.” Below, titi monkeys like those Von Humbolt found in South America. Note, they don’t have prehensile tails.