A few more computers

In my last post, I mentioned that we now have a new computer (Dell – Inspiron 23.8″) that is in the family room. In a few months, I’ll be purchasing an iMac for my daughter that will be located in her room. Currently, she has our old computer (Acer Aspire) in her room. That computer is about four or five years old. While it’s great for general school work. For things such as video editing, which she does a lot, its simply not fast enough and so eventually, I’ll have to upgrade her computer.

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27″ iMac

I’m planning on upgrading that computer to a 27″ iMac. It will definitely helpful for all her computer needs and I won’t have to think about upgrading for a few years. Apple computers aren’t new to me. I purchased my first, a 17″ MacBook Pro in 2006 and I’ve been a fan of Apple products since that time.

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15″ Macbook Pro

I’m also looking at a laptop for myself and most likely will purchase another MacBook Pro. It’s just too bad that they stopped making the 17″, because I would have chosen that. Instead, I’ll have to settle for the 15″ MacBook Pro. I most likely will purchase my daughter’s iMac before November and perhaps the MacBook Pro will be a December gift for me. Since I dislike bills, I will be paying them off at the time of purchase.

It’s been a super busy summer. The garden is flourishing and my daughter and I have been immersed in numerous activities, which does not give me too much time to post. However, I’m slowly trying to work that back into my routine. I have taking plenty of food pictures. I just need to get around to uploading them on Celebrate Life.

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A new computer: Dell – Inspiron 23.8″ All-In-One – 1TB Hard Drive – Black/White

Saturday, we purchased a new computer from Best Buy.

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Dell – Inspiron 23.8″ All-In-One – 1TB Hard Drive

And while it was supposed to work out of the box, it didn’t. The wireless keyboard and mouse weren’t connecting, for whatever reason. Thank goodness for the touch screen feature, or I would have had even more of a challenge as I tried to solve the issue. I’m still getting used to the touch screen feature on my computer. Yes… I have it on my iPad, but I still find it “odd” to touch my computer screen. In time, I’ll adjust.

In other news…

The garden is coming along nicely and I’ll be sure to post pictures soon. Since we now have  desktop again, I’ll be posting on here a bit more. We do have a laptop, but outside of work, I rarely use it… and I dislike writing blog posts on my iPad.

Because dogs like to exercise too…

Yesterday, while  exercising, Bella decided to join me.

Bella my workout partner

Bella my workout partner

I must say, that I would have been fine without her assistance!


However, she made my smile a bit brighter.

On Father’s Day…

Yesterday was Father’s Day and of course I cooked for my Dad. The reason was simp, my mother was working and so I made his lunch.

Actually, I started making the food on Saturday. I prepared the homemade potato salad.

Homemade mayonnaise

Homemade mayonnaise

Yes… the mayonnaise was homemade too.


Bowlful of herbs freshly picked from the garden

Bowlful of herbs freshly picked from the garden

I picked a bowlful of herbs from the garden and some of those herbs went into the homemade mayonnaise. The rest was brewed and turned into a pitcher of iced herbal tea. Of course… I forgot to take a picture of the potato salad!

Baked chicken with barbecue sauce

Baked chicken with barbecue sauce

I did remember to take a picture of the barbecued chicken that I made for my father, but… I forgot to take a picture of the bake beans but…

Sticky rice with vegetables and herbs

Sticky rice with vegetables and herbs

I did not forget to take a picture of the sticky rice! Most of the veggies and herbs that were added to this dish came from our garden.

My daughter made my father a picture for Father’s Day. I must say it was a enjoyable day spent with my loved ones.

It’s a sunny day…

With the amount of rain that we’ve received the past few weeks, it’s nice to have a sunny day!

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Earlier this morning, I took these photos of what we see outside our doorstop every single day.

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We live on four acres.

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It’s very quiet back here and I would not trade it for anything.

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Of course photos would not be complete without a few shots of our fur critters.

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Aren’t they adorable?

Back to writing…

The past several weeks, I’ve been sorely neglecting using my laptop or desktop when I’m not working. It’s so much easier to use my iPad. It’s portable and I use it at different parts of the house, although it rarely travels with me, unless I’m going away for a few days. Anyway… because of that my blog writing on all my websites have suffered. While I will occasionally write a post on my iPad, I much prefer the “traditional” method for writing a blog post.


What’s been happening? Well… this year, I did make it to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival! We went last Saturday, May 7.

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Wontons; Vegan and nonvegan

Also… I’ve been having fun with food… as always. I made the above wontons a few weeks ago. They were a combination of vegetable only wontons and a pureed chicken mixture. I’m hoping to get back to using the computer, in my down time, very soon.

Homemade pizza: half and half; sausage and veggies

This afternoon, I made a homemade pizza for my daughter. I started way ahead of time to give the dough a chance to sit and rest a bit.

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Homemade pizza

I then ground a variety of herbs and spices to be added to the sauce. I must add, that some of the freshly ground herbs and spices made its way into the pizza dough as well.

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By the time I picked her up from school. The pizza was done, and just waiting to be devoured. So she it was nice little surprise that was awaiting her once we arrived home.

Part of the pizza had a mix of sausage, veggies and roasted garlic and the other side was veggies and roasted garlic. She said it tasted amazing and she had three slices.